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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Garmin-Asus Launches an Advanced Android Smartphone with Multiple Navigation Modes in Malaysia

Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin® Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), and ASUSTeK® Computer Inc. (TAIEX: 2357), today announced the Malaysia launch of the Garmin-Asus A10, a touchscreen smartphone running on the Android™ platform that boasts Garmin’s professional vehicle and pedestrian navigation. The A10 being sold in Malaysia has Android 2.1 and is designed for urban professionals who travel frequently within city environments.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blogspot Employs Auto Spam Filtering

Recently, I noticed that blogspot employed auto spam filtering.

Spam comments which meet specific patterns will be filter out automatically. However, owner of each blogs will still be notified via email.

For instance, the following are samples of comments which had been classified as spam.

Man, business is getting harder.

This also means that now you can relax comment authentication.

And this will demotivate comment SEO activities.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

iPhone Attacks - Knowing Your Coordinates

With iPhone 4 launched in Malaysia, and I tell you, early adopters are fanatic.

For some reasons, iPhone is going to be a big success in Malaysia, a country where society likes to be associated with the biggest brands in the world.

Recently I received a culture shock, a close friend of mine instead of sending me the location of a place, he sent me coordinates!

Oh man, he expects me to search the coordinates using Google Maps.

So, good for iPhone and Google Maps.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Latest Software Innovations From Java Duke's Choice Award

The Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology and are granted to the most innovative projects using the Java platform.

MLB Advanced Media - Fantasy baseball draft application and scoreboard built in JavaFX and Java and used by 250,000 managers in the official fantasy league of Major League Baseball

Pulse - Pulse Health Intact System, remote telemedicine server that connects doctors, patients and care facilites. Monitoring devices connected to the patient's mobile phone is uploaded and shared. Uses Java EE 6 (server), Java SE 1.6 Swing clients (desktop) and Java ME CLDC (client)

Perrone Robotics - Perrone Robotics' Pennsylvania Turnpike Laser system used on PA turnpike to effectively measure trucks while in motion. Eliminates need to pull off the road at a weigh station.

Effective UI 2010 - Winter Olympics medal geo-view, an innovative data visualization application built using Java FX and Java and deployed live to millions of visitors and fans during the Vancouver Olympics

Gephi - Open, interactive graphics visualization platform entirely based on Java SE 6, capable of visualizing and manipulating very lager network data to find patterns and reveal hidden structure.

Wabi Sabi Software - "Application Sonification", which is listening to an application operate to discern behaviors and patterns. Specific example based on application logging (Log4jFuge) using Java SE 6 and Groovy

Rolling Thunder - Education solution providing a multi-document interface through which a wide range of data (maps, images, video, text) can be combined. Built using Java SE 6, Swing, and a variety of data viewers (VLC, Worldwind, Yahoo Search, etc.).

Visual Mining - NetCharts Pro 7.0 lets Java developers create HTML 5 compliant web applications, including support for SVG.

Case Systems, Inc. - Solar powered traffic monitoring system using Java ME

Cinterion - Wireless-enabled silicon modules that implement Java ME and provide easy-to-use building blocks for dedicated microelectronics solutions with onboard wireless/GSM communications capabilities. The example nominated is a mobile healthcare system (diabetes management, sleep therapy).


There is one thing in common about all these applications; visualization.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Success for SAS-EON Bank Group Knowledge Discovery Challenge

Leading business analytics solutions provider SAS Malaysia, and EON Bank Group is proud to conclude their first joint academic-based CSR project,SAS-EON Bank Group Knowledge Discovery Challenge (“SAS-EON Bank Group KDC”) which kicked off two months ago.

This inaugural competition, which focuses on developing homegrown talent in data-mining (analytical) skills amongst tertiary students, attracted a total of 30 teams of which the top five qualifying teams were invited for the final round of judging at the Sunway University College this morning.

