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Friday, December 29, 2006

Malaysia IT Spending Summary 2006 - V14 : 9MP projects

The 9th Malaysian Plan projects!!!!

Continuing from our previous discussion v13 which was started off since v1.

At this point of time, with new year just really around the very corner.... we finally able to see how well we have discussed and how are money being allocated based on the 9th Malaysian Plan.

Screenshots gave a preview of such from this entry where... RM 29 billion has been already accounted for.

In terms of ICT development... we have ..

1. MCMC RM 20 million funds for 3G development
2. MDeC RM 80 million funds for pre-seed development.
3. Edaran RM 12 million contract for supply of ICT products for Education ministry.
4. Heitech Padu RM 258 million contract for Mindef software development.
5. Huawei-3COM RM 4.5 million for network deployment of University Malaya.
6. Mimos RM 162 million (out of RM 474 million) for various research programmes.
7. MSC MGS grant RM 120 million.

So, it is RM 968.5 million already.

So, did you miss the boat ? As far as I am concerned, many missed the big boat, well at least even recognizing that the government had been planning the 9th Malaysian Plan since last year.

27-12-2006 Malaysia Internet Problem : Now 29-12-2006

Yahoo is still quite deviant.... It is like having problems delivering babies.

Using proxy servers indeed proves to work a bit of wonder. For more information, refer to this expert.

Untimely for Malaysia yet peaceful:

I feel that such event is a bit untimely for Malaysia's telco, in lieu to recent important developments such as the setup of MyIx and also the rumoured merging of TMNet into its mother; TM (Telekom Malaysia). Well, according to Screenshots, TMNET will become history in 2 days time!

Oh perhaps, it is really an exit plan for everybody. I am not suggesting that there were foreplays behind the scenes, just that the natural disaster is somewhat a balancing act to remind everybody that the biggest culprit has always been uncontrolled external forces and there is simply not enough resources to cater for such contingency plan.

In fact, thumbs-up for local telco(s) whereby I am still able to do blogging at this point of time.


Downloading Speed:

It is slower of course, but how slow ?


Downloading a 1568 KBytes file was allocated with a speed of 29.8 KBytes /sec connection as initial bandwidth allocation (from Yahoo), however it stablized to an eventual 0.6KBytes/sec.

My office Internet connection is 1024 Kbits/sec, that would be 128KBytes/sec.

Thus, a good indication of bottleneck speed is actually comparing 29.8KBytes with 0.6KBytes, and that is like over 49.9999 times!

To get a percentage of the throughput, we will use 0.6/29.8 = 0.02 (just 2 %).

Thus, connection to Yahoo is actually just 2% of optimum speed at 20.61 Kbits/sec.

To Justify this, and since Google is working just fine, which includes the service of blogger, one can try to download a 1568KBytes file from GMail.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Internet Connection Slow in P.J, Selangor, Malaysia

Today = 27th December 2006

My office phone line has been disabled. And still, we are waiting to send corporate emails.

Back at home, the streamyx connection kind of slow, not unbearable but noticeably.

Screenshots attributed it to earthquake at Taiwan.

Connection to Yahoo is particularly slow while connection to Google is still normal.

Certain web sites are unreachable. Connection to blogger is fantastic though.

Who is responsible for this type of problem to the end-users ? Perhaps Malaysia needs to setup a end-users broadband counselling team. I don't mind paying annual fees if there is someone to talk to and having the ability to response with good technical answers (if required.)

RedesignMalaysia should be a good reference site for tackling last-mile problems.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Financial Accounting for the super dummies

The best practices genereation # 1

The best way to learn about financial accounting is to learn it from a software; and if you are not that type of operating officer but more of a CEO type, you would benefit directly from the user-manual alone, without having to bother about practicality.

A user manual for financial accounting software has a lot to teach.. such as:

1. What are the main things of financial accountings ? (The main modules such as GL/AP/AR)
2. Relationships between main modules ?
3. What is journal ?
4. Rules of thumb (Fiscal year, currency, account codes and etc)
5. How to (s) ? - will teach you about complexity of financial accounting.
i.e how to enter transaction to sales ?
how to enter good returns to supplier ?
how to transfer deposit into receipt payment ?
6. What consists of what ? -> Business insights
i.e Sales has the following functions
- Quotation
- Sales order
- Delivery order
- Invoice
- Cash sales
- Debit note
- Credit note
- Cancel sales order
- Delivery return
7. Types of reports
8. Types of maintenance (this will teach you about housekeeping essentials)
9. Miscellaneous sections will teach you all other things about financial accounting which are not being taught in the text books.

Use the Internet:

Make use of the Internet to refer to terms unfamiliar to you. For instance, the teaching of costing methods (for stock, applicable to manufacturers) provides that there are ...

1. Fixed cost
2. Weighted average
3. FIFO
4. LIFO
5. Most recently

Use search engine to search for definitions of these terms.

Visit TMCS:

Visit TMCS office for non-obligation demo of The Autocount 2006 (Financial Accounting & Stock Control Suite) and walk-away with a free user-manual and trial version.

Otherwise, you may email IT-Sideways for the facilitations.

Conclusion:

One would realize that to run a business is to pay taxes!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Bizaku vs mpages

Bizaku - is a web app and service, something like content management system (CMS) or preferably known as mini content management system for people such as business entities looking to publish simple, one-page web site onto the cyber space.

Long time ago, mpages took to the center stage of such initiative. However, mpages was started off from another angle; mobile (WAP) channel instead of the web (HTML) channel. At later stage, it did provide extension to web channel as well.

These type of services have a few advantages compared to other free web publishing services such as weblog in particular. They are:

1. Simple, nice and easy.
2. Listing to realistic business directories.
3. Adopting the mobile wave.

Mobile Wave:

The mobile wave is coming... with smart phones and PDAs getting more sophisticated and cheaper... such as the latest offering from Dell; Dell Axim PDAs which runs on Windows Mobile 5.0

Windows Mobile 5.0 offers the following key features:

1. Put an office in your pocket, which is Microsoft Micro-edition of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
2. Pocket MSN keeps one connected.
3. Get your email on the go.
4. Browse the web with Internet Explorer Mobile.

Internet Explorer Mobile:

The good thing about publishers (customers) of Bizaku and MPAGEs is that the published contents are simpler, nicer and easier. And therefore, it suits the mobile platform really well. Unlike other web contents exposed from weblogs such as IT-Sideways which uses much complex and heavier web components and may not present well in this platform.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Lee Young Ae vs Envio

LG vs Panasonic, guess who wins ?

Panasonic - Envio (Scan, Clean, Save)


LG - Lee Young Ae. Period.



Initiatially, LG wins. Because a shopper would think about Lee Young Ae and the nice design of the air-cond shape. Similar to the reason why people choose iPod over Creative's Zen.

However, after a seller's recommendation, LG lost and Panasonic won.

The shopper decided to buy Panasonic. However, no business transaction is carried out because Panasonic Deluxe Model CS-C12GKH has no stock for 1 month already!

This is a good case study for marketing champaign.

Shopper didn't install any air-cond, still waiting.
Seller didn't sell any air-cond, still waiting.
LG is still waiting to sell.
Panasonic also waiting to sell.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ajax will rule 2007

Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript & XML) is definitely going to take off soon. It was all started off by Google (Google Mail) and now everyone is adopting it, including Yahoo mail, Friendster and etc.

This is confirmed by 2007 Web Predictions. Many tools for AJAX development will be getting popular, which Google has also introduced Google Web Toolkit Beta; an AJAX development tool. On the other hand, make use of ASP.net AJAX Control Toolkit for AJAX development with ASP.net.

