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Thursday, June 30, 2005

The World Wide Work Space

Business Week – June 2005

UGS software lets thousand of people cooperate on a single project.

This company main product is Product life-cycle management (PLM) where it helps company to live in a virtual workplace. It is a 3D workplace with folders and etc.

This is like a combination of VSS, content management, single logon, intranet hybrid kind of software.

To make things faster, they borrowed USD 228 million to purchase Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd, which makes software to let companies design and analyze their manufacturing.

Their obvious target customer is those multi-geography manufacturing firm.

• Design:
General Motors uses UGS software for designing cars, including all current Cadillacs. More than 20K GM employees working in 19 engineering centers on six continents use the tools to do everything from mocking up drawings of cars to creating finished designs of power trains.
• Manufacturing:
Procter & Gamble’s $6 billion baby-care division used UGS tools for its diaper manufacturing. The system linked makers in Europe, Asia, and Latin America with U.S designers, letting P&G create a master design for its plants.
• Maintenance:
The Royal Australian Navy threw out its paper-based system and replace it with a UGS program for the operation and repair of its vessels. The system connects suppliers, repairmen, and onshore crews so that they can work together to keep ships in tip-top shape.

UGS Software is the reign market leader, with Germany’s SAP in the second spot and France’s Dassault in the third spot.

SAP and Oracle, two industry leader in corporate total solutions are also coming up with similar modules on top of their existing engines.

This means that sooner or later, we are expecting SAP to come up with modules like manufacturing simulation, where real-time data of manufacturing equipments are transferred into the systems and to be shared by fellow employees.

In order words, we are expecting a lot of graphics animation appearing on the enterprise software platform.

Java programmers specialize in the 3D or graphic related API are going to be in demand when such time arrives. This could be a real thing, since the web platform has proven to give enterprise computing complete with new set business revenue, where you once had backend system running payroll, adminstration and accounting processes. Now you would like to be service-oriented by exposing certain information to the clients via system such as CRM and SCM using the web platform. In the future, you would like your people to be able to see how the machine functions on real time basis.

Many companies are still not yet even started on the first step, even though the era of I.T has virtually passed on (since 2000). But it is surprising that demand is still there for such implementations. Recently I have been contacted by an old friend who is in charge of a corporate management company and he is looking to implement their first ever enterprise software with some exposure to the web. He told me that they have taken the first initiative, which is purchasing a NEC server box with IBM websphere software came along. This company has been around for many years, and during those time, they had been relying on MS Word and Excel as their computing platform. Now that they have finally declared to be stable and financially grounded, they are looking for work-flow improvements and etc. They are two fresh I.T executives in the company, doing some specialized-isolated software. Now they are looking for a team lead to spearhead the enterprise software development but not willing to disclose the budget. Probably they still haven't got one!

1. traffic jam solutions?
2. how real is virtual office ?
3. how to deal with rising fuel cost?
4. to what extend virtual workplace can offer?
5. what is the future of SAP?

Monday, June 27, 2005

it is all about shopping..

when required to search something, I would go for Google first. I am not sure why, nevertheless my IE homepage is set to

That is a bit funny I know. Probably due to the fact that is one of the fastest loading page in the world. I seldom tried MSN search and others as well.

I would like to highlight to you that there is another emerging force eager to be part of the Internet search engine industry;

This is a site co-developed by two Korean who during the dot-com era, had a great success and made millions. During 2000, before the dot-com crash, their company mySimon; online shopping aids, which allows consumer to do comparison shopping. It was built around a virtual learning agent designed by Yun to extract prices, product details, and other relevant data from merchants' online catalogues, each of which was structured different. That was those days, when there is no XML around. mySimon reaped $700 million from CNET acquisition, they become rich people.

Now, they are back in action again. Taking aim at Google's lucrative advertisement revenue. is a specialized search engine, mainly for shopper as well. Its intention is to create a pure search which helps user to get to results which focus on shopping and nothing else. One thing is good for sure, it filters out many porn-site, unlike Google.

