Photo - (From left), Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) with Doug Cutting, Chief Architect for Cloudera and Co-Founder of Hadoop and Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
As mentioned in Malaysia last month, enterprise software company Cloudera has now officially entered into an industry-government collaboration with Malaysia's ICT agency MDEC to groom a future workforce of data professionals.
During the official announcement of the BASE (Big Analytics Skills Enablement) initiative, MDEC (Malaysia Digital Enterprise Corporation) chief executive officer Dato' Yasmin Mahmood said the move will help to address the data professional skills gap faced by the industry as well as strengthen Malaysia's vision to become a regional data analytics hub.
Also present, Cloudera's chief architect and the co-creator of Apache Hadoop, Doug Cutting, said: "At Cloudera we see a clear shortage of skilled data professionals across industries. We see an opportunity for us to play a catalyst role to bring various bodies into a collaborative effort, much like the open source community did when we were creating Hadoop."
"This collaborative innovation will help us bring new data-enabled talent into the market through skilled professionals who can who can leverage the tools and actualize data for business and the community," said Cutting.
MDEC's Yasmin said the initiative also included job matching as Cloudera has encouraged participation by MSC Malaysia status firm Ambition Asia to match data professionals who have completed their training to the right job vacancies.
In addition, she said that corporations such as Intel, Dell, Red Hat, Microsoft, SAS Malaysia and Fusionex [see photo below] have already joined the BASE initiative in Malaysia while academic institutions like Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) will provide training in data skills.
"Digital Malaysia is a national agenda that aims to turn Malaysia into a developed digital economy that connects and empowers the government, businesses and citizens," said Yasmin.
"Transformational technologies such as Big Data Analytics (BDA) play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of this initiative by creating new business value solutions and prompting significant innovation and advancements across multiple industries. Malaysia is well on our way to become a BDA hub in the ASEAN region and we are glad to partner with Cloudera on its BASE Initiative, which takes us a step forward in this direction," she said.
The BASE Initiative is also complementary to the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) program, where the company partners with accredited, non-profit institutions around the world to help develop the next generation of data professionals.
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