Saturday, February 28, 2009

February 2009 appointments

February 2009

Sun 1 -
2 -
3 - *Mathangi Ramakrishnan - 1 pm
4 - *Vishwanath Parsuram - 1pm
5 - *Namas Chandra - 7 pm
6 - *Ganesh Padmanabhan - 2 pm
7 - *Brian Gaughan - 11.30 am
Sun 8 -
9 - *A. Elangovan - 1 pm; *Ram Sehgal, *Eric Schaffer, *Human Factors International team - 1.30 pm; *The National Management School - 7.30 pm
10 - *Eliyahu M. Goldratt - 4.30 pm; *On MMA Annual Convention - R. Vijayakumar, R. Srinivasagopal, Eli Goldratt presentation - 6.30 pm;
11 - *V. Kumar - 1 pm
12 - *Satya Prabhakar and Param Parameswaran - 3.30 pm
13 - *B. Ramakrishnan - 1 pm
14 -
Sun 15 - *Ranjan Das, *Mathew Thomas - 11 am
16 - *Raj Mruthyunjayappa - 2 pm; *Arati Porwal - 3.30 pm
17 - *Vijay Raja, Ramesh Raja - 12.30 pm; *Mark Gotttfredson, Karan Singh - 2.30 pm; *CII-Bain event - 4 pm
18 - Suresh Venkatraman - 12 noon (?); *Alexandra Kobishyn - 1 pm; *KPMG event - 'India Goes Global’ - 4.30 pm
19 - *B. N. Kumar - 12 noon; *Arun K. Chittilappilly - 1 pm; *R. Ravichandran - 5.30 pm
20 - *P.M. Mathew - 1 pm; *Arun Subramony - 4 pm
21 - *YO! - 9 am; *Balaji Ganesh - 1 pm
Sun 22 -
23 - *R. Sarabeswar - 1.45 pm
24 -
25 -
26 - D. Raghuram - 4 pm
27 - TI Cycles - 10 am - 2 pm; Jamil Khatri and Sethuraman Sivaramakrishnan - 4 pm; BMR-MCCI Event - 6 pm
28 - Dasharatham Bitla - 1 pm; Chellamuthu - 4 pm

(* means 'met/'spoke')

Datla Hanumanta Raju, Vinayak S. Khanvalkar, and N. K. Jain

Datla Hanumanta Raju, President; Vinayak S. Khanvalkar, Vice-President; and N. K. Jain, Secretary & CEO, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi (
February 28, 2009, 5 pm

ICSI President, Vice-President, Secretary Videos

Top priorities - Datla Hanumanta Raju, President

Corporate governance has to come from within - Datla Hanumanta Raju, President

Dealing with the Satyam issue on two levels - N. K. Jain, Secretary and CEO

Impact of slowdown on profession - Datla Hanumanta Raju, President

Our members going beyond company law - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar, Vice-President

On Companies Bill, 2008 - N. K. Jain, Secretary and CEO

Are independent directors independent - Datla Hanumanta Raju, President

Is a corporate crisis being handled right - Datla Hanumanta Raju, President

History of dealing corporate crisis - N. K. Jain, Secretary and CEO

Ministry has been handling the Satyam issue professionally - N. K. Jain, Secretary and CEO

Transparency is crucial - N. K. Jain, Secretary and CEO

How can company secretaries venture into newer areas - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar, Vice-President

Remembering my teacher - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar, Vice-President

Virtues of tree that inspire - Datla Hanumanta Raju, President

Dasharatham Bitla

"Almost any mobile user would be happy to access his/her emails through the handset. Which is what Mobee provides, at a cost that is a fraction of the alternative solutions. At present our customer base has crossed 10,000. By the end of 2010, we expect to have one million customers."
Dasharatham (Dash) Bitla, Founder, Mobee Mobile Services, Bangalore
February 28, 2009, 1 pm

Dasharatham (Dash) Bitla - Videos

Growth of Mobee and challenges

What has been the feedback of users

Remembering my teacher

Magic of thinking big

How I became an entrepreneur

What the IT services companies should focus on

How does Mobee work

We are working on payment mechanisms for collecting the small amounts

Example of an email routed through Mobee to the mobile phone as an SMS

Demo of registration on the site

Our product for bus travel operators

Quantifiable benefits from TicketSimply

Products that we are working on in the area of automating business processes

A success story of a bus operator

Friday, February 27, 2009

TI Cycles

TI Cycles factory visit
February 27, 10 am - 2 pm

Thursday, February 26, 2009

D. Raghuram

"As a country, we are becoming increasingly health-conscious. However, we lag behind the developed countries in translating the health-awareness to proactive measures geared towards health and environmental responsibility, as for instance, using cycles for fitness/ short transportation. Instead, we spend money on reactive measures, like building more hospitals and spending on medicare."
D. Raghuram, Sr. Vice President – Bicycles & Fitness- TI Cycles of India, Chennai (
February 26, 4 pm

