The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has signed three MoUs (Memorandum of Understandings) with big data industry players and Government partners to establish a network of Big Data Analytics (BDA) Innovation Centres of Excellence (COE).
The MoUs for the private sector will see Fusionex International and Teradata Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd build COEs, while for the public sector, the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) and Mimos (National R&D Centre) will establish a BDA Digital Government (DG) Lab.
IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, SAP and SAS and Telekom Malaysia will also be part of the National BDA Innovation Network.
The initiative will focus on bringing together private and public partnerships to drive BDA adoption, cultivate innovation and build an ecosystem that will impact all sectors of the economy.
“The establishment of the Innovation Network is a crucial step in realising MDeC’s vision to place Malaysia as a BDA hub in the Asean region,” said MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Yasmin Mahmood.
According to MDeC, the move will further drive the adoption of BDA, cultivate innovation and build a BDA ecosystem that will impact all sectors of the economy.
A total of about 50 data science professionals, including 15 data scientists will be involved in the National BDA COEs, working on several high impact projects such as dengue prevention, fighting organised crime and drug trafficking as well as pinpointing tax frauds through predictive analysis.
Yasmin added that by 2020, Malaysia needs 16,000 data professionals and 1,500 scientists.
To address the shortage of data science talents here, Yasmin shared that a leading local university has committed to offer postgraduate data science programme this year and plans are in place to produce more grads through other local institutions down to the degree-level courses.
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