Offline Web Application

Last morning (6 June 2008) we had a meeting with one of the department under one of important ministry. This is a technical meeting, we are trying to understand a very important application that still running for more than 10 years. It's base on Microsoft Access. The scale of this application is huge. nearly 10,000 sites using it.

The business logic and the work flow of this application is too complicated. For more than 10 years, it's been improved and modify and to tell the truth, to migrate this application it's going to be difficult without proper understand of the whole application and it's social network. :)

Gathering data is decentralize and data repository and proccessing is centralize.

I'm really impress what I called the line of communication and how they organize the workflow because it's cover 10,000 sites nation wide. This application create a large social network due to the nature of the information needed.

To our surprise, the department already start to migrate the application into a L/WAMP. Linux or Windows, Apache, Mysql and PHP base application. From our review, the new application is ready.

The only problem that they share with us, some of the sites, do not have Internet access. After discussion with number of things that could not be cater, we come out with a suggestion.

To use xampp from Apache Friends Project.

With Xampp, the new web application can be install offline in the local computer at the site. The data will be keying and updates and data will be send by offline mode like floppy disk, CD and thumb drive.

They love the idea, the current work flow is using offline mode of sending the data for the sites that do not have Internet access. It's matter of installing and training the new application.

Just to let all of you know. The commitment to move to Open Source solutions is high in the Malaysia government agencies. This is my personal observation after meeting with agencies.

The only obstacle is the technical aspect of the implementation and the bad experiences spending money to companies that do not deliver, this cover to all type solution, infra, open and close sources.

En. Marzuki of OSCC MAMPU is planning the way to bride the agencies and Industry and I hope, the Industry will give suggestions, comments and commitment.

We are in the chicken and egg situation. Which is should come in first. Agencies are waiting the commitment from the industry and the industry is waiting for the agencies to make the move.

Haiya, let all be chicken ... Joint OSCC MAMPU e-marketplace....

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