Saturday, May 17, 2008

In industry…

The IT landscape looks rather good for this year. More and more big conglomerates are setting up in Malaysia hence there will be more jobs moving around. People move horizontally or to expand their skills and knowledge. We still have a very big skills shortage in IT in Malaysia. I was recently on a PeopleSoft project and learnt that most of these professionals are in Philippines. They were hard to find and locate but rather eager to explore when found. We do have PeopleSoft application which is used in our companies in Malaysia particularly with Telco’s and banks, but the problem is they are not Malaysians. I mean one of those projects take about a year to implement sometimes, and I think Malaysians should consider adopting the expertise for PeopleSoft applications. I see that as a big need very soon if not today and the salary is good!

With Shell’s 4 billion dollar outsourced deal for AT&T, EDS and T-systems coming in to effect, this would lead to more jobs in the market for only ‘in-demand’ professionals. Market predicts there would be 20-30% redundancies at worst. To me that is a lot. Good for me in some ways, in the sense that I might be able to place these few professionals elsewhere.

This is how it will/might work:

“EDS will manage desktop, service desk, onsite services, backup and disaster recovery, mobile information protection and managed messaging services.

AT&T will deliver WAN and LAN, voice services including IP-based telephony, managed security solutions, mobility services and will support Shell's Virtual Private Network service for more than 50,000 remote workers.

T-Systems will take over the infrastructure and IT professionals of Shell's global data centers, including three centers in the Netherlands and one each in Malaysia and the United States and host the majority of its global SAP services”
Source – zdnetasia.

More and more companies are opening their doors to new technologies. I have been doing a lot of sales interviews recently and a lot of companies are now moving towards digital technology. More companies are moving in to the digitalizing business such as Document Management systems, digital archiving and content management systems. Fuji Xerox would be considered as a leader in this technology firms. Their presence now is in our banks and legal companies. As most local SI companies are partnering with other companies to provide a total solution, Fuji Xerox HAS the total solution in this case hence a 70% winning deal.

Content Management professionals. From time and time throughout this year I have been telco’s, services and media online advertising people who are in need of this skillset. Although they are usually found in Maxis, Digi, Astro or Emi the shortage of this skill means we need to hire people from overseas. I’ve got nothing against that but I would rather Malaysians take on opportunities as such. Malaysia Boleh!

It’s the third year of the Ninth Malaysian Plan. From market analysis, most tenders and projects in IT have been halted for a while. Why, political change? No money? Government not Spending? We don’t know, we all have our opinions. Our local companies are still surviving on their maintenance contracts and moving out of Malaysia for more business to unchartered territories like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia or even Cambodia.

I’m quite excited to attend the WCIT next week. Will see what the outcome is.

Will update.


Kristalchampagne said...

A few years back, Proton was sourcing out for engineers who has Catia background. As many as our unis were churning out automotive engineers at that time, not many had this software background. We even had one guy who was practically a qualified space engineer who came back to Malaysia after a few years studying overseas but came back with no job. Go figure.


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