The core of is its AIR algorithm; affinity index ranking, it differs from Google’s PageRank algorithm in two ways. First, when AIR assesses the importance of a given Web page, it takes into account the topics of the pages linking to it.(PageRank considers some elements of the context surrounding an incoming link, but not the page’s overall topic.) AIR rewards pages that have on-topic incoming links. Second, AIR penalizes pages that have outgoing links to off-topic pages (PageRank does not examine a page’s outgoing links.) AIR’s dual process of rewarding and punishing pages based on the primacy of a specific topic means that the top search results for a query like refrigerators will be those closely related to buying a refrigerator, not necessary those with most incoming links, as with PageRank.

Besides that, they also includes human element into the search result by having a small team of people responsible to 'crawl' the Internet for legitimate web site which proves to be important for shoppers, such as Such site would never ever appear on the top of dynamic search engine result if not for explicit intervention because of its lacking of popularity.

Google's PageRank and Become's AIR approach, besides its technicality, do have other differences; culture. It is clearly a western and eastern mentality.

based on an article from Technology review, may 2005.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Malaysia taking a big leap

Have you ever wonder, when would Malaysia be able to go to the space or ever have a nobel price winner or things like that ?

Malaysia, for many reasons is a unique country. Not for its food but for its dynamism. In fact, it has more miracles than Singapore, because many things are not expected while the expected don't actually deliver.

For instance, this is a country where you can find Engineers who can't fix anything at all. You have mechanical engineers who can't fix or troubleshoot a refrigerator, a double E engineer who can't design electronic circuit and civil engineer who can't built a hut for its dog. They do have a good grade their degrees and that is about it.

Also, there are tonnes of I.T graduates who can't even do computer programmings and many don't know how to fix a PC at all. Some of them can't do a web page but they are working as I.T managers. Some hard core programmers don't know anything about bloggings and what worst you have MCSE who doesn't even know how to setup a network.

So, things like these are really common here and there is no need to find out why. Probably not because they don't know, but they just not interested at all to get their hand dirty. So it is kind of like a bit weird. It is a big big attitude problem.

The point to the fact is that there is just not enough universities around. There are only 8 public universities in the whole Malaysia and 4 private universities and many university college and tonnes of colleges.

Personally I feel that it is just not enough, with the government lowering the quota for high school examinations, the infrastructures are just not holding up. People have to pay to get private education and thus they became ROI-hungry. To them doing engineering is not important but getting a job that pays well is important, because they have invested so much. U know what I am saying ? If the government fails to recognize this fact, we will never ever move on.

On the contrary manner, you seen people with fantastic attitude, such as those doing MLM on the streets right up mid-night (this can be argue) and also there are people willing to pay RM8K for certification such as CFP and etc. Now this is what I meant by the expected don't deliver while the unexpected surprises you!

I guess we got to be doing things in an incremental manner. You have to do it A-B-C-D and not jumping from A to D. This is the kind of mindset Malaysian have, they just can't wait to be successful. They don't appreciate doing solid and fundamental R & D, the so called R&D in Malaysia is merely trying out other's people work, such as testing out Java Robot API and etc.

While many tech firm would rather spend money on Indian programmers to quickly get things done so that they can start selling something, nobody is actually going anywhere.

It really takes great courage to have the right footage in Malaysia.

We are got to start from the fundamental. Before we can talk about A.I, we got to be able to create something as good as Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. That is what I mean by fundamentals.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Search engine submission to Google

The search result of Google for a given keyword such as “brandonteohno1” changes every week or every two weeks.

Most astoundingly, this gave me an insight of how Google’s indexing features work.
If you study it carefully, you may see that my site is linked from few popular sites.




Thus it is obvious that the bridges are:
4. etc.

These sites, for some reason, must have been indexed to these search engine via certain methods, I am not sure how. Probably they pay the search engine provider explicitly.

