The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) elected a new chairman as well as new office bearers and councillors for 2016 at its recent annual general meeting (AGM), even as the industry faces challenging times.
Different countries produce different types of entrepreneurs and startups, but while the flavours might be different, these startups all rely on the same kinds of services and products to succeed, writes Justin Hall.
As the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) gears up to become a single market with the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in December, the economic bloc faces a variety of challenges.
Startups should not be asking themselves whether they should go regional, just when and how, according to a panel of entrepreneurs and industry pundits.
South-East Asian entrepreneurs need to work together and drive the way the region does business, urged Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary-General of the Treasury at Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance.
The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) became just the latest to question a minister’s assertion that Malaysians ‘prefer’ slower broadband speeds, arguing that whatever government officials may say, the country's broadband infrastructure plays an integral role in attracting foreign investments.
No Malaysian would prefer to have a slower broadband package, if they had a choice – the problem with the situation in Malaysia is that most people lack that choice, writes Dr Shawn Tan.
Online shopping mall Blibli.com is trying to differentiate itself by embracing Indonesian SMEs, according to its CEO Kusumo Martanto, who is also hoping that soon-to-unveiled government regulations will boost the eocsystem while protecing local players and consumers.
The smart factory of the future will produce a wider variety of products from within the walls of a single factory; embrace smaller batch manufacturing that delivers more personalised and individualised products from closer to home; and make sustainability more of a factor in manufacturing, writes Chris Lee of Autodesk Asean.
Malaysian global business services (GBS) players need to start venturing outside the country and look at partnerships with other companies in South-East Asia urgently, or risk losing out when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) comes into being.