KUALA LUMPUR, 2 MARCH 2010 -- To help Malaysia boost ICT development and innovation, software giant Microsoft Malaysia says it will become even more 'Malaysian.'
Microsoft Malaysia's new managing director, Ananth Lazarus, said: "The company's Malaysianising Microsoft vision is just one avenue that will help us drive the national agenda forward."
Lazarus said the concept was not new. "The vision has been conceived in a variety of forms over the years but it will gain more depth and direction as this includes making Microsoft one of the main platforms to innovate the information and communication technology (ICT) industry."
Malaysianising Microsoft is an idea I am very attracted to," he said. "It very much plays on driving innovation itself. It is easy to see the linkages here because of the very fact that Microsoft is always on the lookout for innovation. In fact, I am proud to say that we are the leading innovator in this market space."
"Innovation means so much to us and as such we see ourselves as being able to play a key role when this shift in the economy is happening. This is certainly an exciting time for Microsoft and for innovation, Lazarus said.
Aligning to knowledge economy agenda
Lazarus said Microsoft Malaysia would move towards linking its activities and investments with the national agenda of transformation into a knowledge economy.
In fact, according to an IDC report, the Microsoft Malaysia ecosystem is estimated to have generated more than US$2.66 billion (RM9 billion) in investments in 2009, he said. This includes improving independent software vendors (ISVs), enhancing channel partners, and providing new jobs. The report even reveals that every ringgit invested in Microsoft will automatically generate for its partners US$3.96 (RM13.39).
Last year, we invested a large sum into Malaysia, said Lazarus. It is around the tune of US$1.03 billion (RM3.5 billion), which is all channelled into our three Sparks' programmes: BizSpark, DreamSpark, and WebsiteSpark. All three are designed to cater to startups and technopreneurs, cultivating the minds of tertiary students, and enhancing the creative capital of Malaysia.
Included in Microsoft's plans for Malaysia are cloud computing development, offering software + service' packages that combine local and cloud computing resources, and to help all business sectors be ICT ready, he said. This includes the small and medium-sized organisations that may not have the funds to implement these new solutions and concepts.
What drives this all is innovation, said Lazarus. In fact, I view Malaysia's development as one that progresses from a brick and mortar' model to one that is now innovation driven. This shows that the country is certainly moving towards a high economy model.
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