All Wrapped Up In KL
It’s a wrap! KL puts a wrap on 2018 with the inaugural all inclusive Malaysian Cloud & Data Centre Convention. The convention was held at The Summit 1, The Vertical at Connexion Conference & Event Centre in Bangsar South. What a cracking event to finish off the year!
With in excess of 800 delegates and 34 sponsors, the trend for these conventions by W.Media continues. Once again, a innovative approach to these conventions is proving to be a real winner drawing more and more delegates and sponsors, making it a truly broad and diverse experience.
As I have previously stated before in the Singapore convention wrap, the purpose of these conventions that W.Media convene, is to bring together likeminded people, such as yourselves, to explore, exchange, discover and interact with your peers and providers. And in so doing, provide you with information ideas and contacts to accomplish the best possible outcomes for your business or organisation whether you are a provider, consultant or an end user. The whole crux of it all is to gain knowledge. The more delegates and more sponsors that come will make this experience that much better.
The convention started off strongly with a presentation by Wan Murdani Mohamad of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) around ‘Driving Malaysia’s Digital Economy’ setting the theme for the day’s proceedings.
Following on was the first panel session being a Visionary Panel, basically around making Malaysia the ideal data centre location, what are the various barriers and how they can be addressed. This ties in with the available local talent pool, deregulation around connectivity, the ecosystem of cloud and disaster recovery providers. This whole panel session could have been broken down in to several topics and discussed all day, such is the nature of what is happening in Malaysia currently. However, there is only so much you can fit in to one day!
Although most banks recognise the benefits of Cloud, one of those barriers lies with the Central Bank of Malaysia, waiting for them to come out with clear guidelines to enable the other banks to move forward.
Connectivity has always been a huge issue and was a major topic of discussions at this convention, especially with the rise of industrial 4.0. The new Malaysian government has also effectively reduced the rates of connectivity and the newly launched JBIX has ambition to improve internet speed throughout Malaysia.
A particularly interesting comment, came from a presentation by Leon Jackson, CTO, Strateq Group in his presentation – ‘Transformation from traditional IT infrastructure to Hybrid Cloud’.
“Cloud computing has gone from the being the secret sauce of agility of start-ups and unicorns to a tool that the enterprise has come to appreciate and leverage”.
I think that particular comment really sums up how cloud is transforming today.
The discussion panel format continues strongly, and from a personal point of view, I believe that there is much to be gained by delegates in this type of open forum panel combined with taking questions from the floor moves the discussion to a different level. Theses panels have the ability to address individual concerns and queries from the floor providing a greater level of relevance.
One of the panels I thought was extremely insightful was ‘Women in Technology – Thriving In Digital Transformations, Balancing Priorities and Benefits of Diversity’. This power packed panel featured six senior executive level women from Microsoft Malaysia, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad, Asia Online Publishing Group Sdn. Bhd., China Mobile, Dell EMC and MDEC.
Why was this so pertinent?
• Firstly, we haven’t seen a panel before specifically focussing on women in the industry and at such a level.
• Secondly, there is currently a global push that has been happening for a number of years now, around equality and recognition of women in the workplace which is long overdue. (Ed. If someone is capable of doing the job, give it to them. It does not matter what gender, nationality, colour or religion they are. If you want the best, you engage the best).
• Thirdly, it is important to show that women are more than capable and are doing a great job although there are some countries and religious ideals still sadly suppressing their opportunities.
One of the great changes over the last few years in the major cities of Indonesia and Malaysia, is that women now have more opportunities and no longer face this old world attitude of suppression.
The emphasis here according to Stephanie Chiang of W.Media, is that it’s not about gender inequality or just about gender diversity. Women today have equal opportunities and using MDEC as an example, women hold the top positions of CEO and COO.
“In balancing priorities today, technology enables work anywhere, anytime – this helps them get their work done while managing their families”.
Stephanie further cites a Maybank representative commenting that she manages her priorities by always focusing on the top 3 aspects in her life – fitness, family and work.
This type of panel and exposure can help in a way to start overcoming some of these archaic obstacles. So hopefully the big cities act like a pebble in a pond – sending outward the rings of change.
Great panel and I look forward to seeing more of this at future conventions.
So, with MDEC driving the digital economy in many fronts to boost the demand for cloud and DCs this promotes more confidence for stakeholders to invest in Malaysia on the DC front. And so, with this drive for digital transformation in Malaysia, the TIME company believes that home-grown Malaysian DC operators can compete on par with global DC standards, including DCs in Singapore.
The technology bench remained as popular as ever with 15 individual short sessions throughout the day providing the opportunity for delegates to focus in on particular technologies and innovations specific to their needs and situation.
Well, that’s a wrap for KL and 2018.
Stay tuned for next year’s calendar of data centre and cloud conventions with the addition of three new annual shows in South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. In the meantime, Executive Director of W.Media, Vincent Liew will be heading up a 5 day tour to Shenzhen and Beijing with a number of select regional friends. Another great addition by W.Media.
I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
The Cloud & Datacenter Convention 2019 series will include key growth markets in SE Asia, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. W.Media will also co-organize with Korea Data Center Council (KDCC) to launch Korea Cloud & Datacenter Summit; bringing international limelight to the Korean market while localizing cloud and data center technology adoptions. For more information, visit https://w.media/events/