MDeC Eyes RM800 Mln Revenue From Open Source Software, Services

MDeC Eyes RM800 Mln Revenue From Open Source Software, Services

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) -- Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) expects revenue from open source-related software and services to increase to RM800 million within two years.

Its chief executive officer, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said statistics from MSC Malaysia showed that about 420 companies had collectively earned close to RM420 million from professional services and customised software development.

He said among the strategies that would be taken to realise the expected revenue were from conferences, training and development as well as promotions.

"Malaysians are not lacking in terms of ideas but in collaborations and business network. Networking is important.

"For training and development they will be working hand-in-hand with universities and promotions," Badlisham told a media briefing after opening the MSC Malaysia Open Source Conference 2009 here today.

The conference, which started yesterday to June 3, is themed "Open to Change".

It is organised by the MDeC in cooperation with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) and supported by the Malaysian Open Source Community.

Badlisham said open source projects could offer business intelligence, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, content management, customer relationship and e-commerce functionalities, through technology tools and solutions.

He said the government has allocated RM10 million to help open source companies.

"The fund, to be used for research and development, training as well as promotional purposes, will hopefully be disbursed by early fourth quarter of this year," he said.

Badlisham said the fund was already with MDeC and was part of the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

Meanwhile, Mampu director-general, Datuk Normah Md Yusof, said to date, the unit has successfully rolled out 1,124 open source software-related (OSS) projects and more than 60 percent of the government agencies were known to have adopted OSS and the number was growing fast.

She said the Public Service Department, ministries of education and finance had leveraged on OSS and had successfully expanded from simple pilots to mass scale roll-out.



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