SGTech organises CloudAsia 2019

After a successful CloudAsia conference in 2018 - the first time SGTech’s Cloud & Data Chapter organised the two-day conference after taking over the baton from IMDA - we presented the 2019 edition on 9 and 10 October 2019. 

Similar to 2018, this year’s CloudAsia conference was co-located with Cloud Expo Asia.

This year, the conference deep-dived into how cloud and digital technologies support the advancement of innovation and digitisation, and also discussed trends in data privacy. 

(Mr Lim Soon Tein, Chairman, SGTech Cloud & Data Chapter, delivering the welcome address)

Mr Philip Heah, Assistant Chief Executive, Technology & Infrastructure Group, IMDA was the Guest-of-Honour at the opening of the conference. 

(Ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate a bigger show this year, featuring Mr Lim Soon Tein (fourth from left); Mr Philip Heah (fifth from left); Mr Wong Wai Meng (fifth from right), SGTech Chairman)

(Guest-of-Honour Mr Philip Heah, Assistant Chief Executive, Technology & Infrastructure Group, IMDA, delivering the opening keynote)

In Mr Heah’s opening keynote, he commended SGTech for its work in helming CloudAsia and building the Cloud ecosystem here in Singapore. He also highlighted the importance for businesses to move to the Cloud, and beyond that, be Cloud Native. To this, Mr Heah highlighted programmes and initiatives by IMDA such as GoCloud as well as SMEs Go Digital to support businesses in this journey, expressing confidence that the upcoming Cloud Appreciation series by SGTech will complement IMDA’s efforts.

There was also a fireside chat to discuss the best practices in cloud adoption. The audience learned that today, many Asian companies are still operating using on-premise solutions instead of cloud-based solutions. This is due to three key reasons:
  1. Security concerns over data residing in the cloud
  2. Lack of management buy-in to migrate to the cloud
  3. Shortage of talent and skills to fully harness the benefits of cloud
These issues have to be addressed collectively by the industry and users for cloud adoption to accelerate further.

(Mr Raju Chellam (first from right), Vice-Chairman, SGTech Cloud & Data Chapter, moderating the panel joined by Mr Omer Wilson (second from right), Vice-President, Marketing (APAC), Digital Realty; Mr Achim Granzen (second from left), Principal Analyst, Forrester; Mr Kristiono Setyadi (first from left), Chief Technology Officer, The Jakarta Post)

SGTech thanks all members for their participation and support at this year’s conference. See you again at CloudAsia 2020! 


Published Nov 2019