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Monday, May 03, 2010

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sim-OnDemand - personal virtual world server, OpenSim on EC2

Idea:Sim-OnDemand - Personal Virtual World Server on Demand, on pay only for what you use billing.
Execution: Use the resource and bandwidth abundant Amazon EC2 infrastructure to deliver OpenSim on EC2 infrastructure. OpenSim opensource software packaged as ready to use Amazon Machine Image. The Sim-OnDemand comes with a GUI based launcher, making it easy for non-geeks to make use of Awesome Amazon infrastructure. No need to know Amazon API to use it.
Profit: The Amazon billing model of pay only for what you use and pass-through billing via DevPay are used to make it profitable for the user, publisher as well as Amazon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cædras iPhone Native Application Developer Course

Yet another unsolicited email, yet intersting enough to blog about it:

Thank you for your interest in the first ever Cædras iPhone Native Application Developer (iNAD) course offered in Bangalore. We are truly excited to offer this world-class learning experience to seasoned IT professionals, such as yourself, looking to broaden their horizons beyond the humdrum of current technologies and platforms. We hope by the end of this message, you'll share in our excitement around iPhone native application development.

The Cædras iNAD experience

The Cædras iNAD course is a two-day immersive safari into the exciting world of iPhone application development. First, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of the iPhone architecture and terminology to quickly gain access to the exclusive club of iPhone developers around the world. We want to emphasize here that this course is not about Web Apps, a somewhat limited method of bringing regular Web applications to the iPhone. This course is actually, as the name would suggest, all about developing native applications using Objective C, an objected-oriented language similar to SmallTalk. We have carefully designed the course in such a way that you will get full advantage no matter if you have a C, C++, C#, Java or Visual Basic background.

Next, you will witness first hand how to setup the environment for developing native applications for the iPhone. We feel this is the most exciting part where you begin to understand how to unlock the potential of the Apple iPhone OS platform. You will appreciate the various user interface elements and techniques unique to the iPhone platform using a complete example application - cradle to cradle. But, we don't stop there!

We continue the journey by looking at an application that Caedras Software is developing for the market. We didn't think we could do justice by sharing with you trivial examples and snippets of code. You will not only learn about advanced techniques to build truly innovative applications but also appreciate how to successfully transform your ideas into market-ready applications that millions of iPhone users would line up to buy.

At Cædras Software, we believe in bringing extreme value to our customers. We, therefore, are offering the Cædras iNad course at an unbelievably low fee of only Rs. 10,000/-. The course fee includes exclusive benefits such as:

- iPhone Open Application Development: Write Native Objective-C Applications for the iPhone by Jonathan Zdziarski (a Rs. 1750 value)
- Cædras iNAD Essentials DVD (filled with all the tools you need to start development right out-of-the-box)
- Subscription to the Cædras iNAD newsletter

You will also be treated to a sumptuous outdoor lunch buffet and snacks on both days of the course. Don't forget when you signup for the course before May 1, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for an iPhone (a Rs. 25,000/- value), which will be presented to one lucky Cædras iNAD course graduate on May 18th. We would like it to be you! Don't forget to ask us about our early bird special.

We want to help you make an informed decision. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.

We hope to see you soon.

Cædras iNAD in a nutshell

Date: May 17th & May 18th
Venue: 1st Stage BTM Layout, 20th Main Road,
100 Ft Ring Road, Near Friends Restaurant,
Bangalore-560078.
Outline: Session 1
Understanding the iPhone lingo
Unboxing the iPhone
Understanding the iNAD environment setup
Introducing Objective C
Touch interface basics
Exploring Cocoa fundamentals
UIKit - a deep dive
Session 2
Advanced graphics and other multimedia control
Next generation UI design
Dissecting the Cædras Remote Control
Taking your idea to the market

Cheers,

Arun Ramasamy

President,
Cædras Software
Cædras Software

98-TO-BE-STUDENT (988.623.7883)
info@caedras.com

You have received this communication because we sincerely believe you would benefit from it. At Cædras Software, we value your privacy. You will not receive further communications from us to this email address unless you specifically respond to this message asking for more information. If you would like to be removed (opt-out) from our mailing list permanently, please send an email to info@caedras.com and type "Remove" in the subject line. This message complies with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (S. 877). As specified in Sec. 5, paragraph 5 (A), this message cannot be considered spam as the recipient has been given the opportunity to decline from receiving future transmissions from the sender.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

SQL Server Guru Status, now easy!

SSWUG.org's SQL Server Virtual Conference
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, February 19 - 21, 2008
http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30A

SSWUG.org brings the conference to your desk-top with more than 36 technical sessions presented over three days, a half-day each day. To accommodate SSWUG's global base, you'll be able to attend regardless of time zone. You can check out the session schedule by going to http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30B and click on the sessions link in the left navigation.

SSWUG invites you to join the conversation and interact with speakers, exhibitors, and peers. We encourage you to click on this link for complete information on the Virtual Conference

http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30C

What are the fault tolerance options you have available to you?

Do you fully understand installation and configuration options?

Do you want a solid look at TSQL elements and how to use SQL in your application?

Do you want to learn about setting up user accounts for your server?

Do you know how to integrate Word, Excel and Access with SQL Server?

Do you know how to get started protecting the data in your server?

http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30D

The sessions are designed to answer everything you want to know about the fundamentals of successful database operations by asking questions during presentations or post session, or by participating in the general chat rooms.

Sessions include:
. Fault Tolerance Options: Overview of features and techniques
. Installation and Basic Configuration
. Creating a Database, Options, Filegroups, Best Practices
. Much, much more

Most exciting for many of you will be the A SQL Server 2008 track presented by Microsoft SQL Server Engineers about their favorite SQL Server 2008 features!

Registration for the event is $100, all inclusive.

http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30E

As an added bonus, all attendees will receive
- A subscription to CoDe Magazine

- $150 Discount Code to Attend SQL Connections - The definitive in-person SQL Server conference in Orlando later this spring with advanced topics and sessions.

- The ability to submit question in advance for specials sessions where we'll specifically be addressing YOUR questions.

If you're interested in bringing the Virtual Conference to your conference room, please contact us at swynk@sswug.org for group rates and the group registration form.

If you don't agree that the SSWUG Virtual Conference is everything we've said it is, we'll refund the cost of your registration. No questions asked.

Register now to reserve you place in the SSWUG SQL Server Virtual Conference:
http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30F


See you online!

Stephen Wynkoop
SSWUG.ORG Editor and Founder
Microsoft SQL Server MVP
Swynk@sswug.org

Register today:
http://www.sswug.org/conference/special.asp?i=30G


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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Six Sigma Green Belt

I got a mail from Sethu(Example Consulting) on Six Sigma Green Belt Course in India:
Hi,
I trust this mail finds you in good health and cheer!!

eXample Consulting Group is pleased to announce forthcoming series of
immensely practical and superior value country wide Six Sigma Green Belt
Training and Certification public workshops. This could be of relevance and
interest to you, colleagues / friends, members of your organization,
clients, partners and associates to participate and benefit.

Both Indian and International candidates (Individuals or Organization
sponsored) with 2+ years experience can enroll and benefit.
Participants also have an add-on option to obtain "INTERNATIONAL
CERTIFICATION" from "eXample USA" through this unique program. Please find
details below.

SIX SIGMA FOCUS
Six Sigma enables organizations to drive business growth and profitability
with breakthrough performance improvements in customer satisfaction,
operations, quality and service excellence, time to market, asset and
resource productivity and business cost structure. It enables professionals
to acquire structured performance improvement competencies and realize
accelerated career growth prospects in India and globally.


