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The Bíg Data ace in Malaysia's digital strategy: MDeC

AvantiKumar | Dec. 17, 2014
The National Big App Challenge finale signals an increased focus on big data analytics as a potent driver of national innovation, says MDeC's Dato' Yasmin Mahmood.

 

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Photo - Bernard Chiang, MD, SAP Malaysia

Bernard Chiang, managing director of analytics solutions provider SAP Malaysia, said: "Predictive modelling is the path of the future and can open the doors to unimaginable benefits. Look at how the German team at the World Cup used BDA to up their game, and that will offer you a glimpse into the future."

"With government support for BDA, Malaysia can become a regional leader in use of BDA to enhance services, provide better policies, while including best practice privacy protection," said Chiang. "This is even more so if you take into consideration the strong presence of technological leaders such as SAP in Malaysia."

"Similar to the spirit of Germany winning the World Cup through help of Big Data, the National Big App Challenge is an exemplary showcase of our emerging local talent and I must commend Dato' Yasmin and the team at MDeC for their tireless efforts to nurture this 'culture of innovation' for the greater good of Malaysia's development," said Tang Siak Kwan, founder of Tentspark.

"And as emphasised by Dato' Yasmin, public-private partnerships are key elements to harness the full potential of BDA and assist Malaysia towards our goal of becoming a developed digital economy and high income nation by 2020," he said.

 

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Photo - Tang Siak Kwan, Founder of Tentspark (next to Dato' Yasmin)


 Talent roadmap

MDeC's Dato' Yasmin said that upgrading training and skills was vital in preparing the a workforce that was ready to take advantage of the leverage that BDA offered and, according to Gartner, a total of 4.4 million IT jobs will be created globally to support BDA by 2015.

"For Big Data alone what we need to do now is to ensure the data sciences are offered as a standard course for university students," she said. "We'll also need to look at professional certification for upscaling of talent. Various companies have already offered professional certification in the area of BDA such as Microsoft."

"When we talk about data expertise, it's like a pyramid. You have at the lower base level, the data miners and analysts. At the tip are the data scientists. We currently have in the region of 70 to 80 data scientists in the country, and we need to go to 2,500 by 2020. That's where the highest gap is," said Yasmin.

Also a speaker at the event, Dr Dzaharuddin Mansor, national technology officer of Microsoft Malaysia, said, "Malaysia must look at upgrading the skills of our existing workforce, which means looking at the entire spectrum, including courses for faculty and students to acquire new technology skills in an academic setting."

 

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