‘ ideas? ’ category archive

Predictions from a Futurist 50 years back

March 07, 11 by Bharani

It amazes me how someone can think in such a far-sighted manner. I came across these two videos of Sir Arthur C Clarke – A British inventor and a futurist – who explains way back in 1964 how the science and technology will pan out 50 years from then. Pretty impressive…

CommonCraft – Explanation in Plain English!

March 31, 08 by Bharani

We produce short videos that make complex subjects easier to understand.

Commonworks.com does live up to its claim! The Paperwork-based product/concept demonstrations is one of the creative works I have ever seen. Instead of relying on cool flash-based animations or multimedia stuff, these professionals rely on simple paper-drawing based demonstrations. Take a look at the demo created for Twitter.

Open Source Consulting…

September 28, 06 by Bharani

Since one of my job roles entails evaluating Open Source technologies, I was wondering if there are any good career options in “Open Source Consulting”. There are some firms doing exactly this.

Organizations world-wide are slowly embracing Open-source solutions as the choice for the enterprise-level IT needs. The challenge, as I already mentioned in one of the posts, lies in evaluating the suitable solutions and Recommending an executable-strategy based on the fit analysis. There should be a deep understanding of each and every open-source offerings across all solution space. Every possible advantage and disadvantage should be captured. The inter-dependencies/synergies/incompatibilites between different open-source technologies should be documented. Best practices in deploying open-source technologies should be arrived at…

Different set of Solutions should be formulated by mixing and matching different technologies. The possibilities are endless, just like in the business of consulting.

As more and more Tech start-ups are cropping up in India, as more and more web 2.0 based companies are coming up everyday, I believe there is good business opportunity for Open-source consulting in India. My thoughts…

Google Search: Open Source Consulting

Online Professional Experience Validation.

September 06, 06 by Bharani

I was reading an article in Hindu about leaving an employer without damaging the relationships. I felt a need for the following when I was reading it:

“One-stop website to capture the following input from the employers/employees: Testimonials, Recommendations (both positive and negative), awards offered and Experience validation. All employers can check out the details of prospective employee through this website. The website will act like a certifying/validating/verification authority. “

The benefit for employers:

1. A single point to know about the track records of prospective employees. This will help the employer in easily weeding out cheats from real stars at a very early stage of recruitment process.
2. A mechanism through which they can mark the employees who hop jobs relentlessly, who leave job half-completed and who were fired (kind of register the information in the database). This kind of feedback from employers will be crucial for the success of the concept.

The benefit for employees:
1. A star employee can proudly show all his “approved” accomplishments to the next employer.

Users of the system:
1. Corporates
2. Professionals searching for job.
3. Universities ( May be for recommendation letters needed by some Management institutes).

I have to think over this business need. Job portals like Naukri.com, monster.com can easily incorporate this feature as they already have some relationships with corporates and professionals. But how easy is to collect the data that I mentioned before accurately and timely?