In previous years, people associated the term ‘digital’
with binary code,
the language used by computers to process and store information. Binary is composed of the numbers 1 and
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However, depending on someone’s age and their
experience with technology, they may have different perceptions. For example, Baby Boomers may have considered
themselves digitally savvy when purchasing an Atari computer
for home use. Generation X,
who grew up using landlines, may reference the late 90s when first signing up
for a Hotmail account. Millennials might
associate digital with the transition from CDs to Sony MP3 players or Apple
My children, who grew up as Gen
Z, see online gaming, cloud-based apps and smartphones as real
life. They, like the kids in this video,
dial a rotary phone,” only know a digital existence.
Living in the digital
In the digital age, we are surrounded by technologies in
virtually all aspects of life, including work and play. The most recent tech
encounter I had was a grocery shopping cum dining experience in Singapore,
pretty much like Amazon Go
in the US and Alibaba’s
Hema in China in terms of the technologies being used.
At the supermarket, consumers download a mobile app to scan products, get
information and pay for their groceries.
This model was used at a local restaurant where I ordered and paid for
the food using an app. We were mildly
disappointed no robots served the meals like they do at Alibaba’s
high-tech restaurant in Shanghai.
As technology becomes the cornerstone of customer experience,
it presents both tremendous opportunities and huge risks. In the race to
harness opportunities brought by the digital transformation, enterprises must
navigate the management around a huge volume of data. This includes identifying meaningful
intelligence and mitigating cyber security threats.
No one is immune to risk. Last year, Singapore
suffered its largest data breach where 1.5 million patients at
SingHealth’s specialist outpatient clinics were impacted, including government
officials. To prevent sensitive data leaks and cyber-threats, Singapore
has added Digital Defence as the sixth pillar to its Total Defence
As your business goes digital, how are you protecting
your customers and employees’ data, and making sure you are also using them in
an ethical way?
Embracing Fiber Connectivity
in Data Centers
As data becomes the new currency in a digital age, a
well-run data center is not only a competitive advantage but the means to
powering our digital future. Fast
machine to machine conversations will take place near the edge of the network
which facilitates latency and bandwidth challenges. While edge computing brings benefits, there
are also considerations on network security which will lead to data
vulnerability. The industry continues to address questions around data security
while maintaining data sovereignty.
The introduction of data privacy laws like GDPR may encourage
companies to reconsider how they plan data storage and physical location of
their data centers. As data becomes more readily accessible, it is paramount
that all businesses carefully plan their approach towards digital security and
With all the trends driving data security and
sovereignty, data center connectivity has become key for enterprises. CommScope
deploys and delivers fiber connectivity, allowing network providers, cloud providers
and enterprises to share data through direct, private connections. This enables
the benefits of cloud economics and flexibility along with control over data
location and privacy.
A Digital Ecosystem for
If you’re interested in your digital future,
come visit CommScope at one of the Cisco
Connect events, 26 March to
18 April. We’ll be joining fellow
innovators and industry experts across key cities Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.