Sunday, May 31, 2009

Alamuri Sitaramaiah - Videos on YouTube

1)      As IT (information technology) comes closer to our lives, managing it will become a major industry

2)      IT departments are often disconnected from the needs of business users

3)      Monetising the value of benefit is the challenge

4)      How the company uses Web 2 dot 0 and social networking

5)      Network monitoring, analysing and troubleshooting for TCP-IP in three areas

6)      TCP-IP has become all-encompassing, and a de facto standard

7)      Testing of copper and fibre in communication networks

8)      Views about slowdown

9)      Impact of economic crisis on the network industry and the company's operations

10)  History of Fluke Networks

11)  Network is not just the physical layer, so cable test is only a part of infrastructure testing

12)  Standards have brought about a lot of value to the network industry

13)  With technology awareness and education, customers can make the right decisions about network infrastructure

14)  Look at network as the enabler of business

15)  Network management maturity model

16)  Are networking standards followed in companies

17)  Often people think that network is the problem, while there can be issues with server or application

18)  Maturity in network provisioning and management, but perspective is more on uptime than performance

19)  Network audit is like a snapshot, what is required is network monitoring -- an anecdote

20)  How IT is becoming more and more critical -- Example of redundancy

21)  Use of tools and formal processes, rather than dependence on individuals, is important for network management

22)  How does a network manager defend himself when under attack

23)  Network performance from a user perspective

24)  Why companies should watch the utilisation of bandwidth

25)  Non-business music allowed with lower priority, and network security from viruses and malware

26)  Solutions for WiFi networks, a growing market in the wireless space

27)  Networking in future -- the way I see it

28)  Will increased networking in technology widen the digital divide

29)  Network Index, as a measure of how well one is connected, and technology vs literacy

30)  Network engineering in colleges vs industry -- a book that continues to be relevant after decades

31)  Product vitality ratio -- measure of revenue from products introduced within 3 years -- is two-thirds

32)  Income-Tax Department has a large network in place to reduce cost of collection, plug leakage, and increase compliance

33)  Abstractions that network developers use for providing layers of interface in communication

34)  What are the challenges that networking is banging its head against

35)  OptiView -- how the network analyser works

36)  User experience considerations that go into the physical design of network testing tools

37)  Testing tool with two motherboards because the network may have viruses

38)  Three lessons that I learnt at a job interview

39)  Views about the young generation

40)  Do network engineers get due credit for their job

Alamuri Sitaramaiah - on YouTube

Interview with Alamuri Sitaramaiah, General Manager-Sales, India, Fluke SE Asia Pte Ltd, India Liaison Office, Bangalore (, May 28, 2009, 4.30 pm

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Book Value

1)      'Flat Broke in the Free Market: How globalization fleeced working people' by Jon Jeter (

2)      'Making It: Women entrepreneurs reveal their secrets of success' by Lou Gimson and Allison Mitchell (

3)      'I Love Living: A practical guide for effective living' by Rajan (

Friday, May 29, 2009

Christie Cherian - Videos on YouTube

1)      What got me interested in FM, facilities management

2)      FM is changing the perceptions of people about enterprises

3)      When do FM staff normally do their work

4)      Responsible companies use eco-friendly materials for cleaning

5)      Do designers, architects, and engineers consider how the building can be maintained post construction

6)      Building that is not maintained degenerates fast

7)      What does your building say about you

8)      Well-maintained property gets better value as rental

9)      Should the public, as consumers, demand that facilities be maintained well

10)  Even some of the very large cinema complexes which are supposed to be quite modern are not in good condition

11)  Education system should inculcate values of cleanliness and hygiene

12)  Europe vs UK, in terms of drink and sex

13)  Observations about temple ambience -- Example from Trichy

14)  What golf teaches about life

15)  In golf, you play against yourself, it is a mind game

16)  One more thing about golf

17)  Remembering my teacher

18)  Facility management is about an eye for detail, a message that comes right from the top

