No resolutions for 2014, just some hopes and dreams


Happy 2014 everyone ! I have no new year resolutions – those don’t work very well , at least for me anyway. I do have some hopes though for the new year First – I hope the US becomes a less divided country . We should stop letting MSNBC and FOX dictate our value systemsContinue reading “No resolutions for 2014, just some hopes and dreams”

We need a Christmas for Enterprise Software


A big luxury during this time of the year is that I can have a siesta free of guilt . As I came down the stairs and turned right to the kitchen nook – I saw my little Golden puppy Ollie at his favorite. “Thinking spot” in the back lawn , acting as if heContinue reading “We need a Christmas for Enterprise Software”

Looking back at 2013 – A tale of two employers


Compared to the time between 2008 to 2012, when I was fast tracking through an IBM career in management – I had a pretty relaxing year at SAP in 2013 on many fronts . Mostly, I have been in a learning mode – and I did learn a lot about how this great company worksContinue reading “Looking back at 2013 – A tale of two employers”

When did diplomacy become so undiplomatic ?


Devyani Khobragade, and officer of the Indian Foreign Service, got arrested in US ,handcuffed in public before her children, taken into custody, stripped and cavity searched like a criminal drug dealer, and then let off on a $250K bail. Her alleged offence – paying less than minimum wages to her maid, while having documented aContinue reading “When did diplomacy become so undiplomatic ?”

Incredibly Impatient India


Last Thursday, I hosted a panel in Bangalore on future of innovation in India . One of the panelists was my buddy Abesh B from Kolkata . His comment was “Indians have always been innovative – our word for it being jugaad”. It immediately resonated with me – I could totally visualize his explanation ofContinue reading “Incredibly Impatient India”

Incredible India – a short trip report to SAP Teched Bangalore


I landed in India at the city of Kochi – popularly known as the queen of Arabian Sea . And about an hour later , I delivered the Inaugural address for the international conference organized by the School of Management and Communications Studies . To my pleasant surprise , I was given a very warmContinue reading “Incredible India – a short trip report to SAP Teched Bangalore”

Did India socially regress by a couple of centuries in the last one week ?


As I look back at the last one week in India , I am both incredibly proud of what we have accomplished as a country – and incredibly sad and angry at how much is left to be done to bring India socially forward from 1800s to 2013 . Let me get the awful stuffContinue reading “Did India socially regress by a couple of centuries in the last one week ?”

Deming’s 14 Principles of Management – Are they all still relevant ? (Hint : NO they are not)


I am not so sure all the 14 principles apply today for the information economy. I can’t say for sure about manufacturing though. For what it is worth, here are my quick thoughts. This post got triggered in my mind when I read my friend Jonathan Becher posting on validity of MBOs. http://jonathanbecher.com/2009/02/02/eliminate-management-by-objectives/ . ItContinue reading “Deming’s 14 Principles of Management – Are they all still relevant ? (Hint : NO they are not)”

Maximize your vendor relationship benefits – beyond the obvious


I have been on the vendor side of the table almost all my professional life . I have done development , support , relationship management , sales and so on . Throughout my career – irrespective of my employer – a recurring issue I have seen is that customers feel they don’t get adequate valueContinue reading “Maximize your vendor relationship benefits – beyond the obvious”