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  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur Awards (YITEA) 2004/2005

    NOT FIVE but six teams made it into Round 3, which is the final round of the HSBC Young It Entrepreneur Awards (YITEA) 2004/2005. So keen was the competition among the 26 teams in Round 2 that the panel of judges decided to let an extra team through. 

    “At this stage of the competition, it is definitely tough shortlisting teams. Each team’s proposal has strong points. Some had really creative and innovative ideas but lacked commercial viability. There were however a few proposals that stood out in terms of the amount of thought and research that was put into them. 

    “Although we were supposed to choose only five finalists, there were six proposals that were really close. We therefore decided to let six through as we really want to encourage these students to participate,” said chief judge Chu Hong Keong who is HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad’s chief information officer for Information Technology and E-business.  

    The six teams that made it to the finals are (in no particular order): 

    Dominions;  DTK; Mobility;  Radiant Biotech;  TNB Allied; and A-Team (see chart for full list) 

    The other judges for Round 2 were Intelligent Capital Sdn Bhd principal Asgari Stephens, managing partner of iContent Group Gerry Pillai, and Symphony Global Technologies' Khairul Shahrin. 

    Said Khairul, “It is really heartening to see the effort put in by the students as all had ideas with a lot of merit. We had to look at the proposals from various standpoints – technical, innovation and also commercial viability. 

    “It was not easy choosing the six teams ? there was quite a bit of debate, discussion and dissension between us.” 

    YITEA was introduced in Malaysia four years ago, one year after it was incepted in Hong Kong. The aim of the awards initiative is to nurture young entrepreneurs and to equip them with the skills they would require in the workforce. 

    The competition is divided into three stages. In the first round, teams had to submit a brief proposal outlining their idea on official entry forms obtained from the bank’s website. Proposals are judged on three criteria – creativity, adaptation of IT as well as commercial viability and potential. This year, there were about 150 entries, of which 26 were selected for the second round of the competition in which teams had to submit a 10-page business plan. To help them, contestants were invited to a workshop on how to write a proper business proposal.  

    The business plans were judged on creativity, commercial viability and potential and application of IT knowledge and skills.  

    The six teams chosen for the third round will be invited to attend a presentation skills workshop where they will pick up very important tips on how to present their ideas to a panel of investors. This workshop is crucial as it will prepare teams for the final challenge of the competition – selling their business plan to the panel of judges in March. 

    At this stage, judging will be based on innovation and creative thinking (40%), commercial viability and potential (40%), application of IT knowledge and skills (10%) as well as communication skills (10%). 

    Although impressed with the standard of the entries, the judges had a few words of advice for the teams. 

    “Language plays a very important role even in an IT and Entrepreneurship competition such as this. Readability is important and you need to make sure you can communicate your ideas to your audience. It is also better to keep it short and to the point. Some of the proposals had a lot of unnecessary text and lacked what was essential information such as the citation of sources used for reference and research,” said judge Pillai. 

    Added Asgari, “Yes, language is definitely important. I remember at my first job, my boss rejected my proposal seven times because of language.” 

    Apart from the six teams, five teams received merit awards for their effort and RM800 per team. The merit award winners are:  

    I-TeenS;  Tech.Monsters; Clueless;  M1; and  L.M.C (see chart for full list). 

    To the teams that did not make it to the finals, the judges not only extended their congratulations for “a job well done” but also encouragement to keep on trying. 

    Said Chu, “There are really no losers. Any team that made it this far has to be congratulated. What is also important is the training and exposure the teams got from this whole experience such as attending the business plan workshop.  

    “I can already see improvements in their ideas when I compare their initial proposals sent in for Round One and the more detailed plan sent in for Round Two. This is important as it shows they have learnt something. 

    “I believe that this competition has succeeded in planting the seed (of innovation and entrepreneurship) and I am quite happy with the results,” said Chu. 

    The climax of the YITEA 2004/2005 is the final round where teams will have to presenting their business plan in front of a “panel of investors” that is a panel of six judges led by HSBC Bank Malaysia’s executive director and deputy chief executive officer John Coverdale. 

