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Malaysian companies urged to adopt open source software: MDeC

AvantiKumar | June 30, 2010
Key messages at MSC Malaysia Open Source Conference 2010.

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 JUNE 2010 -- Malaysian companies should switch to open source software, according to government ICT agency MDeC at this year's MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia Open Source Conference 2010 (MOSC 2010).

MDeC [Multimedia Development Corporation] chief executive officer, Dato' Badlisham Ghazali said adoption of open source software would help more Malaysian companies enhance productivity, efficiency, as well as improve competitiveness in global markets.

2010 is Malaysia's Year of Innovation and this means more than only creating new and original products, services and solutions," said Badlisham. "To truly embrace an innovation culture, Malaysian companies must explore new ways of empowering their people, improving their business processes, and refining their management. Open source software is a pillar that can support Malaysia's innovation-led transformation into a high-income economy.

He said the open source movement has seen strong growth in emerging economies:
"Malaysia stands out among these nations because of its well-organised open source community and government support across all levels of the open source movement. In 2009, MSC Malaysia Status companies in the open source industry generated local revenues of more than US$183.2 million (RM595 million), export revenues of more than US$72 million (RM234 million) and employed 6,206 ICT knowledge workers."

Themed 'Making the Change', the three-day conference MOSC 2010 features 22 talks, 34 tutorial sessions, and 16 demonstration booths showcasing open source technologies from Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, and 20 MSC Malaysia Status companies. MOSC 2010 is organised by government agencies MDeC and MAMPU (Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit) as well as the Open Source Developers Club Malaysia (OSDC.my).
 
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While vendor-based software delivers a closest-fit' solution to the ICT needs of Malaysian companies, open source software can be customised to deliver further refinements and greater efficiencies, Badlisham elaborated, saying that this was in addition to the more familiar advantages of open source software: lower costs, improved security, rapid bug fixing and freedom from vendor lock-in," said Badlisham.

He said MDeC's MSC Malaysia open source initiatives include conducting the Java Education and Development Initiative (JEDI) programme in collaboration with SUN Microsystems, and establishing the Open Source Lab at MSC Malaysia Incubator Centre in MMU [Multimedia University] Cyberjaya.

"In partnership With Microsoft, we launched PHPAcade.my and PHPMarketplace in partnership and PHP.net.my and co-organised the industry's MSC Malaysia Open Source Conference," said Badlisham.

In addition, the highly skilled knowledge workers emerging from the open source community will be essential engines of Malaysia's future growth and development, he said.