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Five programs you can afford in a financial meltdown

taken from here

It’s the afternoon of September 30th and for reasons beyond my understanding the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) is up more than 3.5% after yesterday’s financial fiasco. Hello, Wall Street, what part of “No one has a new bailout deal; the House hated the old deal, and it’s the week of Rosh Hashanah so it won’t be a full week at Congress anyway” do you not understand? Even if you believe the bailout will magically work wonders for the economy — I don’t — it’s not going to happen this week.

No matter what happens to the bailout, it’s a safe bet that times are going to be hard. So what can you do if you’re not in Congress and you want to get new programs, but not pay an arm and a leg? After all, it’s not like you can print money. Unlike, say, the U.S. government. The choice is clear: switch to open-source software.

Like what you ask? Like these five prime examples of open-source software that’s every bit as good, if not better, than their proprietary equivalents.

1) Microsoft Office: OpenOffice. Here’s your choice: You can pay about a $110 street price for Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, which includes the basics office trilogy of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, plus OneNote, Microsoft’s take on a digital notebook, or you can pay nothing, Nada, for OpenOffice.

If there’s anything you can’t do in OpenOffice, which is soon upgrading to version 3.0, that you can do in Microsoft Office, I don’t know what it is. There’s also, as far as I can tell, almost no learning curve in moving from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice. I flip back and forth between the two office suites and I honestly can barely tell the difference between them whether I’m writing, working out my budget on a spreadsheet or – shudder! — working on a presentation.

2) Outlook: Thunderbird. If you want to do real e-mail on Windows with Microsoft products, you’re pretty much stuck with Outlook. I hate Outlook. A long time ago I called Outlook a security hole that masquerades as an e-mail client. I haven’t seen any reason to change my opinion. It’s amazing to me, even now, to contemplate just how many ways Outlook allows trouble to come visiting your computer. Thunderbird, on the other hand, has nothing like Outlook’s problems.

I’m not crazy about Thunderbird 2.0.0.17. It’s a good, solid program, but I feel it’s been neglected by Mozilla since it was spun off as a project on to itself so Mozilla could focus its attention on Firefox. That said, I’ll take it over Outlook any day of the week.

Besides you can either buy Outlook 2007, as a stand alone program for about $90, or as part of Microsoft Office Standard 2007 for $315, or you can download Thunderbird. The price of the Thunderbird download: Zero. Zip.

3) Quicken: GnuCash. Chances are you’ve heard of the other programs I’ve mentioned, but GnuCash 2.2.7 may be new to you. It shouldn’t be. It’s an outstanding money management program. And, if there’s anything we need right now, it’s some good money management.

GnuCash has all the important features of Quicken and some of those of QuickBooks, Intuit’s small business accounting program. Beside the basics of managing cash flow and checking accounts, it can also handle invoicing, accounts receivable and accounts payable. The program also works with OFX DirectConnect and HBCI (Home Banking Computer Interface) so you can use it online with the same banks, credit card companies, and so on that you use Quicken with today. Finally, it lets you import data from Quicken and Microsoft Money, so you won’t need to rebuild your financial data.

Have I mentioned the price yet? That’s right: zilch. Quicken Starter Edition 2009? It will cost you about $30. Read the rest of this entry »

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implementasi ERP: antara kebutuhan dan keinginan

Ditulis oleh Titik Parwati Hesti
MILIS KOMTEK : KOMPUTER-TEKNOLOGI@yahoogroups.com

Mungkin ini sekedar pengalaman pribadi dan agak bersifat subyektif.
pertama kali saya mengenal ERP adalah ketika teman saya mendemokan
program IFS, sebelumnya saya belum tahu apalagi kenal dengan ERP.
Kesan saya waktu itu adalah bahwa ERP adalah sesuatu yang kompleks dan
membingungkan. Tapi setelah didemokan oleh teman saya tersebut saya
baru merasakan bahwa ERP sangat menarik. Satu hal yang tidak menarik
dari ERP adalah harganya yang MAHAL. Kemudian saya mengenal Axapta,
saya mengenal Axapta karena kebetulan di tempat saya akhirnya memilih
Axapta. Terlepas dari harganya yang mahal (setidaknya menurut saya),
kelebihan Axapta sebagaimana yg dipromosikan oleh implementor waktu
itu adalah “Dengan Axapta Kita Bisa Membuat Kemampuan ERP menjadi Tak
Terbatas”. Memang harus diakui kemampuan kustomisasi Axapta
luarbiasa, setidaknya dari hasil demo waktu itu. Read the rest of this entry »