The program schedule is given below. For past program highlights, Click Here


SIX SIGMA GREEN BELT TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION - PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
Program Schedule



Program Name City Venue Date/Time Program fees (INR)
per person
(Indian Nationals) Program fees (USD)
per person
(Foreign Nationals)
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Gurgaon
Windsor
Castle (DLF Phase - II) 11 - 13th Jan 2008
(3 days - Fri/Sat/Sun) 11,490 (Individual)
13,490 (Company sponsored) 450 (Individual)
550 (Company sponsored)
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Mumbai
Hotel Park
View (Andheri-W) 19 - 21st Jan 2008
(3 days - Sat/Sun/Mon) 11,990 (Individual)
13,990 (Company sponsored) 450 (Individual)
550 (Company sponsored)
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Bangalore
12th Avenue
(Indiranagar) 25 - 27th Jan 2008
(3 days - Fri/Sat/Sun) 11,490 (Individual)
13,490 (Company sponsored) 450 (Individual)
550 (Company sponsored)
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Chennai

Hotel Chariot (T.Nagar) 8 - 10th Feb 2008
(3 days - Fri/Sat/Sun) 11,490 (Individual)
13,490 (Company sponsored) 450 (Individual)
550 (Company sponsored)
(Please Click on city to
open (or) Rt. Click / Save the program brochure).

Program fee is inclusive of:
* Course Materials,
* Training services,
* Lunch/Refreshments,
* Use of laptop with Six sigma s/w,
* Green Belt Certificate (Participation and Course Completion) and
* Service Tax (@12.36%)

Please visit http://www.examplecg.com/services/lean_sixsigma.htm for program
details, downloadable brochure and view past program highlights
For queries and registration assistance, Call or SMS
Mumbai / Pune - Mr. Ram (M: +91-98201
58537 (or) T: +91- 22- 4015 9748)
Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon (NCR) - Mr. Sethu (M: +91-99862 73363 (or) T:
+91- 80 - 4128 1482) (or)
E-mail to sixsigma@examplecg.com with participant name, city, organization
and designation


Top companies and Participants have
benefited from our consulting, advisory and training programs.
Clients and Participant
representation
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Telecom / Media ITES / BPO / BFSI Manufacturing /
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Hutchison 3G
Accenture
Avaya Global Services
BNP Paribas
Ciber
DCS BPO
Deloitte
DPS Software
DirecTV (USA)
Emerio Corporation (SGP)
FAS (Nigeria)
GTS (UAE)
GFT
GSA Infotech
Hewlett Packard
Vodafone (Hutch)
iApps Consulting
IBM Global Services
Infosys Technologies
Infotech Software
Intel
Kaveri Telecoms
L&T Infotech
Manthan Systems
Motorola
NCR Global services
New Wave Computing
Nortel Networks
Omnisystem (Korea)
Oracle Corporation
Patni Software (UK)
Safran Aerospace
Shining Universe
Slash Support
SQL Star Software
Symphony E-Services
Synergy Software
Tech Mahindra
Transworld Infotech
TVS Infotech
Zenith Software Aviva Shared Services
Bank of Baroda
BNP Paribas
DCS BPO
GE Money
HSBC
JP Morgan
Nittany BPO
Optimus (Polaris)
Respondez
RSM Mcgladrey
TCS (BPO)
Templeton Investments
Tesco India
WNS Global Services Al-Ghurair group (UAE)
Almoayyed group (Bahrain)
Alshaya (Dubai)
Arabian Centers (KSA)
Atlas Copco
BeBig (Ezag)
BVQI (India)
Chandan Steels
Chrysler Group (USA)
CIPY Polyurethanes
DHL Danzas
DOTY Scientific Inc. (USA)
Emirates National Oil.
Genesis Stones
Hyundai Motors
Johnson Matthey
Kamino Int'l Logistics
Kerns Aerospace
Kyocera Wireless
Maersk Logistics
Midas Tyres
Reliance Navi Mumbai SEZ
Proteck India
Reva Electric Car Co.
Shapoorji Pallonji
Siemens Building Tech
Taj Hotels
UNDP (International)
Uttaranchal Police Al-Hokair (KSA)
Baxter Healthcare
Bisleri International
Cadbury India
Covalent Lab
General Mills
Hindustan Unilever
HJ Heinz
Kelloggs
Khimji Ramdas (Oman)
Marico
Nicholas Piramal
Pepsico (Frito Lay)
Pidilite Industries


Corporate / Institutional Programs
Besides Six sigma public workshops, eXample Consulting group has deep
expertise in assisting leading companies across industry sectors to
strategize, plan, implement and institutionalize Six Sigma and Lean
Excellence culture and deliver breakthrough performance improvements. For
Corporate Six Sigma programs (Directly or via Industry chamber /
associations), please reach us at sixsigma@examplecg.com or speak to the
undersigned.

Register early as there are limited seats!!

For our country wide Six Sigma program schedule, please visit
http://www.examplecg.com/services/lean_sixsigma.htm

To UNSUBSCRIBE, Click Here
and send the mail to
sixsigma@examplecg.com .

Thanks for your time, interest and consideration.
We look forward to participant nominations for the forthcoming programs.

Best Regards,
Sethu
Practice Director

(An International Business company)
Bangalore, India
Mob: +91-99862 73363
Tel: +91-80-4128 1482
Fax: +91-22-2287 2708
E-mail: sixsigma@examplecg.com
(Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do)
USA * UK * Kenya * India

____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
______________________
About us,
eXample Consulting Group (www.examplecg.com) is a Solution Consulting firm
offering Strategy, Process and E-Business consulting, training and Offshore
Advisory services to global clients in Americas, UK/Europe, Middle
East/Africa, India and Asia Pacific regions in Oil and Gas, Banking and
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Shared Services sectors. eXample has presence in USA, UK, Kenya and India
and works through partners in Canada, South Africa, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Sri
Lanka, Singapore and New Zealand.
_____________________________
Heather Smith of Active Strategy writes to Add:
Active Strategy offers courses on
Six Sigma and Green Belt.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Outward Bound Learning

M R Sreesha of Pegasus Institute for Excellence says....



Pegasus Institute for Excellence is one of the premier institutes in India offering comprehensive Outward-bound Management Learning and Organizational Development services. Our Learning Center nestles in a picturesque valley and is located around 60 km north of Bangalore (beyond Doddaballapur). Our expertise in consulting & training combined with the beautiful location managed by skilled staff makes for a totally refreshing learning experience.

Pegasus started its operations in 1997 to offer Outward Bound Learning (OBL) courses to leading organizational teams in India and the Asia Pacific region. The innovative programs, skilled faculty, robust infrastructure and facilities have since then catapulted Pegasus into becoming one of India’s leading outbound organizations in the field of leadership & team development. In the last nine years we are richer with the experience of having worked with over 47,000+ participants from over 280 companies. Some of our elite clientele includes top names such as ABB, Accenture, Bharti Group, Cisco Systems, Dell, Dr Reddy Labs, GE, IBM, ICICI, Infosys, Intel, ITC Group, HLL, L&T, Microsoft, Motorola, Muragappa Group, Oracle, Robert Bosch, Samsung, SAP, Standard Chartered Bank, Toyota, Tata Teleservices, Texas Instruments, The World Bank, Volvo, Wipro, Yahoo etc.

The success of Bangalore centre propelled us to establish a pan India presence and today we have our own full fledged delivery centers in Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Pondicherry & Dehradun ( 2007 )

We bring in the collective experience of our team in the area of human behaviors, group dynamics, psychometrics, management, outdoors and hospitality. Our 80 person years of experience as organizational development consultants and program facilitators have made us leaders in the leadership development & teambuilding industry. Our core training and consultation services involve helping our clients in:

* Transition from campus to corporate
* Building teams faster and better
* Improving alignment with organizational mission, vision, and values
* Developing highly effective leaders
* Reducing process inefficiencies
* Inspiring participants to achieve the seemingly impossible



Approach and Methodology

The uniqueness of the courses we offer lies in our approach and methodology. OBL is based on the principles of David Kolb’s “Adult Learning Cycle”. Participants are put through activities simulating back home business situations that help them discover their “self” and group. Through these activities the participants also learn the gaps if any, that exist between “knowing the way” and “going the way”. OBL programs are conducted in a completely risk free, non-threatening environment, where the consequence of all action is only Learning. This innovative learning technique is based on the popular axiom “Experience is the best teacher”.