What is going to happen ? I am sure demand will soar. And we will be expecting an AJAX web based accounting system. Someone is definitely going to do it, and this time it will definitely work because the concept has already been proven, what's more that the big guys are already providing tools for it. Sooner or later, AJAX programming will be as common as Visual Basic programming.

Total Web Based Accounting System:

So, totally web based accounting system. And what is the business model ? I guess it will be something in the line of customizations, support fees and etc. Web hosting companies would go crazy over it... for the reason that should there be any web based accounting software, it will be a must-have for their product packages other than webmail, E-Commerce, wyswyg editors and etc.

Web Apps:

And with Google leading the way to push for web apps which include Google Docs & Spreadsheets, more and more information will be eventually stored in remote side. Even Google is preaching the idea that ... Google Apps for Your Domain allows you to spend less time, energy, and money on one of the biggest distractions for publishers: maintaining IT systems. Now you can offer powerful communication and collaboration tools including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Talk to everyone with an account on your own domain, people within your organization or members of your community. Best of all, everything is managed on Google's scalable, secure systems, just like AdSense.

Security:

We need to cater for confidential and sensitive information... and I do believe that encryption will be big. Encryption services to end-users will be something big. This may also includes other security software components such as PKI and etc. Trend Micro recorded surge of cyber attacks on niche targets motivated by money.

Conclusion:

Next big thing...

1. AJAX. (check out this cool company,dundas)
2. Information security on remote site.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The software business

Blogging is a good tool for marketing... To be honest with you, this blog has been writing good about others and ocassionally being sarcastic to promote the culture of "thinking aloud, thinking allowed".

Of course, this blog was started off for a few reasons:

1. To write something.
2. To experiment with Google search engine such as SEO and etc.
3. To preach IT ideas.

Over the years, although the main reasons are still being maintained, however, more motives have been included such as:

1. Getting contents
2. Being articulate
3. Being accountable

In fact, I realized that there isn't much to blog about many enterprises in Malaysia, of course not as much as what Google can offer, but yet the excitement of technology innovations is not really happening in this country.

There are 1,677 MSC-Status companies in Malaysia so far. And I haven't hear much yet. Perhaps still too early to tell, or people are focusing on getting government projects. But is it the right market to go into ?

Government Projects:

Government project is a big word in Malaysia. Almost the whole industry is dependent on it. I only know I few companies who don't actually (well correct me if I am wrong) focus on it very much. They are people like Green Packet, Redtone, CWorks, Axiomatic Solutions and etc. These people actually focus on international market, take for instance CWorks, majority of its customers are from the Internet. (If you think I missed out something, please comment.)

The keyword "9th Malaysian Plan" has been haunting Malaysian for many months, ever since last year. Now, thing has been brought to calamity I supposed. but I am no expert..

We all know that the big money is from the government side, because it is taxpayers' money and projects will be big. Everybody knows that, and it is true anyway in this country (recently one of the big boys has just got a project).

But is there such thing as qualification ? Malaysian big boys are:

1. Heitech Padu
2. Sapura
3. CSA Malaysia
4. Mesiniaga
5. Formis

Not so big one like..
1. Partimas
2. Kompakar
3. Silverlake (the company without website)

All these are big players (IBM style).... means that they would have everything such as networking team, software team, consulting and etc. And they are all into government projects.

Let's not forget the foreign big boys ya!!! In Malaysia, they are all over here...

1. Microsoft
2. IBM
3. Accenture
4. Oracle.
5. SAP
6. Sun Microsystem
7. EDS
8. Atos Origin
9. Shell Global Solutions
10. HP
11. CA (Computer Associates)
12. EMC

Oh my godness, so many competitors!

What Dell taught me ?

Dell taught me one thing, when they decided to go direct, bypassing middlemen, is to target public sector. Because the big money is in the public sector.

And now you can see Dell's sales persons moving around Putrajaya day in and out. And these sales persons have short-lived career, because if they are not meeting quotas, they will be invited out. This is because when you go direct, you absorb all the risks (cash flow, inventory, inflation and etc). Thus, you can't afford to wait for long.

What IBM shows me ?

In recent TheEdge (December 18, 2006), the article 'IBM Reinvents itself" where it talks about the current CEO Sam Palmisano direction for the company is ...

IBM today is "a high-torque engine." High-margin businesses and lower costs "allow us to generate significant profit earnings and cash flow, even in this more moderate growth environment. simply put, we generate more profit from every dollar of revenue than most of out competitors... some say IBM is a services-led company. That's wrong."

Key to growth strategy is software. A decade ago, IBM's software was just the stuff that ran on its mainframes. IBM dumped that business under Gerstner, instead pursuing "middleware" - software that connects complex applications or systems at big corporations, letting them exchange data, or allowing new applications to link to older legacy systems and multiple applications to create larger ones.

According to Steve Mills (head of IBM's software division) "my business model is very attractive, but it's based on delivering licenses to customers. In a labour-centric business, you'd like to have a lot of customers, but you're limited by the amount of labour. If you carry the assets through, the benefits begin at the bottom line. You have certainty of outcome and the ability to execute with greater speed, helping ensure greater profitability. Does it have a top-line contributory effect? Yes, if you pick up the pace."

So, what they are talking about is really providing "you-name-it-we-have-it" software to big customers with big budgets. And by all means, it is referring to the public sector.

And they know the game well, they don't have time to waste, because time if more important than anything else. They have research teams, but they dont' go and do everything by themselves. Their solution is into acquiring software expertise. (Not only Microsoft and Google do the same thing...)

Since Palmisano took over, IBM has bought 51 companies, 31 of them in software, for U$11.5 billion. The acquisition centre on SOA, information on demand or service management - managing a client's computers and internal business services. In recent months, it purchased Internet Security Services, a software -based computer security outfit; FileNet, an information-on-demand service, and MRO software, a service-management specialist.

So, SOA(Service Oriented Architecture) is their marketing story... every marketeer needs a story to tell the customers, otherwise you are just wasting time.

Conclusion:

Which game you want to play... or where do you want to belong to ???

I don't think many can envision to build another IBM and it will be there as long as I live. It seems like eventually, if you are successful, merging with the big boys are inevitable. This is what I called the exit plan.

Why need to merge ?

1. IT business is a trend business.
2. If you are not famous, nobody cares. when you accumulate results, people pay attentions. And competitors start to build up and saturation points will come. Therefore, either you keep innovating or keep getting bigger. (Google is doing both)
3. As an entrepreneur, you may be making millions for this two years, but if you don't have exit plan, you may be relying your whole life on these millions. To put a longer perspective, it is safer to cash out than to hope for a bigger pie with a buy-in of your current wealth.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Merry Christmas to Malaysian

First of all, I like to thank Google inc again for creating a new way of living to the world and brought changes to millions of life in the cyberspace.

Google Adsense:

I do notice something significant lately, since my enquiry into Google's changes of policy over the years... whereby I noticed that the eCPM will not be given any value should there is no click registered to the URL. Do u know what I am saying ?

Means that, supposedly, Adsense publisher should only be awarded based on pay-per-1000-impressions, nevertheless, recently IT-Sideways' adsense account does provide indication that there are occasions where the eCPM has the value of zero USD. This doesn't quite collerate to the idea of pay-per-1000-impressions because even though the impressions been made, but there is no money earned for publisher like IT-Sideways.

Nevertheless, I noticed that the trick is to have at least one click on the advertisements, then the value for eCPM will be non-zero, thus catering for earnings.

