Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Google SearchMasters Conference 2009 is here!

I consider myself really lucky and delighted at being invited to attend The Google SearchMasters Conference 2009, which will be held this Saturday in Bangalore.

It will present me a great opportunity to learn all about how Google functions, or at least, how its well known search engine functions.

It will be wonderful opportunity to learn about how Google's webmaster resources can help folks develop and build better websites. Attendees will learn how to leverage the different webmaster support tools and improve their website's performance.

There's this brilliant resource from Google for Webmasters. They can connect with the webmaster community, and research and ask specific questions. Users can also learn and see how others are reaching their websites. Besides, you would get to learn how to make your website more search engine friendly. I would surely like to know a bit more about Google Analytics.

Well, I certainly look forward to the Google SearchMasters Conference 2009!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Virtualization overdose at C-Change 2009

The recently held C-Change 2009 in Kathmandu was exciting and fun! However, I felt that most of the vendor sessions were quite drab! Especially, having two sessions on virtualization were a bit too much! Turns out, it was a virtualization overdose!

I sometimes wonder, this technology has been around for quite a while now, and it is still being touted as a hot technology! Wonder, whether IT is really slipping, sometimes!

I did meet up with several CIOs as well and the majority wasn't really impressed with this line-up of discussions. Even I, as a tech journalist, attend conferences, hoping to see and hear something new. In that context, even the presentations from Frost and IDC disappointed.

The panel discussions stood out well, and it was quite clear that the CIOs want to have more say and involvement with the event. Peddling vendors alone, or having some overdose of technologies isn't really going to help anyone.

It was so good to see CIOs totally captivated by the sessions taken by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan and Som Mittal of NASSCOM, Jagdish Khattar and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.

One other heartening thing to note was the interest of CIOs in undertaking some team exercises, a la C-Change 2008. Maybe, the organizers will include it all over again in the next edition.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My next blog could be on photonics!

My semiconductor blog has been doing fairly well, with God's grace and my parents blessings. This blog, as I said earlier, is more of my fun blog, where I can afford to NOT do serious writing.

I would just like to inform those who are interested that I propose to roll out a new blog on photonics -- another topic very close to my heart!

Bordeaux in France, recently hosted the "Invest in Photonics" show, which was a grand success, despite the ongoing recession. Initiated by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, it was co-organised with ALPhA (Aquitaine Laser Photonics and Applications) and the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission). The second edition of this event will be held in 2010.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be part of the Webdesign International Festival (WIF 2008) in Limousin, Limoges, in France, thanks to the initiative of good friend Aude Bourliataux. While researching on photonics in Europe, I came across Elopsys, the competitiveness Cluster for 'microwave, photonics, secure network technologies and digital design' in the French Limousin region. And, that increased my curiosity! How did I miss this, while being actually present at Limoges?

Aude was very quick to help me out, and even re-introduced me to Claire, head of Pôle e-Design, whom I also know from the WIF 2008 event.

According to information from Aude, Elopsys has been developing technologies to cover the entire signal emission-transmission-reception-processing chain. Its expertise covers cutting edge fields in electronics, information technology and microwave technology, electronic and photonic components for communication systems and networks. Since 2009, Elopsys Cluster has integrated a new skill in digital design.

The Elopsys Competitiveness Cluster comprises: 70 members, 70M€ financed, 100 projects approved, more than 150 partners, 20 start-up created and three setting-up! Wow, that's quite a lot! Firms such as Thales and Cisteme are based here as well, so that's very interesting!

I need time to mull over photonics, folks! :) And, many thanks, Aude!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What are my reasons for blogging!

Recently, my main blog -- Pradeep Chakraborty's Blog -- was nominated for the Best Technology Blog by BlogNet Blog Awards.

Well, my friend, Jonathan Lloyd, from the UK, sent me a very nice congratulatory mail and also asked me what made me take up blogging! By the way, we met on LinkedIn, and also share a group -- the FastTrack 100!

