At A Glance

At A Glance

  • April 2018

    Financial Times (FT) 1000 High-Growth Companies Asia Pacific 2018

    IFCA has been awarded by FT for recording a 45% revenue growth from 2013-2016. Our innovation and growth has been recognised as one of the driving force of Asian-Pacific economies in the 21st century.

    IFCA Academy

    IFCA has been in the property business for 30 years and we are in a good position to help businesses succeed in this industry. IFCA Academy offers capability-building programmes curated to preserve business knowledge in industries where we are specialised in. Sign up at academy.ifca.asia Click here to go to IFCA Academy

  • August 2018

    IFCA explores into Indo-China international market

    IFCA continues its geographic expansion strategy, by establishing presence in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The region has good potential as it is a developing economic zone within the greater ASEAN region.

  • December 2017

    30th Anniversary Gala Dinner

    The grand event was held at JW Marriott, and approximately 400 clients, business associates and colleagues attended! We presented cheques to Kiwanis Job Training Centre (KJTC), National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) and Beautiful Gate - caps for Long-Service Award There were also awards for Long-Term Business Partnership Award, IFCA Integrated Solutions Award and IFCA Long-Service Award. Click here to view the photos.

  • Official launch of IFCA Accelerator Programme (IAP)

    We launched IAP in Google Singapore. IAP is a collaboration with Google Cloud, and we aim to nurture and develop local prop-tech companies by providing fundraising, business networking and mentorship. If you have a prop-tech start-up, submit your application to michaelcho@ifca.asia or IAP@ifca.com.my

  • November 2017

    Positive financial results for Q3

    IFCA posted 9M17 net profit of RM5.9mil vs.RM4.4mil loss in 9M16, and has been in the black the previous five quarters. For 3Q17, the revenue was up 11.7% on-quarter.

  • October 2017

    30th Anniversary roadshow

    The 30th Anniversary celebration started with a roadshow – KL, Penang, JB and Kuching. Many keywords were shared - AI, BI, Machine Learning, Data-Driven Marketing, Programmatic Ads, Cloud - and if you are keen on finding out more about them, get in touch with us. Anish Malhotra and Dennis Ser from Google Cloud also spoke at our event.

  • September 2017

    Drive for data-driven marketing continues

    We generated leads that exceeded the projected numbers for a project with balance units in Penang. Previously, we generated more than 4,417 leads within 4.5 months for a project in KL. Get in touch with us if you are interested in a data-driven campaign for your project.

  • May 2017

    IFCA 2.0

    IFCA MSC Berhad embarked on a transformational programme known as IFCA 2.0, which aims to strengthen positive growth rates for the next few years. Find out more about it here.

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The great potential of proptech

Digital News Asia | 10 Apr 2018



  • Proptech is wide but should provide a seamless overall experience
  • Adoption is slow but awareness is picking up, so opportunities abound

DIGITAL technology is forcing businesses everywhere, including in the property industry, to step outside their existing models. In the KPMG Global Proptech Survey 2017, 86% of respondents stated that they saw digital technology as an opportunity.

A 2017 KPMG report on how the property sector can engage with technology states that 53% of respondents surveyed said that big data and analytics is the emerging technological innovation their business is most likely to adopt in the next three years. The other two biggest technologies that are predicted to impact the sector in 2018 are the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

At the recent Let’s Jam@GEM panel session (part of a series of monthly panels organised by the Global Entrepreneurship Movement on various topics) that focused on the proptech and the Future of the real estate sector, the panel discussed the where technology in the property sector is now and where it is heading to in the near future, as well as about adoption rates in Malaysia.

The panel comprised business software solutions company IFCA MSC Bhd chief executive officer Michael Cho, Malaysia Proptech Association deputy president Elizabeth Siew, Mah Sing Group Bhd group strategy & operations director Lionel Leong and IoT solutions company BNetworks Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tharma Indran. The panel was moderated by Proficeo co-founder and chief evangelist Dr Sivapalan Vivekarajah.

The panellists’ consensus was that property technology – proptech – is a wide area as it includes technology applications in construction, infrastructure and property management, among others, and even includes legal tech and fintech.

The property sector has already gone through proptech 1.0 with technologies in the areas of brokerage and leasing and is currently in proptech 2.0, heading towards proptech 3.0. Leong opined that the industry will soon see a lot more assimilation of big data analytics and virtual reality layering, as well as a high influx of innovative talent.

“If we can use technology to increase efficiency in the entire process, we will be able to achieve something that the government has been talking about – bringing the prices of houses down to a level that’s more affordable to younger homebuyers,” said Siew.

She also pointed out that proptech has great potential to facilitate cross-border property transactions, something that Malaysians will be seeing a lot more of in the future with the construction of the Pan-Asia railway network. “We will really need tech to facilitate this within the next 10 years.”

Tharma opined that there is still room in proptech for solutions that provide a seamless experience through the multiple layers of users – from the point of conception of a property to the point where the developer hands over the keys to the buyer and moves into the property.

Adoption rates are, however a little slow, especially among developers in terms of digitalising their internal processes and using technology to enhance customer experience. Leong said that most developers are taking their time with their digital transformation journeys.

When it comes to the business-to-business side, there is also a delay in adoption of tech for construction and building information modelling. “The government needs to take a stand to promote it,” he said, comparing Malaysia’s slow adoption to Singapore, which already uses building information modelling for its public housing projects.

“Only when the government starts moving forward with it and makes it a compulsory requirement can we get skilled workers who can adopt the tech, which will make it easier for us to operate.”

According to Cho, Malaysia is on the adoption curve though not ahead of it; new awareness of proptech is helping adoption. He explains that property developers tend to view property buying as a transactional process without a lifetime value – once the building is sold, there is nothing more to do.

In China, however, developers take a long-term view of their customers as people tend to buy more than just one property from the same developer, and technology makes this possible. “It’s a matter of time in Malaysia. The adoption will increase just because it will become a norm. Once the big players start, everyone else will.”

When it comes to IoT in proptech, however, Tharma revealed that adoption is low and very slow in Southeast Asia compared to the US and Europe, though this is gradually changing. Interestingly, in this sector, it is customers who are driving the change.

“More and more potential purchasers are asking about smart homes. The younger generation of buyers want connected living. Stakeholders have no choice but to adapt or be left behind,” he said.

He said that IoT is quite fragmented in that there is a lot of tech but a lack of devices and embedded systems. Therefore, there is a lot of space for fully localised systems and content.

Besides IoT manufacturing and solutions, the panel also identified blockchain technology as having potential for application in proptech – transactions can be recorded on blockchain and therefore protected from fraud.

“The opportunities are huge,” said Tharma.