Photo - (From left) Dr Yap Chee Sing, Managing Director of Iverson Associate Sdn Bhd; and Chiew Yue Lam, General Manager of Avnet Technology Solutions, Malaysia.
Avnet Technology Solutions, which is one of four IBM Global Training providers, has formed an exclusive partnership with training provider Iverson Associate to provide software, systems and certification programmes for the Malaysian market.
During the announcement in Kuala Lumpur, Avnet Technology Solutions Malaysia's general manager Chiew Yue Lam said the arrangement with Malaysia's Iverson will allow "a more comprehensive delivery model for the IBM training programme via Iverson as a leading IT training centre."
"ICT (information communications technology) is an area that requires extensive and continuous upgrading of knowledge because technology evolves so fast. Not only does the local market need more ICT talent, but their skill sets also need to be updated regularly to cater to the systems and solutions built to manage big data," said Chiew.
He said, "As big data, cloud computing and the mobile workforce gain traction, adding talent to support them will be a challenge for many organisations as they balance the need for new skills with those necessary to maintain existing IT operations."
"Together with Iverson, Avnet is able to provide more strategic IBM IT training programs that optimize one's existing IT workforce by upgrading their technical skills and knowledge in areas such as advanced solutions for mobile, cloud, analytics and social business," said Chiew.
High-income nation by 2020
"To achieve the goal of becoming an 'inclusive and sustainable' high-income nation by 2020, Malaysia ICT professionals, particularly in the fields of software integration, business intelligence analysis and IBM's WebSphere application development, are heavily sought after to drive business innovation," he said.
"Professional certifications allow companies to more effectively bridge talent supply and demand gaps," Chiew said. "In addition, IBM has one of the largest customer bases in Malaysia. Therefore, the IBM professional certification will provide better recognition to the existing local IT workforce with specific expertise that is in demand across the local sectors. More importantly, it will help drive education to enable our partners and resellers to better address end customers' business challenges with IBM solutions."
"Avnet Malaysia's newly upgraded Avnet Solutions Centre is equipped with the capabilities to facilitate the IBM training and certification program with Iverson," he said.
"The value of technology is realised through its implementation, and this requires resources that have been effectively trained with the necessary skills to make the best possible use of information technology solutions," said Iverson managing director Dr Yap Chee Sing. "As a dedicated IT training centre, Iverson can provide the talent in the most efficient manner."
The complete portfolio of more than 2,500 IBM training courses started on 1st January 2014 in Malaysia.