By all accounts considerable progress has been made in Singapore’s vision to be a Smart Nation. Key strategic projects such as National Digital Identity, e-Payments, Smart Nation Sensor Platform, and Smart Urban Mobility have harnessed digital technologies to improve living, empower citizens, and encourage businesses.
However, while the majority of businesses in the country recognise the potential of digitisation as a great enabler for growth, the adoption of progressive technologies particularly in the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sector, is somewhat slow. Clearly, enterprises need to take digital disruption in stride and be prepared for changing workplace roles with the greater use of automation.
Organisations must keep pace with Smart Nation imperatives as they upgrade, transform, and expand. Jobs in the future will focus on skills related to information, data analytics, communications, and technology. Indeed, technology and innovation will be the driving forces as businesses strive to maintain their competitive edge, improve productivity, and plan for long-term growth in a Smart city.
In the second issue of the year, we look at what it takes to be a Smart Nation, something that the Singapore government is working hard towards. I hope that the featured articles inspire rather than demoralise companies looking to be part of the whole Smart Nation movement.
Do check out my regular column where I interview Mr Ken Lim, General Manager, Building Technologies and Solutions Singapore, Johnson Controls (JCI). Most do not realise the importance of engineers when it comes to realise the Smart Nation vision but Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the shortfall of engineering talents in his National Day Rally Speech in 2017. It was interesting to get Mr Lim’s perspectives on how the engineering industry will contribute to the Smart Nation push.
And as always, there are our various management articles with tips from local and foreign movers-and-shakers plus the various reviews to check out.
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