Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunanda Das

Sunanda Das


1)      Top thoughts

2)      Innovation has to bring value to customers

3)      What keeps the organisation an enduring one

4)      Lessons from family that apply to work

5)      Work-life balance

6)      Learning everyday at work

7)      India operations of the company

8)      Drivers behind the demand for connectivity

9)      Observations about demand from SMEs

10)  Video-conferencing picking up momentum

11)  Example of bus service to explain network speed

12)  How are undersea cables monitored and maintained

13)  Factors that customers consider when choosing a connectivity provider

14)  Policy changes that can help the industry grow

15)  Impact of newer developments such as cloud computing, IP telephony

16)  Cost reduction measures adopted by companies

17)  Our business is all about communication

18)  Cable is here to stay

19)  Skills that are required in the industry

20)  Customer exposure makes the network professional more effective

Nirvikar Singh

Nirvikar Singh


1)      Top thoughts

2)      Connections between political and economic development

3)      Equality without growth doesn't get us far

4)      Economic decision making at the national and state levels

5)      Local governments have to be strengthened

6)      Scope for greater devolution of power to states

7)      Sufficient revenue lacking for local and rural government institutions such as panchayats

8)      Accountability of states can be ensured by citizens and media, rather than through national level policies

9)      Biggest paradox in India is of a booming services sector and stagnant manufacturing

10)  Recent problems of Punjab are about state-level governance

11)  Okay to import rice, if we can export software

12)  Food security vs self-sufficiency

13)  NREG scheme has succeeded in putting purchasing power in the hands of rural power

14)  Private sector should be allowed to expand higher education

15)  On economics education in campuses

16)  India's greatest need is to give high-school education to as many citizens as possible

17)  Mitigating gender inequality in rural India

18)  Need to focus on developing second and third tier cities

19)  Obama deliberately moving away from the arrogance of Bush approach

20)  Does economic writing filter to vernacular media

21)  Studies on national e-governance

22)  My next book is on Rural IT in India

G. V. Mani

G. V. Mani


1)      Top thoughts

2)      Will Dubai crisis cascade

3)      A perspective on economic recovery

4)      India as a destination for global business

5)      Competitive advantage of India

6)      China and India continue to attract attention

7)      Our world of KPO

8)      Evolution of KPO

9)      Support to in-house research teams of clients

10)  Research work for smaller enterprises and startups

11)  Broad verticals

12)  Examples of success for clients

13)  The question of getting analyst's name in the report

14)  The candidate we look for

15)  Skill-sets that are relevant to our work

16)  Advantages delivered to clients

17)  Complexity of financial products

18)  CAs, MBAs and CPAs in the team

19)  Students can use project work as opportunity to connect with real world

R. A. Venkitachalam

R. A. Venkitachalam


1 of 20 - Top thoughts

2 of 20 - Agenda for India

3 of 20 - Revenue models

4 of 20 - Localisation of standards -- example of fire safety

5 of 20 - Growth in China driven by buyers demanding certification

6 of 20 - Do consumers purchase after reading the product marking

7 of 20 - Green product certification, manufacturer claim validation

8 of 20 - Media attention to standards

9 of 20 - Educating the public about product safety

10 of 20 - Ensuring quality at all the links in the supply chain

11 of 20 - Reasons for short-circuiting which is a major reported cause for fire accidents

12 of 20 - Adoption of UL's standards by national bodies

13 of 20 - Work for the infrastructure sector

14 of 20 - Lessons from 9-11

15 of 20 - Collaboration with industry bodies

16 of 20 - On smart grid

17 of 20 - Standards for electric vehicles

18 of 20 - Process audits vs Product audits

19 of 20 - SME interest in standards

20 of 20 - Countering the piracy and counterfeiting of labels and marks of standards

Ramanan R. V.

Ramanan R. V.


1)      Top thoughts

2)      IT service providers have to constantly look for newer avenues

3)      We are continuing to hire

4)      Customer expectations

5)      Services, products, solution frameworks

6)      Shared services model

7)      Observations about today's talent

8)      What can academia do to make students market-ready

9)      Who are the early adopters of technology, the smaller or larger enterprises