The teams were provided with a sizeable volume of simulated banking customer data, and using the SAS® Enterprise Miner™ analytical tool to gain insights, would devise the best marketing strategy to boost a virtual bank’s deposit provision by 15 per cent.

The winning teams received cash, training vouchers and other rewards worth more than RM50,000. In addition, the 1st prize winners Young DMiners from Universiti Teknologi Mara will be offered permanent employment under EON Bank Group’s Management Associate Programme, a training and development programme that fast-tracks candidates into management positions at the Banking Group.

Meanwhile, the 2nd prize and 3rd prize winners were LOGOS of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus and JCH from Sunway University College, respectively.

  • Managing Director of SAS Malaysia Jimmy Cheah
  • Advisor for the Students Development Department at Ministry of Higher Education Dr Jumiati Bt Haji Ismail,
  • Champion for SAS-EON Bank Group Knowledge Discovery Challenge 2010, team Young DMiners of Universiti Teknologi Mara
  • CEO for EON Bank Group Michael Lor.
According to Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia, the teams had to engage in challenging real-life business situations through the ‘virtual bank’ simulation.

Check out more.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Leverage on Cloud Computing Idea to Benefit Enterprise Datacenter and Network Infrastructure

Refer to the article Building A Cloud-Read Datacenter Network by Wan Ahmad Kamal published by TechCentral.

Juniper Networks talks about using cloud computing concept to benefit the deployment of enterprise datacenter and network infrastructure

The possible benefits are 1.) Simplify, 2.) Share 3.) Secure.

This is good for enterprise because of:

1. Simplify.

With simplified technology deployment, it is going to improve your ROI. Not only that you will pass less for technical expertise, you can also retain the same set of deployment for a much longer period.

Simplify also means, standardized. In the case of computer networking where standards are norm, it means even more standardized.

This will definitely lower down deployment cost.

2. Share

More availability, more up time, and more ubiquitous.

This will become value add to your deployment definitely.

3. Secure.

Cloud computer technologies come with a lot of enhanced security best practices.

Thus, if an enterprise network infrastructure is not secure enough, leveraging on cloud computing techniques will help.

What is most important thing is that security is built-in.

More about cloud computing.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Generate Treeview Sample Code (VB.NET)

This sample demonstrates usage of recursive concept to generate a hierarchical (parent-child relationship) collection of objects into a treeview in order to visualize the hierarchy.

It also demonstrates two similar methods of generating the treeview.
  1. Using default thread (GUI thread)
  2. Using new thread (multi-thread).
The multi-threaded method can be useful when generating a treeview of a big hierarchy. It will allow the treeview to load on as-ready basis. Means that the treeview will get to refresh (the screen) every time a node is added.

As compared to using default thread, the treeview will only get to refresh (the screen) after all nodes have been added.

Refer to following diagram for the sample object hierarchy for this scenario.

Download the sample code (VB.NET Visual Studio 2008 SP1)

Universiti Malaysia Perlis Chooses Juniper Networks to Expand Campus Network

Juniper Networks® announced that the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Malaysia’s leading technical university that offers courses in variety of engineering disciplines, has selected switches and gateways running the Junos® operating system to expand its campus network. Deployment of Juniper Networks' EX Series Ethernet Switches and SRX Series Security Gateways enables UniMAP to support continued growth in student enrollment and increased use of voice and video services.

Established in 2001 with its first intake of 116 engineering students in 2002, UniMAP now has around 7,000 students and 1500 staff distributed across 20 locations in Perlis, Malaysia's most northerly state. The university is committed to providing the most up-to-date networking capabilities for students and staff with free access to campus services and the Internet.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Juniper Networks Appoints Ken Lim as Operating Area Leader for ASEAN Service Provider business

Juniper Networks® announced the appointment of Ken Lim as operating area leader for Juniper’s ASEAN service provider business. Ken will lead and work closely with the Service Provider sales team, business group, services, marketing and the strategic alliance organizations to drive the strategic agenda and business value propositions with the company’s Service Provider customers.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Ken brings over 17 years of management, marketing, partner management and sales experience in the telecommunications market to Juniper Networks.

