New rules of management for business vs Jack Welch’s

Posted July 15, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: Management

Fortune has an interesting article on new rules of management for business vs Jack Welch’s

New Rules vs. Old Rules
1 Agile is best; being big can bite you. Big dogs own the street.
2 Find a niche, create something new. Be No. 1 or No. 2 in your market.
3 The customer is king. Shareholders rule.
4 Look out, not in. Be lean and mean.
5 Hire passionate people. Rank your players; go with the A’s.
6 Hire a courageous CEO. Hire a charismatic CEO.
7 Admire my soul. Admire my might.
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Powerful Idea?

Posted July 13, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: Innovation, Product

How do you create a product? You have an idea, you are passionate about it, you either invest your time and money to do it or you approach your contacts to know if they will be interested to team up and do it for you.
You venture into finding the right contact and realize that you have spent enough of time “building a team”, that’s when you get impatient and decide to approach some software company who can do it for you.

When you get the cost breakdown, you realize the cost is too high for this idea and look in market if there is already a similar idea in market ;). When you find similar one, you say no this idea is duplicate and it won’t work and you are going to dump the idea. Only if no body has thought this, you decide you will do it!!

Isn’t this a standard pattern to go round and round in search for potential idea? But I differ to say “An idea is not powerful just because it is unique and no body has thought about it but an idea is powerful when similar idea is tried and tested out and the idea you are introducing has “innovative variations” to previous ones and also there is robust business plan to support and execute it to excellence”

Was Google a powerful idea when Sergey and Larry started?? No there were already 10 search engine in market!! But Sergey and Larry introduced that variation “page rank” in search engine which made Google to stand tall among the crowd.

There are similar examples from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group’s approach to adapt new business. I was reading an article/book in which Richard supposedly said that “Virgin group can venture trying out an idea as long as there is robust business plan for the same”. Virgin group’s success in various venture definitely echo this.

We at Adipt get few customers coming to us to develop the idea, some potential entrepreneurs drop on the way and some carry on holding “just the idea”. However we have made it a principle that we guide our customer to evolve the business plan and bring success to them.

Do you think any idea should be tried?

End of Windows 98

Posted July 12, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: Technology

BBC says : Microsoft is urging an estimated 70 million users of Windows 98 to upgrade as it ends support for the software. From 11 July, Microsoft will no longer help users over the phone with any problems they have with the ageing operating system.

The firm will also stop providing security updates for Windows 98 from the same date.

Infosys to announce successor to Narayana Murthy tomorrow

Posted July 11, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: IT Industry

NewKerla.com says :  Infosys to announce successor to Narayana Murthy tomorrow

Infosys will tomorrow announce a successor to its Chairman and Chief Mentor N R Narayana Murthy, who is relinquishing his posts on attaining the age of 60 on August 20.

Shopping cart in Java, any ready-to-use?

Posted July 11, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: eShopping Cart, Product, Technology

As a open source enthusiast, I ventured looking for a open source full fledged “Shopping cart” in Java! There are excellent ones in PHP but I was primarily looking for ones written in Java.

Found lot of them doing Krugle, checked in SourceForge that most of the so-called shopping cart application no longer exist in sf.net repositary. I hope somebody is reading this from Sf.net to take a note that “let’s keep only those open source in repositary which has some source file in it“.

Out of the 5 shopping cart I found, I did a quick scan to understand 1) depolyment hassles 2) application configuration issues 3) adptability(is it easy to learn and add/modify code if required) 4) is it big for a small scale cart application. My findings are as follows. In brief, if you ever need a shopping cart in java, use JPetStore and adapt it to your need.

1.JSPShop
Seems to be very old, need changes to configuration to support running inside JBoss.
Uses CMP EJB inside the application, uses classes from a company called submersion.com, I think they were owning the product?
I din’t see any license stating GPL/etc inside the source.But when I downloaded from Sourceforge, I see GPL license is mentioned there.
Needs JBoss/Application to run the application

I don’t think a small customer looking for a simple few pages and few classes type shopping cart can invest time in tweaking this application!

2.rest-client-1.0.2
Downloaded as it is mentioned shopping cart ..I find the code has lot of classes but nothing todo with shopping cart !!! Am’I missing something?

3.karpuz

This application has all client side …like menu item lisitng, adding to shopping list, and submit for checkout.
But beyond that there is no database support, no third party payment integration support..etc available.

Go ahead, implement on top of this.

4.Openedit-cart (this is part of openEdit CMS product and open source)

It seems to have more stuff for a simple cart. Their latest war (openedit-cart.war,11-Jul-2006 00:14:30 failed to work in Tomcat 5.5.
Also I think using this shopping cart forces user to go thorugh openedit CMS!!

5.JPet Store 5(not the Sun one but the one with IBatis stuff). I got the latest release 5.

It has all the features for a small scale shopping cart like item list, checkout, update cart, payment capture, few nice UI screens. Backend database support for Mysql,orcl, etc. I think for name sake it is called JPet store otherwise it is small shopping cart.

I think whoever needs basic shopping cart should adapt JPetStore and add few plugin code for PayPal/etc rather than investing time in other shopping cart applications.

Do you know some more???, leave us a comment here.

End-to-End Support Model for Product Lifecycle Management

Posted July 11, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: Product

AMR Research has an excellent article on “Product Lifecycle Management”

Product innovation is getting boardroom attention. Companies are directly blaming missed revenue goals on their inability to develop new products. More senior executives and board members are being asked about their company’s product development strategies and their plans for improving them. More stakeholders are asking:

* Is the product development process financially under control?

* Is the process strategically under control?

* Is the process fast enough?

* Is the process as cost effective as it can be?

Note :- See the AMR Research’s End-to-End Support Model for Product Lifecycle Management here http://www.amrresearch.com/content/resourcecenter.asp?id=433

Accident Innovation :)

Posted July 11, 2006 by Santosh
Categories: Innovation

HBS Working Knowledge has an excellent article on Accident Innovation with author Sarah Jane Gilbert

Companies spend many hundreds of billions of dollars on R&D each year, but the microwave oven was conceived from a melted candy bar, saccharin from an accidental chemical spill, and the Daguerre photo process via a shattered thermometer. Accidents happen—and we’re all better off because they do.

Q: Is there a way innovators can encourage good accidents? In other words, is there anything we can control to foster this process?

A:In 1960, a guy named [Donald] Campbell proposed that we think of creativity as “Random variation + Selective Retention.” That is, we need two processes, one to generate things we can’t think of in advance, and another to figure out which of the things we generate are valuable and are worth keeping and building upon.