Photo - MDeC Infotech vice president Norhizam Kadir, Vice President, Infotech, MDeC
MDeC Infotech vice president Norhizam Kadir said that constructing a conducive ecosystem was critical to the survival of any ICT initiative in Malaysia.
"By working together, MDeC together with Shinjiru and Microsoft hope to further catalyse the process for ISVs to make their various applications available via the Cloud," said Norhizam.
"As you know, constructing an ecosystem is vital to the survival of any initiative in ICT. By working together, Shinjiru and Microsoft are in the position to act as a catalyst for ISVs to build on the Cloud ecosystem," said he said.
"We at MDeC are confident in local SaaS offerings and will continue to support this initiative to further MDeC's aim in driving the Digital Economy," said Norhizam.
"Cloud, as we see it, is not only a crucial enabler for the ICT sector but the economy as a whole. It offers Malaysian SMEs a fantastic opportunity to ramp up the competitiveness of their businesses and transform themselves into world class operations," he said.
"Making applications available as a hosted solution will do away with the need to purchase costly infrastructure. It also helps companies overcome the scalability and flexibility challenges," Norhizam said.
"This realisation is seeing to the increased number of hosted or managed appliance solution in the market and, frankly, the only way local ISVs can compete now is to turn their on-premises applications to Cloud-based services," he added.
Microsoft Azure factor
Shinjiru's Khow said that the company's joining of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network and its use of Microsoft's Azure Cloud gave Shinjuru "the distinct honour of becoming the first service provider in the country to deliver hybrid cloud and Azure-enabled solutions."
He said that Microsoft provided technical validation and implemented best-practice solutions for hybrid cloud deployments as well as connections to Microsoft Azure global cloud. "With this assistance, Shinjiru is able to provide a powerful and highly reliable hybrid cloud solution to their customers."
"This is exactly the right timing. We have the infrastructure element, the economic element as well as the financial means to drive this initiative home. As it is, we've already been recognised by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in the Asia Pacific region, and now we have the opportunity to help others grow with us," said Khow.
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