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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Remote Desktop Printer Setup

Have you ever tried to deploy an enterprise solution using remote desktop instead of using web-enabled solution like Go-Global or Citrix Metaframe ?

The problem is probably the printer....

If you are using remote desktop to connect to a server where your enterprise application resided, you still have to print back to your client computers.

Remote desktop actually allows that to happen, but not without some extra configuration.

First of all, if you are expecting that it will all work after you have checked the box for "Options/Local Resources/Local Devices/Printers", and if it don't then you should try to follow the following steps.

1. Follow the method prescribed by this article.
    Basically, you need to edit the registry at the client computers to force all remote desktop to redirect all printer ports to remote connection. Just do the following steps...

    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
    4. Type FilterQueueType, and then press ENTER.
    5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
    6. Type FFFFFFFF, and then click OK.


    This enables all ports on the client to be redirected.


2. Login (remote desktop) to your server and install the specific printer driver to it. Install it as 'local printer' and choose just any port possible (including LPT1). Create a dummy name (i.e HP_Dummy).

Make sure you go to obtain the proper driver for your server's operating system (such as Windows Server 2003).

3. Logout from remote connection. Login again.

4. The specific printer on your local client will then be automatically mapped to a printer port designated by 'Remote Desktop Connection'. You can now remove the dummy printer created earlier (i.e HP_Dummy).

5. You should be able to print from remote server to your local printer.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Planning, Scheduling and Supply Chain Optimization Process (It-Sideways Careers)

Please email your resume to team@it-sideways.com

See other jobs here.

Positions

1) Project Manager (2 positions) – URGENT – see the attachment

Skills/profile

  • 5 - 8 yrs. experience
  • technical background
  • Strong interest in IT project management


2)Software Developer

3)Business Development Manager (based at KLCC) - see the attachment

Company Profile

The company is a fast-growing, privately held Dutch software company, characterized by high quality standards and a result driven focus. A strong team of professionals works together to develop and market a standard software package of unprecedented quality and flexibility. The company has developed revolutionary technology to support virtually any planning, scheduling and supply chain optimization process in the logistic, manufacturing and workforce markets and belongs to the top of the world of advanced software for business process optimization, having offices in the Netherlands(HQ), Germany, the UK, the USA and China and Malaysia.

In HQ-Netherlands, they have about 90 employees, worldwide is about 160 employees

In KL development team, they need to hire about 60 developers in year 2008.

Benefits:

  • Annual leave – 16 days
  • OT allowance – employee can choose either as salary or leave to replace the OT allowance
  • RM10/day daily allowance
  • Company profit sharing
  • Medical insurance included non working spouse and children
  • Training will be provided
  • Flexible working hour

Monday, April 28, 2008

Web Developer (PHP) (IT-Sideways Careers)

Please send your resume to team@it-sideways.com

Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or IT related
  • 1+ years experience in programming with PHP.
  • 1+ years experience in database development with either MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL
  • Knowledge of Linux will be an advantage
  • Good understanding of HTML and Java script
  • Experience in web authoring tools like Dreamweaver and Photoshop
--> Good analytical, logical and problem solving

Customer base:

French and others European country like F1, Tag Heuer, etc.

Team size:

5 (1 Manager, 1 Team Lead, 3 programmers)

Benefit :
  • No travel is required
  • 5 working days per week and working hours from 9.30 to 6.00pm
  • 18 Annual Leave
  • Medical, Dental, Optical, Company Trip Subsidy, Public Transport Subsidy
  • OT Claim & Meal Allowance for those working on Non duty day.
  • Performance bonus (e.g. entitled to get twice in last year 2007)
Remarks :
  • Candidate needs to work on Malaysia Public Holiday as their customers are based in Europe
  • Work relocation (e.g. France ) is required if being assigned

Sunday, April 27, 2008

TESCO Invests RM1.5 Million in SAS Solution

Hypermart makes technological investment to gain marketing advantage with business intelligence (BI)

More about SAS.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 April 2008 - Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with Sime Darby Berhad today announces that it is investing RM1.5 million over a three (3) year period to deploy SAS Business Intelligence (BI) technology into its business operations - with key focus to boost the hypermart’s marketing functionality.

Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, incepted on 29 November 2001, sealed its partnership with SAS Malaysia at a closed-door signing ceremony at SAS’ office at Plaza Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.

Paul Morris, Marketing Director of Tesco Stores (Malaysia) & Jimmy Cheah, MD of SAS Malaysia

The investment in SAS is in tandem with the strategy to improve Tesco’s market share in the competitive hypermart sector, where Tesco is targeting to open 11 new stores in 2008.

Paul Morris, the Marketing Director of Tesco Stores (Malaysia) explains that the key objective of leveraging SAS solution is to understand customers better and to provide a reporting and analytical solution that centralizes all customer, sales and transaction data.

“Tesco Malaysia has a mountain of data that it can’t analyze quick enough to support the store’s business decisions. The decision to go with SAS is in line with the Tesco Group Scale program as SAS collaboration with Tesco Korea and Tesco UK has also generated proven results. We have no doubts on picking SAS as the technology solution to support Tesco Malaysia’s fast expanding business.”

