Information and Communications Technology Business Group Update- Q3 2015

BY Andrew Pickup (Microsoft Asia), Chairperson of the ICT Business Group

The ICT Committee has undergone some changes in recent months. Following an open voting process, Andrew Pickup was elected Chairman, supported by Chris Reed as Co-Chair. The committee convened to discuss its overall goals, priorities, and broad direction. The agreed goal of the ICT Committee is to “inspire, educate and engage Chamber members on the transformative capabilities of Information Technology to their business.” 


We seek to add value to the Chamber and its members through activities that:


  • Demonstrate the value of ICT solutions to their business
  • Educate them on future ICT trends that will impact their business
  • Connect members via networking opportunities to better enable business
  • Share knowledge and insights
  • Attract new members to the Chamber


Improving the diversity of the Committee is a priority. Traditionally, ICT has been a male-dominated industry. Increasingly, however, technology is becoming pervasive for everyone—in the way we work, live, communicate, learn and play. With this growing ubiquity, it is important that our industry reflects all the audiences we serve. We are thus delighted to welcome two new female members to the Committee—Elsie Yim and Louise Reed—who bring much-needed diversity to the group.


The Committee reviewed the key external ICT trends that will drive our industry as well as feedback from members on what topics they most want to hear about. From this, we will primarily focus on six keys areas:


  • Digital as a Disruptive Force
  • Business Intelligence/Big Data
  • Cloud
  • Customer Relationship Management/Customer Experience
  • Mobile
  • Cyber Security


Some events and activities will focus on practical solutions that members can implement immediately, some will offer thought-leadership on a particular topic, while others will shine a light on the long-term future of our industry. Whatever the topic, whatever the format, our goal is to offer value and insight to members (and non-members) alike.