Thursday, July 31, 2008

July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

C. Gopinath

"Globalisation is reality. So we have to understand what it means, how it is affecting us, and how we can deal with it. We need to look at it as a whole system due to the multidimensionality of the phenomenon."
C. Gopinath, author of 'Globalization: A Multidimensional System' (
July 30, 4.45 pm

July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Madhu - Videos

Humour is a key leadership trait

Industry-academia initiative

On the role played in the solar power industry

The 'family' focus in investment

The India footprint of Applied

The world of nano materials

Three things to be clear in any 'fab' venture

What is performance

Madhusudan V. Atre

"Sun shines on India. The promise of solar energy is bright. We have the technology to equip the solar power industry, the friendly government policies in place, the need for power, and the PM's vision on renewable energy sources. This also enables the platform for a semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem at much less cost."

Dr Madhusudan V. Atre, President, Applied Materials (India), Bangalore

July 29, 1 pm

Shakambhari Thakur

July 29, 1 pm

Shakambhari Thakur, Manager Corporate and Community Affairs, Bangalore

Shakambhari on community projects

July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sukumar - Videos

Animation is like carpentry

How manufacturing companies use animation

On acquisitions and funding

Pixel Academixs' new centre in Madurai

Projects currently on at Sanra

Protect children from media glare

Protect children from media glare

Role of animation in real estate

Rope tricks in movies

Running a creative organisation

Seamless communication through convergence

The Hanuman model

What is animation (Tamil)

July 25, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sukumar Subramanian

"The real convergence has started happening. Even five years ago, everything was so discrete; for instance, you wouldn't then have thought of taking a photo on your phone and share it with someone over the mail. Today's trend towards convergence necessitates that those who create content, at the back-end, have to take a 360-degree view of things. Content is more visual now, be it in e-learning, or e-commerce. It is, therefore, not that content is king, but visual content is."

Sukumar Subramanian, CEO, Sanra Software Ltd, Chennai (

July 23, 1.45 pm

July 23, 2008

Nupur Pavan Bang

C. G. Srividhya & Sanjeev Krishan

Talent is Never Enough, Harvard Business Review on Strategic Renewal, A Century of Trust: The story of Tata Steel, & Content is King

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

R. Srinivasan

"Inflation is seen as some as a regressive tax, because it affects the poor more than it affets the rich. In a way, inflation is an economic calamity, because it destroys the livelihood of the poor."

R. Srinivasan, Reader in Econometrics, University of Madras

July 22, 2008

There is no interest in learning economics

N. Ravichandran - Videos

China as a source of materials

Foreign investment

On increasing costs

Quality engineers wanted

Saving time with better technology

The China lesson

The 'correction'

The FSI debate

The Planning focus

The Rs 15-lakh flat

The viability factor

N. Ravichandran

"A key problem in the industry is that approval process gets inordinately delayed. For instance, the delay can be 1.5 years for a multi-storeyed building, whereas a quicker process, as in Hyderabad, may take 3-4 months."
N. Ravichandran, Chairman, True Value Homes India Pvt Ltd, Chennai
July 22, 1 pm

July 22, 2008

Amitava Roy

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sangita - Videos

A day in the life of an entrepreneur

Growth in retail and telecom

Impact of US recession

Measuring PR efficacy

Role of discipline

Skills that Empower welcomes

Social networking habits of Indians

We are looking for acquisitions

Web 2.0 analysis

What Empower does

Women make better entrepreneurs

July 20, 2008

Influence: Science and Practice

Harmonic Wealth, Flirting with Disaster, & Secrets to Happiness

Friday, July 18, 2008

Gerald Prabhu

"CRM or customer relationship management has many connotations, ranging from understanding the customer, to business intelligence. What we try to address is to go beyond a study of the purchasing patterns, to looking at the customer behaviour, feeling and reactions towards a product or service. These latter aspects are rarely captured, with the result that customer service staff are not aware of the previous interactions of the customer with the company.

