PHOTO - Ananth Lazarus, MD, Microsoft Malaysia
Software giant Microsoft is celebrating its 20th year in Malaysia with a celebration of its partnership role with many of the nation's efforts to transform into a developed knowledge economy by 2020, it said.
Microsoft Malaysia managing director Ananth Lazarus said the theme of 'Transforming Malaysia Together' was a time to reflect on past successful collaborations as well as to look ahead to what would be the company's 'biggest launch year.' "Though Microsoft has a culture of partnering with each country, it has a special affinity with Malaysia ever since it established its presence here in 1992."
Lazarus noted Microsoft's role as advisor to the Malaysian government on many key projects. "Microsoft's role goes beyond corporate responsibility into a commitment to the national ecosystem. Our partners work closely with government leaders, organisations and citizens to help them fully harness the power of the innovation with flexible solutions, programmes and partnerships to meet local needs."
"An IDC report, 'Microsoft Economic Impact 2011, showed that companies in the Microsoft ecosystem in Malaysia were projected to generate RM11.1 billion [US$3.6 billion] in revenues for themselves, with most of these revenues remaining in local communities where they are used to fuel further innovation and growth. In generating these revenues, companies in the local ecosystem would have driven RM3.6 billion [US$1.17 billion] of investment, most of it in the country," he said.
"Microsoft has the largest local partner ecosystem in Malaysia today with more than 5,000 partners to create 'Made in Malaysia' IP [intellectual property] solutions," said Lazarus. "Companies in the Microsoft ecosystem employ nearly 116,000 people; IT-using organisations employ another 108,000 IT professionals who work with Microsoft software or the products and services based on it. Together, these employees account for 46 percent of IT-related employment in 2011 and 49 percent of IT-related taxes in the country."
He added that Microsoft's contribution to the Malaysian IT economy has been very apparent to Malaysian businesses like YEYLOL Technology, which recently launched its YEYLOL Smart Digital Home System, an all-in-one device powered by Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Businesses have also benefited from Microsoft's incubator programmes such as BizSpark, a global programme that helps software start-ups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business.
Technology and Education
Lazarus added that Microsoft said technology and education have the power to economically expand the impact of education, and accelerate the growth potential of every student, educator and school.
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