    To be held on March 28, this is the make or break time for the teams as the panel will select the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winner.  

    The winning team will take home RM10,000, compete in the first ever regional competition in Hong Kong and go on a winners’ tour of Seattle in the United States.  

    Winners of the silver and bronze awards will take home RM7,000 and RM3,000 respectively, plus the opportunity to witness the regional competition in Hong Kong. 

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  • Thu
    31
    Jul
    2014

    First IT collaboration in Malaysia

    Sabri Technologies based in Lahore made history as being the first Pakistani company to have entered into collaboration by signing a (MOU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with icontent, a Malaysian group of companies specialized in content Development and third party product selling. As per the MOU, both companies will collaborate in Developing Web Applications, Consultancy Content, Bespoke Telecom and Mobile Applications. The High Commissioner for Pakistan Lt Gen (Retd) Tahir Mehmud Qazi while commenting on the MOU signed between Pakistan and Malaysian company said that this is a landmark event in the history of IT, collaboration between Pakistan and Malaysia will open a huge Malaysian IT market for the Pakistani IT industry.

    Mr. Irfan Najmi, COO, Sabri Technologies said “we are very pleased on the strategic technology partnership with such high esteemed & forward looking organization . We believe that icontent has taken the right step and it will open up new vistas of opportunities for both companies in IT Market.

    Besides, focusing on Software and Web Development of on shore/off shore projects, Team Outsourcing and third party Software Testing Services, Sabri Technologies is the only company who participated in PS3 Malaysia Exhibition which was nothing but a success for our company. The company launched its Microsoft CRM Dynamics Integration Services on the first day of the exhibition. A measurable interest was noticed by Malaysian companies towards Microsoft Dynamics CRM and prospects wanted to learn more about the integration and services which the company was providing for the Microsoft product. Moreover the Malaysian Minister for IT Dato Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili specially visited the Pakistan pavilion and appreciated the products offered by the company.

    About Icontent Group

    The iContent Group of Companies is an established ICT Services and applications provider headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently, there are six associated companies within the iContent brand, with more companies being established as they continue to grow and expand not only domestically but regionally as well. Founded by two enterprising individuals with strong credentials and reputation,. The group, recently nominated for the PIKOM ICT awards, has vast experience in managing complex ICT projects in fields such as animation, content, interactive education, Software Application and others

    About Sabri Technologies

    Sabri Technologies is an indigenous Software R&D and Outsourcing Services Group founded by its visionary CEO Moin Sabri in 2004.The Company has successfully provided exceptional Software and Web Development and Quality Assurance Services to it customers with a focus on solutions for the Telecommunications Industry, Software Development for Web and Internet, Software maintenance and Testing with direct offices in the UK, Malaysia & Pakistan. The company has positioned itself as a leading Web Solution provider and has over a short span of time, cultivated an impressive client portfolio that include organizations from all over the globe. Furthermore Sabri Technologies is the first Software House in Pakistan that started serving leading Mobile Operators for Revenue maximization and interconnects solutions.

    For more information about our company, please visit www.sabritech.com.

    http://pasha.org.pk/2009/12/03/success-stories/first-it-collaboration-in-malaysia/

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  • Sun
    27
    Jul
    2014

    EPP 1: Nurturing Malaysia's creative content industry


    This EPP aims to enhance capacity, capability and competency in Malaysia’s creative industry to produce world-class content and make the country a regional hub for digital content. 

    This EPP will also focus on building the foundation for a thriving and lucrative creative content industry to optimise the mature development of the digital network, targeting an annual growth rate of 20% for content exports.
    To achieve an annual growth rate of 13% in the domestic segment, efforts are focused on producing more local content, attracting foreign filmmakers to invest in Malaysia. The marketing of Malaysian-made content will also be re-strategised to increase sales of Malaysian-made content domestically and internationally. 

    As part of this EPP’s initiatives, the Creative Content Association Malaysia (CCAM) was formed to tap new markets for exports of Malaysian content and help its members stay abreast on industry news and skills. 