Pegasus Outbound Learning (OBL) programs helps to increase teams effectiveness in the real world work environment. In addition, our client engagement model ensures that every program that we conduct is customized to meet your objectives & expectations effectively and consistently.



All programs commence by subjecting participants to an activity that simulates a back home business scenario or situation. This activity is followed by a reflection process, which focuses on the happenings during the activity. Our faculty members facilitate these reflection sessions to help participants identify traits that are enablers or disablers. Applying the same in another activity then validates this learning and throws up fresh learning.

Activity Reflection Learning Application Activity (New)

The process continues in a spiral throughout the program.



The Pegasus Team


The faculty at Pegasus is a multi skilled team comprising of behavioral experts, psychologists and outdoor experts and is a vital element in the Outward Bound experience. The team has over 80 person years of organizational development consultantancy and program facilitation. Their collective knowledge in practical outdoors, client business processes and human behavior, enables them to design & deliver programs effectively and consistently.

In addition to technical expertise in their respective fields, the team is a highly motivated group of people equipped with a blend of empathy, insight, sensitivity and patience, characteristics that are of utmost importance while anchoring programs containing real physical and psychological challenges. In fulfilling the role of program anchor, trainer, facilitator or consultant, these experts initiate and engineer diverse situations and experiences, and provide individual and group counseling and feedback as appropriate.

The teams also comprises of dedicated support staff, well trained in all aspects of hospitality and are equipped in providing outdoor support for all types of OBL programs.



Key Differentiators


Pegasus success does not just lie in its unique approach to learning and delivery excellence, other distinctive aspects of the organization are:

* Is the only structured OBL institute in the country with pan India presence
* Has successfully used OBL to address a variety of organizational needs such as Strategic Thinking, Visioning, Leadership, Team Building, Service Quality Improvement, Customer Orientation, Effective Communication, Mentoring, Conflict Management and many others
* Time tested program engagement & delivery model simulates real time business scenarios and processes in the outbound environment facilitating quicker connects by the participants with back home issues & challenges.
* Having successfully addressed needs of diverse industry segments such as IT, ITES, Telecom, FMCG, Pharma, Manufacturing, BFSI, etc… Pegasus has productized its offerings to meet unique & specific needs of industry verticals.
* Having successfully addressed Leadership competency development at different levels, across industry verticals using OBL methodology, Over the years we have a established a credible mindshare in the industry in this space. So when IIMB runs MDP programs today, Pegasus is their natural partner.




