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3rd January 2023 – Celebrating 15 years of TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog

On 3rd January today, 15 years ago in 2008, TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog was officially launched with not much branding and fanfare, it was titled “Tan Geng Hui Personal Blog” if I recalled correctly. In the blink of an eye, 15 years had passed, this personal/technology website has changed and transformed so much over the years into the TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog that organisations, media outlets, PR agencies and supporters know about today.

A small and humble beginning

TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog had a small and humble beginning. In 2008, this website was created to separate technology and business topics away from my other portal/blog TGH Photography and Travel, allowing them to specialise in both areas, and allowing me to  expand on food, hospitality and creative side of things.

TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog celebrated its 15 years milestone on 10th April 2021, a milestone that I was proud of, the visual storytelling journeys that I embarked on, along with the growth, changes and honing of my craft and skills over the years.

I am humbled by my years of technology and business media news coverage, yet I personally don’t feel doing as much as compared to what I did for my 15 years milestone for my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

Growth, Change, and Transformation over the past 15 years

For those brands, organisations, PR agency folks and loyal supports who had worked with me or followed my website over the past 15 years. You will know first hand how much this website has grown, changed and transformed over the past 15 years.

From just covering consumer technology news/topics/interests to covering media news coverage in the enterprise/B2B technology and startups sectors.

The stages of growth, change and transformation started around 5-10 years back when I started to visit more technology conferences, that’s where I ventured into the enterprise technology and startups sectors.

As I grew older along with my websites, my special topics of interest expanded into future technology trends and changes, digital transformation digital marketing/social media marketing, Fin-Tech, blockchain and NFT.

 

A personal writing space for the writer in me

A personal writing space in a heavy content technology and business sectors might not seem to be the best complement or combination.

Everyone talks about technology jargon and applications, yet there were gaps in how to bring them to the ground level and in a language and style that most people can understand. This might not be the easiest thing to do, it’s not just about your language skills, it’s how you understand the technology, gadgets and how it plays a part in our daily life and work.

Being able to write freely, away and beyond technology and business topics, allowed me to hone and refine my writing skills (and I still have a lot of room for improvement), as well giving me another alternative space for writing on very personal deep in my heart matters, also deep thought leadership and opinions.

Through my years of writing on both visual storytelling approach and in-depth personal thoughts approach, I was encouraged and enlightened by “No Missing Tools: Creativity in an Age of Abundance” by Fernando Gros, that we are and can be creative in our own self, that just need to believe and trust in ourselves for our inner most creativity to be unleashed.

What’s next ahead for TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog?

15 years not out, I am continuing to strive forward, writing, media news coverage and sharing thought leadership in key areas. What’s next ahead for TGH Technology and Business in the next 5,10, 15, 20 years and beyond?

I can’t see what’s going to happen in the future, I can share what I am working on right now and in the very near future, would be in the areas of

  • Expand on special topics of interest such as sustainability
  • Future technology trends and changes e.g. Future of Work, Impacts of AI, Digital Transformation, Web 3.0, NFT
  • Thought leadership in technology and business industries

All of them tied in closely with my Yearly Theme 2023 for my technology, business and personal sectors – “Transform”.

Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal)

My Yearly Theme 2023 for Technology, Business and Personal is “Transform”.

Why “Transform”?

This word “Transform” was chosen for its connection to my 15 years milestone for my TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog, 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?

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 and beyond.

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.

Last but not least, I would like to say a big Thank You for your support, your belief and trust in me, and encouragement over the past 15 years, I would continue to strive and work even harder in my technology and business media news coverage and thought leadership.

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.

Reflecting Year 2022 (Technology | Business | Personal)

Today is 31st December 2022, we are now into the last day of this year 2022, soon we will say Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023! Taking this time reflecting year 2022 (technology, business and personal) – Year 2022 in review. A regular feature on my portal/blog, you can read my year in reviews for 2016 Part 1 and 2016 Part 2, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Photography by Ryan Cheng

A Recap – Yearly Theme 2022: Onward

My Yearly Theme for 2022 was “Onward”, moving into 2022 from 2021, I felt that this was most suitable at the point in time as the world was edging closer towards reopening of the economy and lifting of risk management measures for the global pandemic COVID-19 that impacted us so much from 2020 to around mid 2022.

