IDC Names the 13 Outstanding Digital Leading Organizations in Asia Pacific at the Regional IDC Digital Transformation Awards 2018

  • IDC expects overall investments in DX technologies in the region to reach US$386 billion in 2018
  • KPJ Healthcare Berhad's Amiruddin Abdul Satar named as Asia/Pacific DX Leader of the Year

IDC Names the 13 Outstanding Digital Leading Organizations in Asia Pacific at the Regional IDC Digital Transformation Awards 2018

IDC Asia/Pacific unveiled the regional winners of the IDC Digital Transformation Awards (DXa) 2018 at IDC’s Digital Transformation Summit held yesterday at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore. A total of 13 winners were hailed as best of the best coming from over 600 project nominations across the region. Indonesia’s OVO won the overall distinction of “Asia/Pacific Digital Trailblazer” as well as “Asia/Pacific Digital Disruptor of the Year” tied with China’s WeDoctor. Mitr Phol Group (Thailand) and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) were tied for “Asia/Pacific Digital Transformer of the Year”. 

Other big regional winners include Baheal Pharmaceutical Group; Gammon Construction Limited; Hyundai Motor Group; KPJ Healthcare Berhad; Lane Crawford; National Information Resource Service; PhilhealthCare, Inc.; United Overseas Bank; and TutorABC, winning in the Asia/Pacific award categories of Operating Model Master, Talent Accelerator, DX Leader, Omni-experience Innovator, and Information Visionary of the Year.

IDC DXa showcases the exceptional achievements of organizations that have significantly disrupted or made critical breakthroughs in their various industries through digital transformation (DX) efforts. This year’s awards attracted a record high of 680 nominations, a three-fold increase from the first edition in 2017.

“The winners tonight represent the multiplied potential of DX across organizations from multiple sectors. According to our latest estimates, IDC expects the overall investments on DX technologies in the region to reach US$ 386 billion this year. As we move towards the digitalized economy, it is exciting to see so many digitally determined organizations exhibiting great transformation capabilities and digital mastery to thrive in this new digital era,” says Sandra Ng, Group Vice President for ICT Practice at IDC Asia/Pacific. 

These are the Asia/Pacific winners of the 2018 IDC DX Awards, and the outstanding DX initiatives that distinguished them:

OVO wins Asia/Pacific Digital Trailblazer of the Year and Digital Disruptor of the Year (tied with WeDoctor) for OVO Analytic: OVO provides highly personalized offers and services through a big data analytics platform that integrates information from organizations under the Lippo Group. These offers, and services span across food and beverage, travel, and retail. As part of the OVO ecosystem, organizations under the Lippo Group use real-time insights to improve customer experience and generate new revenue streams for the conglomerate. “We are honored to be recognized for this prestigious award. Our focus from the beginning was to reinvent the traditional practices of our partners to be digitally determined. By creating multiple analytic products utilizing the rich data from different industries, we have managed to aid them in realizing the inherent value in data,” says Vira Shanty, Chief Data Officer of Lippo Digital Group.

KPJ Healthcare Berhad’s Managing Director and President, Dato’ Amiruddin Abdul Satar named as Asia/Pacific DX Leader of The Year (tied with Baheal Pharmaceutical Group and National Information Resource Service): As the President and Managing Director of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, one of Malaysia's private leading healthcare providers, Dato Amiruddin Abdul Satar has played a vital role in leading the adoption of digital technologies in the organization and in the healthcare industry. His earliest projects involved moving the entire Group to adopt KPJ Cloud, which has reached 18 hospitals today, as well as the reengineering and redevelopment of core applications including organization-wide use of Electronic Medical Records and Cloud ERP. His latest initiative is the use of artificial intelligence in cancer research and treatment in five KPJ hospitals, being the first in the country to utilize this technology. By initiating leadership transformation in the Group through training in advanced programs to cater to innovation and transformation, Dato Amiruddin Abdul Satar ensures that KPJ Healthcare Berhad remains a leader in digital adoption in the healthcare industry.

South China Morning Post’s Digitalizing SCMP named Asia/Pacific Digital Transformer of the Year (tied with Mitr Phol): With the rise of digital media and decline of the traditional newspaper, SCMP has turned to digital technologies to transform user experiences across digital marketing channels and geographies while ensuring security, reliability, and accessibility across multiple devices. New media consumption patterns, including “off-platform” content such as instant articles on social media, have prompted SCMP to begin its transformation using a cloud-based multichannel content management system to facilitate content authoring and publishing through different channels, including web and mobile devices. In delivering news ahead of the competition, SCMP has captured a wider audience, tripling its readership since. To respond to the disruption of the media industry’s traditional business model, SCMP has also begun to utilize advanced analytics to deepen its understanding of its readers, not just to grow reach and engagement through 3 personalized content and targeted advertising, but also to generate insights for better-informed operational decisions and new, organization-wide KPIs for SCMP and drive business growth in the region and around the world.

United Overseas Bank’s Enterprise Data Architecture & Governance (EDAG) wins Asia/Pacific Information Visionary of the Year (tied with TutorABC): United Overseas Bank (UOB) uses technology to have a richer understanding of its customers’ preferences and to make their banking experience simple, safer and reliable. It also harnesses emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance its operational performance. The bank also continually develops its AI and Machine Learning capabilities to meet the various needs of its businesses. UOB has worked with a Hadoop to develop a big data solution that would enable various functions in the bank to have quick access to relevant and quality data for analyses. These functions, such as compliance and retail banking, are then able to draw on the insights generated to optimize their business processes and to design distinctive customer experiences.

IDC’s DX Awards (DXa) follows a two-phased approach to determine the country and regional winners. Each nomination is evaluated by a local and regional IDC analyst against a standard assessment framework based on IDC’s DX taxonomy. All country winners will qualify for the regional competition, which will be decided by a regional panel of judges comprised of IDC Worldwide analysts, industry thought leaders, and academia.

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