Saturday, May 31, 2008
Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination in Malaysia. However, Penang is fast becoming as equally attractive as a tourist destination.
Penang island, which is not that big, has a real pull for people from Medan as it is relatively close. The moment you take off from Medan's Polonia Airport you can see the blue waters of the Strait of Malacca from the airplane window, and not long after, you will find yourself landing at Penang International Airport.
These days, a resident of Jakarta can fly directly to Penang without having to transit in Medan. AirAsia, for example, serves a direct flight from Jakarta to Penang. This is a result of the commitment by PT Indonesia AirAsia, a subsidiary of AirAsia Malaysia, to open more regional routes this year in order to boost the airline's performance. As the distance has practically "shrunk", it is understandable that patients from Indonesia are opting to have medical treatment done in Penang, where a checkup can cost as little as Rp 1 million.
During a checkup, which requires that the patient fasts the night before, a person undergoes various tests, ranging from a physical examination, blood analysis, urine analysis, bone density test to organ function test. All this takes just one day. A patient can consult a doctor the afternoon of their checkup or the next day. While waiting for the test results, people often tour the city. The guided city tour is a popular option, during which various places of interest are visited. Or you can tour the city with a traveling companion.
One worthwhile place of interest to visit is Komtar, which is the tallest building in Penang and boasts shops, offices and recreational facilities. The 11-hectare compound also has a hotel, a mall and a bus interchange. Just 20 minutes from Komtar is Bukit Bendera, a small protected hillside forest on the northern part of Penang island. An electric train goes to the top of the hill. A hot cup of coffee or tea at one of the hilltop stalls is a nice way to enjoy the cool mountain air and thin mist while enjoying the view of Penang.
While visiting Penang for medical treatment, you can also savor the pleasant atmosphere of holidaying. There are many hotels of various levels. Don't worry about the rates because hotels in Penang are usually less expensive than those in Jakarta, for example.
As for hospitals in Penang, they are as good as those in Kuala Lumpur or even Singapore and include Penang General Hospital, Penang Adventist Hospital, Island Hospital, Balik Pulau Hospital, Seberang Jaya Hospital, Gleneagles Medical Center, Pantai Mutiara Hospital and Mt Miriam Hospital. There are also numerous community clinics in Penang. Private hospitals in Penang offer a lot of facilities and equipment. These hospitals not only cater to local residents but also to people from other states and health tourists from neighboring countries.
Penang Adventist Hospital is the most popular hospital among Indonesian patients in Penang. This non-profit medical institution has a network of over 500 hospitals run by the Adventist Health Network. This hospital is committed to giving the best in medical treatment in a comprehensive and competent manner.
Besides the Adventist Hospital, the Island Hospital is also popular. So popular is the hospital among Indonesian patients that a special counter has been set up for people from Indonesia. Located in downtown Georgetown, this hospital was founded in 1996. Its modern design is a landmark in hospital architecture, with an emphasis on uncluttered open spaces and friendly integrated units, the concept of which is in itself therapeutic for patients.
In addition to its heart center, this hospital, staffed by some 40 specialized doctors, also has an oncology center, fertility center, hand and microsurgery unit, sleep laboratory, general checkup unit and women's and children's center. "Just like in a shopping center, everything is available here," Dr. Chan Kok Kwe chuckled.
Gleneagles Medical Center Penang also provides medical treatment for various kinds of ailments. Founded in 1973, this hospital is a 121-bed tertiary care hospital. Gleneagles Medical Center Penang is part of The Parkway Group, which manages medical centers in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, China and India. It offers international-class services and boasts international-standard medical personnel and equipment.
Interestingly, hospitals in Penang not only take care of sick people but also provide non-health services such meeting patients at the airport or finding a hotel for a patient's family. Having medical treatment need not be an ordeal, especially when undertaken in a setting as beautiful as Penang, where you can savor the beauty of nature around you just as you would on any holiday! (Burhan Abe)
The Jakarta Post, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Yayat Suryadi is fed up with one particular courier company because for the past three months the late delivery of his credit card statements has meant he has been charged a late payment fee on his two credit cards. "My main complaint is that the billing statements always arrive much later than the cards' due payment date," said the employee of a state-owned enterprise.
