Blockchain will kill the traditional firm

06 Nov

Whereas previous generations of technology delivered the same objectives faster, Blockchain has the potential to entirely change how businesses function

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Blockchain and associated ‘initial coin offerings’ (ICO) are receiving increasing attention from companies, governments, venture capitalists and developers alike. Often viewed as a radical new technology that can redefine everything from financing for entrepreneurs to management of supply chains, Blockchain has attracted as many supporters as sceptics. But little real economic work has yet been done on Blockchain ­– so in this article, I’m going to discuss two main economic implications that myself and my colleague Dr Zeynep Gurguc have been investigating deeply: 1) the impact of Blockchain on the boundaries of the firm, and 2) the impact on entrepreneurial finance through ICOs.

We may best view blockchain as the continuation of a process of digitalisation within the global economy that has been ongoing since the 1960s. While previous digital technologies have been applied to improve business processes, they have generally been aimed at delivering the same objectives faster, e.g. the digitalising of back office services. As RH Coase put it in 1937, “innovations such as the telephone and telegraph, which tend to bring the factors of production nearer together, by lessening spatial distribution, tend to increase the size of the firm”. Previous generations of technology were therefore about the faster and more secure exchange of information. It is without doubt that digital technologies have in many cases enabled the ‘hollowing out’ of the firm, but continued the increasing reach of multinational organisations at lower costs.

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Blockchain, meanwhile, is about the exchange of value; it is intended to enable individuals to exchange currency and other assets with one another without relying on a third party to manage the contracts and transactions. Many people discuss blockchain from the perspective of ‘removing intermediaries’, citing examples such as bitcoin, which removes the need for central banks and shows trust in a currency can instead be created through a distributed network of nodes. Transactions are ‘trusted’ by the implementation of radical transparency: every transaction is publicly verifiable, and protected by cryptography and the solving of complex mathematical problems.

Newer implementations of blockchain such as Ethereum and Hyperledger offer companies and individuals the ability to create ‘contracts’ with one another, in principle reducing transaction costs and enabling a multitude of new business models to be created rapidly and in some cases dynamically or on the fly. Most importantly, these contracts can be established between individual creators and workers – not just large companies.

Blockchain presents us with something a little different from previous generations of technology therefore: the opportunity for entrepreneurs to work as individuals and coordinate economic exchanges of work and currency with one another in even large scale projects rather than needing the boundary of a ‘firm’ at all. Entrepreneurial activity could be orchestrated via a blockchain through removing the complexity of multiple contract negotiations.

It is our belief that today’s economists may soon find themselves in the same situation as DH Robertson, Ronald Coase and Mrs Robinson: trying to ascertain how coordination activities are occurring in an emerging digital economy and carefully assessing how the “lumps of butter form in the milk” around blockchain-enabled services. As a result, we must constantly return to Mrs Robinson’s questions: 1) are our theories tractable, and 2) are they reflected in the real world?

While blockchain does not itself challenge the theories of transaction costs or the boundaries of the firm, we can certainly see the way the real world is managing them because of blockchain is under rapid change. The most efficient boundary of the firm is shifting and we may enter a period where the price mechanism can be handled cost efficiently at the level of the individual, rather than the level of the firm. This undoubtedly has an impact on when, how and why a government would regulate certain activities an area our group is working extensively on. We are already seeing governments struggling to respond to ICOs despite them already having a large impact on entrepreneurial financing.

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ICOs are therefore attempting to redefine how individuals and companies develop and attract funding streams, with many people claiming it is a more egalitarian approach to venture capital finance. In the US, for example, VC financing is dominated by three main cities: Boston, New York and San Francisco. Funding is directed by groups of people who are usually white, middle aged men from a certain class of society – or “pale, male and stale”. Reports abound of women and people from minorities being excluded from receiving venture capital, exposing what could possibly be a selection bias.

Can ICOs therefore allow a more efficient distribution of resources through our society? There are two aspects to this: first, the distribution of entrepreneurial finance; and second, how tokens redistribute access to physical resources in the world.

