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Business Intelligence (BI) technology adoption in Malaysia is growing at a healthy pace. More business organisations are becoming more aware on how a robust BI system will give them a competitive edge.

PIDM is one of the entities that are investing in BI technology with an aim to provide leading edge risk assessment and monitoring tools.

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 June 2007 – SAS Malaysia has been appointed by Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) to provide its Business Intelligence technology to develop leading edge risk assessment and monitoring tools to help it achieve its mandate as the national deposit insurer.

Mr. Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia and Mr. Jean Pierre Sabourin, Chief Executive Officer of PIDMFrom Left: Mr. Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia and Mr. Jean Pierre Sabourin, Chief Executive Officer of PIDM

The partnership between SAS and PIDM was announced at a closed-door ceremony in Kuala Lumpur today.

Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia said that SAS’s wealth of international experience in providing solutions for specific industries coupled with its proven platform environment will be applied to help PDIM build the tools it requires.

“Today’s business climate calls for better and timely information to fulfill the increasing demands for transparency and sound corporate governance. As the volumes of data continue to increase exponentially, being able to intelligently analyze the right information and make the right inference is key. With SAS’s powerful yet easy-to-use reporting system, PIDM will be able to pull together critical information and be able to perform required analysis,” says Cheah.

“SAS is honored to have been selected by PIDM to help develop a risk and monitoring system to meet its needs.”

Jean Pierre Sabourin, PIDM’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), stated that PIDM’s role is to administer an effective deposit insurance system to protect Malaysian depositors. We believe SAS’ Risk Assessment solution will provide us the platform to manage our statistical data effectively,” says Sabourin.

Starting June this year, PIDM and SAS will begin the development of the first phase of the three-year risk assessment system project.

About PIDM

Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) was formed under the Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation Act 2005, with a mandate to administer the deposit insurance system in Malaysia. Deposit insurance is a system established by the Government to protect depositors against the loss up to RM60,000 of their insured deposits placed with member institutions in the unlikely event a member institution is unable to meet its obligations to depositors. As the national deposit insurer, a key aspect of PIDM’s work is to asses and monitor the inherent risk of providing deposit insurance and to promote and contribute to the stability of Malaysia’s financial system.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. Customers at 43,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight from data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products and processes. Only SAS offers leading data integration, storage, analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. www.sas.com

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about some search engine ranking myths that are still prevalent nowadays. I concluded that post by stating that I will be sharing two things that can significantly improve your search engine rankings.

Believe it or not, these two things are very easy to implement that almost anyone can reap the benefits. Continue reading if you want to know what they are.

Implement A Robust Internal Linking Structure

There’s one category of links that you have 100% control over, and that is your internal links. Internal links are links to pages within your own web site.

Most modern blogging and CMS software have decent archiving functions that organises pages into categories, tags or some other archive format.

WordPress, which is what I run HTNet on, is a very robust blogging platform that takes care of my internal linking structure very well. Since this is done automagically, I can concentrate more on generating content, instead of getting my hands dirty with internal link-building.

If you run your blog or web site on WordPress, here are some internal linking tips I find useful:

  1. Forget about the weekly, monthly, yearly archives. Displaying them just takes up space and doesn’t contribute much to the user experience. Do you sieve through monthly archives of your favourite blogs? Do you expect others to do the same with yours?
  2. Make sure your categories archives are easily accessable. If you have only a handful of them, then you might as well stick it on every page. On the other hand, if you’re pretty much an open-mic blog, then you might want to consider dedicating a special page to list your categories; like what I’m doing with my HTNet Tags page.
  3. Link to posts or pages you’re especially proud of in every page of your blog. This will help it gain a significant SEO boost.
  4. The Related Posts plugin should be installed if you have over 100 posts in your blog. It helps spread the link-love around.

Get Stable Web Hosting

This is an often overlooked area for webmasters moving on from free hosting. There are plenty of quality free web and blog hosting services. TripodWordPress.com and Bloggercomes to mind pretty easily.

Eventhough these services are free, they are built on highly-tuned hardware, and connected to solid Internet backbone links… and this is not something you’ll get easily when it comes to commercial web hosting. Unfortunately, if you want to be taken seriously in the online world, you got to have your own domain name and paid web hosting.

Maybe you are already asking, “What has servers got to do with SEO?”A whole lot!Regardless of how well you’re getting linked, that incoming PR is worth nothing if your server is down when search engine spiders are trying to crawl your web site.

Imagine, months of link building going to waste just because your server was down when it matters most (from an SEO standpoint). This is not theory, it is very much real. If you want to talk to someone who has experienced it first hand, I’d suggest you talk to Joneh who runs Papajoneh.com as well as JonehRC.com; two web sites that faced different fortunes in the server stability front.

