March 24, 2016

The Power Of Speech

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:18 PM

The competition to be your personal digital assistant [Source:]

Lee Iacocca's legendary turnaround of the Chrysler Corporation in the late 1970s and early 1980s is regarded as one of the greatest management stories of all time. Of the many quick and decisive actions Iacocca took at the then near-bankrupt company was to bring technology to Chrysler automobiles that would make consumers wake up and take notice - and make competitors squirm. One such gadget was the Electronic Voice Alert System (EVA). Mind you, most consumers of that era didn't know what a personal computer was - Macintosh was not yet released! Yet, a consumer was sold on a Chrysler that would tell her if she left her keys in the ignition or warned her that it was time for an oil change.

Many years have passed since then. But, the progress surprisingly has been slow. That was perhaps because applications and systems did not demand that kind of interaction. Technology was still evolving . In today's era with Cloud first, Mobile first, sensors everywhere - speech and gestures are in (with a bang)! We have an interesting confluence of technologies and applications. Hands-free operations and the need to access information at the point of action has led to an amazing array of speech integration.

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March 3, 2016

This Year, Look Out For These Innovations

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 8:42 AM

This Year, Watch Out For These Innovations

Data That's Driven by Creativity: Look for a paradigm shift in data analytics this year. Whereas enterprises are just getting comfortable with the array of suites and solutions that allow them to parse enormous data sets into actionable information, they'll begin to question to what extent, if any, does becoming captive to all that data do away with a company's culture of innovation and creativity. The answer will be that Big Data will increasingly be used to encourage the creative side of the company instead of stifle it. This will be made possible by boundaryless information platforms, as Infosys refers to as creativity-driven data usage. This will enable real-time analytics to run along with business focused analytics apps and visualization to get more insight about customers and operations, equipping the right people in organizations with right information at the right time.

Crowd Capitalism: Look for a sea change in how Wall Street works during 2016 because crowd-funding has arrived. Don't confuse it with feel-good Grameen Bank-style solicitations for enough pennies to lift people out of poverty. Technology (and ensuing regulations) is becoming such that people can buy directly into IPOs and promising startups. No middleman taking a commission. Democracy is coming to Wall Street this year.

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February 5, 2016

Why 'Smart' Farming Is Taking Off

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:50 AM

ASEAN: Internet of things for smart farming [Source:]

Here's a fact: Today, people live longer than before, thanks to medical advancements. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that earth's population will grow to 9.6 billion people by the year 2050. Therefore, food production must increase by 70% to meet the needs of this increasing populace. But, most farms are not equipped to meet this growing demand.

So, what ails them? For starters, there's a limited supply of fresh water for irrigation, diminishing arable land, slow productivity, and skyrocketing energy costs. Moreover, farmers are in constant short supply of farm laborers due to urbanization. Variability in the climate change, and the economic losses attributed to it, just add on to the already ailing industry.

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January 20, 2015

The Full Potential of IoT

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 8:50 AM

Are driverless cars in the horizon? [Source:]

This Christmas our family got together and as a tradition we watched a James Bond movie. My nephew, who is an energetic seven-year old, was very excited about the film. Next morning, it was gifts time and Santa was pleased with all of us. I got a Moto360 smartwatch. My nephew had a ball mimicking James Bond with it. He found out that he could talk to the watch and the watch could do things for him. The watch could tell him football scores, the temperature outside (and inside) and lots more. There was our very own James Bond Jr.! And then he suddenly saw my car start. Confounded, he started to look around only to find me playing with my phone and the secret was out. Before we knew it, he was changing TV channels using my phone, watching a DVRed football game on it and playing songs from my PC to his bedroom speakers, all controlled by his tablet.

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT). Today's world is all about things that are interconnected. I can monitor my home security and change my thermostat setting while I am drinking coffee at the local coffee shop. And this is just the beginning. Wearables and applications using those wearables are gaining momentum. Using a phone to interact with a car is passé. This year's Consumer Electronics Show showcased smart cars: autonomous vehicles that create video conferencing and collaboration environment as you go places.

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December 16, 2014

Game on: Gamification Works Enterprise Wonders

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:37 AM

The Future of Gamification [Source:]

Type the word 'gamification' in your Google search tab and you will know that it is a hotly debated topic, which is gaining momentum. At the heart, gamification is a simple idea: take gaming concepts that work and apply them in a non-gaming environment. In reality, however,  it is a lot more than just that.

In my view gamification is all about influencing user engagement and leveraging the human psyche to learn more in order to achieve a common goal. The common could be anything - solving a problem, increasing loyalty or creating new efficiencies.

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November 12, 2014

How Consumers Are Changing Enterprise IT

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:51 AM

 Form factors such as the tablet or the mobile phone may soon be replaced by wearables like the glass or watch

A couple of days ago, I was keenly watching the launch of Amazon Echo. The first thing that came to mind was - the Star Trek computer. Well, the Star Trek computer was fiction, but Alexa, Google Now, Siri are here today. The fiction is now a reality!

This is exactly what's happening with consumer trends. You see, something that starts as a consumer trend, soon ends up with enterprise IT, with the tagline of 'we need to support that' or 'we should use it for our employees.' Think about this: how cool would it be if I could walk into my office (or access my virtual office from anywhere) and say "OK Infosys, whom am I speaking with at 9am?" The system would promptly respond with, "You have a call with Jack Ryan at 9am, Prasad." If I need more information, I will ask: "Tell more about him," to which, my faithful system will respond with the required information: "Jack Ryan is..." and all the information from my CRM and LinkedIn will flow in along with a summary of my email exchanges with Mr. Ryan. That future, my friends, is not too far away!

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