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KUALA LUMPUR, 26 March 2008 – Tradenex.com Sdn Bhd (Tradenex), subsidiary of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and leading local e-commerce collaboration solutions provider, today announces its strategic alliance with German-based global business integration solutions provider SEEBURGER Asia Pacific Ltd (SEEBURGER).

Through this partnership, Tradenex will boost and scale up its flagship nexCONNECT e-commerce collaboration solution with the ability to integrate with the business-to-business (B2B) supply chains of large multinationals – which is an area that SEEBURGER is world renowned for.

Mr. Soon Koi Voon, chief executive officer of Tradenex says that this strategic partnership with SEEBURGER is a result of extensive studies of the various market offerings for a synergistic and value fit to the company’s flagship nexCONNECT e-commerce collaboration platform that provides an integrated supply chain IT infrastructure to local SMEs.

“Tradenex’s nexCONNECT currently services SMEs in the manufacturing, retail and logistics industries with some 500 users mostly ranging from small to medium sized businesses. Partnering with SEEBURGER is a strategic move in our effort to provide Malaysian companies with world class supply chain solutions – in tandem with their eventual need to integrate into business ecosystems consisting of large multinationals.”

Tradenex selected SEEBURGER as the best solution to compliment their existing offerings for Malaysian companies. “Tradenex will be introducing SEEBURGER solutions to our customers who are looking for competitive advantage. In fact, we have already begun work with some of our key customers to implement B2B Gateways,” says Soon.

Meanwhile, Mr. James Hatcher, managing director for of SEEBURGER Asia Pacific Ltd explains that the partnership with Tradenex is a glove fit to the company’s strategy to distribute SEEBURGER’s B2B Gateway and value-added integration solutions in this region.

“For Malaysia, Tradenex is no doubt the leading provider of an electronic, inter-enterprise collaboration solution with its nexCONNECT platform, with deep level of insight into the supply chain process of the local SME industries. These are crucial partner factors for SEEBURGER in its endeavor to establish its presence in the Asian market,” says Hatcher.

He adds, “Tradenex the necessary industry experience, a good existing customer base of supply chain clients, and an excellent domestic reputation. In addition, SEEBURGER has global customers who we need to support across Asia so this relationship with Tradenex will extend our execution capabilities across Malaysia.”

SEEBURGER sets to expand into region via Tradenex

SEEBURGER is a global household brand renowned for its Electronic Data Interface (EDI) based solutions and ranked by Gartner Research as a market leader in the B2B integration space.

The company has global operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and has an installed base of over 7,000 customers across 15 various verticals including aerospace, high-tech, automotive, retail/consumer product goods (CPG), pharmaceutical and logistics.

Hatcher shares that some of the many high profile customers that deploy SEEBURGER’s B2B gateway solutions are Abbot, Airbus, Coca-cola, DHL, Dunlop DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai, Kraft Foods, SEGA America, Sony and Osram, amongst many others.

“The SEEBURGER B2B Gateway has been rated as best of its class by analysts and is the only B2B/EDI solution embedded in the SAP Netweaver technology stack. SEEBURGER’s Asia Pacific headquarters are located in Hong Kong and is rapidly penetrating the Asia Pacific region via strategic partners like Tradenex who have excellent knowledge and experience in the local markets that they serve”, ends Hatcher.

I’ve always preferred a minimalist approach to life. If a program can be written in 500 lines, then it should. Does this make me a stingy person? No, it doesn’t. I see myself as a pragmatic person. Bring me in to solve a problem… one specific problem. Everything else is either unrelated or should be tackled differently.

Believe it or not, being pragmatic is very profitable. I’m always referred to when there’s a problem to be solved. However, those who are closest to me soon understand that I’m not a fixer but a coach; I don’t solve your problem, I teach you how to solve that specific problem so you won’t do it again.

I charge a lot for my services because undoing a problem is not as exciting as creating them in the first place. Nevertheless, it is an important business process. Without learning how to undo a problem and also avoid causing them in the future clients are doomed to repeating them ad infinitum.

This is another reason why I charge a flat fee. I don’t believe in charging by the hour or some other periodical calculations. Should it matter if I could show you how your problem happened in 10 minutes or 10 hours? I don’t think so. The important thing is that the objective in hiring me is met.

I should be taking the same approach with my blogging. I’m pretty sure that I overuse words a lot in my posts. Let’s see if I can improve in this area.

What about you? Are you a wordy person when it comes to your blogging?

What if there’s a WordPress widget that can display text on a specific section of your blog? Let’s say you have some bookmarking JavaScript that you only want displayed in posts but not on other WordPress pages.

This was the problem I wanted to solve. I searched for a widget that already does this, but found none. I didn’t think that this would be too hard to code myself and decided to give it a go. A few hours later; Section Specific Text Widget was born.

With this widget, you can insert HTML (and even PHP; with third party plugins) content into the sidebar area of specific sections in your WordPress blogs. For example, you can have text that only show in the front page of your blog and not anywhere else. The widget even allows for the content to be shown everywhere except for a section that you’ve chosen.

Give Section Specific Text widget a whirl and tell me what you think.