Yes, after 5 years of being a big fan of cloud computing. I admit defeat. I am, as of today, changing my worldview. Cloud Computing is no longer the future. And that’s the bad news. But the good news is that Cloud Computing is now an accepted reality – its the present – the market […]
India Revolt is Finally Here. Hello, Egypt and Tunisia.
This is my shortest blog post. I have written about how India and its economy faces some grave challenges. The country was ruled by Socialist elites after independence from the British for 50 years. Then it has been ruled by the same set of people under a false Capitalism – where corruption runs rampant, black […]
Of Facebook and Goldman Sachs – Both Too Big To Fail?
“Size, we are told, is not a crime. But size may, at least, become noxious by reason of the means through which it was attained or the uses to which it is put.” -Louis Brandeis, […]
Database.com – Why? How? What?
Why? Developers are moving to the cloud because users expect their applications to be available from multiple devices – not just a PC or Mac – but a myriad new computers that come in the shapes of tablets, smart phones, and purpose-built devices. Users want be able to access their data from home, work, and […]
Facebook Messages is not just Email. Nor is Gmail. What’s new?
Let me start out by pointing out the obvious – Facebook has been nothing short of a revolution in how we live our online lives. It connects me better to my friends, family and co-workers. It has inspired changes in how our work lives are changing. Facebook Email Will Be Successful But That Doesn’t Mean […]
Clouds in Boxes – Super Size It – Want Storage and Servers With That?
I was absolutely mesmerized by Larry Ellison’s keynote at Oracle Open World – the winning of the America’s Cup was one of the best short films I have seen. And just as I thought this could be fun, the keynote started with Larry defining Cloud Computing. I was at the edge of my seat now, […]
Desktopless World: Is Your Email Signature Stuck in Desktop Era?
The world is changing to mobile. Are your email signatures and etiquettes keeping pace? I have been emailing my close friends, one friend at a time, on how their email signatures need to evolve and thought a blog post was over due. But then I came across an excellent post from the GigaOm network by […]
The Linchpin and The New Polymath – The Indispensable Individuals and Organizations
One of my favorite books of the year is the Linchpin by Seth Godin – it takes you on a journey from how our economy has evolved to a point where its neither necessary nor optimal for you to be a cog in the wheel of a faceless system that treats you as an anonymous […]
VMforce: Why? What? How?
There are a few questions every CIO, developer and business user will ask about VMForce: What is VMforce? Why does it matter to me? How will it work? Will it help me build new kinds of apps that are social and mobile? In simple terms, VMforce service will allow every Java developer to write applications […]
5 Big Trends I Missed and You Probably Did Too!
I had an opportunity to meet an interesting set of Silicon Valley leaders last week, and I realized what a loser I am. Okay, so not really – but I did miss out on a couple of trends while I focused on cloud computing and social – trends closer to what I do for a […]
VMforce is coming
VMforce is coming! I am personally very excited. Come check it out at www.vmforce.com
Life Lessons from Warren Buffett Letter and Seth Godin’s Linchpin
I am an avid fan of Warren Buffett letters, and today is my lucky day because we have a new annual letter. And it comes with not just the update for the year but for the benefit of the new shareholders (due to partial stock deal in acquiring the Rail company) – a nice introduction […]
Days of Our Lives – On IIT Life, Indian Education, and Geekdom
Like to wish all my readers, a very warm happy holidays and merry Christmas. I don’t watch a lot of Bollywood cinema but yesterday I went with friends to go see 3 Idiots – a movie about lives of 3 engineering college students during the four years in school and then the life afterwards. Having […]
Imagining India with Nilekani of Infosys
I am on a 2 week annual vacation to India. I have often written about seismic changes in Indian reality, realty and perceptions. On this trip, I came across Nandan Nilekani‘s book – Imagining India. A thick tome but a book that captures how India has transformed, is transforming and the challenges and opportunities for […]
Weird Myths in Business – Guest Post by Steve Greene
One of the reasons its fun to work at salesforce.com is the extremely creative, talented people that are willing to question absurdities that other companies quietly accept. Steve Greene, a colleague and our vice president of program management and Agile development put together some myths that many of us are easily led into believing. See […]
Windows 7 Year Gap and Why They Can’t Catch Up
Finally, Windows 7 is out and reviews are mixed but better than Vista – generally seen as vast improvement over Vista (which was accepted by Steve Ballmer as work in progress or worse). But this is not what this post is about. Even if Microsoft built products that were really good with killer features, it […]
Berkeley Haas >PLAY Conference, Digital Media, Diwali and Obama
I know that’s a mouthful of a title – but let me help connect the dots (or clouds). I will be talking about Cloud Computing, educating the future CEOs about the distinction between water vapor (thanks to on-premise CEOs), vapor products (thanks traditional vendors), private clouds (thanks disharmony) and real cloud computing! Its a great […]
Cloud Computing is Difficult For CEOs To Understand
Over the last week, there has been a resurgence in problems very intelligent people are having with the term ‘Cloud Computing ‘. This problem is likely to worsen this week. So, what’s going on ? Upton Sinclair used to say- “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon […]
India Investment & Enterpreneurship Event with Mayfield VC and Former Minister
I wanted to extend an invitation to the blog readers and discount (code: INDIA for 50% off) to an interesting upcoming event for those looking to do business in India. On October 12th, 2009, join key influencers, and opinion makers at “Advantage India.” Explore Investment, Business, and Career opportunities in India. Discuss industry issues candidly, […]
Go Check it Out
Its so easy to build websites on Force.com Sites – and its free. I usually don’t post stuff related directly to my work but I am really excited about this capability and the easy to understand video our marketing team put together.