Technology

Consumer / Enterprise / B2B

Consumer technology media coverage has been a regular and consistent coverage feature for my TGH Technology and Business portal/blog since its inception. On the enterprise / B2B technology sectors, I am gradually and slowly adding more to my overall technology media news coverage portfolio.

I am probably at a stage whereby I can only handle so much media news coverage workload on my own. Although I tried to cover and publish technology media news regularly, I found it harder to do it on a consistent and regular basis, my publishing pace kind of dropped in Q3 2022 onwards.

How would I be able to manage my consumer / enterprise / B2B technology media news coverage better? A closer working relationship with brands and PR agencies would be the best way moving forward.

StartUps

I have always been interested in the startups scene since I started learning more about this sector when I entered into enterprise / B2B technology sector at technology conferences and exhibitions. This year 2022 wasn’t too bad in my startups coverage, considering that there weren’t any physical in attendance conferences/exhibitions for the past 2.5 years.

When Singapore gradually reopened her doors and risk management measures from around the half year mark, the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) were taking this opportunity to make a push to return back to face-to-face networking events.

During this period, I met and chatted with a few startups. Moving forward in 2023, I would look at covering specific sectors in the startups community.

Future of Work

The future of work has been in the limelight for the past 2.5 years (and still counting), accelerated by the onset of the global pandemic situation in 2020 forcing us to work from home. A hybrid future of work is probably going to be the norm moving forward, even as businesses and organisations are  gradually returning back to working in office, they are also adjusting and adopting their own rules and working styles in a hybrid future of work environments, giving rise to new gadgets in communications and work for both office and remote.

How would the Future of Work change in the years to come? There is an area that I am planning to explore more, from both technology and human resources perspectives.

Business

Social Media Marketing / Digital Marketing

An area that I was planning and I did expand into, social media marketing/digital marketing didn’t take off as I thought it would be for me. Another set of big business and life lessons learnt from this hiccup, how would I change and approach this business segments in a new financial year 2023?

It’s back to the drawing board again, back to reality, back to basics and start from scratch again.

Future of Social Media and Trends

Have you asked yourself how you feel about using social media nowadays, as compared to 5 to 10 years back? How much has social media changed over the years? How much has you changed because of social media platforms and usage over the years?

The future of social media and trends are areas that I always observe closely though, on both professional and personal basis. For those who are on Twitter, the recent saga with the new ownership has caused quite a bit of upheaval, concerns and thinking, what would happen to this platform in the near future? As a avid heavy user on Twitter, as compared to the other social media platforms that I am on, that got me thinking a lot, finding alternatives to Twitter platform and how I would do my engagements and networkings differently.

Social media trends are changing and evolving, while the current media landscape is dominant and favours videos, we might be seeing a new video era, it’s like version 2.0. The other areas of interest would be Web3.0 and a return back to analogue or basics as we could be getting more tired of social media.

I would talk more about future of social media and trends in another article sometime down the road.

Other Business Interests / Reopening of World Economy

Beside working on social media marketing/digital marketing, I was on the lookout for other business interests. There were some preliminary thoughts on some sectors, still a lot more homework to be done before making any major moves. With a new set of uncertainties coming in Year 2023, I have to be more cautious.

The world economy reopened in 2022 with the lifting of risk management measures and borders in many countries worldwide, bringing back the much missed business trades, movement of people, revival of the travel and tourism industries. It’s not an exponential climb back, it’s slow and gradual, probably with some dips here and there.

Dark Clouds/Challenges looming ahead in 2023

In this year 2022, just when the world is relieved and happy to be recovering, reopening and moving away from this global pandemic that turned the world upside down for the past 2.5 to 3 years, the world economy is facing a new of economic challenges (high inflation with a recession looming over us) and political instabilities in some parts of the world.

Personal

Recovery from an uneventful down time in 2021

A few uneventful events got me spiralling down into a rabbit hole in 2021, it took me a while to get myself out of that situation, allowing me to enter 2022 with a clean slate of mind, personal well-being and mental health.

JOMO versus FOMO

JOMO = Joy of missing out, FOMO = Fear of missing out. The world of social media in recent times had been getting more messy and complicated, oversharing, excess showing off, all wanting fame, likes and first to post/share.

There was a time when I was FOMO, however I got so delusional on some aspects of social media, even though I am still actively using social media platforms, just more selective. I am moving into JOMO mode.

Maybe JOMO would free me up from those shackles, allowing me to concentrate on honing my craft, creativity and writing even further and better, as a writer, a visual storyteller.