“The push towards service model innovation and lower cost of ownership is driving demand for more flexible, robust and secure network infrastructures,” said Wendy Koh, vice president for Juniper Networks ASEAN. “Customers today demand a high performance network infrastructure that offers protection to their services and content and also allowance for future expansions. I believe that Ken will help our customers to drive these strategic business value propositions”

Ken previously worked for Ericsson as Consumer and Business Applications Regional Sales Manager for APAC. Prior to that he was responsible for APAC IP and Broadband networks sales for the company. He speaks a variety of languages - English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Malaysian based.

A website dedicated to selling high quality cameras and accessories at a very
competitive prices.

Payment methods:
  • Direct Bank In
  • Paypal or credit card
  • Cash on delivery
Check it out here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

CNBC Asia Pacific Selects Juniper Networks for Live Broadcast IP Link

Juniper Networks® announced that regional business TV channel CNBC Asia Pacific has deployed its high-performance Ethernet switches to support live broadcasting from the Singapore Exchange. The Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet Switches are part of a complete end-to-end IP solution implemented by Nevion, a Juniper partner that addresses the broadcaster’s need for multiple video links in real-time.

The solution enables CNBC Asia Pacific to reduce its transmission costs by substituting Gigabit Ethernet for multiple point-to-point video links. At the same time, it provides greater scalability, allowing transmission of up to 15 SD-SDI video streams, and enhanced production capabilities with interactive communication between sites.

“In common with the financial markets we cover and the investment community we serve, we count on our production network to have absolute integrity and reliability,” said Peter Juno, senior vice president of CNBC Asia Pacific Operations. “Real-time IP networking video feeds have plenty of potential benefits, but they mean little if it entails any impairment of our quality-of-service. The Juniper and Nevion solution provides the performance, reliability and quality we need to embrace IP networking for professional broadcast TV production.”

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ThinkPad T61 Is No More Selling, Go For Thinkpad T410

My 4 years old Thinkpad R60 is really going to retire. Recently, its screen backlight is not lightning up. I need to bypass to a monitor.

But for a RM 4000.00 with 4 years duration and average usage of 12 hours per day (approximation), I think it deserves a salute.

Just when I thought about the possibility of upgrading to Thinkpad T61, my friend told me that I am outdated as well.

The truth is that Thinkpad T61 is no more in the market, now for T Series, there is T410.

Check out the Lenovo Malaysia website for details.

What is even more surprising is that the website also published retails prices which are supposed to be all-same for all over Malaysia.

This is good.

For Thinkpad T Series, it ranges from RM 3,999.00 to RM 5,130.00.

I think Lenovo(IBM) Thinkpad laptops are still the best laptop in the world.

Google Apps API vs Facebook Apps API

Refer to

Understanding Google Apps APIs


Integrate with Facebook APIs

Facebook calls its API Graph APIs while Google calls it Google Apps APIs.

Both are quite similar, except that Google offers a bigger context with inclusion of Google App Engine as cloud computing platform.

Both caters for APIs to allow your custom application to retrieve data from within their own environments. This is the core purpose of the API.

API Comparison:

API TypeFacebookGoogle
Single Sign OnYesYes
QueryYes (FQL)Yes (The Google Visualization API Query Language)

Data Comparison:

Facebook: Any data that is related to user profile in Facebook such as photos, friends' list.

Google: Data from Google Apps (Gmail,Contacts,Calendar,Sites,Document,Spreadsheet,Wave Extension).

Common Features:

1.0 Both platform requires you to provide your own hosting environment. Except that for Google, it also provides the Google App Engine which is a platform for cloud computing and you can host your application for free with limited quota.

2.0 Both supports open source programming languages like Java, PHP, Javascript, Python.

3.0 Both doesn't provide GUI libraries (components). This means that if you need to have calendar in your custom app, you cannot make use of the calendar library from Google, you can only retrieve the data and thus still need to build your own calendar component.