First, blockchain and ICOs may help us with the selection bias applied by VCs; allowing people and ideas to be funded that would otherwise be left by the wayside. Similarities may be seen in the crowdfunding model, but ICOs permit direct access to working capital for those seeking funding. Governments, however, have started to regulate that ICOs that fail the Howey test must be regulated as securities. This leaves many in a complex situation: it means the tokens need to be treated mainly as ‘use tokens’, i.e. a unit of payment for a service that the ICO provides.

We may therefore be better viewing tokens and some ICOs as the redistribution of access to physical resources in a distributed manner. This, however, requires deep analysis of not just the technical protocols involved – which is what many start-ups are currently doing – but to also assess the impacts and delivery from an economic perspective. Happily, this is something my team are doing. In collaboration with Outlier Ventures, we are conducting a series of economic experiments that feed directly into token and protocol development. The result will be highly innovative and – most importantly – economically sustainable solutions to the challenges created by initial coin offerings.

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SAFE� 4.5 PROGRAM CONSULTANT (SPC) (4 days Workshop)

24 Oct


Build and execute the implementation rollout strategy of your organisation

Our SPC courses are delivered by one or two SPCT’s (SAFe Program Consultants Trainers). Our SPCT trainers have extensive SAFe experience with training and implementing SAFe at large organisations.

Become a leading agent for change—and enable your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you certify as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC). During this four-day course, you’ll learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You will learn how to effectively coach programs, launch Agile Release Trains, build a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, and empower a Lean Portfolio. The first two days of the course—Leading SAFe®—will provide you with the basis to teach SAFe to others. The final two days focus exclusively on what it takes to successfully implement SAFe in your enterprise.

Learning goals

After this course, you should be able to:

Lead an enterprise Lean-Agile transformation
Implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Empower with a Lean Portfolio
Align the organization to a common language and way of working
Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe®
Act as a SAFe® 4 Lean-Agile Leader (SL) certifying agent

Passing the exam will provide you of:

One-year certified membership as an SPC4
Access to license the course materials needed to train aspiring SAFe® Agilists, SAFe® Practitioners, and SAFe® PM/POs
Access to no-cost license materials, videos, and artifacts that support launching Agile Release Trains
Inclusion in the SPC4 directory listing (optional)
SPC4 branding kit with the SPC certification mark
Access to the private SPC LinkedIn Group

If you do not pass for the exam and want to try it again, €250,- will be charged

DAY 1 & 2: Leading SAFe®

Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
Understanding SAFe Principles
Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value
Leading a Lean-Agile Enterprise
Empowering a Lean Portfolio
Building Large Solutions

DAY 3 & 4: Implementing SAFe®

Reaching the SAFe Tipping Point
Designing the Implementation
Launching an ART
Coaching ART Execution
Extending to the Portfolio
Sustaining and Improving
Becoming an SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC)

Exam Details

Exam name – SAFe 4 Program Consultant Exam
Exam format – Multiple choice
Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
Exam access – Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Implementing SAFe 4.5 course
Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
Number of questions – 60
Passing score – 45 out of 60 (75% pass rate)
Language – English
Exam cost – First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $250.
Retake policy – Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait. Contact for any retake questions.

Exam Study Materials

The exam is designed to measure knowledge and skill related to the job role. We highly recommend candidates use a variety of resources to prepare for this exam including:

Course materials – The course materials are an essential artifact from the course and can be downloaded from the SAFe Community Platform. These materials can be used to refer back to the content that was presented during the class.
Study guide – This comprehensive guide details the job role and all resources related to the exam, including a detailed reading list. Access is available through the Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform upon course completion.
Practice test – A practice test will be available for this exam in 2017
Sample test – Download questions

Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

Attendees may be eligible to apply for 30 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications
Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through Scrum Alliance


This course is intended for those who will be materially and directly involved in a SAFe adoption. This includes practitioners, change agents, and consultants responsible for implementing Agile programs and portfolios as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile change initiative.