If this is true, I could start a business by subscribing an URL to search engines explicitly and then by linking my URL to others URLs, the latter can get indirect indexing as well.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

malicious site has worms

I brought back a PC supposedly to reformat it due to the fact that I couldn’t install a network card to it earlier as it was asking for the Win98 CD.

Surprising, the network card Realtek RTL8139/810 X Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC was presently working when I took it home.

Nevertheless, it was having four problems:

1. vnetsup.vxd
2. vredir.vxd
3. dfs.vxd
4. msnp32.dll

where system.ini or regedit cannot find them.

Vnetsup.vxd and vredir.vxd and dfs.vxd are all associated with “Client for Microsoft Networks”. Having removed and re-add it to the network component, the system would ask for Win98 CD. Soon after, I realized that there is a folder which contains Win98 installation source. Thus, by pointing to it, the four problems is then solved.

Then I thought that since there is no problem, there is no need to reinstall everything because the system is behaving very well. I just need to defrag it and make a clone, that is all. This is good because there are some programs which I don’t have the installation CD.

Then I tried to be naughty and visited a malicious site and that is when karma comes. The site got me infected with the following immediately.

Trojan Horse Startpage.19.J à se.dll

Immediately, it disabled my Internet surfing ability by killing wininet.dll (which is responsible for Internet connection setup and etc)

Se.dll is a worm which makes me unable to surf the following site:
Symantec download
Windows update.

AVG antivirus couldn’t really help it, even though it is able to detect them.

I tried using Spybot – search & destroy and found the following:
Alexa related
Cool wwwsearch.leftover
Double click
EffectiveB and Toolbar

I tried to repair using Win98 setup and it couldn’t help with the purpose. Initially I though by running Win98 setup ontop of the existing system, I could get the corrupted IE to be repaired. But nothing happened even though it went through the installation process.

Then I tried to upgrade to Win2k and same thing happened. It seemed that worms still exist in the system, even though it did get the IE renewed.

Then I did the biggest mistake where I hooked in a second HD which wasn’t visible initially. Then I thought, it could be due to its existing NTFS partition. I was correct, changing it to FAT32, I then reinstalled a second copy of Win2k to the system. Initially, my plan was for it to replaced the one in C drive. But it ended up created an installation to the second HD’s primary partition. This caused the MBR to be shifted from the first HD to the second HD. This indirectly caused the first HD to be corrupted because it has no MBR and I couldn’t fdisk it or whatsoever.

Now, the biggest problem is the first HD is totally not usable. When I tried to fdisk, it says “No fixed disk present”

When tried to reformat, it says “Error reading C:, C drive is invalid”

Oh well, from a safe ground, I got myself into a bad situation. Now I have to replace the HD and try to fix the problem one.

I just wondering how to get the first HD back to shape.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Why Taiwan Matters ?

Newsweek May 05
Taiwan; the global economy couldn’t function without it. But can it really find peace with China?

The Political Gloat:
We are not sure is China really hard against Taiwan going independence but many like to guess that such political knot is merely a political play. Means that no war is on the way because China is still depending on Taiwan and the latter is a crucial economy force in the world; being the number one I.T supplier in the world.

World Leaders:
Taiwan having the following recognition in its resume where it is the reign:
The number one:
- Provider of chip foundry services with 70% of the market worth $8.9 billion.
- Producer of notebook PCs, with 72% of the market, worth $22 billion.
- Provider of LCD monitors, with 68% of the market, worth $14 billion.
- Producer of cable modems, with 66% of the market, worth $480 million.
- Semiconductor packaging with 36% share, worth $3.4 billion.
- Producer of PDAs, with 79% of the market, worth $1.8 billion.
- Producer of wireless LAN equipment, with 83% of the market, worth $1.3 billion.
The number two:
- Producer of TFT-LCD panels, with 35% of the market, worth $7.6 billion.
- In servers, with 33% of the market, worth $1.8 billion.

