Life And Career Lessons My Dogs Taught Me


I have always been a dog lover for as long as I remember. When I was a teenager, I spent all the time with dogs and dog shows and no time chasing girls. My mom and some relatives worried seriously that I would not finish my engineering education due to this extreme interest in dogs.Continue reading “Life And Career Lessons My Dogs Taught Me”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – View from the top, with Joseph A Bellissimo of IBM


In my last post, I had included 2 videos I did with John Leffler of IBM. This time, I am including a short video with Joseph (Jay) A Bellissimo . Jay Bellissimo is the Managing Partner of the Global SAP practice at IBM Global Business Services.  He grew his career up the ranks via theContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – View from the top, with Joseph A Bellissimo of IBM”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – Interview with John J Leffler of IBM


Added: 1/6/2015 John Passed away on 3rd January, 2015 in an unfortunate accident, while vacationing with his family. My tribute to him can be found here https://andvijaysays.com/2015/01/05/rest-in-peace-john-leffler/ Most of you know that I work at IBM. IBM is probably the biggest partner of SAP globally – on Hardware, Software and Services. I have spent a goodContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – Interview with John J Leffler of IBM”

If it is not thanksgiving day, will you not say “thank you”?


Or conversely, if you say “thank you”, does it mean you are celebrating “thanks giving day” ? I am jetlagged – and this is the thought that strangely came to mind today morning as I was on my 3rd cup of coffee. I attribute it to a bunch of emails I read yesterday night, andContinue reading “If it is not thanksgiving day, will you not say “thank you”?”

Cloud And Mobility Market In India – See It To Believe It !


As I am finishing up my visit to India, I cannot help but wonder why I chose to make a living in USA, and not here. As I stepped out the air conditioned room I was sitting in at my parents’ apartment to drive to a restaurant with my dad for lunch today afternoon –Continue reading “Cloud And Mobility Market In India – See It To Believe It !”

And Appleby says , It’s Cloudy out there…


For the first time ever on my blog, I have a guest post by my dear friend, John Appleby – fellow SAP mentor, blogger and an executive at Bluefin, in London, UK.  So without further ado – Ladies and Gentlemen,  I present to you, John Appleby 🙂   When you go to a major conference,Continue reading “And Appleby says , It’s Cloudy out there…”

Identity Crisis – A liberalized India with close to 10% growth, and still socialist?


Fair warning – this has nothing to do with SAP or Enterprise Software ! I very well remember learning in the civics and political science class in the 80s that the Preamble to Indian constitution reads “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC” .Continue reading “Identity Crisis – A liberalized India with close to 10% growth, and still socialist?”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, day 3 – HANA, Developers, Partnership – and one more thing !


Day 3 has been my favorite ever since Vishal and Hasso started keynoting on the last day of SAPPHIRE. So I was up bright and early, and got to the keynote area much before it started. Unlike last year, this time it was Hasso who started the Keynote. The first part of his session wasContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 Orlando, day 3 – HANA, Developers, Partnership – and one more thing !”

Online Social Media – how much does it actually influence buying decisions ?


As a consumer, I am influenced by online social media. But the bigger the purchase, the less I am influenced by “online” social media, and more by “offline” social media. I won’t try a new restaurant without checking yelp reviews.I won’t buy a book without reading what others say in Amazon. I won’t buy aContinue reading “Online Social Media – how much does it actually influence buying decisions ?”

Now I believe SAP is serious about collaboration


I had an unusually busy day today, and consequently missed out “officially” congratulating my buddy  Sameer Patel and SAP when he broke the news on twitter and on his blog http://www.pretzellogic.org/blog/2012/03/13/im-joining-sap-ag/.  Of course I knew about it for a while since he and I had discussed this a few times as he was considering theContinue reading “Now I believe SAP is serious about collaboration”