Intelligent CXO Issue 07 | Page 6


TBM Council launches Asia-Pacific chapter and appoints regional experts

The Technology Business Management ( TBM ) Council has announced the formation of its Asia-Pacific chapter and appointed a Regional Advisory Board comprised of financial and technology executives from Australia and Singapore .

The TBM Council is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes TBM standards and practices to empower collaboration between IT leaders and business partners .
“ The purpose of the TBM Council APAC will be to develop communities for collaboration , education and standards development ,” said Wishart . “ The priority is to establish a strategy community for TBM adoption . We will then turn our focus to vertical communities and we will offer certification courses to senior IT leaders and finance managers to arm them with essential knowledge to drive business transformation within IT by running a successful TBM programme .”
Technology Business Management ( TBM ) is a value management framework used by CIOs , CTOs , CFOs and their teams to translate technology investments to business value , drive organisational alignment and accelerate data-driven decision-making .
The TBM Council APAC was formed to cultivate a regional community of technology and financial leaders who leverage data on cost , consumption , quality and performance to improve alignment and continuously optimise technology spend .
The new APAC Regional Advisory Board is co-chaired by Craig Wishart , CIO at KPMG Australia and Head of KPMG ASPAC Technology Services Group , and Gerard Florian , Group Executive , Technology at ANZ .

Visa reveals 88 % of UAE SMBs are optimistic about the future of their business

Visa has announced it has helped to digitally-enable 16 million Small and Micro Businesses ( SMBs ) worldwide , or just over 30 % of the multi-year goal it set in 2020 to digitise 50 million SMBs .

Visa has provided SMBs with the tools , services and education necessary to accept digital payments and gain greater access to the digital economy . Visa research released in the 5th edition of the Visa Back to Business global study , shows just how essential it is for SMBs to continue to digitally accelerate , with 92 % of consumers saying COVID-19 has permanently changed how they will pay .
“ With an 18-month view into the pandemic now , we have seen that small businesses that have embraced digital commerce and cross-border selling have generally weathered the pandemic and that seemingly small pivots toward digital commerce can continue to make the difference between a small business surviving and thriving ,” said Shahebaz Khan , General Manager for the UAE , Visa .
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