He shares that with SAS, Tesco expects to drastically reduce its time and effort needed to garner the relevant reports, following from the Tesco ClubCard initiative which was officially launched in August 2007.


For Richer Customer Experience


“Quicker analysis of the data will allow us to understand our customers’ better than any of our competitors - in order to offer them a more tailored shopping experience at each of our outlets.”

“Using SAS, Tesco will be able to glean the right information to gain predictive insights that will be extremely beneficial for our marketing team to improve the shopping trip for customers, particularly trade planning, price and range,” says Morris.

Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia says, “The SAS solution in question will help Tesco hasten its process to make crucial operational decisions, and directly contribute to increased revenues by providing the right information to target the right customer through the right channels.

The SAS BI Server for Marketing Analysis and Reporting will provide Tesco with deeper insight into its products and customers via analysis on sales categories, customers, promotions and buying behavior that can help enable it continue to enhance the level of customer satisfaction and spur further growth.

“Armed with the technology that gives them the power to know, Tesco will be able to grab a bigger piece of pie from the hypermart sector while at the same time reducing their direct marketing costs,” ends Cheah.

About Tesco
Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. was incepted on 29 November 2001, as a strategic alliance with local conglomerate, Sime Darby Berhad of which the latter holds 30% of the total shares.

Following the official approval from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd officially took over the Makro Malaysia business as at 24 January 2007.The terms of the acquisition includes all eight (8) Makro stores in Shah Alam, Selayang, Johor Baru, Ipoh, Seberang Prai, Seremban, Cheras and Penang as well as all its’ staff including those at Head office. Almost all Makro stores have been converted to a new format called Tesco Extra. Tesxo Extra serves both small business customers as well as normal consumers.

Currently, Tesco Malaysia employs more than 7,900 employees and operates 20 stores (including the 6 former Makro stores now known as Tesco Extra) throughout peninsular Malaysia and carries a total of more than 2,066 own brands of products ranging from food to non-food items. There are three ranges of Tesco branded products Tesco Value range, Tesco Choice range and Tesco UK Imported range.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business intelligence software and services. Customers at 43,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight into vast amounts of data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products. Only SAS offers leading data integration, intelligence storage, advanced analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. www.sas.com
SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.© 2007

SAS MALAYSIA
2B-6-1, LEVEL 6, BLOCK 2B
PLAZA SENTRAL, JALAN STESEN SENTRAL 5
KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL
50470 KUALA LUMPUR
MALAYSIA
TEL: (+603) 2273 6288
WWW.SAS.COM/MALAYSIA

Editorial Contact:

Jeanisha Wan
Marketing Manager
SAS Malaysia
Tel: 2273 6288
Jeanisha.wan@sas.com

Sharanjit Kaur
Communications Manager
Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd
Tel: 7726 6298
Sharanjit.kaur@my.tesco.com

Visithra
PR Consultant
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 7805 2700
visithra@siriuspr.com.my

Monday, April 21, 2008

SAS to take part in WCIT Again

SAS takes part in WCIT Again

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 April 2008, - SAS Institute, the world’s leading business intelligence (BI) software provider, today announced that it is participating in the 16th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT). SAS is the only independent BI vendor sponsor for WCIT 2008 to be held in Kuala Lumpur from May 18 – 22, 2008.

This is also the second time that SAS is taking part in this global IT event of Olympian-stature that is held once every two (2) years.

SAS’ involvement in WCIT 2008 flourished from a private meeting between YAB Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and SAS CEO Dr Jim Goodnight during his inaugural visit to Malaysia in June 2007; where Dr Goodnight advocated for a greater adoption of BI and Analytics within the Malaysian government to gain competitive edge.

During WCIT 2008, SAS will be represented by Jim Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer who will be speaking on the topic “Information Evolution” during the CIO perspective segment.

SAS Malaysia Managing Director, Jimmy Cheah says, “Asia is seeing an upsurge in BI adoption in various industries, quickly upstaging its western counterparts. Data volumes are predicted to double in quantity every single day in 2010 and corporations that leverage the power of BI and Analytics on their data will be the ones that gain competitive edge for better decision making and management.”

“WCIT is a strategic platform for IT corporations to build strategic partnerships and gain insight into global trends and the latest innovations. SAS is proud to be part of this global event to showcase our leading enterprise intelligence and performance management solutions,” says Cheah.

Themed “The Global Impact of Information and Communications Technology: Enable Businesses, Empower Societies, Enrich Economies”, this five (5) day event is expected to draw more than 2,500 delegates from over 80 countries.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. Customers at more than 44,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight from data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products and processes. Only SAS offers leading data integration, storage, analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. www.sas.com

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.© 2007

SAS MALAYSIA

2B-6-1, LEVEL 6, BLOCK 2B
PLAZA SENTRAL, JALAN STESEN SENTRAL 5
KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL
50470 KUALA LUMPUR
MALAYSIA
TEL: (+603) 2273 6288
WWW.SAS.COM/MALAYSIA

Editorial Contact:

Jeanisha Wan
Marketing Manager
SAS Malaysia
Tel: 2273 6288
Jeanisha.wan@sas.com

Visithra
PR Consultant
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 7805 2700
visithra@siriuspr.com.my

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Adobe Education Leadership Forum - 16 - 17 April 2008 Kuala Lumpur

The Adobe educational team was in Malaysia in conjunction with the Adobe Education Leadership Forum 2008 which had been going on around the globe recently. The event was held at Nikko hotel.

