Archive for October, 2005

October 23, 2005

Capgemini University Les Fontaines in Chantilly France Posted by Picasa

October 16, 2005

Service Oriented Architecture… can it drive innovation

There has been a lot of buzz since last year about Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Main stream software vendors like IBM, BEA, Oracle etc have been pushing their tools as a means to understand and solve the SOA shift within companies. The truth could be far from it, the main problem preventing companies from wanting to adopt SOA is they don’t understand what is it and why it should be done.
Capgemini has a very interesting white paper on Service Oriented Enterprise. It provides a totally different perspective on Service Orientation and how companies can benefit from it.
The problem with technologist is that they fail to articulate the business value, read this blog by James Gosling. He is trying to understand it from a technology perspective, which has never been the problem. Because the technologies that existed 15 years back could be used to build a Service Oriented Architecture. It is a mind thing… how you see yourself, take the example of GM… I think they have changed their view of what service they provide to the consumer. If you thought they are just an automobile manufacturer… you may be a bit off, I think they view themselves as “Transportation Service Providers”, why else would they advertise their “On-Star” service as the only message in all their advertisements? I believe that just modifying a company’s perspective on what they do can lead to innovation.

October 16, 2005

New satire on outsourcing by Jib Jab… very funny!

Jib Jab has done once again, taken a mainstream problem and created a pretty funny movie… check it out here

October 16, 2005

Trip to France

I was invited to join for a company training on Software Engineering in Les Fontaines. It is a very impressive facility and my company is very proud of it.

Left home with my stuff for the airport and realized when I got to the airport that I had forgotten my passport and green card :(. Had to call wife and she was a true life saver, drove all the way with my sick daughter and I boarded the plane on time.

Got to Paris and did not get picked up by the taxi that I had requested. Took a taxi from the airport and the driver (Cambodian) did not know the way even after I gave him the directions. After reaching the place the cab driver informs me that he does not have a machine and I need to pay cash !! Luckily there was another cab and she was nice to have me swipe my card and handed him the cash.

Capgemini training facility is located in Chantilly, a picturesque and historic French town. My company had bought the 19 century Chateau and converted into a state of the art corporate training facility. It has Wi-Fi network connection all over the facility, individual rooms for participants etc. I have been impressed so far…


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