D. Raghuram - Videos

People are becoming more health and environment conscious, but that doesn't often translate into healthy habits like cycling

Many a time we choose to get stuck in a traffic jam, even where a brisk walk or cycling would have conserved time and resources

Bicycle exercises the largest muscle in the body (lower thigh), and thus burns calories, improves circulation and also de-stresses

Owning up the responsibility to be healthy is better than outsourcing our healthcare, as if our ill-health is somebody else's problem

Increasing urbanisation is not contributing to cycle industry's growth, but two-wheeler is more popular because of easy financing and perceived convenience

First taste of freedom for most children is the cycle, but the challenge is to sustain interest in cycling, which is competing with other distractions like computer games

Dynamo sales have declined, though we find innovative uses of cycle dynamos

Cyclist is unfortunately seen as nuisance and with disdain, and is not recognised as deserving space on roads

Enough technology has come into today's cycle to make it safer, faster and more comfortable

Weight of cycle has reduced from 22 kg about 50 years ago, to 6 kg now, with the use of alternative materials

Security of cycles with fork lock, and 'quick-release' to make them theft-proof

Nearly 90 per cent of 12 million cycles sold are bought by males, and a hurdle to popularise cycles for girls is in teaching them cycling

In moderation, cycling offers benefits, with no side-effects, and it can be safer than walking

Options for using cycle indoors, with results better than treadmill

Gadgets are available to give feedback to cyclist about fitness parameters

If Nike shoes can talk to Apple iPods, can cycles talk to telecom towers

Group cycling activities by IT staff

Are cycle companies eligible for carbon credit

Can cycle-banks help people convert manual energy to monetisable power

Will locality-based events encourage cycling in the neighbourhood

Maintenance a big gap, so much so that many cycles are kept abandoned even for want of air in tires

Trade-in of old cycles at dealer points for new cycles

How about assessing the fitness level of a school by looking at the proportion of cycle usage by students

Technology advancements in cycle tube and tire

Does technology growth in cycle industry lead to lower price

Training of cycle mechanics to ensure uniformity in the final product, and also retail initiative to improve perceived quality

Fascinating experiment to foster entrepreneurship among rural women, along with Hand in Hand

We are in the process of putting up a racecourse for cyclists

Wish new models of cycles get media coverage, as much as automobiles get

For rural consumers, cycle is a high-involvement purchase because of its role in economic activity

Facilitating cycle use in cities, as in Paris, London

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


February 27, 2009, 6 pm to 8 pm (Days Inn Deccan Plaza, Royapettah, Chennai)


Chellamuthu, Farmer, Erode
February 28, 2009, 4 pm (?)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Madan Bob

Madan Bob
February 25, 2009, 1 pm (?)

Monday, February 23, 2009

R. Sarabeswar - Videos

People productivity increases during slowdown

A key lesson is to optimise value of product

A Tamil story about a cart-puller who knew more about the place than the residents

Public health infrastructure requires urgent attention, apart from other infrastructure

Impact of Maytas failure on the industry

Growth of the company and business pattern

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was pleased with the structure

Food court in Infosys campus

Another dome structure

This project needed 5000 equations

Work on airports

What is changing in the construction sector

Most equipments are indigenously manufactured

How are the living conditions of construction labourers

Can there be self-sustaining cities

Exploring alternative materials and sources

MoU with Sastra College for practical exposure to students

Do civil engineers get more respect from the society these days

On the lack of design concept in Indian construction

Working on reducing cost of construction

Construction opportunity in the US

On the naming of the company

Funding constraints are leading to abandoning of construction projects

R. Sarabeswar

"Slowdown helps industries to spend time in honing their talent."
R. Sarabeswar, Chairman & CEO, Consolidated Construction Consortium Limited (CCCL)
February 23, 1.45 pm

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Balaji Ganesh

"Strategic HR is key to organisation's success, as different from the currently common practice of administrative HR which focuses on rules and procedures. How will strategic HR be different from what is now done in the name of HR? An easy parameter can be the time that HR heads spend with the Board."
Balaji Ganesh, CEO, Adrenalin
February 21, 2009, 1 pm

Balaji Ganesh - Videos

Building complete compensation system for a client - one of the exciting ongoing HR projects

Enabling HR managers to move away from administrative tasks towards strategic work

Global presence

Payroll needs in India are complex, but other HR practices are no different from global needs

Downzing strategies of companies are varied, and when recovery happens there will be a mad rush for talent

Instead of laying off people, there can be restructuring of compensation

Are there measures that Government can take to help companies retain manpower

Is training, re-training, or extending training a solution

Does the IT industry have the vulnerability to mis-report headcount

What HR-related information and metrics can flow to investors apart from the present disclosures

