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Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal)

It’s Monday 2nd of January 2023, the start of a brand week in a fresh New Year 2023,. Looking back at Year 2022, it was a mixed bag of an onward journey, results and outcomes, filled with its fair share of ups and downs. As the world economy reopens in 2022, reopening their borders and lifting of risk management measures, it’s a much awaited return that the world desires, the route to recovery was gradual as we return back to a more normal lifestyle.    

Inspired by Fernando GrosHow to choose a Yearly Theme”, this is my 4th year writing and announcing a Yearly Theme, an approach that I personally feel that it’s more forward looking for a new future, a new era of working, thinking and how we connect as an individual, as a collective, society and the world. It’s not that goal settings or setting resolutions are no longer popular or useful, they still have a purpose and it still works for some people or industries

Recap of previous Yearly Themes

Before I announce my Yearly Theme 2023 for my technology, business and personal, let me bring you back into my previous Yearly Themes through a recap below:

Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal) – “Transform”

Now let me introduce and announce my Yearly Theme 2023 for Technology, Business and Personal – “Transform”.

Why “Transform”?

This word “Transform” was chosen for its connection to a 15 years milestone for my TGH Technology and Business website, how can I can change, transform and improve, from my media news coverage, business and technology analysis, social media marketing/digital marketing and as a writer?

15 Years of TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog

My TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog is marking and celebrating a 15 years milestone in Year 2023. How has my website and writing transformed over the past 15 years and how am I going to transform my website and writing moving forward? There are probably more questions than answers right now. The answers might appear when I do more in-depth and write more, on both professional and personal basis.

In an upcoming article, I would share more thoughts and feelings behind my 15 years (and still counting) journey, that brought me a lot more than what I could have asked and planned for.

 

Technology and Business Media News Coverage

How am I gong to transform in how I cover technology and business media news coverage? With more in-depth interviews and thoughts? Should I cover and build up more enterprise/B2B technology media news?

Key technology topics and trends that I am looking to cover more in this year 2023 – Impacts of AI technology, Digital Transformation, B2B technology for SMB, Future of Work, Future Cities, Sustainability, Fin-Tech, Blockchain, NFT and Web 3.0.

Writing and Thought Leadership

I am spending more time writing on topics of heavier load nature, as well as sharing more about thought leadership in the business and technology sectors. How can I improve and transform my technology, business and personal writing onto another higher level of thought leadership, thinking and writing?

My personal writing on a technology and business content heavy website, gives another different perspective and dimension to my articles writing. I am still constantly honing and improving my writing and craft. A personal voice in thought leadership topics, we need to see more these from writers around the world.

New set of Uncertainties and Dark Clouds in 2023

How can I transform, change and adapt in a year of new set of uncertainties in 2023? What are the uncertainties that world economy might be facing in this year? Could the economic and political situations turn for the worst in 2023? We are facing inflation, higher costs of living, economic slowdown (or even possibly world recession) and geo-political worldwide crisis in a worst worst case scenario.

In a period of uncertainties and political crisis in some regions (hopefully it doesn’t escalate beyond that stage into bigger crisis), there might be new opportunities. Time to explore other opportunities as a new set of dark clouds (challenges and uncertainties) looms over 2023.

Yearly Theme 2023 (Photography and Travel)

In this year 2023, I decide to try something different again, I chose two themes, one for my TGH  Technology and Business Portal/Blog, one for my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog. What did I choose for my Yearly Theme 2023 (Photography and Travel)?

Join me in my “Transform” adventures in 2023

I would like to invite all of you, come join me in my transformation exploration in my technology, business and writer journeys in 2023.

Together we can and we might discover something common to work on, advocate together and transform the way we work and live, and on special themes that we can push for more awareness and publicity.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 – Be the Change, Shape the Future

Samsung’s global competition – “Solve for Tomorrow“, is back in Singapore with its sixth edition. The theme for this edition is “Be the Change, Shape the Future“. This competition starts from 5th October 2022 until 20th November 2022, it is open to all Singapore full-time students, aged 16 years and above.