They do have an impressive client list to back their claim:
1. 24/7 CUSTOMER
2. ABB LIMITED.
3. ABS INDIA PVT. LTD
4. ACCENTURE
5. ASCENDAS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
6. ADAPTEC INDIA PVT. LTD.
7. ALCON LABORATORIES (INDIA) PVT. LTD
8. ALP MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS PVT. LTD.
9. AMAZON DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
10. AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION PVT. LTD.
11. AMERICA ONLINE MEMBER SERVICES INDIA PVT. LTD.
12. AMP SANMAR ASSURANCE COMPANY LTD.
13. AMSURE INSURANCE
14. ANZ INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
15. APCOM COMPUTERS LTD. (CHENNAI)
16. ARVIND BRANDS LIMITED
17. ASHA KIRAN SCHOOL
18. ASTRA ZENECA PHARMA INDIA LTD.
19. AUDCO INDIA LTD. (CHENNAI)
20. AUMA INDIA PVT. LTD.
21. AXA BUSINESS SERVICE CENTRE
22. AZUL SYSTEMS
23. BALMER LAWRIE & CO LTD.
24. BCCI (INDIAN CRICKET TEAM)
25. BEA SYSTEMS INDIA
26. BFL SOFTWARE LTD.
27. BHARTHI TELESONIC LTD (DELHI)
28. BHARTI INFOTEL LIMITED.
29. BHARTI MOBILE LTD (AIR TEL)
30. BHARAT PETROLEUM CORPORATION LTD.
31. BHARTIYA VIDYA BHAVAN (M P BIRLA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT)
32. BHORUKA POWER CORPORATION. LTD.
33. BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
34. BIRLA 3M LTD.
35. BPL TELECOM LIMITED.
36. BRIGGS OF BURTON PVT. LTD.
37. BUSINESS OBJECTS SOFTWARE INDIA PVT. LTD.
38. CABLE & WIRELESS
39. CAE VISUAL SOFTWARE PVT. LTD.
40. CANARA BANK
41. CAPGEMINI CONSULTING
42. CAPTRONIC SYSTEMS PVT. LTD.
43. CARBORUNDUM UNIVERSAL (CHENNAI & COIMBATORE)
44. CELSTREAM TECHNOLOGIES.
45. CGI INFORMATION SYSTEMS & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS PVT. LTD.
46. CHEMPLAST SANMAR LTD.
47. CIENA INDIA PVT. LTD
48. CISCO SYSTEMS LTD.
49. COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INDIA PVT. LTD
50. COMMIT TECHNOLOGY.
51. COMPAQ INDIA LIMITED.
52. CONVERGYS INDIA SERVICES PVT. LTD.
53. CORE OBJECTS.
54. COLEHAAN INDIA LIASION.
55. COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
56. CSR INDIA PVT. LTD.
57. CUSTOMER OPERATIONAL SERVICES BUSINESS
58. CYBERCASH (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
59. DATA CRAFT INDIA LIMITED
60. DELL INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
61. DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS PVT. LTD
62. DEUTCHE BANK
63. DHARMA COMPUTERS PVT. LTD.
64. DIGITAL EQUIPMENT LTD.
65. DR. REDDY’S LABORATORIES LTD.
66. DSL SOFTWARE LIMITED.
67. EDS TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
68. EDUQUITY CAREER TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
69. F F E MINERALS
70. ESSILOR SRF OPTICS PVT LTD
71. EUREKA FORBES LIMITED.
72. EPSON INDIA PVT. LTD.
73. FIDELITY BUSINESS SERVICES INDIA PVT. LTD.
74. FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
75. FISHER SANMAR LIMITED.
76. FLEXTRONICS TECHNOLOGIES (I) PVT. LTD.
77. F L SMIDTH LIMITED.
78. FORBES GOKAK LTD (GOKAK FALLS).
79. FREESCALE SOFTWARE INDIA PVT. LTD.
80. FUTURE TECHNO DESIGN PVT LTD. (TOSHIBA)
81. G E CAPITAL HYDERABAD
82. G E INDIA
83. G E HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGIES.
84. GENERAL MOTORS INDIA PVT. LTD.
85. GENISYS INTEGRATING SYSTEMS INDIA LTD.
86. GENPACT SOFTWARE
87. GLOBAL EDGE SOFTWARE LTD.
88. GODREJ AGROVET LTD.
89. GOOGLE
90. GUHRING INDIA PVT. LTD.
91. HAL STAFF COLLEGE.
92. HARITA INFOSERVE LIMITED.
93. HCL PEROT SYSTEMS.
94. HCL TECHNOLOGIES LTD. CHENNAI.
95. HENKEL LOCTITE INDIA PVT. LTD.
96. HERBALIFE INTERNATIONAL INDIA PVT. LTD
97. HEWITT OUTSOURCING SERVICES INDIA LTD.
98. HINDUJA TMT LTD.
99. HINDUSTAN COCA – COLA BEVERAGES PVT. LTD.
100. HINDUSTAN LEVER LTD.
101. HLFPPT – SWAGATI PROJECT
102. HONEYWELL SOFTWARE OPERATIONS LTD.
103. HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES INDIA PVT. LTD.
104. HUGHES SOFTWARE SYSTEMS LTD.
105. HUTCHISON ESSAR SOUTH LIMITED
106. ICICI ONE SOURCE
107. ICICI PRUDENTIAL LIFE INSURANCE CO. LTD.
108. ICODE SOFTWARE PVT. LTD.
109. IFLEX SOLUTIONS
110. IHS PARTS MANAGEMENT PRIVATE LTD
111. INATECH INFOSOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.
112. INDUS TRUST.
113. INDUS LEAGUE CLOTHING LIMITED.
114. INFOCOM SOLUTIONS LTD. (SOCRATES).
115. INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
116. INFOTECH ENTERPRISES LIMITED.
117. INFOTRONICS PVT. LTD.
118. INGERSOLL-RAND (INDIA) LIMITED.
119. INSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
120. INTEL TECHNOLOGY INDIA PVT. LTD.
121. INTUIT TECHNOLOGY SERVICES PVT. LTD.
122. IONIC MICRO SYSTEMS PVT. LTD.
123. ITC LIMITED (HYDERABAD)
124. JET KING INFOTRAIN LTD.
125. JINDAL ALUMINIUM LIMITED
126. J K ORGANISATION
127. JOHN F WELCH TECHNOLOGY CENTRE (GEI)
128. JOHNSON & JOHNSON LTD. (MUMBAI).
129. JUNIPER NETWORKS
130. JWT
131. KANBAY SOFTWARE INDIA PVT. LTD.
132. KENNAMETAL WIDIA INDIA LIMITED.
133. KESTONE RESEARCH PVT. LTD.
134. KIRLOSKAR SYSTEMS PVT. LTD.
135. KIRLOSKAR TOYODA TEXTILE MACHINERY PVT LTD
136. KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK LTD.
137. KSHEMA TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
138. L G SOFT INDIA
139. LM GLASS FIBER (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
140. LOGICA SYNECTICS PVT. LTD.
141. L&T JOHN DEERE PRIVATE LIMITED.
142. L & T LIMITED
143. LUK INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED.
144. MADRAS ALLUMINIUM CO. LTD.
145. MADURA GARMENTS.
146. MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS AND RESORTS INDIA LTD.,
147. MAX HEALTH SCRIBE
148. MCAFEE SOFTWARE (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
149. MERU NETWORKS
150. METLIFE INDIA INSURANCE CO. PVT. LTD.
151. MERITOR LVS INDIA PVT LTD
152. MICROSOFT INDIA DEVELOPMENT CENTRE. (HYDERABAD).
153. MOOG MOTION CONTROL S PVT. LTD.
154. MOTOR INDUSTRIES CO. LTD.
155. MICROLAND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT CENTER
156. MILLIPORE (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
157. MIND SPEED INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.
158. MINDTREE CONSULTING PVT. LTD.
159. MISYS HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS.
160. MODERATION GROUP OF INDIA.
161. MOTOROLA INDIA LIMITED (BANGALORE & HYDERABAD)
162. M. S. RAMAIAH INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT.
163. MURUGAPPA GROUP.
164. MISYS INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEMS PVT. LTD.
165. NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR
166. NATURAL TEXTILES PVT. LTD.
167. NESS TECHNOLOGY
168. NEULAND LABORATORIES LIMITED.
169. NOKIA INDIA PVT. LTD.
170. NOVELL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (I) LTD.
171. NOVELLUS SYSTEMS INDIA PVT. LTD.
172. NOVO NORDISK PHARMA LTD.
173. NT5 SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
174. ORACLE INDIA PVT. LTD.
175. OWENS CORNING.
176. P.S.I.DATA SYSTEM.
177. PEOPLE ONE CONSULTING.
178. PHASE 1 WORLD
179. PHILIPS SOFTWARE CENTRE PVT. LTD.
180. PIVOTAL BANGALORE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PVT. LTD.
181. PK4 SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
182. POLARIS SOFTWARE LAB LIMITED. CHENNAI.
183. PONDI AURO SERVICE CONSULTANTS PVT. LTD.
184. PORTAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDIA PVT. LTD.
185. PRICE WATER HOUSE COOPERS PVT. LTD.
186. QUALIHYDRON
187. QUALITY ENGINEERING & SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
188. QUICK LOGIC SOFTWARE (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
189. RAMBUS CHIP TECHNOLOGIES INDIA PVT. LTD.
190. RAMCO SYSTEMS
191. RCI INDIA PVT. LTD.
192. RMZ CORPORATION
193. ROBERT BOSCH INDIA LTD.
194. SAINT – GOBIN GLASS INDIA LTD.
195. SAMSUNG INDIA SOFTWARE OPERATIONS. (SISO)
196. SANDISK INDIA
197. SAP INDIA PVT LTD (MUMBAI).
198. SAP LABS INDIA PVT. LTD.
199. SASKEN COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
200. SATYAM INFOWAY LTD.
201. SATYAM VENTURE ENGINEERING SERVICES
202. SAPIENT
203. SELLA SYNERGY CHENNAI
204. SHANTI BHAVAN SCHOOL (GEORGE FOUNDATION)
205. SHELL INDIA MARKETING PRIVATE LIMITED.
206. SIEMENS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION NETWORK LTD.
207. SIERRA ATLANTIC SOFTWARE SERVICES LTD.
208. SINGULARITY SOFTWARE (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED
209. SNECMA AEROSPACE
210. SONATA SOFTWARE LIMITED.
211. SPECTRUM PLACEMENT & MARKETING SERVICES PVT. LTD.
212. SPHERIS INDIA
213. SPICE TELECOM
214. STANDARD CHARTERED BANK.
215. STAR INDIA
216. STEEL AUTHORITY OF INDIA LIMITED.
217. ST.JOSEPH COLLEGE
218. SUBEX SYSTEMS PVT. LTD.
219. SUNDARAM FASTENERS LTD. (CHENNAI)
220. SUN MICRO SYSTEMS INDIA PVT. LTD.
221. SYKES ENTERPRISES INDIA PVT LTD.
222. SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INDIA PVT. LTD.
223. SYNOPSYS INDIA PVT. LTD.
224. T. JOHN COLLEGE
225. TAEGUTEC INDIA LTD.
226. TAJ HOTELS
227. TALISMA CORPORATION PVT. LTD.
228. TARANG TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
229. TATA CELLULAR LIMITED (HYDERABAD).
230. TATA ELXSI LIMITED
231. TATA IBM LTD.

232. TATA LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES LTD. (BANGALORE & HYDERABAD)

233. TATA TELE SERVICES LTD. (BANGALORE, HYDERABAD & KERALA)
234. TAVANT TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
235. TCI FOUNDATION
236. TEAM PRODUCTIVITY CONSULTANTS LTD.
237. TECHNOLOGY MEDIA GROUP PVT. LTD.
238. TELELOGIC INDIA PVT. LTD.
239. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS.
240. TEXTRON
241. THE ACTIVITY
242. THE WORLD BANK
243. THE VYSYA BANK LTD.
244. THINK 3 DESIGNS INDIA PVT. LTD.
245. THOMSON (PRIMARK INDIA PVT LTD.)
246. THREE HEAD DESIGNS
247. TITAN INDUSTRIES LTD.
248. TORRY HARRIS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS (P) LTD.
249. TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR AUTO PARTS PVT. LTD.
250. TOYOTA KIRLSOKAR MOTORS PVT. LTD.
251. TRANSWORLD SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.
252. TSI VENTURES (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
253. TYCO ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS INDIA PVT. LTD.
254. T V S ELECTRONICS LIMITED. CHENNAI
255. UTI VENTURE FUNDS MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
256. USI NETWORKING SYSTEMS
257. UXL TECHNOLOGIES
258. VALTECH INDIA
259. VISTEON AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS INDIA PVT. LTD.
260. VOLVO INDIA PVT. LTD.
261. VIDESH SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED.
262. WATERS (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED.
263. WAY 2 WEALTH SECURITIES PVT. LTD.
264. WEB METHODS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (I) PVT. LTD.
265. WEIR MINERALS (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
266. WELCOME GROUP GRADUATE SCHOOL OF HOTEL ADMINISTRATION MANIPAL
267. WENDT INDIA LIMITED.
268. WILCO INTERNATIONAL LTD. (HYDERABAD)
269. WIPRO CONSUMER CARE & LIGHTING.
270. WIPRO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS.
271. WIPRO EPERIPHERALS LTD.
272. WIPRO INFOTECH.
273. WIPRO FLUID POWER.
274. YAHOO SOFTWARE INDIA PVT. LTD.

