Outsource To Win


Welcome to Outsourcing’s Holy Grail
July 24, 2006, 7:13 am
Filed under: Outsourcing

It is no doubt that “development” is the holy grail of technology. The faster you develop the technology the faster you dominate the world. America has been the leader of all the nations based on this principle.

The same state is now wooing other, Asian nations for innovations in technology, according to a survey published recently. Read the news here.

Can India read this and dream of become the leader?



What I want from Google now?
April 14, 2006, 10:00 am
Filed under: Google, Outsourcing

Now Google has delivered a new age mail (Gmail ) and calendar (say, gcal) . Calendar lacks a lot of punches to beat even its Gmail for functions but we can live with it. Calendar application must have a to-do, list management to call it a calendar in first place. Google calendar lacks it.

What will we want Google to do with these applications now?

1. Merge these two to create a good environment for a trusted delivery and time management.

2. Integrate it with gtalk to offer alrms from gcal on the client. SMS is available now but only in limited regions and service providers.

3. Offer both of them on a Symbian S60 model. This could be a killer with a GtalkIn and GtalkOut.

4. Enhance Gmail rules management to include gcal to have a robust Business Rules Manager.

5. Create a neat workflow management system comprising Gmail, Gtalk, gcal that may beat all the MSExchange, Lotus Notes crowd and it will bring the same enterprise functionality to the masses. MSExchange, Lotus Notes etc. have been real suckers for a long time now.

6. Add a dash of GTD, Getting Things Done (a favorite passtime of all the bloggers). It is effective if done properly. I have tried Outlook plugin for GTD with good results.

I forgot Writely. I should not because Writely can be at the root of all this system and it can bring a complete document management system to the Google Free Enterprise.

While creating gcal it seems that it has looked at Yahoo Calendar for functionality. Truely speaking it sucks. Google should look at MSExchange, Notes for their future as this strategy will bring a real business to Google apart from the ubiquitous search ads.



Welcome to Google Calendar
April 13, 2006, 5:25 am
Filed under: Google, Outsourcing

Wouldn't it be great to be able to keep track of all the events in your life, coordinate schedules with friends and family, and find new things to do — all with one online calendar? We thought so, too.

Seeing the big picture
With Google Calendar, you can see your friends' and family's schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online.

Sharing events and calendars
You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar. Organizations can promote events, too.

Staying on schedule
You can set up automatic event reminders, including SMS notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search too

Google Calendar screenshots



Outsourcing is #2 in overall project spend in 2006
March 9, 2006, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Outsourcing

In 2006, there’s not likely to be a deal bigger than General Motors’ announcement in February that it would split information-technology outsourcing contracts—worth an estimated $15 billion over the next five years—among six suppliers: EDS, Capgemini, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Compuware’s Covisint subsidiary and Wipro.

Bobby Cameron, a principal for I.T. management at Forrester Research, sees GM’s move as a “definitive tipping point” in the trend of companies soliciting outsourcing bids using the standardized Information Technology Infrastructure Library descriptions, a set of definitions developed by the British government for information-technology services. “That starts to allow more apples-to-apples comparison across suppliers,” he says.

Read it here:
http://www.baselinemag.com/article2/0,1540,1933249,00.asp



Get a Google Drive – Absolutely Free
February 28, 2006, 6:09 am
Filed under: Google

It has been days since Google has offered Googlepages to the masses (apart from a few glitches and occassional hazzards like:

Due to heavy demand, we are unable to offer new accounts for today.

It is likely the best thing happened to Google after Gmail. You can use Googlepages as a free 100 MB drive that is always with you by using a simple thing:

On your Googlepages admin page, look at the top right. Upload on GooglePages

Click on Upload. Select your file by browsing. Your file is uploaded in an AJAX interface. Since the time I got my Gmail, I was dying to get this feature.

The only flipside. It does not have a document management system. But you don’t get all eggs in the gBasket.

 



Microsoft free internet voice service challenges Vodafone
February 20, 2006, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Microsoft

MICROSOFT has developed a Skype-style free internet voice service for mobile phones that City analysts believe could wipe billions off the market value of operators such as Vodafone.

The service is included in a mobile version of Microsoft Office Communicator due to be released this year. It will take the form of a voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) application that allows Office users to make free voice calls over wi-fi enabled phones running Windows Mobile software. It uses the internet as a virtual phone network as well as accessing e-mail, PowerPoint and other Office applications.

Read complete story here:
http://www.thebusinessonline.com/Stories.aspx?Microsoft%20free%20internet%20voice%20service%20challenges%20Vodafone&StoryID=8C6C0A89-A9B7-4BD0-9CE2-11830FA31E15&SectionID=F3B76EF0-7991-4389-B72E-D07EB5AA1CEE



Want to get more on Outsourcing?
February 20, 2006, 8:33 am
Filed under: Outsourcing

Here is an entire array of web essays from EWeek on outsourcing. It’s heavily bent on India but outsourcing, per say, is bent towars India. India has more than half of the world’s outsourcing share.

 Start reading it here.
http://www.eweek.com/category2/0,1874,1543526,00.asp