Attendees typically include:

Professional Services Consultants
Business and Technology Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors
Portfolio Managers and Fiduciaries, Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel
Development, QA and IT management
Program and Project Managers
Product and Product Line Managers
Process Leads and Lifecycle Governance Personnel
Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
Internal Change Agents, Lean-Agile Center for Excellence, Agile Working Group


All stakeholders in a Lean-Agile transformation are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SPC4 certification exam and operate in the field as a SAFe® Program Consultant.


Type : Training
Period : 4 days
Training days : 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th of November 2017
Maximum number of participants : 40
Level : Master
Location : Bangalore
Language : English
Lunch included : Yes
Exam : Yes
Incompany : Yes
Payment methods : Invoice, iDEAL, CreditCard


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Data Storytelling with Visualization (workshop)

24 Oct

Data Storytelling with Visualization (workshop)

We love all things data, and we’re always on the lookout for with new ways to visualize the world around us. Occasionally, though, we need a little inspiration. These quotes inspire us, reminding us why visualization matters.

As data becomes increasingly ubiquitous, companies are desperately searching for talent with these data skills. LinkedIn recently reported data analysis is one of the hottest skill categories over the past two years for recruiters, and it was the only category that consistently ranked in the top 4 across all of the countries they analyzed. Interestingly, much of the current hiring emphasis has centered on the data preparation and analysis skills—not the “last mile” skills that help convert insights into actions. Many of the heavily-recruited individuals with advanced degrees in economics, mathematics, or statistics struggle with communicating their insights to others effectively—essentially, telling the story of their numbers.

The need for more data storytellers is only going to increase in the future. With the shift towards more self-service capabilities in analytics and business intelligence, the pool of people generating insights will expand beyond just analysts and data scientists. This new breed of data tools will make it easier for people across business functions to access and explore the data on their own. As a result, we’re going to see an unprecedented number of insights being generated within companies than ever before. However, unless we can improve the communication of these insights we will also see a poorer insight-to-value conversion rate. If an insight isn’t understood and isn’t compelling, no one will act on it and no change will occur.

It’s important to understand how these different elements combine and work together in data storytelling. When narrative is coupled with data, it helps to explain to your audience what’s happening in the data and why a particular insight is important. Ample context and commentary is often needed to fully appreciate an insight. When visuals are applied to data, they can enlighten the audience to insights that they wouldn’t see without charts or graphs. Many interesting patterns and outliers in the data would remain hidden in the rows and columns of data tables without the help of data visualizations.

Data visualization expert Stephen Few said, “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” Any insight worth sharing is probably best shared as a data story. The phrase “data storytelling” has been associated with many things—data visualizations, infographics, dashboards, data presentations, and so on. Too often data storytelling is interpreted as just visualizing data effectively, however, it is much more than just creating visually-appealing data charts. Data storytelling is a structured approach for communicating data insights, and it involves a combination of three key elements: data, visuals, and narrative.


Training Name : Data Storytelling with Visualization

Date : 29th November, 2017

Pricing : INR 9,000 + GST


Session Time
Visualization as a Data Story Telling technique 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
PowerBI – Getting Around
Demo / Teaser Session 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Connecting to a data file and Data Preparation
Basic reporting with different charts 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bar, Pie, Line, Scatter, Bubble, Treemap, Funnel 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
DAX Commands 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Custom Visuals 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Power BI on Cloud and Quick Insights 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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Tech must be the servant rather than the master

26 Sep

People and communities are putting new technologies to use in solving social problems

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Technological innovation often starts with a promise of empowerment — plans to make the whole world’s information accessible (Google), to give people the power to build community (Facebook), to share ideas instantly (Twitter), or simply to enable them to do more (Microsoft).
However, as technology companies have grown, many people have a sense of disenfranchisement and powerlessness. Their data are collected and traded — often hacked — in ways that are difficult to monitor and control. Smart cities are covered in sensors but the information is not necessarily freely available. People fear that robots will take their livelihoods. Social media can be an arena for bullying rather than free speech.

