Getting Into The Matrix…

Imagine driving on a dark, unlit part of a highway running through rural India on a moonless & starless night with no other vehicle, seemingly, in sight. Also imagine (imagination can be very powerful), that the road surface is smooth enough to allow you to speed up to a 120 kmph (75 mph). And, suddenly, in the beam from your headlight, you spot the vehicle in picture below, moving slowly in front of you, blocking the road!

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You would be right to think that a serious accident can happen. The good news is that this is unlikely to happen. Here’s why… Continue reading

From “Whenever” To “In The Moment”

Wishing all my friends and followers a very Happy and Prosperous 2013!

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After the short break, I thought I will start with a post about how partying on New Year’s Eve has changed for me over the years. There is a very significant trend that I see, especially in the way people greet others wishing them luck in the New Year.

But first a look at New Year’s Eve past…

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Putting OTT Under A Cloud…

A couple of days back the hottest news reported was that of the potential acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook. Although both the companies have come forth subsequently and denied such an eventuality, it was a plausible story while it lasted. Facebook, with advertisement as a major source of revenue is not able to have a successful model around mobile devices – where they have lesser scope to place ads. Messaging could be the opportunity for Facebook and WhatsApp with billions of messages going through it is an interesting option (although business pundits indicated why it is not so).

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Digitization of Business

Every business tries to improve its performance and deliver better value to its stakeholders. There is a plethora of technologies that are available today, using which organisations try to stay ahead in the race. But there is always the problem of deciding when a technology is good to invest in and if the investment will yield the desired business results.

Besides, in today’s world, there is a range of applications that have been created and used by Enterprises world-over. So, what is new that upcoming technologies will yield?

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Defending Low Entry Barriers

Read a news report that Cisco has announced it’s intention to acquire Meraki Inc., a California based privately held provider of cloud based solutions. From what I understood, Meraki’s solutions allow Cloud based Management of on-premise networking gear. Looks like Cisco intends to use Meraki’s solutions along with Cisco’s Unified Access platform. This prompted me to ponder about defending low entry barrier businesses. Let me explain why… Continue reading

Managing With Managed Services

Many Service Providers have gone for managed services from third parties for operating their IT and Network. This enables them to defocus from non-strategic tasks and focus on strategic priorities of their business. However, care has to be taken to ensure that these purposes are really achieved. Continue reading

My laptop computer and I!

This is a relationship that odes (pls. don’t misread it as “codes”) are written about typically – my laptop computer and I!

Much akin to the medieval knights and their steeds, we ride together; similar to a World War II fighter pilot, we go through many a dog-fight; similar to a cowboy and his pistol in a standoff. Yesiree… this is a relationship fully worthy of such romaniticization. (Except that I am not sure if I am the knight or the steed; the pilot or the aircraft. For example, I am yet to figure out if I use the laptop to manage my time or if my laptop has colluded with the rest of the world to use my time to meet its own objectives.) Continue reading