Gerald Prabhu, Director Strategic Alliances and Marketing, CDC CRM Solutions Pvt Ltd

July 18, 3.30 pm

Gerlald Prabhu - Videos

Alumni activity in Bharathiar University

Campaign management solution

History of Rugby in India

How has CRM evolved


Rugby in Chennai

Skills that Jerry looks for

The New Age metrics

Why CRM is crucial during recession

Wrong metrics

Sangita Joshi

"The world, while getting flatter, is still full of ups and downs in terrain. For instance, while electronics and communications have brought the ends of the world closer and whole industries are springing up based on the outsourcing trend, it is not quite a cakewalk. In our work, we still sometimes encounter scepticism at the abilities of the non-western world to deliver high-quality knowledge-based work."
Sangita Joshi, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Empower Research
July 18, 1.15 pm

T. Sivakumar

July 18, 11.30 am (ph)

T. Sivakumar, Group Director, Ariba South Asia

July 18, 2008

Suresh Jain

Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3,000, The Go-Giver, & OBD: Obsessive Branding Disorder

Thursday, July 17, 2008

S. Gopal - Videos

Government should regulate software training

Nace's growth and plans

Opportunities for the faculty

Popularity of Open Source

Syllabus in tune with industry needs

The Key Role of Faculty

S. Gopal

"Quality is what we aim at in Nace, be it about infrastructure, faculty recruitment, syllabus, or training methodology. For instance, we train our trainers with the help of experienced professionals drawn from the industry. And, our training methodology is 100 per cent hands-on, rather than separate theory and lab, as commonly done."

S. Gopal, Nace Solutions (P) Ltd, Chennai (

July 17, 1 pm

Varun - Videos

Three most important issues

Factory buildings

Technology in construction

The NAPC journey

The real education

Three most important issues

Three most important issues

Upcoming mining projects

Working in a family business

July 17, 2008

Driving Down Cost, War on Poverty, & A New Beginning

Kameswara Rao

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

S. JaganniVasan

"Your surplus asset or inventory is being searched by somebody right now. And it may fetch a good price. For example, a company had structural steel of about 1,000 tonnes lying idle for years, and it fetched a price equivalent to 80 per cent of brand new material. To the buyer also the deal was a 'win' because of zero waiting time."

S. JaganniVasan, Founder & Managing Director, Matex Net P Ltd (

July 16, 4.30 pm

S. Jagannivasan - Videos

Awareness is high in public sector companies

How SMEs benefit

Inventory build-up is inevitable

Skills most needed

What Matex Net does

Why focus on inventory

Varun Manian

"What we really look forward to in the construction industry is that the margins will have to be realistic, rather than being unrealistically low as now. The skew happens because of under-quoting just to get the project, accompanied by the absence of any checks and counters on the estimates. A best practice can, therefore, be to have (as in the US) the specification of 'freak high' and 'freak low' for any contract. For instance, if a project is estimated to be at Rs 100 crore, bids at plus or minus 20 per cent may not be entertained."

Varun Manian, NAPC Ltd

July 16, 1 pm

July 16, 2008

Geoff Magee

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cherry Rance, Senthil Kumar

July 15, 1 pm

Cherry Rance, Head - Marketing and Business Development, Achiever UK

Senthil Kumar, CEO, DeRisk IT

Cherry, Senthil - Videos

Cherry Rance, Senthil - Videos

Cherry on the growth areas in GRC

Cherry on cost savings

Cherry on the company history

Cherry on IT marketing

Cherry on women in business

Cherry on strategic alliances

Senthil on GRC

Senthil on the India biz

Senthil on the work for life sciences industry

Senthil on the needs of SMEs

Senthil on the 'people factor'

