An Introduction to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

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Another “MUST KNOW” topic for today’s corporate employee is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, commonly referred to as SOX. Here’s an introduction to this act. Download the Sarbanes-Oxley Act PowerPoint presentation. Says Wikipedia: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745, also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act […] Issue #4

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I thought I knew enough management jargon; I was wrong. The good folks at have created a “jargon chart” structured to resemble the periodic table of elements. To complicate the matter, they’ve gone ahead and published a paper too. Don’t believe me? Grab the research paper – “Towards A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods […]

Implementing ERP The Right Way

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With all the humdrum about ERP systems, you would be forgiven for thinking that organizations – big and small – know how to implement it right. Turns out, a majority of them don’t! Consider the nightmare Nike went through after it’s ERP implementation. Philip Knight, Nike’s Chairman and CEO, blamed the “complications arising from the […]

Business Intelligence – A Management Perspective

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Here’s the presentation from Dr. Lakshmi Mohan’s class on Business Intelligence. Download the PowerPoint presentation. Perhaps the most important lesson we learnt during this lecture is the concept of “Satisficing.” Satisficing means, to select a satisfactory decision with limited information in a limited time instead of searching for the best solution entailing more time and […] Issue #3

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This week’s starts off with some geeky stuff. If your answer to the question “Who’s your better half?” is “Linux,” there’s an e-book to help you get to know your better half better. Linux Kernel in a Nutshell is a comprehensive overview of kernel configuration and building, a critical task for Linux users and […]

The China Story

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For many, the 2008 Beijing Olympics are seen as a “coming-out” party for the world’s most populous nation. China is investing billions of dollars in sports venues such as the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, the modernist national stadium currently under construction; subway-line extensions, and other infrastructure improvements to make the games a world-class spectacle. But […]

A Presentation on Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

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We’ve just completed a subject titled “Business-Smart IT Applications,” taught by Dr. Lakshmi Mohan. For a review of her teaching, read this entry on Vinayak’s blog. I’ll be posting presentations from Dr. Mohan’s class over the course of this week. I encourage you to browse through them – even if you are not pursuing an […]

Management Jargon Demystified

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Eye-opening definitions for common management jargon: Diversification: Let’s do several things that we don’t know anything about badly. Sticking-to-the knitting or focus: Let’s get back to doing what we once did if anybody can remember what it is and how to do it. Decentralization: Massive duplication, confusion, and creation of thousands of petty empires. Matrix […] Issue #2

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The latest boom in merger activity appears to be creating more value for the shareholders of the acquiring companies. With announced merger activity approaching $4 trillion globally in the first 11 months1 of 2006, the year had already surpassed the record levels set in 2000. That earlier boom was known not only for the number […]

ROTFLMAO Guaranteed

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I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this creative piece since it came as a “Fwd:.” Still, extremely hilarious! This is a short story written by Dr Kishore Shah, a gynaecologist in Pune and a very gifted writer. Enjoy this extremely funny story. My wife is an ENT Surgeon while I am a Gynaecologist. This […]

How to Report International Call-Fraud to the DoT Toll-Free?

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Sandeep’s got the scoop on the Department of Telecommunications’ (DOT’s) latest move to curb those international call-fraud exchanges operating within India. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT, as we fondly call it) wants you to report every time you receive an international call that comes from a national number. Here’s the text message I received just […]