4.0 Both requires application for access to the APIs hence reserve rights to terminate your access if rules are violated.

Grey Areas:

1.0 Facebook has the social plugin while Google has the gadgets.

2.0 Google does provide some libraries on top of its APIs such as the Javascript visualization components for reporting purposes.

Sample Custom Applications:

Facebook : Build an application to consolidate photos of all friends (and their friends) into a single repository.

Google : Build an application to consolidate spreadsheet data and perform business analytics.

Risk Management in Development

For 20 years, Parasoft has been empowering organizations to deliver better business applications faster. They achieve that by delivering quality as a continuous process throughout the SDLC—not just QA

At this briefing, our speaker will share with you:
  • Most common factors causing performance issues, and how have they changed in recent years
  • Trends for mitigating risks for software development
  • How to achieve confidence and assurance levels
  • Proactive best practices for development
  • Welcome by Andy Chua, Business Unit Manager, Binary Vintage
  • Mitigation of Risk - Code Analysis and Best Practices by Stanley Eu, Parasoft, Regional Director
  • Demonstration by Richard Toh, Parasoft, Technical Consultant
Discover how you can establish policies and governance and enforce coding standards as well as automate the unit testing for reliability and stability. Increase productivity and efficiency and promote strong code foundations, solid functional components, and robust development processes and culture. Seats are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. Confirmation will be sent upon successful registration.

Event Details:

Date :23rd Sept 2010
Time :0900hrs – 1300hrs
Venue :Mid Valley
ATD Solution
No. 51-11, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Events by IASA.

For more information please contact us at :

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

IASA E-Summit: Social Media and the Enterprise: An Architectural Approach

For those of you whose travel and education budgets have been reduced or are simply too busy to make it out of the office, the IASA provides full-day online conferences free for you and your staff. As a part of this e-summit series, sponsored by Cisco, you will hear from practiced experts throughout the industry about architecture collaboration topics and concepts such as:
  • How to create a vision and comprehensive strategy for capturing business value through greater collaboration
  • The factors for adopting social media in the enterprise and the challenges and opportunities in getting users to use the technology
  • How social software can become a layer in your enterprise architecture to transform core business processes
  • The considerations and trade-offs for architects building collaboration frameworks and solutions
Visit the Event page for full agenda and topics.

Juniper Networks Announces Junos® Pulse App Now Available on App Store

Juniper Networks® (NYSE: JNPR) today announced that the Juniper Networks Junos® Pulse App, that enables anytime, anywhere secure remote access and connectivity to iPhone and iPod touch, is now available on the App Store.

Using the Junos Pulse App, the industry’s first downloadable VPN app for the iPhone, coupled with the Juniper Networks SA Series SSL VPN Appliances, users can now access any corporate resource from the iPhone and iPod touch enabling the mobile workforce to stay connected, productive and informed while on the go.

Juniper’s Junos Pulse App offers a secure, remote access client that allows enterprises to provide end users with secure access to corporate resources, while simultaneously conforming to existing enterprise security policies.

Monday, September 13, 2010

When you sign up for Adobe BrowserLab by April 30,2011, you will receive one year of complimentary access to all CS live services


Go to Adobe BrowserLab now.

This is the SaaS (software as a service) initiative of Adobe System.

By April 30, 2011 is the due date to get a full year complementary access.

Which means, by April 30, 2012, Adobe expects SaaS markets to kick off effectively.

Adobe BrowserLab is a hosted software service for web designers to quickly view and test their sites on a wide variety of browsers and operating systems.

Takaful IKHLAS Invests in IT Infrastructure to Improve Performance

Takaful Ikhlas Sdn. Bhd. announced its purchase of the IBM POWER7® System to create an advanced and smarter Information Technology (IT) environment to cater for its explosive growth in the next three years.

