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Entries from April 2012

An Indian i-mode – Part 2

April 10th, 2012 · 5 Comments

The mobile world is shifting from voice to data. Voice revenues may still make up 85-90% revenues for operators today, but they are not going to grow. The new subscriber growth is slowing; the new subscribers at the bottom of the pyramid aren’t going to be talking as much; the existing 500-600 million users have […]

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An Indian i-mode – Part 1

April 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I have written in the past about the need for an i-mode in India to drive data services, create monetization opportunities for mobile VAS companies, drive up ARPUs for mobile operators and enable an innovation ecosystem that could be the model for next-gen mobile services. I wrote this in Jan 2008: India of 2008 in […]

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Blog Past: The Need for Open, Linked Government Data

April 8th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I wrote this last year: I have written about the need for “Open Data, Open Government” earlier. One example of the impossibility of analysing data is the Economic Survey and Budget data. The good thing is that the information is available as PDF and in the applicable cases, XLS. But the problem is that the […]

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Weekend Reading

April 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: How to put your money where your strategy is: from McKinsey Quarterly. “Most companies allocate the same resources to the same business units year after year. That makes it difficult to realize strategic goals and undermines performance. Here’s how to overcome inertia.” How to make a region innovative: from strategy+business. “To foster […]

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Financial Year Transition – Part 5

April 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

In Netcore, we have an external Advisory Board with whom we review business and plans every quarter. We typically do the next year’s plan review sometime in early March, so that gives time to the teams to also start planning ahead for the next year. This year, I decided to split our plans into what […]

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Financial Year Transition – Part 4

April 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Come April and it is also the time for employee appraisals. This is a very important element of the overall HR process and very critical for business continuity and momentum. A formal appraisal process should be set up in place. Very often, memories are limited to the past 2-3 months of the year and one […]

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Financial Year Transition – Part 3

April 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Looking ahead, one needs to also put together the plans for the next financial year. The starting point needs to be assumptions about the business. How will the market grow? How will the various product lines grow? What will happen to pricing? Assumptions are what then result in the numbers for the year, and therefore, […]

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Financial Year Transition – Part 2

April 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Along with financial numbers, there needs to be a review on other aspects. For example, specific business metrics which determine the health of the business need to be looked at closely. Also, what has been the progress on R&D and new product development? While these may not generate immediate revenue, they are crucial to keep […]

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Financial Year Transition – Part 1

April 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

As March gives way to April and one financial year transitions to the next, there are many things that happen in a business. It is a time of some looking back and a lot of looking forward. To start with, one needs to do a comparison with the objectives for the year set a year […]

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Blog Past: India needs Big, Bold Ideas

April 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment

From a year ago: India needs a combination of new political leadership and a new set of economic policies. Leadership change will need to come before policy change. In the past year, instead of thinking big and bold, we have been caught in a whirlwind of successive scams. I cannot even think how those in […]

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