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Digital Malaysia on target

AvantiKumar | Oct. 1, 2012
The recently announced national initiative to achieve a developed digital economy by 2020 now has eight projects in various stages of implementation, says MOSTI minister.

In addition, the project will also see the development of Regional Service Hubs by the approved TPAs by Dec 2012 to ensure that the roll-out of the terminals among the Micro enterprises and SMEs nationwide are supported.

Project 2:  Shared Cloud Enterprise Services

This project aims to garner more local companies to adopt Cloud-as-a-Service (CaaS) solutions as well as to get more independent software vendors (ISVs) to offer their services on the Cloud. To this effect, the adoption programme commenced with five interested applicants that will be approved by October this year. In addition, a new Centre of Excellence has also been created for graduates. The recruitment of graduates for training programmes and the formalisation of more partners in the CoE are currently in development.

EPP 3: Spur the Netizens

Project 1: Develop On-Demand, Customised Online Education

This project aims to provide Malaysian Internet users with customised education content with an entertainment edge (edutainment). A beta version of the programme has been introduced successfully to 502 users earlier this year and it is targeted to reach 1000 users by the end of 2012. The content will also be available through mobile applications on the iPhone iOS and Google Android platforms by the end of the year.

EPP 4:  Uplift the B40

Project 1: Microsourcing to Generate Income for the B40

This project with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as public sector lead, aims to provide training for the Bottom 40 members of the community, to enable them to work remotely from their home in order to generate additional income for themselves and their family. These include basic computer literacy skills training that will enable them to perform simple tasks such as data collection and entry for corporations and organisations. To date, the training modules have been identified and MDeC has been working with key microsourcing partners and training providers to ensure that the microsourcing platform will be operational by the end of the year.

Project 2:  Facilitating Societal Upliftment

Also with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as public sector lead, this project provides the system and tools needed to match community development programmes and funding distributions to the right communities and areas. It will also ensure that there will be proper mechanisms in place to deploy and track these programmes, as well as obtain feedback from the target communities. The pilot project will be deployed in the state of Pahang soon.

EPP 7: Grow the Technology Sector

Project 1: Grow the Embedded Systems Industry

An embedded system is some combination of computer hardware and software, either fixed in capability or programmable, that is specifically designed for a particular function. Industrial machines, automobiles, medical equipment, cameras, household appliances, airplanes, vending machines as well as the more obvious mobile computing devices are among the possible hosts of an embedded system.


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