Gifts or no Gifts?

By far I have been succeeding to stay committed for not accepting gifts. Of course, doing so is not without challenge and involves invoking unemotional bloodless protocol- if I may say :) . It is especially in the environment where it seems quite common for lecturer-cohort relationship to present fancy items as gifts as a token of thank you. Even if you told students from the outset to not give any gifts for any reason, they still came to you with their beguiling polite request that you end up perforce taking the gift. By happy chance, Dikti (Directorate General of Higher Education) issued the prohibition for lecturers and students to take and give gifts (or is it one way?) to purify the pedagogy relationship from any ill-motivated undertakings. See the pic below.

Dikti's Ruling on Prohibition of Accepting Gifts

Dikti’s Ruling on Prohibition of Accepting Gifts

In the past the gifts given before the defense or graduation (diplomas, bachelors, masters, doctorates) have been prohibited. The bar now has been raised by me. Bear in mind, I apply this only to my own supervisory responsibility, taking one step further on the way I interact with own students. Not only do I strive so that gifts prior to defense are avoided, but also those couple of months after the students defensed/graduated will be committed not to accept this supposedly nice act. The idea is to give some time to return the situation back to normal, at least untill we can comfortably feel no formal string connect us. So, if I now were sent this nice coffee from someone who was once my student, it should be the case when they now have turned into or seen more as colleagues. Anyway, the souvenirs are not as fancy as the they used to be. But knowing the fact that they still remember you and how helpful you were to them, give you this priceless feeling that lead you to recall the very reason why you chose this life path.


A coffee will do

A coffee will do 😉


Whether there is disagreement with this attitude, this kind of personally-driven policy has so far proven a merit more to myself than to the students themselves. It helps me maintain independency and apply my own assessment criteria to serve students as their working partners toward work completion. Off to bed 😃.



Process Mining with ProM

I am participating this exciting on-line course developing our understanding and skill in process mining. Using platform ProM, I tried conforming the resulting process model with the artificial event logs of loan business process. It is so great that I can  throw my preliminary prediction about the potential we could get from mining processes to benefit the work of system evaluators. I know it’s probably too early to state, but I guess it does not do any harm just to share the glimpse of thought  :

Provided that stored event data are reliably captured (you do not want be hassled by GIGO nightmare anyway), image of cases can help assurance professionals to ascertain whether controls exist to address risks associated with certain processes. Business process with most traces after doing the mining can be compared against the result from stepping through the actual process as part of walkthrough procedure. System whose process flows increasingly confirm the top ranked traces by process mining side, could be an evidence that the reviewed system properly incorporates certain amount of controls over IS infrastructure and application. Vice versa, pattern from process mining can also certify whether the as-is business processes show compliance to the organization process flow standard. Hope that Indonesia assurance community raises the awareness of important insight the business process can play to feed pattern recognition capabilities of mining tools which in turn making them able to keep up with the breakneck speed of data growth.

Visualizing Traces or Different type of process sequences of a loan process (artificial)

Visualizing Traces or Different type of process sequences of a loan process (artificial)


The resulting BPMN from the loan event logs


Checking out if the BPMN comforms with the traces exctracted from the logs


I recommend readers to also join this on-line course here, facilitated by Associate Professor Joos Buijs of  Eindhoven University of Technology.

Most determining women-revisited

While the note about the most determining women had been posted sometime ago, I find it fair to just reminisce it for the sake of history.

The newly appointed Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan raised different comments over her next steps for rescuing this state-owned oil company. To me, the assignment probes me to nominate Indonesia women who are inspiring in business and leadership within the last ten years.

The list is obviously subjective in nature, but backed with evidences: Continue Reading →

Wall St ’08 Auditor Opinion

Short quotes from a friend and nicely said:

We have reviewed the management balance sheet for December 31st, 2008. Basically, from accounting equation rule, assets is positioned on the left side and capital is on the right side. Based on our finding and analysis of the company’s financial position, we conclude that on the right side, there is nothing right and on the left side there is nothing left.

Community 2.0


Did you ever feel that every pieces of your footstep in your life at a one pointmay may at least lead you to a wiser and bigger meaning of something? well I maybe one of those who thing that way. I see that mailing list and my reading during the last two weeks lead me to to start understanding how collaborative working can rule the new competition.
I’ve been reading this cool book )Well since this is a repost, I did finished the book though) for about two weeks from the first day I bought it at a bookstore in Bandung. Oh yeah, I forget. Anyway, the book is entitled Wikinomics. Pretty eye catching for an impulse book reader like me by just looking at the cover. Though I read its Indonesian translated version, the message is pretty clear and delivered nicely. It’s a pity that I’m in the middle of my peak time to finalize some stuff for the end of January.
Authored by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, the book is promising a new look of how information society revolutionizes. It’s not food company vs food company anymore. It’s not also rivalry between two competing value chains. It’s way bigger than that. What happened now is global competition. I’m not talking global in a “multinational” or “enterprise-wide” sense, but global in the sense that all people are powered by the new version of the little e- (e-business, e-commerce, e-money, e-banking) to enhance new innovation, new product and even bigger, a new paradigm. Collaboration, seems to be the most looked up buzzword defining how people are now empowered to create a new kind of working mode, dumping proprietary products and services. Whole range of collaborations now exist to demonstrate the capability of shared-working: blogs, wikis, peering, open source application, and to my knowledge, mailing list. Today’s so-called y’generation must have been familiar with these infrastructures.

