Evangelizing the Web app
By Julian Matthews
Malaysian Correspondent, CNET in Asia
Miko Matsumura may not display the flamboyance that had him bungee jump off a bridge suited up as Java's mascot Duke last year. These days, he sports three-piece suits, albeit uncomfortably, in his new corporate veneer. The boyish charm and improbable '60s hairstyle is still there, but the tone is more business-like.
As BizTone.com Inc's vice president of Strategy, Matsumura believes his new Java-fueled vehicle has got "the right stuff" and is on the brink of stellar growth. A pending IPO (initial public offering) may sweeten the journey.
Simply put, Matsumura wants companies to put their cash registers on the Internet. In fact, if he had his way, he would have you throw in your ledger, accounts and entire financial documentation in there.
You would access it as you would Hotmail-anywhere--minus the security flaws of course.
"It is like putting money in the bank. Wouldn't you rather have it there than under the mattress?" he said.
The Malaysian-based software developer is pioneering the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications over the Internet.
Corporate customers "rent" BizTone's service on a pay-per-use basis, saving millions of dollars in upfront capital and recurring costs for upgrades, training and maintenance.
Last month, BizTone began giving away its end-to-end accounting software, BizTone Financials v1.1, on the Net for free for one year--if clients signed up for three years.
BizTone Financials is completely written in Java and delivers general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, project costing, system administration and master control data. "Small and medium-sized companies that cannot afford brand-name ERP solutions or secure data centers for their accounting needs could outsource it the same way you would a telephone or utility service," explained Matsumura.