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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Malaysian IT Industry : brace for impact in the coming 2 years

IT budget had been bad since the recent U.S economy crisis - based on my involvement with the media and IT industry, I saw that big IT companies were having difficulties acquiring new customers - big trends like cloud computing, big data, SDN fell shorter than expected - nobody was willing to acquire new technologies overnight in order to meet trends.

I could be wrong, nonetheless, based on my own data and observations, it couldn't go too wide out - correct me if I am wrong !!!

The downsizing of IT industry actually started since the crashed of dotcom and the Malaysian economy crisis in 1997, when it almost wiped out all IT departments gradually as years moved on.

I knew this as a graduate in May 2002, when I was employed as a programmer for a public listed manufacturing company based in KL with the minimum pay only - we had to work long hours as ever.

During that time, we were part of the IT department of the company. Hence, apart of developing the in-house ERP solution, the IT team was also responsible to deal with all other IT related tasks such as fixing printers, computer networking, checking out the Internet connections, commissioning and decommissioning PCs, servers and etc.

A few years down the road, such IT departments were no longer in existence - with the exception of bigger companies.

These days, IT departments are usually merged with finance, admin or operations departments and all your PC and server issues will be handled either by the vendors directly, otherwise, by outsourced service providers - sometimes these services are even rendered FOC as complimentary services.

As the matter of fact, my supervisor during my first job as programmer stated above was the finance manager; we never had a real IT manager.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ERP adoption in process manufacturing sector in Malaysia is still low

Press release - KUALA LUMPUR, 26 November, 2013

According to iContro Software Sdn Bhd, 100% homegrown, Malaysia-based ERP provider, the current level of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) computerisation in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia is very low. This is seen especially in the process based (eg paints) manufacturing sector.

Frank Lee, CEO of iContro Sdn Bhd particularly singles out the state of ERP systems in Process-based manufacturers, which he deduced is still ‘…at a very basic level of computerisation and automation’.
Frank Lee, CEO, iContro

Take note that the manufacturing industry is generally divided into two types - Process and Discrete, whereby the earlier is highly complex as it involves products that cannot then be broken down into its component parts once produced. Examples of process manufacturing include chemicals and raw material substances, oil & gas fuels, pharmaceutical goods and bio-engineered.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Malaysians Are Top Mobile Shoppers for Year-End Holiday Gifts in APAC

Press release - KUALA LUMPUR, 25 November 2013

Groupon recently released a Year-End Holiday Shopping Survey which was conducted across 12 markets in the Asia Pacific region. 25,070 respondents across 12 markets were surveyed online between 31 October and 11 November 2013. The markets include Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Those who took part in the survey were Groupon’s subscribers, including 1,115 respondents from Malaysia.

It makes me wonder why this trend happens ? Could it because Malaysia is a society which seeks freedom of expression in the Internet space ? or simply because the traffic congestion is too great in the urban or that e-commerce / m-commerce offers cheaper alternative ?

Check out full details and infographic.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

360 Security Software Detected My Own DLL as potential trojan


The DLL file which I programmed for MyKad reader was detected as potential trojan by 360 security software from China; perhaps it is due to the invocation of system level resources on Windows platform.


Thankfully, it caters for provisioning of white-listing.