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On target to be regional software testing hub: Malaysian Software Testing Board

AvantiKumar | April 6, 2015
MSTB's Mastura Abu Samah announces this year's dates for the 8th edition of SOFTEC Asia and launches the Software Test Design Competition.


Photo - (From left) En. Amiruddin Jaafar Sidek, Director of Malaysian Software Testing Board; Pn. Mastura Abu Samah, President of Malaysian Software Testing Board;  YBhg Datuk Fadilah Baharin, Director General of the Department of Standards Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and En. Mahadir Mohamed, Principal Assistant Director, Strategic Planning Division, Department of Standards Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation at the launch of SOFTEC Asia 2015.

While announcing dates for this year's Software Testing Conference (SOFTEC Asia) as well as the launch of the Software Test Design competition, the Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) has reaffirmed Malaysia is on target to become as a regional software testing hub.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, MSTB president Mastura Abu Samah said the industry body's leadership and drive to a quality focus in the software sector is reflected in the regional software testing platform in the 8th edition of SOFTEC Asia.

Themed 'Spearheading Business of Testing,' SOFTEC Asia 2015 will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur from 8th to 10th September 2015, said Mastura, adding that it was now "the biggest English-medium software testing conference in the region."

The growth of SOFTEC Asia has been fuelled by increasing demands for software quality assurance (SQA) and testing services from global companies, she said.

"SOFTEC Asia 2015 is an ideal regional platform to further strengthen Malaysia's position in the global software testing market while encouraging collaboration and cooperation amongst industry stakeholders. At the same time, this conference is also an avenue to raise the standards in software quality assurance and promote software testing a viable business," said Mastura.

This year's edition will feature more than 20 speakers from the international software testing fraternity and collectively, they will helm more than 40 sessions comprising tutorial/workshop, keynote address, Concurrent presentations and Panel discussion.

Expected keynote speakers include Professor Ken Sakamura, inventor of the TRON real-time operating systems, Chris Carter, outgoing President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTB), Erik van Veenendaal, founding member of TMMi Foundation, and Dorothy Graham, world's leading expert on test automation.

Supported by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Standards Malaysia, SOFTEC Asia 2015 will also maintain the Postgraduate Research Workshop (PRW) - a colloquium track for the academia. This year, the PRW will go into two tracks covering Software Testing and Requirements Engineering fields. These two fields are foundational in SQA practices in the industry.

 Software Design Competition

Mastura also announced the second edition of Software Test Design competition, which calls for participants to develop an original Test Design based on the Test Object provided, which would be in the form of specifications for a real software application. 

The Judging criteria includes:  effectiveness, efficiency and the creativity of solutions submitted. Prize-giving ceremony for the competition will take place during the closing of SOFTEC 2014 on 11 September 2015.

In the 2014 competition, the Open Category was won by Team Komodo Dragon from Penang while in the University Category; Team Infinity from UNITEN came out top.

For more information and online registration, visit

 MSTH and global opportunities

Malaysia's software testing industry is eyeing opportunities in the Global Software Testing Services market, which has been valued by Technavio (under the UK-based Infiniti Research group) at US$41.84 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach US$70.98 billion by 2018, growing with a CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) of 11.15 percent, said Mastura.

"The same Technavio report also stated that Malaysia is rapidly emerging as one of the most favoured outsourcing destinations for global companies in the realm of software testing. This is testament to the efforts under the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) programme," she said.

The Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH), which is an economic development initiative under the purview of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Department, is being implemented through Public-Private collaboration with MSTB, said Mastura.

She said that in addition to direct software testing-related business activities, MSTH programmes are also expected to have cascading impact adoption of SQA practices and compliance to international standards among businesses and organisations in Malaysia.

Mastura said that a 2013 IDC study on global software testing market (commissioned by EPU) showed that Malaysia was well positioned to capitalise on global software testing opportunities. "The report suggested that with the right kind of investment and intervention programmes, Malaysia could rake in revenues of up to US$4.7 billion by 2020."

However, it will not be easy to achieve this, she said. "It requires strategic and well-planned approach and all stakeholders must work cohesively to achieve the intent."


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