Entropy and Equilibrium in organizations


My pal Dennis Howlett and I were discussing today morning about what makes a large company resist change. A lot of thoughts ran through my mind and I thought I better write it down . Strangely – my thoughts revolved around laws of physics when I looked for answers . No idea why , but…

Making peace with polymorphism


So India is getting a new prime minister – and he is the leader of BJP, an organization based on Hinduism / Hindutva . Now , what exactly that means gets interpreted differently based on who you ask . But given the overwhelming majority that the party got in parliamentary elections – it looks like…

My wish list for the new Modi Government in India


Modi led BJP swept the elections – clearly indicating the people of India want big changes . Here are my personal “wish list” items on what changes would be great for India in policy terms when this government is in power. 1. Revamp public distribution. India does well in pockets – but it is practically…

Win or lose , AAP has changed elections in India for good


If there is an award for political immaturity, I will nominate AAP for that . But that said, I have to give them a standing ovation for changing the fundamentals of election politics in India . Gutsy all the way AAP won in Delhi . Then they left in 49 days – which irked many…

A half dozen suggestions to SAP


Vishal has left SAP – and despite the abrupt nature of his exit , he has given the company a lot to work on . In a few weeks from now, Bill will be sole CEO and he gets a great set of leaders in the board and in the top ranks of the company…

Vishal Sikka leaving SAP – My initial thoughts


I had heard this news over the back channel yesterday . Having known Vishal for a few years , and having worked for him for a bit – It was a surprise, but not exactly a shock . This photo above was a picture I took the last meeting I had with Vishal and Hasso…

Does anyone have a better name handy to call “NoSQL” ?


Today marks my one month anniversary at MongoDB – time just flew by , and I am having a great time . If there is one frustration with my new gig – it is the term “NoSQL”. This term provides nothing but grief . Does anyone have a better name handy ? To begin with…