So perhaps, this is Google's new policy to prevent illegal publisher farms; a responsibility towards advertisers.

Christmas wish for Malaysian ?

Despite recent achievement, MyIX at national level, I have a reason to believe that it is in every Malaysian technopreneurs' mindset that being acquired by Google one day is hell of an achievement at enterprise level.

I like to take this opportunity to wish for all Malaysian entrepreneurs, that we all stand a fair chance to be endowed with a great honour; the same honour which was given to Endoxon; an internet mapping solutions company based in Lucerne Switzerland.

Check out the latest update for ICT happening in Malaysia, the best reference would be MSC-Malaysia main portal.

Besides that, let me promote IT-Sideways' associates....

  • Biz Tool Belt
  • Jiboneus Blog
  • liewcf.com
  • Mind Valley
  • Mobile Talk
  • NextStepsCorp
  • Syiok's Blog
  • Sabahan.com
  • Monday, December 18, 2006

    Malaysian Astronauts to carry out science experiments

    Malaysian astronauts will be carrying out science experiments in October 2007 on board of russian space shuttler.

    These experiments are so far (been reported), as related to life sciences and are being designed by Malaysian institutions of higher learning.

    Cells in Space:

    Research institutions: UKM, UiTM, University Darul Iman.

    Activity:

    To study the effects of effects of microgravity and space radiation on normal and cancer cells from bones and livers.

    Purposes:
    • To compare the differences of behaviour, growth, death and aging of cells and genes.
    • The drug resistance of cancer cells and genes.

    Microbes in space:

    Research institutions: UKM & UM

    Activities:
    • To study the effects of microgravity and space radiation on the mechanisms and rate of bacterial growth, drug resistance and the genetic mechanism controlling them.
    • Two types of bacteria chosen for the bacteria chosen for the experiment are Helicobacter pylori (which is responsible for peptic ulcer disease) and AcinetoBacter Baumanni (the common bacteria found in hospitalization infection)
    Purpose:

    To better understand about bacteria especially the mechanism of bacterial growth, as well as development of multi-drug resistance.

    Protein in Space:

    Research Institutions: UPM & Malaysia Genome Institute

    Activity:

    To grow two types of crystalised lipases in space . Lipases are enzymes widely used in industrial applications and domestic products.

    Purpose:

    • To get information and new knowledge that will help improve their crystalization on the ground and future industrial applications.
    • Crystalized protein will reveal their molecular structure and thus enable scientists to determine medicinal and industrial value of the protein.
    Space Medicine:

    Pre, in-flight and post monitoring of the astronaut health.

    Research Institutions: UiTM, Aviation Medicine Institute, Sunway University College and Health Ministry

    Activities:

    • To monitor the bio-medical and physiological performance of the astronauts.
    • To monitor the effects of microgravity and space radiation of the astronauts.
    • To monitor the psychological of the astronauts.
    • Pre and post monitoring of the astronauts' health.

    Purposes:

    • To see the effect of space on the astronauts.
    • To see if there are results that can be used for the health benefits of Malaysia.

    Food Technology:

    Research Institutions: MARDI & UPM.

    Activity:

    To take certain Malaysian fruits and herbs for consumption.

    Purposes:

    To develop some favourite Malaysian food in the form suitable for transportation, storage and consumption in space.

    Physics Technology:

    Live class in space.

    Activity:

    • To demonstrate the behaviour of fluids.
    • To observe the effects of spinning object such as gyroscope.

    Objective:

    To demonstrate to Malaysian students on the ground of effects of space on selected physical phenomenon.


    Original link.

    Thursday, December 14, 2006

    Legal spam - do away with MyLink

    MyLink is a newly established blog aggregators such as the likes of Petaling Street Project, Malaysia Blog Rank and etc.

    It is different from PageFlakes, Netvibes and etc which is considered as "startpages".

    They are all web 2.0 applications, means all leverages on the power of web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX. Now you can build AJAX applications with Google Web Toolkit Beta; an open source web development toolkit under Java language.

    The good thing with blog aggregators is that it helps with SEO (search engine optimization). A commonly known term refers to the process of trying to get one's web URL to be listed on top of search engine results.

    The case for spam...

    I have always argued that to do that.... if you need to rush, you got to do some spamming. Why, because it is marketing. Search engine, particularly Google, measures each URL according to certain metrics which include pageRank.

    One can't really expect to create a URL and hope that it will be listed to the top of search engine results. This is particularly true when you are the last to enter the industry... for instance, have you just created a web site for online flower ordering... and hope to be listed on top of Google's results... it wouldn't work because your competitor has been around for many years. In fact, you shouldn't be there!

    However, the only fair way out is that your web site has got to make a lot of existence in the web space. For example, if you have a great product which not only your competitors recognize your ability but also mention you into their website... then as the spiders of Google are doing its crawling... your URL will be indexed eventually.

    Thus, if you can't do that... you got to go all around and make a lot of noises... and this is what I mean by spam.

    Google's Tools:

    Of course, Google has invented many ways for you to get listed better.

    1. Google COOP
    2. Google Custom Search Engine

    The official way of submitting your URL to google is through this link, which some says will take roughly two weeks. During my time, it will take months... so Google has indeed improved.

    Other than that, another way is to get yourself listed into IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia. For the reason that this blog is frequented by spiders from Google, Yahoo, nutch, and etc.

    Long Tail Effects...

    Previously, this blog also argued that the Long Tail policy of Google actually make certain URLs in the dark and promoting new URLs.

    Long Tail is a concept created by Chris Anderson, it explains "How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand" where the webspace would not leave out everyone... everyone will be given equal chance.

    Check out how Long Tail affects this blog.. and check out the paycheck for this blog.

    The pageRank for IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia has been permanently become 1/10 from 4/10. What a blow for its contributors.

    Anyway, it doesn't quite affect the average traffic. This I can confirm and also it doesn't affect the listing from search results.

    So, it pageRank so important now ?

    Legal Spam:

    With aggregators, besides using all existing Google's tools for SEO, one may also have a greater opportunity to be exposed to the webspace and having the higher chances of being indexed to major search engines. This is because blog aggregators are platform for marketing. And it is legal.

    One thing good about Mylink compared to Project Petaling Street is that it will automatically recognizes new updates and have them published onto the main page.

    So, get yourself indexed to more aggregators!

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    When can software become property ?

    Let's take a look at why Genting won the bid for development of Integrated Resort (IR) on Sentosa, Singapore....

    According to Screenshots, it is because of a few things...

    1. Good partnerships
    2. Good planning
    3. Good timing

    Genting will invest into U$5.2 billion into the project which would eventually generate S$2.7 billion to Singapore economy annually.

    Fantastic, this is easily comprehended. Obviously the proposal from competing parties didn't measure up to such excitement.

    The budget for the development will comes in the form of bank loans and equity, according to TheEdgeDaily. Obviously, the negotiate the terms and conditions for equity partnership is not just about making promises and pretending friends, it will take times.

    Can software business be it ?

    The next question is how can this model applicable to the business of software ?

    Perhaps it is applicable to big big systems.... not just software alone but the whole infrastructure which consist of softwares and hardwares. Talking on software alone, it is really hard to tell your customers that you are going to generate some profits based on investment into certain solutions. Though similar capacity of benefits can be achieved through the considerations of tangible and intangible benefits which would conclude into the calculation for ROI (return on investment), however it is still quite different.

