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July 8, 2016

The Power of a Byte

Posted by Atul Sahgal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:22 AM

In the last decade, we have witnessed a phenomenal growth in unstructured data in form of mails, social media posts, feed videos and resumes. The journey is far from over. In fact, a few research firms predict the growth in data by 800 percent within the next five years and the bulk of that data will be unstructured. The preparedness of an Organization to munch this data, would determine and define not only its success but also its survival. Any half - hearted measures would leave us buried under this mountain of data. However, an organized mining of this data would reveal patterns and intelligence unknown in past. It's exciting as well as exhilarating, to even think of the various possibilities of guaranteeing a more optimized and efficient process with improved dollar savings. We, by our actions of today, are adding to the age old maxim: Data when put in context becomes Information, and information when understood becomes power. 
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March 4, 2016

How Aspirations Create Ideas and Generate Revenues

Posted by Atul Sahgal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:55 PM

During the dot-boom of the late 1990s, it was not uncommon for a student at a top business school to hatch what he or she thought would be the next great innovation, line up funding, and drop out of school to build that dream start-up. The problem was that many of these businesses never succeeded - and top business schools like Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford did not allow the students to return after their dot-coms went bust. Of course, some of those business school drop-outs now lead the largest and most successful social media and search engine corporations on earth.

But why did so many students during that era take the enormous risk of leaving a prestigious business school that was incredibly difficult to gain admission to, in the first place, in order to build their own enterprises? Looking back, ample funding in the form of venture capital and private equity fueled this phenomenon. But so did the fact that dot-commers were known for creating new types of business models, new kinds of businesses even that revolved around downright fun and open workplaces. It was all about finding a problem worth solving and going right ahead and solving it. To many of these business school students, getting an MBA and then a job at a traditional, siloed, 100-year-old conglomerate was a dismal prospect.

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January 22, 2016

Train To Sustain

Posted by Atul Sahgal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:20 AM


The 2015 edition of a talent shortage survey of nearly 42,000 hiring managers located in 42 countries around the world reported a rise in the proportion of employers struggling to fill jobs, from 36 percent in 2014 to 38 percent in 2015. This figure was the highest since 2008. The problem was severe enough for more than half of the employers surveyed to say that it was hampering their ability to serve the needs of their clients. Which is why ensuring talent sustainability ranks among enterprises' pressing priorities everywhere.

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