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Malaysia's SKALI receives Gold Partner award for open source platform

AvantiKumar | June 8, 2012
Open source LIFERAY Portal is ideal for local businesses, said local e-business specialist SKALI.

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PHOTO - SKALI Group CEO Tengku Farith Rithauddeen holds the Gold Partner Certificate after receiving it from Michael Han, CEO LIFERAY Inc. (extreme right).  Also in picture are (first from left) Norazam Zakaria, CEO, SKALI E-Business Solutions; and (second from left) Sang Baek, director business development, Asia Pacific & Emerging Markets, LIFERAY.

Malaysian e-business specialist SKALI Group, which signed collaboration in May 2011 to use US firm LIFERAY's open source enterprise Web portal, has been presented a LIFERAY Gold Partner award.

Speaking during the award presentation on 5 June 2012, SKALI Group chief executive officer Tengku Farith Rithauddeen said the LIFERAY Portal delivered immediate results to Malaysian organisations by offering the benefits of packaged applications through a single solution.

"We had started using the LIFERAY Web platform in 2008 when we were awarded the Managed Portal Services (MPS) project to manage 152 Malaysian government portals and websites," said Tengku Farith. "Prior to this, we used various open source software (OSS) platforms to serve our clients and these were further customised by our in-house experts to fit client requirements in various industries such as financial institutions, oil and gas and also telecommunications." 

He said that SKALI was currently the biggest implementer of LIFERAY Portal in the region with more than 150 portals already developed using LIFERAY. "Our clients from various industries have given positive feedbacks and benefited immensely by utilising the LIFERAY platform. We have been able to deliver beyond their expectations especially in terms of providing immediate returns of their investments."

"For example, one of our existing clients was quoted a licence fee of RM2 million (US$628,574) per annum for an HR application, which only catered for 30 percent of their employees," said Tengku Farith. "With the LIFERAY platform, they would only need to pay the same amount but cover their entire staff force -- representing a savings of approximately 50 to 70 percent to them."

"The websites/portals developed under the MPS project (to improve the standards of the Malaysian government portals and websites), which use the LIFERAY platform, have also made significant improvement last year (2011) with the number of those achieving the five-star status increases more than 96 percent as compared to the previous year," he said.

Tengku Farith said that the Malaysian Government Portals and Websites Assessment (MGPWA) 2011 conducted by Malaysia's ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) indicated that 100 percent of government websites (managed by SKALI) that achieved five-star ranking were running on LIFERAY.

 Major win

"The collaboration with LIFERAY has also impressed a major client in Malaysia and we were awarded a contract worth RM7.7 million (US$2.42 million) in October 2011 to replace most of their existing portals," said Tengku Farith. "This task, expected to be completed in September this year, will definitely contribute immensely to the company's revenue in 2012."

Earlier this year, SKALI recorded its best ever performance by registering an unaudited operating profit of RM7.2 million (US$2.226 million) for the financial year ended 31 December 2011.


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