Thursday, December 23, 2010
My interaction with M.M. Shah begins with a simple request — to take me through a historical journey of how IT (information technology) has been used in the design process over the years. An industrial designer's job is to understand user needs and make a product that has better aesthetic appeal, begins Shah, Industrial Design Consultant, D-Cube Designs, Chennai (http://bit.ly/F4TMMShah).
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Green' is bringing in newer opportunities to the use of IT (information technology) in the energy area, avers Govi Rao, President and CEO of US-based Noveda Technologies (http://bit.ly/F4TGoviRao). As we have experienced with the Internet, affordable, rapid and universal communication can enable sophisticated transactions, create entirely new business models and move through society with agility and speed (Facebook, Twitter, etc), he reasons, during the course of a recent interaction with eWorld.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Every new technology or methodology introduced or improved requires certain amount of effort to adopt the same
There are two interesting aspects to the Indian market for technology-enabled platforms, begins Venki Muthanna, CEO, AppPoint Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bangalore . On the one hand there is an enormous amount of maturity in terms of technology understanding, and on the other it is a highly value-driven market, he explains, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
India's agriculture economy is a low-growth sector and, in general, very risky, loss-making , with low contribution to GDP.” While this is the standard accepted economists' view, strangely, with recession, sub-prime crisis, corporate scams, now every sector from information technology to retail, once considered the shining stars of India Inc are cutting an even sorrier figure, says Mr Venkata Subramanian, Founder and Managing Director, eFarm, Chennai.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The previous IT (information technology) wave was more in outsourcing, but youngsters now are no longer satisfied with just a pay package and a cubicle life, observes Venkata Subramanian, Founder and Managing Director, eFarm, Chennai (http://bit.ly/F4TeFarm). With hardware and software costs becoming so affordable, entrepreneurs with a niche idea and know-how to combine the IT strength to a craving business need can see great success, he adds, during a recent lunch-hour interaction with eWorld.. “We are optimistic that the next generation will be the ones who will bring about a change in agriculture…”
Monday, November 29, 2010
To those who feel guilty that they are not managing their personal finances in a disciplined way, the good news is that they may well belong to the majority. And, more importantly, the blame may often lie in the absence of tools for managing finances, rather than disinclination to be thorough with one's incomes and expenses, feels V.R. Govindarajan, Director, Perfios Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TPerfios).
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Collaborative decision-making, which taps into the knowledge that exists across all levels in the organisation, works wonders for root-cause analysis, and hence problem-solving becomes a regular affair, avers Poornima Sathy, JEO and Head of Operations, Distil Information Systems, Chennai (http://bit.ly/F4TDistilInfo).
Historically, Indian industry has resigned itself to a highly complicated and cumbersome way of doing business.
The rollout of GST (Goods and Services Tax) and the removal of exemptions and tariff variations will change the market dynamics, feels Mr K. P. Gopal, Director, Stuser Tools Pvt Ltd, Chennai. “It can make some companies more price-competitive than earlier, while it can make others (who enjoyed the benefit of tariff variations) less competitive,” he adds, during the course of a recent interaction with Business Line.
With the increasing costs of healthcare in the US, what are the steps being taken by organisations to save these costs as regards their employees? Responding to this poser, Mr Venkat Tadanki, CEO, Secova, US ( http://bit.ly/F4TTadanki) — a player in the HRO (human resource outsourcing) space — discusses the long-term, short-term, and ongoing initiatives in organisations, during the course of a recent email interaction with Business Line.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
It is with a story that Srikanth Jadcherla, CEO-Seer Akademi (India) (http://bit.ly/F4TJadcherlaS), begins a recent lunch-hour interaction with eWorld. “The engineering entrance topper in Andhra Pradesh this year was the son of an auto-rickshaw driver; an incredible accomplishment for someone without any privilege or advantage by birth. The bright kid chooses to study Electronics and Communication Engineering and hold your breath — work for an IT major and move his family to Hyderabad. And thus we sink one more brain that could win a Nobel Prize.”
Monday, November 1, 2010
What the acronym RIM evokes in Rajiv Kaul is not ‘Research in Motion' but ‘Remote Infrastructure Management.' Because, as the Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of Mumbai-based CMS Info Systems Pvt Ltd (http://bit.ly/F4TRajivCMS), Rajiv is excited about the potential that RIM holds for the IT (information technology) industry.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
One key issue on which policy clarity is required, as regards the proposed GST (goods and services tax), is the seamless continuation of excise and tax holidays, and deferments, says M. D. Sudharsan, Vice President-Legal & Secretarial, CavinKare P Ltd, Chennai ( http://bit.ly/F4TMDSudharsan).
