Stories by Ross Milburn

Professionals and academics join OSS keynote, forum

Open source software provider Red Hat and the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) jointly organized a keynote speech and open source software forum held in Hong Kong in late April. Local academic institutions, industry professionals and representatives of business associations participated in the panel discussion on the future development of the open source industry in Hong Kong.

Collaborative computing

For twenty years, PC users have gazed at standard 'desktops' and operating systems that allowed them limited interaction with business partners using similar machines.

Storage front-and-center in 2007

For many companies, 2006 has seen storage problems come to a head. The pressure of ever-expanding data volume, puzzlement over effective backup and retrieval of email, video and voice, and concern about provisions for business continuity pose complex challenges. Storage accounts for more than 50 percent of many IT budgets and consumes more planning time than ever.

Will IT automate the financial supply chain?

Every year, US$30 trillion dollars of trade in goods and services is shifted across the globe through a computerized supply chain. Buyers and sellers can access the web on their laptops, key in a given consignment number and find out what it contains, where it is and when it will arrive.

Will IT automate the financial supply chain?

Every year, US$30 trillion dollars of trade in goods and services is shifted across the globe through a computerized supply chain. Buyers and sellers can access the web on their laptops, key in a given consignment number and find out what it contains, where it is and when it will arrive.

IT boosts manufacturing sector

Management information is a major concern for Karl Ting, GM for the Crystal Group's Information Services Department. Crystal Group designs and manufacturers fashion garments for many of the leading international brand names. With 25,000 employees and manufacturing facilities located in twelve countries across Asia, the group produces 180 million garments a year.

Time-to-market

"Time-to-market is an ongoing challenge for IT people in Hong Kong's competitive telecom market," said Samuel Poon, technology & development director for New World Telecommunications. "If someone can launch a service in two weeks and you take three months, you won't get any business."

BPM: Modeling the process

According to research firm Gartner, there are more than 130 vendors of Business Process Management BPM software. BPM is hot because it delivers a decades-old dream: that businesspeople who are non-programmers can modify their business applications, and even create new ones, with little or no assistance from the IT department. With BPM, applications are created faster and cheaper, but because they are accurately modeled before they are created, they should not require extensive trials.