It is obvious that Taiwan is expert in engineering and manufacturing. According to the author, Taiwan started off with being the contract manufacturer to the world (such as what Flextronics and Hon Hai). After decades of success and with the eventual establishment of R&D teams, they are now not only strong in the area of contract manufacturing (where they are given technologies to be manufactured) but also at creating new designs.

Since Taiwan is strong in term of manufacturing and engineering, it also means that they have no time for branding. Most of their products are exported to the USA and according to the Americans, they are like the middle east to the oil.

Dell and HP will source $10 billion and $21 billion respectively from Taiwan this year, Apple is boosting its order book from Taiwan companies by 28% from a year ago, to $5 billion.

Nevertheless, according to analyst, such phenomenon is good yet short lived because China is picking up. Even though the following Taiwanese high-tech are relying on China for its outsource job and yet not willing to disclose the technology, Europeans and Japanese companies are looking to tap into the bandwagon by providing China with technologies Taiwan not willing to share.

So perhaps China is famous for copy-cat but who cares because the tech world is moving at such pace where it is either now or never. You either risk certain things to achieve huge success or never bother to achieve anything because somebody somewhere in this world would have the same idea and brain that you are having.

The top guns are:
TSMC, CEO=Morris Chang
Hon Hai, CEO=Terry Gou
Quanta, CEO=Barry Lam
Formosa Plastic, CEO=Y.C Wang
Compal, President=Ray Chen
Asustek, Chairman=Jonney Shih
BenQ, CEO=K.Y. Lee
MediaTek, Chairman=Tsai Ming-kai.
UMC, Chairman=Robert Tsao.

Lacking Expertise:
Because things are moving so fast, to start R&D from scratch would be too slow sometimes. They are always in need of high-tech experienced people.

According to Hsiao-ping lin, head of Faraday Technology, which specializes in chip design services. He hopes to hire Indian engineers at the moment to fill the gap. However, in the long run, they are planning to setup R&D center in mainland China.

China Factor:
So the trend is such that Taiwan will design the technology and pass it over to China to manufacture it, all because of costing factor. No doubt it is not good for the political playground because this strengthen Taiwan’s dependent on China and creating lesser impact during negotiation sessions for the political players. Nevertheless, it is such a standard trend because the only reason why Taiwan is what it is today is because its labor cost (high-tech or low-tech) is still cheaper than those of USA. This is quoted as saying by Kai Hsiao, director of global procurement for greater China at HP that “we are talking about one third of the cost!”

The author suggests Taiwan to create its own brand in order to facilitate for more jobs; more international marketing job.

There are plenty of brand actually, such as -> Realtek manufacturer -> Display card manufacturer

Thursday, June 16, 2005

bank the taiko..

these days... seems like the ICT market is pretty bad in Malaysia.. the bank are the taiko now.

we see credit card easy payment scheme mushrooming room just anywhere and some are coming with zero interest rates and etc..

the business model is simple:
1. Customer will use credit card to pay the vendor.
2. As soon as transaction is approved, vendor will get full amount from the bank.
3. Bank will take it as investment while waiting for the interest to come, when customers don't pay back installment in full.

recently, BCB (Bumiputra Commerce Bank) announced to launch SwiswaCare Scheme by 1st July 2005 where those under sponsor of tertiary scholarship will be eligible to buy laptop from vendors with 5 years installment period and monthly payment of only less than RM 10.00

The vendors involved are:
1. HP
2. NEC
3. Benq

of course Dell Computers and FTec are not part of it because this is not a direct marketing approach.

This is a good move. The concepts are as follows:
1. Those given scholarship will have money for other things.
2. The money could be coming from their parents, which initially prepared it for the tuition fees instead.

