Monday, November 26, 2012

Executive Dashboard – MITYUNG perspective

In the vista of information age, visuals triumph over texts almost every time. However in the light of quick and clear communication, text sprinkled on graphics makes communication greater.

Graphics registers faster than textual information, so dashboards speak an international language. Study after study, experiment after experiment has proven that information in visual forms have superior precision; even researchers claim- visual information quickly affects both cognitive and emotional system of a human.

Communication do exist since birth of human civilization. Information through representational elements like images and graphics are deciphered simultaneously by human brain while language is decoded in a linear and sequential fashion.

Context to decision making process, quick availability of actionable information is key for all the business enterprises. Performance Dashboards are designed specially for business executives to visualize business performance and make decision for next course.

Dashboards are highly effective business intelligence tools, nonetheless there are basic slip-ups made while designing a dashboard, which leads to unrewarding intelligence as well as ineffective practice.

Some points to keep in mind while designing a executive dashboards:-

1. Lets not clutter the information – Make sure it provides at-a-glance views of KPIs
2. Designers to wear executive shoes - Focus on information sequence.
3. Right chart for information precision– Its not Rangoli to be designed, so usage of charts to be objective.
4. Remember your car Dashboard– Limit overview in just a single page.

Every executive would like to see their business performance of each products & services on various time scales, and further drilldown to region, locations, entity level. They would also be interested to learn ROI on each specific product and service in entity level and data aggregation back to top.

Psychologist Albert Mehrabian demonstrated that 93% of communication is nonverbal so dashboards should have information synchrony and reciprocity between business and executives. Business performance dashboards should be made discrete using interactive maps drilling down to region, location, entity levels.

Dashboards should provide visibility to critical business activities and a complete overview business activities with easy-to-read interface along with historical trends of an business KPIs (key performance indicators) to enable instant and appropriate decisions at a glance.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Human civilization by year 2080 - A technology perspective

Its 2012 today and we are enjoying technology advancement in both personal and professional arena in many ways. An imagination of human civilization by 2080 dashes me foolish.

I envision, by 2080 human would be able to move from one location to another within flip of seconds without conventional mode of transportations. I get intoxicated thinking -where would we dump present mode of transportations?:)

Human curiosity and intelligence have excelled human in interpreting multi-dimensional information to derive judgmental views. Technological advancements played an important role in leveraging fluid and crystallize intelligence.

Innovators like –
  • Pranav Mistry, a research fellow of MIT Media Lab, USA is working on integrating physical objects with digital objects - Gesture transmission into information by seamless integration with real world.
  • Weijun Li and Longyi Shao of University of Mining and Technology, China are working on transmission of electron (aerosol) particles from one location to another.
  • Telekommunisten is working on transformative power of digital communications to the physical sphere with a global sharing platform for the transmission of physical objects - packet dissemination through pneumatic tubes.
Cloning technologies have been around for much longer than information and digital technology- Makes an exact genetic copy of an organism. Blend of such technologies might mimic the natural process of cloning and defunct all traditional process of transports.

Many stories have been formulated, describing advancement of technology in the backdrop of human civilization - Existence of television and telepathy have been explained very lucid in some of the Indian epics but such capabilities were restricted to very specific people.

Historically, concept of television did exist for few thousand years in various human cultures and it was being used to view the activities of distant location by super humans and telepathy too did exist for them to communicate without any modern devices. However technology advancement in present era has made it available to every common man - Today people can see distant activities using television devices and can speak with anyone using mobile devices.

A thought is born to transmit human body through internet protocols without losing even a bit data in the process. Nonetheless, particle size and shape can dramatically alter the physical and therapeutic properties of a substance, so its very important to derive algorithm keeping veracity of data being transmitted. 

Incredible PARAMs:-
  1. Location Information (Geo-codes of Source & Destination)
  2. Body decompounding at source and compounding in destination
  3. Compression and Transmission of decompounded data
  4. Temporary storage of decompounded data
I might sound untamed and eerie - thinking human body decompounding, transmitting, and compounding but that’s how inventions do conceive.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Big Data - Connecting Dots...

