Malaysian open-source firm works with Microsoft solutions

AvantiKumar | Feb. 20, 2013
HPC Solutions’ MyMeetingX solution in Malaysia is another sign of how we are working in a more open, collaborative way with others in the industry: Microsoft

MyMeeting X shown to government officers in Malaysia

Photo - Showing MyMeetingX to government CIOs and senior leadership personnel from MAMPU.


Malaysian software firm HPC Solutions enhanced open-source software solution - MyMeetingX - allows deeper integration with Microsoft's Exchange and Outlook environments and signals a more open, collaborative style of working with industry partners, said technology solutions giant Microsoft.

Microsoft Malaysia platform strategy manager, Zalina Abdul Halim said the interoperability of Microsoft solutions with the Malaysian open-source software (OSS) firm's meeting management system has resulted in two real major government projects - MyMesyuarat (MyMeeting) and 1GovUC.

"Microsoft's investment and participation in interoperability, standards, and open source is as broad and deep as any other company in the industry today - resulting in more choice for customers, more opportunities for developers, and more technology innovation and market competition for businesses, governments, and consumers," said Zalina.

"With almost 15 years' experience running some of the largest, most reliable cloud services in the world, Microsoft is committed to leading the industry in the transition to the cloud, and to bringing the flexibility and cost savings of cloud computing to businesses, governments and individuals in an open way," she said.

"We are certainly very proud of MyMeetingX and also very grateful for the work that Microsoft continues to do with its interoperability, standards and open source through partnerships like this," said HPC Solutions director, Shaharizal Othman. "We believe there is certainly many more opportunities to explore and we look forward to the role that players like Microsoft can play in contributing towards a healthy local software economy here in Malaysia."

New features of MyMeetingX

Shaharizal said that user interaction with the government's MyMeeting system has been very limited to its email and Web interface only. With MyMeetingX, users of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange would be able to further leverage their current tool set and interact with MyMeetingX directly from within Outlook. The new features of MyMeetingX include:

1. Sharing of personal address book and global address list contacts
2. Viewing and setting appointments in contact list calendars
3. Assigning tasks on projects
4. Sending email notifications for meeting reminder and task reminders
5. Booking meeting resources such as projectors and rooms

MyMeetingX was first showed during the most recent Malaysian Government OSS Conference, an annual event organised by the Open Source Competency Centre under the responsibility of MAMPU (Malaysia Administration and Modernization Unit). The event was attended by more than 600 government officers and academics, including government Chief IT Officers (CIO), the Director General of MAMPU, as well as MAMPU senior leadership.