Shot-in-the-arm for local software houses

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Norhizam: “Constructing a conducive ecosystem in cloud computing is critical for ICT to continue to thrive in Malaysia.”Norhizam: “Constructing a conducive ecosystem in cloud computing is critical for ICT to continue to thrive in Malaysia.”Norhizam: “Constructing a conducive ecosystem in cloud computing is critical for ICT to continue to thrive in Malaysia.”

MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing initiative, driven by national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), was further boosted last Friday with the launch of new cloud services from local hosting provider Shinjiru.

Under MDeC’s Software-as-a-service Acceleration Programme for the country’s independent software vendor (ISV) community, this initiative means that qualified ISVs would get RM30,000 worth of benefits.

MDeC Infotech vice president Norhizam Kadir said that this initiative was aimed to help ISVs reduce initial deployment costs of cloud-based solutions implementation.

“Constructing a conducive ecosystem in cloud computing is critical for ICT to continue to thrive in Malaysia,” said Norhizam.

“What we ultimately aim to do is to build a community of Infrastructure, Platform and Software-as-a-Service companies to capitalise on market growth potential,” he added. “Through our partnership with Shinjiru and Microsoft, we hope to set a robust pace in helping ISVs develop various applications and deploy them via the Cloud.”

Jeffrey Khow (left) and Norhizam Kadir

Jeffrey Khow (left) and Norhizam Kadir“These new services will help local independent software vendors (ISVs) push out cloud services,” said Shinjiru’s director Jeffrey Khow (left in pic, next to Norhizam).

He added that the company has grown to its current strength by providing virtual servers and expertise in Microsoft Cloud OS infrastructure, and was confident that local SMEs would benefit from their experience.

“As it is, we’ve already been recognised by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in the Asia Pacific region, and now we have the opportunity to help others grow with us,” said Khow.

“SMEs today can reap massive benefits from moving on to the cloud. It takes a matter of minutes to expand service capability at any time and best of all there’s very little or no upfront capital expenditure required. Gone are the days of forking out millions in hardware costs and that’s not even counting paying for technical expertise,” said Khow.

Azizah Ali

Azizah AliMeanwhile, Microsoft Malaysia small and midmarket solutions and partners general manager Azizah Ali (pic) said that there is a growing number of local companies moving towards cloud computing to realize greater cost saving and operational efficiencies.

“Microsoft provides the best hybrid options for customers on their cloud journey by leveraging on either local partner expertise and strengths like Shinjiru Cloud Services as well as Microsoft’s public cloud, Azure,” she said.

“By tapping into Shinjiru Cloud, Shinjiru helps address data sovereignty concerns for Malaysian customers embracing cloud services,” she added.

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