To avoid similar problems, many courier services make available information on the status of their deliveries on their websites. Some also inform customers via cell phone text message or multi-message service.
This system was first introduced here by Caraka Groups, which consists of Caraka Logistics and Distribution (for domestic services) and City Courier. The service is called the Caraka Image Tracking alias C-IT. Hence, customers need not be confused or keep asking questions as to whether their consignments have been delivered because monitoring is made easy, especially during delivery time.
Using a simple technology based on a particular software and a Nokia 6670 cell phone that incorporates the Symbian system, Caraka couriers are required to take a photo of a delivery being made. The photo is sent to the cell phone of the consignment sender and includes delivery date, the recipient's name and other relevant delivery information. "This way our customers feel confident about the delivery," said director of PT Mitrapiranti Usaha (Caraka City Courier) Rocky Pesik.
Other courier companies also apply similar tracking systems, made possible with the rapid development of the Internet and cell phone technology. CV Titipan Kilat (TIKI)
The tracking system of courier and cargo services have become a must for accurate information on a consignment's position. DHL, the world leader in international express courier and freight services, has for some time applied the system. Indeed DHL leads in land and air freight as well as sea freight and logistics.
DHL has developed a powerful yet simple tool using your email system to track express shipments and bring you the latest shipment delivery information. DHL eTrack can track up to 50 airway bills at one time and operates on any email-enabled device, whether it be a PC, mobile phone or handheld device.
Customers can track their consignments by using the airway bill number. The company was established by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn in 1969 and it guarantees that should one forget their airway bill number, the shipper reference can still be used.
DHL also provides a convenient online SREF Tracking. However, should a customer encounter a problem then there is always the company's customer service. Besides using the company's website, a customer can also use a cell phone with the WAP facility to activate the mobile tracking. Realizing that not every cell phone incorporates the WAP facility, DHL has developed a much more simple tracking system via DHL ExpresSMS, that is using an SMS.
Judging by the emergence of a number of new players, the courier business in
With such fantastic figures it is only natural that competition is tight among domestic and foreign-based companies. It seems that companies that provide the best IT facilities can provide the best services to their customers and thereby win their patronage.
GPS technology, for example, facilitates courier and cargo companies in using their tracking systems. GPS is a satellite-based navigation system that provides accurate information on the position of couriers. Meanwhile, Web-based mapping enables couriers to navigate their route. Other systems used are GSM, GPRS, and CDMA incorporated in cell phones, PDAs and other devices.
So, courier and cargo service, from the smallest document to a jumbo package is no longer a simple delivering service. It is a quality and professional service that involves, among other things, speed in delivery that includes safety. However, more than the excellent service provided by using sophisticated technology, courier companies are in fact providers of various solutions, from express delivery to chain supply management. (Burhanuddin Abe)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Back to the city! That is the dream of today's executives and young families. At a time when the city's traffic is heavily congested, living in the heart of the city is truly advantageous. Clearly not much time is wasted in going back and forth to one's office or school.
Indeed, staying in the city center is a luxury and can be quite costly. Most of the land in downtown
Take Puri Casablanca, for example. This strategically located serviced apartment in
The elegantly designed apartment suites are complemented by luxurious facilities catering to the needs of international business executives and their families. One can experience the luxurious comfort and convenience of a modern city living in the heart of
Nirvana Apartments stand on 4,000 square meters of land. There will be 56 units on its 14 floors, with 11 units having their own swimming pools. PT Asiana Lintas Ciptakemang, the developer, designed the apartments in the style of premium homes that have spacious rooms and imported materials. The price of each unit varies from Rp 3.1 billion to Rp 9 billion.