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implementation progress ..optimisme dan pesimisme

huh.. what a day, (i little bit bad way to start write a blog.. really..)..

hari ini, seperti telah di jadwalkan 1 minggu yang lalu.. another kunjungan from out beloved ERP vendor.. like ussual formation. here they come……..

today’s plan is to upgrade our ERP web version with “invoicing¬† by progress flow”, flow yang didefinisika setalah pergulatan lama dengan user, management and ofcourse our vendor..

my expectation 4 today is.. finish presales and sales Flow + implement flow “invoicing¬† by progress” into real database .. buuttttttttttttttt…. its all mess up.. damn… F#$%#… no one from my plan(my revised^unknown plann..exactly)¬† was accomplish today .. nothings get right.. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 8 Hottest Skills for ’08

taken from : computerworld

AJAX, .Net, XML, PHP and other Web 2.0 programming skills top the in-demand list

No one is mistaking the current IT jobs market for the one that sizzled during the dot-com days and inflated salaries to astronomical rates. But as the U.S. economy wrestles with a weak housing market and record oil prices, demand for IT workers is on the rise.

“There is a distinct shortage of certain IT [skills], and that shortage seems to be growing,” says Neill Hopkins, vice president of skills development at The Computing Technology Industry Association Inc. (CompTIA) in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Although the talent shortage is being exacerbated by dramatic declines in enrollments in university computer science programs, along with the first trickle of baby boomers starting to head for the exits, specific skills shortages are weighing heavily on CIOs’ minds. “If you’re looking at emerging technologies such as Adobe Flex, there are some boutique firms that have resources, but to get those skills in-house, it’s a much smaller pool,” says Frank Hood, CIO at The Quiznos Master LLC in Denver.

Here are the top eight skills in demand for 2008, as identified by Computerworld‘s first-half 2008 Vital Signs survey :

1. Programming/application development. As companies continue to Web-enable their existing applications and plow deeper into Web 2.0, demand is red-hot right now for people with AJAX, .Net and PHP skills, says Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director at Robert Half Technology in Menlo Park, Calif.

Plus, as a growing number of organizations begin adopting Microsoft Corp.’s Silverlight 1.0 rich-media software tools, expect to see rising demand for people expertise in that area, says Spencer Lee (also see 12 IT skills that employers can’t say no to. And, for a different take, don’t miss Top 10 dead [or dying] computer skills).

2. Project management. CIOs are hungry for project managers who have extensive experience overseeing complex efforts that have delivered clear business benefits — not just someone who has obtained a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute Inc., says David Van De Voort, principal consultant at Mercer International Inc. in Chicago.

Many organizations, such as Sabre Holdings Corp., are applying agile development test-driven development techniques. Finding people with finely-honed skills in these areas “is extremely important,” says Sara Garrison, senior vice president of product and solutions development at the Southlake, Texas-based air travel data company.

Also, expect to see heightened demand for quality assurance specialists to help test and check new systems that are being rolled out, says Dan Reynolds, CEO of Princeton, N.J.-based staffing firm The Brokers Group LLC.

3. Help desk/technical support. Do the math. As companies continue to expand their application portfolios, more help desk and technical support experts will be needed to support those systems. And much of that expertise will need to be on-premises, with only a fraction of the work being shifted to overseas call centers in places like Bangalore, India.

Demand for support staff will remain strong as commercial applications from vendors such as IBM and Microsoft continue to become more complex, notes CompTIA’s Hopkins. “You’ll need higher-skilled workers not only to implement but [also] to manage these systems,” he says.

And as operations for multinational organizations become increasingly globalized, demand for multilingual help desk staffers will also rise, says Spencer Lee. Read the rest of this entry »

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web-based database applications

LIMBAS is a web client/server application allowing you to develop application quickly without programming. This, only by the use of tables and forms and other modules like workflow engine, user management, report editor, file manager or soap interface.

