Photo - EMC Malaysia Country Manager Cheam Tat Inn.
Malaysia's national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] has joined forces with IT services firm EMC to build Big Data analytics capabilities in Malaysia through the introduction of new data science courses for fresh graduates and working professionals.
The course completions will be linked to MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia MyProCert (SRI) incentives, said the partners during the announcement at the recent Big Data Week.
MDeC general manager, head of talent Muhammad Imran Kunalan said this was "the first ever 5-day Open Tech course and is open to Malaysian fresh graduates as well as working professionals with 2-8 years of work experience."
"We believe that Malaysia is ready to embrace the vast opportunities that Big Data Analytics has to offer, and this certification with EMC enables the Malaysian ICT workforce to be equipped with the relevant skills that will contribute towards realising the nation's ambition to become a developed country driven by the digital economy by 2020," said Imran, who commended EMC for its collaboration.
He added that the MSC Malaysia MyProCert (SRI) programmes will help meet the demand for another 160,000 job opportunities that will be created in the ICT industry by year 2020. EMC's IT training partner Iverson Associates is partnering EMC in the programme.
Big Data and decision making
EMC Malaysia managing director, Cheam Tat Inn, said, "According to EMC's Transforming IT Study, about 88 percent of Malaysian businesses reported that the use of Big Data will lead to better decision making, while 69 percent believe that Big Data will determine the winners and losers of their industry."
"Clearly, the industry is beginning to understand the importance of data and analytics in business," said Cheam. "This will open up tremendous opportunities for IT graduates and the ICT workforce who have acquired relevant skills. We appreciate the Government and MDeC's foresight in preparing the workforce to meet these new demands and are happy to partner with them through the MyProCert (SRI) programme."
Under the MyProCert (SRI) programme, apart from subsidised training course and certification fees, MDeC awards incentives to individual or companies: together, this translates to a saving of RM 3,000 [US$942] per trainee.
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