Also under construction in
Meanwhile in Mega Kuningan, prime apartments have been offered since the beginning of 2008. Oakwood Worldwide is a company headquartered in the
Michael Price, general manager of Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta, said that the occupancy rate of Oakwood apartments in a number of countries was at least 80 percent. He voiced optimism about business in
Kempinski Residences, meanwhile, says its location is the most strategic, located at Jl. MH Thamrin No 1. The apartments are part of Grand Indonesia, which is a super block constructed on a seven-hectare area, which is the former location of Hotel Indonesia and Hotel Inna Wisata. Here one can find the largest supermarket and shopping area, said to be the most luxurious in
The 58-floor apartment block is managed by Kempinski Hotelier, a German operator that is more than 100 years old, and is very experienced at managing old historic buildings such as hotels that cater to serving heads of state and celebrities. Kempinski Residences offer several types of apartments, from two- to three-bedroom units. The smaller unit is 123 square meters in area while the larger is 261 square meters. Prices start from Rp 1.7 billion.
The aforementioned apartments are indeed intended for the high-income segment, but that does not mean that developers have forgotten about those with less to invest as this segment consists of far more numerous customers. Downtown apartments, whether high-end or low-cost ones, are indeed in high demand because traffic jams affect everyone.
Currently developers are offering more choices, such studio apartments. Many of these sell for less than Rp 100 million each. There are also subsidized apartments, which can be found in various parts of the city. They are subsidized by the government in the form of tax cuts, money advances and low interest rates. The subsidies, however, only apply to apartments selling for a maximum of Rp 144 million. At a price base of Rp 4 million per square meter, developers often build 36-square-meter units in order to get the subsidy.
The subsidy, of course, relieves much of a customer's burden. For example, one only has to pay a Rp 21.6 million deposit for a 36-square-meter unit that is priced at Rp 144 million. The subsidy given for the loan interest also makes monthly payments lower. Instead of the normal 11 percent annual rate, a customer pays between 6 and 8.5 percent. So, the monthly payment is between Rp 700,000 and Rp 1.2 million.
When the subsidy was introduced, State Minister for Public Housing Muhammad Yusuf Asy’ari made it clear that only low-income families were entitled to the housing, which is why the prerequisites for such purchases are very tight. Many well-known developers are building this type of housing, for example PT Bakrieland Development Tbk, PT Grup Agung Podomoro and PT Perdana Gapuraprima Tbk. Indeed, their reputations are at stake because they have to provide benefits for customers of low-cost apartments while at the same time ensure quality. They also have to provide attractive facilities.
The government plans to construct 1,000 towers of subsidized apartments in the country, 50 percent of which will be in Greater Jakarta, 30 percent in Java and 20 percent outside of Java. Many may foresee economic doom and gloom with the looming price increase of fuel, essential commodity prices, etc., all of which will affect the purchasing power of almost everyone. However, one marketing director of a major developer predicted that property sales would not immediately slow down.
He referred to the country's situation two years ago when the macro economic condition was not favorable after fuel prices were increased, but the property business continued to boom. He said that the demand for property was still high and would remain so because interest rates were low and it was relatively easy to get a loan. "Next year, due to high inflation, interest rates will go up. The price of building materials will also increase next year. So, this year is the right time to look for or purchase a house or apartment," he said. (Burhanuddin Abe)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Undoubtedly the internet has turned into a daily necessity for almost everyone, but of course at different levels of requirement. When the internet was first introduced in 1972, not only did the military make good use of it, but also the public in general. As it developed further, people who depended on the Internet created a system for easy public access.
The growing number of internet users to a certain extent has created an internet culture. The internet also has a huge effect on knowledge and universal views. Using a sophisticated search engine like Google, Internet users all over the world can have easy access to a wide range of information. Compared with books and libraries, the internet is capable of spreading knowledge, information and data in faster and far more accurately.
There is a unique aspect to the internet, namely sales and transactions that do not require a physical presence, that is e-commerce. With such a heavy dependence on the internet, many users demand a lower rate for connection. The rate is much lower in some countries compared to
Therefore, a huge number of users, more than 14,000, rushed to use the services of First Media when it offered highly competitive rates and unlimited capacity in September. The number of subscribers has since grown.
Out of its three types of services, said Dicky Moechtar, director of First Media, Fastnet (Rp 99,000 per month for 384 kbps) has been the most successful, while TV cable and data has not been fully launched. To date, cable services exceed 500,000 households or subscribers, with the target for 2009 being in excess of one million.
