It’s been 20 years since my old neighborhood experienced flooding in the streets. Is this a cycle? We have monsoon rains, yes. But typhoons are something we really need to prepare for, and yesterday we got hit. Even a well planned drainage system won’t help if you are up against nature. Just take a look at this : http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=118456&id=1786892336&ref=mf, an underpass at the heart of Manila’s business district. Just imagine the rest of the city.

Relatives and friends are not as lucky as we are, who have to deal with isolation, traffic and the flood creeping their houses.  In a sunny Hanoi, i’m checking updates over inquirer.net, facebook and sending sms back at home. For some reason it’s hard to connect my call — which is understandably possible due to the flooding.

A new sunny day is up and it’s time for cleanup. It’s sad to hear lost of loved one’s http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090927-227073/Storm-Ondoy-kills-40. We depend on local government to help us, but here’s some actions to do until everything returns to normal;

  • make sure to have clean drinking water, since the flooding may contaminate the water system, make sure your purified water can supply enough stock
  • stay dry and warm, most disease related to this catastrophe are water borne.
  • if you still have electricity, charge all necessary communication devices, i.e. mobile phone or computer for communication purposes
  • Most people did not expect yesterday’s sad aftermath,  stores may be closed so check your food supply.

Five years back, TM’ates we’re brainstorming of solutions in these times, we’ve came of  ‘ready-to-eat meal’ or RTM. These are normally supplied in the military or aerospace explorations where the food was dehydrated and packed in aluminum. RTM’s can easily be distributed in disaster center where preparation is minimal – just add water and heat it, similar to instant noodles. RTM’s are packed with complete nutrients. The other solution is a quick response center which is designed in a 10′ container where coordination is done. Dispatching such coordination center is faster in location stricken by the disaster since all necessary components are available at an immediate call.

extending help:

Help typhoon Ondoy victims,don8 2 Red Cross.4 Smart,pls txt RED to 4483.For Globe,txt RED to 2899

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Online ATM when you need one!

September 16, 2009

I did mentioned (about) that i was once monitoring ATM network for BPI in the start of my career. It was BPI who introduced ATM as a service – 24 hrs service, we’ll at least that was advertised. But shouldn’t be BPI get penalized for wrong service offering information? It’s a 24hr shift alright and i got my share of keeping an eye of 200+ machines in the graveyard shift. There’s a daily routine where the network of ATM needs to be rebooted – if i’m not mistaken it starts at about 2 am and supposedly ends at about 4 am. That’s where the graveyard shift action is, the phone rings endlessly where either angry or frustrated cardholders call-in to demand the service!

I didn’t realized that i will also be as dependent as the customers i once served. The whole gang was to fly to eastern samar for a short getaway, traveling regularly i always thought that the airport tax have the same rate whichever terminal you’re in and so i needed quick cash. It’s about 4am and what you may know as the BOD for windows displayed in all 3 machines i tried – LINE TO SWITCH DOWN! I didn’t dawn to me at the first 2 machine until i remembered about this reboot about 15yrs back! Thinking it will be over in matter of minutes, since we’re fast forward now to 2009, i still hoped the last machine before Terminal 2 will be online — but it was not.

bpi

So after 15yrs (at least), the ATM technology has not evolved much except of course with the advert display while it is idle or the card reader security for piggyback readers. The service itself did not improved and is not living expectations. ATM are supposed to be robust, therefore only ‘heal’ when they get a chance i.e. service maintenance or when it is really ‘down’. Suppliers can design software updates in the fly like we have for current consumer computer applications. 24hr, no!

If you encounter this message: LINE TO SWITCH DOWN, in the morning (3a-5a) – wait until 6a or when the branch opens, tendency is that other ATM do not recover from this reboot!

Couple of weeks back i visited Jakarta, Indonesia. I cannot remember if i have noticed it before but a biometrics lane was there to receive arriving residents or perhaps registered aliens. It was a service from Saphire.saphire Singapore and Malaysia (if i remember it correctly – among asean country) have implemented this solution.  I quickly checked Saphire news feed and according the release it was implemented since Feb this year. I wonder whether this is part of the security measure of asean initiative?

Another 1st was the credit card facility in the Silver Bird taxi service. If it’s your first time landing in Jakarta and you forgot to arrange a hotel pickup – just take any taxi that has a ‘Bird’ brand on it. birdgroupI usually take the silver bird from the airport and blue bird when going around the city. It’s safe and the fare rate is consistent. Anyway, this time around i was quite happy to see that they are already offering credit card facility and so if you haven’t got the cash you know what to do. Which means official receipt comes with it.

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August TM Jobs post

September 6, 2009

August TM Jobs

1. Interested in working with ADB as a Multimedia Officer?

http://www.adb.org/Employment/Local/ss09-211-der.asp

2. Dine Asia Guide Magazine is looking for a layout artist for print and web developer at the same time, should be willing to start as soon as possible. They can send their resumes to klarisse_16_18@yahoo.com

3.  Looking for Companies/Offices/ Agencies to field our BS Information Technology Graduating Class. We have 70 of them by November. Most likely 540 hours of OJT hours are required in the field (with or without renumeration) .