In Indonesia, the wave of collaboration is also moving on. I realize the going by looking how community media is having its evolution. From 20 mailing list I have been joining so far, at least now I’m part of some mailing lists that serve for certain domain of knowledge. One community/ mailing list, KOM-TEK, stands for KOMputer TEKnologi, is an Indonesian -based mailing list dedicating for improving the member skill. It is a place where few humble and IS experienced people are dedicating themselves for the development of Indonesia human resources, especially in ERP and other enterprise application. They hold ranges of free ERP trainings given that internet connection is available. As a result, now more people are coming that are competitive for ERP human resources market after they graduate from the training.

Another mailing list, IPOM-APICS are opening opportunity for those who are interested in industrial engineering and its related field. The mailing list is associated with APICS (a non profit organization that offers three internationally recognized professional certification programs:CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management, CFPIM – Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management, and CSCP – Certified Supply Chain Professional designation. Since its formation, the mailing list has been able to provide its member access to knowledge in operation management.

Having read this, I guess it’s not impossible to create new innovation from this community controlled area. And that’s what I call the power of community.

Human Inflation

I got this from my fellow Ebi long time ago. Having his approval I feel it’s a kind of responsibility to share humanity value to the rest of the globe. Indeed, the note itself has been gone as it was firstly published using the legendary friendster blog. A very nice article and find it very well moving! Hey Ebi, thx for bringing this up.

One afternoon in 2002, I met a friend by a coincidence. It was right outside the Mandarin Hotel in Sudirman Road. He was just come back from Germany, to see his brother and grandma. Well, he is half Germany. “what’s new from Germany ?” I asked. Continue Reading →

Megadeth’s songs in a song

Guess what a song the lyric I write down here. Yes, this is my lifetime favorite band’s song titled Victory. My personal opinion is, it does not give real story of what a song normally sings about. Rather, Dave purposely wrote this to combine several of his epic songs ever made in this world.

I have deliberately modified the words so there are no songs title are recognized by their capital letter (every words are with initial small letter, except the beginning) or any signing symbols like “. Don’t call yourself Megadeth troop if you can’t the so obviously there. Happy counting :)

If helps, I attach the video too.


Now, one day I started telling everyone that killing Is my business and I was hung like a martyr For looking down the cross my skull beneath the skin Prophesied last rites/loved to death my friends Then I started seeing bad omens in my head good mourning/black friday will I wake up dead? If I ain’t superstitious” then this won’t mean a thing But some crazy shit has happened since the conjuring

Not even close Not even close Not even close To overdose

Had fingers in my eyes, had needles in my veins A knife right through my heart, I am a victory

Came anarchy to set the world a fire Pain of hook in mouth, in my darkest hour Corruption of the world peace sells… but nobody’s buying Ignorant religion holy wars and the dying, tornado nearly got me by the skin o’ my teeth this was my life, foreclosure of my dreams May the past rust in peace in hangar 18 And countdown to extinction Just be a bad dream lucretia said…

Not even close Not even close Not even close To overdose

Had fingers in my eyes, had needles in my veins A knife right through my heart, I am a victory

This is one of a lost megadeth fan in the middle of Prague, Czech Republic 😀

Piece of My Heart

So in love with Janis … and Joss Stone just makes a perfect reincarnation

Piece of My Heart

(Come on…) Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man, well yeah, An’ didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can ? Honey, you know I did! And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough, But I’m gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.

I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it, Take another little piece of my heart now, baby, (break a..) Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah. (have a..) Hey! Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, yeah. You know you got it if it makes you feel good, Oh yes indeed.

You’re out on the streets looking good, and baby, Deep down in your heart I guess you know that it ain’t right, Never never never never never never never hear me when I cry at night. Baby, I cry all the time! And each time I tell myself that I, well I can’t stand the pain, But when you hold me in your arms, I’ll sing it once again.

I’ll say come on, come on, come on, come on, yeah take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby. (break a..) Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, (come on…) Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, yeah. Well, You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good


I need you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it, Take another little piece of my heart now, baby. (break a…) Break another little bit of my heart, darling, yeah. (have a) Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, You know you got it (waaaaahhh) Take a…Take another little piece of my heart now, baby. (break a…) Break another little bit of my heart, and darling, yeah yeah (have a) Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good

do[t] everything


Imagine the world wide web toward infinitive of identification where everyone can put whatever they want as their internet domain naming address, virtually everything. Now, it is no more imagination. You really can put any name you want, for instance as Or for governmental area, you can simply type Or for education purpose, you can use www.children.kindergaten..

After a series of long discussion and debate between internet communities, business groups, and governments, the decision was made on Monday, 20 June 2011 to enter a new order of top-level-domain management ever. Continue Reading →

Commemorating Muki (Arrianto Mukti Wibowo)

##2011 REPOST##

It’s striking me to know the news that you already leave forever from a friend. We did very few communications and, in fact we really never meet in person. One thing for sure though, we share the same interest in information system governance domain. But this unbelievably way of interaction does not hinder me to get a nice impression of how spiritful you are. Since then I claim myself as part of those who keep an eye to your website. You even pave the road and the opportunity for community learning. You open all resources which are somewhat others might have kept in a securely locked top secret folder. This is what exactly I’m doing right now, broadcasting your knowledge to the whole universe. Trust me, I’m learning to follow your move.

Now the Almighty has decided to take you there. I don’t have any information of the cause of your leaving, but anyhow, I would say you are probably better there. God loves you more, and definitely, sending you there is much much best place to go. Please need not worry buddy, because you have stocked your own remembrance with a handful of fruitful, knowledge, which is long lasting and will not fad away or be corroded in any other way.

My thoughts and my heart sincerely are with you and your family. I cherish all the good things you have delivered to the world. Good bye Muki.