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Riding the tide of fortune: Red Hat Malaysia interview

AvantiKumar | Aug. 15, 2014
RHEL 7 is the latest move in a long term strategy to help Malaysian IT leaders to shift focus from 'IT efficiency to IT effectiveness', said Red Hat's David Yap.

Open source solutions firm Red Hat was one of many ICT providers to first support the launch of the Malaysian government's Digital Malaysia initiative in mid-2012. Since then, the open source philosophy of 'paying it forward' coupled with offering solutions that aee more tightly focused on bridging the language gap between business and IT, has built a record of growth over 44 consecutive quarters.

During a visit in May 2014 to Kuala Lumpur, Red Hat's Asean general manager Damien Wong said the company's solutions now power 80 percent of all public clouds while the narrative in the last two years adds up to a 'robust demand for its open source solutions by companies across all sectors in Malaysia, and in all parts of the world."

David Yap, country manager for Red Hat Malaysia, speaks to Computerworld Malaysia about the his insights into the local market as well as the benefits to local organisations of the recently released flagship solution - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) - designed to be run, with support, until 2024, and which includes new technologies including the Docker Linux Container system and the advanced XFS file system. 

Photo - David-Yap, Country Manager, Red Hat Malaysia.


What are some of important industry trends you see in Malaysia?

Malaysian CIOs are about to make the important step of shifting their focus from IT efficiency to IT effectiveness. This year and beyond, enterprise IT function will be judged on the success in meeting the demands of business users rather than the reduction in cost of technology operations in a business.

Some of the trends are:-

I. Shift of IT investment focus from cost minimisation to IT innovation

Malaysian enterprises are shifting focus from cost minimization to actively driving IT departments to innovate more quickly as a way of moving the profit margins and implementing a sustainable business model, reflecting an additional pressure for any CIOs from new directions. It is believed that CIOs may need to look externally for required IT services, such as platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or other cloud services, to cope with these demands.

II. IT departments react slowly when moving from a tactical focus on efficiency


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