Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 2009 appointments

April 2009
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2 – *Avis - 1.15 pm; *Nirmalya Kumar, *Pradipta K. Mohapatra - 3.15 pm; *Uttam Prakash Agarwal - 6.30 pm
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4 – *Kunal Banerjee, *M. Gopalakrishnan, *A. N. Raman - 12 noon
5 – *N. Ramachandran - 12 noon (Thanjavur); *Interaction with a few PMU students; *Campus visit - PMU;
6 – *S.Vaidhyasubramaniam - 1 pm
7 – *Abhay Gupte - 12
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9 – *Jayakumar Christian - 12 noon
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11 – *P. G. Raghuraman - 12 noon
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14 – *R. Sampath - 1 pm
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16 – *K. Gopi - 1 pm; *Prakash Krishnamoorthy - 4 pm
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18 –
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20 – *K. Guruswamy- 1 pm
21 –
22 – *Devdutt Pattanaik - 3.30 pm
23 – *Sivabalan Sekhar, Ramakrishnan V - 12.30 pm
24 – Cleartrip.com (?)
25 – *Dr K. M. Cherian - 3 pm
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27 – *A. C. Fernando - 12.30 pm; *Bala V.Balachandran - 4.30 pm
28 – *Sunil Kumar - 12.30 pm; *Angela Ng, *Manish Bansal - 3 pm
29 – Dr J. V. Mahendran- 12.30 pm (?)
30 – *D. Antony Ashok Kumar - 12.30 pm
(* means 'met/'spoke'; $$ Awaiting confirmation; ? Didn't happen)

D. Antony Ashok Kumar

D. Antony Ashok Kumar, Director and Principal, SRM Institute of Hotel Management, and Sr General Manager, SRM Hotel P Ltd, Chennai
April 30, 2009, 12.30 pm




D. Antony Ashok Kumar - Videos












Impact of slowdown on hospitality industry

Need for environmental awareness in hospitality industry

Waste management practices in hotels

Customer preferences that require attention in hotels

Tourism potential in India

Example of Singapore in tourism promotion

Zero crime rate

Foreign travellers to India are exploited and harassed

Remembering my teacher

We learn every moment

Views about the younger generation

Book on health recipes that I'd like to write

A recipe for heart patients -- fish biryani

Research in Indian culinary


A signal that tells me there is a problem

Scope for creativity and innovation in hospitality industry

Low-cost hotel for budget travellers

Feasibility of budget hotels

How does a fresh graduate go about setting up a hotel

Suggestions for the media

Status stigma that hoteliers suffer from

Job of air-hostesses is tough


How can travel be made more popular

Suggestions for the media

Status stigma that hoteliers suffer from

Job of air-hostesses is tough

How can travel be made more popular

Plans for expansion

Heritage research


Foreign travellers like to know more about Indian food

We have students from other countries

Entry-level hotel employees need to be paid better

Cost management in hospitality industry

Changes required in hotel management curriculum


Does hotel management course attract the right students

How panic reactions affect hospitality industry

Rural tourism


Policies that can promote the hospitality industry

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Manish Bansal

Manish Bansal, Regional Marketing Manager-SAARC, Websense International Ltd, Mumbai (www.websense.com)
April 28, 2009, 3 pm

Angela Ng

Angela Ng, Director, Marketing, APAC & Middle East, Websense Inc
April 28, 2009, 3 pm
Angela Ng


Angela Ng - Videos


Opening remarks…

Where are malware getting hosted


Business risks in blocking websites

Security trends

First to detect viruses and malicious code in the market

Are there estimates of how much damage malware has caused

Impact of economic downturn

Revenue growth, and manpower increase in the last six months

Employee enablement, in the form of training of engineers, and R and D expansion

Tough to eliminate hackers

EIP - Essential Information Protection

Any product for the mobile space

Remembering my teacher

Any product for the mobile space

Remembering my teacher

One most valuable work lesson is to be nice to people, and not to play politics

A dream I'd like to chase is to start a school for special needs children

Top three challenges as the leader

Views about the younger generation

A common myth is that security is a one-time exercise



Certification programmes

Pricing policy

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar, CEO, Symbiotic InfoTech Ltd, Chennai
April 28, 2009, 12.30 pm
Sunil Kumar



