November 2014 | HCL Technologies
Google Glass is finally available in the market, although a little expensive. I’m looking forward to seeing if Google can price it at a point where every common man can purchase it. There are other competing goggles in the market that can even record videos, take snapshots and zoom their eye lens.
An article from the Economic Times states, “When a patient enters the emergency ward of Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai; he would be greeted by a doctor...read more
In today’s environment, Internet availability is absolutely crucial for business, and for its improvement and higher productivity. Users would be very dissatisfied if a business site does not respond, is slow, or down, even if for a single minute. How would you feel if you wanted to book a ticket for an important journey and the travel site is down or extremely slow? If one site (X) does not respond, users tend to automatically switch to another (Y) to complete their business. Thus website X loses a good number...read more
It was the morning after our annual party. We celebrated yet another successful book close. The Auditors seemed happy with what they saw. I got an appreciation note from the CEO. I am so very happy with myself and with my team. I feel elated. Right?
Wrong. The quarterly Board meeting that followed the year end led to an awkward conversation with the CEO. The annual plan numbers for the next year, which we drew up just a couple of months ago, were at a huge risk. Revenues were down, costs were...read more
The world around us has advanced so much that science fiction is fast becoming a reality! Moving from prototyping to tooling, additive manufacturing commonly known as “3D printing” has expanded to full-scale end-part production and replacement part production. Be it a 3D printed bionic ear enabling you to hear beyond human hearing frequencies, or 3D printed cake...read more
New age communication technologies and devices have ushered in seismic changes in the way people communicate at work, in their personal lives, and pretty much everywhere else. We are more connected than ever before. The major building blocks of Next Generation Communications in the enterprise context are: social media, unified communication, contact centers, collaboration and mobility. Unfortunately, these service offerings...read more
The Current Paradigm Shift
Payers in the U.S. are going through some interesting times. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has really challenged them to look at their existing members and future member prospects in a completely different setup. Last year, when the healthcare exchange (HIX) was opened for the first time, approximately 8 million new members were enrolled. Payer participation on the HIX was varied - some successes and significant lessons learned; most of the payers are getting...read more
We all know that Meta tags are important tags that let your website get listed in the search results of search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. We can say that Meta tags are nothing but tags that fall under the head tag of your HTML page which contains information about the website. It is after reading these tags that the browser or search engine gets to know about the website. Search engines use the keywords given in the Meta tags to select the Website and display it in their results.
This is not...read more
In today’s world, people spend a lot of time catching up on several fields - education, science, sports, politics, and travel. As all this information is scattered across various websites on the internet, we usually tend to gather information from these websites and then collate it.
Accessing a single website that has all the information or services can help significantly reduce time. This approach brings multiple site content under a single...read more
In most support projects, the basic investigations from the support team would involve digging up the logs to find out any exceptions and errors. I really struggled to search for these exceptions or even for keywords related to the issues. All you need to do is log in to the server, jump to the log directory, open the log file and grep (search) the required pattern. If you are technically well versed with UNIX commands, it will be easier for you to search the logs in less time. I was wondering how to...read more
Recently, I read an article from Gartner on the Top IT Predictions1. While there are many things that are disruptive and worth mentioning, what got my attention was a prediction on Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will bridge the gap between humans and computers. Gartner predicts that by 2020, consumer data collected from wearable devices will drive 5% of sales from the Global 10001.... read more
The FDA's regulatory requirements mandate the conduct of pre-clinical studies and clinical trials to establish product safety and efficacy of drugs, before they are launched in the market.Data from clinical trials represents the most pragmatic method of detecting possible new Adverse Drug Events (ADEs). They can be conveniently assessed by officers at the FDA and may be used to mark the drugs’ safety...read more
It’s easy to see how advancements in technology are constantly changing our lives. Companies that manufacture products understand that they must always be introducing something new, faster, easier, or better to keep their customers engaged. If they don’t, they will be left behind as their customers upgrade to the next new product.
Very few companies, however, understand that service is exactly the same — it is always changing, and their job is to stay ahead of the competition and ahead of...read more
Financial institutions are increasingly losing ground in the payment initiation domain. With an increasing number of players providing payment consolidation, and clearing and settlement capabilities at lower prices in the industry, smaller financial institutions are likely to be driven out of the market unless they can provide additional value-added services.
If banks do not act fast enough, this squeeze could confine them to being, at best, efficient and cost effective payment processors. As a result,...read more