Nokia Forum wants startup action

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

What was he thinking?


What was he thinking?
Originally uploaded by Pandiyan
They said it is greener on the other side?
Yea it is surely greener but it is bitter neem!

Damanhur, Dhyanalinga and


Hall of the Earth
Originally uploaded by Clan McClarty
It took me a while of reading and rereading to realize that this is a photo and not a painting.
Check out the Damanhur Temple history for its Idea, how it got executed Falco the founder of the temple was driven by intuition and vision to build the temple.

If you are interested in such, Dhyanalinga Multi Religious temple, by Isha Yoga Center will be of interest. Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev was intuitively guided by his guru in establishing the Dhanalinga.

It is very interesting to note how the two contemporary visionaries went about gathering support for their project.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

311: To be a giant


311: To be a giant
Originally uploaded by Turtblu
Cannot resist blogging this at the pic was good and there is 311 mentioned as in 311pm.com

311: To be a giant

This is Bobb, one of the 42 newly hatched children of Bob and Lusy (sic), two of the land snails that my students are raising in their miniature ecosystems. In this particular ecosystem, all 42 are named Bobb, except one, who is Fred. Go figure.

Oh, and that is my pinky finger, so...Bobb is really really small.

Uploaded by Turtblu on 8 Nov 07, 8.05AM IST.

Tokyo Linux Users Group meeting featuring S3

Tokyo Linux Users Group meeting featuring S3

Restless Avatars.
Lars Kotthoff giving a presentation on a Ruby script he has developed for backup using Amazon S3 . The presentation in English was presented with the voice feature of SL.

The Second Life portion of the meeting took place in the Conference Center on the Amazon Developers 1 Island at 9 PM Second Life Time (that's the same as Pacific Standard Time) onwards on Friday, November 9th.

The RL portion at Tokyo on November 10th at 14:00 JST at the following location:

Cerego Japan Offices
Ninomiya Bldg, 4F
18-4 Sakuragaoka-cho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Avatars attended from across the globe from Japan, Seattle, Vancouver, Colorado, Chennai etc.

Edmund Earp(Lars Kotthoff) presenting S3 based backup at Amazon Dev Island, SecondLife


Edmund Earp(Lars Kotthoff) presenting S3 based backup at Amazon Dev Island, SecondLife

Lars Kotthoff giving a presentation on a Ruby script he has developed for backup using Amazon S3 . The presentation in English was presented with the voice feature of SL.

The Second Life portion of the meeting took place in the Conference Center on the Amazon Developers 1 Island at 9 PM Second Life Time (that's the same as Pacific Standard Time) onwards on Friday, November 9th.

The RL portion at Tokyo on November 10th at 14:00 JST at the following location:

Cerego Japan Offices
Ninomiya Bldg, 4F
18-4 Sakuragaoka-cho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Avatars attended from across the globe from Japan, Seattle, Vancouver, Colorado, Chennai etc.Edmund Earp(Lars Kotthoff) presenting S3 based backup at Amazon Dev Island, SecondLife

Lars Kotthoff giving a presentation on a Ruby script he has developed for backup using Amazon S3 . The presentation in English was presented with the voice feature of SL.

The Second Life portion of the meeting took place in the Conference Center on the Amazon Developers 1 Island at 9 PM Second Life Time (that's the same as Pacific Standard Time) onwards on Friday, November 9th.

The RL portion at Tokyo on November 10th at 14:00 JST at the following location:

Cerego Japan Offices
Ninomiya Bldg, 4F
18-4 Sakuragaoka-cho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Avatars attended from across the globe from Japan, Seattle, Vancouver, Colorado, Chennai etc.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Chennai Photo Snapshot 03 Nov, 3:11pm

Idea: Take a photo samples of a city at a specified time(3 Nov 3:11pm), consolidate in one pool, make snapshot of city life forever.
Execution: Ask a anyone and everyone to take a photo and submit it to a photo pool in flickr. Pre and post moment support garnering through every communication channel including blogs, news item, sms, etc. Coordinated by website 311pm.com.
Profit: Snapshot for posterity. Community bonding.

Update: Now, remote participation via SecondLife is possible.
From Remote participation via SecondLife:
Not in Chennai on Nov 3, 03:11pm?

Not to worry, SecondLife and Avatar Voodo to the rescue. Labsji has setup this amazing facility to help you participate in 03:11 PM campaign virtually via SecondLife. Visit SecondLife Sim Treepu. While there, launch a virtual balloon with your request for a photo shoot at a particular location, as if you are taking it! Some kind natured 03:11 PM enthusiast might take your request seriously and shoot a snap exactly as you requested. Your requests are actually queued as Human Intelligence Task request in Amazon Mturk.

Want to help someone wanting to participate from afar?

Log on to http://mturk.com and search of HITs titled AVooDo. Fulfill the HIT as requested and make someone’s day! As a token of appreciation your good natured gesture, there will be small inconsequential (yet fun!) rewards that you will be able to claim against your successful HIT completion.

Help spill the fun from Virtual to Real and vice versa.

More details can be found here: http://treepu.in/wp/chennai-311pm-photo-freeze-event-now-from-anywhere-via-secondlife/79

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Extending SecondLife Avatar Action to Real Life with Mturk

Idea: Avatar Voodo: Extending Avatar Action from SecondLife to Real Life
Execution: Avatar Voodo, Avoodo for short, is a mashup of SecondLife with Amazon Mturk. Avoodo is a way to extend/spill Avatar action to real world. The way it is done is, Avatar action is set to trigger posting of Human Intelligence Task(HIT) in Mturk market through Linden Scripting Language(LSL) scripts. The Linden dollar based micropayment mechanism is bridged to the Mturk based micropayment to make the HIT enticing enough for Mturk worker to complete. The HIT can be geographically targeted so that the SecondLife as geography barrier basher can be further enhanced.
Profit: One of the biggest complaint about SecondLife as a marketing medium is that it is just toyland and activities there and transactions there cannot be linked to real world and revenue generating commerce. With Avoodo, it is possible to engage the user in mixed reality play which can be a very effective marketing tool. For the seocndlife developers, they don't need to huge budget to create a mixed media experience like the CBS CSI:Virtual that involves huge hype and fanfare to work. As an illustrative case of the profit,

Teepu is an use case that uses Avoodo to give opportunity Avatars to participate in mass tree planting movement despite geographic barriers. In short, Avoodo, Treepu makes (digital/real) tree a social object for participation and conversation!.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Cartoon: Getting Drowned in Search Engine Alphabet Soup!



