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Industry perspectives on Malaysia's Big Data ambitions: Teradata interview

AvantiKumar | March 20, 2015
Computerworld taps Teradata Malaysia's Craig Morrison's passion for Big Data Analytics and how this will drive Malaysia's National Agenda.

In February of this year, Malaysian national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) announced further moves to position Malaysia as a regional Big Data Analytics (BDA) centre with the signing of three major industry deals.

Under the agreements, data analytics giant Teradata and Fusionex were commissioned to build Centres of Excellence (CoE), while national agencies MAMPU and MIMOS would form a BDA DG Lab to grow a national Big Data Analytics ecosystem with the support of other major ICT companies.

Computerworld Malaysia asked Craig Morrison, country general manager of Teradata Corporation Malaysia for some insights into the public-private approach being used to build the national Big Data Analytics Innovation ecosystem, as well as how the industry will cope with the challenges of GST [Goods and Services Tax, effective 1 April 2015] and a softening global economy.

Founded in 1979 and formerly incorporated in 2007 when it separated from NCR, US-headquartered Teradata Corporation employs more than 10,000 professionals in 42 countries worldwide, who provide analytical solutions to more than 2,400 customers in 77 countries. 


Craig Morrison - Teradata Malaysia 

Photo - Craig Morrison, Country General Manager, Teradata Corporation [Teradata] Malaysia  


Could you provide some of the backstory to Teradata's involvement - as well as your views - on with Malaysia's regional BDA vision?

Teradata has been and will continue to be an active member of Malaysia's BDA Task Force.  As such, we have run and participated in workshops focused on strategies, roadmap, use cases and educational events.  We partnered with MMU (Multimedia University) and the MOH (Ministry of Health) for the big data challenge as part of our talent development program and continue to assist MDeC wherever possible.

Malaysia has some unique characteristics that put it into a position to achieve this [BDA vision].  The education system is relatively advanced, it is multi-cultural which makes Malaysian's very versatile within the region, the cost of resources is reasonable and most importantly, Malaysia has the ambition, drive and national support structure in place. It will require work, investment and commitment.  So, is the BDA vision realistic: yes.

Is the industry doing enough to support the BDA agenda?

The IDC report commissioned for Malaysia in the second half of 2014 produced some interesting findings around Malaysia's approach to BDA.  

That finding was that Malaysian companies are generally not considered early adopters when it comes to big data.  This has made it difficult for the IT industry to help organisations experience the value of BDA.  

Hence, the efforts, focus and initiatives being rolled out by MDeC are specifically designed to accelerate Malaysia's adoption of data and analytics.  It's a large task however in my experience with MDeC I can say that we are lucky to have MDeC, Dato' Yasmin and her team driving the national agenda as this gives Malaysia the best chance possible of success.

What unique approach and values do you think Teradata brings to the national BDA agenda?


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