24 January 2019

Herbert Chia

Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.
  • The US government views big data as a key element in the effort to enhance the nation's competitiveness. Photo: Xinhua

    What HK can learn from big data experience of US & UK

    - Jan 24, 2019 10:03am
    It’s not enough for governments to just open up their data, what is equally important is that the authorities should encourage people to use the data resources. Hong Kong has encountered different types of problems on...
  • Data trading is currently dominated by raw data, and transactions involving processed data and derivatives remain limited. Photo: Xinhua

    What’s holding back China’s data trading industry

    - Jan 17, 2019 1:21pm
    Trade ministers of the United States, Japan and the European Union met in Washington last week to coordinate their efforts in promoting a new industry – the trading of data.  The three parties are expected to...
  • Data sharing among government departments is the first step to form a responsive, data-driven government. Photo: Freepik

    Government has to become smart to build a smart city

    - Jan 10, 2019 10:04am
    After nearly eight months of preparation, my new book Responsive City will be published soon. The publishing house asked me to invite a well-respected figure to write the preface for the book. I thought Wu Hequan,...
  • Most business organizations are still in the early stage of tapping into big data. Photo: Freepik

    How companies can tap into the power of data

    - Jan 3, 2019 10:45am
    For many years, I’ve been promoting the importance of having a digital mindset. A whole new mindset is especially critical in the big data era, assuming greater significance than even data resources or algorithms. Have you ever...
  • The potential of using artificial intelligence to facilitate human learning should not be underestimated. Photo: Reuters

    Big data to reshape learning process

    - Dec 20, 2018 3:52pm
    All leading cities are racing against each other to attract talent.  There is a saying in the ancient Chinese classic The Book of Changes that “the gathering of top talents will attract even more”.  The best soil...
  • Artificial intelligence relies on the effective accumulation and efficient processing of big data. Photo: Bloomberg

    We are really just beginning to understand AI

    - Dec 12, 2018 10:39am
    The Institute of Big Data Governance was formally established last week. A number of industry players and organizations have joined the institute including Alibaba, AWS, Bank of China, Cyberport, EY, Google, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks...
  • Tencent has set up a new business group to integrate its various cloud offerings and solutions. Photo: Reuters

    Why Alibaba and Tencent are reorganizing

    - Dec 7, 2018 11:35am
    China’s internet giant Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) announced recently that it will set up a new business group, Cloud & Smart Industries Group (CSIG), to integrate its cloud offerings and solutions covering retail, education, healthcare, transportation and...
  • Companies that set out to build an overly comprehensive data platform could end up wasting a lot of resources as they don’t know what sort of data they really need. Photo: Bloomberg/Facebook

    Some misconceptions about digitalization

    - Nov 28, 2018 9:55am
    With a digitalization roadmap, companies can strengthen their data capability for a more scientific decision-making process. As different companies target different customer groups, they should also have different roadmaps. Based on my experience, there are a...
  • Big data makes it easier for city authorities to plan for future needs and mapping out policies. Photo: Bloomberg

    Big data is the foundation for building a smart city

    - Nov 21, 2018 5:15pm
    Smart-city initiatives in different places around the world have their own features but also share some trends, such as the emergence of new applications based on data. A city is a diversified ecosystem. The gathering of...
  • Rapid development of AI means greater challenges in risk control. Photo: China News

    Why AI needs to be paired with blockchain

    - Nov 15, 2018 12:08pm
    Failures of artificial intelligence have been widely reported. The reported cases might, in fact, be just the tip of an iceberg, with both regulators and customers struggling with AI’s uncontrollability. When AI makes mistakes, it’s hard...
  • As the public becomes increasingly aware of privacy and the risk of data leakage, the role of data middle office is evolving. Photo: Freepik

    Challenges of extracting value from data

    - Nov 8, 2018 12:56pm
    I’ve been among the first who put forward the concept of data middle-office. The idea came from my experience at Alibaba, when I was assigned to Taobao to help tackle its problem of having a fragmented...
  • New York offers valuable lessons on how data can be used to better manage a city. Photo: AFP

    Smart City advice for China from a former NY deputy mayor

    - Nov 1, 2018 10:42am
    This is the third part of my discussions with Stephen Goldsmith, former deputy mayor of New York City and co-author of the book The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. The first part talks about...
  • A data dashboard enables smart city planners to receive real-time visual data such as the traffic situation in various districts for traffic monitoring and management. Photo: Reuters

    How data helps in city management: Insights from NY deputy mayor

    - Oct 24, 2018 12:19pm
    This is the second part of my discussions with Stephen Goldsmith, former deputy mayor of New York City and co-author of the book “The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance”. The first part talks about his experience...
  • New York City has set up a data analysis center to monitor different metrics, detect problems and solve them in a timely fashion. Photo: Bloomberg

    Smart City devt: Insights from a former NY deputy mayor

    - Oct 18, 2018 9:53am
    Hong Kong has embarked on the journey of turning itself into a Smart City. As it maps out its plans, the city can draw a lot of lessons from successful examples overseas. Recently I had a...
  • How to deal with emergency situations on the subway is one of the key information a Hong Kong smart city dashboard should display. Photo: China News

    How would a Hong Kong smart city dashboard look like?

    - Oct 11, 2018 10:45am
    I attended a competition among university students from Hong Kong, mainland China, India and South Korea over the weekend. Participants were required to design a data dashboard showing life in Hong Kong in one day. A...
  • Wolves players are made to wear sensors that enable the coach to analyze their real-time status and tell how hard they played throughout the game. Photo: Reuters

    How big data can boost job performance

    - Oct 5, 2018 12:58pm
    The other day I watched a game between the Wolves and Manchester United. According to the commentator, the Wolves players were all made to wear sensors that enabled the coach to analyze their real-time status and...
  • Walmart has created an analytics hub called Data Café to gain insights from the huge amount of transactional and other data the company has. Photo: Reuters

    AI and price competition

    - Sep 28, 2018 10:16am
    Price competition has been in existence since mankind started to trade. How has the price war evolved with the advent of artificial intelligence? It is said that Amazon adjusts its pricing over 2.5 million times each...
  • Bigfoot Biomedical has developed an insulin infusion device that mimics the function of the pancreas to enable the delivery of optimized insulin dosages to a diabetes patient. Photo: Bigfoot Biomedical

    How big data is used in weather forecasting, diabetes management

    - Sep 19, 2018 11:58am
    Since the dawn of man, we have always been looking for ever more accurate methods of solving problems. The rise of big data has certainly been a big help. Typhoon forecasts and the treatment of diabetes, though...
  • The amount and categories of data could increase so much that the whole exercise of collecting and processing data becomes a huge burden. Photo: Freepik

    Data governance is prerequisite for turning data into assets

    - Sep 12, 2018 10:33am
    People have been collecting and processing information since ancient days. The process has not changed much over the last several thousand years, until the advent of personal computers. With the proliferation of mobile devices, along with...
  • We now have new technologies like machine learning and cloud computing to better analyze and utilize big data. Photo: Reuters

    How digital marketing has evolved over time

    - Aug 29, 2018 5:04pm
    I’m writing the preface for my friend Hugo’s new book on long tail marketing. We’ve known each other for three decades, stretching across the internet era, the mobile internet era, and the era of big data...

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