Maxis Business SPARK demonstrates shared mindset in accelerating digital transformation

  • Summit provided in-depth look on the exponential advancement of technology
  • Championing transformation initiatives in line with govt’s digital agenda

(L-R) Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia, Gokhan Ogut, CEO of Maxis, Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia and Raja Arshad Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of Maxis.

Recognising the urgent need for digital transformation in a critical period of accelerating technology, over 500 local and international business leaders across Corporate, Government and large SMEs nationwide gathered at the inaugural Maxis Business SPARK Summit 2019 at EQ Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 31 Oct. Themed ‘Igniting Innovation’, the day-long Summit provided an in-depth look on the exponential advancement in technology and disruptive innovation for businesses and evolving digital lifestyles of today.

Delivering the keynote address was Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Also present at the event was Raja Arshad Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of Maxis.

In his remarks, Gobind emphasized that the Malaysian Government recognises the impact of IR 4.0 on economy and society, and government’s role to provide a conducive environment for these new technologies to be harnessed. “Businesses should quickly embrace and arm themselves with the knowledge and talent to accelerate their digital transformation journeys, or risk being left behind in global competitiveness in the near future,” he said.

The minister also expressed his appreciation to Maxis for acting as a catalyst to bring global technology insights and thinking to this stage. He described it as, “beneficial for the advancement of all Malaysian businesses as it is aligned with the Government’s ambition in driving the digital economy.”

Gokhan Ogut, Chief Executive Officer, Maxis was thrilled at the response received for the conference. “This clearly demonstrates a shared mindset amongst enterprises to accelerate digital transformation. We see great potential and opportunities for Malaysia to become a technology leader, not only in the region but also in the world. This Summit also underlines our ambition to be Malaysia’s leading converged solutions company, and we are committed to helping businesses to be leaders as well and to always be ahead. Our hope is that this event would have provided a platform for partnership opportunities and created a spark for future breakthroughs.”

Meanwhile, Paul McManus, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Maxis, stressed that it has been accelerating its own convergence journey through a full suite of solutions across fixed and mobile for Enterprises. “We have also been scaling up our enterprise team, building talent capacity and capabilities in key areas for growth. These capabilities are essential as we help to transform businesses in Malaysia to be ready for the future. Today’s Summit amplifies that ambition and we want to come in as their business partner to help drive their growth together.”

During the conference, Futurist and CEO of Tomorrow, Mike Walsh delivered his keynote on ‘Transforming for 2030 and Beyond’. The author of bestselling book, The Algorithmic Leader, shared insights on exploiting digital platforms to drive exponential growth, customer experiences and nurture the next generation and algorithmic leaders. 

Panel sessions provided delegates with new perspectives and insights on empowering businesses through new technology, with topics ranging from Internet of Things (IoT) & Industry 4.0, Cloud, 5G, Big Data & A.I, Mobility, Network and Security. Among the insights shared by panelists included preparing businesses for 5G, unlocking significant productivity gains from IoT and the priorities of cybersecurity for every business.

The Summit also featured a Smart Solutions showcase covering five sectors including Smart Office, Smart City, Smart Retail, Smart Factory and Smart Farming.

Through partnerships, Maxis has helped many organisations over the past year in shaping and accelerating the benefits of technology adoption for businesses, and championing digital transformation initiatives in line with the government’s digital economy agenda. Key initiatives underlining this commitment include partnerships with MDEC to develop the IoT ecosystem, Cisco for software-defined networking and Huawei for 5G acceleration in the country.

The Maxis Business Spark Summit 2019 brought together industry partners namely AWS, Cisco, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and Vodafone.

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