IT firms unveil productivity centre

MICROSOFT Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Mesiniaga Bhd yesterday launched their Business Productivity Centre (BPC), the first of its kind in the country. 

The centre is designed to offer Malaysian businesses productivity solutions to enhance their competitiveness and leverage on existing investments with Microsoft Office System. 

Though new, the centre is targeted to attract some 100 companies and 500 business decision makers in the first 12 months of operations. 

The BPC, located at Menara Mesiniaga in Subang Jaya, was officiated by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis here today. Also present was Mesiniaga chief executive officer Wan Fusil. 

The centre, which functions as an integrated showroom, demo centre and staging environment for customers, is the third in the world, said Microsoft Asia-Pacific vice-president of sales and marketing Chris Atkinson. 

Atkinson said the move to establish such a centre was inspired by the recent call by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for local companies to raise their business productivity and global competitiveness. 

“Microsoft and Mesiniaga have invested some RM1mil to offer customers an immersive process, helping businesses to visualise how they can increase productivity,” he said. 

Atkinson said the centre was a place for Mesiniaga and other local information technology (IT) solution vendors to demonstrate best practices and how to work smarter with technology. 

It was also designed to help partners accelerate deployment of software solutions in line with the Government's ambition to ignite the use of local applications, he added. 

At a press conference later, Jamaludin called on the private sector to foster closer collaboration with the Government in developing the country's IT industry. 

He also invited IT companies, local and foreign, to take part in next month's IT Job Fair initiated by his ministry. 

Jamaludin said the job fair would offer IT graduates direct interaction with IT-based companies to find out their requirements for hiring workers.  

“This is an opportunity for IT companies to seek knowledge workers and address some of the unemployment issues among IT graduates,” he added. 

The minister expects more than 40 companies to take part in the job fair and welcomes participation from graduates and human resources specialists nationwide. – Bernama 

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