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MDEC Big Data Week 2016: National goal increases to 18,000 data professionals

AvantiKumar | Sept. 21, 2016
During Asean's largest big data congregation Big Data Week 2016, MDEC's CEO speaks of the increasing awareness and adoption of BDA.

MDEC has also tied up with Coursera to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for working professionals across industries. Since the start of the programme, 200 participants have completed the course.

As part of the professional development pathway, MDEC has been working with Dell EMC, SAS Institute, Cloudera and TheCADS to offer professional courses.

To encourage local adoption, MDEC and the Human Resource Development Fund have been identifying training needs that correspond with the advancement of technology, system and processes in in the area of BDA.

Malaysia has been "making steady progress in becoming a hub for BDA solution providers. As of August 2016, there are 22 multinational BDA companies from six countries currently setup in Malaysia. These include IHS Markit and SiteCore. "

In addition to this, Fusionex and Data Micron have expanded globally. In total, 32 BDA companies have exported their services/solutions and 47 BDA startups have been innovating and testing analytics technologies.

Ir Dr Karl Ng - MDeC

Ir. Dr. Karl Ng (pic above), director, Innovation Capital, MDEC said, "We have achieved excellent results from our BDA initiatives until now. But the next upcoming event is even more exciting and will truly amaze the global Big Data community. The launch of ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX) will redefine our approach to Big Data entirely by bringing together the community, enterprises, startups, academia and working professionals at a single venue."

Big Data Week Asia Now in its fourth instalment, the weeklong Big Data Week Asia 2016 (starting 19 September 2016) will host more than 3,500 participants from across the region, 84 speakers, 38 exhibitors, 41 sponsors and 17 satellite events focused on building a data driven ASEAN.

Kuala Lumpur is the 2016 city partner of Global Big Data Week and the congregation has been officially recognised as the biggest in Asia this year.
Speakers include Professor Karim R. Lakhani (Harvard Business School), Daniel Castro (director of Centre for Data Innovation, US), Amr Awadallah (co-founder and CTO of Cloudera) and Lutz Finger (data scientist, Cornell University).


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