This RM800,000 investment via IBM channel distributor SL Information System Sdn Bhd, is part of the Syariah-compliant insurance company’s transition to a dynamic infrastructure to support the company’s growth over the next 3 years.

Takaful Ikhlas CEO Dato' Syed Moheeb Syed Kamarulzaman shares “In line with our tradition to keep raising the bar of expectations and performance, we are looking to exponential growth over the next few years. The management believes that the support from technology and good infrastructure will play a significant role to help us achieve this vision.”

Takaful Ikhlas previously purchased the IBM POWER5 Systems. “This upgrade to the IBM POWER7 Systems enables increased efficiency by four times (4x) in terms of performance and workload consolidation capacity; as well as makings better use of energy for saving costs and contributing towards a greener IT environment,” says Dato' Syed Moheeb.

Takaful Ikhlas’ purchase of the IBM POWER 750 8-way server is the first deployment of the IBM POWER7 systems in Malaysia since its launch in March 2010.

Check out details.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hardware Market vs User Market vs Enterprise Market

Ok. Just a quick thought or reminder.

Hardware Market:

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are considered 'the pioneers' and they are both the first few who became billionaires out of computer.

So, their business strategy for hardware market is proven; that is to sell software by license per hardware basis.

Therefore, if you are selling with this method, make sure you sell new license every time user changes hardware. In other words, make sure you markup your hardware prices for software.

User Market

I call this 'user market' because it refers to general users at large, irrespective of home, SME or enterprise.

For instance, a CEO of a public listed company can belong to either enterprise or user market.

In order to penetrate to these users, Google has proven that the web and free services are the way. As well as other heroes like Facebook, hotmail, Yahoo and etc.

So, to reach general users at large, your solution has to be web based.

It is the way now, users feel more comfortable to consult the web before calling up real consultants(human) for just any problems that they are facing. In other words, one day, students will prefer to check the Internet than going for tuition. Well of course provided that there are some solid contents to cater for such needs.

The cloud computing trend is a good opportunity to break through.

The only problem is how you going to make money ?

Google makes it through advertisement and so are most of them.

Software-as-a-Service(SaaS) is also a workable model.

Enterprise Market

Enteprise means big companies.

The enterprise can be combination of both.

The only problem is that enterprise market is driven by ICT adoption trends.

The current top 3 trends for ICT adoptions in Malaysia are:
  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Virtualization

Most entrepreneurs will target the 'user market' because not many are capable of developing hardware as well as having the patience to wait for their innovations to be part of ICT adoption trends.

Trends are usually created and evangelized by the big guys like IBM, HP, Oracle and etc (those in the enterprise market). And it will usually take a few years to ripe.

So, the web space is expected to see a lot of competitions in coming months, particularly on SaaS offerings.

Refer more for trends.

Understanding Google Apps APIs

Refer to here

Main Idea:

The main idea is to 'develop applications that integrate with Google Apps'.

Google Apps ?

Google Apps are referring to:
  • Gmail
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Sites
  • Document
  • Spreadsheet
  • Wave Extension
So, why you want to integrate with Google Apps ?

It depends. For instance, if you are trying to create an automation system to consolidate your emails and contacts.... Or it can be something like doing VBA on Microsoft Office. Be imaginative.

Refer to here for more ideas.

APIs Available ?

The APIs can be categorized into four main category.
  • 'OpenID' Single Sign-On (Required)
  • Universal Navigation
  • Data Access - extracting data from Google Apps
  • Gadgets - integrate your data and user interface into Google Apps by creating gadgets
Two Ways:

There are two ways of developing applications that will allow you to integrate with Google Apps.

1. Develop and host it yourself

To do this, use any programming that you want and just call the API and host it somewhere.

Using this method, you need to setup your own database in your hosting server.

2. Develop on Google App Engine.

This is more interesting.

Google App Engine is a platform for cloud computing.

Not only it provides free hosting with limited quota, it also comes with libraries which cater for scalability of your application in the context of cloud computing.

