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Grateful that Hang Seng Bank, one of the major banks in Hong Kong, is determined to become a data-driven leader in the financial services. Appreciate the vision and leadership from the bank’s senior management to make this happen. It really sets a great example for Hong Kong companies to treat data as their strategic asset and how data play a game changer role in the Digital Economy.

Apart from data and technology parts, Data Literacy is equally critical for the success of a data-driven enterprise. Apart from English and Chinese, do you speak #Data? According to Gartner, Data is the second business language in the Digital Economy. Every employee, not just data team and IT team, needs to speak data to communicate with, argue with and persuade customers, colleagues, bosses, investors, partners, literally everyone around you. This is one of the top Future Skills ranked by almost all leading research firms.

It is my pleasure and honour having this opportunity to lead and deliver our Data Literacy Empowerment Programme #DLEP to the bank. DLEP aims to democratise data literacy to the majority of the workforce through a series of data literacy executive roundtables, experiential workshops, group projects, mentoring sessions, hackathons and more for the bank. It emphasizes on data mindset and culture, data storytelling, machine learning applications and hands-on experience. Thanks to the trust and support from Hang Seng Bank’s senior management especially the leadership from Patrick Khong, CDO of HASE, my CUHK’s teammates and OpenCertHub Academy’s data experts.

Higher customer expectations on digital experience and keen competition from data savvy banks and FinTech startups are some of key drivers for us to create this DLEP programme. In fact, it happened in not just financial services but also most of the major traditional industries.

If you would like to know more about our DLEP to ride on the journey of becoming a data-driven enterprise, I am happy to share my thoughts with you.

#CUHK#ABIP#CUHKEMBA#CUHKMBACUHK Business School
#HangSengBank#HASE
#FinancialServices#Banking#FinTech
#DataLiteracy#DataDriven
#BigData#AI#MachineLearning
#DataMindset#DataCulture#DataStoryTelling
#OpenCertHub#OpenCertHubAcademy

First of all, I wish all of you have a prosperous, healthy & happy year in 2022. It is time to review 2021 & plan forward.

I was engaged in a few impactful & amazing programs in 2021. I couldn’t have accomplished all these without the trust & support from you all, my partners, friends in the ecosystem & my teammates. Heartfelt thank to all of you. I look forward to collaborating with you even more in 2022 & beyond.

Amazingly, I have done over 120 LinkedIn posts in 2021. It indicated well that our innovation and technology #ecosystem is not just resilient but also vibrant again. To recap 2021, let me share with you my top 12 posts. Really appreciate your support to my sharings posted in the last 12 months.

1. IT PRO Cover Page
Interviewed by IT PRO on my view of the future of HK Innovation & Technology. Thanks to #ITPROhttps://lnkd.in/g3_nWg32

2. 2021 HKICT Awards
It was my honor to be the Chief Judge of the FinTech Award. Thanks to #HKIB & #OGCIOhttps://lnkd.in/gYNU9F7T

3. Hong Kong Corporate Innovation Index
Initiated this project as a founding organizing committee member. Thanks to #CUHK #APIB #HKGCC #Cyberport #HKSTP #HASE #AWS #IBM #SAP #JETCOhttps://lnkd.in/gsttKHHt

4. 2021 Hong Kong FinTech Week
Moderated an inspirational session on #FinTech #Innovation of incumbent banks. Thanks to #HSBChttps://lnkd.in/gy4nweCj

5. HKPC Innopreneurs Forum Series & #ASEAN Market Development Program
Designed & delivered these programs to empower SMEs & startups on digital transformation & market penetration to ASEAN. Thanks to #HKPChttps://lnkd.in/gHMn3HV

6. #GBA Forum with ASTRI & Sun Life
Moderated two GBA forums with #ASTRI & #SunLife. Thanks to #GBABusinessSchool & #CUHKhttps://lnkd.in/geXUkNtq & https://lnkd.in/gKcwZVtk

7. 2021 HKICT Expo
Showcased B4B’s data hackathons & #OpenCertHubAcademy’s Data Literacy Empowerment Program. Thanks to #B4B & #OCHhttps://lnkd.in/gZa2iP4W

8. CityU #HKTech300
Engaged as vetting team and mentor for a major entrepreneurship enablement program in HK. Thanks to #CityUhttps://lnkd.in/gBBrX9za

