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TCS Wins Frost & Sullivan’s Award for 2018 Asia-Pacific BPM Solutions Provider of the Year

TCS Wins Frost & Sullivan’s Award for 2018 Asia-Pacific BPM Solutions Provider of the Year

SINGAPORE, 26 September 2018Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT service, consulting and business solutions organisation, has won Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Asia-Pacific ICT Award for BPM Solutions Provider of the Year.

The Frost & Sullivan award recognises companies demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer centricity, and strategic product development in their business segments, and their efforts to improve the industry as a whole.

VP and Head of Cognitive Business Operations (CBO) at TCS, Ashok Pai said:

“It’s a great honour to be named the Asia-Pacific BPM Solutions Provider of the Year 2018 by Frost & Sullivan,” said Ashok Pai, VP and Head, Cognitive Business Operations (CBO), TCS. “This recognition is a testament of our Business 4.0™ vision and strategy encompassing contextual knowledge, design thinking, and innovation and highlights our success in the region.”

TCS’ CBO unit engages with forward-thinking customers across the world with leading-edge, technology-led solutions that reimagine business operations end to end, including the underlying IT systems and supporting infrastructure, and drive superior business outcomes. These solutions leverage AI, machine learning, IoT, cloud, analytics, computer vision, and RPA, while adopting Agile practices across Business Process Services, IT Infrastructure Services, and IT Operations.

Head of Customer Contact Research Digital Transformation Practice for the Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan, Krishna Baidya said:

“TCS has been strengthening its capability and aligning well to strategically partner with businesses aspiring to be successful next-generation digital enterprises. Business 4.0™, TCS’ thought leadership framework combining technology, contextual knowledge, and deep domain expertise, bodes well with customers across geographies and sectors. TCS’ expanding global network delivery footprint, language capability, proven analytical skills, technology transformation competences, and excellent customer-centric approach continue to deliver business outcomes for its clients. Leveraging its Machine First Delivery Model (MFDM™), the provider won many marquees and transformational deals in the region. A sharply focused and holistic approach to the digital opportunity has gained significant market share for the company in FY18.”

TCS won the award for the fifth consecutive year. The strong overall performance and back-to-back award win exemplify TCS’ leadership in cognitive business operations and business process services in the region.

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New CEO of X-mini, Hoong He Hin

X-mini reshuffles its C-suite with new CEO and COO

Former Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Onwards Media Group, Hoong He Hin has been unveiled as the new CEO of the award-winning local audio brand, X-mini.

Announced today at the media event where X-mini showcased its latest audio products, He Hin will take over the position from the co-founder and former CEO, Ryan Lee, who will now serve as the brand’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

The new CEO of X-mini is no stranger in the technology sector. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge in business development, which will prove vital to leading X-mini to new heights.

He Hin said:

“X-mini became a success story for Singapore consumer technology and innovation when it launched its groundbreaking capsule speaker in 2007. We look forward to taking X-mini to new heights by expanding into new product categories, as well as providing more digital content to our customers in the future. We also plan to double total staff strength from 20 to 40 to build our engineering, product management and sales and marketing teams, in order to meet market demand for new product offerings.”

The reshuffling also saw another new face, Keith Wong, who will take on the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) to manage X-mini’s day-to-day operations and drive product sales. Keith shared that the appointment of He Hin will see X-mini expand into a new direction and the new role for Ryan will help drive product innovation.

He said:

“His (He Hin) experience in opening distribution channels worldwide, streamlining production processes and securing strong collaborations with large organisations will see a positive step in our growth. Not only will he lead the brand as we look at expanding into the digital content arena, but his appointment will also allow Ryan to focus on what he does best – product innovation.”

The new changes to the management could mean a new era for X-mini as they plan to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in its future products.

The company had recently secured its second series of funding of S$5 million from private individuals and corporate investors.

X-mini shared that the “latest round of funds will see the audio brand expand its product range into earbuds for the first time, as well as move beyond hardware and into the digital arena.”