In today's economy, organisations are taking conscious decisions, to either go for a ‘best shore' approach or for a ‘US only' approach, observes Venkat Tadanki, CEO, Secova, US (http://bit.ly/F4TTadanki). The decisions are not driven by cost alone but by the larger social value that is perceived to be added to the system as a result of the decisions, he adds, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Though most organisations currently leverage technologies such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) to propel themselves to greater efficiencies and sales volumes, recent studies show that ‘organisations are making important decisions without access to the right information.' Thus rues Raymond L. Jones, Worldwide Vice-President, System z Software, IBM, US (http://bit.ly/F4TRayJones).
Thursday, October 14, 2010
It is a sunny afternoon, and Pradeep Palazhi, COO of Bangalore-based EC Media International P Ltd (http://bit.ly/F4TPradeepEC), is cheerful. Understandably so, because only a day ago his company's Wink, the desi eReader, was out in New Delhi with a price tag of less than Rs 12,000.
“I foresee eReaders accelerating a larger trend towards electronic/digital publishing,” he begins, without batting an eyelid, during our interaction for eWorld. “Digital media in publishing is not going to replace printed media. However, it is going to be growing in size and share of the publishing market. More and more content will be published in electronic and printed formats to start off and the balance will tilt towards electronic formats in the future.”
Monday, October 4, 2010
For CTOs and CIOs, the choices are so different today than they were ten years ago, observes Ragula Bhaskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Fatpipe Networks, US (http://bit.ly/F4TRagula). Thinking back, getting a line to your office itself was a challenge, he reminisces, during a recent interaction with eWorld. “With very few providers, bandwidth was expensive and of poor quality. Also, the economy was not growing at the rapid rate it has over the last ten years. Companies in India could not afford to buy world class networking products.”
Monday, September 27, 2010
To be a good fit for small and medium businesses (SMBs), information technology solutions should provide the owner better visibility into his business, better information for decision-making, and help him stay on top of his business, anytime, anywhere. Thus begins ‘Partha' S. Parthasarathy, Chairman and CEO of Chennai-based Nu Street Technologies (http://bit.ly/F4TNuStreet) when asked what top attributes IT solutions must have so as to be a good fit for SMBs. “Such solutions should be highly targeted to specific customer domains, not complex solutions that boil the ocean,” he adds, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
Monday, September 20, 2010
With the mobile phone becoming the greatest social leveller, it is no more a question of socialism or capitalism but only ‘mobilism,' says a cheerful Debasis Chatterji, CEO, Netxcell Ltd, Hyderabad (http://bit.ly/F4TNetxcell). He cites a UN study that in a typical developing economy every 10 per cent mobile penetration improves the GDP by 1.2 per cent. That's a huge contribution, observes Chatterji, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
To those who are implementing IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards), training is a big challenge, feels S. Sundararaman, Partner, Haribhakti & Co, Chartered Accountants, Chennai ( http://bit.ly/F4TSundararamanS). More specifically, training in an environment of dynamic evolution of the standards is the challenge, he adds, during a recent interaction with Business Line. “Finding adequate human resources for this is a bigger task.”
Monday, September 13, 2010
After having put together research essays on agent-based virtual environments, augmented reality, collision detection, machining operation simulation, modelling of dynamics surfaces, neuro-imaging technologies, virtual prototyping and virtual reality communities – from authors in China, Germany, Australia, Greece, Spain and the US – the Editor of Virtual Technologies for Business and Industrial Applications: Innovative and Synergistic Approaches (www.igi-global.com), N. Raghavendra Rao, is not too happy that there have not been any contributions from India.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
When I met Harish Reddy a few weeks ago, it was ‘LeadForce1' that was prominent on his card. And Harish, who heads the APAC operations from Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TLeadForce1), spoke about his company's work in ‘Marketing Automation 2.0' or ‘next-generation marketing automation that converts anonymous online visits into qualified sales leads, determines Web site visitor interest and intent, and enables sales teams to reach decision-makers more effectively and close deals faster using patented business intelligence and data mining technology.'
Our conversation continued over e-mail, with the difference that his company's name now is LeadFormix, ‘because of objection from Salesforce.'