Using this method, you do not get to setup your own database explicitly. You need to use the libraries provided by Google App Engine for data manipulation; essentially it is the object-relational layer.

Refer to here for more details.

Libraries vs APIs:

These two terms can be confusing and then to overlap in terms of meaning.

For Google Apps APIs, libraries are referring to higher level functions which will invoke one or multiple APIs (lower level functions) to achieve specific goals.

Refer to here.

One good example of library is 'Reporting' which domain monitoring and visualization functions are included.

Library is more like a convenience while API is more like technology.

Marketplace Concept:

The marketplace concept is similar to Apple's AppStore concept.

It allows one to market and sell the developed apps.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Google App Engine For Cloud Computing Adoption

Cloud computing is like a madness that surrounds all of us in the ICT industries. Makes no mistake, it has been around for many years though.

In fact, it is one of the top 3 ICT adoption trends for the enterprise market in Malaysia; I mean big enterprises.

The top 3 trends are:
  1. Cyber Security
  2. Virtualization
  3. Cloud-computing
And everybody is thinking what to do with it. In the Malaysia context we have such initiatives like:
Microsoft during the launching of Visual Studio 2010 announced the Windows Azure platform, which in my opinion is the best way for windows developers to get started and leverage on cloud computing.

Windows Azure offers developer a platform to plug and play application for cloud computing, by offering simulation platform. Hence, whenever you are ready for business, it's not too late to subscribe to a real cloud computing platform.

Google App Engine offers similar take.

It's a platform for you to build and host your application in Google Environment with hosting included. It is not free all the way.

It supports Java and Python.

The sandbox concept is the enabler for cloud-computing, which is also the limitation for the App Engine. For instance, remote access is available only through.
  • HTTPs
  • Fetch URL
  • Emails services.
And there is no multi-thread ability. Application code only runs in response to a web request, a queued task, or a scheduled task. SDKs are provided for free.

You can start right away for free; create and publish application.

The quota for free account are
  • Use up to 500MB of storage a month.
  • Use up to 5 million page views a month.
  • 10 applications for free account.
To have more resources, check out here.

Most of the units are measured in gigabytes. For stored data, 1 GB per month is an additional of USD 0.15. So, assuming that you have a 10 GB of data that is without growth, you have to pay USD 10 * 0.15 = USD 1.5 per month.

This is really affordable.

Imagine trying upload your whole hard disk of 80GB into such environment, one only needs to pay 80 * 0.15 = USD 12 per month. (that is about RM 42).

So, imagine there are about 15 million internet users in Malaysia since 2008, Google will earn (15 x RM 42) RM 630 million per month.

That is huge even though it's affordable.

Now finally, check out what others have developed using Google Apps Engine for the 'enterprise' category.

This is a good opportunity for cloud computing adopters.

In fact, Window Azure platform is just about the same, with the plan called 'Introductory Special' where Microsoft technologies based developers can start to leverage on cloud computing platform right away, for free!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

BurgerShop.exe Has Trojan Agent ATV

I have just got a copy of Quick Heal antivirus software.

And I found that BurgerShop.exe has Trojan Agent ATV.

Not much information can be found about this trojan.

This url defines it as not having serious threat.

I don't know really. I am running on Windows Vista and it didn't create any havoc before.

I think it is better that you make sure the source of your Burger Shop games.

Search: Now Faster Than the Speed of Type

Search as you type. It’s a simple and straightforward idea - users could get results as they type their queries. Imagining the future of search, the idea of being able to search for partial queries or provide some interactive feedback while searching has come up more than a few times.

Along the way, Google even built quite a few demos (notably, Amit Patel in 1999 and Nikhil Bhatla in 2003). These search-as-you-type demos were thought-provoking - fun, fast, and interactive - but fundamentally flawed. Why? Because you don’t really want search-as-you-type (no one wants search results for “bike h” in the process of searching for “bike helmets”). You really want search-before-you-type -- that is, you want results for the most likely search given what you have already typed.

