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Reduce your Network TCO

If someone tells you that you can reduce your Network cost of ownership by picking up the cheapest product in the market, they are actually advising you to be counterproductive. Networks have to conform to reliability, cost effectiveness, value driven integration and most important of all - longevity of relevance of the solution. The economic downturn has done us another big favor; apart from bringing in austerity into our organizational behavior it has also made a significant change in our organizational purchasing behavior across the region. From a premise where, the initial cost of a hardware would determine the purchasing decisionand every other cost including maintenance being rendered as incidental; we have now moved on to a model where the decisions are not only based on the initial cost but also on additions, upgrades, maintenance and management. The Total Cost of owning a technology today consists of the costs, both direct and indirect, incurred throughout the life cycle of an …

Are we approaching Dot Com Bubble II ?

When Groupon refused Google buyout at 6 Billion, I thought it was a bad idea for Groupon. I mean what more can a discount coupon assimilating business ask for? They got VC funding the next month and I was shocked to read Tech Crunch putting a 8 Billion tag on Groupon. Two weeks or so later, New York times reported Groupon to be talking to bankers for a 15 Billion Value IPO and then Bloomberg reported a 25 Billion IPO for Groupon. How does this work? Social Network companies are actually being listed at 100 times and plus of their revenue. Social, cloud, internet businesses are low cost startup models. Looking at the list of participating companies at TIECON this year, its not surprising how many start ups are mushrooming in this space. VCs are reporting higher funding being disbursed since the start of 2011. Where are the returns coming from? Not from the space thats growing at a faster pace than the rest. Its apparently coming from cleantech and life sciences. So whats driving these …

Skype Microsoft Marraige

Been reading a lot of comments over social networks on the impact of Microsoft buying Skype. Most are focussing on the Microsoft part of the deal. What is Microsoft upto? How does Skype fit into their strategy? Or is it a part of a defensive strategic goal to marginalize Facebook or Google from acquiring skype into their portfolios? Speculations galore-  what is the Skype tactic? Does it makes sense for Skype to be a part of Microsoft portfolio? Is Skype not thinking of this exit as a huge door closed to cross platform collaboration? Will Avaya Flare keep using Skype as a tool or will they be happy being used as a tool to only further Microsoft business interests? 600 million world wide users of skype- in the hands of microsoft. Is this the end of business users of skype?

Does risk of failure create a heady excitement in your head?

Met Anu Acharya for lunch last week at San Francisco's delightful Taj Campden Place. Classy ambience, wonderful food and meaningful conversation. What a wonderful feeling to be talking to someone who you feel enjoys exploring the risks that make you excited in anticipation as well!
What is it about risk taking that is such a challenge that evokes such excitement in entrepreneurs like me? How do we enjoy mitigating these risks in our business plan? If we are taking risks, are we not making a venture more difficult to execute? And how are we balancing the risk against the viability of the venture.
For most new entrepreneurs, the excitement in recreating or filling in a space that either exists or does not exist, much outweighs the opportunity that they perceive. But what is the real risk in an entrepreneurship venture is an idea not well thought out. And a bigger risk may be the inability to execute the venture. Taking a viable idea and bringing it to its fruition is the biggest cha…

A resolution again

And this time I intend to stick to it. To write. About life, business, places, ideas, innovation, trends and whatever else catches my fancy. Am at the W Fort Lauderdale, a beautiful spring morning in Florida. Every time I look out into the Atlantic Ocean, from the shores to the horizon, I have this feeling of immense possibilities and how there is so much more to be achieved than yesterday, so much more to know, so much more to assimilate and absorb. I am humbled.
On innovation, you could take a leaf out of the W books. Every W I have stayed in so far is a statement in its own right! Challenge the norm. Execute it to its concept. So what is more important - the idea or the execution? Can both be of the same importance to a business? What is a good execution of a bad idea and what is a good idea without its execution? More later