Operational Intelligence in 2015 – An Idea whose time has come!

It was one of the last evenings of February 2015 and I was catching up with two of my buddies over beer. We spent the better part of the evening talking about old times. But given our association with technology, the conversation inevitably veered to what 2015 has in stock for the industry. I reaffirmed … Read More »

Port Congestion and Container Prioritization

In recent times, Port Gridlocks have become a common issue in the country. There has been significant disruptions over the past months. See “Retailers’ frustration with West Coast gridlock hits the boiling point”. The Pacific Maritime Association, is still in contract talks and negotiation with International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Such negotiations have reduced the … Read More »

Bulk Orders and the Bulkier Genie

Few weeks back, Sanjiv & I were at a meeting with a major apparel brand manufacturer to present OpsVeda solutions to their team. The operations team suggested we pick an issue that couldn’t be resolved earlier, and explain how OpsVeda will make a difference in the process. One of the experienced operations’ team member suggested … Read More »

Validations vs. Exceptions

What is the difference between validations done in transaction systems and the exceptions handled in OpsVeda? This is a most frequently asked question from customers in every introductory meeting. So, I thought it might be useful to do a post that elucidates the difference. Validations are inspections/“checks” that are done to ensure whether the transactions are … Read More »

Information abundance and Context deficit

During World War II, in the days prior to the battle of Midway American cryptanalysts had cracked the Japanese JN-25 code. This enabled the US Navy to get a clear idea of Japanese battle plans… barring one important detail – they didn’t know where the Japanese planned to attack. All the Japanese communication used the … Read More »

The Many Eggs of Columbus

Many of us have heard the story of Christopher Columbus being challenged by nobles at a banquet about the greatness of his discovery. They argued that if it was not for him some other Spaniard would anyway have discovered America (confused for East Asia at that time). Columbus responded by challenging his critics to make … Read More »

Ain’t broken? Just the time to fix it!

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed & direction unless acted on by an external force”.  No, this is not going to be a blog on the Basic Sciences… I mentioned Newton’s first law of motion only to highlight an interesting parallel between … Read More »

OpsVeda on Cloud – Bring on the Complexity

When talking about running OpsVeda on the cloud, a refrain I hear often from potential customers is about the complexity of their processes and how that becomes a hindrance in moving anything to the cloud (or specifically SaaS). For large complex organizations SaaS is the software equivalent of Henry Ford’s approach to Model T – … Read More »

The needle in the Operations’ haystack

Recently I was scanning my mail when I noticed solicitation from a reputed retailer trying to sell me a conditioner that promises “tangle-free hair”. Now, even from a mile away one can make out that entangled hair should be the least of my worries. I scrolled down and surprisingly there was another mail from the … Read More »

For Heaven’s sake, this is Excel!

Yesterday evening I was catching up with a friend at a nearby coffee outlet. He is the finance head for a company here providing ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook products to retail outlets across the city. Mid-way during our conversation he excused himself and picked a call from one of his team-members. The conversation was about some … Read More »

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