The 23 Most Influential Business Intelligence Blogs

The post initially appear in BI Software Insight Blog .

25-Must-Follow-BI-Blogs5

I was really honoured to be included in this list (23 most influential BI Blogs) , even though it’s been a long while i was into blogging this list really  gave me additional responsibility to blog more on BI.

BI Blog

Good to be seen among the most influentials BI Bloggers like Cindi Howson, Colin white ,Howard Dresner , Bruno Aziza etc.

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My Article on BI Vendor Selection – Published in ITNext Magazine

This is my blog post after a long time,recently i got a chance to write a article for ITNext Magazine (http://www.itnext.in/),the topic is on “How to select a BI vendor or a BI Tool”.It was really a good experience to see the published article finally.Here is the link to the article.
“Go by the BI Functionality Not by the Hanging Fruit”



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My TEDxSydney Weekend

Last saturday it was a great day to remember ,I got a opportunity to attend TEDxSydney Event It was really one of my dream to attend a TEDx Event  (outside India) and it happened just because of my association with TEDxChennai (Special thanks to TEDxSydney team )

(YouTube was streaming the TEDxSydney Event,given away flip book for the attendees)

The event was really one of the best with great talks from a anthropologist to a Bird Behaviourist  and  from a astronomer to a inventor,apart from the great talks it was nice to hear the music performance by various artist  and bands.

TEDxSydney Name Badges

Event Agenda


There is a lot of learning for me and gathered lot of information which i can utilize for TEDxChennai Event.It was really good to see some ideas which we planned for TEDxChennai event,one such is printing the participant booklet I was lucky enough to get the place in the booklet.
My Name Badge

Below is the picture of TEDxSydney Goodies



Some of the TEDxSydney 2011 Photos

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Barcamp Chennai – 4 and Social Media Day Events in Chennai

Barcamp Chennai -4
THE KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION is pleased to announce Bar Camp Chennai 4 to be held on June 27 at Cognizant Auditorium. BarCamp is an open, welcoming, anytime-in-a-year event for geeks to camp out for the day with wifi and smash their brains together. It’s about love and geekery and having a focal point for great ideas. It’s a typical unconference . This is the fourth edition of Barcamp to be held at Chennai

This edition of the event is sponsored by Cognizant. Discussion will revolve around latest trends in Technology,
mobile and gadgets. 
It will be a day long session starting from 9 am to 6 pm.
Date:
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Time:
9:30am – 6:00pm
Location:
Cognizant
Street:
Okkiyam, Thoraipakkam
City/Town:
Chennai, India






Social Media Day
Social Media Day is a day to celebrate the revolution of media becoming a social dialogue by attending or organizing a Social Media Day meetup in your area on June 30. What better way to celebrate social media than connecting with other enthusiasts in your area? The event was presented by Mashable in all the cities on 30th June.The First “Social Media Day” Meetup is organised in Chennai by “Echovme Consulting”- A Digital Marketing Firm in Chennai
Event Description 
Time: 7:00 PM 
Date: 30th June Wednesday 
Venue: Echovme consulting Pvt Ltd, Gemini Parsn Manere, Nungambakkam (Above Hotel Veg Nation)
Agenda: 
  1. Quick Networking and Introduction (No Card Exchanging Please, that’s scheduled post event ;D) 
  2. Answering Question in Minute on “Why & How Do You use Social Media” 
  3. The Social Media Game and Fun! 
  4. Contribute to a Cause (The way you want)* 

*We call for the NGOs based out of Chennai to raise an issue that needs financial, social or awareness assistance. The NGO that gets majority supporters takes away the contribution. 


Sign up for the Event @ http://www.meetup.com/Mashable/9859


Celebrate Social Media Day with Mashable by attending the meetup near you on June 30. 


