Greetings! I hope this email finds you well.
It is coming to 6 months since our AGM in March this year. In April, the newly-elected Exco held a planning workshop to look at how we might continue to have meaningful events amidst all the safe management measures as well as areas that ITMA could do more in. I am pleased to report that the Exco has lined up many exciting events for this year as well as new areas for engaging members.
In the area of membership, we are ramping up efforts to attract more IT leaders in Singapore to join ITMA’s ranks. In this aspect, you would have seen emails encouraging and rewarding existing members to help us do so. Another area we have embarked on is to provide opportunities for our members to give back to the ICT community in meaningful ways. To this end, we have partnered with National Council of Social Services (NCSS) to offer the time of a panel of ITMA members to provide ICT advice to charity organizations on a regular basis. You can look forward to more enriching programmes in the next few months that will bring ITMA members and other industry professionals together in networking events organized around industry sectors. There will also be leadership conversations with industry leaders who will share on their experiences and accomplishments with our members.
We continue to work with sponsors to organize regular events where members get to hear thought leadership on technology trends and developments in formats that incorporate exciting networking activities. Of course, we do have the occasional event where it is just pure networking and fun (e.g. ITMA Durian Feast event). As Singapore progresses to a different regime of safe management measures, we have lined up more hybrid and physical events. At the same time, we will continue to have virtual events as the past 18 months have shown that this format is popular with many of you. Do look out for the ITMA EDMs.
This year, we managed to hold our flagship event – the CIO Workshop – in May using an innovative hybrid format with the theme “Rethinking Our Digital Future”. It was a resounding success with 220 onsite and online participants. The 34th CIO Workshop was graced by Minister Ong Ye Kung as our guest-of-honour. Along with four excellent speakers from the industry, Minister Ong also engaged the audience with candid thoughts on the adjustments we will have to make as Covid-19 becomes a fixture in our everyday lives. While we are unable to have our other flagship event -- the ITMA CIO Study Trip -- this year, I am pleased to announce that the Exco will be launching a new signature event -- the ITMA CIO Forum -- in November this year. The theme for the inaugural event is “Connect Local, Think Global”. It will be a 3-day stay-in event consisting of sharing by well-known industry leaders, interesting site visits and deep networking opportunities with peers. I shall not steal the thunder from the planning committee which has been hard at work the last couple of weeks to bring this to fruition. But do look out for announcements that are coming soon that will provide more details and the opportunity to register. You do not want to miss this!
That’s it for now. Meanwhile, stay safe, stay healthy, and I look forward to connecting with you at upcoming ITMA events.