9. Launched Data Literacy Empowerment #DLEP Forum in Shanghai Commercial Bank
The forum is a part of our #DataLiteracy Empowerment Program which aims to transform enterprises to be data-driven analytical competitors. Thanks to #OpenCertHubhttps://lnkd.in/gAR2-gPy

10. 2021 Hong Kong Book Fair
Launched my book #數碼力大提升 in the 2021 Hong Kong Book Fair. Thanks to #EnrichPublishinghttps://lnkd.in/gBsy3_y

11. Toa Sir Data Talk “#ToaSir講數
Launched a series of talks with leading enterprises on their use of #Data https://lnkd.in/ggvNv8BN

12. Publication of HSBC Business Case
Shared my experience in publishing a case on #HSBC innovation in the world’s leading Case Publisher #IveyPublishing with my CityU DBA alumni & LPs. https://lnkd.in/gdseNXhS

plus another 100+ posts. Isn’t that Amazing! Thankful & grateful to my family & all in my journey. What a memorable year!

What is the secret sauce of Coca-Cola in the old economy? How about the secret sauce of the leading enterprises in today’s new economy? The answer is customer centricity. How did these enterprises make it? The answer is #Data. These companies are capable of turning data into their customer voice. That differentiates the leaders from the laggards in the digital economy.

Thanks for Hong Kong Association for Customer Service Excellence #HKACE to invite me to share my experience with their members. My main theme was “Turn Data into Our Customer Voice”. I have explained the core relationship of Customer Centricity and Data Literacy using the Left-Right Circle framework. I also introduced how we used our Data Literacy Empowerment Programme #DLEP to empower enterprises to democratize data literacy (data culture, mindset and skills) to the majority of their workforce. Find out more from our OpenCertHub Academy https://lnkd.in/gi6y9mJE

Benson Kwong #Fairwood#大快活, one of the largest fast food chains in Asia, also shared how they made use of data to help their internal customers (colleagues) to solve pain points in the front line. For instance, they used data to find the most effective way to deliver training to different levels of employees. Excellent examples of making use of data for customer excellence.

Appreciate Annie LeungCharles Ho from #HKACE#MTR effort to organize this forum. I hope I have given some insights to them and their members how to leverage on data in their customer services businesses and operations.

#AI#BigData#DataLiteracy
#DigitalTransformation#DigitalEconomy
#CustomerCentricity
#LeftRightCircle
#OpenCertHubAcademy
#OpenCertHub

Congrats to all winners of the Best HR Awards 2021 organized by #CTGoodJobs. Lots of innovation from the HR professionals this year. I particularly love the inspiring categories of the awards like GenZ Attraction, HR Digitalization, HR Analytics, Diversity and Inclusion, Top Happiest Culture, Best Change Leadership, and more. It really signified and recognized what really matters in the digital age. More about the award categories and respective winners can be found here:
https://lnkd.in/gaFAN6tj

Thank you for CTGoodJobs, the judges like Jeff Tam Virginia Choi JP and the crew behind the scene. Appreciate Vivienne Wong #HKET and her CTGoodJobs teammates Reo Lam Christine C. Cyrus Chow and more to organize such an inspiring and encouraging Awards for all of us. Well done.

I was grateful to be invited as a keynote speaker of the ceremony. According to a recent #WEF report, in the digitally transformed world, more than 1 billion people need to be upskilled by 2030. HR plays a pivotal role to make it happen. I shared my experience on empowering and upskilling talents on data literacy as it is one of the top Future Skills that every one of us needs to be good at. If you have missed my sharing session or you were there but want to review my key points, please feel free to download my deck here.
https://lnkd.in/g4bax5is

Thanks Miko Cheung for her inspiring speech on “Be my own CHO – Chief Happiest Officer” and Teddy Liu sharing as well. Glad to witness many great HR leaders to receive their recognition there such as Patricia Yeung #McdonaldEliza Ng #hkpcAndy Luk #InformamarketsCeline Chow #DBSHKCaleigh Chan #EY, Stanley Tsui #ASM, Kevin Chu #KaiShing and many others. Also, thanks for my #OpenCertHub and #OpenCertHubAcademy teammates Andy Kwok Eric Luo for their support and effort.