    CCAM also aims to encourage key players in the creative industry to work together and reduce the current market fragmentation. This is to address individual production companies and Government agencies such as National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional Malaysia – FINAS) or the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) having to sell content on their own accord. 

    The establishment of CCAM, which is supported by FINAS and MDeC, is also expected to create a more effective channel for international sales, especially given its cost-effective annual operating budget of RM1 million. 

    Other ongoing initiatives under this EPP include focusing on the sale of premium products, such as high-quality batik, to increase revenue growth in this sector. Moreover, strategies will be undertaken to increase the domestic consumption of locally-made handicrafts as daily-use items available at local supermarkets. Plans to drive an export culture for this industry will also be explored. -

    See more here

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  • Sun
    27
    Jul
    2014

    Getting to know Technopreneurship with Gerry Pillai


    For the full article which appeared in gradmalaysia IT & Engineering 2013, please click here.

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  • Mon
    04
    Nov
    2013

    PIKOM Honours Industry Leaders & Organizations at the PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards 2013

    PIKOM, the National ICT Association of Malaysia, celebrates the year again by  honouring personalities and organisations whom have  contributed to the growth of ICT industry in the country through its PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards held in conjunction with the annual gala dinner. For the first time, PIKOM is also inviting the veterans of the industry as special guests for the evening which augurs well with the theme this year - "Building a legacy from strength to strength"

    The PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards recognised outstanding individuals and organisation in the following categories – ICT Personality of the Year, ICT Organisation of the Year, Member Excellence Awards, and PIKOM CIO Excellence Awards. To be conferred for this award, individual or organisation must not only have a history of serving the industry, they should also hold a record of exemplary leadership, growth and performance for and towards the ICT industry.

    The awards were presented by YBhg Datuk Che Azemi Haron, the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.  The winners of the 2013 PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards are as follow:


    ICT Personality of the Year
    Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Celcom

    ICT Organisation of the Year
    KPMG Malaysia            

    Member Excellence Awards
    Redtone International Berhad

    PIKOM CIO Excellence
    Malik bin Murad Ali, MYDIN Mohamed Holdings Bhd


    Mr. Woon Tai Hai congratulates the winners and appreciates their contributions towards the ICT industry. “Entering its 6th years, PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards has been the beacon rendering recognitions to movers and shakers in the industry.   The awards distinguish individuals and organisation's great contribution to the ICT industry and become role model(s) to our next generation in accentuating the industry to greater heights. Congratulations to the winners!” said Woon. 

    At the gala dinner, themed “Building a Legacy from Strength to Strength”, PIKOM also take the opportunity to unveil its new building at Empire Damansara including  publishing a commemorative photo book to mark this  momentous occasion.

    The infamous ICT band - MP3plus  (albeit not a full team)  led by band leader Harres Tan was on hand to serenade the 700 captains of industry and leaders with a few of their favourite pieces and it was a great celebration to end the year for 2013.

    Woon further expressed his appreciations and thanks to all his council, members and secretariat for their relentless effort in supporting the association.

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  • Wed
    19
    Aug
    2009

    Get the basics right


    THE article “Teaching children to fail” (Aug 17) is unbelievable. Unbelievably spot on, that is. Growing up, my late dad John Pillai, a former journalist and my mum, a retired teacher, definitely helped shape my communication and language skills.

    As one became older and supposedly wiser, one also at times, ignored the discipline and passion poured into English, instilled by the “old folks”. One became sloppy, sometimes irritated when dad was checking my work. Yes, he still did at this stage although no more knuckle raps.

    But when a person so passionate about the language and words is no more, who is there to discourse and debate about this article or another? 

    Teachers are there to be this guiding force to our young, to ensure that the road ahead is cleared.

    Minimise the obstacles. But let’s also not underestimate the “new young”, the Gen Y and beyond.

    They live in two parallel worlds, the ones we live in and the virtual one. They know how important language and communication is. After all, any Facebook account will show friends from all over the world. Language barriers broken by one common communication tool namely, English. 