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Away from the bleak headlines, however, people and communities are still putting new technologies to use in solving social problems, holding authorities to account and overcoming injustice or inequality. Often these projects and innovations happen at grassroots level and on low budgets, practically invisible to the wider public.


Tech lines by Leaders:
Every piece of technology should help embellish the capability of human beings. We definitely want more productivity and efficiency, but we do not want to degrade humanity.

“The ability to really make sure that we’re not only thinking about the person, but the institutions people builds,”

“We think about it at the global scale, but most importantly, for us, it’s not about our technology, it is about what you can do with technology to create your own technology, to have real impact in moving our society and economy forward. That’s what is central to our mission,”

“In fact, technology trends and paradigms will come and go, but what will center us is this sense of purpose and mission?”

This is a time where the profound impact of technology in everything that people do is so much deeper, so much broader, whether one is talking about precision agriculture, or precision medicine, the future of connected products, smart cities or smarter factories.

“There isn’t a single industry that isn’t being transformed.

We collectively have the opportunity to lead in this transformation,”
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DevOps Info

25 Sep

As enterprises join the continuous delivery movement, we look at some of the challenges to DevOps adoption

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The human side of DevOps

DevOps practitioners often claim taking care of the technology side of the continuous delivery equation is nothing compared to getting the people part of it right, as agile-inspired processes often require IT teams to adapt to very different ways of working. Download this guide to read best practice and real-world examples of organisations who have successfully addressed the human side of DevOps.
Big organisations are just too weighed down by bureaucracy, legacy technologies and waterfall-style software development techniques for DevOps to thrive, and any attempt to challenge the status quo will come to nothing – or so the rhetoric went.But what the detractors perhaps did not bank on is that many of the characteristics they considered to be at odds with DevOps are actually fuelling an appetite for change within enterprises, as many come to realise that doing things the way they always have done could put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Safeguarding competitiveness

As such, enterprise IT leaders now realise that lengthy and restrictive software development cycles are no longer conducive to safeguarding their competitiveness or their ability to keep pace with the changing demands of their customers.

Accordingly, they have grown frustrated with pushing out software products that their competitors have already bettered or whose functionality is out of step with what their customers want.
They are also looking at how their competitors are drawing on agile concepts to ramp up the pace of software innovation within the walls of their companies, and seeing that – despite what the naysayers think – it is possible for DevOps to take hold within large organisations.

For proof of that, one only needs to look at the roll-call of household enterprise names that are joining the DevOps movement, and see how many of them operate in highly regulated industries that some may traditionally consider ill-suited for agile.
“If those organisations with a reputation for being conservative, even within the IT population, can get on board with this, it just gives us more evidence that it really can be done,” says Gene Kim, co-author of The DevOps Handbook. “If you look at The DevOps Handbook, we have 48 case studies that show how these organisations have applied these principles… and 12 are based on unicorns such as LinkedIn, eBay, Google and Amazon – but the rest of these [success stories] are coming from large, complex organisations that look like the rest of us.”

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These are all considered important stages when it comes to scaling and converting small-scale (or departmental) DevOps activities into a company-wide initiative that the whole organisation can get behind and benefit from.

But, as more and more enterprises pin their colours to the DevOps mast, other barriers to company-wide adoption are emerging that are either industry-specific or related to how an organisation operates.

One such area relates to getting senior management to appreciate what continuous delivery and improvement really means in the context of DevOps, and the benefits this approach has on the software products they produce.

Conferences quote
Conferences are really like parties, and an A-list party is one where A-list people are in attendance. You figure out who are the really important people to invite and get them to show up as speakers or as guests. Then everybody wants to be there. If you don’t know who the important people are, you shouldn’t be attending a conference.


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Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Bangalore

21 Sep

Artificial Intelligence

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Technology innovations meet greatest success in business when these are entirely ‘client focussed’. Developments in the retail sector, which is consumer-led, are addressing client demand for more personalised, faster and competitive services. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis are changing the way in which these services are offered. In particular Financial Organisations are creating and leveraging such innovation in the domain of wealth management. This trend is now being taken on board by multiple innovators: academia, start-ups, technology companies and financial market participants.