Hat Tip to Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid.com for inspiring me and making me try cartooning.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Dawnkey's MyFridj: Cartoons as Social Objects

Idea: Cartoons as longtail tradable social objects. Dawn Douglas through MyFridj is adding a new twist to User Generated Content. She is creating scarcity mechanism for the content( cartoons and animations) through the virtual goods route. An interesting aspect of the idea is that the virtual goods are user tradable.
Execution: Just like people are ok with the idea of buying songs, people will get used to buying cartoons and animations to enhance their online presence. Slowly saying it with a cartoon will be easy and fun way to express yourself - Just as saying it with flowers or saying it with your dress. Slowly when the supply and demand equations work out, this long tail syndication mechanism will gain momentum as investment opportunity. Yet the success of MyFridj depends largely on the scale of execution, choice of platforms that will make the micro-payment frictionless and more importantly how mashable and developer friendly it emerges.
Profit:

Monday, October 01, 2007

Wisdom of Crowd Weather Prediction

Idea:Weather as a source of profit! Much of economic activity in some form or another is a response to Weather and its cycle. With economy becoming more and more knowledge centric, weather information and weather related prediction( knowledge) becomes source of profit. Hackshaven Harford of NOAA build in Secondlife has an interesting idea for the complex compute intensive weather prediction biz. He is proposing to simply ask the crowd. Let the wisdom of the crowd work for the prediction!
Execution:Amazon Mturk with automated script that rewards bonuses based on accuracy of prediction post fact. The script could be coupled weather derivative market through a mashup with WeatherBill like service.
Profit: Predicting weather( or the lack of it) is a big biz. Weather is something where everyone participates already. Market linking it and wisdom of crowd linking it will widen the market and thereby widen the opportunities.

This could be a good way to widen the base of Mturk Workers on a world wide basis. This will engage the workers on a daily basis. The variable reward makes it very sticky.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Shel's SAP Global Survey: Push vs Pull

As for a survey by big corporations goes, typically, suites decide what market intelligence they need. Then they charter an internal or external market research team to do the market research/survey. They churn out data, charts, and reports and the Suites further decide on their course of action.
Shel Isreal spearheading the SAP Global Survey is approaching the Social Media survey in a When In Rome approach. It is a clear demonstration of shift from Push to Pull.


This video/machinima was part of Survey Answer by K G Prasad, Universal Print System, Chennai. He is going ga ga about Mashups and Wikis:
There is a lot SAP can help to make doing business through Social Media sustainable. There is a lot of drudgery in engaging with multiple social media. For instance, uploading photos and tagging each one of them takes a lot of time. SAP with its tight involvement with the internal and external ‘business process plumbing’ can make Living the Business Aloud easy and drudgery free. For example, workflow could auto generate a draft of a blog post summarizing the work done for a customer, with pictures and link to relevant customer public profiles, relevant tags, etc. This draft could be further embellished with human interest elements by a human and published.
I have high hopes on SAP in helping SME businesses ride two significant trends, viz., Mashability and Serendipity. Let me explain.

Make Our SME Business Mashup Ready. I believe judicious exposition of capacity through mashup(interface) is a good technology antidote for technology driven rapid commoditization. I believe mashup is an attractive channel to graduate cold calls into revenue generating relationships. An ERP with built in support for mashup exposure: a doorway that knows both sides – the internal business process, as well as the Wild Wild Web, will be very attractive. I believe mashup is a potent strategic tool to increase capacity utilization as well as a low cost business development method.

Enhance Serendipity for Our Network of Suppliers and Customers. When Geography is History, Serendipity is the new Geography. This, I believe, again is a strategic tool that will prevent premium erosion. With our continued practice of Living our Business Aloud, our social media engagements will increase the findability of whoever that has done business with us. In other words we want ‘Doing/Done business with UPSL’ as a social networking factor just like musical preference, interest in books, pet ownership, etc. And of course the ERP will have to help in achieving it in a sustainable manner.


The machinima is of course whipped up in SecondLife, and Incidentally, SAP is all set to open their Sim featuring their clients and partners soon( Oct 1?).

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Autotwit: Making mundane automatic

Idea:AutoTwit - Unix Cron job like twittering service.
Execution:

Tired? Stressed? Overworked?

No time to keep Twitter informed about what you're doing?

AutoTwit takes the effort our of updating Twitter.

Simply write a post and schedule an update.

It's that easy!

Key Benefits:

1. Make you wealthy
2. Improve your appearance
3. Help you to be more well-liked by your family or friends
4. Make you live longer
5. Attract members of the opposite sex
6. Update Twitter automatically



About AutoTwit

AutoTwit is the rather hare-brained idea of Toby Hede.

In no particular order:

1. AutoTwit came together in a Friday lunch break and Sunday afternoon.
2. It's made with Ruby on Rails and Love!
3. It's dedicated to Scoble in the interest of making Twittering much easier.
4. Toby lives in Melbourne, Australia.
5. He works as a software engineer for a small web company in between hacking things and creating games.
6. He is increasingly obsessed with Rails, Prototype and Scriptaculous.
7. He is available for project work.

Contact: tobyhede {a t} autotwit

About AutoTwit

Most things © AutoTwit 2007

Twitter posts probably belong to the people who write them

AutoTwit: Automatically Pointless! Now with 50% more Web 2.0.

Made with Ruby On Rails and a pinch of love


Profit: A washing machine does the washing for you, a VCR watches TV for you, similarly AutoTwit will twitter for you! Yet another playful profitable idea out of twitter ecosystem like TwitterLit. How small thing can make big leverage.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Advantages of Blogging

Idea:Five Advantages of Blogging
Execution:When I talk to students I tell them these five benefits:
1)Blog can improve your communication skills: By blogging your clarity of thought improves. Reinforced by written communication, the overall communication skills improve.
2) Blog is great way to keep your network of family and friends posted: Only if you keep them posted they will be able to add value to the relationship. Cluttering them with email is a bad idea. Inbox overflow is a major problem for many people.
3) Blog can be a good way to increase your network of family and friends: What you write about may not be relevant for your family and friends. But your writing gets found by people who are interested in it. They start interacting with you and becomes part of your network. Serendipity works!
The above three are personal benefits. Here are the biz benefits.
4) Blog can be a wonderful marketing tool. Many people simply google anything and everything. If they find you in google, your ideas have reached them before you. That is marketing. Google, 'paper file tracking' and reach me! Enough said.
5) Blog can be a good sales tool. If you are into selling low value item where people trust that it will be shipped. You can sell off your blog itself. Blog +paypal will just do wonders.

As an added bonus blogs by itself can make money. You can feature ads( like google ads) and make money off your blog. There are people like Amit Agarwal( http://labnol.blogspot.com) that pay highest tax bracket due to earnings from single blog.

Nuf blog sermon.

Profit: Make money with blog. Make money because of blog.

Monday, June 11, 2007

TwitterLit: Terse teasers that kills the cat, milks AZ

Idea: TwitterLit?
Execution: Interesting first line of an interesting book, twittered!
Profit: Amazon referral fee.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Online Backup software

Idea:Online Backup service DataDeposit and a book by David B Little)
Execution: With DataDeposit it is much easier to implement suggestions made in the book Implementing Backup and Recovery: The Readiness Guide for the Enterprise (Paperback) And it is a good deal at $2/GB month.
Here is an overview from the site
Online Backup Features
Easy to Set Up

* Register online for our secure online backup system
* Installation is easy and takes less than 5 minutes
* Backups are instant and will never interrupt your work

Extremely Secure

* Bank grade encryption protects your data
* All data is encrypted before it leaves your PC
* Only you have the key to access your web storage data

Affordable Price

* With our online file backup system you can store as little or as much as you need for just $2 per GB per month.

Ideal for Small Business

* Backup as many computers as you like with our web backup system!

Fast Recovery

* Restore lost files from your secure online file backup system in a matter of seconds.

Web File Sharing

* Share files or entire folders with others by emailing password protected links.

System Requirements

* This web storage system runs well on any Windows PC with an Internet connection.


