DHL to invest RM1.5b in Cyberjaya data centre

By KEVIN WONG / Pic By BLOOMBERG

Logistics company DHL expects to invest almost RM1.5 billion by 2020 to further develop its information technology (IT) services data centre in Cyberjaya.

The data centre will be investing in a range of platform renewals and technical innovation, including the adoption of hybrid cloud and higher efficiency or renewable energy sources.

It is expected to create more opportunities for emerging IT talents in Malaysia and around the region.

Since 1997, DHL has invested more than RM4.7 billion in the centre that provides critical IT infrastructure, business applicat ion development and support — initially for the company’s Asia-Pacific and subsequently global operations.

“The investment DHL made in Cyberjaya demonstrates our commitment towards enhancing our capabilities, and helping our customers improve their market positions through best-in-class IT infrastructure and skilled talent,” Deutsche Post DHL Group IT services executive VP and MD Alexander Pilar said.

He said digitalisation has played an increasingly strategic role in helping global logistics networks achieve the speed, reliable and accuracy needed to keep pace with today’s demand.

Deutsche Post DHL Group IT services Cyberjaya site head and Asia-Pacific business relations for IT services VP S Yoganathan said DHL has been focusing on building up the local IT talent market.

“We have hired almost 500 fresh graduates since 2006 and provided them with the exposure and training to equip them selves with appropriate skill sets, to become critical and key employees within the organisation,” he said.

A team of more than 1,440 employees were assigned to the Cyberjaya IT services centre, along with their counterparts in Prague, the Czech Republic and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver 24/7 IT support across all DHL divisions — DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Supply Chain and DHL E-commerce operations.

Yoganathan said the data centre also serves as a platform through which the company looks at to strengthen the playing field for talents, particularly women in the IT sector.

“While the Malaysian team includes members from 27 different nationalities, about 70% are Malaysian, with women making up almost 40% of the total workforce. That said, 35% of our leaders and managers are ladies,” he said.

Yoganathan also said the company is well poised to support any involvement in the newly launched Digital Free Trade Zone.

“We have been supporting other countries in their local spaces, so I believe we have the platform and capabilities to provide such support here in Malaysia.”