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Live: HR Tech Interactive 2016, Malaysia

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Welcome to HR Tech Interactive 2016, Malaysia, the regional, invitation-only HR technology event for HR leaders and senior HRIS specialists!

Today's conference will see speakers from Digi, AmBank Group, Kimberly-Clark, and more sharing their insights into some of the biggest challenges through keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive roundtables.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from Aloft, Kuala Lumpur – from all the tweets on #HRTI2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos through the day.

#HRTI2016 Tweets


"We continue on the theme of developing some solutions - and if digitising HR functions has been a big issue for you, this next presenter aims to share some feasible ideas. Leny Januar has more than 20 years of experience in HR and payroll solutions, across customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Brunei.

Today, let's hear her story of how the advantages of digitised HR strategies can be harnessed to boost efficiency and reduce costs.

Welcome - Leny Januar, business development manager, Sage."


That buzzer marks the start of another interactive session. One of the topics discussed is social media and collaboration - moderated by HR experts, David Holloway, corporate sales director, AVADO, and Hari Nair, head-business partnership and continuous improvement, BASF PETRONAS Chemicals.

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It's now time for our third interactive session. One of the topics being discussed is social media and collaboration - moderated by Alok Kumar, CEO, cloud services, Excelity Global Solutions, and Lisa Wong, HR and administration director, Land Pacific Development.

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With more than 14 years of experience around driving HR technology and integration projects across New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Singapore and Thailand, our next speaker most recently spent close to decade in Sydney before returning to Malaysia in 2008.

His industry experience leads back to his passion of ensuring that ASEAN companies have a level playing field in the use of strategic HR tech, and today he gathers all of that together - for a presentation on digitalising the HR function to select, develop and retain top talent. We call upon - Sharma KSK Lachu, CEO, Accendo HR Solutions.

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It's now time for another interactive session. One of the topics discussed is mobile HR - moderated by HR experts, Monir Azzouzi, head of performance and development, Maxis, and Chandralakshmi Thiruchelvam, director compensation and benefits– Asia, Western Digital.

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We now have a special keynote where two company heads help us rethink the HR role within today's organisation as well as shed light on the the impact of SMAC.

Our first speaker - Aju Murjani, managing director, ASEAN at Excelity Global Solutions - has spent the past eight years in the HR domain and has been in the tech industry for the past 16 years evangelising multiple technology enablers.

Our second speaker - Roy Prasad, chief executive officer, i- HR Consulting - holds over 20 years of experience in key management position in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore and is spearheading the biggest cloud HR content for SMEs in Malaysia.

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We welcome you back from that break with our first interactive session. One of five topics discussed is big data talent analytics - moderated by Yaj Malik, EVP and managing director, Sage; and Kamini Kanagasingam, head of service delivery, HR, Digi.

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Well now we are going to move into a discussion to explore the key considerations of HR practitioners in assessing new technologies. Moderator: Yaj Malik, EVP and managing director, Sage [extreme right]

Panellists [from L-R]:

  • Michael KY Khoo, regional HR director, International Rescue Committee
  • Stanley Alphans, HR shared services leader, APAC, Kimberly-Clark
  • Then Sik Kwang, head of human resources, DPDHL IT Services
  • Derick Khoo, Regional Sales Manager, SAP
  • Azaharin Abd Latiff, senior VP group HR operations and projects, AmBank Group.


Starting today's conference is the head of talent acquisition and management at Digi, Bilal Waris. Bilal has spent more than 10 years using technology for improving customer experience and processes, and he's bringing that commercial experience over to HR, tasked with driving Digi's digital HR agenda.

Today, he inaugurates the conference with a live demonstration on how Digi has been able to marry its culture and technology together to deliver employee experiences.

Showcasing some of the tools that Digi has developed using both in-house and external support, he points out the organisation witnessed 101 structural changes last year - "an extremely nimble organisation with a high pace change."

In response, Digi developed a tool whereby, any line manager who is undergoing a restructure, can head to their HR business partner  (HRBP) - feed in all details into the tool, for example, what level the changes are expected in, what kind of movements in role, etc. Upon the click of a button, the line manager is presented with a projection on the expected costs of such a restructure.

"As a result, the HRBP's role has changed from transactional to much more strategic looking," says Waris. "Even if data is unstructred, we have to take the effort to strucure. Look into insights from the past and take these back o the organisation."



To inaugurate HR Tech Interactive, Human Resources' regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers.

She says: "In the past few years, we have seen technology complement and even take over various aspects of the HR leader's job - from the payroll and leave management systems, to online learning programmes, real-time feedback on performance, and even examples of some companies taking up virtual reality for their onboarding programmes."



The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today's delegates at HR Tech Interactive 2016, Malaysia.


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