• Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Technology

    IEEE & CSI talk on Rebooting Software Services

    Last year, I had conducted a half-a-day workshop for NASSCOM on “Rebooting Software Services Industry” where I presented on why the threat of a premature death of the industry as written by mainstream media is real – this is the industry that has made India an export powerhouse – and what needs to be done to tackle the problem and grow. My friend Mr Sankaranarayanan followed it up with C6 Framework which is a tool for company’s embarking on the difficult task of change – something that the Indian IT Industry urgently needs to do. Today, the industry is feeling a bit more confident – the headwinds of automation and…

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    Why should I care about Digital Transformation?

    Today I delivered a talk to members of Rotary Club of Madras, Central on Why should I care about Digital Transformation?. Recently I spoke on the same topic in Kochi, seeing that the club secretary invited me to their assembly. Rotary meetings bring an interesting mix of personalities and I like talking to them. For the same club, I have spoken a few years ago on Net Neutrality when it was a burning topic. Video of my talk on Unlocking Digital Transformation can be seen in YouTube. 

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    Unlocking Digital Transformation

    Today I am in Kochi, Kerala delivering a keynote talk titled “Unlocking Digital Transformation – Advancing Technologies” for a distinguished audience of the city. It was part of “Do Big” forum for CIOs that’s travelling across the country and sponsored by Tata Tele Business Services. To hold the audience attention and deliver value, I started with the definitions I like – for what is digital and what is digital transformation. Provided one example of digital transformation done by Babolat of Lyon, France on their designing of Babolat Pure Drive PLAY tennis racket. Then added my own example (fictitious) of how a food staples firm producing Rice/Wheat can reinvent at the…

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    Microsoft MVP Connection in Hyderabad

    For the last two days, I was attending in Hyderabad  – Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Connect 2017 event. As a Microsoft Regional Director (honorary title) I was invited to speak in the two days program – which was a get-together of all MVP’s in India. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the MVPs and Microsofties – the energy in the room was palpable. Most of the MVPs were excited with the new features that have come in Xamarin developer tools and the Azure platform. Laurent Bugnion from Microsoft demoed an end to end scenario of using various Azure tools, including Azure functions and Azure Mobile Center which showed on how…

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    Lufthansa Runway to Success Season 5

    I was happy to get to be the moderator for an informative panel discussion today. Titled “Finance Your Venture”, it was part of Lufthansa Runway to Success Season 5 organised by TiE Chennai. The panellists were experienced hands on the trade – Ashvin Agarwal, Balram Nair, Manu Iyer & Satish Mugulavalli. We talked about: Right source of funding – Entrepreneurs need to think beyond the glamorous VC funding. There are many options available nowadays including Bootstrapping, Friends and Family, Friends of Friends to reach HNI (High Networth Individuals), Non-Collateral Debt Funding from Government/Public agencies, Seed Capital and grants from Government schemes and finally Brick ‘n’ Mortar businesses interested to be…