Solve for Tomorrow is aligned with Samsung’s global vision for corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, this competition aims to encourage students to think deeply about the social issues affecting their community and act on it.

The competition is held in support of the Digital for Life movement, launched by President Halimah Yacob in February 2021, and managed by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Solve for Tomorrow 2022 aims to galvanise Singapore’s next generation of leaders to innovate and use technology for good to build a better and more inclusive society. It aligns with the Digital for Life movement in the mission of empowering youths to be more active in addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges.

“Whether you are a dreamer, problem-solver, or inventor, this is the platform where we enable young people to bring to life their dreams and aspirations for the future. The competition allows youths to express their creativity and passion, which will improve the lives around them,” said Mark Kim, President, Samsung Electronics Singapore. He added, “This is the platform that will enable them to apply their knowledge and skills across multiple disciplines – including critical and design thinking, marketing and communications skills, technological expertise and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge”.

Last year’s winning team, Team Adustio, shares their takeaways – “We are so thankful to Samsung for allowing us to express ourselves through our ideas. We took home more than the prizes. The competition gave us the confidence and experience to pursue our ambition and make an impact on our community,” said Alyssa Cheok. “We would like to encourage all our peers and aspiring changemakers to participate in Solve for Tomorrow 2022. It will definitely broaden your horizon and unleash your potential.”

Addressing Singapore’s Present and Future Challenges

What are Singapore’s present and future challenges that we are facing? Samsung has identified four broad themes for this year’s competition. Participants can develop their ideas around any one of these themes:

  1. Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability remains a critical challenge today. Our society need bold ideas to address our most pressing environmental issues and build a sustainable future.

  1. Health & Wellness

Technological innovations hold the key to unlock better quality of life, physically and mentally, for Singaporeans. It will also play a vital role in battling pandemics and other health risks in our society.

  1. Education & Learning

Innovation and creative application of technology will play a pivotal role in transforming our youths’ learning journey and prepare them more effectively for the evolving future workplace.

  1. Singapore’s Digital Future

As Singapore continues its digitalisation journey, there are tremendous opportunities for the next generation of innovators to create future solutions that are uniquely Singapore, such as digitalising our hawker culture.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 Competition Details

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 – Be the Change, Shape the Future, starts from 5th October till 20th November 2022. Students that are interested, can participate in the competition by forming groups of two to four and submitting their innovative ideas or solutions on the Solve for Tomorrow 2022 website.

There are two categories for Solve for Tomorrow 2022.

Prizes

A total of 20 teams (10 from each category) will be shortlisted. Each of these teams will receive a S$600 cash prize to develop and refine their ideas and/or develop their prototype.

Out of these 20 teams, 10 teams (five from each category) will be selected to present at the finale event in January 2023, where the top three winners from each category will be announced.

  • First Prize for Category 1 and Category 2:
    • S$12,000 worth of Samsung products
    • S$5,000 cash prize
  • Second Prize for Category 1 and Category 2:
    • S$7,000 worth of Samsung products
    • S$3,000 cash prize
  • Third Prize for Category 1 and Category 2:
    • S$4,000 worth of Samsung products
    • S$1,000 cash prize

For more information on Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 

If you like to know more information on Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2022 – Be the Change, Shape the Future, please visit https://www.samsung.com/sg/solvefortomorrow.

Do Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On this information to the students in your family and friends networks!  

* Information and picture courtesy of Samsung and IN.FOM *

Reflecting Q3 2022 and Plans for Q4 2022 (Technology/Other Business and Personal)

Q3 2022 has officially ended on 30th September 2022, we are now into the final quarter of 2022. Before I begin my sharing on reflecting Q3 2022 and plans for Q4 2022 (Technology/Other Business and Personal) let me take you back in time first, Reflecting Q1 2022, Updates and Thoughts and Reflecting H1 & Q2 2022 (Other Business, Technology and Personal).