As you can imagine, searching even before a user types isn’t easy -- which is why we are so excited today to be unveiling Google Instant (

Google Instant is search-before-you-type. Instant takes what you have typed already, predicts the most likely completion and streams results in real-time for those predictions -- yielding a smarter and faster search that is interactive, predictive, and powerful.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

China Mobile Shaanxi Selects Juniper Networks for New Data Center Network

Juniper Networks® announced that the Shaanxi provincial arm of China Mobile (NYSE: CHL, SEHK: 0941) has upgraded its Internet data center with Juniper’s New Network based on the Junos® operating system to ensure the subscriber experience and improve the economics of the rapidly growing network. The deployment of Juniper Networks’ routers, switches and security solutions provides China Mobile Shaanxi with a high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient data center fabric with ample scalability and security to meet the expanding bandwidth and service delivery needs of their subscribers.

Check out details.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Software Business Next Trend ?

Check out other previously mentioned trends.

This topic is inspired by my prediction that software business getting harder to do. The reason is that the marketplace expects prices for technology and solutions to keep dropping while inflation keeps happening.

Even though the demand for software has grown from conveniently-efficient-to-have to become a necessity (which is good), this will create a bigger gap in terms of inequality. This means that the big boys will eventually control majority of all market share. This is bad for the society.

Anyway, everybody have to move forward. So I have figured that there are two solutions:
  1. Generic version with auto-update - for any software solution that you are having, try to make it more generic and become more horizontal. And you need to find time and resources to adopt the auto-update feature like what is happening in Microsoft.
  2. Web based SaaS (software as a service)
I would like to analyze SaaS (software as a service) potential in Malaysia.

First of all, the term SaaS (software as a service) can mean anything. The worthy meaning of it is software-on-demand, which means pay per use.

Most of us are not familiar with this term because of the Microsoft evolution and some people called it Microsoft age. Yes, since Windows 95, the whole earth is part of Microsoft age till now. Perhaps things will change later but we cannot change the past.

The Microsoft business model is very different from software-on-demand model which proves to be successful.

Software-on-demand means when you need it, pay for it and then use it. When you don't need it, download all your data and close the account. This is very much similar to paying for a coffee in Starbucks in order to do some web surfing.

If we look at successful SaaS providers like ZoHo,37 Signals,, Intuit and etc. They all target small and medium enterprises in the USA and western countries.

37 Signals is reported to have more than 3 million customers.

My guess is that for big enterprises to use 'SaaS', the ROI scenario may be different.

Well, I haven't heard that SAP, Oracle Peoplesoft, Siebel and etc are offering SaaS yet and even for whatever that is worth it, they don't have to because they are already making so much money and still going.

The idea of SaaS is to reduce the entry cost for adoption of ICT solutions and big enterprises doesn't really need it.

However, in Malaysia, there isn't a trend yet for small and medium enterprises to adopt SaaS. There are two reasons:
  1. There are many service-oriented solution providers who are willing to provide services to such enterprises at the lowest entry cost ever.
  2. There isn't much local SaaS providers in the market who can survive the investment required before a sensible amount of profit are visible to carry forward.
There is however, one specific industry which the SaaS model seemingly work; the logistic industry. For some reason, there are solution providers who provide solutions for clients based on transaction basis. One of the reason is that it makes sense to quantify a transaction in the logistic industry in a tangible way. Means that if I have an order (for logistic), it will sure make money (clean profit). However, this may not the case for other industries.

This suggests that the ICT budget for small and medium enterprises in Malaysia is very small comparing to USA.

Hence, the Microsoft model really works in Malaysia because one gets to buy one-off and gets to receive free updates. I am still receiving updates for Windows XP until today, and that is like a 9 years old product. And this is what I want to suggest.

SaaS may work in Malaysia if:
  1. Do not target small and medium enterprises, target big enterprises.
  2. Charge big enterprises the price range of what others are charging for small and medium enterprises in USA and western countries.
Ok, maybe it will not work for the top 10 percent of big enterprises in Malaysia, however, it may work for the 90% of those classified as big enterprises in Malaysia.

