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Really grateful to have an opportunity to discuss with GBA and digitalization experts in Hong Kong as well as mainland China. Thanks for #SAP #HKET #HKPC #GBABusinessSchool jointly organized it.

In particular, I was really pleased that we had my mentoring professor Andrew Chan, the President of the #GBA Business School, to share his views on the development of the GBA region.

Then, we had a panel on #DigitalTransformation in the context of the GBA with 2 of my friends. I firstly talked about the key success factors of digital transformation where customer centricity was the key. Andrew Ling from #SAP shared his experience to manage supply chain under uncertainty. Edmond Lai from #HKPC went through a few examples how #SMEs in Hong Kong to leverage on technologies to seize opportunities and manage challenges in these few years including the pandemic time.

Two leading enterprises from the mainland, #Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. and #Terminexus (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. also shared their digital transformation experience. They were the winners of the Digital Transformation Awards #鼎革獎
https://lnkd.in/gCudiqHx
The award aims to encourage companies in the mainland and Hong Kong to learn from each other on their digital transformation journey.

If you would like to learn from our fruitful discussion, here is the chance. Register this webinar:
Accelerating Digital Transformation of Hong Kong Enterprises at Greater Bay Area
on Sep 20 (Mon) 3pm to 4:45pm HKT.
https://lnkd.in/gpVXNAFg

Thanks for Sandy Yu Helen Lam Amy Mak and many teammates for their great effort behind the scene.

Seizing the opportunity in the #ASEAN market was my topic today at #InnoPreneur Meetup of #HKPC. I talked about the growth in ASEAN, opportunities & challenges to enter the market.

We introduced the ASEAN #Entrepreneurship & Market Development Executive Diploma Programme jointly organized by HKPC and me. It aims to empower #SMEs & #startups to enter to the ASEAN market.

Find out more about the program & enrol asap. The training program starts in late Aug. Only a limited number of seats can be eligible for the government funding. ACT FAST.

HKPC Programme Webpage:
https://lnkd.in/g_SiauT

Programme and guest speakers:
https://lnkd.in/gJH9cNX

One key message was that all of us need to be #digital savvy to capture the ASEAN market no matter which industry you are in. I presented today’s participants complimentary copies of my book #數碼力大提升 with my autograph. Hope that helps encourage more SMEs to catch up the high speed train of #digitalization.

Thanks #HKPC Karen F. Marius Chow #IOTHK wilson chong #Bowtie Emily Loi #Posify Koey Lee #BPO Portia Pui Shan Tang

If you missed my today’s session, please come to HKPC tomorrow afternoon (Aug 13) at 3pm. I will share again on ASEAN & present my books. See you there.

#Vietnam #Thailand #Indonesia #Malaysia #Singapore

Our 3rd #InnoPreneur Forum finally went f2f today at #HKPC after the 1st & 2nd forums were online. 150+ audiences physically joined our forum plus those folks through live streaming & online. Our theme was #MarTech. Thanks for the leadership & effort from #HKPC Mohamed ButtKaren F.Marius Chow & Elly Yip and #HKIM Ivan Wong 陳裕光博士 to co-organize this forum.

I moderated a panel discussion with MarTech gurus Daryl ChoyJohn Lo #iClickEdwin Wong #Cloudbreaker and Allen Wong #Deloitte. We talked about how to leverage #BigData in MarTech including #KOL #analytics#SocialMedia#Miniprogram#CustomerJourney#KPI, etc. We also explored the challenges in adopting & justifying MarTech investment especially in the context of #SME #Digitalization. Really appreciate their sharing. We all learned a lot.

In order to help strengthen the #DigitalLiteracy of the audiences, I presented over 150 complimentary copies of my book #數碼力大提升 to the participants today. I also happily signed my names on the books & took photos with those who received my book.

Glad to see many partners, friends & students of mine were there to support me. Thank you to all. Have a great weekend.

You may review our 1st and 2nd InnoPreneur forums here:

https://lnkd.in/gfCDpmP

https://lnkd.in/gHMn3HV

The 2021 #HKICTAwards is coming. Are you ready? Over 350+ audiences joined our experience sharing session today live on YouTube https://lnkd.in/gk9GRF6. They asked many good questions. Great sign. Thanks #OGCIO #HKPC.

