Information and Communications Technology Business Group Update- Q2 2016

Digital Transformation is one area of focus for the technology sector. The digital revolution taking place today is driving massive disruption for businesses of all types, shapes and sizes. Companies and organisations have to evolve before they get disrupted. 

By Andrew Pickup, Chairperson of the ICT Committee

 

The BritCham ICT Group continues to evolve and grow, reflecting the increasingly pervasive role of technology today at home, work, business, education and government. Since our last Orient update, the Committee has executed four ICT briefings for BritCham members on a broad range of topics.

 

These include:

 

  • Using technology to Enhance the Customer Experience that a company delivers to its customers and create a point of sustainable competitive advantage. This breakfast briefing was the best attended and best-rated event we have run to date!
  • Technology, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly was, as the name suggests, an open, honest, highly interactive, warts-and-all discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of adopting technology for small businesses and start-ups.
  • Women in Tech addressed one of the most persistent and pressing challenges facing the technology sector: the lack of female representation in the IT industry, especially at the senior levels. A panel of senior leaders, which consisted of men and women from local technology companies, provided insights into the issue, as well as proposed potential solutions.

 

On the topic of increased diversity in the often male-dominated IT industry, the BritCham ICT Committee was delighted to welcome our newest member, Stacy Low, who is a Business Development Manager for global payments provider WorldPay. Stacy’s addition to the ICT Committee increases our female representation from 0% 12 months ago to 33% today.

 

Looking ahead, one clear area of focus for the technology sector is Digital Transformation. The digital revolution taking place today is driving massive disruption for businesses of all types, shapes and sizes. Business leaders fear being made irrelevant by new entrants, processes and business models. Indeed, a recent PwC survey revealed that 86% of Global CEOs believe that ‘Digital’ is their No. 1 challenge today. Expect more from the committee in this area moving forward!

 


 

Learn more about the Infomation & Communications Technology Group and its upcoming events of the year. 

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