Go digital in management
Sarawak Tribune - Friday, 20 September, 2002
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KUCHING - Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud is pleased that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state are adopting computers and digital technology in their management system in order to provide better customer service.

"I am sure Sarawakians are keen to adopt computers and digital technology into management, especially among the younger generations, who are taking over from their parents," he said.

He added that such an innovative move would enable the companies concerned to play a bigger role in the age of e-commerce, when business and customer relationship was vital in ensuring one's success.

Taib was speaking at the launching of Bank Utama (Malaysia) Berhad's Internet Human Resource Solution (e-HR) at a leading hotel here yesterday.

The Chief Minister lauded Utama Banking Group for taking the bold step in introducing the product that would eventually benefit smaller players in the market.

"I have many times called bigger companies to offer and guide smaller companies to use IT in administrating their business and I would like to congratulate Bank Utama for being able to come up with the product.

"Less than a year ago, I launched e­bill payment system, today, Bank Utama introduces this product which is quite practical and will solve smaller companies' problems on EPF, payroll, income tax and so on," he said.

He said the RM4 million invested by Bank Utama to introduce the product was relatively small compared to the benefit that could be enjoyed by SMEs.

With the introduction of the system, Bank Utama will be the first local financial institution in Malaysia to introduce e-HR, a comprehensive user-friendly human resource management solutions over the Internet.

It is an innovative ICT-based product that enables employers to manage their employees' payroll, data check and remittance of statutory contributions, (EPF, SOCSO and income tax).

The web-based system integrates the payroll and other Human Resource functions to help employers cope with their HR management.

All data, including employees' personal details and payroll information, are accessible from any internet-connected PC, protected with stringent firewall and security measures to ensure maximum security and privacy.

The entire human resource operations of a company, large, medium or small, can be efficiently handled, allowing for a synchronised storage of employee information and payroll.

This makes updating, reporting and maintenance much easier, hence saving time, cost and resources.

SMIs are encouraged to utilise Bank Utama's e-HR services because it is free of charge, requires no installation, no more diskettes/letters for payroll payment and no more manual process for tracking personal records.

An added feature of the user­friendly e-HR system is that it also allows users to set appropriate levels of access to information as well as authorisation of final payment to relevant parties with high level of security, thus ensuring users peace of mind.

NEW INNOVATION... Chief Minister being briefed by Asterix Systems executive director, Patrick Wong, witnessed by (from left)  Chairman of Bank Utama Tan Sri Jemuri Sarjan and Chairman of Cahya Mata Sarawak Dato Sri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib.