Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Workplace Hackathon

Design
Typically itz an event, lasting several hours or days, in which a team of professionals with different backgrounds come together. This focused tiny passionate group, works around a problem or idea. Objective is to build collaboratively a unique solution from scratch.  Output is a working model of the conceptual idea using few production data.

Design principle is to sense the input, optimize the process and act the output.

Recent Experience
Earlier, I used to have my personal Hackathon experiences. So far, I worked in leading consultancy and captive firms @ India. Being part of product company, this is the first Hackathon from my workplace.

So, I thoroughly enjoyed 36 hours work place Hackathon with my colleagues. Team member represents different role play like product manager, developer, tester, infra specialist.

Our pitch
Our team build a pitch to leverage IoT and Big Data as part of product development.

Lesson Learnt
Before the event, it is essential to make sure all your infra structure are setup and tested with ready to go state.

By design, it is expected to simplify your project as much as possible. It has been high probability that are not that important for the prototype and so you create the prioritize such events.

As a best practice, it is better to save at least last couple of hours for production testing and final bug fix.

On lighter side, you should plan to sleep and make breaks either you are too tired or your production is low. You shouldn't miss to feed you the proper food in a good amount of time interval.

Top 5 Benefits
In my mind, Top 5 business / technical benefits of Hackathon, listed as below:
  1. Idea Generation
  2. Platform Exposure
  3. Democratization of Innovation
  4. Team Building
  5. Nurture Creativity
To my personal objective - Continuous Learning & Continuous Sharing, this Hackathon event created yet another opportunity.

Until the next event, I'm signing off from this space.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Google Daydream


Google unveiled the Daydream VR headset last month, along with its Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and now the device is finally available for purchase starting November 10 next week.

The headset will be available on Google Store in five countries across the globe- US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia.

Daydream VR platform is a major upgrade over Google Cardboard. With the introduction of the new platform, this gives developers the ability to create applications to deliver better productivity in different use scenarios.

Google has teamed with Hulu to deliver custom UI and content for the Daydream VR. Users can stream Hulu’s entire library of TV shows, movies and VR content.

Google Daydream View VR is priced at $79 and will be available in Slate, Snow and Crimson color variants.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Angular 2 Tutorial


We often get this question: now that Angular 2 is available, where do we start ??

On reading literally tons of article and blog posts on different Angular 2 topics, some of them are very good, and very deep, but might not all be appropriate for someone who just want to start on Angular 2.

At the end it consists of only 2 articles, but those are must-read!

The Core Concepts of Angular 2

https://vsavkin.com/the-core-concepts-of-angular-2-c3d6cbe04d04#.p2qmvpdwl
This is an excellent walk through on 3 core concepts of Angular 2 namely components, dependency injection, and bindings.

Then you need to read this article from the official docs on Angular Modules:

Angular Modules (NgModules)

https://angular.io/docs/ts/latest/guide/ngmodule.html
This is the definitive article on 4th fundamental concept of Angular 2 namely ngModule.

When you have finished reading this article, read it again… seriously, read it AGAIN!

That’s it, now you are ready to start building your first Angular 2 app, you will find plenty of good tutorials out there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Top 10 Tech 2017

David Cearley of Gartner has identified a top ten strategic technology trends for the year ahead. He defines “strategic” as those technologies that will have significant disruptive potential over the next five years.” He also notes that they are “prime enablers behind digital and algorithmic business opportunities.” Attached image is a summary of the trends.

This list differed from the lists for 2016, 2015, and 2014 inasmuch as there are more trends that are not yet implemented by even leading CIOs than in years passed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Master Video

In the modern world, collaboration and socialisation is the key to be success.

Crowd sourcing is the recent trend in the industry, in which the product / framework is completely built by open group with the voluntary mode.

In this context, I am so happy and proud to see our college professor / mentor.  Today, I got to know her tutorial video release on Hadoop and Big Data platform.  She educated the audience in clear way, on her own powerful style.

Here is YouTube tutorial video


Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u_qAtB3epE

We are highly proud of you, Madam.  Your quick adoption & alignment to the industry change, is amazing.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Digital India

As an ordinary citizen, I always wonder/worry about the clean function of my government. I've tons of questions about the benefits of Digitization to the common citizens.

Digital India
Digital India is an initiative of Government of India to integrate the government departments and the people of India. The primary aim is to ensure the government services are made available to citizens electronically by reducing the paperwork. Also, it aims to connect the rural areas with high speed internet networks.

The project is slated for the completion by 2019. This initiative is to offer the public healthcare, education, judicial services by all ministries, with 9 pillars as depicted above.

Use Case
Herez one of the best use case - Electric Power Utilization through Digital India.
Union power ministry intends to provide energy efficient lighting, covering the entire country by 2019 and distribute 77 crore LED bulbs under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme.  It aims an annual reduction in electricity bills of Indian consumers by over Rs 42,000 crore.

Technology Benefits
As the blessed tech geek, astonished with the below Top-5 factors on browsing Indian govt power website
  • Transparency
  • Technology driven
  • Data driven
  • Visibility
Real time update
Enjoy at http://www.ujala.gov.in/

Closing Note
To be honest, lot of IT firms are struggling to achieve/leverage the emerging technology. Awesome achievement by Indian Government !!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Storage Nostalgic

Nostalgic is something of taking pleasure in experiencing the glories of olden days.

When I rewind my life clock by 25 years, I'm thrilled to recap the storage experience. During my Under-graduation @ late 80s, our lab had one powerful (note the point) PC (Personal Computer) from IBM; of course high cost too. The name of the system is IBM PC XT 286.

That powerful PC configuration was "Waugh" factor, then:
Processeor : 80286 @ 6 Mhz
Main Memory : 640 Kb Ram.
Graphic Adapter : CGA.
Hard disk : 20 Mb.
Floppy disks : 5"¼ 1.2 Mb & 3"½ 720 Kb.
Operating System : IBM PC DOS 3.3.
Bios dated : 21/04/1986.

The above picture is so called near super computer during my college days with 20 MB hard disk storage. Today, on watching the news of SanDisk's 1 TB SD card (nearly million times better), I'm amazed !!!

SanDisk has unveiled the biggest SD card in the world — a prototype card with an outrageous 1 terabyte of memory. Ref: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/20/sandisks-1tb-sd-card-has-more-storage-than-my-computer/

Interesting to note that it was only 16 years ago that the company introduced its first 64 megabyte SD card, while two years ago they debuted the 512GB card, which was then the world's biggest. Things have moved fast, though, and compared to the 64MB card, today's 1TB version offers 16,384 times more storage.

This SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price or release date, but it's still an impressive milestone. The company says the 1TB card is necessary to match the increasing demand for memory-heavy formats, including 4K and 8K footage, 360-degree video and mixed reality (MR).

However, there will be some downsides. The 1TB card is certain to be prohibitively expensive, and at such a large capacity, read and write speeds are going to be comparatively slow. Now imagine the anguish if your 1TB card corrupts and you lose everything on it.

Itz no wonder, the world can see SD card of PetaByte or ZettaByte in a d(r)ecent time-frame. Isn't it a drastic IT growth in last few years?