Geeks , Suits and Their Database Choices


Who chooses the database for an application? how do those decisions get made in a company ? Is it a suit or a geek or both ? Conventional wisdom says geeks are the best qualified to decide on a database, and suits are better for selecting applications – especially packaged applications. I think the conventionalContinue reading “Geeks , Suits and Their Database Choices”

What would be cool to see in a modernized SAP Business Suite ?


I grew up as a consultant in SAP R/3 – programming and configuring several modules , across many continents and for a lot of customers . As I see the excitement build up for SAP Teched next week , I keep thinking of what more SAP can do to make the ERP system more modernContinue reading “What would be cool to see in a modernized SAP Business Suite ?”

It’s about time we set a higher bar for analytics


First off – I have no interest in being nuanced here about data vs information , big data vs regular data , BI vs Analytics vs Reporting and so on . Use the terms you like in the following rant . If all we missed today was the nuance between these terms , we wouldContinue reading “It’s about time we set a higher bar for analytics”

Before we pelt social media stones on Satya Nadella …


Satya Nadella is a very visible technology industry leader who made a totally wrong and awful comment about women asking for wage increases . Over the last couple of days there has been a storm in social media crying for his head . Shortly after the gaffe – he admitted publicly that he was wrongContinue reading “Before we pelt social media stones on Satya Nadella …”

Do you need a college education to have an IT career ?


One of the most common questions I get from my younger colleagues and mentees is about the value of college education in pursuing an IT career . In my early 20s, I had one big regret – I did not go to a big name US college to get a degree . My engineering andContinue reading “Do you need a college education to have an IT career ?”

Modi, Sarita and Jaya – Hope and Despair for India in equal measure


I am in NY this week on vacation with family – except for one day that I had to show up at work to host the CEO of a partner company . Modi , India’s Prime Minister, was in NY when I landed here . And he was literally the talk of the town .Continue reading “Modi, Sarita and Jaya – Hope and Despair for India in equal measure”