Day 1 at Asia IoT Business Platform 2017 Malaysia: Talent is key in growing IoT

One of the technology leaders in the region, Malaysia is set on growing the IoT ecosystem and clear about the role and potentials of IoT in improving the economy and public sector.

At the 14th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform held at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, IoT leaders from the government, telecommunications, public and private sectors gather to listen and discuss IoT and digital transformation in the country at the moment.

While many issues and challenges as well as opportunities surfaced during the local stakeholders’ panel discussions, the highlight of the Day 1 was the issue of manpower.

As highlighted in the Keynote Address by Tuan Haji Aisharuddin bin Nuruddin, Senior Director of the Technology and Society Division, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the policy-making body emphasises the potentials and benefits of IoT and the importance of IoT in Malaysia. There are ample and initiatives from the government as well as private sector – organisations such as Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) have fundings for eligible IoT startups and projects to invest and grow, said Ir. Dr. Karl Ng, Director, Data Economy Division, MDEC.

Nevertheless, one of the reasons why IoT adoption and developments may not have been as fast and widespread as expected is the lack of IT and IoT manpower. This sentiment is reflected by not only the public sector, but also the local private sector, such as MRT Corporation and Prasarana Malaysia. Big multi-national manufacturers like British American Tobacco and Top Glove also express the same consideration, with further consideration with scalability of technology and ownership of digital transformation.

IT, IoT and digital transformation are evolving very quickly, and the talent must not only know the current technologies, but also how to be proactive and react to changes in trends and developments to keep Malaysia updated and ahead of the curve.

The potentials of digital transformation is undeniable in Malaysia, but it seems that technology is not the biggest roadblock, but rather the people and organisational structures around technology innovations and adoptions.

We will release a full report of the 2-day conference discussion that highlights the issues and topics discussed during the various presentations and panel discussions from the local stakeholders in IoT in Malaysia. If you would like to be kept in touch, leave your contact details in the comment or contact me at [email protected].

Nguyen Dinh Viet Anh

July 28, 2017

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