(From left to right) First Row: Mr Joshua Soh, Dr Timothy Chan, Mr Tan Teng Cheong, Mr Yap Chee Yuen, Mr Howie Lau, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, Mr Ong Whee Teck, Dr Kwong Yuk Wah, Ms Lum Seow Khun.
Second Row: Mr Myungjo Choi, Mr Chong Chee Wah, Mr Lau Shih Hor, Mr Yeo Teck Guan, Mr Andrew Lim, Mr Dennis Ang, Mr Adrian Chye, Mr Leslie Ong
The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) announced its new Executive Council at the SCS Annual General Meeting last Thursday (24 March 2016).
The new Council comprises leading senior directors and executives from the private and public sectors, as well as academia. It will continue to advance talent development and industry collaborations in the infocomm and digital media industry, in hopes of addressing the "manpower crunch as emerging technologies such as data analytics and cyber security gain prominence," said Howie Lau, SCS' President and also the Chief Marketing Officer of Starhub.
"As the largest body for Singapore's infocomm and digital media professionals, SCS has a role to play to help bridge the talent gaps in the industry. We have been creating platforms for our members to stay relevant in a fast-changing economy, as well as working within a tripartite framework to redeploy displaced professionals," he added.
Among the initiatives rolled out by SCS in 2015 was the elevation of its Cloud Special Interest Group (SIG) to a technology chapter to provide greater support for Cloud-based industries and innovations.
SCS also launched the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) SIG to promote and build a strategic network of professionals and companies in AR/VR business and applications.
In addition, SCS restructured and rebranded its SIGs in Healthcare IT, Supply Chain Management and Open Source to better align with industry needs.
In terms of talent development, SCS launched Technopreneurship SIG last year to promote and nurture a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship endeavours among young infocomm professionals. Over the years, SCS has set up 19 Student Chapters through its collaborations with institutes of higher learning, and will soon be adding one more chapter under its wing.
"Singapore needs to attract new infocomm cohorts to the industry, and current infocomm professionals need to constantly upgrade their skill sets to stay relevant. At SCS, we are doing our bit to keep the infocomm industry strong and vibrant through our certifications, chapters, SIGs and collaborations with industry players. Looking ahead, we will continue to add value and facilitate the development of ICT talent in Singapore, and to serve as a growth catalyst for the industry," said Lau.
Besides Singapore, SCS has extended its certification programmes overseas too. It made its foray into Myanmar with the inking of an Agreement with Myanmar Computer Professional Association (MCPA) to implement Certification in Project Management (CITPM).
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