However, for me, it should work for all, because in Malaysia, we are all Malaysian.

The one company that I know who is betting on SaaS is SAS. As at to date, SAS has two products that are already SaaS.
  • Business Intelligence
  • Campaign Management
Their upcoming is Social Media Analytics on SaaS platform. According to SAS, SaaS is good for.
  • Low entry barrier (plug and play)
  • Low upfront investments
  • Faster time to market
To my interpretation, SaaS will break the barrier of enterprise budget and monopoly.

Anyone wants to challenge my idea just drop me a comment.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

SAGE Sets Up Nation’s First Ever Business Software Service Centres

Sage Software Sdn Bhd, the leading provider of the popular Sage UBS business software for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), today makes two major announcements in line with the company’s direction of extending its market leadership and focus on improving customer services.

The Sage UBS accounting solution brand, with 150,000 licenses and over 500,000 users in Malaysia, is in the midst of opening its initial network of 11 services centres nationwide over a span of 2 months.

According to Sage chief executive officer Michael Cho, the move to set up the nationwide service centres is revolutionary as it is in line with Sage's advocate for greater support and services for its large community of business software’s users.

Sage UBS Version 5 retails at RM1,299 for a single user license of the accounting system. For existing users, the upgrade cost RM859. Sage UBS Version 5 is available at all Sage UBS Service Centres and channel partners across the nation.

SAGE UBS Version 5 – Optimized for SMEs

Synchronized with the opening of the Sage UBS Service Centres nationwide is the launch of the Sage UBS Version 5 with software feature enhancements for SMEs to better manage the various aspects of their business operations with the proven accounting system.

Besides its core accounting product, Sage UBS caters to various fundamental business requirements of local SMEs such as Payroll & Human Resource Management, and Inventory & Billing, amongst others.

Sage UBS Version 5 retails at RM1,299 for a single user license of the accounting system. For existing users, the upgrade cost RM859. Sage UBS Version 5 is available at all Sage UBS Service Centres and channel partners across the nation.

Check out here for more details.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (Aug 2010)

As usual, check out the analysis for 2009.

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For month of Aug 2010, we have the followings:
  • The brand of this blog
  • An Adobe's backend program
  • Windows software development tips
  • Business potential of blog
  • A VB.NET programming sample
  • A feature of mobile phone account
  • Common Windows Font Issues
  • Total monthly traffic decreased by as much as 2.98%.
  • Traffic from referring sites increased by 0.77%.
  • Google still top contributor (47.61%). Down from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, UK, India, Singapore).
  • New visitors 86.62% (down from last month).
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F5 Networks Named to FORTUNE’s List of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

F5 Networks, Inc. has been recently ranked No. 64 among what FORTUNE calls “the world’s supercharged performers” on 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list. F5, the only company in its market space to make the list of 100, ranks No. 17 among the top technology companies.

According to the ASEAN Managing Director for F5, Mr Teong Eng Guan (see pix) “It is very much encouraging to know how our effort and technologies have been recognized by the FORTUNE magazine, as one of the worlds’ fastest-growing company. We have been progressing very well and catering only the best solutions for our customers to experience cost effectiveness and greater efficiency- these are 2 identified ingredients to be competent.”

The following criteria were evaluated in determining FORTUNE’s list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies: listing on a major U.S. stock exchange; filing quarterly reports with the SEC; a minimum market capitalization of $250 million and a stock price of at least $5 on June 30, 2010; and trading continuously since June 30, 2007. The company must also have revenue and net income of at least $50 million and $10 million, respectively, for the four quarters ended on or before April 30, 2010. Finally, the company must have posted an annualized growth in revenue and earnings per share of at least 15% annually over the three years ended on or before April 30, 2010.

The full list and related stories appear in the September 2010 issue of FORTUNE and available online at