    There are two ways of marketing sofware; based on needs and to create the needs. The former would be based on requirements and budget. When there is requirements, there is no point of taking about visions and dreams, it is all about capability and best practises. Thus, you can't tell a customer that based on your requirements and with certain solutions, you can make a profit of XXX amount from the business. Furthermore, software requirement changes all the time and maintenance for big project is intensive. Realistically, the benefit of software in this aspect is to ease the burden of bottleneck... more about optimization.

    As for creating needs with software.. it maybe possible to position software as a property.

    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    MSC PEP

    MSC Professional Enhancement Programme (PEP) is a newly established initiative by MSC Malaysia to complement the government of Malaysia's move towards the K-economy.

    According to TMS (The Media Shoppe) ...

    In the Malaysian context, at the 6th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation and Knowledge organized by a consortium of Australian and Malaysian Universities, the CEO of ISIS and keynote speaker, Tan Sri Dr. Noording Sophee, highlighted the Malaysian quest for continued economic growth. Malaysia has been growing well over the last 50 years and has evolved from an economy which was based on agriculture to industrial/capital, then technology and now, knowledge. This quest for continued economic growth is now been impeded by a number of key concerns at the macro-economic level, which are:


    • Economic transformation and emergence of the K-economy
    • Globalization and impact of ICT and Internet
    • Increased competition and competitiveness
    • Scarcity of labor
    • Production sophistication
    • Shift in the traditional value chain from supply to knowledge
    • Heavy reliance and depedency on infusion of traditional capital
    These marco-economic developments will, in turn, result in the following concerns of issues at the micro-economic level:

    • Need for increased productivity
    • Need for increased innovation and adaptability
    • Need to gain competitive advantage
    • Shift of paradigm in the way business is to be run in the future
    • Using knowledge resources and assets to achieve competitive advantage
    • Harnessing the intellectual capital and enhancing organizational intelligence in the quest to be more innovative and competitive
    • Managing knowledge workers - a new breed of workers
    • Understanding and leading in the practice of Knowledge Management


    So, it is a very economical issue.

    MSC PEP

    K-economy has very strong ties with the ICT industry.

    It aims to provide financial supports towards two eligible entities who are interested to get self-improvement into obtain ICT professional certifications.

    For Companies:

    • Incorporated in Malaysia
    • MSC Malaysia Status companies
    • Employees must be Malaysian citizen
    • Can nominate up to 10 employees per application
    • Nominated employees meet the admission criteria of training course and examination

    For K-Workers / Individual:

    • Malaysian citizen
    • Meet the admission criteria of examination
    • Pass the certification examination


    Courses available:

    • SAP ABAP/Basis/FICO/MM/SD/HR
    • CISCO CCNA/CCNP/CCIE
    • MICROSOFT MCTS/MCDBA/MCSD/MCSE/MCITP/MCSASUN SJCWD
    • Project Management - PRINCE 2
    • IBM TIVOLI/WEB SPHERE/DB2
    • Database - ORACLE OCA/OCP; Informix
    • SECURITY CISSP/SANS
    • Creative Multimedia - MAYA/TOONZ/3DStudio
    • MaxHardware Design - VLSI/DSP/RF
    • Open Source - LINUX LPI/RHCE/RHCT; PHP; Perl; MySQL
    • OBJECT ORIENTED ANALYSIS & DESIGN- UML
    • Call Center Management – CIACITIL


    PEP Schemes:

    1. For companies
    - Subsidies for courses and exam fees.
    - Reimbursement basis

    2. For individual
    - Subsidy for exam fees only.
    - Reimbursement basis

    Subsidies Details:

    Courses:

    Course fee support, per trainee per course: 25% of nett payable course fee or RM1,250, whichever is lower. Courses must lead to industry recognised certifications.Applicable to MSC Malaysia Status companies.

    Exam fees:

    B. Certification examination fee support, per k-workers per examination:100% of nett payable certification examination fees or RM500,whichever is lower. Applicant must pass the examination.Applicable to MSC Malaysia Status companies and k-workers

    Application Process Flow for Individuals:


    For more information, please email IT-Sideways.


    Thursday, December 07, 2006

    Merry Christmas Google 2006

    First of all, I like to thank Google and Google Adsense.

    Today is a meaningful day for this blog; IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia because after almost 3 years as Adsense publisher... it has finally earned its first ever cheque from Google Inc.

    Even though the amount is not fantastic.. but it is a good start and also a milestone.

    IT-Sideways would like to congratulate Google for their efficiency in terms of processing the cheque, which was done very shortly after I have complied to all requirements.

    The cheque was issued 27 Nov 2006 and received on 6 Dec 2006.

    To share the joy.... here is the snapshot of the cheque. This is probably one of very best jpg file for me.



    For your information, this blog entry fully comply with Google's policy on confidentiality.

    Check out the details under this link and under item no. 7

    Thank you all for visiting this blog since the first day of it.

    Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Why are there so many IT AWOLs

    The problem is that those with IT degrees are most commonly perceived as having technical skills rather than having other skills. Well, of course there are always exceptional case.

    These days, many consider IT graduates as technocrats or simply put technician with executive level.

    Partly it is due to the fact that in the Malaysia scenario, proliferation of colleges offering IT courses were up to fanatic level back then during the dot-com boom. But who should hold responsibilities of producing too much IT graduates ? Students were just looking at opportunities to improve their life, to start a new chapter which may bring promises to a blessing life.

    And yet, I have seen with my own eyes where there were colleges giving providing lousy private educations while at the same time pushing for the expectation of world-class achievements. Of course, they have to protect themselves. The business of business, is to stay in business.

    But actually, the biggest problem why so many IT graduates quit the industry which there paid money to got into is because of the problem with unmatching expectations. Many studied in hope to become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. But yet, they found themselves trapped under the weight of living up to distant-dreams supported by activities of following manuals to troubleshoot computer problems.

    To understand this isn't hard... check out for big companies who have always been on recruitment drive for certain positions, and they will keep doing, because people keep quiting. It is not really a matter with egoism, rather expectations mismatch exception error.

    IT business is a trend business...

    And it is a tough world out there... there are more than 6 billions people living in this planet. While there are many IT companies and etc, there is only one Google, Microsoft, Apple and etc. These people, because of monopoly power to their niche or otherwise known as kingdom, made them rich. There was a speculation that it has been a long time since Microsoft ever made money from selling operating systems... There are hoping that the LOVE(launching of Office, Vista and Exchange 2007) event would create some sort of miracles. And because of this, it makes the world even tougher.

    IT technocrats have short-lived career life... we all need an exit plan. That should be the plan.

    Think about your exit plan.

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    Intel Malaysia is robbed and solutions

    Intel Malaysia is robbed again.... This time, it occured on Monday and involved RM 50 million of Microchip. Who is going to pay for it ?

    Local police have identified the suspect who are believed to be having uncanny linking to the RM 10 million robbery at Subang airport 16 years ago.

    Solutions...

    This explains why Intel had earlier been pushing hard for the practice of professional supply chain management. They plan to setup the first supply chain consortium in Malaysia by mid-2007, collaborating with local institutes of higher learning.

    According to The Edge, the collaboration is to mitigate current shortage in key competency areas in supply chain management (SCM).

    Supply chain is a big concept and it involves many components, particularly human element in various parties which may have relationships between each other. NKK Technologies has a framework which can be put to task to deal with such relationship management.

    Bear in mind that supply chain management is not IT systems per se. It very much a management concept which may or may not requires IT support.

    Dell is already practising supply chain management and they have outsourced everything to a local company.

    Retrenchment:

    This probably explains why Intel Malaysia had earlier on axed up to 2,000 production jobs from the Penang side.

    The robbery has helped to put into pieces the puzzle which calls for doubt that the biggest task Intel were taken to tackle is the task of managing security; theft, robbery and cheats.