10)  Verticals currently focused on, and the emerging vertical

11)  ERP story

12)  Indian market is not an experimental market

13)  Recent projects

14)  Key components of delivery

15)  Technology for the travel industry

16)  BI and analytics a growth area

17)  Visual dashboards

18)  Reminiscing the floral industry experience

19)  Cloud tie-up for testing

20)  Addressing security concerns about cloud

Starcom MediaVest

Starcom MediaVest


1)      Top thoughts

2)      Growth happening both in online and traditional media

3)      Outlook for Indian newspaper industry

4)      Players in newspaper industry have to put their heads together

5)      Perspectives on Google, as a consumer and a professional

6)      Huge opportunity to put brands in movies

7)      A lot of CEOs now are not ex-CMOs, as earlier

8)      Marketing potential in social networking

9)      Blogs as a marketing strategy

10)  Value that consumers give to views of peers vs company statements

11)  Recent initiatives

12)  Does the agency get the credit for results

13)  Needs of SMEs

14)  Reaching out to rural consumers

15)  Now the TV soaps are of a different kind

16)  What the current generation looks for

17)  Organised retail vs mom-and-pop stores

18)  Kanden Kadalai, a recent example of in-movie advertising (Rajesh)

19)  Promos that Aircel made around the movie

20)  How placement works in Hollywood

21)  Working on large format music events, with Indian and foreign content

22)  Festival to create platform for bands

23)  Leveraging the last 3 minutes of consumer's indecision at the store (Kaushik)

24)  Partnering with brands to deliver customer experience

25)  Design of 'The Hive' as a demo centre for spatial designing, which is about people and not space

26)  Branding in the digital space (Suyesh)

27)  Observations about trends in the South (Narendra)

Rohit Biddappa, Prabhakaran

Rohit Biddappa, Prabhakaran


1)      Our vision is to create a global tool room

2)      Automation, a foundation for growth

3)      Being process-driven reduces the impact of disruptions

4)      Performance of mould decided at the design stage

5)      Even larger companies can benefit from best practices in mid-size enterprises

6)      Secret behind the success of automation

7)      Human errors minimised through automation

8)      Testing and implementation explained

9)      Plans to offer our design automation experience as a product

10)  We encourage customers to document process implementation

11)  Support from software vendors

12)  Industry lags in handling data

13)  Teaching of process culture in campuses

14)  Cost optimisation

15)  The China challenge

16)  Products from China vs India

17)  Creating basic data key to success of automation

18)  Advantages of automation

19)  Project work in technology education

20)  How to encourage R and D

21)  Ways to create innovative environment in companies

22)  Need for incentives to engage in R and D

23)  Brochure explained

24)  Advice to entrepreneurs

25)  Indian vs Foreign customers

K7 Computing

K7 Computing


1)      Entering the campus, after a bumpy ride

2)      Top thoughts

3)      Factors that made K7 succeed in Japan

4)      Edge that K7 enjoys in an industry with big players

5)      How customer feedback has enriched the product

6)      Need for standards in the evaluation process

7)      Awareness of security in the different industries

8)      Disclosure at the level of user vs enterprise

9)      India-Japan comparison

10)  Today, malware has become a business

11)  Awards and recognitions

12)  Are we going slow on newer technologies because of threat perceptions

13)  People I have great respect for

14)  Biggest concern for anti-malware industry (Andrew)

15)  Criminals using malware to steal credentials

16)  Do people tend to underestimate the threats out there

17)  Is the job of anti-malware industry getting easier over the years

18)  Process to ensure fast response

19)  Legislations in different countries against malware

20)  We are working on standards for anti-malware product evaluation

21)  History and progress of AMTSO, the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization

22)  Observations about cloud computing

23)  Interaction among software companies to integrate security into their products

24)  Engineering should be aligned with business goals (Babu)

25)  Job of product manager

26)  Role of technical writer

27)  Support should be part of product core team

28)  Programmer is the king here (K7)

29)  Blend of industrial and technology looks

30)  Threat Lab where malware get tracked

31)  Malware incident distribution map (Andrew)

32)  Monitoring on the big screen (K7)

33)  Physical isolation of product development from malware tracking (K7)

34)  Rooms and networks are separated (Andrew)

35)  Marketing in India vs Japan (John)

36)  On pricing

37)  Ongoing service leads to updating of product multiple times daily

38)  USP of K7 is the way the product has been engineered

39)  Launched in Germany

40)  Design of Boardroom (K7)

41)  Software Samurai, Captain K7

42)  War room with beanbags

43)  Zoo where malware is kept in physical machines

44)  Build Lab where the product is finally made

45)  Only link with Build Lab (Andrew)

46)  Policy control starts from here (K7)

47)  Quarantine which simulates user environment (K7)

48)  Test Lab where compatibility and quality compliance are ensured (Andrew)

49)  Space and time to relax and think

50)  In-house support team to track customer feedback

51)  Creche

52)  Countering Dir-2, in 1992, when the whiz kid whipped the virus

53)  Trying to get Rajni tell us the secret of his crispy dosa