As part of the national Budget tabling in October last year, the Malaysian Government announced that the country is set to embark on a new 30-year transformation plan, titled Transformasi Nasional (TN50), which will transform Malaysia into a nation of calibre, with a new mind-set. The digital economy, in turn, is set to power and invigorate the Malaysian economic engine.
Also late last year, ASEAN launched its ICT Masterplan, AIM 2020, to support ICT adoption and enable innovation and advancements in the ASEAN community from 2016 to 2020. AIM 2020's vision is 'to propel ASEAN towards a digitally-enabled economy that is secure, sustainable, and transformative.'
Speaking at the recent Asian Innovators Summit (AIM) 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) chief strategy officer Azli Mohamed (see group photo below) said Malaysian Airports is very focused on leveraging on technology support growth
Azli explained that MAHB sees digital transformation as one of the strong enablers to achieve its 5-year business plan - 'Runway to Success 2020' (RtS 2020).
"If you look at the capacity of the airport, KLIA, it's designed for 25 million and KLIA 2 is designed for 45 million. KLIA is already at its maximum capacity and we're talking to the government about expansion plans, but it will take some time. The only way to address the growth is through automation and technology," he said.
Azli further added that MAHB is currently undergoing an 18-month Big Data Analytics undertaking which is aimed at helping the company improve processes through better usage of data, translate that information into revenue generation, and improve asset management.
Along the way, private sector companies such as SAP provide the tools and expertise necessary to help others cope with digital transformation, he said.
"This is the critical part where SAP comes in. We are partnering with them for the launch of SAP SuccessFactors, which is going to be very fundamental to the next step of Malaysian Airports digital transformation," Azli added.
Growing a nation through technological innovation
Also present at AIM, SAP Southeast Asia head of analytics and insight Kathleen Muller (see pic below) expressed confidence that Malaysia will see accelerated growth in the adoption of technology, which will improve the life of Malaysians in the long term.
Photo - (from left to right) MAHB chief strategy officer Azli Mohamed with SAP Malaysia managing director Terrence Yong and SAP head of analytics and insight (Southeast Asia) Kathleen Muller during a press conference following the Asian Innovators' Summit 2017 about how local companies can embark on their transformation journeys within today's digital economy.
"People are embracing digitisation. It is not about competing with other nations, it is about enabling itself as a powerful nation," said Muller. (See - Here's what happened in Malaysia's IT industry in the first three months of 2017)
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