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Delegates challenged to devise innovative uses of Big Data
Tarikh : 14 May 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third left) symbolically launches Idecs 2018 at BCCK this morning, while Morshidi (right) looks on. Also seen are (from left) deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan,  Datuk Amar Douglas Embas Uggah and Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Masing.


KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is challenging the delegates of the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) 2018 to come up with innovative ways to make use of the ‘Big Data’ and benefit from its predictive insight and analysis.

Big Data, he said, refers to the collection and processing of sets of data with the three “Vs” which are Volume, Variety and Velocity.

He pointed out that the data volume has to be large, which makes traditional data processing tools unable to handle the large volume such as: each payment transactions in a country or movements of every vehicle in a city.

In addition, there should be variety, that is, the data structure, data format, data source and the complexity level have to show great diversity.

For the third ‘V’, the velocity,  merely means that the collection and processing of the data set has to be quick.

“That, ladies and gentlemen I will leave it to you to discuss and work out during this conference,” said Abang Johari, who spoke at the opening ceremony of Idecs 2018  held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) this morning.

The main concern of the state government, he revealed, is how the industry players in Sarawak will be able to govern, manage and use the data hence the theme for this year’s Idecs – “Data to fuel economic growth and the quality of life”.

He cited the usage of Big Data in the agricultural industry whereby it will allow administration of precise quantity of fertilisers and water as well as setting of optimum temperature, humidity and light to the best possible breed of cultivated plants to produce the highest quality of agriculture products within the shortest time possible.

“Similarly, in the manufacturing sector, big data can be applied to improve production quality, minimize process error and product defects, enhance efficiency which will lead to production time and cost savings,” he added.

Besides touching on Big Data, Abang Johari also presented a progress report of the state’s digital economy initiatives and topics such as Talent Development; Start-ups, Digital Village and Innovation Hubs; the importance of encouraging private investments; agriculture and food security; the future of agriculture in the digital age; manufacturing; LRT and Kuching competitive city; digitally enhanced tourism; digital health; and the strategic assets of Sarawak.

Also speaking was State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani who said Idec 2018 sees an increase in total delegates, from 1,703 delegates last year to 2,379 delegates.

He said 19 experts from various digital-related industries are at Idecs 2018 to share their knowledge and experiences in various areas such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Data Science, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart City, start-ups and Digital Government.

“This certainly reflects where our state digital economy initiative is,” he added.