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Software testing in Sarawak: MSTB

AvantiKumar | June 18, 2014
The Malaysian Software Testing Board to hold symposium in Kuching to heighten awareness of 'quality as the norm.'

Mastura Abu Samah. President, Malaysia Software Testing Board (MSTB)  

Photo - Mastura Abu Samah, President, Malaysia Software Testing Board (MSTB).


The Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) mission of promoting 'quality as the norm' in the software testing industry is to include the Malaysian state of Sarawak culminating in the Sarawak Software Quality Symposium in Kuching on 26 June 2014.

MSTB president Mastura Abu Samah said the event was part of a road show to increase the level of awareness on Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and promote the development of software testing services industry. The road-show is part of promotional activities carried out by MSTB under the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) initiative.

Mastura said MSTB, which recently launched a nationwide test design competition, is leveraging on the second Sarawak Software Quality Symposium (SSQS 2014) organised by the MSTH Sarawak Chapter. The one-day event will be held at the Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak (Swinburne University Sarawak).

She added that this would be the first time, MSTB will be discussing SQA and software testing in Kuching. "In fact, the city has been a regular destination in previous road-shows held by MSTB since 2009."

"Due to the dynamic nature of the industry and MSTH programmes, there is a need for constant communications and dialogue with the industry players and other stakeholders to enhance the awareness and maintain their interests," said Mastura.

"Through our international networks, MSTB has constantly been able to keep track on the developments at the forefront of the global software testing industry and we have been sharing such knowledge through our road-shows and industry dialogues," she said.

 Opportunities in the software testing sector

Mastura said the symposium will feature speakers from MSTB as well as from members of MSTH Sarawak Chapter and Standards Malaysia. "Presenters will be sharing industry experiences and thoughts on SQA, software testing and relevant international standards. MSTB will also speak on software testing market and opportunities available for Malaysian companies."

SSQS 2014 organising chair Assoc Prof Dr Patrick Then said Swinburne University Sarawak will host the SSQS. "At the same time, it is also a good platform to learn and identify opportunities in the software testing market via the presentations and networking sessions with speakers and other delegates." 

"We hope that Sarawak-based software professionals, quality practitioners and business managers would take advantage of this opportunity," said Dr Then, who is the associate dean (Computing) and head of advanced informatics consultation and research group (AICRG) at Swinburne University Sarawak.

Other members of the Chapter include Independent Data Services, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Sarawak Information Systems (SAINS) and the ICT Office of Sarawak Chief Minister's Department.


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