Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The success of any technology lies in the hands of end users.

A shot at ‘cloud' maturity

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.

Potential CEOs or cyber coolies?

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

The complexity of a software product differs from product to product

Towards quality software

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

Connectivity capabilities enable data and services integration

Responsive process management

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).