Photo - Ir Dr Karl Ng, director, Innovation Capital Division, for Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) speaking about the push for data science in Malaysia at the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2016 in Malaysia.
According to national ICT agency MDeC, Malaysia is part of the data revolution - where organisations are using data as the new electricity to reinvent their businesses.
Ir Dr Karl Ng, director, Innovation Capital Division, for Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) said Malaysian businesses are using opportunities to transform, which are driven by three major trends - cloud computing, big data and analytics and intelligence.
Dr Ng said these three trends were reshaping how organisations across all sectors run their processes and how they were engaging with their customers.
"Data scientists are experts in analysing data to come up with business insights and they are very much in demand right now," he added. "We are committed to finding the right talent for this field - to build a vibrant and dynamic Big Data Analytics industry locally."
"With close collaboration with the ecosystem partners, we are confident that we are able to meet our target by 2020 of 1,500 data scientists, MDeC believes that having the right tools and technology platform are equally important to enable data professionals to be more productive and innovative," said Dr Ng.
Driving data science.
Data science in Malaysia is being developed through private- public partnerships. For example, cloud and productivity services giant Microsoft's launch of SQL Server 2016 will support data science advancement, said Michal Golebiewski, chief marketing and operations officer of Microsoft Malaysia.
Golebiewski said SQL Server 2016, the company's flagship business analytics and data management platform, was in tune with this data revolution.
Photo - Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia delivering an opening address at the launch of Microsoft's SQL Server 2016
SQL Server 2016 includes R - the language used mostly by data scientists - built-in to help solve problems in fields ranging from computational biology to quantitative marketing.
"[Following Gartner's recognition of Microsoft within Operational Database Management Systems and also the fields of analytics platform and business intelligence sectors] Gartner's Magic Quadrant report is testament to the demands brought forth by the revolution within the industry," he said.
"Organisations and sectors alike want more insights to transform their businesses and services. Microsoft recognizes this shift and have integrated SQL Server 2016 with the tools and resources required to be ahead of today's revolution curve," said Golebiewski.
"We believe that SQL Server 2016 is the biggest leap forward in Microsoft's data platform history with real-time operational analytics, rich visualizations on mobile devices, built-in advanced analytics, new advanced security technology, and new hybrid cloud scenarios," he said.
"MasterCard is a prime example of an institution that was able to leverage and transform one's disposition to take advantage of today's industry trends, despite the disruptive nature of such a revolution," said Golebiewski. "With SQL Server 2016, MasterCard was able to abstract tangible insights that it then used to empower its organisation forward, with more meaningful products in a more efficient manner."
SQL Server 2016 Express is offered as a free download, with the Standard version.
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