#BestHRAwards2021
#DataLiteracy #Data #BigData #AI
#Upskill #Reskill #FutureSkills
#HR #Talents #HRDigitalization
#DigitalTransformation
#DigitalWorkforce

Another inspirational episode of “Toa Sir Data Talk” or in Chinese “Toa Sir 講數” with Dr. Ricky Tsui, the Director of R&D and the Head of Arup University. Before that, I have done a few episodes with very experienced experts on data from different industries and will continue to interview more. The series has been so valuable and I also learned a lot from my guests. Really appreciate their sharings.

Anna Lin #SupplyChain #GS1HK https://lnkd.in/gsSYnZFk

Susanna Chiu #NewRetail #Bonjour
https://lnkd.in/gHC9HwcD

Michael Yung #CustomerLoyalty #Platform #TravelTech #AsiaMiles
https://lnkd.in/ggvNv8BN

#Arup is one of the world’s leading #engineering consultancy services companies. We have explored how a professional firm made use of data and how culture and mindset impacted the industry. Stay tuned for how you can access this series soon.

I am also so glad to collaborate with Karen F., the GM of Future Skills and InnoPreneurs of HKPC, on upskilling talents on #DataLiteracy as a part of the Future Skills Framework of HKPC Academy. This series of “Toa Sir Data Talk” or in Chinese “Toa Sir 講數” will be broadcasted on HKPC platform and the networks of HKPC will be able to learn from my guests in the series. Really appreciate Karen F. Marius Chow and many colleagues from HKPC to support and trust us.

Many thanks for my #OpenCertHub teammates Andy Kwok Tony Woo 胡宗显 Andy Kwok and many others behind the scene to make this series “a dream comes true”.

#ToaSirDataTalk #ToaSir講數
#HKPC #HKPCAcademy #FutureSkills

How do you like my “Digital Look”? Stay young and stay innovative. We should not call “IT Look” anymore as it not cool or chill enough. It should call “Digital Look” or “D-Look” these days.

Since I have seriously been engaging with the innovation and technology ecosystem worldwide 7 to 8 years ago, I feel younger and more passionate than my last 25 years in the traditional IT industry. If you would like to be younger or look-n-feel at least, stick around the innovation and tech ecosystem.

Feel really grateful and happy to be back to large-scale physical innovation and technology conferences and exhibitions in the 2021 Hong Kong ICT Expo this week and the 2021 Hong Kong FinTech Week next week. More importantly seeing my friends and partners f2f like #OpenCertHub Andy Kwok #B4B Francois Lee #HKTDC Will Li #Arical Clement Tien #CRGroup Dennis Choi #Cyberport Queenie Chang #HKSTP and #ASTRI friends, Emil Chan Paul kk Chan wilson chong and more. Lots of joy and catch-up!

See you around in the upcoming physical events. More to come like 2021 HKICT Awards Ceremony… I have a series of fully packed activities before Christmas. Cheers.

#HKICTExpo
https://lnkd.in/g7UQCttk

#HKFTW #HKFinTechWeek
https://lnkd.in/gNF–y47

I am grateful to have Anna Lin #GS1HK as my guest in another episode of the #ToaSirDataTalk #ToaSir講數 series. Anna has been with #GS1 for 30 years and brought standards and rich experience to the #SupplyChain and #Retail industries in Hong Kong and the region.

We talked about how these industries have been making use of #data in the past 3 decades and the future decade. GS1 plays a vital role in #GlobalTrade#eCommerce and #O2O business. 6 billion GS1 #Barcodes scanned global daily. Data captured in these processes are very useful and powerful.

Anna pointed out that, from the beginning till now, #Digitization was important so everything could be easily managed and tracked in an effective and efficient ways. With processes and standards in place by using technologies like #RFID#IOT, the next important key step is #DataIntelligence. That is how to make good use of the captured data in our digitization phases to enhance our business, create values for customers and generate innovative business models.

What’s next? #SmartKiosk#AIOT#2DBarCode and more will further integrate data from supply chain and retail. Data analytics are the key. GS1 HK and #OpenCertHub shared the same vision. GS1 believes that a standardized barcode and further generation of the standard is the global language of business while OpenCertHub believes that data is the next business language apart from English and your local language.

Both organizations joined hands to launch a series of #BigData certification training to all levels of employees to strengthen their #DataLiteracy so that they unlock the value and power of the data generated in the supply chain and retail. We aim to #reskill and #upskill today’s leaders and workforce with the ability to analyze, communicate and argue with, storytelling about data, and most importantly making decision and taking actions based on data.