Can effectiveness of training be measured

HR is usually the last in ERP implementation

It is a flawed approach to treat people as commodities, even if skills are commoditised

Today customers go beyond T-and-M model and demand outcome-based pricing

Shortage used to be at the middle and higher levels

Are HR talents portable across industries

On the interoperability of managers

Managers should be able to zoom in and zoom out, and they should remember that indecision is wrong

How does a manager communicate his vision to his people -- the battle-tank analogy

Communication issues arise only due to lack of trust

Way towards participatory management

Contribution vs achievement

Keeping a young workforce around is a good reorientation for managers

Rajat Banerji - Videos

Growth of Amway in India

Active ingredients of products made in one factory, to ensure uniformity of the final product's quality

Four categories of products, with nutrition and wellness accounting for a major chunk of revenues

Smaller packs and sachets, setting up local offices -- part of Indianisation

Special product offerings for India

Very first product was biodegradable

On regulatory issues faced by the company, owing to lack of clarity in law about direct selling

What questions should consumers ask before buying any product

Economics of direct selling companies vs FMCG players

Common profile of 'business owners'

Communication skills required for selling (Viswanath, Corp Comm Manager - South Operations)

On product education (Viswanath, Corp Comm Manager - South Operations)

How do people connect with ABOs (Viswanath, Corp Comm Manager - South Operations)

Online ordering growing

Brand experience centres offer consultation on nutrition and beauty (Viswanath, Corp Comm Manager - South Operations)

On impact of slowdown on FMCG



Avis, Chief Dreamer, TRM Imagequity P Ltd, Chennai (
February 21, 2009, 9 am

Jayshree Suresh

Jayshree Suresh, Dean, School of Management, SRM University, Chennai (
February 21, 2009, 9 am

Friday, February 20, 2009


YO! 'Realize Yourself' launch
February 21, 9 am (Hotel Savera)

Arun Subramony - Videos

Green focus in the company and the global recognition it has achieved

Lessons from economic meltdown

Cost-efficiencies proactively offered to customers

Optimising people and time

Current big players vs agile players

On the Satyam story

Every disruption has levelled the playing field

Customer experience, a disruptive force in the services economy

Difficult to sustain linear growth in a services company

Our approach to non-linear growth through reuse of software solution components

Knowledge management platforms are very key in service industry

Account-based marketing strategy looks at the future competition scenario of clients

Many companies are cutting R&D, Sales teams, as panic reaction to economic crisis

Obama may bring in lot more scrutiny of outsourcing and offshoring

Blended rate will become the norm rather than on-site and offshore rates

Will India be less impacted by economic downturn than the West

What do prospective customers look for in a vendor

Corporate culture is made of hundreds of stories, which are getting increasingly published in the US

P.M. Mathew

P.M. Mathew, Director, Institute of Small Enterprises and Development (ISED), Cochin, Kerala (
February 20, 2009, 1 pm

P.M. Mathew - Videos

What the small and medium enterprises expect from the Government

There are age-old best practices in the MSME sector

Two grievances of the small enterprises

Are some States the preferred destinations for the MSME sector

How is the slowdown impacting the sector

Do small enterprises get the finance they need

Any studies on the cost of capital of the MSME

What are the projects lined up for the year in ISED

We need to focus on the economic rather than social sense

A common myth about SMEs is that they must serve the social goal

Manpower issues in SMEs

Are returning Indians venturing into SMEs

Interest of British SMBs in India

Succession planning in SMEs

Reading from the recent report of ISED

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Arun K. Chittilappilly

Arun K. Chittilappilly, Managing Director, Wonderla Holidays Pvt Ltd
February 19, 2009, 1 pm

B. N. Kumar

B. N. Kumar, CEO, Concept Public Relations India Ltd, Mumbai (
February 19, 2009, 12 noon

B.N. Kumar - Videos

Retaining core clients and the talent pool are the priorities

Creativity vs productivity

R. Ravichandran - Videos

Four areas that Intel is working on

We grow by growing the market

Promise of WiMax to further PC penetration

Indian consumers are more value conscious than price conscious

Mobiles vs PC

Future of computing

On e-waste

First of the three maxims - you can't escape recession

A great opportunity to be proactive and positive

Telecom operators are bundling PCs with services

Intel initiative for campuses

Three Es - education, employability, entrepreneurship

Classmate PC is rugged

We need to apply the connectivity model within the country

A new model of Classmate PC

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ian Gomes

Ian Gomes, Partner, Chairman, High Growth Markets, KPMG LLP, London
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar, Partner, KPMG LLP, California, US
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Gopal Ramanathan

Gopal Ramanathan, Partner, Transaction Services, KPMG Advisory N. V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Gautam Chemburkar