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A simple search for ‘cloud computing' in Google ‘news' draws nearly 8,000 finds. Such as that cloud computing is expected to create over 40 trillion yen market in Japan, as a story dated August 27 informs in www.glgroup.com. ‘New jobs to be created by Irish cloud computing project,' announces www.libertybishop.co.uk in a posting ‘14 hours ago.' And a recent story by Maura Lockwood of Cabot Headline News is that cloud computing stocks ‘lead the market.'
If you wonder what cloud computing is, Wikipedia helps with a simple explanation. That it is ‘Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.' Calling cloud computing ‘a paradigm shift following the shift from mainframe to client-server in the early 1980s,' the Free Encyclopaedia adds that, in this type of computing, details are abstracted from the users, who no longer have need for expertise in, or control over, the technology infrastructure ‘in the cloud' that supports them.
To know more, eWorld interacted with Lakshmi Sundar, Director, Orbit Innovations P Ltd, Chennai (http://bit.ly/F4TOrbit).
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The education environment is mostly teacher-centric and students have very little exposure to the world they need to serve in.
It is reassuring to hear from Sandeep Menon, Country Head, Novell India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TNovell) that recession is almost forgotten, what with headlines across the media speaking about jobs that are back, campus interviews on schedule, and no ‘people on the bench'. The need for employees is as good as ever and the process of recruitment has picked up its almost usual speed, reports Sandeep, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
Monday, August 16, 2010
It is with ‘Weinberg's Second Law' that Rajnikant Puranik begins his interaction with eWorld: “If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilisation.”
Because, to Puranik, who has authored a book on software testing titled The Art Of Creative Destruction (Shroff), it is disappointing that poor software often gets delivered and vendors get away with it, much the same way as with roads and vehicles.
“Shoddy road construction is on account of corruption and mismanagement, but the fact remains that it is so because the road contractors, the concerned bureaucrats and politicians can get away with it! And, so could the big business in the past, with their substandard vehicles,” he frets.
There is no financial liability associated with software that malfunctions, or does not function as expected, and practically all software products carry non-liability clause, rues Puranik. Arguing, therefore, that there has to be some reasonable liability not limited to just the price of the product, he says that in the absence of such a deterrent, even the normal expected testing is not done by the vendor before the product, or its new version, is released.
Excerpts from the e-mail interview.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Operational responsiveness is the ability of enterprises to closely track all business functions, flows, and be able to sense, and quickly respond to exigencies and unexpected business exceptions, says Ramesh Loganathan, VP (Products) and Centre Head of Hyderabad-based Progress Software Development P Ltd (http://bit.ly/F4TProgress).
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Digital identity is the theme of the discussion that I recently had with Ravi Jagannathan, MD and CEO, 3i Infotech Consumer Services Ltd, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TRavi3i). While identity carries multiple meanings, the apt meaning associated with digital identity can be derived from the following definitions in Oxford Dictionary, he traces:
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The SLA (service level agreement) can be the foundation of a robust and long-term relationship between the customer and the service vendors, provided it is SMART, says Girish Krishnamurthy, Managing Director–India of Bangalore-based Kaseya (http://bit.ly/F4TKaseya). The SLA, as Wikipedia defines, records a common understanding about services, priorities, responsibilities, guarantees, and warranties. “Each area of service scope should have the ‘level of service' defined. The SLA may specify the levels of availability, serviceability, performance, operation, or other attributes of the service, such as billing.”
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Managing IT (information technology) costs has always been of paramount importance in software projects; and it is more so in the last couple of years due to shrinking budgets in corporates globally, says Vanaja Arvind, Executive Director, Thinksoft Global Services Ltd, Chennai http://bit.ly/F4TThinksoft. The performance and return on such investments are also scrutinised much more closely now than in the past, she adds, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
With the decibel level increasing on the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) front, a natural anxiety among investors is about how the adoption of global norms will impact the different sectors. Thankfully, there are no industry-specific standards under IFRS, observes N. Venkatram, IFRS Country Leader, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Mumbai.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Most ‘engineers' are actually involved in the software craft with their restricted skills of coding and testing
Software professionalism is not just about technical brilliance; it is about consistently delivering high quality product within the committed time, says L. N. Rajaram, Director of Chennai-based Expert Software Consultants Ltd (http://bit.ly/F4TRajaramESC). “It is about both knowledge and the skills to apply it correctly. Skills can be mastered only through the discipline of repeated practice.” He rues that the most neglected skills of measuring and managing one's own time and defects are, in fact, the essence of software professionalism.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The right of children to free and compulsory education is perhaps the biggest inclusive step taken by India since Independence, and technology can help in achieving the same, says Job Thomas, Director and COO, Smartlinx VoIP Networks P Ltd, Hyderabad (http://bit.ly/F4TSmartlinx). If we can address the three major challenges - viz. infrastructure, trained teachers, and content delivery - we can take our country forward through the education revolution, he adds, during a recent interaction with eWorld. "The use of technology can be the biggest enabler for addressing these challenges."