There were still struggles

I am not going to paint a beautiful scenario or picture, like people posting on their FB or social media platforms, smiling, enjoying life and living a fun and exciting lifestyle.

There were still struggles over the whole year 2022, hidden away from social media. Not many people or nobody can really know what I am going through.

Year 2022 Theme: Onward vs Year 2022 in Reality

Year 2022 in reality was definitely Onward for me, even though the economy wasn’t giving us a smooth and easy recovery, I have to ride out the usual ups and downs like the rest, even as the world economy is working towards reopening and returning back to a more normal living of pre-pandemic days.

Last But Not Least

Reflecting Year 2022 in my technology, business and personal segments is just one half of my equation of my Year 2022 in Review. The other half of my equation of my Year 2022 in Review can be found here in this article: Reflecting Year 2022 (Photography | Travel) on my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

I would like to say a big Thank You to the various technology brands and PR agency folks that I worked closely with in Year 2022, to my readers for their utmost support for this year. Keep a lookout as my website is marking a 15 years milestone in January 2023!

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2023! Good luck and all the best in the new year ahead!

Jabra Evolve2 Buds

Jabra, a world leader in personal sound and office solutions, launched the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, the latest product in the Jabra Evolve series lineup. In a new future of work environment, the hybrid future of work is becoming a standard for most professionals, having the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere is important.

The new Jabra Evolve2 Buds is a top-of-the-range product, designed to boost concentration and improve collaboration for professionals working on the move. The Evolve2 Buds are certified for leading virtual meeting platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and use the latest technology to reduce disruptive background noise and enable clearer calls.

Minimised distractions

Whether we are working from home, office, or in a public space, we are often wrought with distractions everywhere: from the sounds of washing machine churning, to the sound of a barista working the coffee machine, to colleagues chattering in the background.

For this reason, the Evolve2 Buds come with anAdjustable Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology which hybrid-working professionals can use to personalise the ANC to their listening preferences, blocking out any external sounds and minimising distractions. The Evolve2 Buds also come with a sealing test feature called MyFit, as well as SafeTone™ with PeakStop, which ensures enhanced hearing protection and the most optimal seal for the best, personalised ANC experience.

Greater call quality and crystal-clear conversations

It’s now more important than ever for calls to be of greater call quality and crystal-clear conversations, allowing employees to be heard on calls and able to chat freely with their co-workers, business contacts or clients, without being interrupted, especially as virtual meetings are going to be the norm in the new hybrid future of work and living.

With many of us now used to the true wireless earbud form factor, Jabra developed the Evolve2 Buds to enable users to have high-quality conversations with Jabra MultiSensor Voice™. It uses a unique combination of four microphones, bone conduction sensors, and advanced algorithms to block out as much of the surrounding noise as possible so the user can be heard clearly by those on the call, contributing to more focused conversation experiences.

Extensive range and connectivity for flexibility 

For those seeking stable connectivity and increased mobility, the Evolve2 Buds feature a long wireless range, owing to the unique, in-case dongle that can be plugged into your PC. With a wireless range of up to 20 meters / 65 feet, the Evolve2 Buds give employees the ability to move around their home or hybrid / remote work environments without compromising call quality.

Certified for leading virtual meeting platforms including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, the earbuds come with 5 hours of talk time and a total of 33 hours of battery including the charging case, avoiding the inconvenience of your earbuds running out of charge mid-meeting.

“The world we live in today has made us crave freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere. At the same time, we also learnt from our Hybrid Ways of Working 2022 research about the role that technology plays in increasing employee inclusion in hybrid work. With all that in mind, we sought to create a product with our new Jabra Evolve2 Buds to empower professionals to look, sound and be professional on the go,” says Agnes Koh, Regional Product Marketing Manager at Jabra.

Key features of the Evolve2 Buds:

  • Certified for Microsoft Teams and leading UC platforms – for enhanced collaboration experience
  • MultiSensor Voice technology – ensures professional call performance by using multiple mics and Jabra algorithms to block out noise
  • Plug-and-play USB adapter for enhanced connectivity – 20 metre/65 feet range allows users the freedom to move around their work environment
  • Advanced Multipoint connection – connect to two devices at one time
  • Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation – filters out background noise allowing for increased focus
  • HearThrough and single earbud use – allows the user to hear surrounding sounds through the earbuds whilst wearing them
  • Increased battery life – with 33 hours of battery, including the case and wireless charging
  • Ultra-discreet design – for ultimate comfort and a professional look

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Evolve2 Buds come in both USB A & USB C variants and are available now at MSRP S$424 (without with wireless charging pad) and S$479 (with wireless charging pad).