    The whole debate is being laughed at by teens. They will probably fine tune their English by going online more often. The ones we need to worry about are the ones just entering school.

    Set up some task force within another task force to “menilai semula” all that has been happening.

     

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  • Tue
    20
    May
    2008

    PIKOM Sets the Stage for Future Growth; Local ICT Companies Gain from PIKOM's Activities during WCIT 2008

    Kuala Lumpur, May 20, 2008 - (IRG) - The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia, PIKOM, the umbrella body for the local information and communications industry, has played a vital role in setting the stage for local companies to tap into the global market during the 16th World Congress on Information Technology 2008.

    The activities organised by PIKOM during WCIT 2008 has proven to be successful in enabling local ICT players to not only sign deals with foreign companies but also build bridges of opportunities for future alliances. Among these activities include PIKOM PS3 (pronounced as PS cube), PIKOM PC Fair International, several dialogue sessions with major economies and networking sessions.

    These events have helped further promote the local ICT industry and provide opportunities for local businesses to network with global players. 

    PIKOM undertook the initiative to organise these events to propel Malaysian trade competitiveness to a global level and impart valuable knowledge to local companies. The objective was to create business opportunities that can help local companies advance and strengthen our economy.

    This is part of a larger plan to create a sustainable pool of globally recognised professionals, create thousands of new jobs and increase revenues from ICT service exports.

    PIKOM believes its activities during WCIT will go a long way in assisting the ICT industry to make a more significant contribution to the country's growth. 

    In spite of the impending global economic crisis, PIKOM remains optimistic that the ICT industry will continue to be an engine of growth for the nation. And PIKOM will continue to play a pivotal role to stimulate business opportunities for local ICT companies, as well as enrich the society at large. PIKOM expects that the ICT industry will contribute up to 15 per cent of the country's GDP by 2012, amounting to RM80 billion. Currently, the industry contributes about 7 per cent.

    The local ICT spending in 2007 was worth about RM40 billion and is forecasted to grow by 12 per cent to reach RM44.5 billion in 2008.

    PIKOM estimates WCIT 2008 to generate more than US$100mil (RM330mil) worth of foreign direct investments to the country. 

    I. PS3 (19 -21 May)

    The three-day PIKOM PS3 which is being held at the KL Convention Centre, covers 441 square metres of booth space. The aim of this event is to promote the software and services industry in Malaysia and increase the rate of ICT exposure among the business community.

    A total of 228 local and foreign exhibitors are present at the exhibition showcasing innovative software and services that are ahead of their times. Among the 28 local companies taking part in the showcase are:

    - Dibena Smart ID Sdn Bhd
    - CIMB Investment Bank Sdn Bhd
    - Century Software (M) Sdn Bhd
    - Avic Tech Corporation Sdn Bhd
    - Software Wizards (M) Sdn Bhd
    - Extol MSC Berhad
    - Pentacle Sdn Bhd
    - Commerce Dot com
    - BDO Consulting
    - Webvisions Network Services Sdn Bhd
    - Trans Niaga Sdn Bhd
    - i-Content
    - Dbora Consulting Sdn Bhd
    - e-Lock Corporation Sdn Bhd
    - Embarcadero Technologies 
    - Paradigm Systems Berhad
    - Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)
    - Careware Systems Sdn Bhd
    - Plato System Consulting Sdn Bhd
    - Finsoft Systems Sdn Bhd
    - Mastek MSC Sdn Bhd
    - Datamation (M) Sdn Bhd
    - High Point Asia Co Ltd
    - Celframe Solutions Sdn Bhd
    - In-Fusion Solution Sdn Bhd
    - Touchpaper Software Plc
    - Info Spec Sdn Bhd
    - Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)

    The event has augured well for Malaysian companies who were able to show the world their breakthrough ICT products and services. It has provided high visibility and profile for participating exhibitors, their software and services.

    More than a platform to promote their businesses, PS3 has proven to be a valuable arena for business matchmaking, making it easier for companies to find suitable business partners.