The theme is "Ride The Wave"



The educational market is Adobe's biggest vertical in the APAC.

For a glimpse, the business of Adobe in Malaysia is really
  1. 30% growth in 2007 for various licenses.
  2. 60% growth rate expected in 2008
The educational market is undergoing change. Adobe envisions that there will be four major trends that are coming our way.
  1. Personalization
  2. Distributed
  3. Collaboration
  4. Creativity
Creativity doesn't means just graphic designs and arts, it is about creativity in terms of problem solving skills and thinking out of the box.

So Adobe has products which help to make such trends a closer reality for the educational market and Malaysia is catching up.

And how the products connect to the picture?

Customized:
  • Flex
  • Captivate
  • Presenter
  • Connect
  • Air

Distributed:
  • Connect
  • Acrobat
  • Presenter
  • Buzzword
Collaborative:
  • Acrobat
  • Connect
  • Buzzword

Creative:
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Flex
  • Dreamweaver
  • Flash
  • After Effects
  • Fireworks
  • InDesign
  • Acrobat
  • Premier
  • Soundbooth
  • Connect
  • Photoshop Elements
  • Premier Elements
Adobe doesn't have an office in Malaysia (yet) and major activities are done online and also the closest support would be from its partners in Malaysia. The operations are being oversaw via regional HQ in Singapore and they do have executives frequent Malaysia for various kinds of activities.

Adobe deals with the educational market in Malaysia by having direct relationships with the ministries, namely the MOL (higher learning) and MOE (primary to secondary schools).

The most recent business transaction was the purchase of 60,000 licenses of Adobe Presenter software for various segments of educators around Malaysia. No details are disclosed and 60,000 licenses really does means there will be 60,000 educators having access to the software, and not 60,000 machine installed. So it is a smart approach by Adobe because there would be more machines sitting around doing nothing (in the educational sectors) while there are lesser educators by head count. Flip-flopping this approach may jeopardize the values of Adobe's product.

The idea that Adobe has is that by adopting technologies, students would benefit from :
  • Knowledge Retention
  • Creative Learning.
  • Hands-on
  • Meaningful Instructions.
This is pretty cool.

And they really do envisions the educators like teachers to have hands-on with the tools and be able to create contents for their students. While at the same time, it is also highly anticipated that students would create contents for the sake of similar objectives.

So, the key word is 'Digital Literacy', which can be defined in two aspects.
  1. Digital Communication Skills
  2. Soft Skills Enhancing.
Peter Isaacson (VP of Worldwide Education) stressed that it wouldn't be just an ideal concept that lawyers, doctors, engineers and etc becoming creative people; which is to be highly expressive in terms of expression (presenting ideas, documentations, self-image and etc).

What this really means is that Adobe envisions individuals of the coming age to be able to do more than what they are supposed to do either socially or professionally. This means that a doctor may not want to engage a creative company to help with certain aspects of expression creations, as such that he or she may want to be the architect of the creativity envisioned. And the only way to achieve such confident is to practice your creativity with Adobe's product.

So, in a few words, it's noble to say that Adobe is enriching your life by making reality expression, creativity, communication easier; with software.

To give you an example of thinking-of-the-box-and-highly-expressive-content....


A Picture Worths A Million Words! Just don't be shy.

So, what really important are...
  • There is a need to push for a culture of change. Why can't scientists become more creative and artists become more articulate? Similarly, why can't students create own contents as part of the learning process
  • Adobe softwares are getting more and more intuitive and powerful, and will keep getting better.
  • Convergence of softwares with the educational concept; is it really important that history teachers are better off as walking encyclopedias or knowing the ways to have access to highly adoptable and meaningful instructions ?
In short, Adobe wants you to empower yourself by not investing more time into learning the tools and best practices, however, is by using it to nurture more times for achieving more things in life, because Adobe guarantees that you waste no more time in trying to convince yourself that your expressions are indeed the best ever.

C'mon ride the wave!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

ASEAN IT Sector Surpasses India in Investment Attractiveness


  1. ASEAN IT market 43% bigger than India; but China still leads

  2. US Subprime poses ‘technical recession’ risk to ASEAN IT markets, potentially wiping out USD1 Billion in market opportunity worth in 2009


Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 April 2008 – IDC today announced a key insight into the collective markets of six (6) ASEAN countries that showed a 43 percent larger IT spend than India in 2007 - making ASEAN more attractive in terms of investment opportunities to multinational ICT vendors.

The total IT spending for the six ASEAN countries, which consists of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Philippines combined was USD25.1 Billion, compared to USD17.5 Billion in India.

According to Managing Director Selinna Chin, “It has been a widely held notion that India has greater IT investment potential. But, a closer look at IDC's data shows that the ASEAN domestic IT consumption is collectively bigger which means that ASEAN could be a better bet in terms of attractiveness for global IT players,” says Selinna.



