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19 Sep 2017


KUALA LUMPUR, 2 August 2017 -  Technology Depository Agency (TDA) representatives led by Project Manager, Mohd Nazmi Mohd Nur visited Asean Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX) in Vertical Business Suites, Bangsar.  The delegates were also joined by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) representatives led by Ms. Carmen Thong, Head of Internet of Things in Data Economy Division.

The main objective of the 3-hour visit is for TDA and MDEC to discuss the digital economy besides exploring opportunities of supporting each other. The session started with a brief introduction by ADAX followed by a tour around ADAX’s cozy, high-tech training rooms and well-equipped office area.

ADAX is an initiative by MDEC to enable businesses, governments, academia and professionals to rapidly adopt Data Analytics as a tool to empower decision making and innovation. ADAX seeks to be the definitive Data Analytics Exchange Hub for knowledge, information, resources and collaboration for the ASEAN region. The main goal of ADAX is to develop the ecosystem, build a critical mass of talent pool in the big Data Analytics category and to foster collaboration amongst businesses, start-ups, academia and professionals so that Data Analytics becomes an integral part of business innovation and decision making. TDA was informed that ADAX targets 20,000 Data Professionals by 2020. Currently, ADAX has 10 in-house Data Scientists. Current Training & Education Human Capital Development Initiatives Professional Upskilling by ADAX includes Harvard Business School Executive Program, which is a 4-day training program targeting the top management. Modules are prepared by Harvard and trainers are flown directly from the UK to conduct this course.

Another initiative by ADAX is Data Science Finishing School for Graduates. It is a 6-month paid finishing school that includes 2 months of intensive data science enablement and mentorship with experienced data scientist and placement at industry partners. It is a program driven by ADAX in partnership with universities and leading industry partners to fast track the development of Data Professionals that meet the needs of the industry. Currently, ADAX has more than 20 sponsoring companies and their first program kick-off was on 24 July with 110 students from universities such as Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Multimedia University, and Monash University.

One of the outcomes of this visit is TDA and MDEC decided to have another meeting involving the top management of both agencies to explore potential collaboration opportunities, other than Internet-Of-Things and Digital Economy for the purpose of creating opportunities for the local ICT solutions providers. On top of that, TDA Industry Development & Advisory Division (IDAD) will engage with MDEC Business Development regarding the ISD Development.  Moving forward, TDA ICP Management Unit (IMU) will work closely with MDEC in developing a framework in Data Professional based on procurements for each procuring agency/ government.

Written by:

Zulaiha Salleh

Programme Operation Division

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