Sunil Kumar - Videos


Greater focus on customer relation and servicing

View on slowdown


Story of Symbiotic

Growth plans through global customer acquisition

I'll give you anything you want on the mobile phone

Balance on most mobiles is less than Rs 10

Almost entire revenue is from content generated in-house

Categories of services

What is ideal content

Voice alert through call that delivers music or song



More than 8.5 million subscribers being served

What value-added services (VAS) are the most popular

Voice vs instrumental, movie vs devotional, retro vs modern


More than 8.5 million subscribers being served

What value-added services (VAS) are the most popular

Voice vs instrumental, movie vs devotional, retro vs modern

Dream of becoming a teacher at London Business School

Question that I faced at LBS interview

Willingness to work and right attitude -- a story

Gaming on mobile phones

Educational VAS products for students

Monday, April 27, 2009

A. C. Fernando

A. C. Fernando, Author of 'Business Ethics: An Indian perspective' (http://www.pearsoned.co.in/), Director, Loyola Centre for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Loyola College, Chennai
April 27, 2009, 12.30 pm




Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dr J. V. Mahendran

Dr J. V. Mahendran, Neuro surgeon, Chennai
April 29, 2009, 12.30 pm

Saturday, April 25, 2009

K. Guruswamy - YouTube links

1)      How we set about making a global product for healthcare, from India

2)      Working on further healthcare applications for cancer, neuro treatment using robotic tool positioner

3)      Cancer incidences in men and women -- increasingly found in emerging economies

4)      Giving the ability to clinician to reach a lesion at an early stage or in a complicated place

5)      While smaller hospitals can think of taking up complicated procedures, the bigger hospitals can reduce the pressure on scarce talent

6)      Gaps in healthcare that we studied before working on this product

7)      Potential to use the robotic tool positioner for ablation, in cancer treatment

8)      Awareness and technology are key in cancer treatment -- example of how mammography evolved

9)      Presentations in the US and the valuable feedback on finish that we received

10)  Philosophies behind the name, Perfint -- Performance and Integrity

11)  Do we have the ecosystem for promoting innovation and product development

12)  Three big hurdles before healthcare technology reaching rural areas -- lack of expertise, connectivity, affordability

13)  We are in the space of minimally-invasive image-guided procedures

14)  Need for standardisation and mandated regulation in healthcare products

15)  Role of insurance in the absorption of technology by healthcare industry

16)  Areas where our product can have a major impact -- yield rate, reduction in check scans, time taken for the overall procedure

17)  Papers published and presented at conference such as European Congress of Radiology

18)  We started in the Technology Business Incubator in Kongu Engineering College, Erode, moved to Mysore, before settling down in Chennai

19)  Our logo is a representation of neurons, which are symbolic of high-degree performance and integrity

20)  On funding of the company

21)  What has been our experience with banks

22)  Concept, design, and development of the product is totally Indian, with about 30 per cent of imported components

23)  How our product PIGA CT works

24)  Product demo (presentation)

25)  Strategy decision is to play in niche areas and create IP

26)  Discussions are on for working closely with OEMs

27)  As an innovative products company, we have made our roadmap

28)  Application of science into product development or engineering, not a strength in India

29)  What are the questions that students ask Perfint promoters

30)  Key challenge is to have high quality people

31)  What type of employee do we look for

 

Nirmalya Kumar - YouTube links

1)      Top thought about Indian companies going global

2)      Author reading the book (a snatch)

3)      Slumdog Millionaire, a brilliant movie presenting a bitter pill of harsh reality

4)      Lessons from Slumdog Millionaire for Indian businesses

5)      Lot of things we take as ordinary are significant for foreigners, for example Indian monuments

6)      Global traveller looks for heritage

7)      Do we spend enough to preserve our heritage

8)      Just being an old organisation or old brand is not enough, it has to have a value-creating model

