PHOTO - Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) COO Ng Wan Peng (fifth from left), with the founder and chairman of International Association of Software Architects (IASA) Asia Pacific Aaron Tan Dani (third from right) and IASA CEO Paul T.Preiss (fourth from right) in a group photo with the IASA chapters representatives from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
As a result of a strong collaboration with Malaysian government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the global professional association of software architects (IASA) has chosen Malaysia as its Asia Pacific regional headquarters.
IASA Global founder and chief executive officer, Paul Preiss, said the regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur will support countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia and China.
"The Asia Pacific region, with all its diversity, has a vibrant and rapidly growing technology sector that has attracted many multinational companies to set up operations in the area. Malaysia continues to deliver strategic national economic and technological initiatives, such as those initiated by MDeC," said Preiss.
"Placing IASA Asia Pacific in Malaysia will give the profession a strong operating base while supporting growth throughout the region. In addition, IASA provides support to the technology community as a whole and supporting national agencies, which are focused on technology architecture development, education and growth initiatives."
"This is another major milestone for IASA, Malaysia and the region," said IASA Asia-Pacific founder and chairman, Aaron Tan Dani. "It all started with the Malaysian government's belief in the value of IT architecture for the country and the groundwork was set with the invitation of IASA to expand its efforts in this region. IASA Malaysia Chapter has grown tremendously over these years and its members have benefited greatly from these efforts and other IASA Asia Pacific activities."
Importance of software architecture to Malaysia
MDeC chief executive officer, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said: "MDeC and IASA have fostered a strong collaborative relationship since 2005, resulting in initiatives that are focused on developing and delivering standards, education programmes and services for MSC Malaysia companies. By working closely with IASA, MDeC steadily raised both the number and professional calibre of IT architects in Malaysia. To date, 300 MSC Malaysia companies have benefited from this."
"MDeC's ongoing collaboration with IASA reaffirms the importance that IT architects play in moulding Malaysia's software economy," said Badlisham. "IT without architecture and strategic alignment with the business is pointless, and more importantly, the speed at which an organisation adopts and practices sound IT architecture strategy will be one of the critical determinants for success. We are particularly pleased to see IASA choosing Malaysia as its Asia Pacific headquarters."
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