Photo - Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO, MDeC.
To help Malaysian CIOs meet challenges in a rapidly changing market, Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and technology market research firm IDC has announced a series of forums and workshops.
MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said: "CIO Survival Guide programme would help to better equip local CIOS to support their internal customers as well as drive real value for their organisation's external customers."
CIOs must refocus and move beyond just enabling technology across the enterprise, said Badlisham. "A CIO must become a true champion of business innovation. Topics will include looking into all layers of the ICT ecosystem, covering issues such as making sense of 'Big Data,' simplifying mobility in a multiple device world, coping with role-based transformational requirements and addressing organisational gaps resulting from information overload.
"The CIO Survival Guide is an ideal opportunity for CIOs to gain knowledge and advice on the various issues and challenges to succeed. The first in the series is especially relevant and will place focus on best practices in respective industries," he said, adding that the first Survival Guide series would focus on how CIOs could be more strategic with IT investments and that their IT strategy is better aligned to business objectives.
"MDeC's role is to help develop local industry players to ultimately put Malaysia on the global map as a technology and business hub," said Badlisham. "We are committed to building the capability of our infrastructure, developing the capacity of IT professionals and the credibility of local players. The CIO Survival Guide is a good example of developing the capacity of IT professionals to compete in the global marketplace."
Simon Piff, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific,
Clear path to transformative IT strategies
"The challenge facing most CIOs is that the true value of the work they do only manifests itself in the efficient creation, capture and access by the business of the data that underlies all IT," said IDC Asia/Pacific's associate vice president, enterprise infrastructure, Simon Piff (pictured above).
"However, in order to provision efficient access to the information that lies within the data, CIOs have to focus their energies on infrastructure that, to many business users, is an abstract layer away from what the business perceives as important," said Piff.
"The most efficient organisations have adopted new processes and procedures that enable a transformation of the perception of IT, from cost centre to strategic business contributor, and it is IDC's intent to help Malaysian organisations understand the current landscape and establish a clear path to adopting transformative IT strategies where relevant," said Piff.
He said IDC's Asia/Pacific Transformative Index 2011 helped provide focused feedback to organisations in the areas of ICT, Information, Infrastructure and Facilities, and how these could be improved to align more succinctly with the business requirements, while at the same time providing a benchmark against organisations within the country.
Selected Malaysian CIOs will work with both MDeC and IDC to participate in a summit to be held in June 2013. Participants at this year's summit - 'The Information Enabled Enterprise' - will be given the chance to benchmark their competencies against their peers across Malaysian industries as well as to interact with other IT leaders in order to gain insight into some of the available best practices.
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