    Mindef Tender : KP (PERO 1)B/T 426/2006

    The Ministry of Defence Malaysia (Mindef) is calling for tender documents for the project "For The Supply and Delivery Of Anti Tank Guided Weapon - Medium Range (ATGW-MR) To the Government Of Malaysia (International Tender)"

    The process has to go through a local representative because one must produce an original and valid REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE in the object code specified above and submitting a copy of the said certificate at the time of purchase of the tender document, inclusive of payment of tender document.

    More information can be obtained through the website.
    1. Mindef
    2. Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Mopheus SalesManager vs Microsoft SharePoint Server

    Inspired by ...

    I was inspired by a company known as V-Work Sdn. Bhd.... It was during the Microsoft LOVE (Launch of Office, Vista and Exchange 2007) which I got to know many Microsoft partners who have been very successful in their businesses.

    They are ...

    Simplify How People Work Together

    VADs Solutions Sdn. Bhd.

    - Mobility applications.

    Alcatel Network Systems

    - Unified communications & collaboration
    - Customer satisfaction
    - Enterprise Mobility

    Elcon Networks (Dialogic.com)

    - Dialogic PBX-IP Media Gateway can connect legacy PBXes to Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging.

    DBV Technologies

    Mesiniaga Berhad

    - Business Intelligence

    Help Protect & Manage Content

    Alfacom Technologies

    - Is document protection equally as important to your organization as collaboration and document management
    - Microsoft Office SharePoint (MOSS) 2007 is being hailed as the platform to host line of business applications.

    SourceCode Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (K2 Net)

    - K2.net Evaluation program.

    atQuest Solution

    - Protect and manage documents & contents
    - Find information & improve business insight
    - Simplifying the workflow and approval process
    - Improve customer relationship management

    V-Work Sdn Bhd.

    - Sales quotation & pipeline management
    - Contract & general document management
    - Service activities and knowledgebase
    - Key accounts and contacts management
    - Marketing campaign executiion
    - Meeting management

    I.S.A Technologies

    Meridio Solution for records management with Office 2007

    Find information & improve business insight

    Accelteam Sdn. Bhd.

    - Corporate Performance Management

    Avanade Malaysia

    Improve Productivity

    Digital DNA

    - Security products securing your emails.
    - Deploy Office 2007 in a large environment.

    Trust me, they are very good at what they are doing !!

    Particulary, I am interested with the solution offered by V-Work which is Collaboration Sales Portal which can be summarized into a single diagram.



    And according to them...

    Collaborative Sales Portal Provides sales and business development professionals with an ecosystem of sales-empowering elements and cultivates self-improvement culture. The key benefits of collaborative sales portal are to :
    • Increase profit margin by strategic management of resources to result areas
    • Streamline marketing, sales and servicing processes
    • Shorten proposal turnaround time and increase quality of contents
    • Improve insights of opportunity to avoid conflicts and better margin management
    • Reduce time in operational meetings and spend more time with customers
    Now, let me make a wild guess that it is based on Microsoft SharePoint Systems.

    Microsoft SharePoint Systems:

    The product was last-time known as Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server; 2003. Now for the 2007 launching, it will be called the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Check out this web site for more historic information.

    So, and according to this document.. it encompasses...

    • Portal Features and Search Services
    • Web content management
    • Business Intelligence
    • Business Process Management
    • Enterprise Content Management
    The Competition...

    Now, we want to find out how Mopheus SalesManager fare with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

    How to get the idea of Mopheus SalesManager to be implemented into Microsoft SharePoint Systems.

    Of course to argue fairly, NKK Technologies is like The Media Shoppe (TMS), we are innovators. That is why we qualified for the MSC Status. TMS also has a solution similar to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, it is known as tmsEKP, which consists of 4 components as such tmsINTRANET, tmsPUBLISHER, tmsSEED, tmsSYNDICATOR.

    We sell the concept of speed, more focused and cheaper per se (with reference to Microsoft.) This is because usually when we get projects, we would usually do more than what the framework can do. Well, I am not sure yet how flexible Microsoft SharePoint System is, which I will find out soon.

    Can it achieve the goal of Mopheus SalesManager ?

    Conclusion:

    Based on the spatial fact whereby Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server has the cost structure of :

    RM 109 K for 200 users
    RM 200 K for 500 users
    RM 300 K for 1000 users

    not inclusive of cost for man-day customization.

    Where as Mopheus SalesManager sell to customers RM 150k per processor not inclusive of cost for man-day customization.

    And therefore, it is obvious that solutions on based Microsoft SharePoint System is suitable for smaller scale projects while Mopheus SalesManager is suitable for big, long-haul, heavy-customizable projects.

    to be continued...

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    MSC Status and Bumiputera Status

    Petronas only awards to bumiputera...

    It is a common nortion to hear that Petronas would only award project directly to bumiputera companies. More challenging than that, it has to be 100% bumiputera equity! It is not easy to justify this information, they tried to do that recently however not too applicable for this scenario.

    MSC Focus ...

    MSC status focuses on innovation; trading and consulting are non-qualifying criterias for the award of MSC status. This is a good move because MSC status companies are supposed to target a bigger picture for its endeavour, in short they should be looking at global market rather than Malaysia alone which is so 'bumi' intensive and sensitive. There is no connection between MSC status and bumiputera status, as both concepts are different. Period.

    MDeC assures this common understanding as such that it is expanding MSC branches to many parts of the world, latest edition to the list is Banglore. Therefore, it is creating opportunities for MSC companies to seek a bigger market outside Malaysia.

    NKK Technologies ...

    NKK Technologies has been awarded with MSC Status recently. Its core business is development of Mopheus product lines based upon the CORE (Complex Objects Realization and Exchange) Systems framework. CORE Systems is based on Microsoft technology and consists of 3 main modules which are:

    1. Complex Mapping Interface
    2. Data management engine
    3. Complex reporting

    Based on this framework, many vertical applications can be evolved and customized into. These vertical applications are branded with Mopheus and the example is Mopheus SalesManager. This vertical application aims to provider its users the ability to maintain the complexity of information that is related to sales, marketing and trading. It is particularly suitable for trading houses who have many entities such as suppliers, middlemen, competitors, sales agent, distributors, sales representative, product managers and etc. On top of that, these entities have complex relationships amongst themselves and the complexity changes according to time.

    Mopheus SalesManager allows users to manage complexity at data-entry level and therefore it caters for an integrated environment for managing data complexity of a given vertical industry. Thus, when the data is integrated, reporting would be made easier. This creates a challenge for business intelligence providers who rely on messyness of data as a case for business. Nevertheless, the emerging of such solution (Mopheus SalesManager) would not totally phase out the activities of business intelligence, it merely challenges industry players to find a balance between going for the last-mile or planning for the last-mile.

    Monday, November 13, 2006

    How to buy from iTunes music store in Malaysia ?

    Why is Malaysian keep buying pirated music ?

    I actually wanted to buy a song or album from a legitimate online music store from Malaysia ...

    So I tried Yahoo music, which is not available for people other than people from the USA and Canada market.

    Then, I went on to try Apple's iTunes music store, which surprisingly to me that it is also not available for Malaysian.



    The only option is to put a 'dummy' address, which I feel a bit weird of doing that.

    Okay, I understood that they do it for a reason, in fact, it isn't available for all Asian country except for Japan. Malaysia is known for software piracy and there is a high possibilities that a single purchase would spawn into a million of free downloads. But practically, anybody can still purchase a CD and convert it to MP3 and then let it be downloaded for free. So, the policy is meant to be politically correct.

