Photo - Roland Chan, Senior Director - Marketing, Asia Pacific, BSA [Business Software Alliance].
Businesses could help Melaka become the first state in Malaysia to achieve zero-piracy with the help of a new registry and software launched by industry advocate Business Software Alliance, BSA.
During the launch of Melaka's Zero Piracy campaign at the Melaka International Trade Centre, the state's chief minister YAB Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd. Ali Bin Mohd Rustam said the state would develop its strength as an international business partner by 'eradicating stolen or illegal IT' with the launch of the License Management Registry 360 (LMR360). This is the first big step we're taking towards a more competitive Malaysia."
BSA's senior director, marketing, Asia Pacific, Roland Chan said with LMR360 companies could "manage their own software, easily demonstrate their software compliance, and connect with buyers interested in doing business with ethical companies."
"Malaysian businesses need to be compliant-ready as the expectation to be competitive and ethical becomes a key requirement to establish trust," said Chan. "For the first time, decision makers now have the tools to automate this process and allow businesses the ease of mind and security to focus on their business goals."
He added that demonstrating legal IT has become a requirement for many buyers and governments and was required by accounting standards in many countries, adding that the BSA's License Management Registry 360 was a global programme.
"LMR360 is free-to-use, non-profit, multi-lingual online portal which helps companies effectively manage their software," he said, during his speech. "It is the first industry-supported portal which showcases companies that take software compliance seriously to customers who demand strong controls and compliance from their business partners."
Chan said companies who signed up would find enhanced business value. "Subject to your approval, your company name could appear on a global list, which importers of products in other countries can have access to."
"Imagine for instance, a retailer like Walmart or Macy's in the US, wanting reference to a supplier of products for their stores," said Chan. "In this day and age, a reference to a trusted, law-abiding supplier could mean the difference between timely delivery of quality products, and a failed order due to production delays. Through LMR360, this is our way of helping to showcase Melaka companies to the world. "
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