19)  India vs Sri Lanka, on the importance for tourism

20)  Health and safety practices must be made mandatory

21)  A lot of life is history repeating itself

22)  Are villages generally cleaner than cities

23)  Attention given by civic bodies to sanitation can influence voting

24)  Is facility management taught in educational institutions

25)  Benchmarks and metrics in facility management

26)  Sub-contracting by facility management companies not advisable

27)  Toilet facilities in schools and colleges, and for tourists

28)  How Romans constructed public baths and toilets for soldiers

29)  Corporates can collaborate with Government in constructing toilets

30)  Views about the young generation

31)  I have been a student of Bhagavad Gita

32)  During my work life of about 40 years, I must have been through 6 or 7 slowdowns or really bad times

33)  Common misconceptions about facility management

34)  Economics of holistic facility management

35)  Alumni network as a good forum to learn many common things

Christie Cherian - on YouTube

Interview with Christie Cherian, Managing Director, Red Sky Property Services, Chennai (, May 28, 2009, 1 pm

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hastha Krishnan - Videos on YouTube

1)      Top concerns are people and customer delight

2)      Impact of slowdown on the hiring of business leaders

3)      Latent strengths of leaders come to the fore during challenging times

4)      CEOs who value integrity decide to move out when faced with demand for compromise

5)      Should independent directors resign at the first hint of a problem

6)      Metrics of CXO performance

7)      Professional CEOs in family businesses -- Example of Murugappa group

8)      How can a professional CEO win the confidence of the family business

9)      Charisma makes the job of CEO easier, but there is a flip side too

10)  Entrepreneurial mindset of leader enables him to take risks

11)  Psychometric test that assesses individual's competencies ensures that the candidate succeeds

12)  Audit of leaders to identify gaps that are addressed through leadership development and coaching

13)  To look for leadership only from within the organisation can be limiting and at times fatal

14)  What is organisational culture

15)  When do people stop growing

16)  Any good CEO spends 60 per cent of time on people issues

17)  Can level of motivation in an organisation be measured

18)  Strengths of women as leaders

19)  Do old organisations manage transitions well -- Example of Tatas

20)  Returning Indians and expats as candidates in the job market

21)  Are companies downsizing in a hurry

22)  What is very critical in challenging times like these

23)  As a nation we lack a sense of pride in what we are doing

24)  If you feel your job is not challenging…

Hastha Krishnan - on YouTube

Interview with Hastha Krishnan, CEO, Ma Foi Global Search Services Ltd, Chennai (, January 21, 2009, 1 pm

Book Mark

1)      'The Riddle: Where ideas come from and how to have better ones' by Andrew Razeghi (

2)      'The Greatest Sales Training in the World' by Robert Nelson (

3)      'Who Said So? The questions revolutionary businesses ask that make them successful' by Michael E. Parker (

Books of Account

1)      'Boards at Work: How corporate boards create competitive advantage' by Ram Charan (

2)      'Bearing the Brunt: Impact of rural distress on women' by Swarna S. Vepa (

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sriram V - Videos on YouTube

1)      Business interest vs Hobby -- an eternal battle I wage

2)      A constant question about being passionate both in business and music

3)      Being in family business gives me the freedom to write and pursue my interests

4)      Projects currently on -- manufacturing of bricks from fly ash, software development for aircraft servicing company

5)      Great fun working on the forthcoming book about the history of Music Academy

6)      Music critiquing in India is very ordinary, with a lot of inanity

7)      Music critic should be somewhere between an informed listener and the expert

8)      Critics need to be kinder towards the younger performers and also the aged musicians

9)      Managing people is the toughest element in business

10)  Factors that bind a team -- commonality and openness

11)  Manpower management is the job of everybody, not just the HR Department

12)  Employees, as the internal customers, have to be delighted

13)  How to motivate a non-performer

14)  Remembering my teacher

15)  There is no heritage left in the city of Chennai, all the buildings look alike

16)  Role of schools and parents in passing on the heritage to children

17)  There is nothing like pristine Carnatic music, or any heritage

18)  Chronicling is required in every organisation, through proper archiving and storage of documentation

