Author: Karamjit Singh
Computer Science used to be a four-year program in all our public universities, but was changed in the late 1990s under the mistaken belief that cutting one year off university education was the answer to the industry’s need for talent. It was a recipe for disaster, and USM is intent on turning the ride.
The various professional development initiatives in Malaysia have seen the number of people taking part in up-skilling and training programs rising to 133,566 in 2010 versus the 39,606 in 2000, the majority of which were from the engineering and ICT sectors. But this is not enough to satiate the hunger of the tech industry for more talent.
The 2nd Integrated Content Development Program (ICON2) gave funding of between RM50,000 and RM200,000 to successful applicants and saw 69 apps introduced to the iTunes and Android App Store. More than that, it has encouraged Malaysian app developers to be more bold in their thinking and grand in their ambitions when creating apps.
GfK says that smartphone penetration in Malaysia has already reached a high of 88%, while Nielsen estimates it at 27%. Disparate figures, but both agree that we Malaysians love our smartphones.
MDeC to collaborate with ACCA to raise the profile of Malaysia as the preferred destination for finance and accounting shared services and outsourcing centres.
The rising popularity of Media Prima Berhad’s online video property, www.tonton.com.my, is validating the company’s decision to go in with both feet into the digital space and not with a gradual approach where investment is justified by market traction. Furthermore, its entry into the mobile space is bearing fruit -- today, out of the 400,000 daily weekday page views, 100,000 originate from mobile devices.
Lim Kok Hing, executive director of Mobile88.com Sdn Bhd (iPay88), had just returned from Manila on April 18 and was gushing about the opportunities in the Philippines. “It is really a vibrant place,” he says, equating it with how Indonesia was five years ago.
Kleenso founder Lee Teck Meng's focus is all on managing growth, and he recognises the role technology can play in making Kleenso a more competitive business. But he also recognises that his staff are not IT-literate yet and if he imposes technology adoption on them, 'they cannot catch up and their current work productivity will fall as well.'
It is a relief to finally have Digital News Asia (DNA) up and running. It has taken the typical hard work and running helter-skelter to get things done. There will probably be plenty of kinks to be ironed out and we will do these on the fly. The site however is just a platform. Our aim is to highlight and profile what goes on in our ecosystem on a daily basis and with updates on entrepreneurs who are doing exciting stuff.
We know what to do with our mobiles. We are also getting better at using our mobile’s multimedia capabilities to record and take shots of everyday life, and the occasional weekend rally or sit-in. And we are about to get better at it.