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ICT continues to be compelling in the Malaysia plan: IDC

AvantiKumar | Feb. 28, 2012
Analyst firm IDC presents the Malaysia cut of its Top 10 2012 predictions regional roadshow.

7. Development of Content Takes Centre Stage

"The continuous proliferation of smart devices in Malaysia has reignited the push for the development of mobile device applications. The government is working towards the creation of a poll of talent equipped with adequate knowledge in developing innovative and creative content for eventual global monetization. The government, via several government agencies, has embarked on a concerted effort to groom local applications developers by equipping these individuals with the skills and means to create 'world-class' content, fit for both domestic and international consumption."

8. Cost Reduction Remains Top of Mind for SMBs and Enterprises

"In spite of the relatively positive view on ICT spending for 2012, results of IDC's recent Asia/Pacific CIO Barometer survey reveals that majority of enterprises in ASEAN will still be cost conscious when pursuing their business strategies in 2012. While majority of CIOs cited increased ICT spending for 2012 in areas of on-demand services, mobility and social media tools, focus is still placed on how enterprises can reduce their overall cost structure within the organization. Although CFOs have lightened their scrutiny on IT spending in recent years, they are still more watchful as compared to pre-crisis when ubiquitous spending on IT infrastructure was seen."

9. Talent Quest: Adequately Addressing the Talent Issue

"IDC predicts that 2012 is the year the IT Services industry in Malaysia will hit a tipping point and the government must adequately address the local talent supply and demand issue. IDC expects a high demand for jobs requiring highly skilled and certified professionals to drive the IT services market in the coming year. The rising demand for tech talent in Malaysia is further accentuated by the announcement of global multinationals building their regional facilities in the country."

10. Digital Malaysia: Solidifying an Innovative Economy

"2011 represented a new chapter for the country as IT started to play a significant role within the nation's economy as well as the betterment of the society. 15 years ago, the MSC Malaysia concept was introduced as a manner to encourage and support the development and adoption of ICT within the country. In line with the ripple created by MSC Malaysia within the economy, significant measures have been taken by the government via the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) to ensure ICT remains a significant tool for the future development of the country."


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