An outstanding feature is complete use with an Internet-Browser without installations, Plugins or other components on the client. (live cd go to http://www.limbas.org/, we could find also in this site examples: anthiemen administration, Picture data base, Callcenter, Internet shop, Biographies encyclopedia

Some FAQ about LIMBAS:

What is LIMBAS?

With LIMBAS one can illustrate, manage, administer and distribute business- or project processes over a webbrowser.

What makes LIMBAS unique?

LIMBAS is a performant tool which is based on Unix/Linux operating systems in order to provide tables applications and Workflows only over the browser and without Plugins. It is platform independent for the client. LIMBAS uses many procedures necessary for data security like e.g. transactions, Backups and restrictions of access.

Was can LIMBAS do?

Limbas stores and processes data and files. For this purpose LIMBAS offers many tools and functions e.g.: Input assistance, form generator, report designer, Workflowfunctions, export possibilities and many other things.

Where do I get LIMBAS?

LIMBAS stands under a dual license. The GPL version and is available under www.swissforge.org, the propritaere license can be referred over www.limbas.com.

What can I realize with LIMBAS?

Applications, which have something to do with data bases and with the administration of data.

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kejayaan e-mail memudar..

“Benarkah era e-mail alias surat elektronik sudah berakhir, atau bahkan bakal segera ditinggalkan? Yang pasti, beberapa penelitian memang menunjukkan tanda-tanda penurunan popularitas e-mail.

Misalnya saja, instant messaging (IM) alias pesan instan mungkin bakal menggantikan e-mail sebagai aplikasi utama dalam komunikasi bisnis di tahun 2010. Demikian terungkap dalam penelitian IDC (International Data Corporation) terbaru.

Hal ini disebabkan karena makin banyak pekerja yang kecanduan dengan IM yang menawarkan beberapa kelebihan. Penelitian IDC bertajuk ‘The Hyperconnected: Here They Come’ tersebut melibatkan 2400 pekerja di 17 negara.

Dikutip detikINET dari PCWorld, Senin (7/7/2008), dua pertiga pekerja yang masuk kategori ‘hyperconnected’ memakai IM untuk bekerja maupun kepentingan pribadi. Kategori ‘hyperconnected’ ini berarti pekerja menggunakan setidaknya 7 perangkat untuk akses jaringan dan 9 aplikasi komputer untuk tetap terkoneksi

Adapun dalam studi di tahun 2007 oleh Pew Internet & American Life Project, 92 persen orang dewasa Amerika Serikat mengaku memakai e-mail secara rutin. Namun hanya 16 persen remaja yang mengaku melakukannya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Memilih Satria “ERP” Idaman

Memilih ERP package dewasa ini tak ubahnya seperti memilih seorang “ksatria idaman” di jaman legenda kerajaan-kerajaan masa lalu, sebagaimana biasanya dikisahkan bahwa sang Raja mempunyai seorang putri yang cantik jelita, dan
sudah saatnya untuk dicarikan jodoh ksatria yang “terbaik” yang dipilih dari seluruh pelosok jagad.

Maka sang Raja menitahkan Perdana Menteri (yaitu Anda) untuk melaksanakan tugas yang maha penting ini, karena pilihan yang bagus, artinya berhasil memilih ksatria yang tepat sebagai jodoh sang putri, akan sangatmempengaruhi nasib dan kejayaan kerajaan di masa mendatang.

Ksatria yang tepat akan menjadi pelindung bagi kerajaan dari serangan
musuh, memastikan generasi penerus bagi sang Raja, dan membuahkan keturunan yang baik bagi dinasti kerajaan. Sebaliknya, memilih ksatria yang keliru (ternyata yang terpilih ternyata lelaki “memble” padahal kelihatan “perlente”) bisa menjadi bencana besar, karena memilih ksatria bagi sang putri hendaknya hanya dilakukan sekali saja, tidak diinginkan sang putri mengalami kawin-cerai yang selalu menyakitkan. Ksatria yang “salah pilih” akan menjadi buah simalakama, dipecat sebagai menantu susah, dibiarkan sebagai menantu juga salah. Read the rest of this entry »

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