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 systems…

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 he…

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 works…

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 a…

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 of…

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 warm…

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 value…