In 2006, the GDP of the six ASEAN markets in question amounted to USD1.03 Trillion, as compared to India’s USD906.27 Billion (Source: World Bank, 2007).

“ASEAN will continue to be a bigger IT market up to 2011, after which India's domestic IT spending is expected to overtake it. This is especially so given India's 20 per cent IT market growth estimate for next year, compared to ASEAN’s 6 per cent,” says Selinna.

A key factor for India’s high IT growth opportunity is that a significant number of global IT companies are investing in India for IT exports, and that many local Indian IT companies have gone global themselves.

“In order to remain competitive and attractive to MNC IT players/vendors beyond 2011, ASEAN's domestic businesses and local governments will need to be more aggressive in IT adoption,” Selinna adds.

CHINA STILL LEADS

IDC reiterates that China still holds the biggest IT investment attraction with a domestic IT expenditure of USD57.3 Billion in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ). This is more than double ASEAN’s IT spending size and represents 36 percent of the APEJ IT spending in 2007. China’s IT market is forecasted to grow 12 percent in 2008 over the current year.

SUBPRIME, SLOWDOWN

According to IDC, the US subprime and other economic issues pose a direct impact on the growth of ASEAN IT markets.

In a worst case scenario developed by IDC, US worsening economic issues will cause a “technical recession” in the US - defined as consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, where US consumption will weaken further and detrimentally affect the IT markets in ASEAN.

“The ASEAN region’s IT market growth rhythm could slow to a mere 2 per cent in 2008, which is equivalent to a potential loss of market opportunity worth USD680 million, and USD1 billion in 2009,” says Selinna.

“The higher the country’s trade dependency is on the US, the greater the negative impact, although in some cases like China, significant domestic demands will offset some of the decline,” says Selinna.

These Asian countries, ranked in order of export business to the US, are Japan, Vietnam, China, Malaysia (4th in rank), the Philippines, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia.

Buffering the impact of the slowdown on Asia’s IT markets will be a challenge, due to the considerable reliance of Asian exports to the US, and more stringent credit policies as local banks become more risk adverse.

“However, in most slowdowns, leading companies tend to invest in IT for the next cycle of growth. Companies who lag behind those with the foresight will find themselves about nine (9) months behind,” adds Selinna.

IDC ASEAN DIRECTIONS 2008 - 29th April 2008

Amongst others, IDC will be providing insights into the impact of the US economic-subprime woes during the IDC ASEAN Directions 2008, which will be held on 29th April 2008. Details about the event can be found on http://www.idc.com.my/directions08/default.asp.

For Malaysia:

- The government is expected to cushion any negative impact with a series of different ICT related initiatives.
- The promotion of Malaysia as a potential shared services hub would likely help to drive business investments and services exports

For Thailand:

- As US is Thailand’s largest export market, weakening demand would impact the export sector marginally. However the incoming government is likely to run a stimulatory fiscal policy to boost spending on IT infrastructure development projects.
- Business investments are projected to return with strong growth rates as a result of investment pull back in the last 15 months.

For Indonesia:

- Indonesia’s recent spike in inflation will continue to shrink disposable income levels, which will lead to IT spend reduction among consumers.
- The optimal balance between the government’s subsidized fuel policy and generation of more export money will have strong impact on available funds for IT infrastructure expenditure.

For Philippines:

- Like Thailand, the US is the largest export market for the Philippines, so the US downturn will impact export businesses and manufacturers, and hamper IT investments.
- Strong remittance levels will continue to support real disposable income, driving domestic IT demand.

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About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisor, services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 900 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 90 countries worldwide. For more than 43 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

For more inquiries:

Belinda Yap
Senior Events & Marketing Executive
+603-2169 7521
byap@idc.com

Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
+603-7806 2700
Tingting.lee@siriuspr.com.my

Deep Technical Support Specialist - Directories & Authentication (LDAP, BPIA & PRACS) (IT-Sideways Careers)

Please send your resumes to team@it-sideways.com

Position:

Deep Technical Support Specialist - Directories & Authentication (LDAP, BPIA & PRACS)

Description:

IT is a driving force for invention.

Providing support that helps us to work smarter. Transforming our business models. Driving our competitive cost structure. Setting up end-to-end ownership. And making sure we make the most of our resources.

IT creates the re-usable building blocks with which we assemble integrated solutions, and deliver the consulting that makes the technology work.
Excellence is the minimum standard acceptable

At HP, we deploy leading edge technology and a massive scale to help improve the productivity of hundreds of thousands of HP employees, partners and customers world wide. These systems run non-stop on a 24x7 basis and are the life blood of several of our most important businesses. HP is currently in the process of transforming this environment into a new single state of the art computing environment.

We are looking for Deep Technical Support Specialists for our Global Application Development Service Centre in Cyberjaya. The primary responsibility to provide service delivery deep level support for LDAP, BPIA (Business Partner Internet Authentication) and PRACS (Provisional Registration and Credentialing System) services.

Qualifications
  • Knowledge in Digital certificates & LDAP. (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol).
  • Knowledge in SiteMinder authentication and authorization.
  • Experience with Web Browsers / Servers
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Consultation with Application customers
  • Develop/report monitoring and monthly metrics
  • 7x24 oncall standby rotation support required

Sunday, April 13, 2008

iPhone - The Next Big Thing After PC

I am probably a little late on this, on March 6 2008, Apple had a forum on iPhone Software Roadmap, check out the details here.

