PIKOM, the National ICT Association of Malaysia has initiated and signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three key organisations during the 9th PIKOM Leadership Summit (PLS) held yesterday. The event was launched by Minister of Transport Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai. With the signing of the MoU, PIKOM, together with MoU signatories, CyberSecurity Malaysia, MATTA and Fusionex, will be charting a new level of co-operation in the efforts to strengthen the local ICT sector while tapping emerging opportunities from the present Digital Revolution.
In his opening speech, PIKOM Chairman, Chin Chee Seong, said, “As we (PIKOM) enter our 31st year, we have achieved many milestones as an association and many successes that we can be proud of. However, as the industry changes, so must we. Just a short few years ago, we were at the same summit, where the buzzwords were mobile, social media, cloud. Today, IoT, Industry 4.0, data economy and e-commerce are transforming industry into digital businesses. To be left behind is not an option. We have to embrace the changes in order to stay relevant and stay competitive.”
Chin added, “These initiatives will certainly help in expanding opportunities for the SMEs in their respective sectors and we need to keep up and embrace changes in the rapid convergence between the physical and digital world.” He also said that the theme for this year’s leadership summit was, “Road to Success: Inspiring Tales From Business Leaders, which focuses on learning from your peers to achieve success and comprises keynotes and panel discussions from Captains of the ICT industry.”
PIKOM signed an MoU with CyberSecurity Malaysia to address and raise awareness on the growing issue of online security threats. In preparation of the Visit Malaysia Year in 2020, PIKOM also signed an MoU with the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) to promote further adoption of the digital platform for the Travel industry, and to empower local tourism agencies to tap the online potential for international tourism.
To inspire and equip a new generation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals with the appropriate skills and training, as well as to accelerate the rate of Big Data Analytics (BDA) adoption in Malaysia, PIKOM also signed an MoU with Fusionex. The MoU will see both parties working together to provide training in BDA and encouraging the building of data skillsets within the workforce, which is a crucial step towards Malaysia becoming a BDA hub in the ASEAN region.
“Having physical infrastructure and resource is important, but at the same time, if we don’t have the right kind of digital platform, then we would miss out in terms of this internet era. Today we can talk about big data and the Industrial Revolution 4.0, but do people really know how to embrace it? As the voice of the industry, PIKOM’s role is to address these concerns and these gaps that the industry faces. That’s where the collaboration comes in, [we need] to really work with the industry, to power them up and also to equip them with the right kind of knowledge, skillset and resources,” said Fusionex CEO and Managing Director, Dato’ Seri Ivan Teh, who was also the Organizing Chairperson for this year’s Summit.
During the summit, PIKOM also unveiled their annual ICT Strategic Review 2017/2018, made up of eleven chapters and one special edition on cybersecurity. In his presentation of the report, PIKOM Research Committee Chair Woon Tai Hai further alluded to the reality and impact of the convergence of the physical and digital environments, resulting in disruptions in business models, consumer behaviours, devices, and seeing the replacements of traditional brick and mortar jobs in some instances.