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Should I, SME Owner, Allow My Employees to Work From Home?

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I am setting up a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and am wondering if I should have my employees work from home and/or collaborate online. Is it worth it to do so?

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In a nutshell? It depends on the nature your business, really. If the bulk of the work performed by your employees involves a lot of face-to-face interaction with business partners and clients, then this would probably not be a very feasible idea.

However, if your employees’ work is heavily individualistic by nature (such as creative design or copywriting), allowing them to work from home can be an attractive option.

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Be Remarkable. Think Infocomm

Kevin Chia

Danny Tan Wei Yang

By Benjamin Lim

Today’s infocomm industry is not just about manufacturing the best hardware. Focus has shifted to connecting people, improving business outcomes and integrating economies. All this requires a new generation of infocomm leaders. We speak to two National Infocomm Scholarship recipients, Danny Tan Wei Yang and Kevin Chia, who are leading the charge in this transformation of the industry.

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Changing Lives Through Innovation

Top: Huang Liang | Bottom: Ng Choon Guang

Singapore is one of the most connected countries in the world, with more than 80% of the population possessing an Internet broadband connection. And the industry is taking even more rapid strides towards becoming a global infocomm hub, with companies such as HP Labs, IBM and Oracle setting up critical IT functions in Singapore to serve the region. Two National Infocomm Scholarship recipients share their ventures into the burgeoning frontier of technology.

By Mabel Tan

Unlike other revolutions that happen once, the world of technology is constantly experiencing revolution, rapidly evolving from one stage to the next. In the 1990s, the Internet was just a budding technological discovery. Today, the Internet has become an essential and central component of our lives.

25-year-old Ng Choon Guang, a Systems Engineer from Avaya, admitted that he never thought the world would be as connected as it is today.

Choon Guang: “In the past, IT was solely used by enterprises. But with the rise of Wi-Fi and instant messaging systems, the Internet has become a global village, connecting people from around the world. The infocomm industry is fast-moving and rapidly growing as technology becomes more ‘consumerised’. To me, this is really exciting!”

An example of a consumer technology set to be launched in Singapore by mid-2012 is the Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile payment project, adds 29-year-old NFC Project Manager Huang Liang, who is an Assistant Manager at the Finance, Tourism, and Business Services Department with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

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Accelerating The Future

The NIS is unique because it provides students passionate in infocomm the opportunity to work in prestigious organisations from the public or private sector where they can fully make use of their knowledge and expertise. Meet two scholars who come from different backgrounds but are similarly able to pursue their interests and goals in infocomm.

By Benjamin Lim

Fabian Lim and Jai Kishan have many things in common. Both of them are 22, have successfully scored scholarships supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and are extremely excited to shape Singapore’s infocomm landscape when they graduate from their respective universities.

The duo can barely contain their palpable enthusiasm when they sit down with us to talk about life in the fast lane.

Why did you choose the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS)?
Jai Kishan: Since the NIS is relevant to my course of study in university and would reduce the financial burden on my family, it was my preferred choice for a scholarship.

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Changing The Way We Work, Live and Play

Chances are, if you have the passion and drive to change the way we live our lives with infocomm, the NIS awarded by the IDA is the scholarship for you. We speak to two NIS recipients and find out how they are out to change Singapore and the world.

By Ernest Eng

“Now is the era of change. The infocomm industry extends beyond computer science to include economics, law, and public policy. Being a National Infocomm Scholar gives me the amazing opportunity to transform Singapore’s infocomm industry,” Amanda Chew Qian Yi enthuses.

Liang Yinwei, who recently graduated from Stanford University under the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) programme, shares Amanda’s sentiments.

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More Than Just Computers

The typical mindset of the infocomm industry is that it is for computer geeks. Two IDA National Infocomm Scholars shatter that myth and share with us the major role that infocomm plays in our daily lives.

By Cheryl Tay

From high-speed Internet to network security, the burgeoning infocomm industry has permeated almost every facet of the average Singaporean’s life.

Singapore has indeed experienced explosive growth in the infocomm sector. Despite the global recession in 2009, the revenue of the infocomm industry grew by eight percent to over S$60 billion. The number of infocomm manpower employed also grew by 1.4 percent to 140,800. These were achieved despite the global recession in 2009.

Leading organisations and multinationals such as IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and the creator of Starcraft, Blizzard Entertainment, have also decided to locate offices in Singapore, taking advantage of the excellent infocomm infrastructure in place and the vibrant infocomm ecosystem.

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Wiring Up the Nation

Set to take the infocomm world by storm are National Infocomm Scholars Yew Siong and Pamela, who will soon embark on exciting careers with Microsoft Singapore and Barclays Capital.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Attracting foreign investments, sustaining long-term growth, and enhancing global competitiveness – these are just a few of the ambitious aims of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). With its global perspective, IDA is regularly on the lookout for the future leaders of Singapore’s infocomm industry – scholars who will not only be the best at what they do, but also have a passion for it.

Enter Lim Yew Siong and Pamela Chua, recipients of the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) offered by IDA and current undergraduates in Stanford University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) respectively.

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IDA: Charging Ahead with Infocomm

Taking on the National Infocomm Scholarship is not just about pursuing your interests – it’s about excelling in them.

By Charlene Tan

“I was always interested in Discovery Channel and other ‘geeky’ channels. I remember once I saw them, I was hooked!” National Infocomm Scholar Toh Chuan Kai says unabashedly about his inquisitive thirst for knowledge.

“My interest is to find out how everything works, like how the Internet works, what are the stuff behind it, and how people can communicate ‘through a box’,” explains the 23-year-old who, like other tech-savvy youth, often ponders about the intricate systems behind infocomm technologies which enable us to communicate effectively and efficiently across the globe today.

Although he studied Electrical Engineering at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Chuan Kai’s passion is in software programming and Computer Science.

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IDA: At the Speed of Light

Give Kyle Tan a couple of years, and his applications could help you relieve yourself of mundane tasks.

By Ashley Choo

Theoretically, moving faster than the speed of light will enable you to travel through time. While the progress of commuting systems hasn’t brought us any closer to that notion, infocomm technology has given Internet users a taste of what light speed might be like through the click of a mouse.

In fact, National Infocomm Scholar Kyle Tan reckons it might not be long before exchange speeds on the Internet get there through “cloud computing” – a model in which users access information at hyper-computing speeds through a network of connections, software and services.

Aspiring to be at the forefront of the infocomm industry, this Hwa Chong Institution graduate was eager to take up the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) offered by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

“At that time, I was looking for a scholarship that promotes a good mix of Information Technology and Business,” says Kyle. “I wanted to learn, and this scholarship is also about learning. Being sponsored by any of IDA’s partnering corporate IT giants would mean studying from the successes of these companies.”

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