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SGAM Annual Conference – Oct 6-7, 2009, Genting International Convention Centre, Genting Highlands
Monday, 27 July 2009 08:00
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This year’s Annual Conference was a huge success. It was held again at the Genting International  Convention Centre in Genting Highlands from October 6-7, 2009. Our theme for this year is “Adopting Innovative ICT Through Turbulent Times”.

The ICT industry had gone through turbulent times in the past year in view of the global recession impacting all sectors of the economy locally and globally. The oil crisis had been the catalyst and its consequences spiraled  across all sectors and borders. Organizations as well as countries suffered as victims of the above. Industries, including the ICT sector had to backtrack and various counter-measures put in place to address worsening implications.

Hence, it is timely for us to adopt innovative ICT through these turbulent times to preserve and persevere with development and sustainment in order to contribute to Malaysia's economy as part of  our nation-building process.

A record turnout of 460 delegates, speakers and exhibitors attended the event.

Chairman for SGAM, Mr. Thomas Ng said: “We are extremely proud that our inaugural ICT award was met with very enthusiastic response from our over 130 member organizations. This also being our 20th year anniversary, makes it a joyous occasion as we bring together our past Chairmen of SGAM in this conference. We also achieved our record attendance for our conference and overall, this has been a very successful conference for us”.

YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Augustine Ong, Founder President of the Malaysian Invention and Design (MINDS) officiated and delivered his Keynote address enlightening us on his research innovation towards nation building.

Dr. Frank Soltis - the pioneer of AS400 systems charted the way forward on Power Systems; Today and Tomorrow.

Joey Yay - the renowned Feng Shui Master led the delegates into an insight on what was expected between IT and Feng Shui for 2010. His presentation had the audience instiches throughout, lifting the gloom from the turbulent economy.

‘Citizen Nades’ – Mr. R. Nadeswaran, Editor, Special Reporting & Investigations of ‘The Sun’ made his appearance on Day 2 of the Conference and shared with us on The Untold Story pertaining to the PKFTZ;

KC See, CEO Quest Group presented his paper that interacted well with the audience.

The highlight of the Conference was the conferment of SGAM ICT Awards and the winners of the respective categories of awards were as follows:

Private Sector:

Best Human Resource Management Award – CIMB Bank Berhad

Best Process Innovation Award – RHB Bank Berhad

Best Technology Adoption Award – AmInvestment Group Berhad

Public sector:

Best Human Resource Management Award – Lembaga Tabung Haji

Best Process Innovation Award – Employees Provident Fund

Best Technology Adoption Award – Tenaga Nasional Berhad

To all the above organisz\ations, we extend our congratulations.

This year, which was also the 20th Anniversary of SGAM, a gathering of past SGAM Chairmen was held in recognition for their past services in helming SGAM. A panel discussion among them was conducted, providing delegates with memories on how SGAM was initially formed as well as providing thoughts on how SGAM should progressed into the future.

The past Chairmen who attended included Mr. Bob Bernsten (1st Chairman), En. Ahmad Rosdi (2nd), En. Abd. Rahman Shafi (4th), Mr. Chai Cheng Sheng (6th), Mr. Chu Hong Keong (7th & 9th) and En. Abdullah Ahmad (8th). En. Mohd. Isa Mansor (3rd) and En. Md. Rashid Abd. Rahman (5th) was unable to attend.

We express our thanks to our Platinum Sponsors - IBM (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Gold Sponsor - Netapp, Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Augustine Ong, speakers, exhibitors, past Chairmen and all delegates and members in making this year's Conference a resounding success.