The winner of the 2020 HKICT Award Grand Award Davon Hui #Blutechio, experienced judge Leonard Chan, the Awards’ Standard Assurance Subcommittee Prof Wong Kam Fai, & me were there to share our experience.

My key takeaways:

1. Identify the right problem or pain point to focus on

2. Passion, purpose, social impact & charisma count on top of #innovation & #technologies.

3. Scalability of your business to show your “hockey stick” growth

4. #KYJ Know Your Judges is equally important as #KYC Know Your Customers. Every customer is different so is every judge. Find out who they are & predict what they will ask.

5. Establish your credibility by proven cases, customer traction, industry endorsement, etc.

6. Time management, fully utilize your presentation and Q&A time

7. Preparation, rehearsal, proactively get third party feedbacks. Do you have devil advocate in your network? Find them & get them challenge you.

8. Rehearsal, backup plan for your demos, backup slides…

Happy to share more. Hope you can learn more from your journey & widen your networks.

Here you go! Our 3rd #InnoPreneur Forum co-organized by #HKPC & #HKIM is coming live on Jul 30. The last two forums were on #FoodTech & the upcoming one is on #MarTech. The series of forums aims to empower #SMEs to leverage #Technologies & #Innovation to seize the opportunities in the digital economy & boost up their competitiveness, productivity & efficiency.

The MarTech forum will be a #f2f event (more interaction👍🙂). We have invited elite MarTech leaders to be our speakers & panelists. Edwin Wong #CloudbreakerAllen Wong #DeloitteJohn Lo #iClickDaryl Choy. Grateful to be the panel moderator to learn from them.

To support our SMEs to learn more about digital transformation, I will give a complimentary copy of my book #數碼力大提升 for the first 200 enrollments of this forum.

Please register the event through HKPC website & find out more on the eligibility of receiving my book.
RSVP: https://lnkd.in/giq5yyu

I launched my book signing in the 2021 Hong Kong #BookFair last week. Find out more about my book here.

Hong Kong Book Fair 2021:
https://lnkd.in/gBsy3_y

Book Webpage:
https://lnkd.in/gp3cgyc

See you on July 30 in HKPC. Perhaps we can have a chat & take a photo, & I can sign on your copy of my book.

Karen F. Marius Chow Ivan Wong

Hong Kong Productivity Council held its first “Future of Work & Tech Experience Day” yesterday. Excellent panel discussion on the future of work & talents moderated by Eliza Ng #HKPC. Panelists included Jeff Wong #LinkedInLancy Chui #ManpowerAda Ng #MicrosoftFlorence Chow #HKT and Karen F. HKPC. https://lnkd.in/gN8ntdk

The event also announced the results of “The Future of Work & Skills Survey” jointly conducted by HKPC & #QuokkaHR this year.

One key finding from the report is that the top five digital skills are #BigData#CloudComputing#ArtificialIntelligence#DigitalMarketing & #eCommerce. That is in line with what we have seen in the market.

Marius ChowDAVID Chung Tai-Wai and I were on the other panel to talk about a series of new training programmes to #reskill and #upskill Hong Kong talents on these required future skills in the digital age. These training programs are all supported and subsidized by government funding.

One of the new programmes that I designed together with HKPC is to empower Hong Kong #SMEs & #Startups to seize the emerging opportunities in #ASEAN markets such as #Vietnam#Indonesia#Thailand#Malaysia#Singapore, etc. Stay tuned.

More about HKPC Futue Skills initiatives:
https://lnkd.in/gf7rqTh
https://lnkd.in/gayg9kT

The 2nd episode of our #FoodTech Series was done today in #HKPC. It is a part of our #Innopreneur Forum Series. It aims to bring leaders from Hong Kong to share their experiences to use #Innovation & #Technology to empower their business & solve problems. #SMEs can learn from them to accelerate their #DigitalTransformation.

Today, we had 4 leaders on my panel to share their experiences. Really appreciate their contribution.
Ryan Lai #Foodpanda
Jason C. #和田便當 Wada Bento
Calvin Tse #金記控股
Polly L. #Xero

Here are my key takeaways:
1. Pick the right staff with a passion for transformation to lead innovation projects.

