Photo - K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia (5th from left) and YB Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Deputy Minister of Women, Family & Community Development (6th from left) flanked by members of Microsoft Malaysia's senior leadership team and Microsoft volunteers.
Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been offered a Digital Transformation path through cloud and productivity solutions provider Microsoft's new 'Tech4Good' initiative.
During the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft Malaysia's managing director K Raman said Tech4Good offered a platform for NGOs to have access to world-class solutions and technology that would support their efforts in serving their communities, including youth, women, undocumented children and persons with disabilities.
Officiating the launch, deputy minister of Women, Family and Community Development, YB Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said: "Empowering NGOs is in tandem with the Government's ambition to accelerate Malaysia towards being a high income nation through innovation and transformation."
"The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development recognises the contribution of NGOs in driving developmental activities, which has brought sustainable change for various communities," said Chew.
"We believe that by leveraging technology, NGOs can scale up operations; be more efficient; increase reach; deliver effective results; and hence realise the goals they are meant to," she said.
"Microsoft has put in place sustainable programs that invests in communities and I am encouraged that programs like Tech4Good take on a 360 degrees approach through its private-public-people collaborations," she added.
Activities under the initiative were held during Tech4Good Day at Microsoft Malaysia, which showed best practices, tech tips and case studies on leveraging Microsoft technologies to more than 100 NGOs.
"At Microsoft, we invest our greatest assets in digital inclusion programs and partnerships to help deliver the benefits of technology to every person and every organisation on the planet, and this includes non-profit entities," said Microsoft Malaysia managing director K Raman. "That is the idea behind Microsoft Philanthropies, a new organisation within Microsoft that will bring to life our expanded ambition and commitment to corporate philanthropy."
Raman said Tech4Good was part of Microsoft Malaysia's Philanthropy Week, the wider campaign that runs from 28 May to 12 June. "We are bringing the same ideal to Malaysia through the Philanthropy Week campaign - connecting the benefits of technology to those who need them most."
The campaign includes collaborations with private and non-profit entities, such as Kidzania, PS The Children, Gorgeous Geeks, Yayasan Generasi Gemilang, Taylor's University, and Yayasan Salam Malaysia.
Md. Ghani Ibrahim, chief executive officer of NGO Yayasan Salam Malaysia, said, "Technology has changed the world and the way we communicate, and being at the forefront of this evolution will help modernise the way our volunteers work to bring about change."
Yayasan Salam Malaysia, as Microsoft Malaysia's Capacity Building Partner for Tech4Good 2016, will instil 21st century technology and initiatives, which include Office365 workshops and webinars.
Another NGO which leveraged Microsoft's technology donations was international charitable organisation, The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (Tzu Chi). In early 2013, Tzu Chi leveraged a special licensing arrangement with Microsoft and standardized its entire infrastructure on an up-to-date Microsoft stack, which included Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Active Directory and Windows Server.
Raman said NGOs like Yayasan Salam Malaysia, Yayasan Generasi Gemilang and Tzu Chi were benefiting from Microsoft's technology donations to advance their mission. "We have donated more than US$922 million in software and services to more than 120,000 NGOs and non-profits globally, including more than 1 million new Office 365 licenses for non-profit workers and their strategic volunteers, and surpassing the US$1 billion in total company annual giving for the second year in a row."
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