On Business, IT And Artificial Distinctions


Whoever started the concept of IT treating Business as a customer did a big disservice to the world. Don’t get me wrong – I grew up thinking that Business is the dog, and IT is its tail, and the tail does not get to wag the dog. My thinking has evolved a lot recently, mostlyContinue reading “On Business, IT And Artificial Distinctions”

SAP buys Ariba for $4.3B – rather pricey, but still a good deal


As I was fighting jet lag and lying wide awake on my hotel bed in Bangalore yesterday night, I saw the news on twitter that SAP is going to buy Ariba for $4.3B. When IBM bought Emptoris earlier, there was always a question of who will buy Ariba – and my bet was on Oracle.Continue reading “SAP buys Ariba for $4.3B – rather pricey, but still a good deal”

Analyzing Project Success – talent wins games, teamwork wins championships !


I am on cloud nine at the moment – our team successfully finished a huge big project go live in a “minimum fuss” way (THE way go-live should be) and I am getting ready to party hard with the gang. It was a journey that started in the fall of 2009 – and the teamContinue reading “Analyzing Project Success – talent wins games, teamwork wins championships !”

What does Apple’s outsourcing have to do with farming and manufacturing in Kerala ?


If you chop a tree for firewood, you should plant a tree to compensate. And you should do it even if you are not into the whole green thing. Or else you will be turning in your grave constantly when your children and grand children swear ad-nauseum about the trouble you put them in .Continue reading “What does Apple’s outsourcing have to do with farming and manufacturing in Kerala ?”

SAP – ECC is catching another wind. Are we ready?


I don’t think I have seen another time after the mid to late nineties when the market was this hot for SAP.  Several companies seem to be in a hurry to do big SAP projects again . And no – they are not talking of big HANA projects, or big mobility projects or big cloudContinue reading “SAP – ECC is catching another wind. Are we ready?”

Rapid Implementation – is the promised land finally here ?


Mike Krigsman posted this today morning on his ZDNET blog http://www.zdnet.com/blog/projectfailures/predicting-2012-rapid-implementation-in-focus/ . I tried to post a comment, but somehow that does not seem to have posted. So I thought of posting it here.   I am not entirely convinced that Rapid Deployments will bring terrific benefits, but will be watching it closely in 2012. Continue reading “Rapid Implementation – is the promised land finally here ?”

Is “Pursuit of Profits” the killer of Innovation and the U.S. Economy? hmmm..I don’t think so


I saw this today morning on twitter via Frank Scavo http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/11/18/clayton-christensen-how-pursuit-of-profits-kills-innovation-and-the-us-economy/ It is an article on Forbes.com by Steve Denning, based on a talk at the Gartner Symposium ITExpo 2011 on October 16-20, 2011, given by Clayton Christensen. While I have a lot of respect for Christensen, I don’t think all the arguments made forthContinue reading “Is “Pursuit of Profits” the killer of Innovation and the U.S. Economy? hmmm..I don’t think so”

Thoughts on SAP Outsourcing, Part 2 – the Devil’s Polygon


Now that I have walked down the memory lane, this time around let me share some thoughts on what earned outsourcing a bit of bad reputation. Again, this is all just my personal view and not that of past or present employers. Outsourcing is not a perfect world at all – and the ill willContinue reading “Thoughts on SAP Outsourcing, Part 2 – the Devil’s Polygon”

Thoughts on SAP Outsourcing, Part 1 – the evolution


As always, this is just my personal opinion and not that of my present or past employers. I need to do this in a few installments – starting with how outsourcing of SAP evolved in front of my eyes, and then some common problems, easy and difficult solutions and a reality check . As manyContinue reading “Thoughts on SAP Outsourcing, Part 1 – the evolution”