Srikanth - Videos

Srikanth on acquisitions

Srikanth on the impact of slowdown

Srikanth on fleet tracking

Srikanth on the value proposition

Srikanth on the integration with ERPs

Srikanth on e-governance

Srikanth on people

Srikanth on a day in his work-life

Srikanth on the travel dynamics

Srikanth on freshers

July 15, 2008

ICTs and Indian Social Change, Everything you ever needed to know about Training, Fundamentals of Database Systems,&Deploying Voice over Wireless LANs

Monday, July 14, 2008

Suresh - Videos

Suresh on 'Stop'

Suresh on EQ

Suresh on 'Energy Temple'

Suresh on what villages need

Ashwin Kumar

Ashwin Kumar, Corporate Communications, Dhanus Technologies Ltd, Chennai

July 14, 12.30

Ashwin on the newsletter


Srikanth Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President, Dhanus Technologies Ltd, Chennai

July 14, 12.30 pm

10th Polestar Award

July 14, 2008

Perumal Samy Srinivasan

B. N. Manohar

I Love… Money, Richi$tan, & 5 Thinkings to Win

The Powers to Lead

The Ultimate Sales Machine, Cadbury’s Purple Reign, & Marketing Management

Arvind Singhal

Rohit Kapur

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Suresh Padmanabhan

“Never say that money is not important in life. Money is like blood flowing in our body, like the air that we breathe, and is an intrinsic part of life. The day we realise money is a wonderful tool and it is important and in the right hands it is more important – money needs to come to the right hands, to the right people – and allow its consciousness to grow and to flower, that day we will have the true flowering – the flowering of life, the flowering of happiness within us, and the flowering of spirituality.”

Suresh Padmanabhan, author of 'I Love... Money'
July 12, 4 pm

Suresh on Pentagram

Suresh on a common myth

Suresh on spirituality

Suresh on money

Suresh on charity

Suresh on handling money

Suresh on knowing the value of money

Suresh on the problem of too much information

Suresh on 'single postcard '

Suresh on making money work

Suresh on investing in gold

Suresh on why you should know yourself

Suresh on the need to experience the truth

Suresh on knowing the truth - (video poor)

Suresh on financial education

Suresh on how parents should pass the right values

K.T. Srinivasa Raja

July 7, 1 pm (rescheduled to July 12)
K.T. Srinivasa Raja, MD, Adyar Ananda Bhavan, Chennai,
and Vice President, Tamil Nadu Hotels Association

Raja on the future plans

Raja on novelty in foods

Raja on technological improvements

Raja on global market

Raja on the changing tastes

Raja on cost control

Raja on corporate business

Raja on Food Plaza

Raja on what the Government should do

Rajesh Subramaniam

Rajesh Subramaniam, Senior Vice President, International Marketing, and FedEx Services

July 12, 11 am

Rajesh on the forcefields

Rajesh on inventory cost

Rajesh on the high-value goods

Rajesh on fuel costs

Rajesh on alternative energy use

Rajesh on the India biz

Rajesh on infrastructure

Rajesh on globalisation trends

Rajesh on trade lanes

Rajesh on 'information'

Rajesh on the needs of the younger generation

Rajesh on China

Rajesh on 'film festival'

Rajesh on newer needs of customers (video poor)

Rajesh on Kerala

July 12, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Akshaya Gaur

“Let me tell you about driving ‘Green IT’ through server virtualisation. Standard Chartered is committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. Software Solutions has contributed to this commitment by delivering Green IT through server virtualisation. We have virtualised about 90 servers. What does that mean? We have saved 423,984 kWh of electricity per annum. That is not all. This initiative has cut down CO2 emissions by about 268 tonnes – equivalent to planting 367 trees!! While it is a great start, we need to consider what more we can do as an organisation and an industry to deliver Green IT – to continue to make a bigger and better impact on the environment we live in.”
Akshaya Gaur, Executive Vice-President and Head Software Solutions, Scope International

July 11, 1 pm

Akshaya on capability arbitrage

Akshaya on 'captive'

Akshaya on value-based recruiting

Akshaya on courageous conversations

Akshaya on diversity management

Akshaya on diversity at work

Akshaya on work-at-home

Akshaya on eyeball management

Akshaya on attrition


July 11, 1 pm

Smita, Scope

Smita on how IT people communicate

July 11, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

T. T. Srinivasaraghavan

"A casual conversation in a newspaper editor's cabin is now on the worldwide web, thanks to a mobile phone and a computer! I am really amazed at how we have embraced technology; or is it technology that's got us in its ever tightening embrace??!!"

