Mr. Irfan Zafar, CTIO, SSGC.

SSGC are partners of ATI Limited in Karachi, Pakistan. Lets hear from Mr. Irfan Zafar himself on this unique partnership in modernizing the Information Management systems of Pakistan:

Click here for a great interview of Mr. Irfan Zafar, CTIO, SSGC.

For those who do not know Sheikh, he comes from a company called ATI from BD. We have partnered with them to implement their state-of-the-art Hospital Management System at Dr. Zia Ud Din Hospital. Our vision is to make their product a standard for the healthcare industry in Pakistan. We have already proposed it at a few hospitals other than DZH. This is another initiative from SSGC as we provide consulting services to a wide range of industries as we have professionals on our team that compliment that.

I am currently on my third visit to Pakistan on these projects. In my current visit, I just started working in a new hospital for the implementation of HIS. The hospital Liaquat National Hospital is second largest in Karachi by area, manpower, patient flow and beds.

Currently I am also leading a team of four professionals who are implementing OPD, Corporate, Inventory, Purchasing, Lab & Pathology, HR and Schedule & Rosters Modules at the Dr. Zia Ud Din Hospital.

In this project SSGC has also deployed almost their full of ERP team lead by Mr. Rauf Aslam Butt. This team consists of around 10 professionals who are taking care of functional aspects and user training on the ATI Meditop.

Java Classpath

Is there any Software Engineer ever, who has worked with Java and never cursed the classpath?

Well I have had suffered a lot with this. Anyway for the new comers here is an wonderful site detailing about the classpaths. For beginners it should be a must read:

Managing Java Classpath for Windows by Elliot Rusty Harold.

Do not just go with the name. There is a companion article detailing Managing Java Classpath for other platforms as well.

All the best.

Software Implementation: Corporate, OPD, Pathology, Pharmacy, Radiology, Inventory, Purchasing fuhhhh.

That is too much to handle.

OPD, Corporate, Pathology modules were implemented few months back. Users have done so much of UAT and the issues piled up. Language barrier is such an important issue here, all those issues of these modules were sent to us in Dhaka and we worked. But the exact user satisfaction were not being made. Thankfully my resources (programmers) are fast enough. I am getting fast result from them. Hopefully within this month all these modules will be signed off.

UAT just started of Inventory and Purchasing. These two modules are solely on my shoulder. All user training, master data collection/verification/update are my responsibility. Quite a heck of a job to do that for fully running over-crowded hospital with three branches in Karachi. May God help me.

There is also newly found issues in H&R, Payroll and Schedule and Roster Modules. These modules got UAT acceptance in last year. But over the time, new users have requested for so many change requests. As the project has long after sales service period, I am bound to respect their requests.


Customized ERP Implementation

I arrived at Karachi on 8th of March, 2011 to lead an implementation team here. This team consists a project manager and two senior programmers.

Our duration of stay is still uncertain but it should not exceed three months. This is my second tour to Pakistan for the same purpose. Last time I came here as the junior most professional. It was between June 12-August 26 2010. And now I am the team leader. Time runs really faster than any body imagine.

Our client is Dr. Ziauddin Hospital. Dr. Ziauddin has three branches. So our application will be supporting multi-branching.

Here as a technical IT person, I should mention first about the architecture of our Customized ERP specialized for Health Care Domain:

It is deployed on Oracle Fusion Middleware and developed using Oracle Forms 10g, Oracle Reports 10g, Oracle Database 10g. Some of the integration such attendance machines are done using Java. We are also going to deploy a PACs server which is built our in-house and developed using Java Swing.

That is it for now. Will be back on time.