Author: Karamjit Singh
Lim Kok Hing, executive director of Mobile88.com Sdn Bhd (iPay88), had just returned from Manila on April 18 and was gushing about the opportunities in the Philippines. “It is really a vibrant place,” he says, equating it with how Indonesia was five years ago.
Kleenso founder Lee Teck Meng's focus is all on managing growth, and he recognises the role technology can play in making Kleenso a more competitive business. But he also recognises that his staff are not IT-literate yet and if he imposes technology adoption on them, 'they cannot catch up and their current work productivity will fall as well.'
It is a relief to finally have Digital News Asia (DNA) up and running. It has taken the typical hard work and running helter-skelter to get things done. There will probably be plenty of kinks to be ironed out and we will do these on the fly. The site however is just a platform. Our aim is to highlight and profile what goes on in our ecosystem on a daily basis and with updates on entrepreneurs who are doing exciting stuff.
We know what to do with our mobiles. We are also getting better at using our mobile’s multimedia capabilities to record and take shots of everyday life, and the occasional weekend rally or sit-in. And we are about to get better at it.
Three years ago in Malaysia, there was probably one company with a digital budget of RM5 million or more. Today there are over 20 companies in Malaysia. Digital advertising has arrived.
In January 2011, IBM started calling its social agenda, Social Business. The reason was to drive home the point that embedding “social” into a company’s business processes drives strong business value.
The feeling on the ground is that Virtuous Investment Circle, announced with much fanfare in 2010, has not made any investments at all. Its founder Bob Chua vehemently denies this, but admits it should do a better job in sharing what it is doing to live up to its promise of “passionately creating a vibrant ecosystem for angel investing.”
To the Qualitas Medical Group Sdn Bhd, which operates a chain of 90 clinics around the country, technology has always been part and parcel of healthcare. That relationship is deepening as the Group migrates to the cloud.
A Frost & Sullivan report on the State of Cloud Computing in Malaysia 2011 had 34% of organizations in Malaysia saying that cloud computing would be their No 1 priority in the current fiscal year. Bolstered by this finding, Multimedia Development Corporation launched the MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative in October 2011, aimed at accelerating the adoption of cloud computing by not only Malaysian SMEs but also Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with MSC Malaysia status.