This debate has gone on for more than a decade now. There are avid readers who are on the either side of the divide. eReader was launched as preferred eco friendly option for the readers. Kindle, as a pure eReading device and iPad as an electronic gadget which could also double up as a reading device, were lapped up by enthusiasts early on. Obituaries were written about the Hard Bound books. But despite what an eReader offers, the sales have not grown as rapidly as one would have thought about 6-7 years back.Continue reading “eReader or Hard Bound – What’s your call now”
In most of the cities, today, if you happen to carryout a drone survey, the images of black and grey squares dotting the landscape of the buildings top, would be too difficult to ignore. Solar Rooftop plants have become very common. City residents have increasingly adopted the same and have gone out of the way to accommodate them on to their rooftops. The steep decline in the module prices has also been a key factor. Recently announced benchmark rates for grid connected solar rooftop systems, by MNRE for the year 2020-21, up to 3 kW are in the range of Rs 42-47 per Watt while for the ratings up to 500 kW, the benchmark rates are Rs 36 per Watt. The steep reduction in the prices of Solar Rooftop over last 3 years have been mind boggling.Continue reading “Solar Rooftop System Buying Guide”
We all nowadays hear quite often about sustainable living. The youngsters today are smitten by this word and consider this as in-thing. In broader parlance, today’s youngsters wants to contribute to the society in whichever way its possible. They are very concerned about our depleting resources and deteriorating environment. Sustainable living focuses on reducing carbon footprints as one go about doing their day to day work. Minimalist lifestyle is akin to the sustainable living, that we broadly talk about.Continue reading “Do You Believe in Sustainable Living – Check Here”
Supply Chain Management, SCM, was a clear hot career choice in early 2000. In its heydays the topic used to attract so much attention that all the conferences and seminars used to get booked much in advance. The professionals who had even little bit of expertise in the subject used to get lapped up by search and placement agencies. I still vividly remember attending a seminar at a posh hotel in Delhi in 2002. It had all who’s who Indian industry in attendance. Supply Chain Management really saw its golden days then.Continue reading “Supply Chain Management – Are We Seeing End of the Road”
There is a place in the industry for both Experience and Exuberance. The debate of Experience vs Exuberance is enriching for all the avid students of management. A balance of both is what takes the industry forward. A startup generally needs more of youthful exuberance and less of experience. Start-ups need to have a never say dying spirit. But at the same time, the experience which relates to maturity and rational thinking lends weight to the idea of success in any startup venture. Exuberance can give you a start and kick in but it’s the experience which takes you that far and over the finishing line.
A matured and running organization with well established systems in place, need experience more than the exuberance. An organisation has many organs. Each of these organs perform crucial functions. Human Resources takes care of employees and their deployment to appropriate roles. Planning function handles optimal sourcing and deployment of resources to maximize productivity. Similarly organs like Marketing and Finance each have a well defined role to play in an organisation life. As a matured organisation is a complex web of many organs, there is much more emphasis on experience.Continue reading “Experience vs Exuberance – What does Industry need Today”
Not long ago, the Industry 4.0 was the buzzword in the Automation Industry. Everybody was going gaga over its likely impact on future of the industry. Every one wanted to be pallbearer of Industry 4.0. The word used to get mentioned very prominently in seminars, conferences and other public forums, alike. The industry veterans were confident that this is the next big thing in manufacturing industry. This was touted as the next wave of Industrialization. Then, Covid-19 hit us all. That left the world panting and stopped it in its tracks. The whole world was under Lockdown, albeit at different periods of time. Some of the countries are still under Lockdown but more or less, the restrictions have been considerably relaxed. But the trepidation is still there. Because the Virus is still lurking somewhere close by.Continue reading “Companies will Invest Heavily in Automation – A Covid-19 Impact”
Organizations have evolved over the years. If one is blindfolded and taken to an organization of 90’s, the layout, space utilization and office setups will confound him. Today the successful organization’s are much agile, sleek, flexible and most importantly open. The hierarchical structure has given way to open collaborations. The organization’s working which used to centralized earlier is more open and flat. The operations are more flexible and decentralized. But that is not true for all of our contemporary organizations. Even in changing times there are a few organizations which are still glued to old working style. Most of these organizations are long used to having the assurance of an captive market. Their manpower has aged, fixated on old beliefs and are not open to new ideas. The time has come for these Big Organizations to Die.Continue reading “Why Big Organizations have to Die Today”