T. T. Srinivasaraghavan, Managing Director, Sundaram Finance Ltd

July 10, 3 pm

TTS on the origins

TTS on the music format

TTS on 'budget'

TTS on a success story

TTS on 'channelising' the concerts

TTS on the inspiration

TTS on the rising interest in music

TTS on the music 'divide'

TTS on Indian governance models

TTS on innovation myths

TTS on the challenges

TTS on the replicability of the model

TTS on how CSR should be

K. Vaitheeswaran

"I keep travelling to Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai. With a lot of activity happening with regard to infrastructure, roads are blocked. When it rains, flooding is common and stops people from moving. Hopefully, people will come to realise that a whole lot of time gets wasted going from place to place, and may therefore begin shopping online."

K. Vaitheeswaran, Co-founder and COO, Indiaplaza

July 10, 5 pm

Vaithee looking back

Vaithee on the scale

Vaithee on logo morphing

Vaithee on L'Oreal and Tata Sky

Vaithee on credit cards for transactions

Vaithee on books

Vaithee on where demand is coming from

T. Pradeep

"After the launch of the Tata Nano, we have had a lot of difficulty in getting a company name with the word 'nano'!"
T. Pradeep, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

July 7, 10.30 pm (Rockfort Express)
Pradeep on the new 'nano' company

Pradeep on nano in India

July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Radhakrishna C

Radhakrishna C, Co-promoter, India Insure, Secunderabad

July 4, 5 pm
Radhakrishna on the insurance industry

Radhakrishna on health insurance

Shamik Das

July 4, 5 pm

Shamik Das, CEO - South, AirtelTelemedia

Shamik on the company

Shamik on enterprise needs

Shamik on the retail segment

Shamik on the journey as a CA

Shamik on the challenges

Deepak Raja

July 4, 2008, 1 pm

Deepak Raja, Former Secretary General, Indian Newspaper Society

Deepak on 'occult'

Deepak on the markets

Deepak on 'crude'

Deepak on PE activity

Rangamannar S. Veeravalli

"What is management? It is ownership to create the intended purpose or the plan underwriting value creation, equity, and social responsibility. There are only two key words to be kept in mind: one is the term ownership - with that comes a host of things; and the second is creating value. Everything else is a matter of detail."

Rangamannar S. Veeravalli, Director – Corporate Initiatives & Exec MBA, and Associate Professor, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

July 4, 1 pm

Ranga on B-schools

Ranga on consulting

Ranga on capability

Ranga on the matrix

Ranga on 'moral core'

Ranga on metrics

Ranga on 'employability'

Ranga on movies in education

Ranga on corporate work

Ranga on the engagement

Ranga on entrepreneurship

Sundeep Malhotra

"The top of the mind thought is about virtual retail - ensuring that it gets the respect that retail gets, and also building credibility for the domain."

Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop18

July 4, 11 am

Sundeep on the biz model

Sundeep on tracking

Sundeep on the offerings

Sundeep on the new consumer

Sundeep on how business will be driven

Sundeep on Net shopping

Sundeep on Web 2.0

Sundeep on inventory

Sundeep on transactions

Sundeep on the value proposition

Sundeep on the 'movie' link

Sundeep on revenue model

Sundeep on how brands can benefit

Sundeep on foreign brands

Sundeep on the hosts

Sundeep on 'cookery'

Sundeep on 'resistance'

Sundeep on ITC

Sundeep on 'education' products

July 4, 2008

Customer Service and The Human Experience, Strategic Sport Marketing, & High Performance with High Integrity

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Y. V. Lakshminarayan Pandit

"The top concerns facing the IT and other sectors are attrition and retention. And the main solution is to select the right people and then do everything to retain them after selection."