For more information about the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, please visit https://www.jabra.sg/business/office-headsets/jabra-evolve/jabra-evolve2-buds.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra and Gloo *

Adobe Research Reveals: Time To Get Personal

Adobe announced a new research in October 2022 that revealed the growing importance of brands understanding customers at a personal level and interacting with them as individuals, in real time. How are the consumer market sentiments, trends and styles changing in this modern era of social media and internet driven environment that we live in? How do all these trends, sentiments, trends and styles differ across different countries and regions? The key takeaway from Adobe Research reveals: Time to get personal.

Singapore Market

For the Singapore market, the majority (88%) of consumers in Singapore want to be treated as an individual with unique interests and preferences, with almost 2/3 of consumers (65%) saying they feel negatively towards brands that interact with them based on broad assumptions and labels, including age-based stereotypes such as “Millennial” and “Gen-Z”.

Asia Pacific Market

Across Asia Pacific, customers are calling on brands to demonstrate that they know them, show them, and will help them in the moments that matter – not once, but all the time,” said Duncan Egan, Vice President of Marketing, Adobe Asia Pacific and Japan. “To meet that standard, brands need to unlock preferences in real-time through customer data, and use it to deliver relevant interactions and content at the right moment. Scaling that across up to millions of customers is the next step.”

Adobe’s research shows the emergence of a new consumer that is not defined by age, that refuses to be stereotyped, and expects to be understood as the unique person they are today. For brands and organisations seeking to meet the modern consumer’s new expectations, they must ensure that they are equipped with the latest customer data platform technologies, whereby they can create a complete single view of every customer capable of delivering personalised experiences in real-time.

Time to get personal

The Adobe survey of 5,000 APAC consumers (2,000 Australians, 2,000 Indians and 1,000 Singaporeans) reveals 3x as many APAC consumers feel closer to people who share their passions and interests (62%) than those of a similar demographic (19%). The vast majority (86%) of consumers want to be seen and treated as individuals based on their unique interests and preferences.

Singaporeans feel strongly about this, with more than one-quarter (28%) rejecting the stereotypes of their generation and 88% wanting to be seen and treated as an individual.

Individuality is key

Individuality is a key factor in today’s climate. Consumers today have high expectations for the brands they are engaging with – they expect brands to see them as unique people, keep up with their changing habits and interests, and respect their privacy preferences. Almost 2/3 of Singaporeans (65%) now expect businesses to have a clear understanding of who they are as individuals, and only contact them with information relevant to what they are interested in at any given moment. 65% of Singaporean consumers, the same proportion think negatively of brands that use broad assumptions and stereotypes to engage them.

73% of Singaporean consumers, almost 3/4 say they expect personalised experiences from brands they share data with, with 65% wanting real-time offers relevant to them. However, more than 27% of Singaporeans, a quarter of them say brands are not doing this well or are inconsistent in their efforts to keep up with their personal preferences. Regular efforts to engage consumers with bespoke offers related to their current interests is of the highest importance – more than 4x as many people want frequent, thoughtful gestures (70%) over bigger one-off moments (15%).

Change is the only Constant

Change is the only Constant holds true, it’s getting faster in recent years. Adobe found out that consumer preferences and tastes are constantly evolving, reinforcing the need for brands to move away from simple groupings based on age or other fixed demographic factors. The consumers’ collective experiences over recent years and months has only added to that rate of change.

Most consumers across Asia Pacific se themselves and their peer group differently from how they were pre-pandemic , and 79% have adjusted their preferences and tastes even further in the past three months. The average person takes on a new interest or hobby 6x a year, rising to 10x a year for people under the age of 25.

To understand Singapore market better, brands need to take note on their ability to keep pace with them because this is a significant expectation for Singaporean consumers. In the survey, 60% of Singaporeans responded that they have changed their favourite brands as their tastes and financial situation has changed. Real-time visibility and delivering experiences in line with emerging preferences is vital to keeping even the most loyal customers on side.

Meeting consumers where they are

Adobe Real-Time CDP empowers brands to continually meet members of this new generation where they are. This customer data platform allows organisations view and manage customer profiles, make updates in real-time, and activate customer insights through Adobe Experience Cloud applications across the entire customer journey.

