Zafar Anjum

Southeast Asia Correspondent

Zafar Anjum is a Singapore-based journalist and writer. As a journalist, Zafar worked as the online editor at Executive Networks Media in Singapore, leading the editorial team (online) for enterprise IT publications such as Computerworld Singapore, Computerworld Malaysia, CIO Asia, and MIS Asia. Over the last two decades, Zafar has worked with media companies such as Fairfax Business Media in Australia, MediaCorp in Singapore, and Encyclopaedia Britannica in India.

12 hot Southeast Asian fintechs for the CIO watchlist

Despite pandemic, Singapore saw ICT job growth in 2020

Despite pandemic, Singapore saw ICT job growth in 2020

The infocomm media sector grew 4.8% even as the overall Singapore economy contracted 5.4%. And the government is pushing for more digitalisation.

Singapore ups IT budget to accelerate digital transformation

Singapore ups IT budget to accelerate digital transformation

The 2021 spend of S$3.8 billion will seek to improve citizen services, increase government efficacy, and make it easier for smaller businesses to participate.

The 5 most in-demand IT jobs in Southeast Asia in 2021

The 5 most in-demand IT jobs in Southeast Asia in 2021

As the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses’ technology needs are shifting—as are the IT skills needed.

How Southeast Asian CIOs are embracing the hybrid workplace and hybrid workforce

How Southeast Asian CIOs are embracing the hybrid workplace and hybrid workforce

Remote work was just one part of the new approach to digitalisation that the pandemic has boosted across the region.

Southeast Asia can—and should—do better to close the gender gap in IT

Southeast Asia can—and should—do better to close the gender gap in IT

There are many reasons why Southeast Asian IT organisations lack significant participation by women, but IT leaders agree that a real effort could lead to real change over time.

Singapore improves its OIP crowdsourcing digital solutions platform

Singapore improves its OIP crowdsourcing digital solutions platform

Businesses looking for digital solutions can find possible matches faster and then more speedily develop proofs of concepts with two new enhancements.

How DBS Bank’s digitalisation paid off during the pandemic

How DBS Bank’s digitalisation paid off during the pandemic

Group CIO Jimmy Ng details how the Singapore-based bank used its in-house technology expertise to quickly change work tactics, aid customers, and still double down on diversity and green strategies.

The promise and challenges of RPA adoption in Southeast Asia

The promise and challenges of RPA adoption in Southeast Asia

Robotic process automation and related technologies like intelligent automation can improve processes and reduce costs, but few organisations have gone beyond limited-value tactical deployments around task automation.

The state of ICT training in Singapore

The state of ICT training in Singapore

Talent shortages mean key positions go unfilled, and rapid technology change means employees can’t keep up their skills. How the government is trying to help.

The Myanmar coup’s other victim: reliable internet connectivity

The Myanmar coup’s other victim: reliable internet connectivity

Businesses and citizens alike are trying to work around the frequent cutoffs using a variety of technologies, but the damage goes deep.

IT leadership lessons from Singapore’s first CIO, Alex Siow

IT leadership lessons from Singapore’s first CIO, Alex Siow

The ‘accidental CIO’ shares his decades of career lessons to help today’s CIOs succeed intentionally.

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