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Malaysian ministry, Microsoft launch new certification programme

AvantiKumar | July 10, 2012
1vendor Development Programme is part of a private-public partnership initiative to help local ICT companies improve human capital.

1VDP - Microsoft Malaysia, MoF Launch

PHOTO - (From left) MOF secretary general of treasury Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah; Ananth Lazarus, managing director of Microsoft Malaysia; Minister of Finance II, Dato' Seri Haji Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah; and Dato' Ramli Abbas, chairman of Prestariang Berhad during the launch of the 1VDP.

To help Malaysian ICT companies compete more effectively on the global stage, a new training and certification programme called 1vendor Development Programme (1VDP) has been launched by the Malaysian ministry of finance and software giant Microsoft.

The RM2 million (US$630,678) programme would be delivered by local training provider Prestariang Systems, said Microsoft Malaysia managing director Ananth Lazarus, during the launch by the Minister of Finance II, Dato' Seri Haji Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, on 3 July 2012.

According to analyst firm IDC, worldwide IT spending will grow to US$1.8 trillion, with emerging markets accounting for 28 percent, said Lazarus. "Our commitment to 1VDP is grounded in our longstanding collaboration with the government to help transform Malaysia together."

He said 475 Ministry of Finance- (MOF-) registered IT contractors would be trained and certified under 1VDP ( during the first phase of the programme from July to December 2012. "IT contractors will receive competency training on Microsoft products, giving them the advantage over non-certified vendors in the areas of product knowledge, quality service assurance, and efficiency in project implementation."

A wholly owned subsidiary of Prestariang Berhad Prestariang Systems was appointed as the exclusive training and certification provider for 1VDP as it is the only Large Account Reseller and Certified Partner for Learning Solution (CPLS) for Microsoft in Malaysia, said Lazarus.

"The 1VDP is timely as many talented local vendors would be able to benefit from this programme which will enhance skills for global competitiveness, provide better execution skills for project implementation in both ICT and non-ICT fields, and be trained to meet challenges in the constantly changing market," said Prestariang Berhad chairman, Dato' Ramli Abbas.


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