Vijayaananth Arumugam

Vijayaananth Arumugam

Head of IT Infra & Data Science
SD Guthrie Research Berhad

Result-oriented IT professional with 18+ years of experience in diverse industries, driving operational excellence, strategic technology transformation, and cost savings.

Key strengths:

Operational Excellence: Proven track record of ensuring business applications' availability, reliability, and performance, driving operational excellence in diverse environments.

Strategic Technology Transformation: Proficient in implementing digital technologies and leading strategic technology transformations to optimize business processes.

Budget and Cost Management: Skilled in managing budgets and driving cost-saving initiatives, resulting in significant financial benefits.

Project Management: Strong project management skills, successfully leading large system development projects and delivering results on time and within budget.

IT Governance and Compliance: Experienced in developing IT governance frameworks and ensuring compliance with security policies and regulations.

Cross-Functional Collaboration: Effective in collaborating with stakeholders across various functions and regions, balancing business requirements with available resources.

Career Highlights:

Reduced monthly technology expenditures by 50% through server consolidation and virtualization initiatives at Sime Darby Plantation.

Successfully led the engagement and implementation of SAP S/4HANA for R&D, enabling advanced agricultural technologies and data science capabilities, resulting in optimized research and development processes and enhanced decision-making capabilities.

Designed and implemented a complete DevSecOps pipeline in GitHub, integrating static code analysis (SonarQube), vulnerability scanning (OpenVas), and automated penetration testing (3rd Party) to reduce vulnerabilities by 30% in R&D applications before deployment.

Achieved 7% savings on contract renewals at Sime Darby Plantation through strategic vendor negotiations.

Developed IT governance framework, policies, and procedures at ASM Front End Manufacturing, ensuring smooth IT operations and compliance with internal and external audit requirements.

Saved over $100K through aggressive negotiation of contracts and pricing for hardware/software purchases and consulting services at ASM Front End Manufacturing.

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm

Creating a Unified Vision: Stress the importance of aligning diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for transformation, transcending cultural differences to create a unified sense of purpose and direction.

Moderator:
Mr. Akmal Nizam | Director - IT, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (Malaysia Army Funds Board)
Panellists:
Melvin Foong Mun Hoe | CIO, GDeX Berhad
Vijayaananth Arumugam | Head of IT Infra & Data Science, SD Guthrie Research Berhad
Ts. Ahmad Kamal Hasan Basri | Head of Group IT, MARA Corporation