9)      Family businesses which are professionally run can be successful

10)  Relevance of my four books to the current economic situation -- e.g. Private Label strategy

11)  Lessons of Value Merchants critical during recession

12)  'India's Global Powerhouses' has cautionary messages that are apt for businesses now

13)  Aggressive acquisitions -- the downside

14)  Examples of cross-border deals that were not favourably seen by investors

15)  I do one thing at a time, giving it full attention

16)  Remembering my teacher

17)  Impact that university and primary school teachers can have

18)  Teacher has to encourage students to be sceptical

19)  Wrong marketing practices adopted by companies -- too much price competition

20)  Improve competitiveness during recession by reducing costs

21)  Making complex things simple is key

22)  What was the response to Private Label Strategy

23)  Competing on objective quality is vital in Private Label Strategy

24)  Value Merchants applies to B2B markets

25)  Next two books -- The Future of Outsourcing, Wealth Creators

26)  Does outsourcing have a future

27)  On the cover design

28)  Indian media should be more investigative and reflective when reporting corporate developments

29)  In general, India does not have a strong research tradition in the business education world

30)  I am always working on the next research project…

31)  How are Indian companies looking at the logic of acquisition differently -- a forthcoming article in HBR as a best practice in the case of Hindalco

32)  Marketing politicians, using social networking and other online platforms, as in the Obama campaign

 

Pradipta K. Mohapatra - YouTube links

1)      Humbleness gives strength during bad times

2)      Thoughts from a book on the history of East India Company I'm currently reading

3)      My hobby is watches

4)      It is a huge source of joy to let time pass

Ram Krishnaswamy - YouTube links

1)      How the idea for the book was born, and I connected with the IITians network

2)      Designing the noise control system for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel was a lot easier than bringing out a book

3)      Whatever brand image IITs have now is what the IITians have achieved over the last about 50 years

4)      Basically life is all about making choices and following one's dreams

5)      What can be the impact of financial meltdown

6)      My stint with the Highways Department and the fight against corruption

7)      Lessons from the Mumbai attack

8)      Lot of scope for renewable energy

9)      Asian Crisis vs Wall Street collapse

10)  New life after I almost died… and I have lined up many projects to work on

11)  Environment has a huge impact on a child

12)  Is it easy to be an entrepreneur in India

13)  Why are not many inventions happening in India

14)  Too many exams in our education system

15)  How I switched from civil engineering to industrial noise control

16)  Author reading the book (a snatch)

 

R. Sivakumar - YouTube links

1)      CA syllabus has no relevance to question paper

2)      What should have been the right approach towards the auditors of Satyam

3)      Generally, auditors have not built the competence to do a fraud investigation

4)      On the amendment to AS11 on forex accounting

5)      Students should essentially concentrate on CA study materials

6)      Dummy articles can never be eliminated, but there are two ways to reduce the problem

7)      ICAI can establish Academy with a Lab to add value to the CA course

8)      Role of coaching in CA, and the need to train teachers

9)      Changes required in the CA examination system

10)  Where CA students can be lacking

Dr K. M. Cherian

Dr. K. M. Cherian Chairman & CEO, Frontier Lifeline & Dr. K.M.Cherian Heart Foundation, Chennai
April 25, 2009, 3.30 pm




Friday, April 24, 2009

Cleartrip.com

Cleartrip.com
April 24, 2009 (?)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sivabalan Sekhar, Ramakrishnan V

Sivabalan Sekhar, Ramakrishnan V, Chartered Accountants, Chennai
April 23, 2009, 12.30 pm





Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, Author of '7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art' (Westland)
April 22, 2009, 3.30 pm




Devdutt Pattanaik - Videos



My next book will have more than 200 of my illustrations

Union of man and woman -- An illustration


We have conflicts because we are not at peace with ourselves

When a story becomes sacred, and constructs our identity, it becomes mythology

Mythology is a language, a story, and also symbols and rituals, constructing a subjective truth

