SGTech had an opportunity to catch up with our new chairman, Mr Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres. Wai Meng shares with us his vision and focus areas for SGTech, as well as the challenges and opportunities our industry would face in the coming years.
(Mr Wong Wai Meng (from left) addressing the recent Annual General Meeting as SGTech’s new Chairman)
SGT: What is your vision for the Association during your term as the Chairman?
WM: As I’d shared during the recent Annual General Meeting, the focus for SGTech will be in four areas - membership, business development and internationalisation, advocacy and sustainability.
Our members are at the core of why we exist. We need to embrace the breadth and depth of the tech industry.
Breadth: We still lack the breadth of the tech industry - the Tech@Core companies that use tech as the primary driver of their business. Some Tech@Core companies have joined us since our rebranding to SGTech, and we need to focus on bringing more of them into our fold.
Depth: We must continue to onboard and increase our representation of the ICT companies, the solution and service providers.
Numerically speaking, surpassing 1,000 members is another milestone for membership. We need to have the numbers for representation.
In addition, we also want to grow in intimacy with our members. In the direction of outreach to members, SGTech must continue to create programmes and initiatives that meet members’ needs, so that more members will participate actively. In the other direction, we also want to encourage our members to reach out to us proactively. When our members tell us about their challenges, SGTech can find ways to help, and that’s when they get value out of their membership. We want to build this two-way engagement with our members to deliver value.
2. Business Development & Internationalisation
Most of our members are profit-driven, and they get excited when we talk about business development. We can all agree that Singapore is a small market. However, it is difficult to go overseas, especially for the SMEs and start-ups that do not have the experience.
SGTech can do more for our members in this area. We can focus on building stronger collaboration with our overseas counterparts; with the tech associations and chambers in the countries and cities that will benefit our members the most.
The second part which SGTech will do is to review the programmes and initiatives that we have on internationalisation — looking at what we can optimise and what new ones we can propose to suit our members.
Thirdly, we are working with other TACs on the transformation of their industries. For a start, we are working actively with the TACs in the manufacturing sector, and we will announce more as this develops. I want to encourage members to start thinking about how we can support other sectors’ transformation, rather than doing it in an ad-hoc manner. SGTech is reviewing how we can do this business matching better - how to curate solutions that can be applied on a larger scale, and what are the possibilities where tech can help the manufacturing and other industries.
SGTech is increasing our efforts to advocate for members. Advocacy can happen in two ways - proactively and reactively.