RPA Series – Part 1: What is Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and how is it different from BPM / Workflow Systems?

Robotics Process Automation is considered to be one of the top 10 technologies that is expected to see significant adoption in next 1-3 years. However, Robitics Process Automation like every other new technology is misunderstood in terms of both what it comprises of and what its applications could be. Robotics has been around in manufacturing … More RPA Series – Part 1: What is Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and how is it different from BPM / Workflow Systems?

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Blockchain Usecase: Medical records sharing; right problem, wrong tech or both wrong problem & wrong tech?

Late last week, I attended a very informative day long seminar on Blockchain at #Rise, Mumbai. Besides presenting concepts and theories, organisers also had startups leveraging blockchain technologies as well as Blcokchain software vendors sharing their use cases and experiences. One such use case presented was about Life Insurance companies sharing with each other medical … More Blockchain Usecase: Medical records sharing; right problem, wrong tech or both wrong problem & wrong tech?

6 Tech priorities for Insurance Companies for next 18-24 months

Changing Consumer Behaviour over the last decade Over the period of last 20 years, as Internet invaded businesses and became inherent part of business models, consumer preferences have altered significantly. Consumers of Insurance businesses are no exception to this phenomenon. Insurance Consumers now need: Simple and easy to understand Insurance plans and processes, Highly personalised … More 6 Tech priorities for Insurance Companies for next 18-24 months

Net Neutrality: The other point of view

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent regulatory body of the US govt, recently decided to declassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under Title II of the Communications Act, 1934, which effectively meant withdrawal of its own Open Internet Order of 2015. The order enforced Net Neutrality preventing Internet Service Providers from Blocking, Throttling and Paid Prioritisation … More Net Neutrality: The other point of view

UIDAI announces Virtual ID (VID) for Aadhaar number: Will it address privacy concerns?

Looks like UIDAI seems to have taken the concerns of privacy activists seriously, as Supreme Court begins its hearing on whether Aadhaar number should be made mandatory for consumers while acquiring services such as Banking, Financial, Telecom, etc in their day to day lives. There are 2 key concerns when it comes to privacy related … More UIDAI announces Virtual ID (VID) for Aadhaar number: Will it address privacy concerns?

Swachh Parle Abhiyan & Ganesh Festival Nirmalya Composting Project

Almost daily we get frustrated and complain about the problems & challenges we face in our day to day lives and blame the government, elected representatives & civic bodies for their corruption, inefficiencies and incompetence. While at a certain level, this anger, frustration & complaints may be justified, can you do something about to change … More Swachh Parle Abhiyan & Ganesh Festival Nirmalya Composting Project

False optimism? Can new technologies really create  jobs for the masses?

In his article, “How new technologies can create huge numbers of meaningful jobs” on World Economic Forum website, Pelu Tran, Co-founder and President of Augmedix, shares his view as to how companies such as Augmedix & Upskill shall fuel large number of meaningful jobs in future. Augmedix enables physicians to maintain Electronic Health Records (EHRs) … More False optimism? Can new technologies really create  jobs for the masses?

Bombay Greens Walk, a time travel through Mumbai’s Heritage, Part 4

Continued from Part 3 6.Pyau Just on the right hand side of the entrance of the Horniman Circle garden, you will find a well restored Pyau (a place offering drinking water). The pyau was constructed in 1873 by Seth Gangalal V Mulji Nandlal Religious & Charitable Trust. The well serving the Pyau still exists under … More Bombay Greens Walk, a time travel through Mumbai’s Heritage, Part 4

Bombay Greens Walk, a time travel through Mumbai’s Heritage, Part 3

Continued from Part 2 5. Horniman Circle Horniman circle was where was Bombay Green was, a large open space within the fort used for trading. When the walls were brought down to construct the business district, the circle was built in 1872. Till the independence circle was named after the 13th Governor of Bombay, Sir … More Bombay Greens Walk, a time travel through Mumbai’s Heritage, Part 3

Seven lessons I learnt from my experience as a Volunteer

Over the last 2 years, I volunteered for 2 initiatives, which were essentially people’s movements. Initiatives, with no formal organisation, no legal entity, no formal funding, and so on. Everything about both the initiatives was informal. Now, one of the initiatives is almost dead and 2nd initiative though has met with some success,  has a … More Seven lessons I learnt from my experience as a Volunteer