I have been a Microsoft Regional Director from 1999 and I cherish the opportunity to work with the legends of technology. Regional Directors aren’t Microsoft employees. Established in 1993, the program consists of 150 of the world’s top technology visionaries chosen specifically for their proven cross-platform expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results. Regional Directors deliver keynote at top industry events, leading community groups and local initiatives, running technology-focused companies, or consulting on and implementing the latest breakthrough within a multinational corporation.
This week I got featured as one of the RDs’ in the spotlight section of the RD website, with the following quote from your’s truly:
Years ago when I learned FoxBase in order to develop an inventory management system for my family-owned publishing house in South India. Existing staff were resistant to the change even though the PC could give inventory for all hundreds of titles accurately in near real-time. Something had to be done. I spent time in convincing and training the oldest stakeholder, a septuagenarian, and that was the game-changer.
Having grasped the impact software can have on businesses, I have continued to design software that helps its users and remains easy to use. Recently I challenged myself to design a mobile app that was so simple users would feel it’s simplicity. Named Simpligic, it’s a NEWS app that has nothing to be configured or selected. The App uses Prediction.IO Machine Learning running in Microsoft Azure to come up with a story that the user will want to read at that instant, nothing more. Simply launch the app, read the story that appears and you’re done. No fuss. In the future, I plan to dictate the requirement for a Business App to Microsoft Cortana, who will automatically design, build and deploy an app to cloud that will be available to all my users within minutes.