UiTM’s Online session on Optimizing Productivity and Technological Capabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (FSKM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia recently organized a ‘Knowledge Sharing Space’ talk on optimizing the productivity and technological capabilities in facilitating user affairs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this sharing session, FSKM collaborated with TM One Telekom Malaysia and the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH). The two invited panelists were industry experts who conducted a three-hour session on 13 June 2020 via online using Google Meet.

The first panelist, Mr. Nasrul Rizal Abd Rashid, a Business Director and Technology Consultant from TM One Telekom Malaysia, shared his experience on “Sustaining Productivity-Amidst Covid19 Pandemic”. He highlighted on how Malaysians have tried to cope with the pandemic to sustain their productivity.

Mr. Nasrul commented that “remote working arrangements and social distancing measures have unleashed creativity amongst Malaysians to stay connected with one another by leveraging on new modes of online interactions using new applications and platforms to build social link”.

He further added that “this situation has become a step towards digital transformation in most organizations and the use of digital platforms have encouraged innovative solutions to deliver the output and optimize performance on businesses”.

The second panelist, Mr. Mohd Firdaus Mohamed Khairi, the developer of MySejahtera Apps from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia (MOH) spoke on “Harnessing the Power of Smart Apps during Covid19 Pandemic”. He highlighted that “during the pandemic, MySejahtera App was introduced and it has reached out to more than 2.7 million users, since June 2020”.

The main objective of this app is to assist in monitoring the spread of COVID-19 outbreaks in the country by enabling users to carry out self-health assessments, identify nearby hospitals and clinics for COVID-19 screening and treatment. Besides, it also assists the government in resolving the next infection chain in the COVID-19 outbreak.

More than one hundred participants attended the session and it was encouraging to see their positive comments. As this type of knowledge sharing session is very beneficial, it should be held continuously for the advantage of academics and society.

UiTM has been responding to the Covid19 pandemic proactively by bringing out the talent and expertise of the university workforce who have voluntarily designed ways to contribute to helping the society and country.