Advancement of information communication technology enabled us to generate almost 2.5 quintillion bytes of data everyday and more than 80% of available data so far were generated only in last two years. This data is being generated through various sources- social media posts, climate information sensors, GPS signals, surveillance, digital pictures, videos, commercial transaction records, and medical records to name a few. Isn’t it data big?

Yes! This is big data.

Big data is next wave to address the scalability of super human like intelligence to process data of any kind and any size. Big data promises & enables enterprises to pursue top opportunity and address top challenges. Big data isn’t restricted to enormous volume of data but also takes care in processing of higher velocity, greater variety and real veracity of data to drive crystallize intelligence – deriving valuable, actionable (insights) information. Big data is confluence of three fundamental technology trends to open tremendous opportunity - Big transaction data, big interaction data, and big processing data to drive better cost structure and new business avenues.

Structured data analytics is a traditional approach to manage data and derive business value out of them. Information out of structured data isn’t deriving business value in real sense as needed, because 80% of data in due course, isn’t structured. I've had the opportunity to meet some amazing people in my life those, who are capable of processing humongous amount of data (both structured and unstructured) with ultimate efficiency to derive information on runtime as needed. However such intelligence is individual centric and not scalable. Configuration of human brain - capability of storage and processing of data (historical and current) varies by and large globally.

Wave of cloud and mobile is changing the economics & role of computing and will define literal information sources available across the globe. Enterprises would like to quickly adapt the changing environment in advancement of globalization milieu. Business enterprises expect replication of super human intelligence within an automated system - so can add value of higher degree in business growth.

Social media has become main stream technology for business today, nevertheless social media is much more than facebook, tweeter, and google of the world. Social interaction driving higher volume and even greater variety of data. The value preposition of business computing is shifting from operational efficiency to organizational effectiveness. Relating social media and correlating device sensor data, big data expedites the processing of data in any form to make better decision with quality of information.

We have been dealing with relational data for last few decades, as they all were structured data and stored into massive databases, warehouses, data mart to process indexed information. But big data promises beyond just glass house to get market advantage. Big data will not operate in silos, so integration with traditional data warehouses be integral part of the game.

Let the data be stored in the size of Gigabyte, Terrabyte, Petabyte or even Yottabyte but information should not exceed even few kilobyte.

I sought to convey a simple message to the audience that integrity of information does not only depends on state of data available but rely on logical parsing of data to plot functions.

Business will get breath of fresh air through truthful information of consumer sentiments analysis and business relevance.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

‘Customs of Sea’ in the Corporate Land!

The idea of cannibalism has been featured in various social beliefs, mythologies, and historical stories. In the human history, cannibalism had been intermittently practiced as a last resort by people suffering from food crisis.  Historically, cannibalism by shipwrecked victims has been phrased as ‘Customs of Sea’ and by war soldiers as ‘Starving Time’. Explorers from various regions brought home many stories of cannibalism during shipwrecked periods and many instances was also recorded during war time when soldiers resorted to cannibalism. However it was sternly condemned in several wars - especially world war-II. But, allegations of cannibalism were used by the colonial powers to justify the habit of primitive populace amongst the tribal segments.

Anthropologists preview, cannibalism as the bounds of human civilization metamorphosis and cultural relativism to define acceptable human behavior. Neanderthals, an ancient human species, now they are extinct are believed to have practiced cannibalism but now it seems they have been eaten by modern humans.

Cannibalism has been noticed in the modern times too. A famous example is the ‘Andes flight disaster’ on October 13, 1972 (crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571)- after which some survivors ate the bodies of dead passengers and extended their lives for another 72 days. Also, some mentally ill individuals possess about eating others and actually do so, such as ‘Nithari Kand’ on 2005 – Wherein Surender Koli was seized for murdering and eating human body parts at Moninder’s house in Nithari, NOIDA (India).  Some superstitious rituals of practicing cannibalism in the pursuit of immortality and supernatural powers were noticed even in modern age; like Aghoris in India do eat dead human in the belief that eating human flesh confer their spiritual and physical superiority over ordinary human. 