To sum up, you need to focus on these two areas first before doing crazy SEO ninja stuff. Personally, I think that these are the two foundations of SEO. Once you have these two in control, you’ll have more freedom to experiment with other SEO techniques.

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In this age and time, even a hobbyist blogger understands the basics of SEO. Those who expect to make money from their blogs will undeniably put in significant effort in making their web sites more search engine friendly.

Here are what most people would focus their optimisation efforts on:

  • Achieving some sort of keyword density ratio in posts
  • Bolding or emphasizing keywords
  • Getting linked from other related web sites and blogs

Want to know something I’ve learned? All of the three things mentioned there have little (in fact it’s close to zero) effect on how well your site ranks for search results you’re gunning for. Continue reading if you want to find out why the above are literally duds when it comes to SEO.

Keyword Shouting Gets You Nowhere

Google and Yahoo! are established companies when it comes to Internet search technologies. Surely you’d think that they have probably gone past the kindergarten approach of search engine marketing?

Remember the days of mid-1990s when Google was just in its experimental stage and Yahoo! was the Internet search company? Do you remember how significantly irrelevant top search results are for almost anything you searched for?

Some smart people figured out that Yahoo! seems to like repetitive mention of keywords. The more you mentioned certain keywords, the higher you’d rank for that term.

This lead to one of the earliest forms of (blackhat) SEO: keyword repetition. Porn and warez related web sites are among the first to exploit Yahoo!’s love of repetition. Chances are if you searched for “Windows 95” back then, the first ten search results will be inundated with pages containing immense amounts of these keywords:

  • Windows 95 keygen
  • Windows 95 cracks
  • Windows 95 serial numbers
  • Windows 95 serials
  • Windows 95 retail serial
  • Windows 95 retail keygen
  • Windows 95 oem
  • Windows 95 oem iso
  • Windows 95 download

Thankfully nowadays, result pages are more relevant and tend to match significantly closer to what we’re looking for in the first place. Why? Simply because pages that are unrealistically saturated with keywords are ranked much lower or are totally ignored by modern search engines.

Bigger Does Not Necessarily Mean Better

Another old-school SEO technique employed is the act of bolding or emphasizing (and sometimes both) keywords. Traditionally, similarly marked up texts are meant to be highlighted for their importance in a body of text.

Innocently enough, the first generation search engines take this into account when ranking web pages. Again, blackhat SEOs spotted the trend of pages having bolded and emphasized keywords ranking higher in search results. The result was inevitable; bolded and emphasized keyword laden spam pages took over top spots in search result pages for lots of popular search terms.

Again, search engines overcame this problem by enhancing their relevance sorting algorithm. Artificially high amounts of bolding and emphasizing are no longer ranked so significantly. Soon, they were history as such pages are almost immediately penalised as spam pages.

Relatives Are Not The Only People You Would Be Linking To

“If you want to rank high for search term, you should get linked from other search termweb sites.”

This is one of those myths that sound so realistic that many automatically think they’re facts. Read my lips: relations doesn’t matter. Links are links!

Take a step back, and analyse this “related web links” theory a bit. Linux and Microsoft Windows are related. Both are operating systems. If you were to put this theory into practise, then only having them linked with each other would make them become “related web links”. Begin to see the ridiculousness of this concept?

Does this mean a link to Slackware Linux by New York Times bear little to no weight because they’re not related to one another at all? Does this mean McDonald’s and Burger King should link to each other to gain significant SEO boost because they are related?

Again, taking a step back, isn’t everything related if you zoom out a little bit? Now, does the “links from related web sites” theory sound a bit less realistic?

The most important thing to consider when linking is who you’re linking to. Do not link to link farms, splogs and any other web nasties. To put it simply, do not link to web sites that you won’t visit. It’s as simple as that.

I will be sharing two things that any webmaster can apply to his web site that will improve search engine rankings significantly in a post I’m composing. If you want to be the first to find out when it’s released, I suggest that you subscribe to HTNet’s RSS feed.

Alcatel-Lucent

Kuala Lumpur and Paris, June 11, 2007 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been awarded a 10 million Euro contract to supply a 10 gigabit next generation IP/Ethernet network to Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s leading communications service provider. The network is being delivered through AirStar (M) Sdn Bhd, a local solutions provider in telecommunications and ICT.

Alcatel-Lucent’s solution will enable TM to offer highly reliable services such as Virtual Leased Lines and Virtual Private LAN Services to its business customers. This next generation network will also form the platform for future services, including triple play, allowing TM to offer the next wave of advanced services with minimal further investment.

