My pet peeves with LinkedIn

To Recruiters

  • Just because a person asks me to connect with him/her, I may not do so. I don’t want to have 1000s of contacts with whom I have nothing in common. I rather have a few hundred people who know my professional competencies and what I bring to the table.
  • If I want to connect with someone, he/she is someone I have done business with, met at least once, or someone who might help me further my career. In my invitations, I will explain to them why I want to be in touch with them. If you want to include me in your professional network, please return that courtesy.  Or even better, send the invitation with potential lead for a job or a contract.
  • If I like something you posted does not mean that I want to connect with you.
  • I do have ample recruiting superstars in my contact list.

To LinkedIn feature designers

  • Do you dare to share with a room full of strangers that you have been with the same company for 10 years or 6 years on LinkedIn? I know I don’t. I hope this feature can be turned off.

To fellow networking professionals. I like all of you, but

  • Posting multiple articles that you like on a daily basis, makes me question your productivity.
  • If you really want me to notice you, please post your original thoughts and opinions on them. The more thought provoking they are, better.
  • Facebook or other social sites are better suited to share posting about your engagement or wedding pictures.
  •      Newborns pictures are different. I like them and I understand your pride. Even though they have nothing to do with career networking. 

Learn AWS #2 – Give Me Details

Here are some great resources that will provide you a lot more details. They also come with the right price, free.

  •  Sign up for a free account so that you can play around.
  •  Kindle edition of the book, Getting Started with AWS
  •     Note that AWS changes are the speed of Cloud. It is still evolving in terms of management functions, tools, and menus. While the books is fairly accurate on the capabilities, the options are not usually where they are. For example, if you want to set a billing alert so that you don’t accidentally get charged too much for your usage, the book calls out different navigation menu, which has been deprecated. That said, these type of changes are very common to all cloud providers. The Amazon navigation menu is intuitive enough that you will figure it out.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

I got interested in AWS a while ago. Since its humble beginning as IaaS space, AWS has grown to be a the standard bearer for how to execute a worldwide IaaS and PaaS services. 

I can think of many reasons you want to use AWS. 

1) Best platform for standing up a test environment rapidly. Esp., for concurrency testing, load testing, multi-platform testing. 

2) Quickly launch your consultant at client sites. Create AMIs with your desired platform configuration. Send your consultant to client site on a business class flight and Cadillac rental. With in 10 minutes on the site, your consultant can spin off a dev environment or a dev cluster through AWS.

3) Host legacy applications and DB. 

4) Record management

6) Rent large scale computing power without large up front cost

5) The list goes on.

Great job, Amazon.

So far, I am impressed with that they have to offer

What comes after Terabyte?

Here is the complete list:
1 Byte = 8 bits
1 Kilobyte (KB) = 1024 bytes
1 Megabyte (MB) = 1024 kilobytes
1 Gigabyte (GB) = 1024 megabytes
1 Terabyte (TB) = 1024 gigabytes
1 Petabyte (PB) = 1024 terabytes
1 Exabyte (EB) = 1024 petabytes
1 Zettabyte (ZB) = 1024 exabytes
1 Yottabyte (YB) = 1024 zettabytes
I wish that I have a NAS with 1PB storage and 1TB or better I/O rate.
What would you do if you have such a large storage?

Coimbatore, India’s rising IT powerhouse


When M Karunanidhi, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, handed over the documents for land in Coimbatore to Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro, and unveiled the model IT Park to be built in the city, a new chapter in the development of Tier-2 cities started in the state.

Accepting the documents, TCS CEO S Ramadorai said that a recent study by Indicus Analytics found Coimbatore to be the best city in South India for investment.

He added, "As a matter of fact, I was in Coimbatore recently, where I met with the student community, academia and businessmen. My experience was an eye opener. Engineering students quizzed me on financial markets while businessmen discussed with me at length on strategies of Google and IBM."

"There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. The point I’m making is that there is a passionate, well informed and ambitious community of people. I saw a potential ecosystem in action," he added.

TCS has opened a software engineering lab in PSG College of Engineering in Coimbatore. TCS also has an Engineering Centre of Excellence especially for SMEs. By collaborating with small and medium enterprises, Ramadorai said, TCS would be unlocking the potential to bring their innovations to the world.

With five universities, 25 engineering colleges and 72 Arts ands Science colleges, annually, Coimbatore churns out 80,000 graduates. With the city well-connected by road, rail and air — with Bangalore being 380 km away, Trichy (203 km), Kochi (185 km), Chennai (500 km) and to all major cities in India.

Excellent climate (quite unlike Chennai) and proximity to hill stations like Coonoor and Ooty are the added advantages Coimbatore has.

But it is Cognizant — which started its operations in Coimbatore in August 2005 — that has emerged as the fastest growing IT services company in Coimbatore. Cognizant has its development centre at the Software Technology Parks of India promoted IT Park at Kumaraguru College of Technology.

At the time of the inauguration, Cognizant planned to hire about 400 professionals during the first year of operations but within a year, it already has over 750 professionals working, ‘outperforming its original target by a long chalk.’

In the 2005 recruitment season, Cognizant recruited over 10 percent of its annual fresher talent from in and around Coimbatore.

"Coimbatore is a strategic development centre for Cognizant, similar to the ones we have in Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Cognizant is committed to grow the centre, leveraging the rich talent pool of technical professionals in the region," said R Chandrasekaran, president and managing director, Cognizant.

"Coimbatore will soon emerge as a Tier-1 city for IT in one year," C Umashankar, managing director, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), predicted. "The demand for built up space is so high — ten times higher — in Coimbatore that we will have to direct companies to other Tier-2 cities.

Ashok Bakthavathsalam, managing director, KGISL (the other major IT company in Coimbatore), in his presentation, ‘Coimbatore — A model Tier-2 City,’ said that low cost of living — lower salaries, higher cost advantage are the major advantages Coimbatore offers.

He said, "KGISL has over the last decade successfully demonstrated a Tier II success story. We started our operation in 1994 on a 50-acre private technology park meeting world class standards when Coimbatore was not popular as an IT destination. We provided training and employment to over 3000, and also established an approved 150-acre SEZ for IT/ITES. We are responsible for generating 30% of IT exports from the region."

Other than Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu is trying to develop Tier-2 cities spreading across the entire state; from Chennai at the northern end to Tirunelvelli at the southern tip. Sekar Ponniah of Global Software Solutions (TVL) Pvt Ltd started a 100 % Export Oriented Unit located at Tirunelvelli in the year 2000.

He said he could do it because of the support from STPI which provided the required high bandwidth Connectivity.

Aditya Sapru, managing director (South Asia and Middle East), Frost and Sullivan, suggested in his talk on ‘Tier-2 and Beyond’ that two models could be considered for Tier-2 and Tier-3 cites:

Development of Tier-2 / Tier-3 cities as potential centres of excellence with an independent city/zone development approach with independent growth.

A cluster model, as an integrated approach to development of the state.

Some centres such as Coimbatore and Trichy may be considered as ideal candidates for centres of excellence, while others could be developed in a ‘cluster format.’ He said the state could also consider a Hosur / Coimbatore / Madurai corridor as launching pad.

He also suggested adoption of a hybrid model incorporating the essence of both models at all centres.

S Rajalakshmi, chief of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), spoke about taking high speed data connectivity to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities and developing IT parks in association with educational institutions. It encourages industry — academia collaboration.

She gave the example of the highly successful STPI — the IT park in the premises of Kumaraguru College, Coimbatore.

It is not only Coimbatore that is on the Tier-2 city map of Tamil Nadu, but also Trichy, Madurai, Salem, Hosur and Tirunelvelli.