When the year turned into 2014 I realized I have been working with – and within – mainland China as well as in Hong-Kong for almost a decade. It has been – and still is – fascinating, challenging and stimulating. One of the key differences compared to the Swedish business climate is that in China (and in large parts Hong Kong as well) the areas of government, academia and business are much tighter integrated.
To make a long story short, I have amongst others been working with:
My work related to China has provided me with a lot of new insights, experience and knowledge. I have had the opportunity to establish a very good contact network with Chinese and Hong-Kong based companies, management, academia and other stakeholders.
China has proved to be able to put great effort and focus into successful enterprises, large scale infra-structure projects and the development of the Chinese economy as well as the capabilities of their academic research and the industrial sector is an impressive process to follow and take part of.
From around 2001 and onwards I have been involved in several projects where the aim has been to create powerful solutions to enable and enhance electronic public procurement for all stakeholders - the public sector, the suppliers as well as the government. The result was several systems - amongst them a powerful, web-based platform used by Anbudsjournalen / Allego AB (Visma acquired the company in 2010) delivering business critical services to the entire Swedish market (managing information on procurements totalling 450-500 billion SEK annually) for close to ten years, effectively driving the change from paper based processes into electronic processes - including a vast number of features and innovations to manage information, decrease the time it takes to perform procurement-related tasks, provide buyers and suppliers with the right information at the right time, compliance with procurement regulations (LOU, LUF etc.) and incorporating EU-wide standardization of procurement information and processes as well as information exchange of procurement information to/from all EU member countries.
In the late 1990's I worked in several web-related customer projects that needed secure authentication as well as secure payment solutions combined with solid information management.
At the same time I was approached by VISA International - they wanted me to help them with new payment technologies, services and payment related issues. I came up with a concept that addressed the entire payment- and information chain from a user’s smart card to the remote, backend web services servers and enabled the stakeholders to create value-added services by using transaction information and transaction Meta data.
Together with my own developers and the South-African company PRISM Payment Technologies we then developed the world's first web-based Smart card as well as server-side solutions and services to enable interaction between the user, the smart card and backend servers.
The solution has been used for secure authentication in high-profile projects and also contained technology that today is embedded in the modern day chip payment technologies
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