Software, software everywhere

Enterprise software has come a long way. In the beginning, it was the purview of a select, exclusive group. Running on mainframe computers and accessed through green-screen terminals, software had an almost mystical quality to it—those applications were few and far in between. Fast forward through the client-server, web, mobile, and IoT eras and software has become much, much more abundant. Indeed, software is “eating the world,” to quote Marc Andreessen. 


Algorithm & Analytics: Propel Digitization to deliver Business Value

“Data is inherently dumb... Algorithms are where the real value lies. Algorithms define action.”
- Peter Sondergaard, SVP of Gartner research
While a good number of businesses are in daze over the hype around technology buzzwords like “Big Data” and “IoT” often attributed to the hysteria unleashed by IT vendors and industry, a few have set their eyes on something that is even older than computing, Algorithms. More precisely machine learning algorithms. Gartner predicts that
  • By 2017, enterprises making decisions controlled by differentiated algorithms will achieve a 5% to 10% increase in revenue
  • By 2018, 40% of digital commerce sites will use price optimization algorithms and configure/price/quote tools to dynamically calculate and deliver product pricing.
  • By 2020, poor customer experiences will destroy 30% of digital business projects.

IoT – The Way Forward

Imagine several billions of connected devices with embedded microchips that are communicating, emitting data. With their signals crisscrossing the planet, they are ushering in a new world—the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). 
Making inanimate objects ‘smart’, the development of the IoT truly represents a game changing moment. Analyzing the vast new streams of data from all these devices will provide opportunities to literally transform the world. The IoT is at a very early stage of evolution. We are just about getting started. Consumer applications of the IoT have been receiving a lot of press lately. But B2B is where we should be seeing serious action. 
Consider the end-to-end ‘macro’ supply chain from manufacturing to logistics to retail to consumers. The transformative potential of the IoT is just immense—manufacturers taking out inefficiencies from their systems and uncovering new opportunities; logistics operators tracking assets, parcels, and people in real time; retailers extracting greater efficiencies and profits from their physical stores; and consumer products, light bulbs to security alarms to air conditioners and more, running Internet connections. 

  Whitepaper: The Internet of Things: Developing a Vision      


Accessing HANA Cloud developer edition from Amazon Web Services


The intention of this blog is to help people who want to get hands on to HANA Development using Amazon Web Services (AWS). The step by step process (applicable as of today) to get connected to a HANA instance on AWS is explained below. Please note that cloud service charges may fluctuate from time to time, so make sure the usage charges fits your budget.

Setting up an Amazon (AWS) Account

Log on to Amazon web services(AWS)[].  Note: credit / Debit card details should be furnished here. The cloud service is charged on a monthly basis based on usage.AWS will charge you a small amount ( 2 INR or so) while validating your account. AWS will do an IVR verification via the mobile number provided.


The Coming Disruption of the Auto Industry

Most of us are now aware of the transformation Tesla Motors is bringing about in the automobile Industry. To some, what Elon Musk has achieved for automobiles probably goes beyond what Steve Jobs did for computers and mobile phones.

Today, as we look around, electric cars are still a small/tiny fraction of the total automobile industry sales. And many skeptics continue to argue that Tesla is just too high priced and does not have the production capability to attain mass market status in the near future. Well, all of that may be true, for now, but look at how rapidly the perception about electric cars has changed, all thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla. 

As we review the pace of technology advancement and disruption, it is safe to say that five years is the new decade when it comes to technology adoption, speed of innovation, transformation and disruption. Consider, for example, what Tesla was five years back as well as the iPad that was launched in the last five years or so and how much of an impact these developments have had. Going beyond the tablet/computer industry, the iPad has transformed entire sectors like retail, media, healthcare, and education, to name a few. It has touched upon nearly every aspect of a typical person’s life.

So if we go by the pace of the last five years and factor in that every five years, the rate of change is only going to accelerate…the predictions, especially, for the automobile industry become pretty radical.