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Business 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Optimistic mood in IT industry

OUR CEO OUTLOOK 2003 today features the Malaysia-based CEOs of three of the largest IT corporations #8211; Datuk Wong Siew Hai of Intel Corp, Khatijah Shah of SAP, and T.F. CHONG of Hewlett-Packard (HP). The three CEOs are looking forward to 2003 as they expect a pickup in the world economy will boost spending on IT.

Business 10 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Silver lining for Asian carriers

THE global airline industry looks like heading into troubled skies this year with a US-Iraq war being unavoidable at this juncture, but regional airlines should do fairly well, with intra-Asian travel picking up momentum.

Business 18 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Permanis sees Gatorade boosting sales by 20%

SOFT drink manufacturer and distributor Permanis Sdn Bhd expects its latest sports drink I>Gatorade/Ito increase sales by 20% to RM240mil for the current financial year ending June 30, 2003.

Business 14 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

HP eyeing potential in the collaborative commerce market

GLOBAL information technology (IT) provider Hewlett-Packard (HP) sees potential in the collaborative commerce (c-commerce) market despite cautious corporate IT spending and slow technology adoption among manufacturers this year.

Business 07 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

M’sia to have 13 million smart cards by 2005

MALAYSIA, with a 32.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for smart cards from 2001 to 2005 is expected to have about 13 million smart cards out by 2005, according to Jafizwaty Ishahak, a Smart Card and Auto ID regional research analyst with Frost amp; Sullivan Asia Pacific.

Business 07 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Smart card market on an uptrend

BANKING and retail applications for the smart card market in Malaysia is on an upward trend. According to a recent study by Frost and Sullivan in 2000, banking and retail applications accounted for 2.4% of total smart card shipment by application and this is expected to grow to 6.2% by 2004.

Business 08 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ambient media no fad

BIG Events Sdn Bhd, which sells advertising space for Putraline (formerly Putra-LRT), has done a lot to popularise advertising and promotions at the stations and on the trains.

Business 08 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Cellular integration to benefit consumers

AS the telecommunications industry in Asia-Pacific further consolidates, we will see an average of three players emerging from each country (Frost Sullivan, November 2002). In Malaysia too, efforts have been made to consolidate the industry with a view to strengthening the industry and increasing competitiveness. Customers are a key factor in the equation as the consolidation will not only create a more efficient industry but also act as a catalyst to bring about a more customer-focused operating environment.

Business 11 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Mobile solutions in for a boost

A SHIFT in the focus of telecommunications companies (telcos) to the relatively untapped data market is good news for mobile infrastructure solution providers, who see this translating into 20% annual growth in product sales, SmartTrust chief executive officer Paul Cuss said.

Business 14 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Switch to chip card to pick up speed

THE going will be rough for both payment card brands MasterCard and Visa to convince local banks to migrate to chip-based credit cards by 2006.