Looking a little further ahead, what would be the country's challenges within the global software testing industry?
Speed and timing are of essence. We must move fast to accelerate the development of our industry which includes putting in place the infrastructure, competent professionals, develop strong domain knowledge for the industries we choose to be in, and ensure that we have sufficient & sustainable supply of talent pool. All these are being addressed through various programmes under the MSTH initiative. At the same time, we are also working on programmes to build up capability and create industry clusters and generate market demands.
At present, our focus areas include the financial services, oil & gas, telecommunications and government sectors. Collectively, we have strong domain knowledge in these areas and this puts us in a good position to develop the niche services. MSTB, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is also working towards intensifying applied R&D and collaborations in software testing between the industry and academia sectors. Specific knowledge acquired through applied R&D also helps in developing niche capabilities and position Malaysia as a preferred destination for solution and services related to that particular area.
On a personal level, I have been running my own software engineering company since 1990 and I know how crucial quality assurance is in a software business and that testing is the key to SQA and ensures business sustainability. The quality of software is crucial to the overall success of a project, and the on-time delivery of all required deliverables. It is only natural for me to share my experience and spread the credence of SQA to the rest of the nation. I strongly believe that desire to achieve excellence in software quality is the necessary ingredient for achievement of the nation's aspiration to become a net exporter of high-quality ICT solutions.
In essence: software testing is rapidly growing industry throughout the world and the demand will continue to grow as long as software is used by humankind (virtually, it is a perpetual market). Software testing is also core to SQA, which is crucial to ensuring our industries, especially those which produce software and software-enabled products, remain relevant in the globalised market. In addition, software testing helps organisations improve operational efficiencies and product quality. In turn, these will translate into higher profits and better returns on investment as well as ensure GRC requirements are met.
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