Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The emergence of social media has made the human element very critical

IT innovation for financial services

There are innumerable opportunities for solving traditional problems and adapting to the new trends in the financial services industry, with the help of technology and innovation, avers Jaya Vaidhyanathan, Executive Vice-President and Head of Technology and Strategic Transformation in Scope International P Ltd, Chennai.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Global consumers have been risk-averse to buying software products from SMEs.

IT is a complex grid

It was at a recent IIM-Bangalore alumni event in Chennai that as an ‘outsider' I met Gopal GD Shrikanth, CEO Coach & Strategist, Chennai (http://bit.ly/F4TGopalGD). GD — an alumnus of IIT, IIM, Columbia and Wharton — is a Mentoring Chair of Wharton Alumni Association of India and a former Country Manager, SBU-Head, Centre-Head, Practice-Head of many IT MNCs.


The penetration of ICT among MSMEs in India is very low

Large dose of ICT…

To gain a sustainable competitive advantage over their counterparts across the globe, there is an urgent need for Indian MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) to adopt information and communication technology (ICT), says Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd, Noida


Monday, February 7, 2011

Most of the articles we see about cloud computing address the concept from a technical point of view.

Up the ante in the ‘cloud' game, with APPU

Gone are those days when we were stuck, sitting in front of our computer to manage both our personal and professional computing needs, because cloud computing has liberated us from the need for a powerful computer on our desks ... K. Varadharajan, CEO of Chennai-based CloudsDirect likes to define cloud computing for non-techies in a way that could resonate with the terminologies they are already familiar with, while he directs techies to read the definition put forth by NIST, as ‘the best and least controversial definition about cloud computing.'


The three pillars of computing include energy-efficient performance, security, and connectivity

Towards seamless computing

Compute continuum was the theme that Praveen Vishakantaiah, President - Intel India, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TPraveenV) spoke at length on, during the recent VLSI conference in IIT-Madras. “Intel's vision is to connect and enrich the life of every person on earth,” he declared, during the brief interaction with Business Line, post his presentation. And our conversation continued over email.


Neural implants presently offer limited cure to those suffering from epilepsy and Parkinson's diseases

IT in health

A recent talk jointly organised by the Chennai chapters of the Computer Society of India and the IEEE Computer Society was on ‘Futuristic information and communication technologies and their possible implications for biomedical applications,' by V. Lakshmi Narasimhan, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, East Carolina University, US.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Till now, parallel computing has been the exclusive domains of scientists

Share to excel

Interdisciplinary research, more so in computer science and engineering, is lacking, feels N. Venkateswaran, Founder Director, Waran Research Foundation, Chennai (http://bit.ly/F4TWaran). The saddest part is that experts from a different science field who have made the most relevant applied research contributions to the field of computer science and engineering are not encouraged to come into the mainstream, he rues, in the course of a recent interaction with Business Line, during the VLSI Conference held in IIT-Madras.


More and more manufacturers and distributors have started selling their products online

Focus on electronics prototypes, pilot runs

During my brief interaction with Kumar Natarajan, who is the VP (Operations) of Chennai-based Kantel Technologies (http://bit.ly/F4TKantel), the discussion is about the changes in the electronics manufacturing landscape. As someone who is involved in the supply chain for the new product development of electronics manufacturers, Kumar shares his experience about the domain, even as fireworks fill the night sky, and his batch-mates of REC Trichy (1981-85) party around the SRM Hotel swimming pool. Our conversation resumes over email…


Friday, January 21, 2011

The basic premise of cost arbitrage is under attack

Train recruits or recruit the trained?

Were you to ask Santanu Paul — CEO and Managing Director of TalentSprint P Ltd, Hyderabad (http://bit.ly/F4TSantanuPaul) — whether he sees professional skill development as a commercial venture or a social one, he would not fall into the ‘or' trap. “It is both,” avers Paul, during the course of a recent interaction with eWorld.


The needs of integrators are different from those of creators

Close the talent gap

India as a talent pool and a market for design automation' is one of the topics that Rahul Arya — Director of Marketing & Technology Sales in Cadence Design Systems (I) Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (http://bit.ly/F4TRahulArya) — brings up during a recent interaction with eWorld.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The proportion of consultants who can be considered experts in the integration between different modules is miniscule even today

What makes an ERP consultant successful

The bus heading to REC Trichy is packed with alumni and ready to leave from the hotel portico. But before joining his batch-mates (1981-85) for a literal walk down memory lane, S. Rangarajan, a Bangalore-based SAP consultant (http://bit.ly/F4TSRangarajan), shares with Business Line a few interesting insights from his consulting experience. We continue our conversation over email…


It is important that the organisations should be capable of measuring their performance, productivity, and efficiency

Smart way to spend

One of the ways to keep the cost of information technology as low as possible for small and medium businesses is to look for solutions in SaaS (Software as a Service), says Desi Valli, Executive Director & COO, Net 4 India Ltd, Noida (http://bit.ly/F4TDesiValli), a company that provides CRM on a service model.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Innovation is a long process and therefore it cannot have a specific time frame to happen

Innovation should benefit end users

Motivating employees to innovate, and creating a culture that encourages innovation, can often result in organisations spending considerable time and energy to examine several frivolous ideas, cautions Ferose V. R., Managing Director, SAP Labs India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

India is the preferred destination in the global engineering value chain

‘Engineered in India'

As the head of HCL Engineering and R&D Services, G.H. Rao (http://bit.ly/F4TGHRao) has at least half-a-dozen things to say in answer to my poser, ‘In what ways can our policies and procedures enable the development of engineering research services?' With a structured focus towards development of engineering research activities, the government needs to establish a complete product development ecosystem that can supplement design with prototyping and manufacture, begins Rao, during a recent interaction with eWorld.