Live Webinar

Facing Off Against COVID-19: Accelerating Digital for Malaysia’s Socioeconomic Resilience

Thursday, 10 September 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MYT 

IDC’s survey found that 55.8% of Asia Pacific public sector organizations expect a slow and difficult recovery rate, post-COVID-19.

Earlier in Q4 2019, Malaysia’s announced its transition to the digital economy with numerous incentives and grants introduced to help businesses digitalize, and workforce up-skilling focuses. In fact, Bank Negara stated that digital Malaysia initiatives could provide up to US$136 billion boost to national GDP by 2025. With COVID-19, an emergency stimulus package of over US$4.8 billion was further provided to local businesses and households to further accelerate these digitalization drives.

COVID-19 has dramatically altered and accelerated the digital landscape for many ASEAN governments. Heightened IT strategies and deployment best practices are at the forefront of government leaders' attention, with increased importance on LOB IT outcomes, multiple digital initiatives that span various stakeholders across and outside the agency, and programs and services that need to engage and effectively meeting more personalized constituent needs.

In this webinar, our speakers will discuss what the main transformational trends organizations should focus and address in Malaysia.

3 main transformational trends are noted:

  • Lifelong Constituent Services Automation and Value Creation- digital twins for cradle-to-grave citizen lifecycle personalized 'push' services
  • An Outcomes-Based Approach- bridging silos, engaging lines of business, and constituents needs
  • Digital Identity & Personal Data- new strategies for managing digital identities, cybersecurity, privacy, and public sector data governance

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We will be giving out a complimentary IDC info brief to help your business navigate the disruptions through this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cheam Tat Inn

Managing Director, SAS Malaysia

Cheam has almost four decades of experience in sales, marketing and general management in the Information Technology and telecom industries.

Prior to SAS Malaysia, Cheam was the Managing Director of The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), a one-stop platform and centre of excellence for Data Science focused on enabling Data-Driven organizations and empowering the next generation data professionals.

Prior to helming analytics companies, Cheam was the Managing Director of EMC Malaysia, a leading cloud computing, information management and security company which he and his team established as the undisputed market leader.

Just before heading EMC Malaysia, Cheam was the Group Chief Executive Officer for Dataprep Holdings Bhd, a pioneer IT company in Malaysia and the first to be listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (Now known as Bursa Malaysia). During his tenure with Dataprep, he strengthened the financial position of the company and refocused its core business.

Prior to Dataprep, he has held key leadership positions with industry leading multinationals like Sun Microsystems, Nortel Networks, Compaq Computers, Digital Equipment Corporation and IBM.

He was the Managing Director of Sun Microsystems Malaysia (“Sun”) from 2003 for a period of more than 3 years where he was responsible for Sun regaining a substantial portion of its market share.

Prior to joining Sun, he was the Managing Director of Nortel Networks Malaysia. He was responsible for turning around the company and making Nortel one of the top players in the Telco industry in Malaysia.

Before joining Nortel Networks, he was the Asia Pacific President of Arcadian Wireless Inc, a Silicon valley startup that provides fixed wireless last mile solution for emerging markets and rural environments.

He was the Managing Director of Compaq Computer Corporation Malaysia in 1999 right after the merger of three major companies, namely Tandem, Digital and Compaq. He successfully managed Compaq through the post-merger integration.

Cheam started his career with IBM Malaysia where he held positions in systems engineering, sales, marketing and general management.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College, UK.


