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Malaysia on the way to enter software testing mainstream, says Malaysian ministry

AvantiKumar | July 23, 2009
Softec09 conference themed: Minding the gaps'

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 JULY 2009 -- Malaysia is on the way to entering the mainstream of global software testing, according to the Malaysian ministry of science, technology & innovation (MOSTI).

Launching the Softec09 (Software Testing Conference), organised by the Malaysian Testing Board (MSTB),  MOSTI deputy minister Tuan Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusoff, said: "Maintaining and spurring the growth of the economy has had its challenges, such as the global downturn and pandemic, and we have reinforced our plans to take advantage of the economic upturn."

"To help Malaysia move towards its goal of becoming developed by 2020, we looked at other countries such as India and Ireland. Among other things used by such countries were the use of  (a) IT exporters (b) knowledge as a product and (c) knowledge as the tool used to drive the economy," said the deputy minister, who added that Malaysia as a regional testing centre was a desirable outcome.

The deputy minister said:  "The global software testing market is estimated at US$13 billion according to analyst firm Gartner, and is expected to grow to US$56 billion by 2013, according to consulting firm Ovum."

MSTB is a non-profit body that represents and promotes the profession of software testing, and is a member of the USA-based ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board).

Malaysia: Testing as a Service (TaaS)

Malaysian Testing Board (MSTB) president Mastura Abu Samah said:  "MSTB is the official representative of Malaysia to the world's mainstream software testing arena, MSTB is in the working group of 26 of the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 [working group of the international quality standard] that focuses on ISO/IEC 29119 International Software Testing standard that is currently under development."

"This would add further strength to our vision of making Malaysia a regional software testing centre, offering software testing as a service [TaaS]," Mastura said. "The number of testers in Malaysia has more than doubled from 90 to 240 since the MSTB was formally created prior to the inaugural Malaysian Software Testing Conference 2008."

As there are 110,000 certified software testing professionals in the world, the journey is still in its infancy stage, she said. However, with continued support from the Malaysian government agencies such as MOSTI, and the quality standards body SIRIM, we are confident Malaysia can play a key role on the world stage.


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