That is why, they also package it with a risk protection policy where should something happen to the parents, the whole deal would be secured, means an amount of money would be given to customers (to pay back the loan of the laptop) when death or TPD happened to their parent. They called this parentCare. Since children has no insurable interest to the parent, probably this is scheme is done from the other way round, means parents will secure the loan on behalf of the children.

Laptops will come with fully installed Star Office ? why not OpenOffice ? Perhaps this is results of failed negotiation with Microsoft for its office product and probably organizers just wanted to avoid piracy issues.

I am guessing that in the future, OpenOffice would be used as a benchmark for public programs to avoid piracy issues. When you mention OpenOffice, nobody would doubt anything and the program will endorse given a clean-cut image.

BCB has allocated a total of RM100 million for this scheme.

1. who is the industry driver ?

2. what is HP, NEC,Benq up to lately?
3. what is the impact of OpenOffice ?
4. what growth is there for ICT marketing ?

Friday, June 10, 2005

IBM - Services is the near future

(MIT Technology Review, May 2005)

For IBM, services is the main theme now for all its employee, even for its prestigious R&D department.

Why? According to my evaluation, they are shifting focus from Sales-oriented to Service-oriented. This simply doesn't mean that IBM is no longer selling products, nevertheless it means that those people running in the field would be of stereotyped 'service' people than commission-hungry people. Their performances are judged via KPI than sales figures. The best part of it is, one stone killing two birds.

Most pure services are sold by IBM's 180K consultants and range from wholesale IT outsourcing to training, human-capital management, and On Demand Innovation Services effort (a broad effort to make widely disparate systems communicate more effectively, and in real time) These services don't have profit margin as high as those of IBM's proprietary hardware and software, but services often follow product sales (and sometimes drive more product sales).

The turning point for IBM, like everyone else, exists a commitment to prove its investors about corporate strategies. IBM merged with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in July 2002 and by the end of 2003, the result proved to be very positive; close to half of IBM's revenues were coming from services and on top of that it accounted for less than 15% of total R&D expenditure. In other words, this is a high margin business and is aligned with their older corporate strategies which is to get rid of low-margin division such as the PC division to Levono and Storage division to someone some time ago.

R&D team already felt the heat and the need to wisen up and they are working towards researching of topics involving operations, marketing, and supply chain management. Meaning, they are not just doing researching to produce hard product such as Millipede, a nanomechanical device that can store data at a density of 20 times higher than that of magnetic storage. Instead, they are studying human sciences now and came to conclusion that service is “human business that needed human research”

So, what does all this boils down to ?
--> Part of the group's charge is to devise algorithms to improve how businesses use information technology.

If you wanted to compare apple to apple. Perhaps the following two division would clear your doubts.
WebFountain --> A set of processes for organizing and analyzing huge sets of disparate data. It is like an A.I application which helps people to “read” data.
Business optimization --> Helps clients tighten up operations. Quite similar to business intelligence, with more and more algorithms being developed for business problems which cannot be easily resolved and requires predictive measures such as quantifying the risk of failure at a manufacturing site based on historical data.

In all, services is like on-demand and off-demand consulting. It is hard to divide fair share between these two perspective because it is simply human-oriented.

And most importantly, we are looking at growth potential. The PC and hardware market has reached a saturation point where you don't upgrade PC as often as you changes business strategies since most of the time, end-user computational resources are under-utilized.

So can we start a service oriented company right away ?
This question will make you ponder what service really is. What to sell? who to sell? where to sell?
-->The answer is “knowledge”; you are selling knowledge.

If you sell a web site for 500 bucks, the customer would be much better off if he learn how to create it entirely by himself. In the case if the customer is a keen learner, 500 buck would be too cheap and vice versa.

1. why is IBM focusing on services?
2. what is the computer services industry?
3. why is IBM selling PC division off?
4. what is the future of sales person?
5. what is IBM R & D currently focusing on?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Blogs will change your business:

Business Week. - May 2 2005

There are 9 million blogs out there, with 40K new ones popping out each day.
Malaysian, even those in the I.T industry are slow to react to such phenomenon which is simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself.