Y. V. Lakshminarayan Pandit, Managing Director of SHL (India) Pvt Ltd

July 3, 3 pm
Pandit on SHL India

Pandit on OPQ

Pandit on the level of awareness

Pandit on impact of tests on attrition

Pandit on the need for right comparison

Pandit on the 'shelf life' of assessments

Pandit on what is not captured in tests

Pandit on who to blame for attrition (music in the background)

Pandit on UCR (music in the background)

Naveen Rao

July 28, 1 pm

Dr Naveen Rao, MD, MSD India

July 3, 2008

How to be Useful

Pankaj Chadha

Sanjay Mehta

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Melvin Foo

"In the wake of recent crises, such as sub-prime and crude prices, CIOs and CEOs are now increasingly talking about cost reduction. This is basically an area where F5 plays a role, especially for central consolidation of data centres and storage."
Melvin Foo, Strategic Partner Manager, Asia Pacific, F5 Networks Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore
July 2, 12.45 pm

Melvin on cost reduction

Harvinder Singh

"The next 5 years will be interesting in terms of more and more applications getting added to enterprise environments. This is The Dotcom Boom coming in now!"

Harvinder Rajwant Singh, Country Head – India, F5 Networks

July 2, 12.45 pm

Harvinder on the job of F5

Harvinder on how F5 makes apps faster

Harvinder on image download

Harvinder on the state of security (music in the background)

Harvinder on Blue Ocean Strategy

Harvinder on Chennai work

Cabot Jaffee, Ranjan Sinha

July 2, 3 pm

"Innovative techniques will improve organisations cost per hire and retention rates. For example, we have created a system of matchmaking to help employers and employees to have a long happy life together."
Cabot Jaffee, Chairman, Global Talent Metrics

"I think the way companies find people is changing from going to a single portal to leveraging the Web 2.0 platforms. Innovation is in how to bring the reach of a job board and the quality of an employee referral into the platform."
Ranjan Sinha, Founder & Chairman, Summit HR Worlwide

Ranjan on the partnership

Cabot on hiring in India

Cabot on the legal landscape

Ranjan and Cabot on compliance

Cabot on whether employees should be pampered

Ranjan on the old world values (music in the background)

Ranjan and Cabot on company culture

Kjeld Stark

July 2...

Kjeld Stark, President, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Division, Danfoss (?)

Arti Yadav

"Working in a global workplace has opened doors for talent like never before. Not just from the stand point of more money, faster cars, bigger houses – that is the visible translation, I think it goes beyond that in terms of experience and exposure gained. I say this largely because of what I see with engineers in our business, they are highly talented individuals whose passion is technology, and the fact that they work with customers from across countries and industries provides them a richer experience to know and do more with their knowledge of technology. "

Arti Yadav, Communication Manager, Microsoft India GTSC, Bangalore
July 2, 12.45 pm

Arti on tech use

July 2, 2008

Awakening the Entrepreneur Within

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Viinod Nair

"A picture is worth a thousand words. Cliched, but true. To draw a picture with your mind is far more difficult than to draw on a paper. Describing what you see is even more difficult for someone who hasn't seen the picture. Which is what makes it that much more a challenge to create imagery that is so vivid in expression and yet tells a compelling tale, and makes this business of visual imagery so fascinating."
Viinod Nair,Vice President Sales & Marketing, South Asia, Getty Images
July 1, 4 pm

Viinod on visual thought

Viinod on required qualities

Viinod on why Getty

Viinod on Getty video

Viinod on visuals for business

Viinod on Getty in movies

Viinod on combatting piracy

Bala Mahadevan

July 4, 4 pm (?)

Bala Mahadevan, Managing Director and President, CSC India

July 1, 2008

Pradhyumna Venkat

Kiran Nadkarni