Profit: Data is more valueble than money. A backup can save a lot of angst!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Of incompetence, innovation and cashcow

Nitin Borwankar has an interesting post on how companies 'settle down'
The Peter Principle of Innovation

He also talks about why potentially viral innovative ideas dont take off due to self created containment:
Virus in a Petri Dish and instantly illustrates it with an alive example on the post itself.

Interesting!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Intent Signals With Twitter Enabled Devices

Intent Signals with Twitter.
Twitter the new fad in town 2.0 - dubbed the prom queen of SXSW - all the top geeks are at it. Even if they hate it. I'm trying to figure out what the hell the fuss is all about. I guess a good way of figuring out is think up cool applications for twitter. Here you go: I'm fascinated by the shift in economic paradigm from scarcity based economics to surplus inundation based economy( Just 10 years back I had to wait for a phone connection, now the telcos are queuing up to give me connection along with value added packages like mobile, broadband etc) . In this new market, the customer is the real king. Just grabbing the attention of the potential buyer is not enough. It is not just enough to fulfill the potential buyers requirements. Appealing to his/her ego is a good strting point. To cut a long story short, paradigm is shifting from Attention to Intention. Being tuned to Intention signals of the market becomes the key. My conjecture is, twitter like tools can become Intention signalling mechanisms.

Twittering, in combination with Intent Economy based tools like roots.net could make it a way to signal intents. With tools like yahoo pipes, the intent could be responded by other players - possibly a supplier of a product or a service that will facilitate the intent.

My biggest complaint with Twitter is that I have to actually do it: The lack of automation. If smart devices around me are able to pick up my intent and my activities and post it to twitter, then I can fill in the gaps with more quirky stuff. With so many geeks becoming fans of the Twittering, we can expect a horde of gadgets tuned to twittering soon. And in the mid term, everyday objects becoming twitter enabled.

In a way, Metaverse like SecondLife is striving to do.

Today Twitter looks like a useless waste of time and a fad that will fade. Yet it has lot of potential as a enabler in the conquest of the plenty. Accelerating the era of attention/intention as new currency.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Idea: Secondlife as a business tool
Execution: Secondlife, the online 3d game that is fast evolving as a mini economy is an active breeding ground for innovations. IBM alumni meeting has proved that it can be a wonderful way to convene a meeting. It has good potential as an unconference medium. Recently it is being experimented as a recruitment tool: a place to hold job fairs and such. With the membership base zooming beyond a million, online money spent per day at a million dollars, it will be taken seriously by innovators. The avatar can be more expressive than a chat or an IM making in the process reducing the travel expenses and lost time in travel.
Profit: Richer interaction.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Better Retirement Plan = Better Productivity?

Idea: Better Retirement Planning for Employees using a professional Specialist
Execution:Today I came across a unique service company called Retirment Capital Group. They offer executive compensation seminars in the changing dynamic world of retirment planning. Retirement is a constant nag in every employees back of the mind. If this constant nag can be addressed effectively, it gives peace of mind to the employees and productivity for the employer. Defined contribution, and custom design of plans are hot areas that can differentiate an employer and improve their chances of retaining talent. The Retirment Capital Group's offereing and Knowldege Centre are worth checking out!
Profit: Retirement worry taken out of the employee's mind => better productivity!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wikicamp.in Video made with SecondLife

Amazon Mturk earnings now in Indian Rupee:: Tap the housewife resource pool

Idea: Tap the housewife resource pool
Execution:There are a lot of household with a PC and internet connection sitting. Just decorating the living room. Where the kid plays the 'educational' game. And the grown ups use it for email and google. Now with mturk earnings available in Indian Rupee, the housewife glued to the TV serials, sob soaps can be given a gainful alternative. Mturk is part of suite of services opened up by Amazon Web Services as part of Jeff Bezeos strategy of increasing the utilization of Amazon installed capacity. To quote the Amazon FAQ on Mturk:

What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

In 1769, Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen astonished Europe by building a mechanical chess-playing automaton that defeated nearly every opponent it faced. A life-sized wooden mannequin, adorned with a fur-trimmed robe and a turban, Kempelen's "Turk" was seated behind a cabinet and toured Europe confounding such brilliant challengers as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte. To persuade skeptical audiences, Kempelen would slide open the cabinet's doors to reveal the intricate set of gears, cogs and springs that powered his invention. He convinced them that he had built a machine that made decisions using artificial intelligence. What they did not know was the secret behind the Mechanical Turk: a human chess master cleverly concealed inside.

Today, we build complex software applications based on the things computers do well, such as storing and retrieving large amounts of information or rapidly performing calculations. However, humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs—something children can do even before they learn to speak.

When we think of interfaces between human beings and computers, we usually assume that the human being is the one requesting that a task be completed, and the computer is completing the task and providing the results. What if this process were reversed and a computer program could ask a human being to perform a task and return the results? What if it could coordinate many human beings to perform a task?

Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate "artificial artificial intelligence" directly into their processing by making requests of humans. Developers use the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call: the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. Behind the scenes, a network of humans fuels this artificial artificial intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work.

All software developers need to do is write normal code. The pseudo-code below illustrates how simple this can be.

read (photo);
photoContainsHuman = callMechanicalTurk(photo);
if (photoContainsHuman == TRUE) {
acceptPhoto;
}
else {
rejectPhoto;
}


In a nutshell, Mturk is a way to give out tasks to the crowd and get the task done by a human. Typically, the task are too difficult for computer, but effortless for the human. The person accomplishing the task, gets paid. The Amazon's ecommerce system takes care of the trust, reputation, transaction etc.

Thus mturk can be used to give out work to housewifes, and the housewifes can do the task and get get paid, all risk free for both the work giver and the work doer.
Profit: The housewife of India are a talented lot. They give up pulme jobs to become housewife. They may be well qualified educationally. They can be meticulous in their work. Tapping this talent pool in a risk free way could be wonderful way to gain competitive advantage for businesses.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Electric Scooter Available in Chennai!

Idea:Electric Scooter/Bicycle is a reality in Chennai.
Execution: Sometime back I wrote about Electric Bike maker survival guide. When I went to a Motor Show at Chennai recently I came across an interesting company displaying electric scooters for sale. The bikes are called Petra and they are made by EPL Technologies Pvt Ltd( Ph +91-44-6453 3333) The bikes are pricey but it will fall whne there is enough demand( A scooty like version costs Rs 27,000 while a luna like version costs 22k and a electic bike like version costs 18K). If someone can bulk buy them, and make them available on short haul rent/lease, it will make them popular and because of the voluem effect bring down the prices and create a demand spiral.
Profit: Apart from attractive gains in running such an operation, the social goodwill earned will go a long way in boosting up the valuation of the leasing/operating company. With the economy very upbeat, I will not be surprised if someone is already thinking/executing this in stealth!


Photo Courtesy Snazzo

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Making Text Link Ads Work With Blogger Beta

Idea:Text Link Ads as Feed for seamless integration with Blogger Beta
Execution: Slap Text Link Ads on your Blogger beta blogs. Earn extra ad revenue. Blogspot blogs were not able to host text link ads mainly due to lack of PHP or other language support needed for Text Link Ads to work. Adding a Javascript wrapper around the PHP code does not cut the ice. Javascript is not indexed by search engines so it is not much of use for TLA advertisers. But the Blogger Beta changes everything. In blogger beta there is a Feed widget that accepts any feed. I have converted my Text Link Ad offering(Inventory) into a RSS feed and plugged the RSS URL on to a Blogger Beta Feed widget, viola! Text Link Ads work in BlogSpot! Here is the Text Link Ads as Feed is simple script hack by me. I'd rate it as early beta. Feel free to get your TLA inventory converted into a feed. And start displaying TLA in your Blogger Beta site. Rake in extra cash through Text Link Monetization.

Profit: For a change, here is an idea that has some tangible benefits! So far all my ideas were featuring abstract profits. Here is something, that will put real cash in your pocket(paypal a/c :)) ) immediately.