The Threat:
Conventional printing press model invented by Johannes Gutenberg.
A lucky handful owns the publishing machinery and controls the information. Whether at newspaper or global manufacturing giant, they decide what the masses will learn. This elite still holds sway at most companies. You know them. They generally park in sheltered spaces, have longer rides on elevators, and avoid the cafeteria. They keep the secrets safe and coif the company's message. Then they distribute it- usually on a need -to-know basis – to customers, employees, investors, and the press.

The Problem:
Google is regarded as a secretive company. So in January, when a young programmer named Mark Jen started blogging about his first days in the Googleplex, folks in the 'sphere instantly linked to him. Jen certainly wasn't dealing out inside dirt. But he griped that Google's health plan was less generous than his former employer's-Microsoft-and he argued, indignantly, that Google's free food was an enticement for employees to work past dinner.

Two weeks later, Google fired Jan. And that's when the 22 year old became a big story. Google was blogbusted for overreacting and for sending an all-too-clear warning to the dozens of bloggers still at the company. A Google official says that company has lots of bloggers and just expects them to use common sense. For example, if it's something you wouldn't e-mail to a long list of strangers, don't blog it.

However, Jen became a celebrity instantly. Apparently, Plaxo(Internet contact-management company) sees future in him and take him in. Part of his job is to coordinate Plaxo's blogging efforts – a pillar of Plaxo's promotional strategy.

There is another case:, by Heather Armstrong, who lost her job because the website included a stinging satire of her former employee. “Dooce” has since become the expression used when someone loses a job because of blogging.

General Motor's vice-chairman Bob Lutz created Fastline Blog to deal with customer's complains and companies imaging. Bloggers applauded.

Future Problems:
There is no way to stop companies from secretly buying bloggers' support, or even starting unbranded blogs of their own to promote their products-or to tar the competition. Such blogs are known as flog (faked blog). For instance, upstart Marqui paid 20 bloggers $800 a month for three months to promote its web marketing services while Republicans and Democrats paid three bloggers during the recent election.

New sets of cyber law will be out soon to deal with issues related to defamation and etc. Ethical rules must also be established to determine the needs for disclaimer matter such as the status of a blogger as either paid or volunteer. There is also a need for filtering purpose. For instance, a blog which preach about vegetarianism might want to warn potential readers about its persuasive intention, similar to 18-years-old filtering of pornography web site.

New StartUp:
1. Monitoring the blog to see what people are saying about your company
2. Damage-control strategies. How to response when they are being blog attack.

However, it is not expected to have a blog bubble like the dot-com.

Industrial Leader:
Six Apart - A four-year old San Francisco company leads in blog software.
Technorati and PubSub Concepts - blog searching.
Flickr – photo-sharing service. (It is still running its software in its beta, recently acquired by Yahoo in March)
Grassroots Media – Collection online Journalism; the blog- OhmyNews. Something like Jeff Ooi.

Why is Blog seen as emerging force to be reckoned with, when there is no clear business model?
--> A vibrant community that has doubled in size in the past eight months is teeming with potential customers and has a mother lode of data to mine.

New Invention:
RSS & aggregator. - Text link data feeds.
Podcasting.- Audio feeds automatic delivery. Means that those company with audio content, can delivery audio feeds to your blog. This would increase the number of people listening to your audio, because it is growing at a potential of 40K per day.
--> This means that I should incorporate RSS and Podcasting features to my CMS system. It wouldn't be hard, just need to have XML renderer and probably email subscription.

Content is King:
Content, whether it's news or a Hollywood movie, is going to travel in bite-size nuggets. The challenge, for bloggers and giants alike, is to brand those nuggets and devise a way to sell them or wrap them in advertising.

Popular blogs can land sponsorship deals for as much as $25K per month. Even though it is good news for bloggers, it the opposite for the ad indutries.