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It is high time CTOs of Indian industries exploited their skills in proactively spotting opportunities in every volume-supported sector of the nation to innovate new solutions and products for the common man rather than to wait for a foreign brand to take the lead, urges Kalyan Vaidya, Managing Consultant, Valinnova Services, Singapore (http://bit.ly/F4TValinnova).
Should a marketer worry about varied streams of data portraying seemingly different stories? “I would think not,” says Seby Kallarakkal, the founder and CEO of the Bangalore-based Nabler Web Solutions Pvt Ltd (http://bit.ly/F4TSeby). Having data from other marketing streams would actually help a Web analyst draw the right conclusions, he reasons during a recent interaction with BrandLine.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
In the world ahead, the better way to work is virtual, avers Sanjay Deshmukh, Area Vice-President of Citrix Systems India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai ( http://bit.ly/F4TCitrix). The scenario he describes is one of being free from tethers such as the office, devices, networks and data centres.
Most reputed companies have a ‘Code of Conduct for Senior Executives,' often available on the company Web site
Sample this: Flash news announces the conviction of a company chairman in a long-pending criminal case, and it makes a difference to you, perhaps, as a shareholder or employee of that company. You scramble to check if the latest annual report of the company had informed you about the pending case. And, if you didn't find any mention in the published company documents, Mr Ramesh Venkataraman, Managing Director - Asia-Pacific at CurAlea Management Consultants ( www.curalea.com) has an answer
From the perspective of corporate boards, what are the most important IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) issues that merit attention? When posed this question, Mr N. Venkatram, IFRS Country Leader, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Mumbai, comes up with a list of five issues — set the tone and develop an oversight plan; take a holistic view; determine timing and resource needs; understand the risks; and determine the need for board education.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Simpler provisioning of new desktops, reduced downtime in the event of server or client hardware-failures, lower cost of deploying new applications, desktop image-management capabilities, and longer refresh cycle for client desktop infrastructure – all these are listed in Wikipedia as advantages of ‘desktop virtualisation,' the theme of my conversation with Sanjay Deshmukh, Area Vice-President of Citrix Systems India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai (http://bit.ly/F4TCitrix).
Monday, May 24, 2010
The top thought on Sekar Vembu's mind, when we meet for an early morning interaction in Nageswara Rao park, is the selection of his firm by Microsoft BizSpark One Programme. This initiative is designed to accelerate the growth of high potential start-ups through a one-to-one relationship with Microsoft and a global community of advisors, investors, and peers, informs Sekar, Founder and CEO of Vembu Technologies.
Monday, May 17, 2010
With feet firmly on the ground, in Nageswara Rao park, the topic of discussion that Seby Kallarakkal and I engage in is the ‘future of Web analytics.' He begins by asserting that tools will become more intelligent. We have been seeing Web analytics tools with more features, more customisation and more reports, elaborates Kallarakkal, founder and CEO of Nabler Web Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TSeby).
Friday, May 14, 2010
Durai Rajasekar is a seasoned banker who fondly remembers the ambitious automation project in Canara Bank that the then Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, had inaugurated in 1993, at the Parliament Street branch, New Delhi. Now, as Senior Vice-President in Chennai-based Ramco Systems (http://bit.ly/F4TRamco), DR's focus is on analytics, in banking and other sectors. During a recent interaction with eWorld, he mentions that the company has tied up with HP for delivering a pre-built data warehouse and analytics solution for banks, in domains such as deposits, loans, CRM, trade finance and profitability.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The SMS format of communication seems so simple that one may wonder if it offers any scope for innovation. When I pose this as a question to John McDonough, CEO and Founder, Shorthand Mobile, US (www.shorthandmobile.in), his response is immediate. “There is plenty of room for innovation!” avers McDonough, during an early morning interaction with eWorld in Nageswara Rao park.