PS: The feed widget has a limit that display only 5 results. If there is a good response to using the text link ad as feed service I'll come up with ways to fix it.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cash in conquering the plenty through likeness search

Idea: Likeness Engine Optimization/Marketing

Search Engine Optimization and Marketing are beaten to death. SEO/SEM is passe! Welcome to Likeness search engine( like like.com , I liiiKkkee it :) ) optimization. It might as well be the cash machine for this Christmas shopping season. The folks at Riya have really figured out a nail for their visual search hammer. It is uber cool and it spells cash, cash and more cash for riya all the way. If riya1.0 lacked stickiness beyond techcrunch, Riya2.0( aka like.com) is full of glue for the target audience( it is all about women!). And multiple revenue streams for Riya of course.

Social networks have brought in a sea change in the search landscape( as in del.icio.us), Riya1.0 with face recognition was inherently social network driven. The social network aspect is aparently missing in like.com, but that is just the present day. When women flock a site, men will too and the social potential will finds its own level.

Execution: The likeness search, with all its might indeed conquers the plenty in an interesting way. Yet the 'plenty' is not fully conquered, and there is a lot of scope for recommendations( read social netowrks) to be incorporated in the search. I was suggesting some form of outline based search will be a good idea. Now I guess it will be much much earsier than that. A set of 'meta product images'( similar to the celebrity selection box features in like.com) that will serve as a good starting points for product seraches will be welcome by searchers.

Profit: Search is moving beyond text. And visual search for products( like the like.com) is the new frontier with demonstrated revenue potential. There is lot of cash to be made in Likeness search engine optimization. Spruce up your photoshop skills. Get to know what is an alpha channel. Plain old ecommerce is becoming very very interesting indeed!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Intent Gratification; Pay attention to your Attention

Idea: Intent as Commodity
Execution: ROOTS Exchange
Profit!: A whole new evolution awaits!

This week something game changing and interesting happened and as expected went unnoticed! I'm talking about Chicago Board of Trade's small investment of $1 million in ROOT exchange a marketplace for 'Internet generated consumer leads'.

What is (Chicago)Commodities Market?

When people need things and they go buy it in the neighbourhood shop. And where did the shop buy it from? A: The shop got it from the distributor who in turn buys form the manufacturers who in turn buys form a series of vendors; Creating a chain of supply and demand in the process. A commodity market injects liquidity( read money; equals gratification) into this chain so that the players in the chain need not wait forever to be gratified. More the scope( geographic, political boundary) of the market, more sophisticated and complicated the market becomes. Chicago Board of Trade is one of the most sophisticated and highly influential commodity market breathing the pulse of the global economy. The world oil prices and prices of key supplies are determined by the sentiments of the Chicago Exchange traders. Thus prices of things in your neighbourhood shop is tightly coupled to action in the Chicago Exchange trading floor. Chicago Board of Trade, founded in 1848 predates the American Civil War and a pioneer in 'Futures' contract(In simple terms it is glorified, regulated, information based speculation bordering scientific gambling.) Such an entity is investing in ROOTS markets( not just money, more importantly CB T's CEO Bernard W. Dan is joining the board of ROOTS, spearheaded by Seth Goldstien. Which brings up the question: What is ROOTS? and Why should I bother?

Intent as Commodity

The most innovative aspect of ROOTS is they are trying to make 'Intent' a commodity. Without going into the merits of it or morality of it, the idea is refreshing and daring. How they are approaching it is interesting and seems very viable.

With our the increased dependence on the Internet, we validate, amplify and gratify our intent online. Several online services facilitate, intermediate our trips through the intent origination to intent gratification process. ROOTS approach is to simply capture the intent gratification 'history' or Karma. Then it is a question of standardization to make it into a commodity. Once characterized as commodity, it can be integrated with the financial(or whatever) markets.

The first Intent commodity is going to be 'online mortgage leads' which is simply brilliant considering the almost zero resistance in the path.
By combining the direct response capabilities of the Internet with the transparency and integrity of a commodities exchange, ROOT Exchange has transformed the lead generation marketplace. Buyers can now create quality filters and receive real-time quotes while Sellers can set ask prices and increase their sales pool instantly.


But why should I care?

Just like currency system facilitated easy exchange of things( that inspired a planet full of awesome man made things) the new Intent currency will create unimaginable ways to interact with each other with our Intents.

It is said that Water is the cohesion that binds this universe. Money, being a reflection of liquid(ity), indeed is a binder that holds 'The Market'. ROOTS intent to increase liquidity of Intent, is more like adding life on to the Water: A whole evolution is hatching!

Parkade Ventures; mashup of Retail, Realestate, Autoclub

Idea: Recently multi-level computerized parking spaces got Infrastructure status. This makes investing in parkades attractive as it is an intersection intersection of organized retail, real estate, and access to automobile owning yuppy populace.

Traditionally Gold and Real-estate were the only investment avenues available for rich to grow their wealth easily. All other avenues required spending some time or effort and needed a lot of smarts and street savvy. Now there is a retail boom in-turn pushing up commercial realestate prices. And the automobile population is increasing exploding day by day. Urban parking facilities is increasingly a concern. Adding an interesting twist to the situation, recently, multi-level parkades became tax shelters due to their status as Infrastructure. Put everything together, then investing in creating a national retail chain of multi-level computurized parkade is an attractive proposition.

Execution: Buy land in by-lanes of congested business and shopping districts of congested urban areas. They will appreciate given the urbanization trend. Constructing multi-level parking facility is simple considering that it hardly needs major interior decoration like a retail space. There is no AC to be installed. And the power requirements are minimal. Thus the 'depreciating asset' capital expenses is attractive.

The running expenses and manpower requirements are even more attractive.

Computerization and customer management is the most interesting aspect of the investment. And the scale lends itself very well to create national retail chain. Here some smarts needs to be applied. This is what will differentiate the boys from the men.

With parking charges by the hour cash flow will be attractive. Smart way to bill the customer: half yearly or annual billing with 'subsidy/underwriting' by retail brands and credit card operators etc.


Profit: Retail space is set for consolidation and M&A action 3-5 years from now on. There is a lot of venture money being pumped in to India. This kind of safe ventures are good ways to create good return on exit. And venture funds investing in such ventures will also support a small innovation( GPS/GIS map, travel integration, etc) ecosystem around it. With so much talk about venture money chasing deals stable investments like these will make venture ecosystem sustainable. This will be the McDonalds of emerging India.

Monday, August 07, 2006

AOL Private Data Release Fiasco: Daffy Duck Did It



Top 10 Reasons why AOL Proudly released search and clickstream data

Overheared near the research.aol.com watercooler:
10) Daffy Duck Did It.

9) This is our cool new way of proving to the world that AOLer are not dumb. They *do* search all kind of intelligent things.

8) We want to reassure our users that you can do idiotic things in the Internet and still get by.

7) We want to try out this opensource thingy. Maybe this is the way to do it.

6) We want to be pro-active with DOJ.

5) There is no such thing called free lunch. We are free service from Aug 2 2006. This is our way of saying there is no free lunch.

4) We want to bring it to the notice of the world what Google, Yahoo, Microsoft can do with your data.

3) We just want to quickly show that our API is better than Amazon AWS A9, or GYM's. And we are anyway sinking, and we would love to take Google( 5% Stake holder) along.

2) We are experimenting with he Wisdom of Crowds Thingy that is so popular these days.

1) We wanted to kill Digg. That is not happening, at least let us be on the Digg's top for a while.
PS: Stay tuned for a statement by Bugs Bunny....

Update: Greg Yardley of RootsExchange a pioneer in the area of Intent Economy is going gaga with the data:
You never had privacy anyway

Get your AOL data on
A funny one at:
AOL user says "just kidding" about searching "How to kill wife" 30+ times