The Four Waves in the Evolution of HR Technology Practices – Part I

Over time, HR departments have been through several rounds of role variations: driving regulatory compliance and administrative controls, partnering with the business, shaping business strategy and structure, empowering people, streamlining processes, and championing employees. A technology enabled- Human Capital Management …

The Changing Face of Employee Profile

Allowing employees to create and edit their profiles is one of the most basic features of most HR applications that enable employee and manager self-service. Employees can verify the information in their profiles, and managers can look at key information …

On the Path of Values to Value®

Cybernetics and Systems Science regard society, organisms and ecologies as complex systems, having multi-dimensional networks of information systems known as ‘cybernetic systems’. Norbert Wiener’s work on cybernetics which he initially conceived as ‘communication and control’ has become relevant in this …

Are you ready for a free power world?

The Luna Ring Project aspires to install a belt of solar cells across the Lunar equator. The power generated will be beamed from the near side of the moon and fulfill all energy needs of the world 24X7. This might sound the …

Power Sector Transformation – Putting Consumers at the Center

Consumers are demanding more than ever from electricity companies. New technologies  such as solar Photovoltaics (PV) and smart meters are giving them an unprecedented number of options to produce and consume their own energy. And continued improvements in affordability, reliability …

Why do we need a software platform for the Internet of Things?

My team is involved in research related to the Internet of Things (IoT) in the area of Cyber-physical Systems. We have observed that IoT applications are currently built bottom-up for any given domain: starting from sensor integration, sensor networking, and …

Think Big Picture, Think Big

One day, Development (Dev), Operations (Ops), and Quality Assurance (QA) met at the water cooler and got into a discussion. Dev: “I have to get the most features out of the gate quickly. That’s the only way my app will …

Privacy – to stop users becoming attackers!

Most of us can keep a secret. It is the people we tell it to who cannot. – Anonymous I’ve been working on data privacy for close to a decade now. And, in my interactions with various groups of people …

Managing Innovation – A short story

How IT assets and capabilities engender business value and start the process of innovation is a serious topic. The last time I spoke on the subject, at an institute seminar at IIT-B, it was clear to me that I had …

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