PHOTO - (from left) Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat; Dr. Mohamed Sulaiman Sultan Suhaibuddeen, head of ICT, Melaka State Government; and Mohammad Jamal Suleiman, CEO, ABYRES.
Malaysian state Melaka's government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with open source firms Red Hat and Abyres, which is one of Red Hat's Malaysian partners, to form the Melaka State Open Source Centre of Excellence.
During the signing of the MoU on 27 September 2012, the partners said this was a first-of-its-kind initiative in Melaka to increase awareness of adopting open source technologies in the public sector.
"We see open source as the way of the future," said Melaka state government's head of ICT, Dr Mohamed Sulaiman Sultan Suhaibuddeen. "There is a lack of skilled resources and awareness for open source technology. We understand the benefits from using open source that can be realised to help meet the unique challenges that governments face when addressing the need to get on the cloud, so our aim is to equip our staff and the future workforce with the necessary knowledge and skill set."
Red Hat would provide training material under the Red Hat Academy curriculum to local universities, polytechnics and community colleges in the State of Melaka along with 50 supported licences for the Melaka State Open Source Centre and 20 supported licences for universities, polytechnics and community colleges located in the state. Certification examinations are also to be made available at a discounted fee for students, lecturers and instructors.
Red Hat Asia Pacific vice president and general manager DP van Leeuwen said the Open Source Centre of Excellence will provide the necessary facilities and resources for local students and lecturers to be trained in Linux, middleware and other open source technologies. The Centre of Excellence expects to see 250 trainees over the next year with the goal of a 100 percent increase year-over-year increase in 2014. Abyres will also be supporting the Melaka State Government in organising activities to drive open source awareness.
"Red Hat is very pleased to collaborate with the Melaka State Government to promote open source awareness in Melaka, but also hopes that with the setting up of the Open Source Centre of Excellence, we will be able to provide expertise and resources to train current and future IT professionals in Malaysia through this channel," said van Leeuwen.
Public sector challenges
Red Hat general manager, ASEAN, Damien Wong, said: "Red Hat understands the challenges faced by the public sector - governments and schools. The Melaka State Government has been a Red Hat customer since 2009, so we understand the solutions that they need in order to be prepared for the future."
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.