Use the hashtag #smday on Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.
Follow on Twitter:http://twitter.com/mashSM
More info:
http://bit.ly/mashSMday
Join our Facebook Social Media Day event page:
http://bit.ly/cbPWUk

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World Environment Day (WED) and Sapling Project in Chennai

World Environment Day (WED) is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It is on 5 June. It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began ,Every year the WED has an theme for the year 2010 the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future” and the host city is Kigali and Rwanda.(Source:Wikipedia),It is also called as “Earth Day”.
As part of the World Environment Day (WED),Sapling project is organizing a green drive in chennai.Sapling Project is an Initiative started by two young bloods from Mumbai “Satish Vijaykumar”(@bombaylive) and “Ranjeetsinh Walunjpatil” (@ranjeet_walunj).
The last edition in chennai has got huge number of volunteers for the sapling project,the saplings was planted in MGR School for the Hearing Impaired in Ramapuram” on Jan26th as part of the Republic Day Celebration.This time as part of World Environment Day (WED),Sapling Project is Planned on June6th 2010.Sapling distribution drive is happening on 6’th June 2010 in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Thane, New Mumbai and many more cities.
As part of World Environment Day we are planning to give saplings in two place,If you are in Chennai be part of the social Cause.

Chennai Venue 1:

Isha Project Green Hands,
No. 5 Moolachathiram,
Perumal Kovil St, MMC Post,
Chennai 51
Time: 10:00 AM

Chennai Venue 2:

Peter’s Colony
Royapettah
Chennai – 600014
Time: 3:00 PM

If you like for to volunteer for chennai event of Sapling project on 6th June 2010,
Pls call me 

Rajasekar :9840727371 / @rajasekarn (raja@rajasekar.net)
or
Magesh @ 9940305209 / @mageshcse

Last Edition of Sapling Project ,we distributed over 1500 saplings in the previous drive held on Jan 26th in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

You can participate in the sapling project if you are in the below given places,find the venue and other details

Bangalore:
Venue: Lalbagh, Glass house.
Time: 10:30 AM
Contact: Joel Fernandes – 9008905774

Delhi :
Venue: Rose Garden, (Inside Lodhi Gardens), Delhi
Time: 8:00 AM
Contact: Garima Agarwal – 9810807082

Mumbai:
9 AM – Opp Barista, Shivaji Park
11.00 am – Vile Parle (e), Opp Parleshwar Temple
12.00 pm – Vile Parle (w) HDFC Bank, SV Rd.
1.30 pm – Near Shoppers Stop, Andheri (w)
3.00 pm – Inorbit Mall, Malad (w)
5.00 pm – Near IC church , IC Colony, Borivali(w)
Contact : Ranjeet – 9322131415 , Satish – 9833443545

South Bombay:
9.30 AM – Gateway of India
10.30 AM – Eros Theatre
Contact: Priyanka Dalal – 9004350022

Navi Mumbai:
- Nerul (Bangalore) – Tentatively Parsik hills
- Vashi – Tentatively Sector 10
- Panvel – Tentative (Partha is co-ordinating)
Contact : Shailaja – 9819076469, HarishK – 9833959899

Pune:
7:30 AM – Kalyani Nagar ( Jogger’s Park)
8:45 AM – University campus/ University Circle
9:30 AM – F.C Road
10:30 AM – Law college Road
Contact: Libu – 9881460654, Pradaxina – 9881093149

Latur
Date : 5th June

Venue: Old MIDC Area,
Time : 10.30 am
Dinesh – 9890774748

About Sapling Project
The Sapling Project is about planting and distributing saplings, free of cost to one and all in different parts of our country.
The model is simple, we collect funds, buy Plant Saplings and distribute it free of cost to anyone who sign up on the website or turn up at the event. 
While most tree plantation drives are done in Parks or Forest areas, we think it’s the colonies and buildings in suburbs, that need more trees where one can monitor the health and progress of one planted sapling.

We look forward to your support and contribution towards making out cities greener and help us in buy and distribute more saplings.