    But it is frustrating to me because when I thought of obtaining a legitimate music from the Internet, I wasn't given much choices. And at the same time, pirated music sellers in Malaysia are exposed to the risk of being caught and getting jailed, for the reason that the authority is obligated to protect some business interests in Malaysia such as Song Music, BMG and etc. Check out this link. Comparing to the fact that there is no interest for authority to protect when it comes to software other than Microsoft and some bigger names.... because there is no local distributor around. So, nobody bothers to complain anyway. And yet, still I am literally forced to look for the 'alternative' per se.

    Anyway, thanks to blogger liewcf with this entry, I found that there is a site called soundbuzz.com. There is in fact a Malaysian music store known as Music BlueHyppo, however there isn't much choices from the search. I couldn't find "Ryan Cabrera" and "Simple Plan". So, I gave up on it.

    Thankfully, soundbuzz works.

    Something to think about, how on earth do the users of iPod buy music from the Internet ? I am just wondering. I have always thought that iPod and iTunes go together.. now I know that there are iPod users who purchase pirated music from the streets of Malaysia and I couldn't quite blame them.

    And the Malaysian government is thinking of improving the bumiputera ownership of the MSC cluster... while at the same time, the culture of high-tech is not fully matured.

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    PageFlakes til you get the hang of it

    The first impression about pageFlakes is it reminds me about Java Swing. The interface looks just too similar, coupled with the famous blue-purple theme.

    But to be honest with you, pageFlakes looks way much better than netvibes. PageFlakes and netvibes belong to the concept of startpage.

    In fact, Pageflakes' focus is on users and particularly on 'social aspects' of network. It is the only startpage that allows sharing of pages between members. They also have a great team, and it beats Google and Microsoft for Web 2.0 'startpages' category.

    It provides built-in features for address-book, to-do-list, notes and etc so it will really get sticky with users. I am still thinking should I migrate everything from Yahoo account. But perhaps, I will insert those users who I would be interacting with through pageFlakes.

    The technology behind PageFlakes is of course, Ajax. As from previous blog, IT business is really about trend. And the good thing of it is that as IT entrepreneur per se, your advantage is really the option of following trend. You can choose to be counter-trend which is a risk.

    Desktop Experience:

    The power of Ajax is really about giving one the desktop experience which Java Swing once did for many. It is just fantastic experience... gone has those day when one has to be navigated through a few pages in order to change the caption of a box. Now, it is merely double-click.

    Manages your greed:

    If you got no time to read but yet has a lot to read.. use pageFlakes. Imagine that today you are a VP of Marketing and you need to keep track of the happenings for certain industries around you. Obviously you got to know where to look for the information.

    And ever since blog has been proliferated, information becomes even more 'free'. Which makes search engines a necessity and but at the same time doubtful. The best way to justify the accuracy of information is still to identify reliable sources based on own discretion and trial & error. Thus, it is better to refer to a trustworthy source, such as skthew.com rather than searching from Google for the latest political news for Malaysia.

    And even if you are a stock analyst, you would need to keep track of as many 'gossip' as possible in order to produce a more trustworthy 'gossip' as explanation of why the stock goes up or down. The good thing is, no one blames you for being morbid inquisitive because the comments are made after and not before the index changes. Thus, PageFlakes is a great tools for online analyst who are bestowed with challenges of information aggregation, consumption and application.

    I am eargerly waiting for startPage providers to move into the next chapter, which is to provide A.I features such as helping online users to read through the flakes and make customized decisions.



    API Platform:

    The purpose of API platform is many. One of it is to encourage more people to use it, for instance one can actually integrate PageFlakes into its own blog. This is of course only applicable for those who manages its own blog and not those who rely on free blog service.

    A Web 2.0 service without API interfaces is like an invisible man. And thus, it is hard for users to get excited because only those with super vision get to notice you. And like I mentioned, this is really a trend and it matters.

    Without the API, you are so out of this world....

    Coming up Next:

    More PageFlakes experiences to come by... You can synchronize email accounts into it. Try it out with your pop3 settings.

    PageFlakes preaches that "the whole web at your fingertips". Don't forget to make it your home page too!

    Monday, November 06, 2006

    What is IT business ?

    IT business is about trend. In fact, it should be that way. Why should entrepreneur make things complicated ?

    1997, the trend was into web. Everything about web such as nasilemak.com, cocacola.com, aeiou.com and etc.

    2000, the trend was treating the Y2K.

    After that, we heard about BPR (business process reengineering.)

    Then, the concept of ERP was way too big. came along CRM, B2B, B.I and etc.

    Finally, at 2006 we have SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), BPM (Business Process Management) and etc.

    Thus, why are we finding it so hard to accept the fact that the bottom line of IT is to move with the trend which wouldn't give you much of a problem. In other words, there is nothing wrong with following trend should you are in an IT business which is a good cash cow engine.

    I particularly like the idea of looking at IT business as a cash cow engine. Don't waste time thinking about whether SOA or BPM is going to work. Because those big guys want it to work, thus, no worries required.

    If possible, just go get a quick certification, and get moving before the next wave trend hovering over you. However, certification providers should also provide information of how big the market is and how far it can go, the only thing left for your challenge is about speed. How fast you can learn it up and start making money for yourself.

    This is the right way of living up to an IT era as entrepreneur.

    Let's analyze the picture below....



    When there is a trend, you know that there will be shadow and two wings and flaps. You get to fill in your favourite color.

    So, is there such thing as the act of spoiling the market ?

    Is Google following trend ? Not at all. Let's see what's happened to them lately.

    1. Wins antitrust approval.
    2. Acquisition of YouTube.
    3. Into media business.
    4. The world at your keyboard with Google Earth.
    5. Google trumps Yahoo.

    They try to be everywhere.

    Who is who ?

    So who is in the IT business ?

    1. Accenture
    2. Atos Origin
    3. CSA Malaysia
    4. EDS
    5. Partimas
    6. Formis
    7. Heitech Padu
    8. Kompakar
    9. Sapura

    Atos Origin ..

    Let's take a look at Atos Origin in particular. How they manage to become such a global force is actually via acquisition. The CEO is a master of acquisition, and he had combined (over years), a few entities to make Atos Origin a global force to be reckoned with.

    In other words, is there anything to sell for IT business ? There is really nothing except for the brand and also the clients penetration (paperwork.) This is thus so because there is no technology innovation and the challenge is to follow trend swiftly. You got to read the news, go for seminar, attend courses, read blogs and use the search engines.

    The exit plan is to merge with others or to acquire others. At times of conflicts, divorce may be inevitable. However, one shouldn't hesitate too much to think about exit plans (with profits of course.)

    IT business is closely related to financial business, because be it all sorts of thoughts, planning, arrangements and compromises... at the end of the day, what matter is that when am I getting the money ?????

    Something to think about..

    Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    Malaysia IT Spending Prospect 2006 - v13

    Our last discussion on Malaysia IT Spending Prospect v12.

    Foreign Factors:

    Looks like the economy is rolling back.. The bull is showing strenght. Some say that as soon as the KLCI hit back to 1,000 point, spending prospect would be good. KLCI recently hit 990 point with yesterday 985.03. Still strong as many would perceive it, however it is still pretty much influenced by foreign factors.

    Local Insulator:

    Umno youth has been trying hard to install insulator to the economy, by encouraging bumiputra to take part in the ICT and Biotechnology industry. They figured that the way to get this going faster is to encourage people to be involved with the MSC cluster. They wanted to improve the stake of bumiputra ownership in the MSC cluster from 17% to 30%. This is good news for local training providers as well as international marketing agent because the surge in local technopreneurs would require more markets for jobs. Otherwise, just stay at your garage and start doing more search engine algorithm to hope for billions in USD.