Experiencing Adobe Digital Experience at Adobe Experience Makers

My experiences with Adobe is mostly at Adobe’s Creative Suite side of things, as my photography (business and personal) and my content creation are key areas of my business services. I would be sharing about Adobe MAX on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog.

Experiencing Adobe Digital Experience at Adobe Experience Makers, I was introduced to Adobe’s business market segments. From a technology writer, digital marketer and formerly from a local small medium business (SMB) background, I am able to relate and understand digital transformation for businesses and organisations.

Attending Adobe Experience Makers allowed me to hear first hand real life case studies of businesses from both local and regional, on their digital transformation journey and engagements with their customers. Digital transformation and SMB related topics are areas of interest in my technology and business topics coverage.

Understanding your market, consumer behaviour, sentiments, trends and styles are crucial especially in this fast paced ever changing social media and internet driven world. Businesses and organisations also need a holistic digital platform that would allow them to cater and handle digital transformation, not just for themselves, they would make the engagement with their consumers a better experience for all.

Whether you are a business owner, management staff, IT head/lead or handling digital marketing, a new age of digital transformation is ushering a new transformation and change in a constantly changing digital world that is changing faster than before. Having a solid digital experience platform and diverse suite of digital services and tools are a must have for your businesses and organisations.

The time is now for businesses and organisations to embark on your Digital Transformation 2.0  or maybe even Digital Transformation 3.0, and transform your workplace digital experiences for a new Future of Work, if you haven’t done so.

Adobe Digital Experience

For business organisations and institutions that are exploring new holistic digital experiences for your organisation and how you can go about implementing or transforming your current digital experiences, you can visit Adobe website https://www.adobe.com/sea/ and learn more about how Adobe is changing the world through its digital experiences.

* Information courtesy of Adobe and WE Communications *

Writer’s Day and Thoughts

A writer’s day and thoughts, today I am writing from my own personal writer’s perspectives, thoughts, views and plans. It’s something different from my personal updates and reflections, also away from my technology and business media news coverage.

Official launch of my second photography zine

It’s finally official, I finally announced the launch of my second photography zine, a special theme zine on photography therapy and playbook. A personal project idea that came out from me handling my own personal situations during the ongoing global pandemic situation in 2021. Photography and writing were key factors that got me out from that rabbit hole.

More deep and personal insights can be read here inside this article that I wrote and published on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog. If you like to purchase my 2nd photography zine titled “TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook”, it’s available on MagCloud.

TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook

TGH Photography Zine Collection: TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook

The motivation and story behind my second photography zine came about from some personal crisis in a middle of an ongoing global pandemic situation. There were a series of situations that took place in 2021.My second photography zine has a unique and special theme – photography therapy theme,…

Find out more on MagCloud

Reading Not Enough

I am not reading enough books, even though I am reading articles online, from both news outlets and writers from different genres. My books inside my cupboard are waiting for me to read them again or start reading them since I bought those books.

Time to go back reading “No Missing Tools: Creativity In An Age Of Abundance” by Fernando Gros, “The Little Book of Ikigai” by Ken Mogi and Taiwan street travel by Emico.

New books to read are “Klopp Bring The Noise” by Raphael Honigstein, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck* by Mark Manson and “Goodbye, Things on Minimalist Living” by Fumio Sasaki.   

Writing Not Fast Enough

I am not writing fast enough, on both media news coverage, media events coverage, as well as personal and visual storytelling side. On one hand, it can be really exhausting, it’s also more challenging to bring my writing to the next level.

Would I be able to get back to a faster pace of writing? Let’s see how it goes, I realised that quality writing takes a bit more time than usual, I do produce better quality articles too.

What’s up next for my writing topics/projects?

What’s up next for my writing topics/projects? I would break it down into a few areas that I am working on:

Personal writing

This is where I provide updates and reflections on personal and business side of things aka ranting on a quarterly basis, sometimes along with half yearly and full year review updates as well. My personal writing is where I am able to write freely, sharing what I want to share on a personal basis. This is my personal avenue and platform to release them in my own words, thoughts and feelings.

Special interest

Over my years of writing, media news coverage on both technology, photography and travel sectors, I have also developed interests and concerns in topics that are close to my heart and mind.

Some areas that I am planning to go more in-depth are sustainability and climate change, future and developments of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and future of work.

