Photo - Ng Wan Peng, COO, MDeC.
France's free enterprise applications firm Mandriva has appointed Abyres Group of Companies (Abyres) to be its Malaysia and Brunei advance technology partner for the first open source enterprise desktop management solution in the country, said the new partners.
Under the memorandum of agreement, Abyres will be handling level 1 and level 2 support of Mandriva's products and is also the certified technology partner for Mandriva S.A. [Mandriva] in Malaysia with all of Abyres technical staff being accredited as certified Mandriva engineers.
Abyres chief executive officer Mohamad Jamal Suleiman said Mandriva will be conducting training and transfers in technology to Mandriva's customers in Malaysia and Brunei.
"This is a significant milestone for us and we are enthralled to be Mandriva's technology partner for Malaysia and Brunei," said Jamal. "We will start by setting up level 1 and 2 support centres with the objective of being the regional support centre for Mandriva in the ASEAN region."
"Furthermore, we hope to be working closely with any government open source competence centre in future to develop the skill set of engineers and open source technologies in Malaysia," he said.
Photo - (From left) Francois Matraire, Trade Commissioner of the French Embassy in Malaysia; Jean-Manuel Croset, CEO of Mandriva S.A; Mohamad Jamal Suleiman, CEO of Abyres Group of Companies; and Ng Wan Peng, COO of MDeC.
Developing open source in Malaysia
Jamal expects to see a transfer of technologies between Abyres and Mandriva. "Abyres will be in charge of driving Mandriva products through its strong local network of customers and partners."
By the end of 2015, Abyres and Mandriva are planning to have support centres for the Asean region in Malaysia, he added. "In addition, Mandriva will support Abyres to develop Malaysia's growth for open source operating system with by 2016."
Also present, national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] chief operating officer, Ng Wan Peng, said, "The collaboration between Mandriva and Abyres - an MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia status company, is a testament to MSC Malaysia companies' ability to continue creating impact in the Malaysian and regional technology landscape. I look forward to seeing the fruits of Abyres' and Mandriva's partnership as agents of change for Malaysia's open source community"