    Transportation software to take boosting:

    The government has finally took into serious consideration towards public safety of many commuters who despite having endured the unwelcoming of Malaysia public transportation for all of the history. Malaysia will be celebrating independence of 50 years.

    Now they finally have budget to put transparency into the handling of semi-governmental local transportation entities. This is good news for everybody.

    By all standard, there should be a few bodies to feedback electronic information with regards to public transporation entities like the LRT to its consumers. Who is going to bear the cost ? Companies like itis.org.my should take the initiative to integrate its system with systems of public transport companies.

    We are awaiting the possibilities of end-users having the empowerment of checking the status of public transportation with their mobile devices such as handphones, PDAs and laptops.

    IT security sector will also boost:

    On the other hand, Symantec is confident that Malaysia alone would contribute to RM 983 million in revenue for its financial ending March, 2007. There is no point chasing for this amount of money as it is believed that they have already secured the figure.

    Now, they are giving you one hint, tap into the growing threats of online transaction. Malaysian need more stringent security applications to deal with its online threats.

    F-Secure is already on the move, c'mon guys, we can do it too.

    And Mimos can do it, they have got RM 162 million to keep the Internet clean for Malaysia.

    Government has a lot of money:

    In the mean time, the government of Malaysia has a lot of money to be liquidated. MTDC just carried out marketing to ask for initiatives where grants are available. However, it is focusing on biotechnology.

    Looks like everything has a connection, from Umno youth to MTDC ? No lar, IT-Sideways is the connection lar.

    Friday, October 27, 2006

    KL the least expensive city

    TheStar coverage about Kuala Lumpur as the least expensive city.

    This is probably the main catalyst behind the formation of Malaysia as one of the biggest pirated software haven in Asia.

    But truth to be told, software piracy is still pretty much alive in Malaysia. You can almost find it easily at any I.T mall (which is getting popular) these days. Of course, this is good sign towards IT retailers, it means that people are starting to be more aware of using IT as the means of dealing with their daily life problems.

    But pirated software vendors isn't up for a big risk as it may seems to be, in other words, they are not really afraid of being arrested and charged at court per se.

    I do notice that they are probably afraid of Microsoft as an authority, other vendors such as Macromedia, Adobe, Oracle, Redhat and etc are no authority to them. My observation is simple, some of these software are available from the Internet and these so-called illegal traders are merely CDs sellers. They are selling CDs, not software. They are not the source of the illegal software copies. Even better, softwares were not printed with anti-piracy statement such as "if you have obtained this copy illegal, please call xxx-xxxx-xxxx". This is probably because many software vendors don't assigned local distributors to conquer the local market. Many would prefer to use Internet as the medium for distributing trial copies and etc. As a result of that, there is no local interest which would be erected by itself to fight against software piracy.

    And also, I noticed that many of the software being exhibited are outdated. Many are more that 3 years old, I even noticed games which are 10 years old, which nobody would want to even look at it anymore. Thus, these illegal traders are also high-tech-antics-sellers or better known as software-historians.

    Besides that, many software vendors don't even care about it because the sales of their softwares or the point of presence in the community is so negligible that it doesn't matter anyway; to have someone illegally using the software.

    In conclusion, in the least expensive city of the world, people don't expect to pay more. Software piracy has to be dealt with through community maturity.

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Google is down now : glitches or interim ?

    Wow ... google.com is down for the first time ever.

    But if you check the ping, it is not really down. Just probably suffering from bandwidth problems.



    You can try accessing it through the IP address. It worked a better.



    Tracert seems to be fine.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Brandon Teoh>tracert google.com

    Tracing route to google.com [64.233.167.99]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 <1>
    2 143 ms 173 ms 50 ms 219.93.218.177
    3 16 ms 16 ms 15 ms 219.93.216.181
    4 16 ms 15 ms 15 ms 210.187.143.1
    5 16 ms 15 ms 15 ms 210.187.143.4
    6 16 ms 16 ms 15 ms 219.94.12.134
    7 15 ms 16 ms 15 ms 219.93.177.227
    8 17 ms 15 ms 16 ms 219.93.174.67
    9 248 ms 247 ms 248 ms 219.93.168.238
    10 245 ms 244 ms 245 ms core2-1-1-0.pao.net.google.com [198.32.176.31]
    11 245 ms 244 ms 245 ms 66.249.94.19
    12 * 297 ms 297 ms 216.239.46.45
    13 295 ms 297 ms 300 ms 66.249.95.247
    14 304 ms 296 ms * 66.249.94.133
    15 305 ms 306 ms * 72.14.232.70
    16 298 ms 298 ms 298 ms 64.233.167.99

    Trace complete.

    Continously PINGing shows discrepancy.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Brandon Teoh>ping www.google.com

    Pinging www.l.google.com [64.233.189.104] with 32 bytes of data:

    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 64.233.189.104:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    C:\Documents and Settings\Brandon Teoh>ping google.com

    Pinging google.com [64.233.187.99] with 32 bytes of data:

    Request timed out.
    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=309ms TTL=242
    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=307ms TTL=242
    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=310ms TTL=242

    Ping statistics for 64.233.187.99:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 307ms, Maximum = 310ms, Average = 308ms

    C:\Documents and Settings\Brandon Teoh>ping google.com

    Pinging google.com [64.233.187.99] with 32 bytes of data:

    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=307ms TTL=242
    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=307ms TTL=242
    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=308ms TTL=242
    Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=307ms TTL=242

    Ping statistics for 64.233.187.99:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 307ms, Maximum = 308ms, Average = 307ms

    So, it is down but not out.

    Monday, October 23, 2006

    long-tail or glitches or interim?

    The long-tail thingy:

    The long-tail economy as started previously was such that.

    So, now I suspect Google is implementing long-tail algorithm.

    why I think so ? because of two observations I had taken note after 15th October 2006.

    15th October 2006 was a special day because that was the day when this blog was finally earning a valid money from Google Adsense. The counter reaches beyong USD 100 a few days before 15th October 2006 and according to Adsense, publishers are given options to hold back cashing-out before the 15th October 2006.

    This blog didn't bother much because receiving the first check from Google is such great anticipation which couldn't be resisted for long. It was a celebration, even though it may be nothing. It took almost 3 years for this blog to generate USD 100 as publisher to Google Adsense.

    In retrospect, the next thing (1st Observation) which happened was that the PageRank for this blog was reduced from 4/10 to 1/10.

    Check it out via PR Checker.


    why is this happening ?

    It is because Google is implementing long-tail algorithm ? "The Long Tail" states that everybody will be given at least one chance... everybody will be listed to Google's indexes and thus searchable. Thus, they want to reserve the ranking to other uprising blogs ?

    Or could it be glitches ?

    Checking with checkpagerank.com returned a different result, that is 4/10.



    Then again, it could be interim...

    Liewcf is backed on the top spot again, after suffering from some glitches recently.

    It is at the second spot for the term "tech blog malaysia"; after IT-Sideways.


    Conclusion ?

    Have to wait and see.

    As for the second observation after 15th October 2006... try to guess ? Google was trying very much to manage its money. It was during 13th -14th October 2006 where the eCPM for this blog's Adsense account to jump to USD 89.99

    This is totally insane, it used be around USD 3 - USD 4 and now, out of suddenly, for no particular reason at all, it became 20 times more. and of course, during 16th October 2006, the eCPM was set to zero. arghhrrrrr!!!!! what a joke man.

