Sunday, August 12, 2007

Microsoft Live on Yahoo Messenger

Some days back my roommate was using Yahoo Messenger, and my eye was caught by one very strange Advertisement.

There were two things that come to my mind. One Yahoo is pretty confident about its Messenger that it knows even if Live Messenger advertisement is put up then also it wont be affecting its usage. Second thought came that might Yahoo could had been forced under legal frame to display whoseover comes to it for advertisement even if it is Microsoft itself.

But point to be noted over here is that why Microsoft wanted to advertise on Yahoo? May be it is losing its confidence or may be it has accepted that in Internet era it stands no where in front of Google and Yahoo. Coincidently Bill Gates has lost his position of being the richest person after many years few months back.

It is correctly said everything that has begun has an end. Is Microsoft going towards its end?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Swot of SWOT

Let’s get the glimpse of SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis first.

What is SWOT Analysis?
It is strategic planning tool used in almost all projects in the corporate world to calculate the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats involved in it.

Why and Where used?
One can say that as Hindu’s do “Sri Ganeshaya Namah” before starting any work, same way SWOT is used before implementation of any project. Its simple and precise definition helps to lay the strong foundation.

SWOT was first used by Albert Humphrey in 1960s. He was leading a research project at Stanford University when he used SWOT analysis.

There should be clear definition of the end state or objective that is to be achieved.

Explanation of SWOT Analysis:
Suppose your top objective is to double your business in next 3 years. How would you accomplish it? The clear picture is given in the
example. Note you can have multi-level objective.
Now let’s go through
Strengths: The attributes of the company that would help in achieving the objective.
Weakness: The attributes of the company that would be harmful to achieve the objective.
Opportunities: The external elements that would be useful to in achievement of the objective.
Threats: The external elements that would be useful to in achievement of the objective.

Now once the Objective seems to be attainable then we can cross verify the elements in each cell, by asking following questions:
1. How can we Use each Strength?
2. How can we Stop each Weakness?
3. How can we Exploit each Opportunity?
4. How can we Defend against each Threat?

What are the other strategic tools used in industry?
Frankly telling you there are numerous tools and normally companies don’t prefer ‘One size fits all’ solution. So they develop there own tools which fits their needs.
One such category of such tools is:
Morphological analysis

Reference: SWOT Analysis, Customer Centric SWOT, SWOT Example.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Where are we heading towards regarding to Internet?

Some days back my thoughts overcame the hibernation mode, which was imposed by work from long time. This time I was thinking about Internet.
What about Internet? About its future.

Ever wondered some of us praise that British people of 16-17th century that they would plan keeping hundreds of years in vision. But one can bet that British policy would be total failure in today’s world, as if one keeps in mind the transition with which technology changes then one cannot predict next 15-20 years even.

Then what would be Internet in Future? Here I am assuming that you all know the past of Internet. :)

We can answer this question from infinite dimensions, but I would answer this only from 2 of them.

Some of regular net surfers would have come across the term Web2.0. Let us have brief introduction about it. This term was first coined by Dale Dougherty (Co-Founder of O’Reilly) during a brainstorming session in the conference hosted by O’Reilly Media and MediaLive International in 2004. Web2.0 created so much hype that first Web 2.0 Conference was held in October, 2004.

I know many questions would be arising in your mind. What is Web2.0? How will change whole scenario of current Internet? How will affect us?
There is no exact definition given for Web2.0, only some examples were given to differentiate Web2.0 with current Web (Consider it to be as Web1.0), some of them are
Web1.0 -> Web2.0
DoubleClick -> Google AdSense
Ofoto -> Flickr
Domain name speculation -> search engine optimization
Directories (taxonomy) -> syndication

Let us hear words from originators itself: “Like many important concepts, Web 2.0 doesn't have a hard boundary, but rather, a gravitational core.”
Visualization of Web2.0

Some of mavens say that Web2.0 is nothing but mere another buzzword, which can be classified broadly as marketing hype created so that some of the companies are benefited from it. While some of them say that Web2.0 will help in replacing PC platform with net platform in the same as PC replaced Minicomputers and Mainframes long time ago.

Now let us see what are changes keeping technology in view are in store for Web2.0. Web2.0 will be consisting of all the words that are present in the Visualization of Web2.0 figure.

Some of the problems that are being faced Web2.0. Experts are saying that Web2.0 is often synchronized with AJAX, and AJAX is considered to be as catholicon. But that is faux-meme. So one should evolve other such technology.

Semantic Web
Definition of Semantic Web: The Semantic Web is an extension of the current Web that will allow you to find, share, and combine information more easily. It relies on machine-readable information and metadata expressed in RDF.

Semantic Web Definition
The Semantic Web is about two things. It is about common formats for interchange of data, where on the original Web we only had interchange of documents. Also it is about language for recording how the data relates to real world objects. That allows a person, or a machine, to start off in one database, and then move through an unending set of databases which are connected not by wires but by being about the same thing.
In short means standardize all your data and encode it in XML.

Who will rule Web2.0 or SW?
Both Web2.0 and SW are polar opposite. Web2.0 emphasis on ‘let people create, collaborate, share and interact’. Who cares what the back-end uses, or how it does it just gives “Power To The People”, quickly and efficiently. Whilst SW speaks totally opposite. To recapitulate Web 2.0 is about high-level (user experience) and immediate benefits, the SW is a low-level (data), long-term solution.

