Photo - (credit MBPJ Facebook gallery) - 10 years celebration
Digitisation has taken another step forward among public sector organisations as Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ, the PJ Council) said it has become the first cloud-enabled city council in Malaysia.
Datuk Bandar (mayor) for Petaling Jaya, Tuan Mohd Azizi Bin Mohd Zain said that the switch to Cloud was part of MBPJ's continued transformation and modernisation process.
The move should also manage various ICT challenges such as hardware maintenance, messaging, collaboration and communication, and data storage, which will allow the Council to focus on its primary role of serving the public.
"To be the first intelligent Cloud enabled City Council reflects our forward-thinking approach to provide the best possible and most cost effective service to the public via new technologies," said Mohd Aziz. "We always seek to improve and the adoption of the Cloud platform is a reflection of this commitment."
"The productivity suite [Google enterprise apps for work], which includes email, calendar, cloud storage, video conferencing and more will certainly boost the productivity and capability of our workforce," he added.
Rapid cloud adoption
Mohd Aziz said cloud computing will also help reduce operating costs by migrating from a CAPEX-heavy legacy infrastructure and systems to an OPEX based, pay-as-you-use on-demand model that will also allow more real-time collaboration between MBPJ staff.
He said local cloud agnostic specialist G-Asiapacific managed the implementation of multiple clouds aligned to the council's complex business processes.
"The migration to Cloud drives MBPJ's key requirement for improved mobility that empowers staff with real-time messaging, collaboration and communication tools as well as real-time sharing of data and information that will empower faster public response and more efficient services," he said. "We also have the flexibility of moving from one Cloud platform to another based on the specific council requirements of our ICT structure with no disruption towards our business critical operations. This is a further advantage."
G-Asiapacific director Goh Kiang Kian (pic above) said the initial deployment will be followed by more complex Cloud transformation phases to better handle the complex traditional on premise business applications within the city council. The end result is to move from hybrid to a completely cloud based infrastructure.
"Cloud is the next step in improving and enhancing the way organisations work," said Goh. "This includes City Councils and similar public service organisations that for decades have been looking for a better means to manage their ICT infrastructure and requirements. Cloud once again makes technology a business or service enabler."
"Other public sector clients that have started on the cloud path with us include Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), Suruhanjaya Persaingan Malaysia (MyCC), Perbadanan Labuan, Biotechcorp and Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad, due to the complex traditional on-premises infrastructure" he said, adding that the adoption of Cloud as the computing model of choice for enterprise business applications is fast on the rise across all local sectors with a record 100 percent growth since June 2015.
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