19)  Kolkata vs Chennai, in terms of public-spiritedness

20)  Technology has brought openness to knowledge

21)  Do we value history -- anecdote about Saint Thyagaraja's signature

22)  The art of chronicling and writing history can be taught

23)  Takeaways from RK Narayan's 'Vendor of Sweets'

24)  Diary writing -- Example of Sister Devamata's account of the days in Indian monastery

25)  Art of public speaking -- a few tips

26)  Communicating with machines vs humans

27)  What I look for in a new recruit -- ability to communicate

28)  Early warning sign of a problem -- 'Nothing to worry'

29)  Views about the young generation

30)  Kamalambam bajare

31)  Slowdown is a fantastic learning period

32)  Potential for hydraulics

33)  Challenge in software industry is the measurement of person's effectiveness

34)  Heritage walks in Chennai

35)  Tips for performing artistes

36)  Use of technology in heritage walks

37)  Video recording of heritage walks

38)  Surreptitious recording in music halls, a matter of concern

Sriram V - on YouTube

Interview with Sriram V, Director, HVK Systems & Marketing Pvt Ltd, Chennai (, Music Historian, and Author, 'Carnatic Summer: Lives Of Twenty Great Exponents,' May 27, 2009, 1 pm


1)      'Cyburbia: The dangerous idea that's changing how we live and who we are' by James Harkin (

2)      'Unlocking E-Government Potential: Concepts, cases and practical insights' by Subhash Bhatnagar (

3)      'Applied Practices and Principles for Production-Ready Software Development' by Dave Ingram (

4)      'SCJP: Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 – Exam 310-065' by Kogent (Dreamtech)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Padmini Ramesh and Wilja C. G. Witcombe - Videos on YouTube

1)      Two books on reincarnation

2)      Split soul - Example from book

3)      The idea of reincarnation is natural for India

4)      Flashbacks, dreams, bumping into people who seem familiar, scientific proof through DNA matching

5)      Focus on your strengths to make the present lifetime better

6)      Experience at the conference -- cases of reincarnation that were discussed

7)      Strong opinions become redundant when one appreciates the reincarnation phenomenon

8)      Meeting Wilja

9)      The journey from Germany to Sri Lanka, and the re-discovery of an ancient king

10)  Research that the author did for tracing back to the Ceylon king who brought great spiritual revolution by introducing Buddhism

11)  Peace Project

12)  Finding stewards to negotiate peace, through reincarnation research

13)  Emperor Ashoka must be back again, so why not join hands

14)  What did the king do after his son died

15)  Images of Anuradhapura that I saw as the adviser to the king -- through regression

Padmini Ramesh and Wilja C. G. Witcombe - on YouTube

Brief interaction with Padmini Ramesh and Wilja C. G. Witcombe, Pranic Healing Home, Chennai (, May 26, 2009, 1 pm

Partha Iyengar - Videos on YouTube

1)      Two critical areas for the Government -- Infrastructure and education

2)      IT industry can be successful regardless of who the Minister is

3)      Infrastructure development should go beyond Tier-1 cities

4)      In addition to the Government and private enterprise, we need global players in the development of infrastructure

5)      Propping up unviable companies with tax incentives is a wrong move

6)      Predictability of regulations, transparency -- these can attract global investors to India

7)      Does the infrastructure industry require a regulator

8)      Connectivity through road and air influences industry location

9)      There will be pockets in the country that will be the wrong environment for investors

10)  On the comment by Minister, 'Don't set up industry here because there is no power'

11)  We need clarity about SEZ (special economic zone)

12)  Will India rise in the doing business rankings

13)  Entrepreneurs should think big, rather than think of bootstrapping

14)  Productive model of industry-academia interaction, moving from blue-sky research to relevant R and D with a short lead time

15)  Will it help to have a Ministry for Innovation

16)  How can we ensure accountability of the Ministries

17)  This is the first time that capability, confidence and past performance of persons have been matched with the ministry

