VMware vows to aid Malaysia's digital transformation


VMware in Malaysia 2015 

Photo - Dr. Karl Ng Hou, Ir., Director of Innovation Capital, MDeC looks on as, Laurence Si, VMware Malaysia & Brunei Managing Director, shakes hands with Dr. Andy Seddon, Asia Pacific University Dean, Quality Assurance and Partnership after the signing ceremony


Cloud Infrastructure and business mobility provider VMware has announced two business and ICT skill transformation initiatives to help Malaysian industry during its vForum Malaysia 2015 event held recently in Kuala Lumpur.

VMware Malaysia and Brunei managing director Laurence Si said that the company, as part of its commitment to Malaysia, has:

·   Released findings of vForum Malaysia Business Survey 2015 on business imperatives in Malaysian industry that identify cloud as the key driver of innovation, scalability, and flexibility
·   VMware has partnered with the academic sector, specifically Asia Pacific University, in a new skill development initiative to train and certify University students

Si said the vForum Malaysia Business Survey noted positive sentiments in hybrid cloud as an enabler for growth, efficiency and innovation. Almost all (94 percent) businesses indicated confidence in cloud's role in enabling innovation, with almost half of businesses (45 percent) favouring the adoption of the hybrid cloud approach to their IT infrastructure.

Confidence in cloud

The survey, which was conducted with 230 business and IT cross-industry professionals who participated at vForum Malaysia from September to November 2015, highlighted confidence in cloud computing, he said.

Si said other key business imperatives included:
- Optimising resource utilisation (45 percent) and bringing new products and services to market (29 percent) are top business priorities
- Businesses express confidence in cloud (94 percent) with almost half (45 percent) considering Hybrid Cloud environments
- Cautious security investments with 57 percent linking efficacy to vendor choice and 23 percent looking to reduce YOY (year on year) spend

The survey also revealed that businesses in Malaysia want technologies that are scalable (34 percent), flexible (30 percent) and simple to manage (35 percent), he said.

While security remains to be of key priority in 2016, almost 1 in 4 (23 percent) businesses have reduced their security spend in the last year, noted Si.

Cost was the top barrier to technological adoption (49 percent), with 57 percent of respondents indicating that the efficacy of security in virtualised environments was dependent on the vendor.

The findings allude to cautious security investments with Malaysia businesses' preference for embedded security offerings, and not add-ons as they lead to higher costs, he said.

Mindset change
Si said that second to cost, 19 percent of the respondents indicated organisation culture as the next key barrier to technology adoption, highlighting Malaysia businesses' need for change in mindset corporately in order to develop its digital economy by 2020.

In addition, high importance was placed in the enablement of business mobility (83 percent) with mobile penetration at 140 percent and strong 4G coverage, he said. The top concerns for business mobility was managing data security (45 percent), followed by application integration (30 percent).

"As Malaysia moves towards building its Digital Economy by 2020, strong government efforts to develop Malaysia's data management policies, such as its Personal Data Protection Act and a Big Data Analytics pilot, are transforming the nation into one of the most cloud-friendly markets in the region," said Si.

"In line with businesses' demand for IT to be scalable, flexible and simple to manage, VMware is committed to helping businesses stay relevant and competitive by providing cloud and business mobility solutions that enable them in their IT transformation journey," he said.

Innovate like a startup

Si said VMware has listed five imperatives for Digital Business:
-Asymmetry in business - innovate like a start-up and deliver like an enterprise: Large, established businesses must recognize that the benefits of incumbency are declining. The pressure is on to innovate like a start-up and deliver like an enterprise.

- Entering the professional era: In Malaysia, deploying cloud-based ICT solutions has become the most important trend and is expected to grow from US$43 million in 2012 to about US$900 million by 2020. This unified hybrid cloud represents the future of IT, providing the foundation for years to come.

- The security challenge: In protecting people, apps and data, virtualisation provides a critical translation layer between the IT infrastructure sitting below and the apps and data that reside above. Technologies like VMware NSX help businesses leverage virtualisation as a foundational architecture to strengthen the networking core.

- The next wave of IT innovation: The proactive future will be built on intelligent automation, giving people to predict (almost) anything. The power of predictive analytics enables business intelligence that can be a great value-add, enabling greater innovation and smarter businesses.

- Tech-driven change reshapes the S&P 500: To be successful, large and small businesses, including those in Malaysia, need to break out in order to stay relevant. Inaction is the greatest risk today.

Next generation digital workforce

Speaking of VMware's memorandum of agreement with Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Si said it would help provide virtualisation and cloud training for students in Malaysia including the development of Centre of Excellence, training of APU staff and students and post-education internships with VMware.

He said the creation of the Centre of Excellence, known as the VMware Cloud Innovation Centre, where VMware software-defined datacentre and cloud solutions will be hosted on the APU campus, providing staff and students the platform for training and talent development.

Si said APU will also have access to materials and tools created by VMware engineers via the VMware IT Academy Program resources and VMware Laboratory. Training modules and activities will include webinars, technical deep-dive discussions.

Other initiatives include using VMware's expertise in enabling businesses in Malaysia in today's mobile-cloud era, he said. VMware will collaborate with APU to jointly develop relevant APU-VMware elective or specialisation module in emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, software defined networks and software-defined datacentres.

Si added that the ICT sector contributed a substantial RM13.77 (US$3.21) billion to Malaysia's GDP (gross domestic product) in 2014 according to MSC Malaysia, with growth expected to continue into 2016.

Prof. Dr. Andy Seddon, Dean, Quality Assurance and Partnership, APU, said, "We see technology and innovation as key enablers for businesses on the back of Malaysia's growing digital economy."

 "The collaboration with VMware, the leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure provider, provides our staff and students a holistic programme from academic to technical training and internship opportunities for real-world experience," said Prof. Season. "Aligned with our direction and commitment in empowering the nation with industry-relevant IT skills, we are excited for this partnership to take flight."

"Investing in talent development is key to ensuring expectations and demands for the rapidly changing trends of technology in the industry and nation are met," added VMware's Si.

"As Malaysia advances towards developing its digital economy by 2020 under the Digital Malaysia initiative and Vision 2020, we are thrilled to partner with award-winning university, APU, in building the nation's digital workforce to support businesses in today's mobile-cloud era," he said.