Photo - Director-general of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Datuk Seri Dr Rahamat Bivi Yusoff.
Malaysia's Economic Planning Unit (EPU) has called on the country's software players to grasp the lucrative software testing opportunities at this year's SOFTEC Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Director-general of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) Datuk Seri Dr Rahamat Bivi Yusoff said as Malaysia increase efforts to attract more sophisticated software testing jobs to be outsourced here, "we need more software testing companies coming to the fore."
"The government aspires to capture 5 per cent of the global software testing services revenue with an expected 30,000 certified testers by 2020," she said at the official opening of the conference organised by the Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB).
"Technavio, a London-based technology research and advisory company, stated in their Global Software Testing Services Market 2014-2018 report that Malaysia as well as India, China and Vietnam have been identified as rapidly emerging as the most favoured outsourcing destinations for global companies," she said.
Based on the EPU Software Testing Roadmap Study 2013, conducted by IDC, the global software testing market, which stood at US$42 billion in 2012, has the potential to grow up to US$94 billion by 2020.
Datuk Seri Dr Rahamat added that Malaysia's efforts to grow the software testing industry did not go unnoticed.
"As outlined in the 11th Malaysian Plan, the nation aspires to achieve revenue growth and market leadership among the local players, and ultimately, transform Malaysia into a preferred destination for software testing services," said MSTB president Mastura Abu Samah.
"It is to be noted that this plan has not been dreamt of overnight. Since the inception of MSTH in 2009 a lot of efforts has been to put establish the soft structure to enable growth of the software testing industry," said Mastura.
SOFTEC Asia 2015 is eighth edition of the annual conference organised by the Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) under the auspices of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH), a Public-Private collaboration to develop the software testing industry as a new source of economic growth.
Themed Spearheading Business of Testing, SOFTEC Asia 2015 also featured 20 international speakers including Professor Dr Ken Sakamura, an authority on the Internet of Things (IoT) world, and who is also an advisor to the government of Japan; Dr Gualtiero Bazzana, president of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB); and leading expert of test automation Dorothy Graham.
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