Stories by Tao Ai Lei

  • Channel evolves in wake of Internet wave

    The Asia-Pacific channel is less prepared to adopt the direct model pushed by many PC vendors despite the rapid use of the Internet as a growing distribution channel and supply chain. For the PC industry, competition from direct manufacturers like Dell and Gateway 2000 is forcing indirect manufacturers such as Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and IBM to offer more direct sales programs.

  • Asian e-commerce 18 months behind US

    The Asia-Pacific region lags behind the US in electronic commerce, despite a significant increase in the number of companies that have set up Internet sites in the past year, observers said here this week.

  • Intentia CEO set on surviving ERP vendor consolidation

    Intentia, a Swedish-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) company, has its sights set on being one of four ERP vendors who will continue to perform well, despite not being among the top 10 vendors listed in a recent IDC report. Vendor consolidation is expected to reduce the number of ERP players. However, Intentia claims an average annual growth rate of 44 per cent for the last five years, driven by its ERP offering, Movex. IDG's Tao Ai Lei caught up with Bjorn Algkvist, CEO of Intentia International, at the company's head office