Photography by Isaac Ong

Technology Writer

Consumer Technology/B2C

This has been my staple, regular and constant sector, since I embarked on technology writing on this website. It has evolved over my years of writing and coverage as well. A mature segment, the growth and expansion would not be like before in the early years. I am only adding on new brands/accounts if the opportunity arises along my consumer technology writing journey ahead.

Enterprise Technology/B2B

A segment that I am expanding and growing slowly, this accounts for maybe 30% of my technology writing coverage. This is not going to be a fast expanding sector, I am happy with a slow and steady growth.

Other Business

Digital Marketing / Social Media Marketing

This business segment has slowed down, maybe this is the time to reorganise, readjust and make strategic changes for this segment that I am integrating with my photography, videography and content creation.

Other business opportunities?

I am always on the lookout for other business opportunities, some are postponed, some are lost, some might bear fruit and come true. What are the new potential developments and business opportunities?

Personal

Post Global Pandemic – Readjusting, Recovering and Brain Fog

We are gradually moving out from the global pandemic situation that kind of turned our world, our living and our work, upside down in 2020.

Moving forward, we are readjusting and recovering, on all fronts, mentally, emotionally, financially. Just like many of us, we all had our fair share of ups and downs, some had it much tougher than others. I have also moved out and away from that dark period, a downward spiral into a rabbit hole. The life lessons coupled with other life situations that cropped up during that period didn’t make it easy for me, it took me some time, recovering and readjusting. Looking back at that period in time, and now looking forward ahead, a different situation and battle ahead.

Brain fog is one of the various long term impacts of this global pandemic COVID-19 that we need to be mindful of. Some symptoms include mental fatigue, lost words, forgetfulness, I have experienced some symptoms, I am going to be more mindful and be more aware of this.

Disappointments

Life is full of disappointments, it’s the harsh and brutal realities that I am facing constantly in my battles in running a business and in life, some people would take the chance to said I am pessimistic, judging me subtly.

Keeping stuff private from social media

While I am active on social media platforms, Twitter, Instagram, FB Page, I am actually quite private on social media even though I kind of rant quite a lot. However, I am keeping stuff private from social media, that’s why you see a lot of my “boring lifestyle” and cute cats photos, nothing exciting to some in this current social media driven obsessed world of sharing/or showing off.

World Economy and Market

The world economy and market is not in a good shape right now, we could be facing a recession soon in 2023, some would argue that the world economy and market is already in a recession. Inflation is high, coupled with a stagnated economy is not good news for us and a dread word many of us fear – Stagflation.

How that would impact our jobs, our business, our living, remains to be seen. Some are wealthy and rich that they don’t worry, some might just be grinding their way through and continue leading a life of display for their social media.

Plans for Q4 2022

Some of my plans are published in my Reflecting Q3 2022 and Plans for Q4 2022 (Photography and Travel) article, that is where you can read the other half of my Q3 reflections and plans for Q4 2022.

What are my plans for my technology, other business and personal side of things?

  • Other business: Working on the side lines to make it come true to life.
  • Technology: Continue building up my enterprise/B2C segment.
  • Personal: Continue striving and improving my emotional and mental health/well-being.

Last But Not Least

This Q3 2022 reflection and plans for Q4 2022 somehow feels pretty lengthy with quite a lot of personal thoughts, feelings, and emotions in the areas of my technology, other business and personal.

In our social media driven world by showing and telling the world what you are doing with photos and videos, not many would be interested to read what I wrote here.

Last but not least, thank you for taking the time to read it till the end of my personal ranting (in some ways).

Dell launched new monitors to accelerate productivity

The ongoing global pandemic has disrupted and changed the way we work, live and play. The future of work is upon us with companies now adopting a hybrid workplace policy with employees working between home and office. In Singapore, while work-from-home remains as the default arrangement, companies are allowed to have up to 50% of their employees return to their office as Singapore eases its COVID-19 restrictions.