Our students are equipped with knowledge and skills in Networking, PC Troubleshooting, DBMS, SAD, Web Design…etc

posted by:
Christopher V. Valera
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State Universiy
Mid La Union Campus
City of San Fernando

Tel: 888-31-91 and 242-48-49

4. Listed below are the requirements for PHP Developer:

Requirements:
Must be a HIGHLY SKILLED PHP 5 / MySQL 5 web developer.
At least 3 years experience in PHP/MySQL development.
PHP-based MVC framework (Joomla, CakePhp or Code Igniter) working experience is required.
Javascript and Ajax(jquery, or prototype) experience is also required.
Must have strong understanding of Agile development practices and Scrum methodology.
Exposure in E-commerce, Marketing, Social Networking, and Game Development Experience is preferred.
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s/College Degree in Engineering (Computer/Telecommunication) , Computer Science/Information Technology or equivalent.
Can travel to Malaysia (2-4 weeks).
Excellent verbal and written English skills.
Applicants should be Filipino citizens or hold relevant residence status.
Applicants must be willing to work in Makati City (CBD).
Full-Time positions available. This is a day job.

5. Our company is in need of WEB and Graphic artist that is very efficient in Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Flash macromedia, web design, html, Dreamwaever or similar.

Please send resume with picture to our office via hr@pinnacleasia.com.

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Last week i’ve met Joel to discuss about rebooting the development ofzaatu-ad zaatu.com. Zaatu was meant to address the growing BPO industry in the Philippines, by providing a web service for job listing. Now it will be pursued to be a talent management platform targeted for the small and medium enterprises.

googledocsGoogle Docs has been my free online storage of choice, until recently  i noticed that i’ve been using this as a collaborative tool with my colleagues. It’s free, it fits to sme’s requirement since buying a full featured office suite does not make sense if they are not able to use all of it’s bells and whistles.

I’ve created a new page ‘PM Tools‘ , to review available Project Management Tools in the market.  Managing the PM Processes and Tools for 4yrs now, i’d like to compare or at least identify the gaps from our in-house application. Read on.

Jumpstart in Amazon

April 19, 2009

Dennis Posadas just notified us that his new book is out . . .

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http://www.amazon.com/Jump-Start-Technopreneurship-Dennis-Posadas/dp/9810681313/

Dear Friends,

My new book, JUMP START: A Technopreneurship Fable (Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009), is now at Amazon.com at the link above.

I do hope you check it out.

DENNIS

Dennis Posadas
Author/Technology Columnist
http://www.businessweek.com/bios/Dennis_ Posadas.htm

Checkout my new business fable from Pearson
entitled JUMP START, coming this Summer 2009
to Asian bookstores everywhere:
http://jumpstartfable.blogspot.com/

After filing for bankruptcy, Nortel is in the midst of selling off its business units. One familiar player is bidding for it’s wireless unit. Interestingly, Rudy – a contemporary way back in my BPI life was once connected with Nortel and Cisco and now is with Avaya. I’m actually wooing him over to join our organization but he’s just a little less than a year working with Avaya and it does not look good in your CV when your bouncing around. Anyway, two other colleagues are connected with Nortel, by being the client of which, of their voice application products. But with the recent developments of the once darling of the Northen Americas, both of their organization are starting to replace their install base with Avaya. And that’s where Rudy comes in. Apart from the forecasted BPO flow in the country he’s also doing sales call to organizations wanting to replace Nortel products.

Normally troubled companies, if not shutting down, are being bought by healthier competitor. Although their technologies may not be compatible, the survivors simply takes the market share and integrate or/and retire the previous’ product line.

And so whether Avaya will buy Nortel’s voice applications or not, their clients are vulnerable into folding the leading supplier/s to avoid any technical problems along the way.

Are you using Nortel?

Aside from internal research and development, collaboration with partners and mergers another way of sustaining business through offering new product innovation is by encouraging employees to participate in a corporate wide challenge of coming up an idea that will benefit their employers. In essence corporations are developing intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs within the enterprise.

Let me share my own experience in the verge of being an intrapreneur. My previous employer, has started their own version of intrapreneurship through its Venture Challenge Program that started on the year 2002. Being in the company for 5 years that time I’m much immersed with the fast paced technological development the company has undergone. Although the Philippines office is a mere sale and marketing office, the company does not fall short in information dissemination among it’s stakeholders including their employees. The Venture Challenge or VC aims to encourage worldwide employees to pitch their ideas which of course align to the vision of the company. The company will own every submission of ideas as a trade the winner gets to start-up their own business unit and tap the company’s to make things happen. There are 3 rounds of qualification before being recognized as winners. First participants needs to submit a proposal, a document not more than 3 pages that will describe the venture. This will be the participant’s ‘elevator pitch’ trying to convince judges that their ideas are fit with the vision of the company and of course something that is achievable within a short term, there’s no point in passing the first round if the idea is from out of this world, one of the objective of the program is to generate new product innovation that can be introduced to the market as soon as possible – to capture the market. After the first round, qualifiers are then invited to the headquarters to further develop the study and validate if the existing capabilities of the company are able to support the idea. And final the third and final round is the awarding of winners which are being congratulated by no less than the company chief executive – one way of showing that their ideas are worth noticing by the no. 1 business leader in Europe; I think there’s nothing more appreciating than that. The day after is the rewarding part where the winners are then pulled out from their respective units and start their ‘own company’ as they start to develop and prove that their ideas are worth investing. The company’s resources are at their disposal.

Being an entrepreneur wanabee myself I have joined the program for two straight year. I have entered a concept product, an auto-credit transportation fee for every mode of public transportation by the use of your mobile phone and the operators as the collector. The second product I entered, an electronic module for toys that will capture the activities of your children and send the experience to their parents through wireless network. I must say both products quite gain perceivable in the long term. So for the meantime my entries pass only the first round, and kept on company asset for the future or perhaps being used as I wrote this paper. Now I’m enjoying the coffee cup that I received as a token of participation. I noticed they gave us a coffee cup for us to drink coffee, not to sleep so we can think more for them : )

That was 7 years ago. Does your organization apply the same initiative?