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Udayan Banerjee: In Innovation, if you are debating quality vs quantity – this is interesting read this post Originally posted on Manner of Speaking: Today’s post was inspired by a story that I heard from my friend and fellow public speaker, Conor Neill. Conor came across the story via Malcolm Gladwell. I am not sure where Gladwell got it, but on with the story … On the first day of a pottery course, the teacher did something rather peculiar. She divided the students into two groups. Everyone in the first group, she said, would be graded based on the total weight of the ceramic pots that they produced during the semester. At the end of the course, these students would place their pots on a large scale. The more pots they produced, the more the weight would add up; the heavier the weight, the higher the mark. Get your hands dirty. By contrast, the students in the se... (more)

Nine Stunning 3D Printed Objects

Will 3D printing really change the world? “Just like the Industrial Revolution, the assembly line, the advent of the internet and the Social Media phenomenon, 3D Printing will be a game changer” – Forbes: Will 3D Printing Change The World? (2012 March) [Update: September, 2012: MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen 3D Printer, And First Retail Store ($2,199 and $2,799)] Since the impact is impossible to predict, let me just give you the facts about where the technology stands today. 20 Years 3D Printing technologies have been around for more than 20 years. However, the technology is slowly ... (more)

What Is the Definition of Big Data?

Is Big Data a buzzword with no clear definition? Wikipedia defines Big Data as... ...a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications... 13 More Definitions of Big Data Here is a collection of 13 (unlucky?) other definitions of "Big Data" - from analyst firms, from government organizations, from technology publication and from technology vendors. 1. Gartner ...is defined as high volume, velocity and variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovat... (more)

ROI - Is It Always Required for a Software Project?

Can you think of an instance where a software project had to completed on schedule and the measure of ROI was of secondary importance? When a piece of software is part of a larger initiative the ROI becomes less important and the fallout of any delay may far outweigh the investment on the software. Latest trend in agile and lean methodologies is to weigh every feature in the scale of “measurable business value” before acting on it. This approach, for some type of projects, may be redundant or even counter productive. In my opinion, software projects can be classified into 5 types ... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Secure?

Obviously, the answer is it depends … on your security needs … on what you are comparing it with … on which cloud offering you are looking at. Therefore, instead of providing a one word “Yes” or “No” answer let me ask you a set of questions that will help you answer the question for yourself. These questions will help you in identifying, for your given context, if the cloud application that you are evaluating is more or less secure compared to status quo or the alternatives that you are considering. The important point is to decide what threats are more significant than others a... (more)