“Picture of the Sapling Distributed last time”

Sapling Project Poster : http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4146532432_0d4c4b96bc_o.jpg

Twitter : @saplingproject
Media Coverage :-
It would be great if you can support us by spreading the word on The Sapling Project initiative through your community, Facebook/Orkut/Twitter group. Hopefully online users would be inspired enough to join the initiative.
Do feel free to call us in case of anything.
Take care, Thanks and Breathe easy :-)


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Social Media Club Chennai – Seminar on Social Media Marketing

Social Media Club (SMC) was started by Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells in March 2006 to host conversations around the globe that explore key issues facing our society as technologies transform the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and relate to each other.The first chapter launched in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA (USA) on August 16, 2006. There are 150+ chapters in existence today, and we cover six of the seven continents.To know more about social media club check it out @ http://www.socialmediaclub.org
Chennai also got a Social Media Club Chapter and it was run by few social media enthusiast.As part of the Chennai chapter various events are planned every month to spread the awareness about social media and to connect with fellow social media Enthusiasts in Chennai.
The First Social Media Club (SMCChennai)Chennai Event was held on Apr 4th at “Access Atlantech” (Thanks to Rateesh Babu for providing the space for our event) .The Guest speaker for the event was R. Narayanan, Co-Founder, 20:20 Media.The Event was about Social Media for PR and Mr.Narayanan shares his experience on PR and also  about social media usage in PR.you can get the coverage of the first event by soravjain on his blog .

After successful first edition now we are back with second event especially for Marketers and new entrants on social media.We have with us the Industry experts Mr. Sukumar Rajagopal and Mr. David Appasamy as speakers for the second event on 
May 1st (01-05-2010)

Speaker 1: Sukumar Rajagopal

 

Senior Vice President, Head of Innovation (Cognizant Technology Services)

About Speaker:
  1. Over 21 years experience in the IT industry
  2. Highly successful in project delivery, P&L management, executive relationship building, operations management and knowledge management in consulting companies.
  3. Web 2.0 Specialist also Chief Knowledge Officer at Cognizant and published numerous article related to Knowledge Management and the KM strategy has appeared in the Economic Times, The Hindu newspapers and the Business Week magazine
More Info about Sukumar @ http://in.linkedin.com/in/rajagopalsukumar
Speaker 2:David Appasamy

Chief Communications Officer, Sify Technologies Limited
 About Speaker:
  1.  David Appasamy is an IIM – Ahmedabad Alumnus and has served as the Chief Communications Officer of Sify Technologies Limited since January 2000.
  2. David is responsible for the all aspects of Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Investor Relations of the company, as well as the ‘Sify’ brand in terms of identity and image.
  3. He has over 25 years of experience in business management and service and consumer brand marketing.He is actively involved with the eBusiness Task Force of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
  4. He has been on the organizing committee of ‘CONNECT’, the major ICT conference and exhibition of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Event  Agenda :-
  1. 10.30 AM – 11.00 AM Networking and High Tea
  2. 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM Session 1 by Speaker 1
  3. 12.00 PM – 01.00 PM Session 2 by Speaker 2
  4. 1.00 PM – Lunch and Networking

Tickets Cost: Rs. 200/-
Seats Available: 40 only

Location :-
Location: Access Atlantech
Street: 29/8, Haddows Road, Pin- 600 006 Jayalakshmi Estates
City/Town: Chennai
Phone: 9791134451 (Sorav Jain) / 9840727371 (Rajasekar)

you can join the Social Media Club Chennai Group @   http://smcchn.ning.com

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What it takes to be an ET-Extra Terrestrials (Fearless Entertainers)

It’s easy to see everything through television whether it’s a concert,cricket match,Rock band performance or Show Auditions,but certain things will bring the wow factor only if it seen live.Yes ,that kind of extravagance program is gonna be live next month in Chennai.

The program name is Extra Terrestrials,you can think why the show is named as ET this is because the performers went beyond anything mundane and so they have been named as ET.Also this show will bring you eight stunning international acts that Chennai will get to see LIVE! for the first time. These include Acrobats, skaters, illusionists, laser experts and cyclists from various parts of Europe. In short, some of the most sought after performers who have wowed “LEDO Paris” will now wow Chennai with some incredible acts!