By its very nature, mythology is amorphous, organic, and rapidly transforming, and it cannot have standardisation

My website and its organisation -- www.devdutt.com

Comments and their pattern

Rules that govern my illustrations -- example of Hayagreeva

The story of snake sacrifice and its lesson on the futility of vengeance


Epics are extremely sophisticated, and they tell us repeatedly to take decisions contextually and be responsible for the decisions

The making of Devdutt…

Approaching mythology with a science background helps

There are so many undocumented stories

Author reading his book (a snatch)

Human beings may have evolved technologically, but at an emotional level we are just the same

Are we becoming better or worse, over the years

Difference between the Western and Indian view of life

External war is a manifestation of inner rage

Being insecure, we look for protection in property, which then leads to conflicts

Inner landscape teaches you to give love -- something you can give even if you don't have anything

Raj Nathan - Videos


Remembering my teacher

Research thesis based on my exposure to shop-floor as a mechanical engineering student


What is credibility



Can there be a conflict between an engineer and a marketing professional

Interpersonal and inter-departmental tussles can be resolved if they think two levels above

Proper measurement of risk demands analysing vast amounts of data

Current crisis vs earlier cycle

Tremendous opportunity for IT, because of the greater connectivity, and mobile business growing

Unwired enterprise with three components

Banks in India which use messaging services, analytics servers

Getting all the tasks done

Views about the young generation

With shrunken IT budgets, spending is selective, to derive maximum value

Have the IT systems made managers more productive

Benefit of getting emails on mobile -- to get tasks finished whenever there is time


Push of information is more attractive than pull

Major turning points in our work, over the years

Structuring commonalities between the work of people

Challenges before IT marketing people these days

Today payback period is shorter

Security considerations in enterprise information applications

Is it becoming increasingly expensive to provide information security and privacy

Four legs to being competitive

Working with academia -- sponsored research, scholarship

Research and development work, patents filed from India office

Importance of India and China for Sybase

Both vendor and customer have to work together, to ensure 100 per cent performance

Humans and processes vs systems

Monday, April 20, 2009

K. Guruswamy

K. Guruswamy, Director-Sales, Perfint Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Chennai (http://www.perfinttech.com/)
April 20, 2009, 1 pm




K. Guruswamy - Videos


How we set about making a global product for healthcare, from India

Working on further healthcare applications for cancer, neuro treatment using robotic tool positioner


Cancer incidences in men and women -- increasingly found in emerging economies

Giving the ability to clinician to reach a lesion at an early stage or in a complicated place

While smaller hospitals can think of taking up complicated procedures, the bigger hospitals can reduce the pressure on scarce talent

Gaps in healthcare that we studied before working on this product

Potential to use the robotic tool positioner for ablation, in cancer treatment

Awareness and technology are key in cancer treatment -- example of how mammography evolved

Presentations in the US and the valuable feedback on finish that we received

Philosophies behind the name, Perfint -- Performance and Integrity

Do we have the ecosystem for promoting innovation and product development

Three big hurdles before healthcare technology reaching rural areas -- lack of expertise, connectivity, affordability

We are in the space of minimally-invasive image-guided procedures

Need for standardisation and mandated regulation in healthcare products

Role of insurance in the absorption of technology by healthcare industry

Areas where our product can have a major impact -- yield rate, reduction in check scans, time taken for the overall procedure

Papers published and presented at conference such as European Congress of Radiology

We started in the Technology Business Incubator in Kongu Engineering College, Erode, moved to Mysore, before settling down in Chennai

Our logo is a representation of neurons, which are symbolic of high-degree performance and integrity

On funding of the company



What has been our experience with banks

Concept, design, and development of the product is totally Indian, with about 30 per cent of imported components

How our product PIGA CT works

Product demo (presentation)

Strategy decision is to play in niche areas and create IP

Discussions are on for working closely with OEMs

As an innovative products company, we have made our roadmap

Application of science into product development or engineering, not a strength in India

What are the questions that students ask Perfint promoters

Key challenge is to have high quality people

What type of employee do we look for