What are Google’s plans about Internet?
Google, who emerged as giant in software industry, is working hard for Web2.0. Also it is trying to corner Microsoft in its core competency i.e. Desktop applications. It would be better if you go through the following link.
Google’s Future Plans

O'Reilly Clarifications about Web2.0, Web2.0 Problems, Semantic Web.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Book Review: Leadership wisdom from Monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma

Just for you information that this post is being scrapped. Why? This is normal tendency of homo sapiens sapiens that, they always try to dump their own mistake on others, and now I am not defying that axiom, I am blaming Him, as not to give me time to post this mail. :) I was supposed to mail this blog by last week itself. But as said in Vedas not even a leaf can move without his permission, then how can you expect such huge weight weighing around 155 pounds to move. Anyways this book is basically meant for those who have inclination towards spiritual reading. The author explains the importance of leadership with story of Julian (Monk) and his friend. There are some 8 points that he has explained. One of which is to reward the employees etc.

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  • Where are we heading towards regarding to Internet?

Monday, June 19, 2006

Who rules and who protects India?

Topic which I have choosen to write about is very general, and I am sure each and every person residing in India would contribute atleast one opinion, maximum is not a limit. My mathematical mind says that I would be giving representing only 1/1billion people or even lesser than that.But my try would be to represent my point to all reading this blog.

My 23 years of stay in India has made me experience many things. Some good, some worth not saying. No more hitting around the bush. Coming to the point.
If I ask you the question "Who rules India?" may be from majority of people I can expect answer as Prime Minister of India. Lets try another one "Who protects India?", now people would hit me, with whatever is in their hands. As the doubtlessly answer would be our Three defence forces, Military, Air Force and Indian Navy.

But my friends, my answer for both the above questions differ from majority. My answer is "God", for both the questions. Lets see how did arrive at this. If take a close look at India then you would find that I am on a right side.

God is termed as Virtual entity, so He cannot rule as Indian Constitution does not allow Him to rule. But then also he maintains His supremacy. And this is fact and all the cognoscenti will have to agree on this.

Lets first look at how God protects India. Have you ever heard about any fatal diesease originating in India? Take example of AIDS, Cancer, Tuberculosis etc. the case was never registered in India first. One can call Gods grace or Indians' carelessness.

Go to any crowded place and if for some time you tell terrorist to lend his brain to you, you will find that you get so many chances to implant a bomb which can kill hundreds and hundreds in one blow. What else will call this, God himself is present to protect your holy soul.

There are so many things which no one takes care, then also India is successfully running on path of developed nation, courtesy God.

Since my childhood days I hear the phrase ¨Ram bharose karo¨. Now I got all Indians have a strong belief on God Ram, and not on themselves.

Now tell me who protects India is it our defence arms or God. Obviously God.

Now that you are convinced that God protects India, by corollary it proves that He rules also. Long live God.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

What's there in name?

Shakespeare once said "What's there in name?" But let me make you aware that was said in late 16th century. If you still in auld langsyne, then sorry you dont belong to modern world. In todays world we are getting in touch with people more with help of Internet, personal contact is slanderizing. Imagine if you are meeting a person after a long time and you greet him saying "Sorry i forgot your name" or you would find your ways of saying him/her "yaar etc.". Won't you feel embrassed? Now take the different scenario you meet a person after a long time and you are able to call him by his name. First thing that comes to his mind is "What a memory he remembers my name also...". So you boast positive impression, when its really difficult to get such a positive approach, how can one afford to let go such a golden chance.
I was reading How to win and influence friends - Dale Carnegie. In that it was mentioned that Andrew Carnegie always urged to remember each persons' name he knew. And amazingly he remembered also. Dale consider this quality of Andrew to be one of his success formula. Another book Leadership management from Monk who sold his ferrari - Robin Sharma also quoted the same thing. JM was giving an example to Peter that if you supposed to meet a stranger in party and after some time you will realize that you have forgotten his/her name. Does this happen to you also? May be you are not paying any attention to what he is speaking, infact you are just getting that persons gestures and trying to get feel from his apperance.
Long ago I had a chance to attend Memory increasing program. In that first lesson they taught me is of remembering the name. I would like to share those with you all. First time you meet any person then pay attention to what he is speaking and repeat his name in you mind twice or thrice (depends on your efficiency :D ) and after that try to co-relate person's name with something very unique something strange. Or even you can can link with the person you already know.
Hope from onwards you we all we remember the names of each other... By the way oops sorry I forgot your name? :D

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Thougthts after working in office

Yaksh asked Yudhishtra many questions when all his brothers were lying on ground. One of them was "What is most fastest thing in universe?", the reply came "THOUGHTS". what a quick witted answer and that too straight on bulls eye.

On the way to my back to home, I too free my wild horses to conquer world of thoughts, to run fastest than any others' thoughts, to dig out the unfolded secrets of world.

What on earth, oops, it should be 'what in universe' do my mind think??? Just on last friday when i was in Bus no. 8 (Satyam has totally 20 route buses) and I saw all the buses leave at sharply 1845 hrs. It was as if we are going for somebody's marraige all the 20 buses in the queue. On some day I was getting a thought that we all are 'IT soldiers' going back to home after raging virtual war with clients. See the imagination. Even I too laugh at myself.

At end of the day while reading magazine essence of the day comes in front of my mind. This is the time when I get a chance of not repeating my mistakes.

Whereas in morning I get an opportunity to see the morning beauty, the whole day I remain electrified, energized, roused up.

Though Satyam charges us 1K bucks for bus service but that is an investment being done so that at later stages a get reaped fruits from the tree of thoughts.

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  • What's there in name?