Gautam Chemburkar, Director (India), High Growth Markets, KPMG LLP, London
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Andreas Dressler

Andreas Dressler, Senior Manager, Advisory, KPMG, Berlin, Germany (
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Tom Hopkins

Tom Hopkins, Tax Partner, Silicon Valley Office, KPMG LLP, US
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Sethuraman Sivaramakrishnan

Sethuraman Sivaramakrishnan, Partner, BSR & Co, Chartered Accountants, Chennai
February 18, 2009, 9 pm

Arun Subramony

Arun Subramony, General Manager, West Business Unit of UST Global
February 20, 2009 4 pm

Mark Gotttfredson - Videos

Relevance of 'The Breakthrough Imperative' to current economic situation

How often does a follower overtake the leader

Metrics in consulting work

Is delivering results easier in a growing economy

The growing middle-class, an interesting dynamic in Indian economy

How Hyundai's sales rose during the slump in the industry

Why a focus on process complexity may be a flawed approach

The 'Long Tail' really doesn't work

The Telstra case (Author reading)

Alexandra Kobishyn

"The microfinance field in India is the most vibrant in the world, from the perspective of the variety of models and actors. More than 60 million women are being served by microfinance in India, and the sheer scale and magnitude of microfinance necessitate evaluation on whether it does make an impact on the level of poverty of these people."
Alexandra Kobishyn, Head, Knowledge Management Unit, Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR (
February 18, 2009, 1 pm

Alexandra kobishyn - Videos

Microfinance in India is the most vibrant

How I got interested in microfinance

On the work at CMF (Centre for Micro Finance)

Need for research on the impact of financial products

Future interventions can be better tailored to the needs of the poor if we do a proper evaluation of microfinance

Use of cell phones in a survey in West Bengal

Organisations in microfinance research

Can microfinance help achieve financial inclusion

There are many ways to evaluate microfinance products

Wrong practices that sometimes go in the name of microfinance

An example of Islamic microfinance

Does the definition of 'productive use' merit a re-look

Knowledge management work in CMF

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

M.S. Kumaran - Videos

Where is the demand for fitness equipment coming from

Fitness is an addiction

M. S. Kumaran

M. S. Kumaran, Head-Marketing, Acme Fitness (
February 17, 2009, 1 pm

Vijay Raja, Ramesh Raja - Videos

We have come up with a new elliptical

A common myth about fitness

Is fitness a pastime of the wealthy

Fitness is life

A simple yardstick of fitness

Does the media promote the idea of fitness

Budget constraints come in the way of fitness equipment purchases

We see a big change in fitness awareness

Demand for fitness equipment from non-urban areas

Fitness centres in corporates

Some companies allocate time for fitness

You cannot mix work and fitness

Tax and policy measures that the fitness industry looks for

Suresh Venkatraman

Suresh Venkatraman, VP-Projects, Laserwords P Ltd, Chennai (
February 18, 2009, 12 noon

Vijay Raja, Ramesh Raja

Vijay Raja, Chairman, and Ramesh Raja, MD, Acme Fitness P Ltd, Chennai (
February 17, 2009, 12.30 pm

Monday, February 16, 2009

Karan Singh

Karan Singh, Partner, Bain & Company, India
February 17, 2009, 2.30 pm

Arati Porwal

Arati Porwal, Chief Representative, CIMA
February 16, 2009, 3.30 pm

Raj Mruthyunjayappa

"In a downturn like what we are experiencing, CRM can make a difference to the revenues, by building relationship and loyalty with customers."

Raj Mruthyunjayappa, MD, Talisma
February 16, 2 pm

KPMG event - 'India Goes Global’

KPMG event - 'India Goes Global'
February 18, 4.30 pm

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ranjan Das - Videos

Organisation of the marathon today was superb

Running marathon as a team effort

On freedom

Three trends we currently see in customers

How customers increasingly get more out of SAP

Standardised IT platform can make M&A plug-and-play

System issues can come in the way of integration, post-acquisition


Do corporate chiefs have enough data to support their intuition

How 'Business Objects' helps C-level executives with intelligence

Managing by exception when faced with an avalanche of information - an example

Successes in the public sector - ONGC, BPCL, Coal Mines PF, Education

North-Eastern Region of India as a destination for call centres and offshore development

Working on my dream of making a film

Customers will continue to invest in business software

Raj, Tailor at Raymond, Thanjavur - Videos

How traditional tailors benefit from the readymades industry

Who prefers readymades

Is tailoring seen as an attractive vocation

On the role of experience, work satisfaction, and funding

K.V. Rajkumar - Videos

Cane-growers have lost all their rights
Plight of the sugarcane farmers

Officers and politicians look at agriculture as a pastime

In the name of agriculture, it is the officers and mill-owners who benefit

People are beginning to realise the importance of natural foods

No quality verification of imported food items