A related word, "cannibalize" (derived from “cannibalism”) is metaphorically referred in the business world. It is referred to reuse of salvageable parts in manufacturing settings and the loss of a product's market share to another product from the same company in marketing contexts.

On a serious note, expressing - corporate world practicing politics as office cannibalism will not be hyperbole. Office cannibalism has become customary regime in the so called competitive corporate milieu, where cutthroat strategies are being practiced to stand in the self-centric fixtures. Business owners and business managers always judge the business progress based on statistics available - most of them derive from quantitative assessments and expert judgments (all biased approach).

There are world of differences between human and animals in habit and character adoption. It has been researched that human is very agile in adopting habits context to circumstances however animals might take ages to reform their conducts. Having said this – human value chain is the trigger to philosophy of present office cannibalism in the corporate world, which can’t be ignored to avoid sticking out ones’ neck in the professional endeavor.

Survival is the basic human instinct, be it in physiological world or in corporate world – so continuation of cannibalism in all forms of human saga will exist till human do!

On a lighter note- Isn't office cannibalism to be a required subject in college course? It can be better framed in beautiful titles like "corporate attitude" or "real keys to corporate success" or so on... for effective POS!– Education evangelists to give it a thought!

Submissive Note - Lets not put label of ‘Explorer’ or ‘Soldier’ or ‘Aghori’ on ‘office cannibalism/ politics’ experts in corporate land :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ancient India Healthcare System vs. Gen “Y”-healthcare ecosystem

Ayurveda, the mother of all conventional healthcare science - exists since emergence of humanity about 3 to 5 thousand years B.C. Indian civilization, one of the oldest heritages of mankind having multi faceted cultured community has been practicing this sophisticated healthcare stream since its inception. Being most pragmatic & progressive health care science in span of time, Ayurveda is enriched with many new practices, procedures & materials assuming the present status, the existing documentation and practice are the meager part of comprehensive ancient Ayurveda.

Despite of progressive advancement in other streams of healthcare, the present status of this traditional medication have not only grown in India but also being practiced poly-path globally. Nonetheless Ayurveda practice is prevalent almost in all parts of India, wherein consumerism is predominantly forced for Allopath.

Realizing the roller-coaster practice with the use of forces in healthcare space over the past two decade impart an important context for deliberations of likely future advancements in the nature of competition in healthcare IT market. The vision of integrated healthcare services to enable medical information exchange context to patient care is buzzword in Gen “Y”-healthcare ecology. But the greatest potential and larger role lies in consumers’ education and their act to apply pressure on providers to improve the quality of care.

However health education and patient care has become simple with the advancements of healthcare information technology in the developed countries over the last one decade. We must view the advancement in healthcare informatics as a blessings rather than a challenge to medical administration even in Indian milieu. Advancement in healthcare information technology would be taking healthcare to the most remote corners of the country to serve millions of diffident and ignored populace. Educated class is expected lending a hand to others through the transitions of healthcare informatics to strengthen upcoming generations.

To make healthcare IT customary in India, it may be helpful to prioritize the education approach - provider or consumer - to focus on first. Although, there is no definitive - right or wrong approach here, one might want to look at advancement from a provider perspective and another from consumer centric. Healthcare providers can well educate consumers about new systems, so a smooth transition on the consumer side can take place.

One particular daunting aspect of healthcare IT adoption amongst the medical fraternity is direct impact over their business norms, especially in the Indian context. Adoption of any system should proportionate the size and scope of the business endeavor. IT usage in healthcare space will affect every one - both provider and consumer. Such opportunity - electronic medical records of consumers and efficient administration of healthcare functions - two purposes squarely in the bulls-eye of healthcare IT advancements in India.

Friday, January 20, 2012

NO Child Born To Die - Is God Blind?

Bengal hospital horror wobble regional political milieu in West Bengal and get squabble amongst the politicians – such infant death indicates our profound disgrace and gross incompetence of heathcare system in India, so demonstrate our primitive approach to deal with child mortality. It is unfortunate and utter surprise for the entire nation- despite all the facts, so called leaders are trying to find scapegoat to the subject matter and political parties censuring each other.