Philosophy of AI
While exploiting the power of the computer systems, the curiosity of human, lead him to wonder, “Can a machine think and behave like humans do?”

Thus, the development of AI started with the intention of creating similar intelligence in machines that we find and regard high in humans.

Goals of AI
To Create Expert Systems − The systems which exhibit intelligent behavior, learn, demonstrate, explain, and advice its users.

To Implement Human Intelligence in Machines − Creating systems that understand, think, learn, and behave like humans.

What Contributes to AI?
Artificial intelligence is a science and technology based on disciplines such as Computer Science, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Engineering. A major thrust of AI is in the development of computer functions associated with human intelligence, such as reasoning, learning, and problem solving.

Out of the following areas, one or multiple areas can contribute to build an intelligent system.

What is AI Technique?
In the real world, the knowledge has some unwelcomed properties −

Its volume is huge, next to unimaginable.
It is not well-organized or well-formatted.
It keeps changing constantly.
AI Technique is a manner to organize and use the knowledge efficiently in such a way that −

It should be perceivable by the people who provide it.
It should be easily modifiable to correct errors.
It should be useful in many situations though it is incomplete or inaccurate.
AI techniques elevate the speed of execution of the complex program it is equipped with.

What is Intelligence?
The ability of a system to calculate, reason, perceive relationships and analogies, learn from experience, store and retrieve information from memory, solve problems, comprehend complex ideas, use natural language fluently, classify, generalize, and adapt new situations.

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Applications of AI
AI has been dominant in various fields such as −

Gaming − AI plays crucial role in strategic games such as chess, poker, tic-tac-toe, etc., where machine can think of large number of possible positions based on heuristic knowledge.

Natural Language Processing − It is possible to interact with the computer that understands natural language spoken by humans.

Expert Systems − There are some applications which integrate machine, software, and special information to impart reasoning and advising. They provide explanation and advice to the users.

Vision Systems − These systems understand, interpret, and comprehend visual input on the computer. For example,

A spying aeroplane takes photographs, which are used to figure out spatial information or map of the areas.

Doctors use clinical expert system to diagnose the patient.

Police use computer software that can recognize the face of criminal with the stored portrait made by forensic artist.

Speech Recognition − Some intelligent systems are capable of hearing and comprehending the language in terms of sentences and their meanings while a human talks to it. It can handle different accents, slang words, noise in the background, change in human’s noise due to cold, etc.

Handwriting Recognition − The handwriting recognition software reads the text written on paper by a pen or on screen by a stylus. It can recognize the shapes of the letters and convert it into editable text.

Intelligent Robots − Robots are able to perform the tasks given by a human. They have sensors to detect physical data from the real world such as light, heat, temperature, movement, sound, bump, and pressure. They have efficient processors, multiple sensors and huge memory, to exhibit intelligence. In addition, they are capable of learning from their mistakes and they can adapt to the new environment.

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Data Visualisation Summit Johannesburg

19 Sep

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The Data Visualisation Summit 2018 is a one-day, single-track event on February 02, 2018 at Johannesburg, focused exclusively contextualized to explore Visualisation tools and tips. Bringing together data enthusiasts who will help you rethink your data imagery to enable easier to interpret, management and action. Join the leaders making informed data-driven decisions.

This summit brings together leading experienced speakers within the Visualisation field to demonstrate how data Visualisation has developed as a skill and tool. Using live demonstrations and interactive presentations to help further your skills and understanding of creating digestible graphics to convert your data into actionable visuals. With an impressive lineup, this event will provide the ideal platform for a deep analysis of the need for organizations to not only invest in, but understand data Visualisation, from breaking down big data and how this is represented to the power and danger of data Visualisation.

Data visualization: A wise investment in your big data future

With big data there’s potential for great opportunity, but many retail banks are challenged when it comes to finding value in their big data investment. For example, how can they use big data to improve customer relationships? How – and to what extent – should they invest in big data?