18)  Will elite institutions of higher learning play a role in policy-making

19)  Does education require better filters or processes -- Example of Maharashtra

20)  Cultural anecdote of doing what the client says even if it is wrong

21)  First 18 years of IT industry saw growth because we delighted the customers, but now the industry has to move from efficiency to enhancement and transformation

22)  We need to move from IQ-based to EQ-based hiring to get out of groupthink

23)  Is groupthink an issue in the non-IT industries too

24)  IT industry should stop looking to the Government constantly for sops

25)  There are signs that our IT enterprises can go up on the value chain

26)  Among the ills of the investment community are the continual worries about attrition rates and exchange fluctuations

27)  Media coverage during boom and downturn

28)  Macro issues of moving the country to better levels of infrastructure and education, rather than be preoccupied with stimulus for the short and medium term

29)  Better and timelier data can improve the quality of policy making

30)  Is the stock market Sensex an indicator of economy

31)  Funding is a constraint for start-ups, not for established companies

Partha Iyengar - on YouTube

Interview with Partha Iyengar, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, Pune (, May 26, 2009, 9.30 am (Taj Cor)

IFC-Videos on YouTube

1)      Badri-Toxic assets discussion opens

2)      Compared to foreign banks, Indian banks are in a better shape

3)      Banks are paying attention to AML (anti money laundering) solutions

4)      KYC (know your customer) and AML are interlinked

5)      How customers benefit from bank automation

6)      Banks consider the payback period when deciding on the CBS (core banking solution)

7)      Is there a separate technology solution for rural banking

8)      Performance of payment gateways has improved

9)      Technology used in banks can track suspicious transactions and trigger action

10)  Banks can track the IP of users

11)  On mobile banking


12)  Stanley-Opening remarks

13)  Neil-I foresee the growth of knowledge-intensive industries

14)  Neil-On the objective of the book

15)  Neil-Additional data points from the developments in recent years

16)  Neil-We are trying to understand how an industry begins from nowhere and achieves a global status

17)  Neil-Export strategy of IT has to be more balanced geographically

18)  Neil-IT services vs BPO

19)  Neil-Going up the value chain is a natural progression

20)  Neil-Quality of management is a key difference between India and China

21)  Stanley-Indian managers are more articulate, with a greater outward orientation, than in the case of China

22)  Stanley-Indian students and employees have no reluctance to relocate geographically

23)  Neil-NRI investment in India is relatively low

24)  Neil-Importance of catering to domestic market

25)  Stanley-Observations about the domestic market behaviour in India and China

26)  Stanley-Book launch events at other places

27)  Neil-Interest of the US audience in India and China

28)  Neil-The big challenge now is SME development

29)  Neil-Among exciting areas of research is the integration of the poor in the market economy

30)  Neil-Fortune at the bottom of the pyramid, not just the market, but as suppliers, too

31)  Neil-During the upswing of the economic cycle, the relevance of institutions is not appreciated

32)  Neil-Huge gaps in the Indian society

33)  Neil-Corporate governance and survival

34)  Ramaswamy-SEZs (special economic zones) became land business, and that has to change

35)  Ramaswamy-What should be the ideal size for SEZ

36)  Ramaswamy-Infrastructure is the best tool to pry open the economy and combat slowdown

37)  Ramaswamy-Once the regulators are appointed for infrastructure, transparency and closure will improve

38)  Ramaswamy-Infrastructure development has to ensure the rural connect

39)  Ramaswamy-With greater mechanisation in infrastructure development, do we end up with poor job growth

40)  Ramaswamy-Toll model can succeed if the project is fast-tracked

41)  Ramaswamy-Delhi Metro was well-planned

42)  Partho-Only when innovation economics works, sustainable development is possible

43)  Philip-All admissions are merit-based, and the genders are equally represented

44)  Philip-Among management schools, XIME is the first to start a one-year construction management programme for engineers

45)  Aroon-Experience of setting up manufacturing facility in China

46)  Pankaj-Forthcoming study on the role of clusters in the performance of IT and hardware firms