    As envisioned, PS3 captured the attention of more than 50,000 entrepreneurs and chief-level executives who are participating in WCIT 2008. Visitors were able to evaluate and screen specific corporate ICT software solutions or services that deliver market advantages. 

    " random survey on delegates looking for business-to-business trade opportunities during PS3 showed that they were excited about the vast opportunities present for business matchmaking," says Stan Singh, Organising Chair of PS3 and Councillor of PIKOM. "The survey also indicated that first time local exhibitors were impressed with the extensive exhibition layout and delighted with the interest shown for their products and services."

    "There has been an overall positive response about the showcase. Delegates and exhibitors were pleased with the win win business opportunities," adds Stan Singh.

    PIKOM is confident that the business-to-business opportunities during PS3 will translate into significant long term advantages for local companies. This will help fuel growth for the ICT industry, as well as increase its contribution to the national productivity. 

    II. PC Fair International 2008 (18 - 21 May)

    A total of 27 exhibitors are taking part in this special edition of the PC Fair. The event is being held at Hall 1, KL Convention Centre. The exhibition hall covers up to a total of 504 square metres of booth space.

    PC Fair International 2008 is an exciting cash-and-carry exhibition which offers ICT hardware and software bargains for delegates, business visitors and general public during their visit to WCIT 2008.

    The focus of the fair is on mobility products highlighting mobile digital computing lifestyles. An extensive array of products are being showcased at this event, among which is the world's smallest A4 colour duplex scanner, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300.

    PC enthusiasts, bargain hunters and shoppers at the Fair have also benefitted from special offers by exhibitors. Digital camera enthusiasts, for instance, were able to purchase cameras at special rates at the i East Ocean e-Imaging booth.


    Other Plenary Meetings and Dialogues 

    1. The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Annual General Meeting was held from 17-18th May in Kuala Lumpur. During the meeting, PIKOM was elected to host the World Information and Services Alliances (WITSA) Secretariat for 2008 -2010. The WITSA Secretariat was previously hosted by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). Mr. Dan E Khoo, advisor to PIKOM was elected as the new WITSA Chairman. 

    2. Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) Plenary Meeting on 22th May. 

    3. A dialogue session with Mr Terry Thoren, the CEO of Rocket Fish Studios took place on 19th May. Mr Thoren is an entertainment industry veteran who has vast knowledge on issues relating to creative content, animation and new media. During this session Thoren shared his personal experience in the creative industry, as well as his thoughts about the future direction of the industry. Members from the local multimedia and content business were able to gather valuable information from the session. 

    4. A dialogue session with Dato' Dr. Craig R. Barrett, the Chairman of Intel Corporation was held on 19th May. The session among others discussed PC literacy, PC penetration, broadband penetration and challenges of Digital Divide faced by Malaysia. Key initiatives were outlined during the session to bridge the Digital Divide in the country. 

    5. An exclusive dialogue on Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO) will take place on 20th May. The session will have Michael F. Corbett, the Chairman of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (AIOP) and Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), sharing their views on the best practices in SSO. The dialogue session will also discuss challenges faced by the local SSO industry and ways to accelerate SSO revenues for Malaysia.

    6. The PIKOM-Korea ICT Business Forum will be organised on 20th May. Organised jointly by PIKOM and Korea International IT Cooperation Agency (KIICA), the forum which will include a networking dinner will have a total 15 companies from Korea participating. The forum will discuss the ICT trends in Korea and Malaysia, as well as the ICT business market place.

    7. The China Dialogue Session will be held on 20th May. The business forum and networking session will discuss the ICT business opportunities in both the countries and introduce Chinese companies interested to venture into Malaysia. 11 companies from China are expected to take part in this dialogue session. Memorandum of Collaboration are planned to be signed to strengthen the relations between PIKOM and its Chinese counterparts for future business facilitations.

    8. Projek M.A.IN PC Launch 
    PIKOM launched its CSR programme, Projek M.A.IN PC or Projek Menguasai Applikasi INternet dan PC on 19th May. This programme aims to increase community PC centres nation-wide especially in small towns and rural areas, and to extend support services to existing PC centres. This is the ICT industry's initiative to increase and improve the IT lite racy rate among Malaysians from all walks of life in bridging the digital divide. 