A new digital workplace of the future is upon us. With flexible work arrangements, the relevance of devices such as portable displays and video conferencing are now more evident than before, we are using and relying more on the service and devices. Taking into considerations the new and future hybrid working situation, Dell Technologies recently announced the launch of new monitors designed to accelerate productivity and enable everyone to work and connect regardless of where they are.

Dell 14 Portable Monitor (C1422H)

This is Dell’s first ever 14″ portable monitor, built to be the ultimate laptop companion. It can deliver dual-screen productivity to work, present and collaborate anywhere, suitable for professionals working in the office, at home or on the move. Users can appreciate the monitor’s lightweight design, weighing less than 700 grams and less than 7mm thick at its slimmest, making it extremely easy to travel with.

Dell 14 Portable Monitor (C1422H)

Featuring FHD resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio with IPS technology, this monitor offers easy plug and play with USB-C connectivity. Users can just simply press the quick access buttons to adjust brightness (up to 300 nits) and enjoy the ComfortView feature that reduces harmful blue light emissions.

This sleek yet practical portable monitor design complements all work styles and productivity demands with a small continuous tilt stand that bends from 10 to 90 degrees. It also features Energy Star and EPEAT GOLD certification.

Dell 27 4K UHD USB-C Monitor (S2722QC) and Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (S2722DC)

With the new Dell 27 4K UHD and Dell 27 USB-C Monitor, users can now enjoy the convenience of a single cable solution with USB-C connectivity to deliver video, audio, and data while charging their laptop with up to 65 watts of power. These monitors are perfect for clutter-free desk space and are designed to complement all home entertainment and office set-ups.

Dell 27 4K UHD USB-C Monitor (S2722QC)
Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (S2722DC)

Dell 24 and 27 Video Conferencing Monitor (S2422HZ and S2722DZ)

Hanging out virtually with friends, family and co-workers has never been easier with the new 27-inch QHD / 23.8-inch FHD monitors made for video calls. For an easy out-of-box experience, these monitors come with a built-in 5MP privacy pop-up camera, noise-cancelling microphones and dual 5W speakers. The pop-up camera stays hidden until users are ready for video chatting, and offers amazing video clarity and crystal-clear sound.

Dell 24 Video Conferencing Monitor (S2422HZ)

These beautifully designed monitors feature Dell’s TÜV-certified ComfortView Plus – an always-on low blue light reduction technology that optimises eye comfort while retaining colour accuracy. Other features include the convenience of USB-C connectivity, AMD FreeSync technology and 75Hz refresh rate for leisure gaming.

Dell 27 Video Conferencing Monitor (S2722DZ)

Pricing and Availability

All products will be available for purchase online at dell.com.sg and at Dell Exclusive Stores in Funan Mall, NEX and Plaza Singapura.

Product Availability in Singapore Starting Price (SGD$)
Dell 27 4K UHD USB-C Monitor Available today $1,199
Dell 27 USB-C Monitor Available today $999
Dell 14 Portable Monitor From September 2021 $959
Dell 24 Video Conferencing Monitor Mid-October 2021 To be announced
Dell 27 Video Conferencing Monitor Mid-October 2021 To be announced

* Information and pictures courtesy of Dell Technologies and burson cohn & wolfe *

Dell Technologies launched Global Innovation Hub in Singapore

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) recently announced on 22nd February 2021, an investment of US$50 million (approximately S$66 million) over three years since 2019 in the establishment of a Global Innovation Hub (GIH) in Singapore. Of this planned investment, US$23 million (approximately S$30 million) will be invested this year. This is supported by Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) and these investments will go towards accelerating developments in digital experiences and research & development (R&D) capabilities. Minister for Trade & Industry, Minister Chan Chun Sing, inaugurated the Dell Technologies Global Innovation Hub (GIH) on the morning of 22nd February 2021.