In this Q&A with Simon Samuel, Head of Customer Value Modeling for a large bank in the UK, we examine these and other big data issues that confront retail bankers.

Why is data visualization important?

Because of the way the human brain processes information, using charts or graphs to visualize large amounts of complex data is easier than poring over spreadsheets or reports. Data visualization is a quick, easy way to convey concepts in a universal manner – and you can experiment with different scenarios by making slight adjustments.

Data visualization can also:

Identify areas that need attention or improvement.
Clarify which factors influence customer behavior.
Help you understand which products to place where.
Predict sales volumes.

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Analytics Olympiad 2017-India Analytics Summit-Bangalore

13 Sep


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The 4th edition of the biannual corporate quiz contest on Analytics, Analytics Olympiad 2017 is back!!. Purpose of this contest is to identify India’s most knowledgeable Analytics Professionals. This year, the format has changed with a different list of topics. Will you bring laurel to your organization and to yourself?

Analytics Olympiad will be organized by UNICOM in 2017.

Over 5000 IT professionals from 1000+ companies in India and abroad would be participating, with experience ranging from 6 months to 25 years and professionals in Analytics

Analytics Olympiad 2017 Winners

1st Prize – Team Brillians –Rajiv Chemudupati & Vadiraj Deshpande, Brillio Technologies

2nd Prize– Team Knowledge Seekers- Mayank Goel & Anushree Maheshwari, Vodafone

3rd Prize – Team Livewire, Anupama Gangadhar & Chiranjiv Roy, Mercedes Benz R & D India

Analytics Olympiad 2016 Winners

1st Prize – dh Team -5-Santanu Paul, Data Scientist & Satendra Kumar, Analysis Manager, Dunnhumby India IT Services Pvt Ltd Gurgaon

2nd Prize – SAPHans, Harshil Singhal, Associate Business Process Consultant & Lavanya Lakshmi, Business Process Consultant, SAP,Bangalore

Analytics Olympiad 2015 Winners

1st Prize – Rama Gurubaran V, Business Analysis Sr Analyst, Dell Bangalore

2nd Prize – Anuradha D Shenoy, Manager, Information Systems, BPCL Ltd. Mumbai

3rd Prize – Vinesh Gaonakr, Business Analysis Advisor, Dell Bangalore

List of Topics that will be covered in Analytics Olympiad:

Big data
Business analytics
Business Intelligence
Complex event processing
Data mining
Data presentation architecture
Learning analytics
Game Plan:
Qualifier Round 1: Online on Oct 05, 2017 – Duration 30 Mins [Time: 4:00-4:30 PM] FREE

Link to take the quiz would be sent to nominees via email 2 days before the quiz
Quiz can be taken from anywhere – office / home / browsing centres, etc.
This round will be for 30 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions
Questions have been designed to be generic covering all areas of Analytics. Most delegates will find questions to be easy.
Based on performance selected teams will be qualified for Round 2.
Selected Candidates will be informed via Email & will have to pay a nominal fee of Rs 15,000+GST per team to participate in semi-finals. This fee includes Complimentary pass for India Analytics Summit 2017.
Semi-Finals in Bangalore (Nov 30, 2017) (08:00 am to 08:30 am) PAY

Format – Pen and Paper based quiz.
This round will be for 40 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions and 2 Situational and Subjective Questions
Top 4 teams will go to finals.
Certificates will be provided to all semi-finalists
Finals with 4 Teams in Bangalore (Nov 30, 2017) (Time 4:30 PM to 5:00PM) in Bangalore

Format – Oral quiz to be held on stage
Quiz will have Audio and Video Rounds with Live scoring. Contest Format will be explained at the beginning.
This round will be for 40 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions and 2 Situational and Subjective Questions
Result will be announced at the Venue by 5.30 PM. Winners and Runners-Up Teams will be given Prizes by our Chief Guest.
What’s the Best Analytics Team taking home?