Thanks both #GS1HK and #OCH teams. Stay tuned on how to access my “Toa Sir Data talk” with Anna and other episodes in the series.

Susanna Chiu #NewRetail #Bonjour
https://lnkd.in/gHC9HwcD

Michael Yung #CustomerLoyalty #Platform #TravelTech #AsiaMiles
https://lnkd.in/ggvNv8BN

“Make Something WOW” was the message on the wall behind Michael Yung and I. That was close to what we have talked about. How to make our customers #WOW by smart use of #data?

This was another episode of the #ToaSirDataTalk #ToaSir講數 series organized by #OpenCertHub #OCH. Michael is an veteran in the #TravelTech and #CustomerLoyalty industry. We discussed how to leverage on data in the #B2C and #B2B markets.

Michael has been using data to empower his company to understand their consumers and offer the most suitable products and services to them. Another key customer of this industry is merchants. Michael also makes use of data to help his merchants to design right products and campaigns to their customers. We also talked about the key roles of data in a #platform.

We have discussed how data are being used in the Travel and Customer Loyalty industry. Michael is also an expert in data security. He also shared how to do a proper data governance to protect their customers and his company. We also touched on the challenges and opportunities on cross-border data sharing and #cloud strategies on #BigData and #AI applications. Thank you Michael.

Stay tuned for #ToaSirDataTalk #ToaSir講數. Will share the way to access this series of mine shortly. You don’t want to miss the experience sharing from Michael and other corporate and digital leaders from key industries in #HongKong, Mainland #China Iin particular #GBA and #ASEAN.

Prior episodes of the series:
Susanna Chiu, ED, #Bonjour
https://lnkd.in/gHC9HwcD

The best way to learn how to seize the opportunities of #BigData and #AI is not just reading books or taking training. Rather, we should learn from the industry leaders and practitioners. #OpenCertHub and I have started a series of experience sharing sessions called “Toa Sir Data Talk” or “Toa Sir講數”.

I will talk to the leaders from major industries in Hong Kong, Mainland and Asia on their journey of #DigitalTransformation. In particular, we will explore how #data empowers digital transformation.

Today, I have talked to Susanna Chiu, ED of #Bonjour #卓悦控股, one of the #NewRetail pioneers in Hong Kong and mainland. Susanna has been an innovator throughout her career from IT Audit, Digital TV to Supply Chain and New Retail. She is always a believer of digital innovation.

We discussed how we can make use of data on #Ecommerce #O2O #KOL #Platform #Ecosystem and more. Seeing Is Believing it. Susanna also walked me through their facilities with lots of new initiatives and fun. We both believe that empowering partners, customers and merchants with the power of data analytics is the key to the success of today’s business in the #DigitalEconomy.

Many thanks to Susanna and her teammates in Bonjour. We will continue talking to influential leaders on Data. Stay tuned for #ToaSirDataTalk and #ToaSir講數 on how you can access to this series of experience sharing.

It was one of the best forums on #AI and #BigData that I have hosted in the recent years where speakers and participants were highly engaged. Thanks for Shanghai Commercial Bank to invite my team #OpenCertHub to co-organize this forum.

#ShanghaiCommercialBank is one of the major banks in Hong Kong. They are passionate about #DigitalTransformation in particular how to become a AI-first data-driven bank.

I have invited top Hong Kong locally-grown AI #startups, multinational consulting firm and Chinese tech-savvy financial group to share with Shanghai Commercial Bank how they have empowered mid-sized banks in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other major economies in Asia. We have talked through AI technologies, application, adoption, challenges, culture, #ecosystem#data#reskilling#upskilling and more.

More importantly, CEO Mr. David Kwok and Board Member Mr. Sunny Cheung fully supported and engaged with us. They asked sensible questions and encouraged their senior management, middle management and young colleagues to proactively participate and have the courage to innovate. More than 250 staff have joined the forum on site and online as well. We also exchanged ideas through networking sessions.

Really appreciate the trust and support from Mr. Kwok, Mr. Cheung and their senior management. Special thanks to Ken Shih #AqumonCalvin Cheng, CFA #WizpressoMiles Wen (温豪夫) #FanolabsPatrick C.S. Fan #beNoveltyDaniel Ling #OneConnect, and Dick Fong. Also thanks my OpenCertHub teammate Andy Kwok and our team for their effort behind the scene.

Hope mid-sized banks in Asia can ride on AI to stay competitive and relevant in the #DigitalEconomy.