Making cloud adoption a breeze for SMEs


KUALA LUMPUR: The Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) launched a set of incentives aimed at increasing the adoption of cloud computing among small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as to encourage the development of cloud-computing applications.

This set of incentives will enable independent software vendors (ISVs) to deploy cloud software and services as a utility, while creating a demand by local enterprises for locally-developed cloud software and services.

MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said its MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative is set to be a boon for Malaysian businesses, 99% of which are SMEs.

“Businesses don’t want to worry about IT issues and want to see these services as a utility, with benefits you can enjoy at the flip of a switch,” he said at the launch of the incentives here.

The initiative will also enable local companies to participate in the global cloud-computing market, according to him.

“Analysts predict that by 2020, the global cloud-computing spending would be at the US$160bil (RM480bil) mark, from the US$3bil (RM9bil) point recorded in 2008,” Badlisham said.

Through its initiative, MDeC hopes to enable a total of 60 ISVs, via an on-boarding programme and stimulus package to develop and promote Malaysian-made cloud applications and services.

Badlisham said RM30,000 worth of disbursements has been set aside for the ISV development move.

MSC Malaysia will collaborate with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) partners to identify industry applications that are in demand and will then select MSC Malaysia ISVs to participate in the initiative.

There is also MSC Malaysia’s Cloud On-boarding Programme (COP) which is designed in collaboration with leading PaaS providers to cover comprehensive cloud training programmes, trial and proof-of-concepts, hands-on to cloud software and tools, and guidance from expert technical consultants.

MDeC will be sharing the cost that the ISVs incur when deploying the COP on an equal ratio.

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Another programe in MDeC’s list of cloud adoption incentives is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) acceleration programme, where qualified ISVs will be entitled to a specially negotiated IaaS or PaaS package and subscription cost that covers bandwidth, storage service and computer service.

In order to be eligible for these programmes, the ISVs must be MSC Malaysia-status companies and at least 51% Malaysian-owned.

To encourage SMEs to adopt made-in-Malaysia cloud-computing solutions, MDeC started the SME Adoption programme that encourages local SMEs to utilise solutions created by MSC Malaysia companies.

Badlisham said a total of 1,500 Malaysian SMEs are to benefit from this programme by next year.

The cloud initiative is one of the key goals in MSC Malaysia’s Phase 3 development plan — the infusion of technology across all economic sectors to drive productivity and innovation by lowering the barrier of entry for businesses, including SMEs.

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