KENTLAI.COM | IDEAS, THOUGHTS

About kentlai.com

Welcome to kentlai.com, where I share my ideas and thoughts about technology, and will include book recommendations and favourite internet readings in the future!

Who are you?

My name is Kent Lai, and I am currently works as a Solution Architect in GovTech, and is experienced in planning, designing, delivering, and managing large-scale enterprise solutions in the South-East Asia region since 2007.

I hold a Master Degree in Technology major Software Engineering (NUS 2013), and is also a certified SCEA5 (2009), PMP (2013), TOGAFv9.1 Certified (2013), CISSP (2015), and AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate (2017).

What is your definition of a solution architect?

I firmly believe that an architect is not limited to managing the technical solution delivery.

  • I strive to be a “full-stack” architect, his “stack” being Enterprise Architecture, Security, Project Management and Delivery, Technology & Infrastructure, Service Management, Digital Experience to name a few.
  • I strive to be a change agent, someone who understands the business value chain and leverages technology to bring the organization to the next level.
  • I strive to be focuse on the customer journey experience, reducing friction in the interactions and deliver more value to the customers, so that there can be more business transactions with the organization.
  • I strive to look into the IT delivery chain, optimizing for faster yet stable solution delivery.
  • I strive to look for better ways for business to operate, streamlining processes and making the organization a better place to work in.
  • I strive to maintain end to end 360 view of the organization, reducing waste and improving business agility and sustainability in this digital era where disruptive innovation is the norm.

Above all, I strive to use technology to enable business and disrupt the world.

How do you do that?

There is still too many things that I do not know. Hence I am constantly pursuing new knowledge in a wide range of topics: psychology, sociology, politics, technology, enterprise architecture, business administration, product design, and much more. The awareness of wide range of domains will surely allow cross pollination of ideas, innovative solutions, and a much more comprehensive solution that the Business really need (and not what they want)

What do you like to read?

Some of my favourite books are “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, “The Design of Everyday Things”, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and strongly recommends anyone to read them.

What are you reading on now (or later)?

I am currently looking into the emerging DevOps and Continuous Integration / Delivery / Deployment culture, API as a Strategy, Blockchain, building Business Platforms, synthetic monitoring and automated recovery, and is really looking forward to having Chaos Army certified solution platforms.

Are you doing any more certifications?

My next aim is IT4IT Foundation, after which would be a long overdue CISSP - Information Systems Security Architecture Professional, AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, and finally Certified Cloud Security Professional.

What do you want to do?

To make the world a better place through the use of technology. Seriously!

Are there anything more coming to this website?

This website is far from done, though I wished it was! Some features in the pipeline are:

  • A human voiced resume
  • Streams of book recommendations (preferably from my Amazon Wishlist)
  • Streams of internet readings (preferably from my Pocket Favourites)
  • Automated Confluence content publishing
  • Site search across blog articles, pages, books and internet readings
  • Recommended links from each blog articles

How do I get in touch?

Here’s how to contact me.