| Izah Azahari |
THE facility for the Brunei Solutions Development Centre (BSDC), a software development facility funded by the e-Government National Centre (eGNC) and managed by Microsoft, was officially launched yesterday at the Knowledge Hub (K-Hub), in Kg Anggerek, Berakas.
The guest of honour was the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar.
The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by a welcoming speech by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of IT and E-Government at the Prime Minister’s Office, Adi Shamsul bin Haji Sabli.
The event also saw a speech presented by Fredrik Nylander, Head of Enterprise Services of Microsoft (Southeast Asia).
Fredrik Nylander said that the journey began in early 2012 when Microsoft and eGNC started to work closely together in understanding how to create a solution that will help the local ecosystem in Brunei to develop modern IT applications with the latest technology.
According to Nylander, the BSDC is here to build capability and ensure that the right technology, processes and procedures are in place for an ongoing high level of support, in addition to Microsoft’s ready commitment to help Brunei produce its own software applications for the government as well as the private sector via working closely with accredited partners and members of the Capability and Mentorship Programme (CAMP).
The event continued with the official launching of the centre by the guest of honour followed by a certificate presentation to two of the very first local Bruneians namely Awangku Haji Mohammad Hazmi bin Pengiran Haji Othman and Dayang Nuruljannah binti Noor Hadee who were awarded with the certificate of Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer specialising in Sharepoint Applications.
A short video of BSDC was also shown to further enliven the event followed by a tour of the new centre.
BSDC’s objectives are to provide a facility to develop made-in-Brunei software solutions and to assist with the skills development of the local IT ecosystem.
Moreover, it aims to accelerate the growth and increase the quality of Brunei’s domestic ICT industry by providing collaborative training and knowledge transfer programmes to local IT graduates and service providers. BSDC will also impart knowledge based on practical projects in applications development, formal certification programmes and industry immersion programmes.
In addition, key features of BSDC include a core team of Microsoft staff members to run the centre for three years, with a transition phase to transfer management know-how to local partners; a physical facility, located at K-Hub, set up with IT equipment, tools and processes required for software solution development and support which has been in operation since April 2014; the Capability and Mentorship Programme (CAMP) which offers paid internships to recent IT graduates to work on real world software development projects and receive training and certification opportunities; and involvement of Brunei-based IT partners through an accreditation process which will enable them to take on paid projects, the BSDC academy training programme and ongoing support.
Furthermore, BSDC Academy offers regular training and certification in technical and non-technical aspects of solution development to CAMP interns, IT partners and other interested parties.
The BSDC’s CAMP programme has started in November 2013 for local ICT professionals’ skill development, and currently has trained ten local interns. Four local IT companies have also been accredited into the IT Vendor Programme.
The BSDC contract was signed with eGNC and Microsoft on March 28, 2013 and its first development project started on October 28, 2013. The centre is currently implementing two projects for two government departments.