The government is also playing its part to develop the sector. Through the Communications and Information Ministry, the government has made available opportunities for investors to lay undersea optic cables to
The low-cost internet facilities proposed by Communications and Information Minister Mohammad Nuh will be discussed in the Technology and Information Conference in
Mobile phone operators have started actually to lower their rates as competition is tough among the numerous operators, for both GSM and CDMA. The war in reducing rates started in the beginning of 2008. Just take a look at IM3's advertisement that says Rp 0,01/per second. Orhumorous ad saying "I will marry a monkey if the rate is not low enough". Other operators offer free use for 90 days, 0 rupiah, cashback and many other things. With the recent developments, it will be wise to wait and see operators' performance at the end of the year.
It is not only local operators who are lowering rates; it is happening all over the world. Sprint and AT&T in the
However, it is a different story with cell phones, which are becoming more affordable. Most people in major cities in
While Internet users are fewer than cell phone users, there is a healthy growth here, which can be seen from the increasing number of Wi-Fi hot spots in cafes and hotels, most of which are free for users. The number of notebook owners is also on the rise. Data available at the Indonesian Internet Association indicates that in 2007 there were 25 million Internet users in the country. The number is expected to increase to 35 million this year as Internet access become available at lower rates.
Apart from internet access using computers or notebooks, cell phones can also access the Internet using the General Packet Radio Service facility. Today, with easy access to communication, there is no reason not to communicate with all these high-tech gadgets available. Another fortunate thing for users is the availability of low-cost cell phones, which can be had for less than Rp 500,000 including the SIM card. Indeed, cell phones have made a fantastic penetration into the market. Today, cell phones have become so affordable that they are no longer considered a product solely for the affluent. Sophisticated connection, like the 3G and 3.5G, are also widely available. As tools for unlimited communication and information, cell phones and the Internet have become inseparable parts of almost everyone's daily activities. (Burhanuddin Abe)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Dulu saya pernah bermimpi tinggal di apartemen. Maklum, selain praktis, fasilitas sangat memadai kalau tidak dikatakan mewah, dan yang lebih penting; dekat ke mana-mana. Maklum, sebagai wartawan saya sangat mobile, dan sebagai “anak gaul” kegiatan saya seabrek, yang hampir semuanya di
Tapi faktanya, salah malah tinggal di suburb alias “
Itu sebabnya, ketika ada tawaran merasakan barang semalam tinggal di Oakwood, salah satu apartemen mewah saat ini, tanpa pikir panjang, saya langsung mengiyakan. Memang untuk kepentingan penulisan di The
Oakwood Worldwide merupakan perusahaan pengelola serviced apartment kelas dunia yang berpusat di
Mengelola serviced apartment dan resor mewah selalu di lokasi utama, Oakwood Asia Pasifik mengincar segmen pasar para pebisnis dan wisatawan mancanegara. Brand Oakwood dikenal sebagai Oakwood Premier, Oakwood Residences, Oakwood Apartments, Oakwood Premier Resort, dan Oakwood Resort. Kepentingan Oakwood Worldwide di Asia ditangani oleh Oakwood Asia Pasifik yang bermarkas di Singapura. Perusahaan ini merupakan patungan Oakwood Worldwide dengan Colony Capital, satu perusahaan investasi.
Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta, yang berlokasi di kawasan strategis Mega Kuningan, merupakan bangunan setinggi 40 lantai sudah beroperasi sejak Januari 2008. Apartemen seluas 51.000 m2 yang dibangun di atas tanah seluas 5.458 m2 oleh PT Cozmo Internasional ini ini memiliki keunikan tersendiri. Terdiri dari 250 unit mewah, Oakwood Premier Cozmo Oakwood Premier mempunyai berbagai fasilitas mewah fully furnished; dapur modern bergaya barat; broadband services, TV kabel/satelit; health club berupa, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, dan spa; Genesis Business Center, restoran, area belanja ritel, jasa limosin, serta layanan evakuasi darurat dilengkapi dengan helipad.
