Friday, December 29, 2006
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.
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.
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
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
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
- Sales order
- Delivery order
- 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
5. Most recently
Use search engine to search for definitions of these terms.
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.
One would realize that to run a business is to pay taxes!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Next big thing...
1. AJAX. (check out this cool company,dundas)
2. Information security on remote site.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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 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
3. CSA Malaysia
Not so big one like..
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...
6. Sun Microsystem
8. Atos Origin
9. Shell Global Solutions
11. CA (Computer Associates)
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.
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
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....
Monday, December 18, 2006
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.
To study the effects of effects of microgravity and space radiation on normal and cancer cells from bones and livers.
- 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
- 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)
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
To grow two types of crystalised lipases in space . Lipases are enzymes widely used in industrial applications and domestic products.
- 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.
Pre, in-flight and post monitoring of the astronaut health.
Research Institutions: UiTM, Aviation Medicine Institute, Sunway University College and Health Ministry
- 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.
- 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.
Research Institutions: MARDI & UPM.
To take certain Malaysian fruits and herbs for consumption.
To develop some favourite Malaysian food in the form suitable for transportation, storage and consumption in space.
Live class in space.
- To demonstrate the behaviour of fluids.
- To observe the effects of spinning object such as gyroscope.
To demonstrate to Malaysian students on the ground of effects of space on selected physical phenomenon.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
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.
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 ?
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
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
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
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
1. For companies
- Subsidies for courses and exam fees.
- Reimbursement basis
2. For individual
- Subsidy for exam fees only.
- Reimbursement basis
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.
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
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.