Computerworld Malaysia invited some of Malaysia's leading ICT industry practitioners to talk about key challenges and opportunities faced by the industry during 2015 as well as offer some predictions for 2016. Commentaries and extracts of interviews are presented in random order, and include leaders from PIKOM, Outsourcing Malaysia, IDC, F-Secure, Allied Telesis, Barracuda Networks and others.
A companion feature 'ICT industry comments on Malaysia Budget 2016' led by national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation, MDeC, also includes forecasts for 2016 from many other industry leaders and commentators.
Cybersecurity remains the common platform that links together the increasing overlap between industry themes, which include national Enterprise & Talent Development, Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things. In the closing months of 2015, Gartner research vice president Jim Tully has already noted that local industry momentum will be driven in part by IoT and continuing digitisation, which will exacerbate secrrity concerns, said Fortinet's Derek Manki and Michelle Ong.
In their responses, The National ICT Industry Association of Malaysia, PIKOM, and its Global Business Services chapter, Outsourcing Malaysia, mentioned the opportunities presented by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for local businesses in the coming years as well as the evolution of the ICT industry as IT adoption is now moving rapidly beyond traditional bounds.
Newly elected PIKOM Chairman Chin Chee Seong (pic) said PIKOM is reflecting industry evolution in its move to expand membership beyond the traditional IT vendor profile. The new profile is being opened to all and programmes will be tailored according to the needs of each interest group. PIKOM will also spread its wings to the corporate ICT scene in diversified sectors that include Banking & Finance, Manufacturing, Tourism & Hospitality, Healthcare, Services, Logistics, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications and eCommerce, amongst others.
PIKOM will now represent a larger slice of the market that powers the mainstream economy. Today as ICT has become a crucial and integral support for all business and economic operations, it is only fitting that PIKOM's role extends to drive technological adoption throughout all corporations from various sectors.
While PIKOM will continue its main charter of being the 'Voice of the ICT Industry', the following initiatives can be expected in year 2016:-
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