Di luar apartemen sendiri fasilitas penunjang tidak kalah menariknya. Yakni kompleks properti yang berisi 16 retails tenants di lingkungan yang asri, sesuai dengan konsep inner-city style of living. Tenants ini termasuk grocery market, Chemist Bank, restoran, kafe dan toko-toko khusus. Retail area-nya pun telah terisi nama kondang semacam Daily Bread, Chopstick, Tokyospot, Waroeng Kampoeng, Baskin 31 Robbins, Century Health Care, Izzi Pizza, Fitness First, Ranch Market, Starbucks Coffee, serta layanan BCA. Tidak hanya fungsional, semuanya adalah simbol
Di area gedung juga diengkapi dengan fasilitas Internet, dengan akses yang cepat, sehingga membuat mudah koneksi online. Tidak berlebihan kalau Oakwood Premier Cozmo Oakwood Premier menjadi benchmark baru
Michael Price, General Manager Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta, mengatakan tingkat hunian Oakwood di berbagai negara mencapai sedikitnya 80%. Mengenai kondisi di
Sikap optimistisnya tak lepas dari keunggulan berupa luas per unitnya yang praktis lebih besar dibandingkan dengan hotel, misalnya. Yang paling kecil saja memiliki luas 70 m2, jauh lebih luas ketimbang kamar hotel dengan ruang standar sekitar 35 m2-40 m2.
Saya dan keluarga (istri dan dua anak balita) memang menikmati kamar fully furnished, lengkap dengan dapur modern dan area terpisah untuk area living, ruang makan dan ruang tidur. Semuanya itu masih disempurnakan dengan dua televisi LCD berlayar lebar, DVD home theatre, washer/dryer, stove/oven, microwave, toaster, rice cooker & coffee maker, large refrigerator, cooking and dining utensils. Sangat comfortable untuk business travelers perorangan atau pun keluarga. Hmm..
Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta
Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan
Blok E4.2 No.1
Jakarta Selatan 12950
PH: (62.21) 2554 2300
FX: (62.21) 2554 2400
Ingin menginap di resor mewah dan tidak ingin meninggalkan kenikmatan yang ditawarkannya? Mengapa tidak mencoba St. Regis Bali Resort. Berlokasi di Nusa Dua yang memiliki akses langsung ke pantai sehingga memanjakan Anda untuk memandang laut, resor ini juga menawarkan pelayanan eksklusif, sesuai dengan dengan kebutuhan para penikmat kenyamanan dan kemewahan.
Diluncurkan di Jakarta 9 Mei 2008, resor eksklusif yang hadir dengan vila yang memiliki kolam renang pribadi, residence dan hotel suites ini dikelola Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. St Regis didirikan pada tahun 1904 di New York Amerika Serikat dengan target membuat berbagai proyek properti eksklusif yang kualitasnya di atas hotel berbintang lima. Di Bali St. Regis adalah branded resort yang pertama di
Resor yang dimiliki oleh PT Rajawali Corpora ini menempati lahan kepemilikan terakhir (last piece) dari total area 300 hektar milik Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) yang bersebelahan langsung dengan salah satu lapangan golf ternama di Bali.
Menurut rencana, St. Regis Bali Resort akan beroperasi pada Juli dan bisa direservasi untuk kedatangan setelah
Dengan tata ruang yang lapang dan perpaduan desain khas budaya kontemporer
The St. Regis
Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua
Phone: (62)(361) 8478 111
Bayu Lesmana baru saja memutuskan menyewa kantor di bilangan Sudirman Jakarta. Tapi konsultan keuangan itu bingung, bagaimana merancang ruangan yang tidak terlalu luas itu yang hanya hanya bisa ditempati lima orang itu.
Itulah tantangan Bayu sebagai penghuni ruang perkantoran mewah yang harus dituntut efisien mengelola ruangnya. Maklum, sewa ruang perkantoran di lokasi segi tiga emas relatif mahal dibandingkan dengan Jakarta pinggiran. Tapi Bayu tidak sendirian, problem itulah yang dialami banyak orang ketika memutuskan untuk menempati kantor baru di sebuah gedung perkantoran (entah dengan menyewa atau pun membeli).