Winning Team – Gold Certificates and Gold Medal to both players in the team
First Runner Up Team – Silver Certificate and Silver Medal to both players in the team
Second Runner Up Team – Bronze Certificate and Bronze Medal to both players in the team
Winners shall be facilitated with the awards on the same day of conference (i.e. 30th Nov, 2017) in Bangalore at the India Analytics Summit.


Who is eligible for Analytics Olympiad?

Anyone who is professionally involved in Analytics(at all roles)is eligible
Students/Freshers are not eligible

Is there any participation fee?

There is no participation fee to take Qualifier Round.
However those who get selected for Semi-finals will need to pay Rs 15,000+GST per team as participation fee. This fee includes –

Attendance @ SemiFinals and India Analytics Summit conference in Bangalore on 30th Nov’2017.
How to Enrol for Analytics Olympiad?

Corporate Nomination:

A Team* of two needs to enrol together by sending an email to with following details of each participant:
Team Name | Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Team name | Comments (If Any)
*More than one team can be nominated by a company
Non-Corporate Nomination:

If your company is not nominating you and your friend, then you can still nominate your team
A Team of two needs to enrol together by sending an email to with following details of each participant:
Team Name | Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Team name | Comments (If Any)

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Blockchain Summit Johannesburg

12 Sep

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The Blockchain Summit, organized by the UNICOM will take place on November 22nd, 2017 Johannesburg. The Blockchain Conference 2017 will bring together a diverse range of experts who will discuss all the opportunities, challenges and exciting possibilities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged in Johannesburg using this technology.

Blockchain is a revolutionary technology that minimizes fraud and maximizes efficiency, security & transparency in supply chains, healthcare, global money systems, financial technologies, democratic elections, auction of public assets, energy trading, electronic record authentication, delivery of Government services, IoT and much, much more. Blockchain technology in the information age represents the critical intersection between the financial rails, social networking, and powerful decentralised networks. It is critical for stakeholders to formulate careful legal and business strategies around novel business models as the technology and infrastructure, as well as the corresponding market appetite and regulatory structures, evolve rapidly in disparate global markets.

What are the concerns about bitcoin?

is bitcoin legalGovernment agencies are increasingly worried about the implications of bitcoin, as it has the ability to be used anonymously, and is therefore a potential instrument for money laundering. In particular, law enforcers seem to be concerned about the decentralized nature of the currency.

As early as April 2012, the FBI published a document highlighting its fears around bitcoin specifically, drawing a distinction between it and centralized digital currencies such as eGold and WebMoney. It voiced concerns that while US-based exchanges are regulated, offshore services may not be, and could be a haven for criminals to use bitcoin for illicit activities without being traced.

Bitcoin was the only form of currency accepted on Silk Road, an anonymous marketplace that was only accessible over the TOR anonymous browsing network, and which was closed by the FBI in October 2013. Silk Road was commonly used to sell goods that are illegal in many countries, including narcotics. This prompted US Senator Charles Schumer to call for the site to be shut down, explicitly linking it to bitcoin, which he called a “surrogate currency”.

With a blockchain, many people can write entries into a record of information, and a community of users can control how the record of information is amended and updated. Likewise, Wikipedia entries are not the product of a single publisher. No one person controls the information.

Descending to ground level, however, the differences that make blockchain technology unique become more clear. While both run on distributed networks (the internet), Wikipedia is built into the World Wide Web (WWW) using a client-server network model.

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Manager’s Olympiad’2017

11 Sep

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Dear Colleagues,

The 4th edition of the biannual corporate quiz contest Managers Olympiad 2017 is back!!. Purpose of this contest is to identify India’s most knowledgeable Manager. This year, the format has changed with a different list of topics. Will you bring laurel to your organization and to yourself?

Manager’s Olympiad will be organized by UNICOM in 2017.

Over 1400 IT professionals from 300+ companies in India and abroad would be participating, with experience ranging from 5 years to 20 years.