Jonathan is the founder of BusinessMedia, UK, and plans to feature a post that looks at business related (B2B) blogs. The eventual plan is to recommend the top 10 business blogs for their readers. He specifically wanted to find out a little more about what made me set up my blog.

Well, my reasons are fairly simple and straightforward!

1. I am realy tired of searching Google and Yahoo, and other search engines for information, and hence, decided to write on key information on semiconductors.

2. My blog is also my archive -- I am really frustrated at NOT being able to FIND my old articles on the Web. The few, I found on other sites, actually wanted me, as a user, to sign up! To read my own articles... really! So, Pradeep Chakraborty's Blog now archives all of my articles written over the past two years.

3. India DOES NOT have any magazine on semiconductors yet, and till I also spun of a semiconductor site off the blog for CIOL, there wasn't even a semicon portal in India! I hope I have managed to give India a small and decent site on semiconductors!

4. I wanted to be THE resource for the semiconductor industry... again, I have miles to go. It is not easy being a lone ranger :)

5. The sheer thrill of doing something difficult -- sitting in India -- which does not have such detailed blogs on semiconductors, especially. And well, it has really been difficult :) but very thrilling! My colleague, Usha, pokes fun at me -- saying, go, light your bulb (a la the Sharukh Khan movie, Swades!) Ok, I've done nothing of that sort, as this movie showed...

6. My blog posts are all exclusive pieces, as I'm a believer in: great content = great traffic! Again, it is really difficult writing exclusive posts, especially on semiconductors.

7. I wanted to see where I stand, as against my former employers :) -- EDN, US (Reed) and EE Times (Global Sources). Yes, I can never match them! ;) These are the places where I developed myself as a writer and an editor, and I will forever remain indebted to Global Sources and Reed!

8. I also attempted to create a brand out of my name, using semiconductors, essentially, as a platform. I have yet to see how successful it has been :)

There you go! These are my reasons!!

TechFools, is what I call my fun blog, where I can write leisurely blog posts such as these.

If you notice, traffic has really not been among my top priorities. These blogs and blog posts are my own, and so are my opinions, and well, for my own consumption. If readers on the Internet find something useful on my blogs, and choose to stop by, that is a bonus and very humbling.

One other reason for my blogging: I really enjoy meeting new people, and my blog has managed to bring a whole lot of new friends to me -- from all over the world. That's really priceless!!

I am sure you have your own reasons for blogging. :) Keep it up, my dear friends!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

What it takes to be a professional? The three Ds!

Yes, everyone loves calling himself or herself 'very professional', and I am no different! What defines professionalism? Let me make an attempt.

One, the ability to do your work in the best possible manner, and to deliver what's required of you, as scheduled or even before! Two, to be highly skillful in what you do. Three, to be very knowledgeable about your line of work. Four, to be very quick at your work, simply because you've become so adept at it -- like it is second nature.

Some others could be: conforming to the work related standards of your job in a highly focused manner. Perhaps, being deeply involved in any activity as a source of your livelihood or career; an example, blogger. Or even, doing performances for a fee, such as tennis or soccer stars. Maybe, even some having great skill in some activity; an example, a Kung Fu exponent like the late Bruce Lee.

Well, what does it take to be a professional. Blood, sweat and tears! Or, the three Ds: discipline, dedication and devotion!!

You've to put in long hours of practice at your profession. There's a saying that goes something like -- anyone should never be concerned about the thousands things that you do, but that person will surely be concerned about that one thing that you do a thousand times! Hope, I've got the meaning right! :)

What does this mean? You become very good at something specific -- for example chess. Or, you are simply exceptional at the trapeze. How did you achieve this? By hours and hours of practice. And, constant practice! They say, practicing is boring! Hey, those long boring hours eventually lead you to great success.

Just take a look at some folks who are experts at gaming. They've achieved this status by constant hours of practice. The gaming industry is thriving because of them. I am reminded of one such friend, Jambi Reyes, my ex-colleague in Global Sources. He is a class act! Wonder, why he's not yet taken up gaming as a full time profession!

Right actions, along with the right approach and attitude, will lead you to success as a thorough professional! And, a leader!!