President's Message to ITMA Members

Category: Blog Created: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Published: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Posted by Alvin Ong on June 13, 2017

Dear ITMA Members,

Time zooms past us very quickly and it is already slightly more than two months into the Council’s new term of office. Our plans for this term are already set in motion and I would like to provide members with a brief update of developments and upcoming events.

30th CIO Workshop – Minister’s Call for Action

The 30th CIO Workshop was a resounding success and saw a new record turnout of about 300 attendees for the conference at Raffles City Convention Centre on the first day and 84 delegates continuing on to the Shanghai site visits which featured AI, Machine Learning, Robotics and O2O technologies. Minister Chan Chun Sing was our guest-of-honour and in his conversational style, he engaged attendees in a dialogue on the topic of future work and workforce. He challenged CIOs to go beyond their traditional technical roles and instead strive to be the business strategist. The CIO must help organizations see upcoming disruptions and the need for proactive change. He ended by issuing a 3-point call for action for CIOs.

  • Be an evangelist to remind their organisations of the rapid speed of change caused by technology disruptions.
  • Partner with the CHRO to identify vanishing jobs and prepare workers for the new jobs of the future.
  • Reskill and up-skill the middle-tier workforce which forms the core backbone of Singapore’s social fabric.

11th CIO Study Trip, Stockholm & Prague (2 to 10 September 2017)

This year, our highly popular 11th CIO Study Trip will take us to visit established and start-up companies and understand technology developments and disruptions in Stockholm and Prague. Interestingly, Stockholm has the highest number of unicorns per capita than any city in the world. The online registration will commence between mid to late July 2017 and while we hope to accommodate as many members as possible, the delegation size will once again be limited to about 50 paxs due to logistical constraints imposed by the venue hosts.

23rd ITBP Seminar - Cancelled

ITMA has been holding the annual IT Best Practices (ITBP) Seminar since the mid-1990s and the conference has served its purpose well in the first two decades. Over the past five years, attendance at our ITBP has been falling. Last year, we organized the 22nd ITBP with an impressive array of speakers and panellists from industry, academia and government. To encourage members’ participation, the Council also waived the conference fee for all our members. Despite the measures, the attendance for the afternoon session fell to about half of the morning session. The Council deliberated and concluded that it is timely to do a deep dive and possibly develop a new product which is more relevant to the changing needs of our members and yet be financially sustainable. Therefore, we have decided not to hold the 23rd ITBP Seminar this year.

In its place, we will introduce the “Dialogue with the Chairman/CEO” series of talks which are more focused on a current topic of interest and allows for more in-depth interactions between our members and the speaker. Our first such event was held on 26 May 2017 on the topic of “Inspiring Innovation in the Age of Disruption” by A10 Network Founder and CEO, Dr Lee Chen. You can read a summary of the dialogue from the ITMA website. Thanks to Clara Lee and Catherine Goh for their tremendous efforts to edit the transcripts for better readability.

ITMA Toastmasters Club – President’s Distinguished Club Award

ITMA Toastmasters Club received the President’s Distinguished Club award at the annual Division U awards event on 9 June 2017. This is the highest form of international recognition given to a toastmasters club that has met its educational, membership growth and training goals. For this, I would like to congratulate former ITMA council member, Alfred Anand, on his exemplary leadership of the toastmasters club. Another ITMA member, Edwin Goh, was also elected as the next Division U Director for the new term starting 1 July 2017. My congratulations to Edwin Goh as well and I am glad that our toastmasters club has become a wellspring for developing leaders and communicators. If you wish to visit the monthly chapter meetings, it happens on every 3rd Friday of the month at 7pm at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Co-opted Council Member – Lewis Chan

I would like to welcome Lewis Chan into the ITMA Council as a newly co-opted council member. Lewis is the Head of IT for New Creation Church and joined ITMA in 2016. He has been an active member since joining and will be helping ITMA with our website and social media strategy.

Concluding Remarks

ITMA is more than a professional association and is a community of forward looking and dynamic CIOs and digital leaders. Many of our events are of great value and well supported by members. Some of the new members that I have met recently at various events wished that they had heard of ITMA earlier. I urge all members to be our ambassadors and introduce a new person to join ITMA so that they too can benefit from being an ITMA member. On behalf of the Council, I look forward to your continued strong support at all our upcoming events.

Alvin Ong
President, IT Management Association (ITMA)
13th June 2017

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