Visual storytelling – photography and travel

A genre that I started in 2006, my visual storytelling adventures and journeys on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog, accompanying my photography portfolio website TGH Photography, in my content creation and social media marketing/digital marketing journeys.

I am thinking of a new book project for year 2023, either a photo book or a visual storytelling travel book. More information and updates would be shared when I am ready to announce.

There could also be a chance for projects or commissioned work here in Singapore or overseas for my visual storytelling skillsets and experiences as well.

15 years young in 2023

Founded in 2008, TGH Technology and Business portal/blogs turning 15 years young in January 2023. Since I haven’t celebrate any major milestone for TGH Technology and Business portal/blog, I might do a milestone celebration, maybe something similar to the 15 years milestone for my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog in April 2021.

Journaling and Writing – Old School + Modern Technology

As I am making changes to my WFH workstation by adding a used 2017 Apple iMac 21.5, and hybrid remote working setup recently, adding a used Logitech Slim Combo keyboard for my Apple iPad Air 3, looking to add a few more peripherals soon to complete my content creation, photography and writing work, portable and on the move. I am trying out the Day One journaling app on my Apple iPad Air 3, typing down notes, thoughts and ideas while I am on the move.

During this period, I am also thinking about my journaling with notebooks for work/daily usage as well as a travelers notebook. Would I be able to combine old school + modern technology in my journaling and writing?

Next Stop – What would it be?

On board my writing and visual storytelling journey, coming to 15 years for this website. Next stop – What would it be? What are my goals, objectives and plans for my writing?

Let me think, let me plan, let me write it down.

Stay tuned, coming soon.

People, Technology, and Spaces – Critical Elements to the Future of Work and Return to Office

The role and significance of a workplace has changed over the years, with the recent global pandemic situation accelerating changes and disruptions to how we work and our workplace, transforming a new future of work as the world economy gradually seeks a return back to normal in a post-pandemic world. Work today is no longer a place, it’s now what your employees do, and how they do it. The future of work is upon us, a hybrid future of work is here to stay and it’s an increasingly permanent fixture. How are organisations coping and figuring out how to optimise this new future of work model setup, amidst ongoing challenges with the Return to the Office. People, Technology, and Spaces – they are the key elements to the Future of Work and Return to Office

There have been a lot of discussions and ideas on what organisations should do when building out strategies for a new Future of Work, whether it’s changing the nature of work for employees, what technologies should come into play, or the need to redefine the office space.

Recipe to Success in the New Future of Work

At Poly, they believe that the receipt to success in the new future of work over the long term, starts with three key central ingredients

1. People: They are the most important asset for a company.

2. Technology: Organisations need to properly define the needs and work styles of employees, this would lead to the ability fo discern the rich technology solutions that can enable both effective work across different spaces, regardless of where that might be.

3. Spaces: Organisations need to understand the work styles more prevalent among employees, the organisation can then better design experiences across spaces that increase both engagement and innovation by eliminating friction to create seamless transitions from the home office to spaces across the office, or anywhere in between.

The former approach to planning an office work setup is defining requirements based on space, the new approach is a people-focused approach, a radical departure from the old ways of setting up an office workspace. The best way forward for a modern organisation is to strategise for the Future of Work, is to understand the people who perform it.

Poly has been studying work style evolution for nearly a decade, they have identified six distinct work styles, often referred to as personas – which make up 97% of a typical enterprise, each with different character traits. By identifying the attributes, pain points, and communication preferences associated with each persona, businesses are better equipped to match work styles and employee behaviours to devices and technologies, thereby increasing organisational productivity.

Samir Sayed, Managing Director, ASEAN and Korea, Poly, says, “For organizations to succeed in this new world of work, they first have to understand how their people do their best work, how to configure work spaces to enable their workers to get the most out of their working hours, and by extension, where to best invest their money in technologies that enable a seamless, flexible, and more equitable working experience.”

Here are some key takeaways:

  • There is an ongoing and dramatic shift to remote-centric work styles: From before the pandemic to 2022, there has been a 25% increase in workers adopting remote-centric working styles and preferences.
  • The ability to connect is driving a return to the office: While there are numerous barriers hindering the return to the office, the ability to connect to one another remains a key element in driving people to return to the office.
  • Connecting employees driving a shift in office space reallocation: Pre-pandemic, up to 70% of office space was geared towards individual desks and support spaces. Post-pandemic, the shift to more remote-centric roles is driving a shift from individual space, towards space that supports activities that connect employees for collaboration.