The coolest thing about this forum is that it stresses about the iPhone being the next big thing after the era of personal computer; made popular by Microsoft.

Here are the highlights...
  • 28% market share for US Smartphone in 8 months.
  • Mobile internet for the first time.
  • Iphone for the enterprise.

    • Great email integration (Built-in Microsoft Exchange & ActiveSync support)
    • Great calendar integration.
    • Great contacts integration.
    • Cisco IPsec VPN integration.
    • Certificates and identities.
    • Enteprise WiFi
    • Enforced security policies
    • Device configuration
    • Remote wipe
The Architecture...
  • Cocoa Touch
  • Media (from Mac OS X)
  • Core Services (from Mac OS X)
  • Core OS (from Mac OS X)
Comprehensive Tools ...
  1. XCode - Development environment

    • Source editor
    • Project management
    • Integrated source control
    • Integrated documentation
    • Debugger (also a remote debugger)

  2. Interface builder
  3. Instruments - performance management.
  4. iPhone Simulator - Emulation
Where do others stand ?

Blackberry, Windows Mobile ?

Blackberry is the pioneer in terms of enterprise mobile devices, making popular the concept of push emails and etc.

Just like iPhone, Blackberry and other Smartphones' platform also offer connection to Internet in myriad of ways.

And they have tools and SDKs as well. Check out the site for Blackberry developers here.

It is pretty grey but I do realize two things about iPhone which differentiates from others.
  • Large touch screen.
  • Native SDK (Third party developers can use it as what the Apple guys do)
Conclusion:
  1. The architecture ; the most advance mobile device platform - for enterprise, games and etc.
  2. Built-in and integration. If you want to built a game for blackberry, you have to do it with Java using Java tools and get stucked within the Java sandbox. If you want to do business apps, you probably want to use Microsoft tools. For iPhone, you just gonna use the same tool (SDK) and you get to access to all the native call.




iFund ...

The biggest highlight of the event is the announcement of a total of USD 100 millions of venture capital fund from the premier venture capitalist in the world Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who responsible for funding of EA (Electronic Arts), Amazon, Google and Friendster (just to name a few).



John Doerr (partners), uttered these words that would probably ignite a big change in the industry, nevermind the charisma of Steve Jobs and great innovation out of Apple.

    New platforms are very rare, but they can be transformational, if it is about great product, with robust APIs, powerful distribution and usually with helps from venture capitalists.

    iPhone and the SDK is about mobile Internet in your pocket; broadband and connected all the time. It is personal, it knows who you are and where you are.

    That is a big deal, it is bigger than the personal computer.

Friday, April 11, 2008

MSSQL 2005 - Cursor and Dynamic Queries

More about MSSQL 2005 and databases.

How do you built a T-SQL which uses cursor on dynamic queries ?

Dynamic queries means that the query statements are built based on variables. For instance ....

Direct Query

    SELECT recID from TBL_Name WHERE deletedDate is null

Simple Dynamic Query

    Declare @MyName as varchar(50)
    SET @MyName='brandon'
    SELECT recID from TBL_NAME WHERE MyName=@MyName


This is still fine. But what about the table name is depending on a variable ?

    SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF
    Declare @MyName as varchar(50),@MyTable as varchar(50),@DynQuery as varchar(8000)
    SET @MyName='brandon'
    SET @MyTable='TBL_NAME'
    SET @DynQuery = "SELECT recID from" + MyTable + " WHERE MyName='" + @MyName + "'"
    EXEC (@DynQuery )



ok, how do you put a dynamic query into a cursor ?

Here is the solution to make use of sp_executesql

    SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF

    declare @query nvarchar(max), @number int, @mainCursor cursor

    set @query = " set @cursor = cursor for SELECT * FROM [ProjectT].[dbo].[TBL_SysUser]" + " open @cursor"

    exec sp_executesql @query,N'@cursor cursor output',@mainCursor output

    declare @recID as bigint,@myUserName as varchar(50)

    fetch next from @maincursor into @recID,@myUserName,@myFirstName

    while (@@fetch_status <> -1)
    begin
    print @recID
    fetch next from @maincursor into @recID,@myUserName
    end

More complicated sample
    SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF

    declare @linkedSrv as varchar(50)
    declare @tempUserID as bigint
    declare @query nvarchar(max), @number int, @mainCursor cursor

    set @tempUserID='123456'
    set @linkedSrv='local_branch1'
    set @query = " set @cursor = cursor for SELECT recID FROM " + @linkedSrv + ".[ProjectT].[dbo].[TBL_User] WHERE myUserID=" + cast(@tempUserID as varchar(50))
    + " open @cursor"

    exec sp_executesql @query,N'@cursor cursor output',@mainCursor output

    declare @recID as bigint
    fetch next from @maincursor into @recID

    while (@@fetch_status <> -1)
    begin
    print @recID
    fetch next from @maincursor into @recID
    end


Thanks to this forum for the heads-up.