Dell Technologies launches new Global Innovation Hub in Singapore. (from L to R); Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies, Goh Pei Sheng, Assistant Vice President, Digital Industry Singapore, Economic Development Board, Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, Bert Park, Senior Vice President & Global General Manager, Software & Peripherals Product Group, Dell Technologies, Tian Beng Ng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, Channel, and Country Senior Vice President, Singapore, Dell Technologies

Digital Future – Made in Singapore

The GIH is launched under Dell Technologies Digital Future – Made in Singapore initiative that aims to fast track the adoption of digital solutions and drive global innovations in Singapore for their partners and customers globally to be future-ready. This is also the first-of-its-kind innovation centre located outside of the Dell’s global headquarters in the United States. The GIH will focus on multiple growth areas, advancing digital transformation including augmented reality (AR) / mixed reality (MR), data analytics, cloud-native, cybersecurity, edge computing. They are also home to a specialised team responsible for enhancing user experiences through innovation. In addition, the GIH also houses existing R&D facilities in Singapore such as the catalyst for AI understanding and adoption.

With the establishment of the GIH, it has created more than 160 job opportunities in emerging technologies in Singapore. A diverse range of R&D innovators will be recruited, comprising designers, developers and strategists. The hiring process will be completed by this year, all new hires for the GIH are based in Singapore and will drive Dell’s R&D programmes for their customers and partners worldwide.

Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies, said: “Singapore is globally recognised as an internationally vibrant business, technology and thriving R&D hub. Our Digital Future – Made in Singapore initiative further supports Singapore’s unique standing by driving digital innovations developed in Singapore to the world. We’re very excited to unveil our global innovation hub as part of this initiative that will allow us to ideate, experiment and co-create meaningful digital solutions for our global customer and partner ecosystem. The Dell Technologies Global Innovation Hub in Singapore supported by talented local professionals will allow us to further contribute to the country’s growth and develop innovative products and solutions in emerging technologies to serve the wider regional and global markets.”

The Cloud Native Architecture team at Dell Technologies sharing with Minister for Trade & Industry, Chan Chun Sing, how it delivers high value digital transformation work with strategic partners.

The Singapore Government announced in 2020 that an investment of S$25 billion into its next five-year plan for research, innovation and enterprise (RIE 2025) to meet a broader spectrum of national needs and building up a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy and society.

“Dell Technologies’ Global Innovation Hub speaks to the company’s confidence in Singapore as an attractive R&D location, with access to talent and a vibrant ecosystem of partners here and in the region. Dell Technologies will create meaningful jobs for Singaporeans across design, strategy, research and product development. These in turn support our efforts in building a Smart Nation and a strong digital economy,” said Mr Ang Chin Tah, Vice President and Head, DISG.

Dell Technologies started off as a PC-maker, they have since evolved into one of the largest global technology companies in the world today, with deep expertise across edge computing, 5G, cloud, security, AI and machine learning. The company is driving digital transformation initiatives for companies of all sizes via its comprehensive and wide range of products portfolio. In Singapore, Dell Technologies have been proactively enabling technologies and businesses and communities in Singapore over the past two decades.

Dell Technologies also announced earlier on 10th February 2021, the launch of a tech skills accelerator initiative to empower up to 3,000 fresh graduates, mid-career professionals and students in Singapore with knowledge and skills in cloud computing, data protection and management, data science and big data analytics above the next two years.

The launch of the GIH and a move to leverage local talent continue the momentum by Dell Technologies on their tech skills accelerator initiative, to up-skill and train more than 3,000 fresh graduates, mid-career professionals and students in Singapore to be future ready, as well as a collaboration with Singapore Management University for its students to benefit from a curriculum on cloud-native and emerging technologies.

Added Midha: “The world needs technology now more than ever. In encouraging the adoption of digital solutions and new technologies, strengthening our product and process innovation system, and engaging the talent pipeline, we believe that we are paving the path for a more resilient, progressive, inclusive and sustainable economy.”

* Information and pictures courtesy of Dell Technologies and BCW *