    9. MP3plus (The IT Industry Rock Band) 
    MP3plus, the 7-piece band which is sponsored by PIKOM and formed by its members, performed at the Opening Gambit of WCIT 2008. The band will also play for the Dance Party during the Gala Dinner on 20th May.

    MP3plus was formed in 2001 and since then has performed at more than 50 ICT related functions as well as fund raising events for charities. It is a versatile group with a repertoire of more than 250 songs covering different genre and languages from the 60s to the latest hits.

    "MP" stands for Members of PIKOM and "3" because it started with three founding members, viz. Harres Tan (Band Manager & Vocalist), of HT Consulting, Stan Singh (Drum & Bass) of Mui.dot.com Sdn Bhd and Christopher Chan (Keyboard) of TMS Bhd. The "plus" was added when current members viz. Woon Ching Ming (Guitar) of Symantec, Gerry Pillai (Lead Guitar) of iContent Sdn Bhd, Nantha Kumar (Lead Vocal) of BasisBay and Robert Chua (Bass) of iLab joined the band.

    About PIKOM

    PIKOM, the Association of Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia is the association that represents the ICT industry in Malaysia since its inception in 1987. PIKOM with 838 member companies provides a whole spectrum of ICT products and services, which commands about 80 per cent of the total ICT industry in Malaysia. 

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  • Tue
    13
    May
    2008

    PIKOM all set for WCIT 2008


    PIKOM extends hand to boost ICT industry revenues during WCIT

    As co-host of the World Congress of IT 2008 (WCIT 2008), PIKOM, the National ICT Association of Malaysia, is proud to announce several dynamic activities that it will organise in conjuction with the event. These include two showcases, several plenary meetings and dialogue sessions with business luminaries.

    During WCIT 2008 (May18-22), PIKOM will also launch Projek M.A.IN PC , a corporate social responsibility initiative of the ICT industry to address the digital divide challenges in the country.

    WCIT 2008 is expected to provide a platform for successful collaborations via a series of business-to-business, business-to-Government and business-to-industry meetings, and the fringe activities planned by PIKOM will definitely serve to further promote the local ICT industry and provide opportunities for local businesses to network with global players. 
    This is in line with PIKOM’s role in growing the size and capability of the ICT industry in the country by creating opportunities for its members as well as all Malaysians to capture the benefits offered by advances in ICT.

    PIKOM ‘s activities during WCIT are also part of its larger mission to help position the country as a strategic location for outsourcing services and as a gateway of Asia for ICT trade. The shared services and outsourcing (SSO) industry is a key segment of the ICT industry and is represented by PIKOM through its Outsourcing Malaysia (OM) initiative.

    The events will facilitate PIKOM to introduce its members and companies to international bodies, industry leaders and governments. The exhibitions will be excellent platforms for local companies to showcase their products and services and through which business opportunities can arise.

    Via the activities planned, business-to-business (B2B) networking opportunities will also be enabled. These can be effective to boost up business for PIKOM members.

    PIKOM is confident that local ICT companies will gain from this experience and these companies will ink deals with foreign businesses during WCIT. US$100m in trade and investment deals are expected to be announced during the five-day event.

    To better understand the outcomes and revenues generated, polls will be conducted by PIKOM during and after WCIT. Following WCIT, PIKOM will also submit position papers and recommendations to the Government and relevant organisations on follow up policy initiatives and action plans to further boost Malaysia’s ICT export.

    Showcases
    The two showcases planned by PIKOM in conjunction with WCIT 2008 event which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on May 18 – 22, are:
    1. The Software and Services Showcase (PS³) 2008
    2. The PC Fair International 2008

    The PS³ (pronounced as PS cube) is a business technology event aimed at promoting the software and services industry in Malaysia. The three-day event themed “Where Business and IT Come to Life” will play host to the very best software and services providers in the country. 30 local companies will take part in this exhibition.