The shows will take place on February 3,4,5,6 and 7, 2010. You not only have a choice of date, but also a choice of time. The shows will take place thrice a day, so there are 15 shows for you to choose from.

The team behind the show is “Show space”,an event management company which has Chennai Super Kings IPL Team as one of their clients and also this Extra Terrestrials Event was sponsored by CSK and you can see the lot of ads coming in “The Hindu”.

Check out more about ET @ http://etwow.in/home.html

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My Journey with TEDxChennai

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep
—These are Lovely line from Robert Frost Poem

I Keep murmuring these Lines always becoz he doesn’t say he needs to travel long, he mentioned he need to achieve more and has to go way long to do it before he die.This was the thought i got when i went to be part of TEDxChennai Organizing Team…I said Days to go before the event and we need to achieve something good and there were 4 months to go for the TEDxChennai Initially when we planned.

The TEDxChennai Buzz Started after the “BUZZ 140-Twitter Conference” Nambirajan is the guy who initiated this and Kiruba started the buzz and almost like 40 people jumped into the Discussion and at the end of day the Google Group was created and then Kiruba send the invitation to to few and almost like 30 + guys signed up for the group and get started .

There are lot of things to do on our plate i.e venue,date,speakers,sponsors,Publicity and Team etc. The First task is to list down the name of speakers,Swami took the responsibility and created a Google spreadsheet . when we asked for this there were around 150 nomination for the speakers.

The Second task is sponsor and Meeting,first discussed to have one meeting every two weeks,Initially Benny,Nambi and few other (sorry if i missed some names) met at some of their houses and start the TEDxChennai Conversations.Good way to involve more and show them TED Videos and start disussing about the video.The Initial Meetup was almost dull in terms of the buzz created.But Nambi kept his vibrant Energy and spent most of the time by sending emails the groups and keep everyone engaged at one point of time.

The we thought we all have a game to play and need to play wise,so the first organising meet happened at IIT-CCD (CCD becomes the next home in most of the occasions).we got the mail from Kiruba saying that our TEDxChennai License got approved and everyone thought we are part of the game and kick started.we plan to have IC&SR Venue in IIT to host the TEDxChennai Event and we got it through RTBI ,it was one good achievement which makes the event so success.

so we meet at CCD-Isphani and almost for four month it’s been a regular meet up on every weekend,my job is send out an email to the group and set the venue (CCD-Isphani).So as soon the buzz started we created a buzz around net through updating our twitter and FB Page and created a Twitter id for TEDxChennai (@tedxchennai) and
Facebook Page – (http://www.facebook.com/TEDxChennai.TEDxEvent)

we have got our own website (TEDxchennai.com) up and created the buzz through socialmedia and got some good response.we planned and planned and sometime thought we are yet to finalize the speakers,so we nailed down the final list and Kiruba started approaching them and we got the final set of speakers on the board for the event.so then what we got the speakers ,venue,Vibrant Team and the next is sponsors.

So we planned to have some break-up in terms of sponsorship and we introduced “Friends of TEDxChennai” and we got some three sponsor on that slot and one silver sponsor that point of time (Thanks for support guys).Then Kiruba got a chance to attened TEDIndia in Mysore,after his return from TEDIndai he was so much moved by the Event and got some more extra stuff to do along with the regular work and we are so much inspired about the work later.

So we planned a TEDxChennai to invite the TEDIndia Fellow and organizers for a get together,it was really a good initiative and had a good response.There were around 25 plus people turned on the event and which provides us a platform to reach more people.The organisers meeting was going on one side,lot of caffe lattes,hot chocolates,cappuccinos gone in and more to do…

when we started the registration process and the team was given seperate responsibilites and see it doesn’t get over loaded.Benny takes care of the printing,felix and sreeram with the design and Photo,Kiruba’s F5ive Team(Murugesh,vijay and prem) did a wonderful job of designing the website with the latest content and uploading the photos of the speakers and team organizers.