Low Hee Bun, Senior Solution Architect, Poly, comments, “Organizations are getting serious about implementing their long-term hybrid strategies, which also includes plans to refit their office spaces to better fit the new purpose of the office as a center of corporate culture. Planning for the return to office is about designing experiences for this new hybrid world of work that will drive people to the office to build connections, and at the same time maximizing the experiences for those in the office and those who are remote.”

How can your organisation setup for the new Future of Work?

Board Room

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Small Meeting Room

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Home Office

The Hybrid Future of Work is upon us, a hybrid format of remote/working from home and working in office. As both organisation and the workforce find the balance point in this Hybrid Future of Work, the recipe to success in the new Future of Work – People, Technology and Spaces. They will play their crucial roles together to transform and usher in new Hybrid Future of Work.

If you would like to learn more about setting up your workforce for success in a new world of work, please visit www.poly.com and check them out!

* Information courtesy of Poly and IN.FOM *

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!  

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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).

Zoho Sign integrated with “Sign with Singpass”

Zoho Corporation, a leading global technology company, signs on with Singpass to launch Zoho Sign, a complete digital signature app for business signatories. Singpass is Singapore’s national digital identity, it’s one of the Singapore’s Smart Nation strategic national projects. Singpass provides a convenient and secure platform for Singapore residents to transact with Singapore Government agencies and private sector organisations. To date, this includes 700 organisations offering more than 2,000 services. The “Sign with Singpass” feature was launched in November 2020, allowing users to digitally sign documents such as contracts and agreements using their Singpass credentials.

Zoho Sign

Zoho Sign is a complete digital signature application by Zoho Corporation, a leading global technology company. Recognised by top-industry analysts, Zoho Sign offers military-grade encryption and ensures the highest level of data security and is ESIGN and eIDAS compliant. Beyond, digital signing, Zoho Sign combines document management, workflow configuration and document tracking capabilities in a simple user interface.

Zoho Sign + Singpass

From September 2022, users in Singapore with a Singpass account will be able to use Sign with Singpass to authenticate their Zoho Sign signing process.

To use Zoho Sign + Singpass, you would need to do the following:

  1. Enable Sign with Singpass in Zoho Sign.
  2. Upload the document and select if you are signing yourself or to collect signature from others.
  3. Select the Sign via Singpass option during the document signing process.
  4. Open the Singpass app on your mobile device and scan the QR code to sign the document. Singpass and Zoho Sign handshake happens here showing a “Code” that ensures the authenticity of the signing process and to make the user feel comfortable of the authenticity.
  5. Once the document is signed, you can download the document signed with Singpass from your Zoho Sign account at anytime. The document would have a “Singpass” logo in the PDF now as the Identity provider is Singpass.

Where can Zoho Sign be used?

Zoho Sign can be used in the following context:

  • Business – Invoices, sales contracts, Income tax filings
  • Banking & Finance – Loan agreements, account openings, credit reports, beneficiary forms
  • Real Estate – Mortgage forms, brokerage agreements, leases, rent agreements, closing disclosures
  • Government – Procurement forms, enforcement documents, licensing documents
  • Employment contracts

Benefits of using Zoho Sign + Singpass

What are the benefits of using Zoho Sign + Singpass? As Singapore is striving towards a Smart Nation country, this is part of the digital growth journey and transformation that we have to embark on.

Using e-signatures are now recognised, allowing organisations to make the commitment towards paperless operations. This move significantly saves time and money, it also eliminate the hassle of printing out documents, chasing for signatures and the process of filling the physical documents there after. With a digital technology like Zoho Sign, organisations are able to remotely obtain required signatories.

Sign with Singpass allows users to digitally sign documents using their signing certificate (issued by the National Certification Authority) contained in their Singpass app. The digital signature generated using the signing certificate is cryptographically linked to the signer, providing businesses with higher assurance of the authenticity and integrity of the signed documents.

This integration is now readily available to all existing Zoho Sign users. Enable this integration to all your signers by navigating to the Settings menu and then Integrations. Zoho Sign also offers comprehensive help documentation to configure this integration in your account.

Not a Zoho Sign user?

If you are not already a Zoho Sign user, you can sign up for a 14-day free Enterprise trial. If you have any questions or feedback about Zoho Sign, you can email them at support@zohosign.com.

* Information and picture courtesy of Zoho and Priority Consultants *