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Malaysia 2015: PIKOM, MDeC, GE, Microsoft, Hitachi Sunway

AvantiKumar | Jan. 5, 2015
The first of a special interview series featuring insights from industry leaders, which include some of the key challenges and opportunities for Malaysia's ICT industry in 2015.

Computerworld Malaysia presents, in completely random order, extracts of interviews and commentaries from industry leaders, which include some of the key challenges and opportunities for the ICT industry in Malaysia in 2015.

Though industry drivers are more interconnected than ever, the responses have been loosely grouped into 'episodes' with the following themes: National Enterprise & Talent; App Development, Mobile & Social; Cloud, Networking & Data Centres; Big Data Analytics & IoT; and Cybersecurity.

Cheah Kok Hoong_Chairman PIKOM - modified

Cheah Kok Hoong, Chairman, PIKOM [The National ICT Industry Association of Malaysia], (pic) kicks off this episode on the national enterprise ICT industry:

In 2015, we expect that the significant developments in the ICT sector are those identified in the PIKOM ICT Strategic Review for 2014/2015, which listed the advent of Mobility, Social, Cloud, Big Data as the game-changing trends that will transform Malaysia's ICT industry.

1.  Game-Changing
 In addition, during the PIKOM Leadership Summit, I've also stressed the following:

  • The potential growth of Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Businesses will be increasingly challenged by new factors - such as the business agility that comes with mobility, security, analytics, and miniaturisation of devices and millennials generation aspirations;
  • Adoption of cloud solutions will move from conceptual to the practical stage;
  • As predicted by IDC, the Malaysia's Big Data market is anticipated to hit not less than RM75 [US$21.43] million but many businesses yet to consider big data as big business for their organisation, thus remains at tactical level;
  • 'Consumerisation' of IT or bring your own device (BYOD) is moving beyond hype and becoming a daily reality, which compels organisations to review inventory control, security and human resource practices;
  • Increasing Government efforts to connect to citizens via mobile devices and social media, will accelerating a new type of citizen-Government relationship;
  • Malaysia has also started to tap on the rapid growing potential of IoT through various initiatives such as the formation of National IoT blueprint, Digital Malaysia and Economic Transformation Program.  IoT can be a new economy itself covering business areas such as embedded device manufacturing, connectivity infrastructure and application deployments. The trend is also a new opportunity to position Malaysia as the hub for regional IoT innovation projects in Southeast Asia.
  • Despite positive growths and trends, cyber security is growing as a major concern ; in particular, duration of cyber-attacks becoming longer, scammers pretending as law enforcement officers and hacking inter-connected devices have grown by 91 percent from 2012 to 2013.


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