Oracle DBA (IT-Sideways Careers )

Please send your resume to team@it-sideways.com

Position : Oracle DBA

Job Description

Hewlett Packard (HP) is establishing a large application development and support center in Cyberjaya. This center will be the latest addition to our organization — one of the largest IT companies on the planet with a product portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. As one of the global hubs of our world-class IT organization, this center will support our organization’s efforts in the areas of application development and support, enterprise data warehousing, and also be involved in other important global initiatives.

We plan on achieving significant growth for this center and believe that the best way to attain this goal is to groom our people. Hence, we intend to provide ongoing training to accelerate individual growth and will offer many opportunities to challenge and increase your technical acumen. With so much to offer, you can imagine the possibilities and opportunities to apply and extend yourself as you develop our new center into a formidable force within our worldwide network.

Qualifications
  • Degree qualification in IT or a related technical field.
  • Ideally 4 years of experience in production database support and an expertise in Oracle 9i and 10b/SQL
  • Server 2000 and 2005.
  • Experienced in performing installation and configuration.
  • Patching, upgrading. migration, database maintenance and troubleshooting, backup and recovery (RMAN), high availability (standby logical/physical clustering, RAC, etc), performance tuning and VLDB maintenance.
  • Knowledge of incident and change management will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

ADOBE TV

Here's the latest from Adobe Systems -



Adobe TV is a free online resource with multiple channels at http://tv.adobe.com for expert instruction on Adobe products, for designers, photographers, video professionals and developers. Adobe TV was created and is delivered with, Adobe products.

Press Release:
New Adobe TV Programming Comes Online
Unique Creative Suite 3 Video Content Available Via New Web Destination

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA –April 10, 2008 -Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® TV, a free online video resource for expert instruction and inspiration about Adobe products, including the company’s Creative Suite 3 family of world-class creative tools.

With multiple channels, original series programming, and content from Adobe, leading training organizations and the world's leading subject matter experts, Adobe TV delivers a virtual library of entertaining and instructional videos.

Designers, photographers, video professionals, and developers will find product deep-dives, innovative tips, techniques from luminaries, and behind-the-scenes tours of the hottest creative shops and Adobe product teams.

Designed to educate, inspire, and entertain the creative community, Adobe TV is immediately available online from the Adobe Web site at http://tv.adobe.com/

“Adobe TV is the online video source for anyone with wants to see how Adobe tools are being used to create stunning work,” said Bob Donlon, executive producer for Adobe TV. “It brings together experts from Adobe and the creative community to inspire and teach how to get the most from the software that is empowering the delivery of high-impact print, online, video and mobile communications. It's also the perfect showcase for Adobe’s broadcast video technologies in action.”

Rich Library of Video Content

Adobe TV features four channels, each targeting a specific audience: Photographers, Designers, Video Professionals, and Developers. Each channel features programming from Adobe evangelists, leading trainers, subject matter experts, and luminaries who pull in the crowds at industry events around the world.

More than 200 videos are currently available on Adobe TV, with programming that mixes how-to information, case studies, personality-driven shows, and workflow deep-dives.
The first set of videos offers secrets about Photoshop® software, podcasts and design tips for Creative Suite, techniques for Photoshop Lightroom®, tips on Adobe Flash® Professional software for beginners, approaches to taming the Web, and information about video and audio production.

“The creative community instinctively turns to the Web as a primary resource for tutorials and information on how to use Adobe products, but before now this content was scattered and difficult to find,” said Joseph Princz, CEO of the interactive agency, Wrecking Ball Media Group.

“Adobe TV makes it easier than ever to search for and subscribe to Adobe video content that not only inspires new creative ideas, but also helps us to refine our skill sets and dive further into the essential tools our business depends on every day.”

Creating and Delivering a Complete Online Video Experience
Adobe TV demonstrates the power of Adobe’s leading video technologies from creation to playback. Using components of Adobe Creative Suite® 3, Adobe TV programming is scripted and storyboarded, and the graphics and imagery are developed.

During production, Adobe OnLocation™ software monitors quality and records directly to disk. Visual effects are produced in Adobe After Effects® software, the audio is cleaned up or created in Adobe Audition® software and Adobe Soundbooth™ software, and then the programming is edited and output from Adobe Premiere® Pro.

Adobe’s Emmy-award-winning Flash® technology, the most widely used platform for delivering interactive experiences online today, and Adobe Flash Media Server then packages and delivers Adobe TV video on http://tv.adobe.com/

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit
http://www.adobe.com/.
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© 2008 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe AIR, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Creative Suite, Flash, Lightroom, OnLocation, Photoshop, and Soundbooth are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Emmy is the trademark property of ATAS/NATAS. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Peoplesoft Consultant - Global Payroll

Great news!!!

It-Sideways is into HR recruitment business.

Kindly send me your resume to team@it-sideways.com

Job Description

Peoplesoft Consultant - Global Payroll

Hewlett Packard (HP) is establishing a large application development and support center in Cyberjaya. This center will be the latest addition to our organization — one of the largest IT companies on the planet with a product portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. As one of the global hubs of our world-class IT organization, this center will support our organization’s efforts in the areas of application development and support, enterprise data warehousing, and also be involved in other important global initiatives.

