Archive for December, 2009

We are now Iphone and Ipod Touch Friendly

Yeap, you hear it right. Grab your iphone or ipod touch and give http://irwan.biz a visit. If you have wordpress blog, you can have the same features by installing WP-Touch Plugin.

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Be an Expert in your area

People do love the word expert, especially in business. Being an expert means that you do the things that you do in the best way. If you are an expert in fishing, people will follow you to your fishing spots, use the same kind of baits that you use and they see you are their benchmark. If you are expert in marketing, people are looking for you for marketing advices, plans and actions.

In business environment, one company can’t do everything by itself. It needs help. That’s the reason Business-to-Business(B2B) exists. So businesses are looking for expert companies that excel in a certain area of their needs.

If you are a software provider, people are expected twice as much from you. First, you are an expert programmer. Second, you are an expert of what your software do. Let’s say your software is providing Human Resource Management System(HRMS), you can’t just rely on your strength as programmers alone. You have to be an expert in HRMS too. The reason is simple, if your customers are paying for HRMS, they are looking to depend on you for their HRMS needs. This is even more important if you are providing software as a service (SaaS) as you need a single solution for every customer. That means,  your solution has to be best, a trend setter, industry standard, to manage human resource.

That’s not only it. Since your platform is web based, your websites must be user friendly, secured, fast-loading, easy to use(high usability) and comply with WC3 standards. Those are  area of expertise and you need to be among the best of each one.

That being said, building a software is not about putting all the functions together. It is about meeting your customers expectations. If you don’t know what your customers expected, ask them. Make some surveys, let them fill in all the blanks in your mind. If you don’t talk to your customers, you will be a blind in a desert. Instead, be the expert in every field that you are in.

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Google Wave Invitation Giveaway

I have a bunch of invitation for Google Wave. I haven’t use it that much to tell you how compelling is the service. But if you would like to join in the hype and see Google Wave yourself, just fill in your email to the form link. All email will be discarded once I put them to send you the invites

Google Wave Invite Form

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Organization – That’s your job, Boss

Running a business is not an easy job. You have to make sure that every gear in your company is well oiled and working fast. Sometime you have to go into the hood and replace broken gears or re-oil them.

But One thing that you shouldn’t do is to be the gear. As a CEO, your job is to make sure your organization work efficiently, and work the way you want. To do this, you don’t have to be an expert for every field. What you need is the right person for every position. That person will be advising you the best practice for his/her department. If you are the one who is advising them, then it’s a last generation organization. As the next generation organization, CEO will be the one who listen and decide, not the one who advice and do. There is one easy way to know which one is you: If you are the one who talk a lot in a meeting and your employees are listening and taking note, this organization is obsolete. If you are the one who listen to the suggestions, your employees are fighting for their own ideas and at the end of the day you make the well-informed decisions, then you are on the right track.

In our world today, there is too much knowledge to know. It’s impossible to know everything. If all of your employees depends on you for inputs, the total value of your organization is only you. This is a waste of time and money.

Some say that doing this will let your company lose the steer. Yes they are right if that is the only thing that CEOs do. However, this is not the case. Like driving a car, CEO will be the one who is steering and watch the dashboard for engine condition and problems. You are the one who hold the steering but not necessarily know about every moving part in the engine. But in this analogy, your car also self-revolutionize into a better and faster car.

My last words, stop being a car mechanic and start being the driver.

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Let’s resist Coca-Cola Brrr! Campaign

bukeko2-300x225I heard it everywhere and getting sick of it. Era radio got it, TV commercial got it, everywhere! I’m calling everyone to resist the ‘culturization’ from the big conglomerate, Coca-Cola.

It’s not just that the campaign misrepresented Kenyans but it also shows that the world can be culturized if you have enough money to dump in. So, next time you hear your friend Brrr-ing in front of you, explain to him that he just falls victim to a worldwide commercial culturization.

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Slideshare – A fun way to learn new thing

Do you know what I’ve been doing at night these days? Going through the best presentation on slideshare.net. Usually I would just browse through a new topic in google, blogs, wikis and so on. But now most of reading (more like picture viewing) are on slideshare. If you are like me, like to learn a new thing and don’t mind adding some fun while at it, browse through slideshare some times. There might be some great slides that can teach you a lot of things. To get you started, here’s my favorite slide. Enjoy in full screen.

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