Leaving On A Jet Plane – Happy And Content


This week was tiring in the extreme – but in a good way. And tomorrow morning, we are leaving on vacation to Hawaii. The plan is to switch off work email and phone and just chill with my family. Last year – we went to another island in Hawaii around the same time. The week…

Execution Rules, Strategy Drools !


I didn’t get a lot of sleep past night – maybe 4 hours . And as I am on to my third cup of coffee this morning , I had a short twitter conversation on the ever green topic of strategy and execution . I couldn’t help post a few random thoughts I did learn…

When Applications Scream “I don’t Trust You”


Between telecons today, I was glancing through twitter and had a brief chat there with Ben Haines, the CIO of Box. See below. Just reminded me of a few phone calls I have had from the expense police in past life Expense Police :Can you explain why you tipped $10 more than 15% at dinner…

Zero Inbox Strategy – To Be Or Not To Be ?


I have a zero inbox policy . I read every email I get within a short time of it showing up , respond to the ones that need attention then move them to an archive . I don’t go to bed till I am done . And I have been this way for about 8…

Developer Strategy – Random Musings Of An Ex-Developer


Some of you might know this – I trained to be a mechanical engineer, and then did an MBA thinking I wanted to be an investment banker. But right out of business school – I figured what I REALLY wanted to be was a developer. So I took a developer job and stayed a developer…

Misalignment and Policy by Lapse – A deadly duo


It is Friday the 13th today – maybe the best day to write this post after all . First I need to turn back the clock to the 1980s. In my teens, the most popular car in India was ” The Ambassador”. It was so popular that the company just did some weak spot welding…

Big data and systems that need to go around in circles


I had a very interesting conversation with my seat mate in the flight to SFO early today . He works as a manager at an airline, and grew up the ranks . Currently he is exploring ways of “learning faster” given his team was having a hard time with baggage handling and they want to…

Big Data : Platform vs Applications


  It does not matter what vendors say about big data – end of the day, customers need to adopt and expand for big data to live up to its promise. If they don’t adopt – big data will just go the same way as many other passing fads that had the potential to change…