Untungnya, kantor masa kini tidak perlu menyediakan ruangan presiden direktur yang luas, seperti masa lalu, dengan kursi ’kebesaran’ yang memakan jatah ruang. Pada kantor masa lalu, jatah ruangan umumnya didesain berdasarkan status dan hirarki. Namun kini, tren perkembangannya justru mengarah ke fungsi dan kebutuhan. Berbagai trik dilakukan oleh kantor modern yang alergi terhadap kesemrawutan dan condong mengarahkan suasana kantor “bersih” dari kursi, meja, tempat penyimpanan, sampai penyekat ruang yang kini lebih disederhanakan menjadi bentuk workstation.
Pada prinsipnya, kantor modern menuntut efektivitas dan efiiensi. Celah inilah ditangkap produsen barang elektronik dengan mengeluarkan produk-produk kompak dan multiguna. Printer, mesin faks, dan mesin fotokopi tak lagi memenuhi tempat sebab bisa diringkas dalam satu alat. Yang lain mencoba mengusung peralatan yang mobile.
Dalam memilih peralatan kantor, ada prinsip tepat guna. Jadi, kalau belum perlu sekali, jangan menghamburkan uang untuk membeli yang tercepat, terbesar, terbaik, dan terlengkap. Belum tentu semua itu terpakai. Apalagi untuk kantor dan bisnis yang harus benar-benar memperhitungkan cost-benefit.
Memang, merancang ruang kantor tentu tidak semudah mendesain tempat tinggal, misalnya, karena menyangkut banyak kepala yang lebih kompleks. Banyak aspek yang perlu diperhatikan. Perusahaan-perusahaan besar biasanya mempercayakan kepada konsultan properti, yang juga menyediakan jasa Corporate Occupied Services (COS) untuk memberikan integrated solutions. ”Mereka memikirkan kepentingan klien, mulai dari tenant representative, interior design, hingga project management,” ujar Rivan Abdulkadir, Senior Associate Partner, Design and Project Management PT Property Advisory Indonesia.
Ada prinsip-prinsip dasar dalam merancang sebuah kantor. Misalnya, penentuan lokasi yang representatif, desain space yang dibutuhkan, jumlah karyawan dan penyesuaian terhadap tingkat kebutuhannya, kultur yang diterapkan, hingga keputusan menyewa atau membeli space untuk kantor. Berangkat dari pemikiran tersebut, maka lahirlah sebuah formula yang paling memungkinkan untuk diimplementasikan. Namun benang merah yang paling utama adalah efisiensi!
Perkembangan teknologi informasi (IT) yang pesat, juga penemuan-penemuan baru di bidang mobile communication agaknya mengubah konsep kantor di masa lalu. Dulu, bos perusahaan mempunyai ruang yang besar dengan kursi gaya pejabat. Tapi kini ruang dirancang lebih didasarkan pada fungsinya, bahkan pimpinan perusahaan yang hanya 1-2 jam datang ke kantor tidak memerlukan ruang khusus, bahkan bisa sharing dengan yang lain.
Hal-hal seperti itulah yang menjadi dasar dalam merancang sebuah kantor. Kantor tersebut tersebut bergerak dalam indutsri apa, apakah sistem kerjanya konvensional yang mengharuskan karyawannya berada di kantor dari jam 09.00 hingga 17.00 atau tidak? Atau, justru sebagian besar karyawannya harus mobile, yang tolok ukurnya result oriented, bukan time based?
Seberapa besar jumlah karyawan, bagaimana mereka menjalankan pekerjaannya, berapa orang yang bekerja secara klerikal dan harus tinggal di kantor, berapa orang yang menghabiskan banyak waktunya di luar kantor, dan berapa orang yang hanya touch down, datangnya hanya beberapa jam dalam sehari atau seminggu. Lalu bagaimana mereka berinterakasi dan berkomunikasi, baik yang diwadahi dalam rapat maupun informal. Kemudian yang tidak kalah pentingnya, bagaimana kebiasan mereka, kultur mereka dalam bekerja, misi dan visi perusahaan, dan seterusnya. Faktor-faktor itulah yang menentukan bagaimana sebuah ruang kantor dibangun, bagaimana lay out ruang didesain.