India accounts for the highest number of child mortality (child death under five years of age) in the world at 1.95 million per year. With over 240 million children under the age of five, India contributes 25 percent of the world’s child deaths. It is evident that a major turnaround in India will ensure a significant impact globally!. “More than 1 million child deaths in India can easily be prevented every year.” – UNISEF. What is baffling is that a vast majority of these deaths could be easily averted. Simple measures like exclusive breast-feeding for six months can prevent child deaths by a good 16%. Proven strategies and interventions such as keeping the newborn baby sufficiently warm, neonatal resuscitation, micronutrient supplements such as vitamin A and zinc and antibiotics for sepsis, pneumonia and dysentery are expected to be discussed.

Almost 10.5 million children, under age of 5 years die every year in the world. Nonetheless visible progress has been made since 1970, when the count was more than 17 million. These reductions did not take place uniformly across time and regions, but the success stories in developing countries demonstrate clearly that low mortality levels are attainable in those settings. The effects of such achievements are not to be underestimated. If the whole world were able to share the present child mortality experience of Iceland (the lowest in the world in 2002), over 10 million child deaths could be prevented each year. Fifteen other countries, mainly European countries but including Japan and Singapore, had child mortality rates in 2002 of less than 5 per 1000 live births.

Research and experience show that most of the children who die each year could be saved by low-tech, evidence-based, cost-effective measures such as vaccines, antibiotics, micronutrient supplementation, insecticide-treated bed nets, improved family care and breastfeeding practices, and oral rehydration therapy.

“The main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles, neonatal fatalities, and HIV. –WHO. 1 child dies every 5 seconds as a result of hunger, 700 every hour, 16 000 each day, 6 million each year - 60% of all child deaths. Children are at greater risk of dying globally if they are poor. Socioeconomic differences contributes major part in child mortality; malnutrition and the lack of safe water and hygiene contribute to half of all these children’s deaths.

Your voice counts- Help to educate neighborhood to save precious lives.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A KISS OF AN ANGEL in the valley of death

Preface: A biological phenomenon of entrepreneurial attempt
In a journey of entrepreneurship, “valley of death” implies a state fraught with difficulties in which situations do not accord with venture roadmap and team gets exhausted with obvious resources. 

In the entrepreneurial cosmology, this impression is described as repeated cycles of challenge, obstacle continuance, decline and business disintegration through which all entrepreneurs have to pass. All the successful entrepreneurs knew such condition derives from the fact that all phenomena are transient. 

Entrepreneurship is way of life to pursue “dream”. It is broadly classified into- opportunity based and need based; Basic ingredients in both the scenario are- Courage, Conviction, Determination, and Compassion of entrepreneurs to take venture forward in the roadmap. 

This story is intended to illuminate the truth and wisdom necessary to sail calmly over the troubled sea of entrepreneurial journey. 

Backdrop: Be a Rising Ape than a Falling Angel
Since my childhood, I always liked the scientific component of medicine but my technological aptitude propelled my academics into engineering. At the same time, I liked business and wanted a career with a high level of social responsibility. 

Blend of trio, plus encouragement from my healthcare domain exposures during employment, led me to conceive omnipresent healthcare solution for precise patient care

Attitude Can Let You Measure Even Globe:
My entrepreneurial journey started with incorporation of MITYUNG as an information communication technology Company, wherein I have collaborated all the resources within my reach to plan the venture.

I was smitten by the vision of enabling healthcare omnipresence, observing the global market and state, the need in the healthcare space globally. I wanted to innovate technology for masses and deploy into healthcare in the global context. Basically I wanted to develop healthcare platform on cloud, which would be reaching to millions of consumers and touching the millions of lives for healthcare needs.

I was definite that I was not betting on the wrong horse; nevertheless at no time in the past has anybody in my connection either from family or friends had experienced such journey. But, I have never been afraid of trying something that was never been done before because; I believe, whatever I will experience and discover will be cascaded to upcoming generations.

A Ship is Safe in Harbour, But That's Not What Ships Are For.:
At the outset, things looked pretty straight, simple and very exciting because, it was distinct from service environment; faraway from conventional corporate customs, where deeds are directed either by business owners or by clients. However, it was now solely my own dream to be planned and executed. 