    I am still researching as in what factors determine the figure of the eCPM. I even take note of all the advertisement which was appeared on the blog during 13th to 14th October 2006, and they are:

    http://my.monster.com.sg/new.asp?WT.mc_n=SG_Ggl_Infotech_BPOComp
    http://www.biz4you.net/my.htm
    http://www.wildaid.org
    http://global.dialer.net/
    http://www.langebaek.com/langebaek/
    http://networking.ittoolbox.com

    And the biggest question now is that how can publishers justify all these ? Do we have a say or rights to know. Or just merely wait and see.

    And I am not even sure if it is justifiable for the eCPM to hold a value = 0.00, which is totally not making sense because every click does count, even if it is just one click.

    Friday, October 20, 2006

    What is IBM Malaysia up to ?

    SOA:

    First of all, they are up to SOA. SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) is really just about consolidation. The assumption is that over the last 3 decades, end-users are forced to live with the problem of having many silo applications or in other words, suffering from silo-centric software architecture; no software architecture.

    SOA is supposed to come in to lead the way. SOA is not to recommend end-users to totally switch over from silo architecture to SOA. You are expected to invest in a new concept and develop new applications (probably web 2.0) applications and slowly do away with those apps which belong to silo context.

    New Building:

    IBM Malaysia has moved into a new building, it is a brand new IBM Plaza, it is non-blue and you won't be able to recognize it from afar until the next 10 years because IBM has been associated with blue colour almost for last century. Anyway, you are forced to live with the fact that the new plaza is now situated at:

    8th First Avenue, Persiaran Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E, Malaysia.

    Still don't get it ? It is actually next to the TV3 building.



    Latitude = 3° 8'49.94"N
    Longitude = 101°37'0.69"E

    At the times of this picture being taken, it was still under construction.

    Besides that, they only occupied 4 floors and the corridor is really nice and longer than expected. Even the guest lounge is bigger than expected.

    Primariy, they are focusing on 5 core products:

    1. Rational
    - Use IBM rational Method Composer to create your organisation's unique SOA governance framework.

    2. Websphere
    - Freedom to innovate: Unlock the power of SOA with WebSphere.

    3. Lotus
    - Got Linux ? Run your messaging and collaboration on Linux with Lotus Domino.

    4. Information Management
    - New information management offerings!

    5. Tivoli
    - Use IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for WebSphere to help manage your WebSphere applications.

    Thus, SOA is achievable through only these 5 softwares. Amazing!

    Mimos is backed online

    It has been almost one year when MIMOS long serving CEO and President Dr. Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen left the top job.

    On May 2006, a new CEO was appointed to bring glory back to the government funded and supposedly pioneer in research and development institution for Malaysia.

    Now they are backed online...

    They have a new strategy now, which besides focusing on the following 9 key research and development areas, they are also wooing talents.

    The key areas are:

    1. Cyberspace security
    2. Encryption systems
    3. Grid computing
    4. Multi-service networks
    5. Wireless broadband
    6. MEM/NEMS systems
    7. Advanced informatics
    8. Knowledge Technology
    9. Micro Energy Systems

    Their KPI is for each employee (knowledge worker) to have one patent disclosure accepted by pattern department every year. Wow!!

    Now, let's compare this with MyICMS 886 strategy from MCMC. So, it is still all about security, network and systems.

    What you guys think ? Should they cut loose "Generic" Manager positions ?

    Or is this IT ? That is why IBM is all talking about SOA. This is because SOA is like selling the same thing all over again but yet with a new story.

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006

    Technology Development: What you didn't know.

    MTDC:

    Established in 1992, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation or MTDC was set up to spearhead the development of technology industries in Malaysia, with the primary role of promoting and commercialising local research while also investing in high-potential ventures to acquire new technologies from abroad.

    MTDC is aimed at seeding, nurturing and developing world-class Malaysian Technology companies; it is dedicated towards helping innovative technology-centric setups, technopreneurs and researchers tranform their dreams into possibilities by providing a host of financial and development options such as grant allocation, technology incubation and value-added services.

    Granting Businesses the Power to Succeed:

    Since 1996, MTDC has been entrusted by the Malaysian government to manage several special-purpose grants aimed at encouraging researchers and technology-centric businesses to commercialize research findings and provide an incentive to manufacturing companies in obtaining the latest technologies to enhance their operational processes. While the grant scheme was established under the 7th Malaysian Plan (7MP), the government's trust and confidence in MTDC has been proven time and again, with over RM 127 million being approved for grants under the 8MP, and even more sizeable amount allocated for the recent 9MP.

    So how much has been allocated for 9MP ?

    As an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), MTDC's grant schemes are geared towards encouraging researchers and technopreneurs to commercialise research findings while assisting manufacturers to acquire advanced technologies in order to improve their operations. The types of funds available include:

    1. Commercialization of Research & Development Fund (CRDF):

    The fund provides partial grants to qualified R & D projects for commercialization, that is, converting research results into marketable products. Under the 9MP, the CRDF has been redesigned to provide financial support to universities, research institutes and eligible companies to undertake full commercialization. However, its core objectives remain the same; to leverage science, technology and innovation (STI) for national development; to increase the commercialization rate of domestic STI products; to increase wealth creation and technology content for Malaysian companies through commercialization; and to foster close collaboration between research bodies and industrial players.

    Technology Acquisition Fund (TAF):

    The TAF provides partial grants to facilitate the acquisition of strategic and relevant technology by the Malaysian industrial sector. In line with the 9MP's focus on harnessing STI to raise the capacity for knowledge and innovation while nurturing a truly global mentality, the TAF will assist Malaysian companies dedicated towards enhancing their technology levels, process and competitiveness by providng them with financial assistance to acquire relevant foreign technologies. The TAF also supports the growth of women entrepreneurs by providing them with the necessary funding to acquire vital equipment that can be immediately incorporated into their business activities.

    Incubating Tomorrow's Breakthroughs:

    Another of MTDC's primary activities is the establishment of Technology Incubation Centres (now known as Technology Centres) designed to strengthen the relationships between industries and research institutions as well as universities in order to accelerate the commercialization activities of both these bodies.

    The Technology Centres are created base on the core strengths of the universities:

    UPM-MTDC Technology Centre:

    Located at University Putra Malaysia (UMP) in Serdang, Selangor, this centreis focused on ICT, Multimedia and Agri-Bio activities.

    Companies include:
    Axiomatic Solutions
    CWorks
    Scan Associates
    Skali
    TM Research

    Rental rates for UPM-MTDC is ranging from RM 1.80 to RM 2.20 per square fit. If you are interested, please contact the following person:

    Name: Mr Eric Chia
    Email: ericchia@mtdc.com.my
    Tel: 603-21641590


    UKM-MTDC Technology Centre:

    A biotechnology-centric centre located at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, Selangor

    UTM-MTDC Technology Centre:

    This centre, located at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, Johor, emphasises on advanced engineering and life sciences.

    Under the 9MP, MTDC will be devleping another technology centre based in theh Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), which is due to be completed by the year 2008. This new centre will be in line with the government's emphasis on biotechnology, and will cater specifically to the life sciences industry.

    Adding Value to Businesses:

    As part of its extensive offerings, MTDC also provides a host of value-added services to assist its investee companies, grant recipients and incubatess. These incldue:

    • Nurturing and business advisory
    • Capacity building and market research
    • Strategic planning
    • Other Services

    So, if you're a technology-based enterprise with breakthrough ideas looking to take the industry, and the world, by storm, there's only one financing partner that's right for you.