We plan on achieving significant growth for this center and believe that the best way to attain this goal is to groom our people. Hence, we intend to provide ongoing training to accelerate individual growth and will offer many opportunities to challenge and increase your technical acumen. With so much to offer, you can imagine the possibilities and opportunities to apply and extend yourself as you develop our new center into a formidable force within our worldwide network.

We are looking for Global Payroll Peoplesoft Consultant in the following areas:-

Qualifications

  • Degree qualification in IT or a related technical field.
  • Minimum 3 years working experience in Peoplesoft ver 8.0 and above.
  • Knowledge of using the PeopleTools online development toolkit (preferably version 8.45 and above)
  • Workflow configuration and the integration toolkit (application messaging. application engine. component interface).
  • SQR language for extracting and uploading data
  • PeopleSoft portal and its technical components.
  • UNIX knowledge will be an added advantage.
  • Practical experience with PeopleSoft Payroll, including the following modules: Core Engine, Absences.
  • Last but not least, you should be experienced in performing fit-gap analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

F5 Networks Introduces Application Ready Network for Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Specifically engineered for highly available, scalable, and secure deployments

More about F5 Networks

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 APRIL 2008 – F5 Networks, Inc. the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has extended its Application Ready Network (ARN) for Microsoft to include Windows Server 2008. F5 is the only Application Delivery Networking vendor to offer validated, application-specific solutions to optimize end-to-end performance, availability, and scalability for key Microsoft applications.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is an advanced Windows Server-based operating system, designed to power the next-generation of networks, applications, and Web services. The F5® ARN for Windows Server 2008 will help enable enterprises achieve powerful deployment advantages, featuring support for the updated versions of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Terminal Services, as well as Microsoft technologies such as Windows PowerShell and SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol).

F5’s ARN offers step-by-step procedures with thorough deployment and application guides to help facilitate cooperation across organizations’ application and networking groups, reducing the risk of missed deployment deadlines, over-budget projects, and failed or poorly adopted application deployments. Each ARN solution has been meticulously tested in F5’s Technology Center, with repeatable deployment configurations documented to enable customers to reap the benefits of F5’s application delivery expertise.

“Today’s IT customers are looking for increased dependability, scalability, and security capabilities,” said Ward Ralston, Group Technical Product Manager for Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “With F5’s Application Ready Network supporting Windows Server 2008, customers can achieve a highly reliable infrastructure for their business-critical applications.”

“Windows Server is one of the most popular application platforms that we see within our enterprise customer base,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager of F5 Networks Malaysia. “As such, F5 has put substantial resources into testing its application delivery portfolio with the Windows Server platform technologies through every step of the beta to maintain a high level of interoperability. Microsoft has invested significant resources into building a new and optimized TCP stack within Windows Server 2008, and as the leader in Application Delivery Networking, F5 has matched those efforts by ensuring that our technologies work in concert to provide our customers with the fastest and most optimal experience.”

For more information on F5’s collaboration with Microsoft, including links to specific ARN deployment and application guides, please visit here.
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About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast, and available for everyone. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5’s extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability. Over 16,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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Local PR Contact:-

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
(603) 7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Adobe Delivers Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta


Check this out!

Adobe Systems announced the availability of a 30-day free trial download of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta version - a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release on Macintosh and Windows platforms - at http://www.labs.adobe.com/downloads





Lightroom provides professional photographers with a single application for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems.

Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31, 2008 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel-based processor, or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GBRAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen.

For those who are interested in finding out more there is a great 3-part tutorial by Julieanne Kost
Lightroom 2 beta Tutorial Part I
(Part II is on its way - once it is released you can find it here.)
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MEDIA ALERT

Adobe Delivers Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — April 8, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs.

Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems.

“Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta provides early access to requested improvements over version 1.3 and continues our ongoing dialogue and open communication with the photography community,” said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. “We’re excited not only for our existing customers, but also for the general public who will have an opportunity to take Lightroom 2.0 beta on a test run.”

New in Lightroom 2.0 beta
An improved layout in the Library module allows for a more intuitive approach to image organization by simplifying the location of the features needed to find and filter photographs. A new feature called Smart Collections automatically updates collections with images that match desired criteria such as star-rating, keyword or other metadata. "The Suggested Keywords feature eases the task of keywording by making recommendations based upon keyword associations across a catalog as well as the use of keywords in neighboring images."

Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta includes improved memory handling through 64-bit support for OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Vista 64-bit operating systems. Additional enhancements in Lightroom 2.0 beta include support for a dual monitor configuration that maximizes a photographer’s workspace and can be easily adjusted to meet a particular workflow.

Additionally, the Develop module has been updated to provide the ability to correct specific parts of an image without affecting other areas. Now, fundamental photographic techniques such as dodge and burn can be performed using the same non-destructive approach, allowing unprecedented control within the Lightroom program.

Beta Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta is available as a 30-day trial for free download on Macintosh and Windows platforms at
http://www.labs.adobe.com/downloads. Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31, 2008 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period.

Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel-based processor, or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GBRAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit
www.adobe.com.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What People Search on Tech Blog Malaysia (March 2008) ?

As usual, the analysis on the whole of last year (2007).

For month of Jan 2008.
For month of Feb 2008.

