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Udayan Banerjee

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Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts. The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my memory. In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that something similar may happen in the next 32 years. Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for more than 60 years now! So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)

Media 2.0 on Ulitzer - New Media and Content Marketing Strategies

Here is an interesting news item which claims that UK online ad spend overtakes mainstream TV. The same news was corroborated by another post which stated that spending on online advertising surpasses TV. The news was little disconcerting because it did not seem to match with my ground level experience. So, I decided to probe a little deeper and unearthed more data on Internet ad spend. What I uncovered was more in line with what I perceive to be the real situation. These reports claimed that the Internet ad spend is less than 10% of total ad spend which is only a fraction of ad... (more)

The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Have you ever wondered where the term “Cloud Computing” originated? When did the hype around cloud start? Who are the people responsible for the idea of utility computing? The evolution can be split into 3 phases: The Idea Phase – this started in the 1960s and stretched to the pre internet bubble era. The core idea of computing as a utility computing and grid computing developed. The Pre Cloud Phase – this started around 1999 and lasted till 2006. In this phase internet as the mechanism to provide Application as Service got developed. The Cloud Phase – this phase started in 200... (more)

Microsoft – Where Will It Be in Ten Years?

Can you think of a product category where one organization, in an open market, has maintained complete global dominance with 90%+ market share for close to 30 years? The only one that comes to my mind is “Operating System for PC”. Can you think of another? The other one which comes close is the “Office Suite”. So, even if you are a Microsoft hater, even if we assume that Microsoft has used all sorts of unfair means to achieve this dominance, you still need to acknowledge that they have achieved something which nobody else in the history has done. However, of late, Microsoft has ... (more)

Agile and Requirement Traceability

If you had the chance of working in an organization which has received SEI-CMMi certification then you would definitely be familiar with the concept of: Requirement Baselining Requirement Traceability Matrix (RTM) If you are not familiar with these terms then the best place to look is Wikipedia. Basically, the idea is to clearly write down what the software should do and freeze it. This process is called baselining. Then you create a matrix (RTM) which indicates how each individual requirement is addressed in the design document and then in the code. Requirements Management (RE... (more)