2. Benchmark units with innovation & those who are behind, reward those who have tried.

3. Collaboration with #ecosystem is in fact a key competitive advantage especially sharing & integrating data to co-create values for customers.

4. Make use of algorithms and big data to drive customer experience and engagement

5. Patience is vital as digital transformation takes longer than we planned but we have to start now or it is too late.

More…

Please refer to https://lnkd.in/gHMn3HV on the 1st episode of our Food Tech forum. Our 3rd forum will be on #MarketingTech in July. Stay tuned. Thanks HKPC Karen F. Marius Chow Kylie Lau & others to make this happen.

#SMEs are keen on picking up technologies but don’t have confidence on it. I had a chance to share my experience with the SMEs in a forum on #SME #Digitalization. It was an interactive discussion and the SMEs asked quite a lot of sensible questions. Fortunately, we could do it in a hybrid mode with #f2f and #online participants.

One of the questions from the particpants was which technology they should start with. My answer was that starting with a customer pain point and then look for new ways to solve it. If #technology helps, then use it. #Empathy on customers is the key for any successful business for many decades and it has no difference in today’s #DigitalEconomy.

Thanks for Hong Kong Commerce and Industry Associations #HKCNIA and #IOTHK to invite me to share my experience. I have talked about some of the key insights from my book #數碼力大提升 and gave a few of the books to the participants. #DBS #PAOB #HKPC also shared their experiences how to help SMEs on #DigitalTransformation and #Cybersecurity.

Heartfelt thanks to #全港各區工商聯 #香港物聯網 Wilson Chong and Sam Wu for organizing such a great forum.

4 local brands’ owners in the food industry got together to discuss how they built their #brand & made use of #technology #FoodTech. It is a part of the #HKPC #Innopreneur program https://lnkd.in/g3TPZtg

My key takeaways:

1. The older generation may say, if you have 10M HKD, you should retire. Jeff #Topsoya #壹品豆品 thought differently. He spent that amount on tech & his biz got up 20 times since then.

2. Changes come from the market pain point. From B2B to B2C, Arist #CentralKitchenOne #厨房壹號 helped young families to get packed food & cook nice home-feel meal under the pandemic. He needs to ramp up processes & automation helps.

3. Building a brand is not just marketing. It is #quality, persistence, focus & #partnershipRaymond Mak #Farmacy started with 5 great ideas & finally focused on one. It was a tough but wise decision.

4. “Start small” is key for #SME #DigitalizationPius Chan #TaiPoChunHing #大埔振興 started buying a simple software & let colleagues to try & give feedback. It helps get engagement & buy-in for more adoption.

5. All guests agreed #food is a tough industry. You & your family have to love the food to make it.

As the panel moderator, I heartfelt thank to all panelists & Mohamed Butt Karen F. Elly Yip Marius Chow HKPC.

Video
https://lnkd.in/gkqJdpT

#DBS, a leading Asia’s #bank, equips employees with skills to become everyday ‘Data Heroes.’ Over 16,000 employees (>50 of its workforce) have been trained in big data & data analytics in the last 2 years.

#Esquel, a leading garment & textile #manufacturer in the world, builds its data culture by organizing data hackathon.

#Bonjour, a leading #retailer in Asia, is pioneering #NewRetail with the power of big data.

#Accenture, a leading consulting firm, innovates with #AI & #BigData to empower human to collaborate with AI.

How about #HR#Marketing#Finance and #Accounting professionals? These leading professionals have already made use of data to amplify their brain power to achieve more.

March is a special month for women. In fact, we have many great female data leaders #WomenInTech as you can notice in our panels. Happy to see all genders and all professionals treat data literacy seriously these days. #Diversity & #DataDemocratization are critical for data#innovation indeed.

If you would like to learn more about how these leaders and professionals are enhancing their #DataLiteracy, don’t miss this forum on Mar 24, 2021 afternoon in #HKPC. Register here for a complimentary pass:
https://lnkd.in/g74Hatw

I will see you there.

#Kornerstone #OpenCertHub #AIM #CIM