IT is a global industry, but that isn’t stopping countries from forming their own technology trends based on these influences. How is Malaysia reacting?


Although IT is now well and truly a global industry, each individual region and country reacts to international influences in its own way. As trends move across continents, they are shaped and reformed as they are integrated into established infrastructure and adopted by local businesses.

This is currently being observed in Malaysia, with the South-east Asian country putting its own touches on technology developments, enticing jobseekers and businesses alike.

How is Malaysia reacting to current trends?

One of the most notable trends that Malaysian businesses are focusing on is the Internet of Things (IoT), which, according to Cisco, involves connecting people and devices at a level that previous generations would have considered impossible. This allows for a more mobile workforce, with staff no longer restrained by their physical workstation.

A report from Accenture attributed this focus to telecommunications provider Telekom, as it is responsible for the deployment for high-speed connectivity enjoyed by Malaysian homes and businesses.

Accenture also noted that Telekom is reacting to an ageing population in the country by looking to use IoT programs to introduce connected medical technologies in the home.

In an interview with CIO Asia, Manager for Cisco Malaysia Albert Chai said there were also interesting developments happening with the way the country is approaching cloud technology.

Not content with the advantages already offered by the services, businesses around the nation are looking to take this a step further with a new trend known as Intercloud. This involves the communication between cloud layers, essentially letting information be shared between them, enhancing connectivity.

“Emerging cloud technology will bridge cloud service providers through partnerships and technical underpinnings, to facilitate smooth and highly secure exchanges of applications and data across multiple cloud platforms,” Mr Chai explained.

Will this continue into the future?

Given that these trends have already taken hold in businesses throughout Malaysia, there is a pretty good chance that the country will continue to innovate and adapt to changing trends, which should result in an innovative economic landscape for jobseekers.

In fact, Mr Chai believes the growth is not only likely, but necessary, as the next generation of staff will expect a certain level of technological influence in the workplace.

“In 2015 and beyond, the Malaysian workplace will continue the shift towards becoming increasingly mobile, flexible and remote to meet the demands of the next generation of workers who are entering the workforce,” he said.

According to research compiled by Gartner and reported by Digital News Asia on April 20, there has already been a 13.6 per cent growth in IT spending between this year and last, signalling these trends are likely to continue.