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Disruptive Technologies Era Essentials

by Shah Farouq

As technology advancements grow each passing day, it has helped boost the pace of innovation with new wonders particularly in the current disruptive technologies era but what are the essential skills needed in the coming of this age?

Disruptive innovation is the process of transforming expensive, sophisticated products or services that were previously only available to a high-end or more skilled segment of the population into products or services that are more affordable and accessible to a wider audience.

For example, technology such as automated cars, boats and drones that could self-drive using various system of communications from machines.

The issue was discussed in a panel discussion during the online event “Disruptive Technologies” that was organized Zenith Bizness Excellence on June 22 and 23, 2021.

Among the panel members who participated in the discussion were Rachel Ooi, Chief Growth Officer Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC), Joanne Chin, Business Development Specialist, CISCO, Syed Mohsin, Head Of Cybersecurity Downstream, Petronas Malaysia, Mano Govindaraju, Country Head, Wipro Limited Malaysia and Tiom Kien Wong, Principal Consultant, Carnord Digital Solutions. The event was moderated by Prof. Col(R) Dato’ Ts. Dr Husin Jazri, Chief Editor of e-security privacy channel (ESPC).

One of the panellist, Rachel Ooi, states that a growth mindset is one of the essential skills that is needed in the age of digital disruption where one should not see technology as technology itself but able to flex what is needed in the coming days.

“The growth mindset of leadership on any technologies is more important, if we understand the role to play, we know how to orchestrate and a lot of technical skills, automation skills can be picked up by machines and programmes,” she said.

Another panellist, Joanne Chin, added to that point of stating that it is not just the skill but also the mindset of the people in the digital era.

“It is more towards are you open enough to adopt to the skill set that is required for the work, it is not more on the skill set but, on the attitude, and how you want to face it,” she said.

Syed Mohsin also shared that collaborative effort when it comes to technology delivery, whereby, we do not see a person having a specific skill just driving a certain item.

“So, I think the mindset we got to head on  to that actually don’t get into the comfort zone, to feel that you are doing things just because you know how to do it, you got to work with other people and you got to know what is the value driven by the group,” he said.

As everyone is heading into the digital era, both government and private sectors also must play a role in expanding disruptive technologies to be more rapid and fulfilling.

Tiom Kien Wong stated that government and private sectors should work closely together to build an ecosystem for technologies to grow.

“For example, Malaysia is pushing for electronic vehicles, but they can’t push the manufacturers without checking the ecosystem around the country whether there are charging stations or sufficient spare parts for such vehicles,” he said.

On the other hand, Mano Govindaraju pointed out that there is a need for suitable talent pool to fill in the gap because the demand for technology workers has gone up.

“If you look at MDEC numbers, unemployment has gone up from 3.2 percent to 4.8 percent in between the year 2019 to 2021, but the demand for technology has gone up three times as well in the country that we need to fill as well.

“A big change is coming as pointed out by the World Economic Forum that in 2022 54 percent of people need to endure reskilling and upskilling in order to keep their jobs and remain relevant,” he said.

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