    PS³ will be a good platform to provide visibility for local companies and their products and services as well as stimulate interest among business visitors of PIKOM PS3. This event provides an excellent stage for business matching on the local and international level.

    PS³ 2008 is endorsed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, MDeC, the World IT and Services Alliance (WITSA), Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO), Outsourcing Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA). PS³ will be held on May 19 -21 May at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

    During WCIT, a special edition of PC Fair known as the PC Fair International 2008 will be held at the same venue. This cash-and-carry exhibition will offer ICT hardware and software bargains for delegates, business visitors and general public during their visit to WCIT 2008. 26 exhibitors will take part in this event.

    Plenary meetings and dialogues
    PIKOM will also organise the following meetings and dialogues during WCIT 2008:
    1. World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Annual General Meeting –17-18 May.
    2. Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) Plenary Meeting on 22 May.
    3. A dialogue session with Mr Terry Thoren, the CEO of Rocket Fish Studios on 19 May.

    Mr Thoren is an entertainment industry veteran who has vast knowledge on issues relating to creative content, animation and new media. This session will have him sharing his thoughts on personal experience in the creative industry for the benefit of our multimedia and content business members.. 

    4. A dialogue session with Dato' Dr. Craig R. Barrett, the Chairman of Intel Corporation on 19 May. The session will discuss PC literacy, PC penetration, broadband penetration and challenges of Digital Divide faced by Malaysia. The aim of the dialogue is to identify key initiatives to bridge the Digital Divide in the country.

    5 An exclusive dialogue on Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO) on 20 May. The session will have Michael F. Corbett, the Chairman of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (AIOP) and Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), sharing their views on the best practices in SSO. The dialogue session will also discuss challenges faced by the local SSO industry and ways to accelerate SSO revenues for Malaysia.

    6. PIKOM-Korea ICT Business Forum on 20 May. Organised jointly by PIKOM and Korea International IT Cooperation Agency (KIICA), the forum which will include a networking dinner will have a total 15 companies from Korea participating. The forum will discuss the ICT trends in Korea and Malaysia, as well as the ICT business market place.

    7. China Dialogue Session on 20 May. The business forum and networking session will discuss the ICT business opportunities in both the countries and introduce Chinese companies interested to venture into Malaysia. 11 companies from China are expected to take part in this dialogue session. Memorandum of Collaboration are planned to be signed to strengthen the relations between PIKOM and its Chinese counterparts for future business facilitations.

    8. Projek M.A.IN PC Launch
    PIKOM will launch its CSR programme, Projek M.A.IN PC or Projek Menguasai Applikasi INternet dan PC on 19th May. This programme aims to increase community PC centres nation-wide especially in small towns and rural areas, and to extend support services to existing PC centres. This is the ICT industry’s initiative to increase and improve the IT literacy rate among Malaysians from all walks of life in bridging the digital divide.

    WCIT will organise an auction during the WCIT Gala Dinner on 20 May and all proceeds from the evening will go to supporting Projek M.A.IN PC.

    9. MP3plus (The IT Industry Rock Band)

    The 7-piece band which was sponsored by PIKOM and formed by its members kicked off in 2001 at the urging of its then Chairman Looi Kien Leong and Molly Cheam of the Secretariat. Over the last 7 years, MP3plus has performed at more than 50 ICT related functions as well as fund raising events for charities. It is a versatile group with a repertoire of more than 250 songs covering different genre and languages from the 60s to the latest hits.

    "MP" stands for Members of PIKOM and "3" because it started with three founding members, viz. Harres Tan (Band Manager & Vocalist), of HT Consulting, Stan Singh (Drum & Bass) of Mui.dot.com Sdn Bhd and Christopher Chan (Keyboard) of TMS Bhd. The "plus" was added when current members viz. Woon Ching Ming (Guitar) of Symantec, Gerry Pillai (Lead Guitar) of iContent Sdn Bhd, Nantha Kumar (Lead Vocal) of BasisBay and Robert Chua (Bass) of iLab joined the band. Please see attached photo file.

    MP3plus will be performing the Opening Gambit as well as playing for the Dance Party during Gala Dinner on 20th May.

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