Jason Tan

Director Pre-Sales, ASEAN, SAS

Jason Tan is currently the ASEAN Director for Presales for SAS. He is responsible to manage the presales activities across ASEAN and managing a team of regional subject matter experts. Besides, driving the presales activities for SAS in ASEAN, he is responsible to drive long term initiative in the area of growth which includes cloud, innovation and public sector.  Over the past years in SAS, Jason had built up the 1st SAS APAC Innovation Center to support the innovation agenda across APAC. The innovation center focuses in innovation with smart government initiative and smart manufacturing initiative. Jason had been involved in regular strategic discussion with public sector in their digital transformation journey and data driven initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Jason is Managing Director for HPE Innovation Center Asia Pacific and General Manager, Public Sector, Asia Pacific. He was responsible for the running of the Innovation Center for Asia Pacific, consisting of 40 senior technologies, which focuses on driving startup acceleration and customer co-innovation project. For that role, he had focuses in developing commercial engagement in several key areas – big data, IOT, High Performance Computing and artificial intelligence. Some of the notable success include commercial engagement in Singapore G-Cloud, Taoyuan Smart City, India Railway solution. For his role as Director for Public Sector, Asia Pacific, he had been tasked to drive the public sector business across HPE full portfolio.

Over the 20+ years in IT industry, Jason had worked in various executive functions inclusive of product management role, account management role and business development role in country and across region. He is recognized as thought leaders in new initiative from cloud, high performance computing to artificial intelligence. He had been working with country MD across Asia Pacific for developing cloud, high performance computing and AI strategies.

Ir. Dr. Karl Ng

Director, Data Ecosystem Development Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

As Director of the Data Ecosystem Development Division, Dr Karl leads MDEC’s efforts in building a thriving national data ecosystem that leverage on the power of data for value creation, innovation and new sources of growth.

The Data Ecosystem endeavor includes driving the impact of data technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) via a two-pronged strategy of growing the local supply of such solutions via industry development programs and while carrying out digital transformation on the demand side. Dr Karl is instrumental in development of National Big Data Analytics Framework in 2014 and currently driving the development of the National Artificial Intelligence Framework. He also chairs the National Data Sharing Policy Taskforce.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and MBA with Distinction and Doctor of Business Degrees from Charles Sturt University, Australia. He recently completed The Oxford AI Program from Said Business School of University of Oxford. He has also attended executive programs from Harvard Business School and Carnegie Melon University. He is also registered Professional Engineer. He sits in advisory board of several universities in Malaysia and has served as judge in international Entrepreneurship and Innovation awards including EY Entrepreneur of the Year Malaysia from 2012-2016.

Christopher Tan

Regional Alliance Director, APJ, Global Markets & Partners, Intel Corp.

Christopher Tan has over 23 years of experience in the ICT industry. As the Regional Alliance Director, Chris is responsible for the business relationship and go-to-market programs with global ISV partners across APJ. Before this role, he was the APJ Datacenter Platform Marketing Manager, owning the product marketing for Xeon and Atom server product lines. Other roles in his 14 years Intel career included the Business Development Manager for Singapore and the Enterprise Sales Manager for South East Asia, where he managed the account relationships with large enterprise end-customers, OEM partners and service providers.

Sudev Bangah

Managing Director, IDC ASEAN

As the Managing Director for IDC ASEAN, Sudev directs the overall operations of the ASEAN country offices' development, sales, consulting, as well as marketing, and works alongside local and global organizations' C-level executives in their aspirations in developing robust plans and strategies for both emerging countries.

Having previously led IDC’s Southeast Asia Consulting group, Sudev has brought that rich experience in the country level by providing advice and thought leadership to CEOs, country heads, and chief strategy officers (CSOs). Based in Jakarta, Sudev continues to be hands-on in providing tailored insights, analysis, and strategies to top-tier technology vendors and telecommunications providers in expanding market share, market penetration strategies, and providing tactical approaches in winning the market.

Sudev is also a frequent speaker at industry events across Southeast Asia on a wide range of topics, and is regularly quoted in both local and international media such as Bloomberg, Asian Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and BBC.

Prior to joining IDC, Sudev was a Senior Executive at Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the organization entrusted to spearhead the development of the ICT industry in Malaysia. During this period, Sudev was immersed in projects related to the creation of the country’s ICT road map and master plan, and was part of a team that helps raise the performance capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

Sudev holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He is also a certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, and holds an ITIL certification.