In the fall of 2009, I had decided to lease physical office space to convert blue prints of business idea into venture roadmap and to execute further (because I wasn’t  blessed with spare garage and servant quarter like many other fortunate start-ups do), so I rented a small office space before making exit from last employment. I had started making infrastructural arrangements during my weekly time-offs to begin the operation immediate after my exit. But one unfortunate morning, I was knocked- off by the episode when I had learnt about our preliminary office arrangements had been burgled by some unidentified elements before we could even start the operation. Nonetheless, I stood back and arranged another office space to fuel my enthusiasm to pursue further. 

Each Drop Counts to Make Ocean:
Zeroed in on new establishment; therein, I had kicked-off the operation and had been enjoying every moments of breaking shackles of deadlock situations of the concept shapes and moving ahead in initial venture roadmap.

Things were going pretty well till phase 1 of released into beta, but that wasn’t it. We were very close to achieving 1st milestone, but despite of burning the mid night oils for two year, now time had started oozing the resources and circumstances were propelling the venture adverse to the roadmap.

I wanted to just settle dusts down, assuming, it may take a little bit of tweaking to align the front and back correctly. But, that wasn’t so easy to balance professional and personal front when treasure in storehouse was almost empty and treasure of body was in process of deter. 

Uneven Road Can Challenge even Ferrari Speed:
It was the point to hit on to investors big time, to get momentum in the business but fund raising happened to be absolute grey for me. I had started approaching angels through all the available sources; online and offline, it was like finding needle in the dense jungle and moreover a very complex process, tougher than finding suitable groom for alien MANGLIK lass in the Indian context.

High rejection in preliminary meetings and disappointments in other stages were run of the mill affairs. Every time I met a potential investor, it was like exploring new contours of the infinite landscape.

Steel Balls Can Get You an Eagle Eye:
Growth is joyful challenge! Real growth is always uncomfortable, it means stretching beyond what you can do.

It was dejection time when my venture was bleeding dry, and almost moving to oblivion. It was like a warrior getting exhausted with food for self and the horse in the endeavor of war. I had been creeping on very tightrope; battling with self and circumstances, striking pathways as a thunderbolt in the family front. Finally, I had to detach all my physical securities and earnings from my family in the endeavor of sustaining the venture but that wasn’t enough to generate business impetus.

I have given my life and all my life resources to the venture and vibrantly started seeking mentor, who has accumulated great wisdom and experience through their entrepreneurial journey to inspire my confidence and get access to business critical resources.

You Can See Stars Only in The Darkness:
Entrepreneurship is a strange concoction of uphill struggle and destiny. Indeed, everything, whether in the realm of natural phenomena or of business affairs, changes continuously. Nothing maintains exactly the same state for even briefest instance; the most solid-seeming rock and minerals are subject to erosive effect of time. 

However, treasure of heart - conviction and determination; is the sword of entrepreneurial warrior to defunct any obstacles in the journey.

I visited Qutub Minar to strengthen my conviction and get inspiration from history, monument shining with glory of a slave turned Sultan- “Qutab-ud-din Aibak”, founder of slave dynasty, an exquisite example of a true entrepreneur.

I continued perseverance to enrich my treasure of heart, seeking wisdom to respond any catastrophic situations. It was karmic chakra, I got slew of smart people in the team and co-founder like Anand; we both had the same altruistic goals with technology innovations and personal approach towards human revolution.

Finally, pursuit of mentor concluded into reality, like a Kiss of an angel in the valley of death and his insights of entrepreneurship has broadened my cognitive system and deepened my thoughts.

Everything You Can Imagine is Real:
Extinction of resources is not greater tragedy that befalls entrepreneurs in the “making of an enterprise” but losing “hope to win” is far more tragic while one is still alive. I have passed into extinction and able to secretly expound my entrepreneurial journey. 

I believe this is an obvious biological phenomenon of entrepreneurial attempt…Journey is more significant than final destination! 

Journey: Continued… 
Story has not yet finished my friend…….lets catch-up after the break

Email to Auther: Narendra S. Garbyal