Big Data : Switching Between Top Dog And Fire Hydrant


Most of you know I am a huge fan of big data. In my mind – this is the new top dog in enterprise software world. Companies can leap into a totally new world of insights and in all probability will revolutionize how business world makes use of information. I have not met a customer…

What do I want to be when I grow up ?


When I was three – I was pretty clear what I wanted to become . I wanted to be a Station master for Indian Railways , wearing a white uniform and controlling the huge big trains with green and red flags . My grandparents bought me a pair of flags and I used to wave…

Watching Leadership Transitions at IBM and SAP


I “grew up” in IBM – and one thing IBM does really well is how to transition responsibilities from one leader to another . Although not at very close quarters , I watched how smoothly Sam Palmisano transitioned over to Ginnie Rommety . And what I still remember the most from that time is Sam…

What Does BI Mean To You?


Totally an unstructured rant – be very warned ! 🙂 Over the last few weeks , a lot of discussions happened on BI between me and some friends . Essentially – why is it that BI projects seem to stay the same way it was always done even while tools became a lot better ?…

BW on Hana , How About In The Cloud ?


I have been talking to customers on BW on Hana for a good while now – about their plans to make use of BW on Hana, and what roadblocks exist for its adoption etc. Here are the top three concerns that I hear the most 1. Projects to migrate to BW take a long time…

Always Shooting For The Long Term


I ran into an ex-colleague of mine at a restaurant recently, and it was a lot of fun catching up. It was not the best of times for him – after doing the first half of a project successfully on time and on budget, his customer gave the second half of the project to a…