In the future, all website will be simply a blog which is essentially a CMS. The much shorter path to this is to build a wrapper system around a blog's open API.

SAP Problems


  • Poor SAP Enterprise Portal performance
  • Transaction performance - SQL Trace Tool (ST05)
  • SAP configurations scalability
  • Your business requirements
  • Query response time in SAP BW


  • Design SAP security - Reverse Business Engineering (RBE) tool
  • Structural authorizations
  • HR authorizations in R/3
  • Portal-based single sign-on (SSO) to SAP and non-SAP systems and applications
  • Complexities of migrating to a role-based security model
  • Handling of authentications for Java applications with login modules and login stacks
  • Learn new SAP security strategies and best practices for long term Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

Change Management:

  • Process change requests
  • SAP Support Packages, SP stacks, single corrections, and ongoing maintenance
  • Flow of transports throughout your landscape
  • New SAP job scheduling capabilities
  • Monitor and manage Java applications SAP solution landscape - CCMS and SAP BW
  • SAP Exchange Infrastructure (XI)

SAP Solution Manager:

  • Decentralized system and business process monitoring
  • Navigate business and IT changes
  • Complex testing processes
  • Java performance and availability problems
  • Upgrade and manage your mySAP ERP environment

Data Management Challenges:

  • Advanced archiving prototyping, testing, and production scheduling techniques
  • Growing volumes of transactional and master data
  • Inaccuracies in disparate data sources


  • Database-related performance problems
  • Data archiving
  • Managing Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and DB/2 databases in an SAP environment
  • Configure SQL Server for SAP applications
  • Storage options to manage SAP data and documents
  • Long-running transactions that hinder performance
  • Database reorganizations in your SAP/Oracle environment advanced data archiving and data management techniques for SAP administrators


  • Execute R/3 technical upgrades

SAP Web Application Server:

  • Transition of current Basis environment to SAP Web Application Server
  • Impact of SAP NetWeaver on your administration environment
  • Deploy SAP NetWeaver components during upgrade
  • Foster executive support
  • Company’s Optimal migration path to SAP Web Application Server
  • ABAP and Java sides of SAP Web Application Server
1. What problems to be expected post-SAP inplementation?
2. What to look for in SAP maintenance ?
3. Why do we need to sign SAP maintenance contract?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Car tracking system

A new car immobilizer system. Using GPS, SMS and GIS system.

What I like best about it is its claimed of using satellite for real-time GIS imaging of Malaysia's map. Malaysia has no restriction on such satellite intrusion as compared to China. They will do real-time imaging every 6 months to look for changes in the GIS. This is great because it will make my Godseye project even more feasible.

The technology are coming from U.K and using USA based satellite. The sales representative claimed that it has been selling well in Mexico and The Philippines as well.
Malaysia recorded car theft of over 7k cases year. Each installation cost around RM 3K. The market capitalization has potential of 21 Million.

Nevertheless, the Sales Rep have a good idea of selling it. Which is to sell as a sort of Asset Management technology for companies dealing with logistic, distributions and sales. Simply put, it is capable of working as vehicle tracing tools and also it can be used for taxi hunting. It can immobilize the vehicle but just one SMS. And it comes with journal report of installed vehicle which is useful for mileage analysis and etc. Bosses would like to know a lot of what is happening to their sales man and company own vehicles, by just investing some money.

He told me we need to make a connection with the customer : “What if the vehicle is stolen ?”
We are not sure how strong the signal is going to be, to be able to transmit to the Satellite directly, is it harmful for the passenger? It is something like Satellite phone.

But what I am really excited about it is that if they USA satellite company is providing whole sale for its GIS imaging service, then we can have a lot of fun.

1. how real is a GIS system?
2. it vehicle tracking system available now?
3. what is the most advance technique for GIS imaging?
4. what resources are available for GPS service?
5. what are the solutions to traffic jam in Malaysia?