Without giving much away, Ryan said:

“AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) provide a treasure trove of opportunities for the brand, as we continue to innovate by leveraging on our expertise in audio engineering and delivering great sound to consumers moving forward.”


Andrew Lim - Drewspectives

Going underwater to pursue his passion

Andrew Lim is the founder of Drewperspectives. He specialises in commercial and underwater photography and it is the latter style of photography that sets him apart from others in the industry. At age 26, Andrew has already worked on projects that brought him to places such as Maldives, Bali, the Philippines to shoot amazing underwater pictures.

So how did he get everything started and what’s it like to be an underwater photographer? We caught up with Andrew to find out about his story.

When did you pick up the interest in photography? What was your very first camera?

When I was 17, I first witnessed my Shi-fu (Teacher), William Tan, a world-renowned underwater photographer, shooting marine life when I was on a dive trip with him. It captivated me so much that I got myself a Canon 450D and an underwater housing and started shooting.

There are so many styles of photography. Why choose to specialise in underwater photography?

Andrew Lim - Drewspectives

Image credit: Drewperspectives

Mostly due to my interest in marine life since I was little, and I love the challenge of shooting in perhaps one of the most challenging elements to shoot in. Also, the photography industry is incredibly saturated, and I believe in offering something different is always a good thing.

One of the common questions that people have about becoming a photographer is whether one needs to sign-up for a certified course to be regarded as a professional. What’s your take on this?

Disagree. Perhaps a school is good to learn about technicalities and basics of how a camera works, but anything more might limit a person’s imagination and creativity, especially when it comes to tests, teachers grade photos according to their personal preferences. Sometimes it works for them, but many a time it’s subjective, and it doesn’t mean a picture isn’t good if it is poorly graded. Right now, we are blessed with the internet and YouTube so you can learn tonnes of camera knowledge from there.

What were the initial challenges when you started Drewperspectives? How did you overcome them?

My expertise revolved around photographing marine life and not so much about humans. The initial challenge was finding a way to ease my clients into making them feel as comfortable in the water as possible. Previously, you’d probably only see supermodels doing underwater photoshoots, and that is what I am striving for each of my clients, which is with the use of water to bring out the beauty of everyday people.

What was your family’s reaction when you shared with them your ideas?

I am super blessed with a very supportive family. They thought it was worth a shot. Also knowing my personality, if I want to do something, I’d do it anyway. Haha!

Can you share with us the photograph that leaves the deepest impression in you, and why?

Andrew Lim - Drewspectives

Image credit: Drewperspectives

This image is of Danial Ashiq and his wife, taken during the maternity shoot I did for them. I grew up watching Danial in some of the local TV dramas and working with him was a great pleasure. They were the sweetest couple and were so natural underwater despite being eight months pregnant!

This particular image stays as one of my favourites because it looks incredibly ethereal. The lighting that day was perfect, the dress was beautiful, and you can almost see the love between the couple from this still image.

Has entrepreneurship open doors for you and what were your best moments?

Andrew Lim - Drewperspectives

Image credit: Drewperspectives

It has opened doors. But before all that I had to close some (significant) doors to pursue this business. For example, I was offered an attractive position at Temasek Holdings after my book got published but I knew working in an office setting would kill me. I took the plunge and went ahead with Drewperspectives soon after. To be honest, the best moments are the little things like being able to rearrange my schedules around and travel whenever I want to. The freedom Drewperspectives grants me is something I value much.

Have you ever regretted doing what you are doing now?

Never regretted, but gone through moments when there aren’t many sales, or when dealing with tough clients.

If you were not a photographer, what would you be working as now?

I would’ve pursued my other business venture.

What’s next for Drewperspectives?

World domination! Haha! I’m kidding. But I would want to reach out to more countries and offer my unique and exclusive services there.

What is your advice for people who wish to venture into underwater photography?

By all means, please go ahead! It’s loads of fun and something remarkably different from the usual photography. However, it is also not the best industry to be in if you are looking to make good money as it is too niche a service.


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