Photo - (From left) MDeC CEO, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali; and Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Jailani Johari at the launch of Big Data Week 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.
National ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation, MDeC, has launched the 'Big Data Week Kuala Lumpur 2014 to help push Malaysian companies in all sectors to use big data analytics [BDA] to enhance productivity, it said.
YB Datuk Jailani Johari, deputy minister of Communications and Multimedia, who officiated at the launch on 6 May 2014, said the seven-day event was themed 'Harnessing Value from Your Data Variety.'
The Big Data Week brings together a global community of data scientists, data technologies, data visualisers and data businesses from six major commercial, financial, social, and technological sectors, Jailani said.
"Malaysian business and technology landscape have grown to such an extent that we are now ready to embrace the new developments around BDA for businesses, the government, community organisation and much more," he said,
"For local businesses, there is a need to embrace technologies such as BDA to raise their game so that they can be more competitive with large multinational companies," said Jailani.
"From the government perspective, BDA can play a huge role in increasing its efficiency and efficacy," he said. "With the implementation of the right big data analytics solutions, the government can gain much needed feedback and precious insights that can tremendously improve our decision making process."
BDA is longer abstract
"Indeed, BDA is no longer a futuristic abstract concept but is something that is already happening today," added MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali.
"According to Gartner, a total of 4.4 million IT jobs will be created globally to support BDA by 2015," he said. "As BDA will form an integral part of ICT Services, efforts to drive the development of the BDA industry in Malaysia will no doubt complement the Digital Malaysia initiative and be in tandem with the DM 354 roadmap."
"Thus, MDeC believes that Malaysia is ready to embrace the vast opportunities that Big Data Analytics has to offer as we sow the seeds to grow Malaysia into a developed country driven by the digital economy by 2020." said Badlisham.
The launch was followed by MDeC's one-day conference on Big Data themed 'Big Data: Endless Possibilities' with speakers from Intel, Teradata, Dell, IBM, Amazon, MIMOS, and HP Labs.
Big Data Week Kuala Lumpur 2014 [bigdataweek.com/kualalumpur] is organised with the support of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). Big Data Week in Kuala Lumpur will feature 18 related events - the highest number of activities in all 30 participating cities worldwide.
The 3rd edition of Big Data Week also debuted on the 5th of May as a crowd-sourced festival of events, meet-ups, workshops and hackathons focused on the social, political, technological and commercial impacts of data. It brings together about 30,000 data practitioners across more than 200 events.