Ride upside of technology

APPS, smart systems, automation – these are only the beginning of what industry captains say may be an eventful journey towards having a business that is digitally supported and enabled.

With rapid technology development, companies, both large and small, will inevitably be changed. Decades-old business conventions and operating models will be rendered irrelevant as robots, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and the likes become more common applications.

The current wave of Industry Revolution 4.0 will eventually give way to 5.0 and so on.

Management will be forced to incorporate new data-driven business models to future-proof their business.

However, most SMEs have yet to look into any strategy that will help them tap onto these developments.

As technology increasingly levels the playing field across the business landscape, there is an opportunity for SMEs to ride on the upside of the current technology wave.

SMEs can make the most of the digital transformation at the upcoming SMEBiz Think Tank as industry experts and companies that have successfully made the transition share their insights, experiences and expertise on the topic.

SMEBiz Think Tank is organised by Star Media Group in support of SME development under The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA).

The event is aimed at helping SMEs thrive in the era of change and hopes to provide small businesses with a platform to learn from and engage with industry experts.

Among the topics that will be covered at the event include “Disruption in the SME market”, “SME’s readiness towards e-payments” and “The power of data – monetising data”.

Some of the speakers who will be featured include Golden Screen Cinemas chief executive officer Koh Mei Lee, Photobook Worldwide chief executive officer Leow Wee Jonn, Aemulus Holdings Bhd chief executive officer Ng Sang Beng, co-founder and executive director Nadhir Ashafiq and Easy Parcel chief executive officer Clarence Leong.

Azwan Baharuddin, Accenture country managing director, will be delivering the keynote address on the opportunities available to SMEs in the digital age.

Additionally, Matrade deputy chief executive officer Sharimahton Mat Saleh and Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd vice president of SME advisory and marketing Jenny Hoh will talk about the support available to SMEs for export and financing respectively.

SMEBiz Think Tank will be held on October 2 at New World Petaling Jaya Hotel.

The fee for the full-day event is RM300 per person and is HRDF claimable.

SMEBiz Think Tank is organised by Star Media Group with Digi, PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd and RHB Bank Bhd as main sponsors, Credit Guarantee Corporation as co-sponsor, Matrade as official trade promotion partner and New World Petaling Jaya Hotel as official venue.

For more information, call Star Media Group Events Business Unit at 03-7967 1388 ext 1233/1857 or email

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