watching, another half keeping track of band information and practice schedules. “When I’m by myself that’s not a problem but when you’re with your family or friends, they are like, “Come on now.” What about books? Do you read? “I don’t,” she says. “I have a very short attention span. Books are tough, I like bullet points.” She summed himself up with the So you’re not going to read this words, “I am a band manger that story when it’s published? “I will,” works closely with a group of musi- she laughs. “I will read everything!” cians and makes major decisions. I work a lot and I read about the music Yeah, right. We don’t believe her. So here for your delectation – and industry and world events.” possibly hers, if she can put down “Yep, that pretty much sums me up,” she says. “I try to be informed. I her laptop for a minute – is Putry Azhari. In bullet points… don’t want to be the band manager You think you’ve had a busy year? Putry that’s like [high-pitched voice], ‘I Azhari’s week beats your year. dunno maannnn, I just follow the “I am in charge of coordinating tours and road band and attend various gigs.’ activities. I supervise the band members and ensure that everyone is okay. I have to negotiate There’s nothing worse than a dumb with the record companies. Other than that, I need band manager that doesn’t know to oversee usage of band’s music by moviemakers, advertisers and other agents. I also monitor publi- how to play an instrument or any- cists work for the band, suggesting media outlets thing about the current affairs.” and pulling in connections with the media world. I seek out endorsements and advertising deals that You must have some other inter- will raise money and help to position the public’s ests. Do you watch movies? “Not perception of the band and their goals.”… Yikes! really. After an hour I get antsy.” The hardest part of Putry’s life is when she She describes sitting at home in front stops working. “The hardest part is coming off the road,” she says. of a movie with her laptop, half “The first three or four days, the silence is watching, another half keeping track suffocating. On a big tour, you’re surrounded by
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15-16 people that you see every day. There’s always something moving, whether it’s a truck or a kick drum or a bag. Then you go home and you sit there in your flat and you go back and forth with your laptop and you hear the clock going: Tick. Tick. Tick. And it’s like hitting a brick wall – boom. That’s an adjustment.” Putry Azhari drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke a day. Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi? “Yes, blindfolded,” she says without a second’s hesitation. “When you drink 12 of them a day, you become like a Coke-aholic.” Putry’s line of work is predominately male and as a woman… “I try not to let it bug me but there is always that undertone. My band (Divide) played at a venue last week and there was a girl on the house crew. I was just so impressed. It is inspiring to know that there is a possibility for that prejudice to change. Don’t let it stop you, don’t let it intimidate you. Show them that women work incredibly hard just like the men do… and even better.” Putry is in a relationship with her band’s front man. “We have been together for four and a half years.” It wasn’t an easy relationship, I suppose? “Oh yes you’re right, it wasn’t! Like life, it’s not all tidy. The speed of life – and working together in the same industry – creates these fuzzy lines between business and personal lives. But I’m glad we have learned to the draw the line along the way. He is truly my soulmate and my best friend.” Aww! That’s really sweet. So where can folks catch your band next? “Come party with us this coming Friday at Home Club! We'll be bringing a limited run of our merch to be sold at the show. See you there.” Divide’s latest release, ‘The Sun, The Moon & The Truth’ is available through Peter Says Denim Records. facebook.com/DIVIDEjkt petersaysdenim.com
Southeast Asia’s first Microsoft Technology Centre opens in Singapore
Official opening of MTC Singapore with Dr Yaacob Ibrahim and Ms Jessica Tan at the kinect ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo: Microsoft Singapore
they can use technology to transform their business and increase productivity,” said Ms Tan. Since 1990, Microsoft has invested over S$23 million in the MTC for the next five years. The US tech giant has also hired world-class experts to manage the MTC, noting that these experts will Singapore – Southeast Asia’s first be sharing their knowledge and expertise Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) was with local talents in Singapore. officially opened today by Dr Yaacob Mr Bernard Chew, Chief Information Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Com- Officer with NTUC FairPrice, who munications and the Arts and Ms Jessica toured the MTC added, “All of us Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Sin- benefited greatly from the session. We gapore. Located at One Marina Boulevard, glimpsed some of the new technologies the new technology centre serves as a that Microsoft is pioneering, as well as place for Microsoft customers to access how their solutions can drive new technologies such as cloud computing productivity improvements and the way and unified communications before rolling we work. This makes it easier for me to them out at their own premises. introduce these technologies to FairPrice “The MTC is more than a showcase of in the coming months.” Microsoft technology. It features industry In the near future, Microsoft also leading best-of-breed solutions from us plans to include made-in-Singapore and our partners, presenting many sce- innovations to provide greater exposure narios from increasing energy efficiency to local software companies. to addressing customer retention strate- The MTC will also facilitate a whole gies. For the first time in the industry, new way of teaching and provide a place there is a place where senior decision for business leaders and entrepreneurs to makers can go to see for themselves how put their ideas to the test, in line with
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Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to play a partnership role in fostering growth and future competitiveness of Singapore. It was highlighted that Microsoft has a significant impact on the local econo- my in Singapore. According to a recent IDC Economic Impact Study, Microsoft partners and related IT organisations employ an estimated 47% of the total IT workforce in Singapore. And for every Dollar that Microsoft makes in Singapore, its partners can earn US$8.13. Since its soft launch in February, the centre has attracted more than 1,000 external visitors, noting that 50 percent of whom has arrived from overseas. Microsoft expects the facility to welcome 6,000 visitors by the end of 2012.
1) Globally, we are witnessing a seismic shift in the way people work. This is especially true in Asia, which according to the Harvard Business Review, is the most socially engaged region in the world on the web.
2) In response to this, Microsoft believes that we need to move to what is called a New World of Work. The tech giant highlighted that redesigned offices with the latest technology facilitate greater flexibility, making our working lives easier and more manageable.
3) In Singapore, where Microsoft has a workforce of 1200, the company has completely revamped the office to make the New World of Work - a reality.
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4) Microsoft strives to make the perfect work environment so that every employee has space for to be creative. There are several themes to choose from. For example, a cafe-bistro layout for employees to relax and refuel themselves during breaks.
7) The New World of Work creates not just flexibility, but also helps to retain talents in company, reduce office space and encourage a better working environment.
5) Tracey Fellows, Area Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific comments, “At Microsoft, we actively encourage our employees to work from wherever’s most productive for them - whether that’s in the office, at home or anywhere else.”
8) Microsoft also mentioned that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, noting that each organization must embark on its own journey towards the physical and mental changes that will best define its own ‘New World of Work’.
6) Now, there are no assigned desks or private offices for managers and employees. Everyone can work anywhere in the office by using a PC handset, webcam or smartphone.