Tapi yang jelas, demikian Rivan, kantor yang sehat adalah tempat yang menyenangkan di mana individu yang terlibat bisa bekerja secara maksimal dan produktif. Sebagai second home karyawan, interior kantor memegang peranan penting agar seseorang betah dalam beraktivitas. Idealnya, desain interior harus peka dalam mengakomodasi kebutuhan kerja, tanpa menghilangkan aspek privasi, komunikasi, fleksibilitas, dan efisiensi. Bahkan tren yang kini sedang berkembang di negara maju adalah kantor yang ramah lingkungan – mulai dari kursi yang ergonomis, AC yang hemat listrik dan lain-lain, yang mungkin investasinya lebih besar, tapi lebih hemat dalam jangka waktu yang lama.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Information technology consultant Christian Wong can sigh with relief. This time last year, his company moved into a new building on Jl. Sudirman. This prestigious new building is a business and commercial center integrated with a serviced apartment building, a hotel and an upper-class shopping center.
In the past, he never imagined being able to quickly get an office in such a building. In his case, it was simple as pie. In just a matter of a few days, through a serviced office service provider, he found the right space for his company, which is manned by five people.
Christian is not alone. There are many similar companies, particularly multinational ones, that make use of the services of a serviced office provider to obtain an office instantly at a relatively low rent. They choose office space that is ready to occupy and is professionally managed so that they need not be bothered with all the trivial things entailed in setting up an office and can instead focus on their business.
In fact, serviced office companies in
CEO Suite may be said to be the pioneer of this particular business in
Besides renting out office space in three buildings in Jakarta, CEO Suite also manages one office compound in each Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok and Beijing as well as two locations in Shanghai, namely in Puxy and Pudong. In all, CEO Suites operates 10 branch offices. After being in the business for a decade, CEO Suite plans to open a CEO Suite branch under a combined concept of working and excitement.
Serviced offices meet the needs of business players worldwide, including in
That's why he needs the services of a company leasing office space in the Central Business District. The office he rents is not just the space but includes facilities, such as a facsimile machine, a telephone and an Internet connection. "In short, the facilities of a serviced office are more than enough for running a business," he noted.
The practice of renting space in a prestigious building is certainly nothing new. However, what is interesting is that a serviced office provider does not just lease the space but also standard office facilities as well as electricity and air-conditioning. A meeting room and a secretary pool that arranges and helps deal with your appointment schedule and send facsimiles or make photocopies for you is also available.
When you rent a serviced office, you don't need to bother with hiring a receptionist or an office boy because the instant office service company will manage recruitments and personnel training to ensure satisfactory performance.
Also, don't be surprised to find that a number of serviced office service providers can provide marketing personnel, an accountant to take care of a client's tax affairs or a staffer to handle the finer details of modern business life, such as passport applications.
The savings entailed in running a business from such an office are so substantial that many foreign companies use them when they open branch offices in
According to the owner of CEO Suite, Mee Kim, the potential of office space leasing in
Meanwhile, Regus is also a world-class instant office service company and has 950 business centers in 400 cities and 70 countries. Google, GlaxoSmithKliine, IBM, Nokia and Accenture are some examples of world-class clients that have made use of Regus' business centers. In
Meanwhile, Marquee, which has its motto of "one-stop business solutions" may be said to be an Indonesian company with global affiliations in 230 strategic locations in major cities around the world. In
The latest newcomer is Jakarta Service, the office of which is centrally located on the 14th floor of the
Market opportunities are indeed open but at the same time the competition involving serviced office providers has become fiercer. Each company offers facilities and effectiveness as well as efficiency in terms of rent. Cost efficiency is indeed one of the offers made by a serviced office provider. Marquee sets its prices from Rp 11 million per month -- for a room measuring about 170 square meters that can be used for four people. This cost covers many things, including furniture, reception service, electricity and air-conditioning as well as cleaning service and 24-hour security. "Making use of a serviced office will enable you to enjoy top office facilities without having to pay steep rent for the building. In addition, you can have your office address in a bona fide area," said Lena Thong, the director of Marquee Executive Offices.
The flourishing instant office or serviced office business is certainly advantageous to business players because these offices offer various facilities. In other words, business will continue to flourish! (Burhanuddin Abe)