Igniting critical digital transformations at work

Gobind (third from left) listening to a presentation during the Maxis Business Spark Summit 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

RECOGNISING the urgent need for digital transformation in a critical period of accelerating technology, over 500 local and international business leaders across corporates, government and large SMEs nationwide gathered at the inaugural Maxis Business Spark Summit 2019 at EQ Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Themed “Igniting Innovation”, the day-long summit provided an in-depth look on the exponential advancement in technology and disruptive innovation for businesses and evolving digital lifestyles of today.

Delivering the keynote address at the event was Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. Also present at the event was Maxis chairman Raja Tan Sri Datuk Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda.

Gobind said, “The Malaysian government recognises the impact of IR 4.0 on our economy and society, and our role is to provide a conducive environment for these new technologies to be harnessed. Businesses should quickly embrace and arm themselves with the knowledge and talent to accelerate their digital transformation journeys, or risk being left behind in global competitiveness in the near future.

Maxis chief executive officer Gokhan Ogut said, “We were thrilled at the fantastic response for the summit. We see great potential and opportunities for Malaysia to become a technology leader, not only in the region but also in the world.

Ogut added that this summit also underlined Maxis’ ambition to be Malaysia’s leading converged solutions company, and they are committed to helping businesses to be leaders as well and to always be ahead.

Maxis chief enterprise business officer Paul McManus said, “At Maxis, we have been accelerating our convergence journey through a full suite of solutions across fixed and mobile for enterprises. We want to come in as their business partner to help drive their growth together.”

Leading futurist and chief executive officer of Tomorrow Mike Walsh delivered his keynote presentation titled “Transforming for 2030 and Beyond”. The author of bestselling book, The Algorithmic Leader, shared insights on exploiting digital platforms to drive exponential growth, customer experiences and nurture the next generation and algorithmic leaders.

Panel sessions provided delegates with new perspectives and insights on empowering businesses through new technology, with topics ranging from Internet of Things (IoT) & Industry 4.0, Cloud, 5G, Big Data & A.I, Mobility, Network and Security. Among the insights shared by panellists included preparing businesses for 5G, unlocking significant productivity gains from IoT and the priorities of cybersecurity for every business.

The summit also featured a Smart Solutions showcase of five sectors including Smart Office, Smart City, Smart Retail, Smart Factory and Smart Farming.

Through partnerships, Maxis has helped many organisations over the past year in shaping and accelerating the benefits of technology adoption for businesses, and championing key digital transformation initiatives which include partnerships with MDEC to develop the IoT ecosystem, Cisco for software-defined networking and Huawei for 5G acceleration in the country.

The summit brought together AWS, Cisco, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and Vodafone.
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