Monday, April 26, 2010
IT would continue to have a significant role to play to taking the “paper” out of the MRO operations.
IT (information technology) will provide considerable help in bringing the MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) business to India, avers Ranganathan Jagannathan, General Manager-Projects-Aviation in Ramco Systems, Chennai (http://www.ramco.com/). MRO service providers would need to meet the expectations of customers in terms of traceability and regulatory compliances related to parts/employee certifications, work procedures and so on, he elaborates during a recent interaction with eWorld.
A good ERP system provides complete visibility in connection with project budget, timelines and schedules
Today, technology plays an absolutely critical role in improving the efficiency of capital projects as it provides a company complete visibility into the project allowing significant cost control and reducing delays, avers Balaji Sreenivasan, Founder and CEO, Aurigo Software Technologies ( http://bit.ly/F4TAurigo).
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Amidst all the sectors, barring probably the construction industry which is still nascent in IT adoption, manufacturing is probably in the evolving side of the curve, feels Uma Balakrishnan, CEO, Axcend Automation & Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TAxcend).
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Current searches for ‘TIFR' on Google news yield stories about the participation of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in the Big Bang experiment. But, even as scientists are in search of the ‘god particle,' my conversation with Prof Sugata Sanyal of the Institute's School of Technology and Computer Science travels back in time… To an era when TIFR built computers despite challenges.
Friday, April 9, 2010
How do you achieve a successful ERP deployment in an AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) company? By involving the CEO, CFO, and the CTO in the choice of an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system for the business, says Balaji Sreenivasan, founder and CEO, Aurigo Software Technologies (P) Ltd, Bangalore.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The recovery point is the amount of data that an organisation is willing to lose in case of an outage
Early in the morning, after a cup of hot coffee at home, when I meet Lakshman Narayanaswamy in Nageswara Rao park, the topic of discussion is not fitness or finance, but disaster recovery. Lakshman is the co-founder and VP-Products of Bangalore-based Sanovi Technologies (www.sanovi.com), which helps organisations ‘proactively manage disaster recovery (DR) environments.'
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The key challenges that our customers face in adopting IT-based energy management solutions are linked to legacy and cost-of-change.
When you have a namesake across the table, the conversation can, at times, be eerily like talking to oneself. Which is how it was when I recently had Murali Ramalingam as my lunch-hour guest. Yet, what made the difference was the ‘energy' he was bringing to the discussion, as the CEO of ConnectM Technology Solutions Private Ltd, Bangalore (www.connectm.com), a Sasken and IDG Ventures company into energy management solutions.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Open source technologies are making significant inroads in governments around the world, avers Gopi Ganapathy, President & CEO, Essentia, US (http://www.essentia-corp.com/). This is as a result of open source providing significant benefits such as low cost, flexibility of use and modification, lack of vendor lock-in, and most important of all the ability to create drive a vibrant local economy of solution providers in innovation, development, deployment, training and support, adds Ganapathy, during a recent interaction with eWorld.
Making it easier for women to enter corporate life, or become entrepreneurs, is as important as giving them reservation in Parliament, says Shailja Dutt, Managing Director, Stellar Search, New Delhi ( www.stellarsearch.com). Women need to be encouraged, but a mindset change is required, she adds, during the course of a recent email interaction with Business Line.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Innovation is one of those words suffering from the lack of a clear definition, and that makes it a much-abused and overused word, concedes Sukumar Rajagopal, Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation, Cognizant (www.cognizant.com). The way an organisation defines innovation depends on its philosophy and where it is on the innovation maturity curve, he adds, during a recent interaction with Business Line in Chennai's Nageswara Rao Park.
A woman officer has to be an officer and a lady, just as her male colleague is expected to be an officer and a gentleman.
Wg Cdr Neelu Khatri (retd) is from the first batch of lady officers in the Logistics branch of the Indian Air Force and has served for 16 years. A post-graduate from Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, with an MBA in Supply Chain Management from MDI Gurgaon, she now heads the Defence Advisory Services in KPMG India.
The only way we can ensure that there are enough women on the board will be through affirmative action.
Do women in corporate boardrooms continue to be an exception rather than the norm? “Yes, very true,” agrees Anuradha Parthasarathy, Founder & CEO, Global Executive Talent ( www.globalexecutivetalent.com). Even the ones that are there are typically from the owner family, she adds, during the course of a recent email interaction with Business Line.