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Building Malaysia's next generation of data professionals: MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera

AvantiKumar | July 27, 2016
MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera have joined in a programme to upskill lecturers as part of building the Big Data Analytics (BDA) ecosystem in Malaysia.

Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, CEO MDEC 

Photo - Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDEC


National ICT agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), training provider Iverson Associates and data management and global analytics platform company Cloudera have joined in a training initiative that will further help strengthen the national Big Data Analytics (BDA) ecosystem.

Under the agreement, paid training will be provided to lecturers who are focusing on Apache Hadoop curricula at tertiary institutions, under the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) programme.

Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, chief executive officer, MDEC, said: "The Big Data Analytics (BDA) ecosystem requires consistent and sustainable supply of skilled workforce. Our goal is to continue to grow and nurture data professionals through collective efforts with Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) and the private sector."

The training will be available to the first 10 universities in Malaysia that sign up for the CAP programme with Cloudera. The training will be available to two lecturers per university.

"It is now absolutely essential for our workforce to be equipped with analytics skillsets as we are rapidly working towards the vision of Malaysia becoming a regional hub for BDA by 2020," said Yasmin.

Currently, more than 100 tertiary institutions globally are members of this programme including Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Multimedia University (MMU) and Sunway University in Malaysia, as well as National University of Singapore (NUS) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) in Singapore.

Big data skills

Daniel Ng, senior director for Asia Pacific, Cloudera (pic below) said: "Cloudera has always been passionate about empowering people with big data skills and there is no better place to start than at universities where the future workforce lies." 

Daniel Ng_Senior Director APAC_Cloudera

"With this paid training, we hope that more universities will be able to benefit from the CAP programme, which has been specially designed to streamline and accelerate the adoption of Apache Hadoop, as well as to help prepare and certify students for the demands of a future with new big data-related roles across industries," said Ng.

He said that through the programme, Cloudera will provide partner institutions with a complete, paid, industry-standard Hadoop curriculum that schools can incorporate into their courses.
In addition, teaching staff and students affiliated with the partnership programme institutions can freely download a wide selection of Cloudera supplementary training material and receive discounts on all Cloudera Certification examinations.

Ng said teaching staff will also qualify for deep discounts on Cloudera University professional training delivered by Cloudera's team of expert Hadoop instructors, and benefit from up-to-date classroom tools, instructor forums, dedicated programme support, and the world's largest Hadoop knowledgebase.
He added that accredited, non-profit academic institutions can also take advantage of the more robust features of Cloudera's software suite through a special University License.

Cloudera Academic Partnership programme members have free access to Cloudera Enterprise: Data Hub Edition for 12 months to support data-intensive testing, development, and research. In conjunction with Cloudera's industry-leading open-source platform, the University License provides the partnership programme participants with the tools needed to achieve major breakthroughs in big data.
To date, Cloudera said it has trained more than 40,000 participants and certified more than 10,000 Hadoop professionals. More than 60 percent of the Fortune 100 and all 20 of the top 20 global technology firms have leveraged Cloudera's expertise to train employees on Apache Hadoop.


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