Service of Nations

The two buzz words that is attracting a lot of attention these days is SOA or Service Oriented Architecture and Shared Services.  Will talk about Shared Services later, however SOA intrigues me.  Not necessarily because of what it does but because of the aura around it and the hype that it creates.  Put simply, it means, that a certain ‘service provider’ will be able to provide the service to anyone who request it.  I don’t think it is a new big idea.  I think it has been around for some time.  Nearly decade ago, I remember working on OCX, and then component programming (COM/DCOM) etc etc.  I don’t think the new SOA concept was very different from this.  At a very basic level, the very fact you can have an Ms-Excel within Ms-Word or Ms-Powerpoint is a very deconstructed version on SOA according to me.  (Purist look away!!!) Continue reading

Writing for Sanity and Insanity (& IBM)

Me getting back to writing has had varying reactions from different people who have navigated to the site.  Some cant understand why I did it, and if there is any hope in writing a blog in the first place, when our time can be better spent ‘doing stuff’.  Others have been a bit more supportive.  Though I am not sure how much is lip service and how much is genuine. Continue reading

Virgin Atlantic v/s Jet Airways and FC Kohli

I had a distinct hope that I would be able to write more ever since I discovered email blogging, however the chaotic work day can keep one away from it. So it is a triumph of human (read laziness) over technology to help write this one. The reason I wrote this is because, this idea struck me in a Eureka moment in the shower. Before I get there here is what happened. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of listening to Dr F C Kohli, widely regarded as the Father of the Indian IT industry. To the surprise (and chagrin of a few) of many in the audience, he ritually ripped apart the advantages of the Indian IT industry over China. He did make sense. The whole idea of the talk was not to demoralise but to rally everyone to move towards the greater goal.. and he was successfully too!!. But that is not the idea of this blog either. Continue reading

Microsoft v/s Google-eBay

While reading ‘The World is Flat’ and trying to get my Adsense working, I think i might have found a perfect storm for Microsoft.  Google buying eBay or vice versa. Ironically, this may have nothing to do with their individual core competencies i.e. Search and Auctions.  I think the more potent combination is Adsense and PayPal.  Currently it is my understanding that they may not be interoperable, but the combination is lethal.  I spent some time on Yahoo Answers and similar sites and trawled thru the Net for ‘money making ideas’, and most of the advice i got was ‘to sell lots on eBay’.  Personally, i know a few blokes who make a living on eBay.  So there is a community that does this and it is expanding. Continue reading

Yahoo Answers – neat stuff

Now that i have resumed blogging (i hope it sustains the week), another thing that I discovered this week was Yahoo Answers.  I have been meaning to check it out earlier, but the daily grind to help pay the mortgage is not very helpful.  Finally got some free time over the weekend and tried it out.  The gr8 thing is that u can assume a name distinct from your yahoo login.  I asked a few innocuous questions, like ‘opinion on good digital camera’ etc, and got some decent response in no time.  Some were useful too.  The interesting on was the community under the ‘Family and Relationship’, looks like everyone and his dog is there.  A few tricky question, and everyone was quick to beat the path down to become an agony aunt.. Everyone has an opinion.. and some really interesting ones too. Continue reading