1 August 2016
Exclusive Interview with Ivan Teh for BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 Conference
For this new BIGIT Blog series, we get upclose and personal with our event’s sponsors as they open up to us about what drives them, their perspectives and predictions of the Big Data and ICT landscape in the near future as well as letting us in on a glimpse of their latest and upcoming projects. Psst, read to the end to find out something unexpected about them too!
This week, read on as Ivan Teh from Fusionex – BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016’s Titanium Sponsor, shed some light on Fusionex’s upcoming launch – Fusionex VISION, inspires us with his life-altering experience and his view on the future of Big Data.
BIGIT Team (BT): As the Managing Director, Can you share a brief overview of what it is you do in your work at Fusionex?
Ivan Teh (IT): Working in Fusionex is exhilarating chiefly, and certainly not least due to the fast pace in which technology progresses. We constantly have to keep track of updates in the industry but that’s what makes it exciting. I’m busy with various conferences, talks and events in the IT space that mainly focuses on ways in which Big Data Analytics could address and alleviate their concerns. A lot of my time is also spent on meetings and discussions, both with the Fusionex team as well as external parties both locally and abroad. I truly enjoy what I do at Fusionex!
BT: Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?
IT: When I was about 8 years old, my late father used to send me to a textile store and night market to work during the school holidays. I was tasked to sell bed-sheets. He wanted me to understand how the world worked. It was very inspiring and gave me an early insight into entrepreneurship. Even then, it was an eye opener as I learnt to figure out that each customer’s need is different and influenced by many factors, and that to make a successful sell, one should aim higher than satisfying the customer; instead one should aim to delight the customer.
BT: What is the featured initiative/project that you are currently working on? Give us a brief overview of it.
IT: : The Fusionex team works tirelessly to improve our flagship product – our Big Data Analytics (BDA) solution, Fusionex Insight (GIANT). It gives organizations the ability to collect and process their data, and to present the information via powerful and useful visuals for analysis. True to our nature, we are constantly looking for ways businesses can benefit from insights derived out of their data. An enhanced version of GIANT, which will be released soon, pushes the envelope further with a Smart Search function that makes searching for insights much easier and much more humanized. Business users will be able to pull-up information just by asking GIANT questions and the system will respond instantly with visualizations for the requested data. This is known as Fusionex ‘VISION’.
BT: What are the key turning points in this featured project that you would like to share? What did you find most challenging and how did you deal with it?
IT: Managing and overseeing everything from the expectations and requirements of customers / market / industry, to tight deadlines and technology (that is ever evolving) makes for a challenging time at the workplace. However, challenges also present us with the opportunity to prove our caliber. I am lucky to be working with some of the greatest minds in the industry who time and again, admirably rise to the occasion. Whatever challenges that may arise during our work; we handle them and overcome them as a team. I believe that if you want to run fast – work alone; if you want to run far – then you have to work as team!
BT: What are your top 5 predictions for big data in SEA region for the next year or two and why?
IT: While there have been parties in the region utilizing this technology to fruitful results, the adoption of BDA in the ASEAN region can still be said to be in a nascent stage or at best, growing stage. With a number of developing countries, businesses may have a found a stable footing in their homes but are still uncertain of how to compete on a global level. BDA will help an increasing number of local or regional companies leverage on the power of data to up their game and compete internationally. In the near future, I expect we’ll see not only seasoned players improve their functions to go for a piece of the global pie but also aggressive startups who already set their sights for the bigger stage from the get-go, all with the help of BDA. At Fusionex, we believe that Big Data is driving the use of deep learning and artificial intelligence to make businesses smarter. We want to help organizations achieve this optimization.
BT: What’s next for you in your work? What are you looking forward to?
IT: This is a very important year for Fusionex. We have a lot of things planned and to look forward to. We are looking towards launching Fusionex VISION this year and will be looking towards continuously expanding our growing partnership network. We also look towards and work towards being recognized as a major Big Data Analytics player, not only regionally but globally in time to come.
BT: If you could be a Marvel character for a day, who would it be and why?
IT: Since it is just for a day, I would choose to be Tony Stark aka Ironman, simply because he is a technological genius, and the ability to tap into the mind of someone like that would inspire boundless ideas and opportunities for technological innovations, more importantly for the good of mankind and for this planet.