Judging by the overcrowded event room at Logicalis Malaysia’s new swanky headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday when there was hardly even standing space, it would seem that a “who’s who” of the local IT industry was present to witness this much anticipated occasion.
Logicalis Malaysia was launching its new headquarters and almost everyone from the ecosystem wanted to show their support for the company’s Managing Director Bernard Chiang Sik Yen (left in pic).
These companies included the CEOs and heads of leading international technology brands like Cisco, VMware, HPE, Huawei, Dell-EMC, Lenovo, NetApp, Pure Storage, Checkpoint, McAfee, TrendMicro, Fortinet, Palo Alto, Citrix, Veeam, Anacle and Microsoft.
There were also senior representatives from Ingram-Micro, VSTECS, Tech-data, Westcon, Glocomp, CSP, Netpoleon, M-Security and Exclusive Networks.
To the uninitiated, who exactly is Bernard Chiang and why is he so highly respected within the local IT industry?
Chiang is an industry veteran who had served and helmed international IT companies in an illustrious career that spans more than three decades. He was also the first Managing Director of Lenovo Malaysia when IBM sold the brand and technologies to the Chinese giant back in 2004, amongst others.
To great applause from the audience, Chiang said: “As an industry veteran, I had served quite a few MNCs throughout my career. That said, the most exciting company that I have joined is Logicalis Malaysia.”
“Firstly, Malaysia’s Digital Economy is growing rapidly and has emerged as an engine of growth for the country,” he added.
Chiang explained that the rapid march of emerging technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and IoT (internet of things) across multiple industry sectors is set to ensure that technology will become an integral part of all business operations.
“Against this backdrop, what’s exciting is that Logicalis continues to work with line of business and IT to create tangible and transformative digital outcomes that improve productivity and operational efficiencies,” said Chiang.
“This stems from the fact that Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.”
“At Logicalis, we believe that ‘business and technology should come together to work as one’,” he emphasised.
Logicalis’ mission in Malaysia
Logicalis is involved in various industries with customers from financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services.
“Our mission in Malaysia keeps me excited to come to work every morning: Logicalis strives to be the trusted advisor for customers in their Digital Transformation journeys.”
Besides constantly innovating “best of breed” solutions for customers, Chiang also stressed on the importance of “Core Values” within the company and in business dealings: “Core values shape us to be who we are – as a person, as a company. At Logicalis, we all live and breathe and five core values which are Innovation, Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment, and Trusted Partnerships.”
The launch of Logicalis’ new Malaysian headquarters was officiated by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Vice President (Investment and Industry Development) Hew Wee Choong, who later urged local companies to continue with their Digital Transformation efforts so to “future proof” their business models while developing new revenue streams.
“Businesses must be immersed with latest technologies to ensure their business models are future-proof and able to take on seismic shifts,” said Hew (pic).
“The continuous growth of Malaysia’s digital economy, coupled with digital transformation throughout the country, makes Malaysia retain its attractiveness as the preferred location for regional tech hubs and multinational companies like Logicalis,” he added.
Meanwhile, Lee Chong-Win, CEO of Logicalis Asia, said that Logicalis works with both IT and line of business owners to create tangible and transformative digital outcomes that improve productivity and operational efficiencies.
“Logicalis believes that Digital Transformation is about leveraging technology to enable new business models, deliver a better customer experience, enhance collaboration and improve efficiencies,” said Lee.
The Logicalis Group is an ICT and service provider based in the United Kingdom with annualised revenues of US$1.7 billion. It is also a division of Datatec Limited which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (revenues of over US$4 billion).
Now with a visionary leader like Bernard Chiang at the helm of its Malaysian operations, Logicalis Malaysia can only go from strength to strength.