Author: Gagan

Learning from History

The Economist has a story on why Japan lost the mobile-phone wars to Scandinavia, Korea and others despite having been a pioneer in technology and usage of mobile devices. Japanese players are doing alright within Japan and still provide high-value components…

Gamers make the Best Employees

Brent Hutchison John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas recently wrote on a Harvard Business Review blog about the Gamer Disposition – an attitude and set of traits that are ideal for today’s employees. He writes that Today’s multiplayer online games are large, complex,…

The New Heroes -The Adaptables

‘Being adaptable’ is one of those backhanded compliments. It can have negative connotations associated with being wishy-washy, spineless, impressionable, naive, crafty, calculating, opportunistic and similar. Despite this the history of civilizations is full of examples where adaptation was critical for…

Follow thy Customer

ShopRite grocery stores have just started beaming customized ads to shoppers through their computerized shopping carts – as part of a Microsoft Atlas technology roll-out. Microsoft will deliver the ads based on data obtained from ShopRite’s customer loyalty cards, according to…

The Goal of Automation

Why do we try to automate as much as we can – in the business world and in our own lives? The hope is that our routine and defined activities should take as little of our time as possible –…

Video Games to overtake Movie Business?

Businessweek is reporting that Through November, the U.S. game industry is up a whopping 50 percent to $13.12 billion. Considering that December sales can often wind up accounting for as much as 25 to 30 percent of annual sales, the…

Going Mobile with Everything!

I have been on my faithful Blackberry for almost two years now. Email, Calendar and Internet were the basic building blocks for being productive while mobile. My project planning and task management was on my laptop strung together among Microsoft Project, MindManager…

Sketching Ideas and the Future

My fascination with sketches and white-boards is a perpetual target for jokes and comments from friends, family and colleagues. We could be discussing the most complex bit of business or systems architecture …. or just trying to agree upon a…