Built on a single unified IP infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucent’s IP-based solution is designed to support multiple type of services with superior scale, hierarchical quality of service and availability, critical for guaranteeing stringent Service Level Agreements on business-critical data.

“Alcatel-Lucent brings its worldwide experience and expertise in major IP network and service transformation projects in this partnership with Airstar and TM”, said Pierre Cheyron, Country Senior Officer and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia. “Together, we are building the largest carrier class, MPLS-based IP/Ethernet network in Malaysia, which enables TM to adopt advanced technological solutions to meet broadening market demand and challenging targets.”

AirStar Chief Executive Officer, Zulkifli Osman, said: “The contract strengthens both Airstar and Alcatel-Lucent positions as key technology partners and suppliers to TM. Alcatel-Lucent’s global leadership in IP solutions ideally combines with our ICT expertise to support such global network transformation projects.”

TM’s Malaysia Business Chief Executive Officer, Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said, “IP/Ethernet technology is definitely where the future of networks lie. Our deployment in key business centres nationwide is to ensure we are able to provide our corporate customers with the most cost-effective and flexible network solution to meet their growing needs. As the leading telecommunications provider of the nation, we need to be always forward looking in all our investments to ensure that we stay competitive and relevant to our customers.”

Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its industry-leading IP/MPLS portfolio, namely the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, Alcatel-Lucent 7250 Service Access Switch and the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager.

Over 160 service providers in more than 60 countries around the world have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP portfolio as key elements for their IP transformation, including massive, multi-year projects at AT&T, BT and Telstra. In the past months, Alcatel-Lucent has announced new service provider IP transformation deployments at Cable & Wireless, China Mobile, CTM-Macau, Hawaiian Telecom, Indosat, SaskTel, Telefónica Latin America, Telecom Malagasy and Vodafone.

About TM

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), a leading regional information and communications group, offers a comprehensive range of communication services and solutions in fixed-line, mobile, data and broadband. As one of the largest listed companies on Bursa Malaysia with an operating revenue of more than RM16 billion, TM is driven to deliver value to its stakeholders in a highly competitive environment.

The Group places emphasis on continuing customer service quality enhancements and innovations. Currently, with investments and operations in 13 countries around Asia and globally, TM is focused on sustainable growth in both the local and international markets.

On the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) front, the Group has always been a major corporate contributor towards responsible activities in the belief that these practices are a fundamental tenet of good corporate governance. The Group promotes 3 major platforms i.e. education, sports development and community/nation-building. Under education, TM has spent some RM800 million to develop Multimedia University with more than 20,000 students. TM has also provided scholarships to over 10,000 graduates pursuing academic programmes locally and overseas. On the sports front, TM is actively contributing towards the upliftment of football at all levels while under the community/nation-building platform, the Group contributes towards causes that bring value to the community and nation at large.

For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my

About Airstar (M) Sdn Bhd

Airstar (M) Sdn. Bhd. (AirStar) is both a Bumiputra and a certified Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status company. Having the MSC status, the Company had been participating actively in the development of the MSC projects, and is also actively pursuing the telecommunication industry. It is among the first group of Malaysian companies that obtained the MSC R&D Grant Scheme (MGS) approved by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in 2002. The Company focuses on R&D effort on wireless microwave Point-to-Point telecommunications system, catering to challenges faced in tropical climate area.

AirStar was incorporated in 1997, and is a registered contractor with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence, government linked companies such as Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Tenaga Nasional Berhad, and others including PLUS and Putrajaya Holdings. The company is embarking on strategic alliances and collaboration with multinational companies in providing a cost-effective solution to its customers.

For further information on AirStar, visit www.airstar.com.my

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

This is not a rumour.

Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be marrying Jeanne Abdullah this Saturday in a private function to be held at Seri Perdana (the official residence of the premier).

The press release, which is in Malay, can be read here.

For the benefit of those who can’t read Malay (or is it Bahasa Malaysia now), here is my translation of the text:

Press Release Announcing the Wedding Ceremony of The Prime Minister

With happiness, we’d like to inform that the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be marrying Jeanne Abdullah on Saturday, 9 June 2007 (23 Jamadilawwal 1428 Hijrah).

Jeanne Abdullah was born in Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 1953 and is the first of four siblings. She received her education from Assunta Secondary School and is well experienced in the field of administration and hotel management. She has been involved in the management of some of the most well-knowned hotels in Malaysia including Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Pan Pacific Hotel. Jeanne has also served as a supervisor of the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister as well as being a manager of the Seri Perdana Complex.

Jeanne has two children, Nadiah and Nadene.

The function will be held at Seri perdana and will be attended by close family members only.

There’s an unconfirmed picture of the soon-to-be Mrs PM here. Please note that I cannot confirm nor deny that that is really her picture!