Last Year Winners (Oct’2016)

Manpreet Singh & Gaurav Gupta- Team Amdocs-AMDOCS-Winners
Pradip Das & Nitin Ashok Digraje-Team Amaaze App-AMDOCS-1st Runners Up
Madhu Kumar & Sourabh Bedi-Team Blasting Global Provide-VODAFONE-2nd Runners Up
Last Year Winners (April’2016)

Goparaju- The ICFAI University Group-Winners
Swapnil & Sugumar-JDA Software-1st Runners Up
Swapna & Om-SAP Labs India Pvt.Ltd-2nd Runners Up
2015 Winners

Swapnil Saurav-JDA Software-Winners
Hrishikesh Thombare-Xoriant Solutions Pvt. Ltd-1st Runners Up
shaktikant mishra-Cognizant technology solutions-2nd Runners Up
List of Topics that will be covered in Manager’s Olympiad:

Project Management
Delivery Management
Product Management
IT service management
Operations Management
Quality Management
Stakeholder Management
Eligibility for Manager’s Olympiad?
a. Anyone who is professionally involved in Software Development & Testing

b. Working in an organization/Self-employed (Student/Fresher not eligible)

Game Plan:

Qualifier Round 1 : Online on 27th Sep,2017 – Duration 30 Mins [Time: 4:00-4:30 PM (IST)] FREE

Link to take the quiz would be sent to nominees via email 2 days before the quiz
The quiz can be taken from anywhere – office / home / browsing centres, etc. You need a quiet place with internet connection.
This round will be for 30 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions
Based on performance selected participants will qualify for final to be held on the day of Conference.
Selected Candidates will be informed via Email.
Those who get selected need to pay Enrolment Fee for semi-finals by 6th Oct 2017. In case of non-payment, entry to semi-finals will be withheld.
Enrolment Fee is INR 15,000 + GST per team to attend semi-finals and complimentary seat to the conference.
Semi-Finals on 12th Oct, 2017 at the World DevOps Summit at Bangalore (Time: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM) at the Conference VenuePAY

Format – Pen and Paper based quiz.
This round will be for 30 minutes. You will have to answer 20 Multiple Choice Questions and 1 Situational/Subjective Question.
Top 04 Teams will go to finals.
Certificates will be provided to all semi-finalists

Finals with 4 Teams on 12th Oct, 2017 at the World DevOps Summit at Bangalore (Time: 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM) at the Conference Venue

Format – Oral quiz to be held on stage
Contest Format will be explained at the beginning.
Winners and Runners-Up participants will be given Prizes by our Chief Guest.
What’s the Management Champions participant is taking home?

Winner – Gold Certificate and Gold medal to both players in the team
First Runner Up – Silver Certificate and silver medal to both players in the team
Second Runner Up – Bronze Certificate and Bronze medal to both players in the team
Winners shall be felicitated with the awards on the same day of conference in Bangalore (i.e.12th Oct, 2017) at the conference venue.
Is there any participation fee?

Participants who get selected for the semi finals need to pay INR 15,000 + GST per team as participation fee. This fee includes Complimentary pass for attending the World DevOps Summit.
How to Enroll in Manager’s Olympiad

Corporate Nomination:

One person needs to enrol by sending an email to with following details of :
Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Comments (If Any)
*More than one person can be nominated by a company
Non-Corporate Nomination:

If your company is not nominating you, then you can still nominate yourself
One person needs to enrol by sending an email to with following details:
Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Comments (If Any)

FAQ Manager’s Olympiad, 2017 (Frequently Asked Question)

I am managing a sales team. Am I eligible?
Yes, This contest is open to all corporate citizens who have a passion for or are involved in Management.
I am a free-lance consultant in Management. Am I eligible?
Yes, This contest is open to all experienced professionals (working or freelancing) who have a passion for Management.
I am not in the Management field. Can I participate?
Yes, you can try your luck. 🙂
My friend and I are students and passionate about Management and Business Development. Can we participate?
No, This contest is not for students.
My friend and I have corporate experience but currently not working. Can we participate?
I am from company A and my friend is from company B. Both work on Technologies. Can we participate?
Yes. You can enroll under Non- Corporate nomination.
What will be difficulty level of quiz questions?
All quiz questions are expected to be at basic to intermediate level

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