Monthly Archives: March 2011

Does ZUJI offers the best deal for airfares?

The impression that ZUJI is portraying is that it is a cheaper way of getting your airfares, hotels and probably airfares+hotel. Join as its Facebook fan and you could see ZUJI generously giving out vouchers to its fans regularly. But, is it really the cheaper way of online booking? Unfortunately, ZUJI is still a tour agency, albeit, an online tour agency. So it would be kinda unrealistic to assume that it is indeed cheap. Maybe it is indeed cheaper than the brick-and-mortar tour agency, but it is definitely not as cheap online.

Recently, I was helping my father-in-law check out airfares from SIN to TPE. I noticed that he was using ZUJI immediately as a choice to check out the rates and presumably to book. In this aspect, I would say the ZUJI‘s marketing strategies had worked well.

However, the rates given by ZUJI isn’t the lowest available online. In fact, it cannot even match the airlines itself. For the same flight, same dates and same timing, ZUJI is charging an additional S$ 16.49 per pax. I was trying to book for 4 pax, hence, the total difference came up to be S$ 65.96. This savings can easily translate into a round trip taxi ride to the airport in SIN!

Here’re the screen-captures that I took on both sites.

If ZUJI can’t even match the price given by China Arlines, I find it unconvincing to rely on for cheap airfares anymore. Perhaps, I’m better off going to the airlines directly.


Auditing

Auditing is an important aspect in any decent enterprise system. The  important reward from auditing is perhaps – traceability. By having audit done, we are able to know who did what and when. Without audit, we are in the blind and we can’t find out what are the cause(s) when something goes wrong.

Modern databases boast exceptional auditing features. However, there is always a gap between what the DB audit functionality provides and the business auditing  needs. For example, DB audit can only record the CRUD done by a DB user account. Typically, the DB user account doesn’t map to a specific end-user account in the enterprise system that uses the DB. Moreover, businesses are more interested in knowing what business operations were performed by a particular user at a particular time, with the pre-and-post results. DB auditing won’t be able to capture such information.

If you know of any bridging framework or DB tools, do let me know!