The Jelastic Spotlight: Lez Yeoh and OnlineOne

| November 30, 2012

This week’s Spotlight comes to you from Australia! As Jelastic continues to grow, our users are coming from more and more interesting locations. The guys at Online One are doing some pretty interesting stuff and we got to chat with Lez Yeoh, Head of OnlineOne’s Technical Division, to learn more about what they are doing there.

Hey, Lez. Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I was born and bred in Melbourne, Australia but here at OnlineOne we're a very multicultural company with employees from Malaysia, Scotland, South Africa, America, Philippines and of course, Australia.

Is that where are you all are based?

OnlineOne ( currently has 3 offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast respectively. We've been operating for over 10 years with cloud computing.

We offer 3 main cloud solutions for business to run their entire business in the cloud. NetSuite for their accounting, financials and CRM. Adaptive Planning for their Financial forecasting and Google Apps for Business for email, document control, and everything else that Google offers.

That’s pretty cool. Is your background in computing?

Yeah, plus a little more. I've got a background in Computer Science, Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience. I've been with OnlineOne for over 3 years now and I'm a head of the technical division of the company.

Before this, what were you doing?

Previously I was a business analyst focusing on operational excellence.

So you’ve combined the technical world with your business saavy. Nice. Can you tell us a little about the app that you have running on Jelastic?

It is a REST Web Service that integrates a NetSuite account with an FTP Server. Basically, think of it as a middleware that bridges the two. It enables NetSuite accounts to store and retrieve files to and from our clients’ own FTP Servers. Most of our clients use this solution for their third party logistics and e-commerce. This API enables our clients to retain their legacy systems and integrate it with their cloud ERP solution, NetSuite.

So far, how do you like Jelastic? Is there anything in particular that stands out to you?

We really like Jelastic because of its simplicity. It is very easy to setup environments/topologies and deploy web applications. One does not even need to study just to deploy a Java Web application to Jelastic (assuming that one already knows any one of the J2EE containers/servers out there). Plus, we have not had any downtime.

Simplicity will always triumph over complexity. That is why we chose Jelastic to host our application and more applications in the future.

So what’s in the near future for your application?

We would like to make a more advance client UI for our API so that we can deliver a richer user experience for our clients. And we would also like to make it as if their own FTP Server is some form of a central cloud storage much like Dropbox or any other cloud storage service out in the market.

Could say how Java has affected you life?

It made us problem solvers. We satisfy clients because Java has enabled us to solve their complex problems. No project is too big or small. As long as there is an idea, there is Java.

Well put. Tell me, what do you like most about your work?

I love that we are pushing the limit on things. Love that we always believe that everything is possible. And that almost every project has its subtle differences.

Do you have a favorite website?

No real favourite but I’m a bit of a sucker for a lot of blogs and podcasts though.

Yeah. You’re not the only one… So, what’s your favorite hobby?

Love my sports, playing and watching them.

And last questions, do you have a philosophy by which you live, something that you rely on when making decisions or use to guide you in tough times?

Life is simple. Don't complicate things. Take a breath and the sun will still rise tomorrow.

Great answer. Well, that’s the end! Thanks for your time!