Kiruba was given the charge of speakers and Sponsors and me take care of the finance and registration and also Prashant (registration),sandeep and ram (catering) and this way the list goes on…It was wonderful to see the guys did the job well even it was first time for most of us.so we were waiting for the d-day to come in.

we are at kiruba’s office on the day before two days of the event and started the discussion how to handle the registrations,food,participants..etc..It was exactly 12.30 every one left from Kiruba’s office ,that one week was really awesome and mind blowing experience.So the saturday was totally mad because the d-day is coming so we got lot of work to do.I was done with the total no of regsitration and their was a regsitarion team setup by prashanth(Srinath,Vinay,murali,avinash,anuj,radhika,prashanthi,,vaishnavi…and the list goes on-sorry if i missed anyone guys) to carry out all the work related to it and done a wonderful job.Hats of guys.

There are lot of humourous things happend,one with preparing the ID Cards sandeep has done a review on his blog(http://www.sandeepnvarma.blogspot.com).So we all set for the D-Day.

The day starts with the high heart beats saying wake up it’s sunday..(BTW i didn’t got sleep not me most of us)so i was there at the IC&SR Audi at 6am and was surprise am i came to the wrond place bcoz i was one to come first and was waiting for the team to come in,Slowly the team came and we started the registration process,SAE Team setup the cameras and all set to receive the participants.

Here are some analysis as of 29-nov-2009

  1. Total no of mails exchanged in Google Group=1000+
  2. Total no of member in the Google group=100+
  3. Total no of meetups=20 + 1 mixer
  4. Total no of Cafe Lattes,Cappuccinos,hot chocolates=???
  5. Total no of followers in Twitter and Facebook =130 / 270
  6. Energy and hardwork=Priceless…

All we did just for the Inspiration we had in TED and this brings out all of us into one family TEDxChennai Team, for me it is an close to the heart event and first of its kind i was been part of such a great team.I thought i need to write a blog after one week and here i am .Sorry if i missed any names..It was the dailogue when a film was success they say i like to thank and it goes one…the list is big it was the same for me….and it was even bigger..Thanks to Everyone who helps us to make it a Big success.Special Thanks to David and Rathish for being a TEDxChennai Ambassadors and also for their support for the Event and also to Chinmayi who Compered for us for the event.

We all worked for this moment what kiruba says TED Moment for me…the standing Ovations from the participants…this claps pay us for our 4 months hardwork and gives us an inspiration to do more in next event.


Photos of TEDxChennai Event :
http://picasaweb.google.com/felixchandran/TEDxChennai2009
http://www.flickr.com/photos/felixchandran
http://picasaweb.google.com/sreraam/Pics

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Whats Up in Chennai >> Info on events in Chennai<<

I am planning to blog about the events that’s gonna happen in Chennai every month.
As a start i am doing this from this month,the post might change as and when i came to know about the events.

November:-

Amazon Web Services Cloud Workshop and UnConference
- 10 Nov 2009, Chennai

This is an one day event happening in Chennai for the Amazon Cloud Enthusiasts ,The session is targeted at System Integrators, ISVs, software architects and Product Engineering Technical Decision Makers and Cloud Computing Enthusiasts .

The person behind this event was Balaji Sowmyanarayan (@labsji)

When :10 Nov 2009 9.30am to 5.30pm

Where:TIDEL Park Auditorium,No 4, Rajiv Gandhi Salai,Taramani,Chennai-6000 113

Free,Open-to-all (Registration Required)

You can Tweet about the event and the hastag is #awschn

The workshop will be led by Seattle-based Jinesh Varia, Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services

The UnConference is Facilitated by KirubaShankar

Check more about the event @ http://www.awschennai.in

Next event is TEDxChennai >>Details soon to come

If you come across any good events that’s going to happen in chennai,you can mail me rajaobj@gmail.com

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