15 Mysterious ‘Thoroughbred’ Malaysian Open-Source Companies

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) handpicked 15 MSC Malaysia status open-source companies to transform them into global players within two years. Target: Each capable of generating RM150 million of annual revenue!

The 15 promising open-source companies were selected from a total 46 open-source companies (out of 1929 MSC Malaysia status companies, as of Nov 25 2008). However, for whatever reason, MDeC didn’t reveal the identities of the 15 companies.

A simple search (by MSC Malaysia qualifying activities) with the term ‘open source‘ from the MSC Malaysia Company Directory only yields 10 companies, namely:

  1. Byte Craft Sdn Bhd
  2. Microlink Solutions Bhd
  3. KZEN Solutions Sdn Bhd
  4. MNS Systems (MSC) Sdn Bhd
  5. Getronics Technology Sdn Bhd
  6. ELX Operating Systems Sdn Bhd
  7. Synchroweb Software (MSC) Sdn Bhd
  8. Abyres MSC Sdn Bhd
  9. Jayway Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  10. Open Application Systems Sdn Bhd
Also, results from a search with the term ‘open‘ (in addition to the above 10 companies):
  1. Unified Communications Sdn Bhd
  2. Comline DotCom Sdn Bhd
  3. eWarna.com Sdn Bhd
  4. Consolsys Technologies Sdn Bhd
Search with ‘linux’:
  1. CSA Conventive MSC Sdn Bhd
  2. Karensoft Technology Bhd
  3. Axiomatic Solutions Sdn Bhd
  4. Milinux Networks Sdn Bhd
  5. Hybrinix Sdn Bhd
  6. Zen Computer Systems Sdn Bhd
Search with ‘java’ (MDeC is collaborating with Sun Microsystem for this initiative)
  1. Sun Microsystems Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  2. Cyber Logic IT (MSC) Sdn Bhd
  3. Plant Essence Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd
  4. Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd

That’s a total of 24 companies associated with the keywords ‘open source’, ‘open’, ‘linux’ and ‘java’ in the MSC Malaysia Company Directory. The Star’s news article reported a total 46 open-source MSC Malaysia status companies. Maybe the discrepancy occurs due to (a) beside the four search keywords, there are other keywords associated with open-source companies in the Directory or (b) the Directory is poorly maintained (or, @nazroll rightly asked, “how does mdec define an open source company?“)

Are some of the above-mentioned enterprises made up the list of the 15 mysterious creme de la creme Malaysian open-source companies?

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  1. 150 millions revenue!! that’s whole lot of money!!

    Even Mozilla who has 500 millions copy of Firefox download manage only USD 75 mill, big portion came from Google.

    Have target is good, but it must be realistic

  2. zaki, you speak the truth, but please remember Mozilla is a not-for-profit organization. If Mozilla was a commercial business, it would be worth much more than the current numbers.

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