Consumer · Social & Human Development · Technology

Why is the “m” in mLearning important?

42% of African children will drop out of school before finishing their education; currently only 49% of all children will attend secondary school across the world. While there are many compelling reasons for this happening, one of the overriding ones remains ease of access to education. Enter the mobile device. The ubiquitous nature of mobile… Continue reading Why is the “m” in mLearning important?

Social & Human Development

Only “Selfish CSR” is sustainable

If the “C”in CSR stands for Corporate, then why should we not follow all corporate practices in the process of executing on social responsibility. Should CSR be unrelated to corporate activity? Why can it not be with selfish interest and with a motive of maximizing gain (albeit not always monetary gain) like all good capitalist… Continue reading Only “Selfish CSR” is sustainable

eGovernance

Technology and PSUs – an “Odd Couple”

Right at the outset, an important distinction needs to be made between technology enablement of the government and better management of 230 odd PSUs in India through IT. A recent study by Gartner suggested that Indian public sector’s IT purchases will grow at a CAGR of 14% between 2012 and 2017, reaching $108.5 billion in… Continue reading Technology and PSUs – an “Odd Couple”

Enterprise · Technology

Security – the hidden “S” in SMAC

Between 2013 and 2014, increase in recorded security incidents outpaced growth in smartphone users which is an alarming but not surprising trend. Given that the world has moved from isolated entities to collaborative ecosystems, security breaches are only expected to increase in the connected world. To counter this eventuality, we definitely need a robust enterprise… Continue reading Security – the hidden “S” in SMAC

Enterprise · Technology

The Great Fire (Wall) of China

With an internet using population of 550-600 million users, China arguably has the world’s largest population which makes it more than 1 out of every 5 online users globally. With half of it’s population on the Internet today, that growth is expected continue. As is to be expected, enterprises across the world are looking to… Continue reading The Great Fire (Wall) of China

Social & Human Development

Distance Learning – still a distant possibility?

The modern day classroom is a 300 year old legacy of the British Empire. They needed to manage a global enterprise without telephones or computers. What they needed was people with the exact same training and skills; people who could read, write and do arithmetic – enter the school. This is a system that has… Continue reading Distance Learning – still a distant possibility?

Enterprise · Social & Human Development · Technology

Defects & Disease – Prevent and Prosper

Praestat cautela quam medela – all that really means is “prevention is better than cure”. As I thought more about this topic, it seemed to me that good software development and good healthcare practices have more in common than I could have imagined. As a rule of thumb, every hour you spend on defect prevention… Continue reading Defects & Disease – Prevent and Prosper