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Global reach for 3 startups via Brunei-Microsoft partnership
Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar (5th L) in a photo with the graduates during the BSDC Camp Graduation and Inauguration of BSDC Local Pa
Koo Jin Shen

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

THREE ICT companies set up by local graduates of a Microsoft-certification programme will work with the Brunei Solutions Development Centre (BSDC) to reach the global ICT market.

Titasys Technology, Ideas Technologies and Hasadecode were inaugurated yesterday as local partners for the BSDC at a graduation ceremony for BSDC’s Capability and Mentoring Programme (CAMP).

The company founders are young experts certified as Microsoft Certified Solutions Developers (MCSD), which the Senior Director of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Fredrik Nylander called one of the highest levels of certification available in the industry.

Nylander said the companies will be first in line for jobs coming to the BSDC.

With this level of certification Nylander indicated that the companies should not keep their sights within Brunei but to keep in mind that the ICT industry is a global industry, and their particular skillsets can be applied on a broad range of projects.

“As part of BSDC, when they first start out, we will coach and guide them, not just in the technical solutions but also how a global professional services organisation operates. What you should think about, how do you attract talent and so on. So it is much more than just pure technology but also establishing themselves as a global professional company that is matching world standards,” he said.

The BSDC, a joint venture between the Brunei government and global technology giant Microsoft, was created in 2013 as a software development facility to propel ICT growth and help in developing e-government services.

Nylander envisioned that three years down the line, high quality solutions that were being developed by these local companies can be exported.

Minister of Energy and Industry Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the company founders represent a new generation of Bruneians who are no longer dependent on government for employment.

He said this is a milestone in ongoing efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and capacity development, noting that the programme had now produced capable Bruneians with a certification recognised worldwide.

“You look at the passion they have. This is the sort of spirit that we want from the young Bruneian. With all this in mind, I have every confidence in our young Bruneians to achieve more, and reach greater heights for the IT industry in Brunei,” said the minister.

He also reiterated practical support for young entrepreneurs in general through Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), the statutory body to promote and develop small and medium enterprises.

“These companies can be considered SMEs,” he said, noting DARe’s focus in providing for the well-being of SMEs.

As such, they will be offered the necessary training and capacity building in order to make sure they remain relevant. As part of ongoing collaboration between DARe and BSDC, the companies will also be provided office space at the iCentre.

“The next thing we want to do is to work closely with Microsoft to make sure we also tap on the region, and as such that we will see Bruneian companies at the regional or global level,” the minister said.

Courtesy of The Brunei Times