Friday, April 25, 2008

IT Architect Regional Conference 2008

On the 22nd & 23rd April, i went for this event organized by IASA. This 2-day event was held at The Legend Hotel, KL. The big names (read:Sponsors) were Microsoft, SAP and Oracle.

"The IT Architect Regional Conference is the largest event in Malaysia to address the pressing needs of IT architects today."



Yasmin Mahmood, Managing Director of Microsoft, Malaysia

Anne Abraham, Country Manager of SAP Malaysia

K Raman, Managing Director of Oracle Malaysia

Our Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), YB Datuk Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili came to officiate the opening of this conference.

The minister giving his speech

Group photo

Just a token..

The minister with Aaron Tan Dani (Chairman, IASA APAC) and Paul Preiss (President, IASA Global)

The event was a whole day thing, and in the afternoon they had 4 different tracks which are Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software and Fundamentals, for people to participate. Each track had different speakers each on different topics.

Lunch

Day 2 was no different from day one, they had some VIPs from Asia (presenting the government view of ICT and Architecture) in the morning and the same 4 tracks in the afternoon.

Chau Chee Chiang, CIO, Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Singapore

Dr. Rom Hiranpruk, Director, The Office of Management and Development (OKMD), Thailand - funny dude who makes jokes with a straight face

Dr. Ir. Eko Indrajit, IT Expert and Director STMIK Perbanas, Personal Advisor of Minister of Communication & Information Technology, Indonesia

Dr. Raslan Ahmad, Special Adviser to the Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, Malaysia

Present was also Alecia Heng, President of Gorgeous Geeks.

"An interest group, formed by women currently and previously from the IT industry, who would like to provide mentorship or support for woman in IT industry as well as to inspire other women to join the industry."

You don't have to be drop dead gorgeous, anyone (read: women) who are single or married can join them.
Alecia Heng, President of Gorgeous Geeks Malaysia

It was quite an educational event, though quite tiring to travel there and back.

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