For last month, March 2008, the top ten are:
  1. The brand itself
  2. A company providing HAPS service
  3. e-Filing of Tax for Malaysian
  4. Something about spam emails
  5. Adobe product press releases.
  6. Something About Viruses and Malwares
  7. Microsoft OS Installation Tips

Check out overview:



  1. Total of 5,917 visits
  2. Majority traffics come from search engines (Google Tops)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex Builder 3 for Linux Alphas Now on Adobe Labs

Adobe Systems announced that the pre-release alpha version of Adobe AIR software and an update to the alpha version of Adobe Flex Builder 3 for Linux operating systems, are now available as free downloads from www.adobe.com/go/airlinux

and www.adobe.com/go/flexbuilder_linux , respectively. The Linux community of developers can now use proven Web technologies, such as HTML, Ajax, Adobe Flash® and Adobe Flex® software, to build rich Internet applications (RIAs) that deploy to desktops across operating systems. The final version of Adobe AIR for Linux is expected later this year.

Adobe also announced today that it has joined the Linux Foundation to accelerate the growth of RIA technologies on the Linux platform. Adobe recently released the free Flex framework and BlazeDS as open source, and the company continues to contribute to the open source Tamarin virtual machine, hosted by the Mozilla Foundation, which is the core of Adobe Flash Player.

The alpha release of Adobe AIR for Linux and the Adobe Flex Builder for Linux alpha update deliver early releases of a first-class application runtime and RIA creation tool to the Linux community, allowing Adobe to have an open conversation with users during their development process, to give valuable developer insights.

Flex, Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player are key elements of the Adobe technology platform. Flex is a free, open source framework for building highly interactive, expressive RIAs that can be deployed on the desktop with Adobe AIR, or in the browser with Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player reaches over 98 percent of Internet-enabled PCs and delivers unparalleled creative options, highly engaging user experiences, stunning audio/video playback, and virtually universal reach.


Press Release:

Adobe AIR for Linux Alpha Now on Adobe Labs
Adobe Advances RIA Technologies for Linux Community

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA –April 1, 2008 - — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that the pre-release alpha version of Adobe® AIR™ software for Linux® operating systems is available on Adobe Labs (www.adobe.com/go/airlinux).

The Linux community of developers can now use proven Web technologies, such as HTML, Ajax, Adobe Flash® and Adobe Flex® software, to build rich Internet applications (RIAs) that deploy to desktops across operating systems.

RIA developers can extend the reach of their desktop applications on Adobe AIR to Linux users without writing additional platform-specific code, providing access to innovative, branded desktop applications that were previously only available to Mac and Windows users.

An update to the alpha version of Adobe Flex® Builder™ 3 for Linux software is also available on Adobe Labs today (www.adobe.com/go/flexbuilder_linux), which adds support for creating applications that run on Adobe AIR. The combination of Flex, Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux comprises a well supported, free RIA development platform that enables developers to build, debug and deploy RIAs entirely on Linux, and across browsers and desktops.

“Adobe is committed to delivering the technologies that enable developers everywhere to create the next generation of RIAs for the browser and the desktop,” said David Wadhwani, general manager, Platform business unit at Adobe.

“With the alpha release of Adobe AIR for Linux and the Adobe Flex Builder for Linux alpha update, we’re delivering early releases of a first-class application runtime and RIA creation tool to the Linux community. This allows us to have an open conversation with users during our development process, which will give us very valuable developer insights.”

Adobe AIR for Linux and Adobe Flex Builder 3 for Linux demonstrate Adobe's continued commitment to the Linux community. Also announced today, Adobe joined the Linux Foundation to accelerate the growth of RIA technologies on the Linux platform. Additionally, Adobe recently released the free Flex framework and BlazeDS as open source, and the company continues to contribute to the open source Tamarin virtual machine, hosted by the Mozilla Foundation, which is the core of Adobe Flash Player.

RIAs in the browser and desktop are an increasingly core part of today's computing experience and the Linux community plays a big part in innovating the future of RIAs,” commented Randy Linnell, business development manager at Canonical, commercial sponsor of Ubuntu. “We’re pleased Linux is a priority for Adobe and are delighted to work with them on ensuring Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex Builder 3 are available to our developer community. We’re pleased that Adobe is supporting and open sourcing technology involved in RIA development, which we feel will accelerate innovation.”

Flex, Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player are key elements of the Adobe technology platform. Flex is a free, open source framework for building highly interactive, expressive RIAs that can be deployed on the desktop with Adobe AIR, or in the browser with Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player reaches over 98 percent of Internet-enabled PCs and delivers unparalleled creative options, highly engaging user experiences, stunning audio/video playback, and virtually universal reach.

Pricing and Availability
The pre-release alpha version of Adobe AIR for Linux is available immediately in English as a free download from Adobe Labs:
www.adobe.com/go/airlinux. The final version of Adobe AIR for Linux is expected later this year and will be available in other languages. Additionally, the update to Adobe Flex Builder 3 for Linux alpha is freely available in English from Adobe Labs: www.adobe.com/go/flexbuilder_linux.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit
http://www.adobe.com/.

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© 2008 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe AIR, Flash, Flex and Flex Builder are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.