MDEC Launches National Big Data Analytics (BDA) Innovation Network

CYBERJAYA, JANUARY 29, 2015 – The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC) today launched the National Big Data Analytics (BDA) Innovation Network to accelerate BDA adoption in Malaysia. The establishment of this Innovation Network is a crucial step in realizing MDEC’s vision for Malaysia to be a BDA hub in the ASEAN region.

To signify the launch, MDEC has today signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with leading industry and key government partners to establish a network of BDA Innovation Centres of Excellence (COE). This will further drive the adoption of BDA, cultivate innovation and build a BDA ecosystem that will impact all sectors of the economy.

MoUs were signed with Fusionex International and Teradata Corporation Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. to build industry-driven COEs, while the third MoU was signed with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and MIMOS to establish a BDA Digital Government (DG) Lab which will be a part of the wider National BDA Innovation Network. MDEC’s industry partners such as Dell, SAP, IBM, TM, Microsoft, Oracle, HP and SAS were also present during the MoU signing ceremony as members of the National BDA Innovation Network.

The MoUs focused on areas of collaboration between MDEC and BDA experts from the public and private sectors which involve designing and developing high impact BDA solutions in key sectors that play a significant role in Malaysia’s economy such as banking, telecommunication, oil and gas, retail and e-commerce, healthcare, education, transportation and manufacturing. This will lead to the proliferation of BDA technologies in these key industries that would generate various job opportunities in the respective sectors, and thus create a sustainable ecosystem in Malaysia as a catalyst for further economic growth.

“The National BDA Innovation Network showcases MDEC leading the effort by drawing upon our competencies in national BDA thought-leadership. Indeed, no single player can drive the adoption of technology trends in Malaysia, thus public and private partnership is essential in accelerating the adoption of BDA on a national scale,” said Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC.

A total of about 50 data science professionals, including 15 data scientists will be involved in the National BDA COEs, who will be working on several high impact projects such as dengue prediction and prevention, fighting organized crime and drug trafficking as well as reducing the country’s tax gap by pinpointing tax frauds through predictive analytics.

The setting up of a National BDA COEs was one of the three imperatives announced by the Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak during the 26th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting (ICM) held in October 2014 to drive the nation toward becoming a leading regional BDA player. Additionally, the Prime Minister also outlined the need to address talent shortage of data scientists in Malaysia and unlock the value of Open Data.

By working with national agencies such as MAMPU and MIMOS to establish the BDA DG Lab, MDEC expects to propel government adoption and innovation in BDA, while its partnerships with organisations like Teradata Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Fusionex International is anticipated to encourage the widespread use of BDA in the public and private sector. Through this partnership, MDEC also aims to sustain a healthy environment that breeds innovative startups with market- driven solutions and spur the rakyat to adopt data science skills through constant upskilling and education.

Craig Morrison, Country General Manager of Teradata Malaysia said that “We are proud to be a partner with MDEC in their efforts to advance BDA in Malaysia. Although BDA has gone beyond being a corporate agenda into a national one, the industry needs more success stories before the technology can be adopted in a big way. High impact projects developed by the COEs will be a compelling case on how BDA can benefit society, the government and businesses within Malaysia”. Headquartered in the United States, Teradata Corporation is the global leader in the data warehousing market and employs more than 10,000 professionals in over 42 countries worldwide dedicated to providing analytical solutions.

Ivan Teh, Managing Director of Fusionex International said, “Fusionex applauds MDEC’s efforts in the BDA space, and we are delighted to embark on this strategic partnership. Specifically, our BDA COE will focus on high-impact projects and solutions, while the BDA Academy will bring about a new dimension of knowledge, expertise, innovation, cutting-edge technology and know-how, with vast possibilities”. Fusionex International is a multi-award winning Malaysian company providing solutions specializing in Business Intelligence, Analytics & Big Data with offices in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Dato’ Seri Zainal Rahim Bin Seman, Director General, MAMPU said, “To spur the adoption of BDA in the public sector, MAMPU is happy to collaborate with MDEC and MIMOS on the BDA DG Lab. This will be a significant step that provides continuity to the previous implementation of four BDA pilot projects as an outcome of the 25th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting in 2013”.

Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah, President and CEO of MIMOS said, “Through this collaboration, 66 Intellectual Properties from MIMOS labs are integrated into 20 technology platforms to be used in the Government BDA solutions. Currently, we are planning to deploy five high-impact Proof-of-Concept (POC) solutions with the support from MOSTI, which will create business opportunities for local technopreneurs. This will enable these technopreneurs to provide BDA Services on par with global technology giants.”.

The COEs, which will utilize data from a variety of sources including the private datasets, Open Data, and purchased data to derive the insights required, will be located in facilities of MIMOS, Teradata, and Fusionex in Malaysia. This will enable the COEs to take advantage of their analytics capabilities and apply predictive and simulative capabilities on a variety of projects.