"Too Beauiful To Imagine"

tantalized by the wonder you are I'm surrounded by this freezing lava it's bliss I see beyond the bridge such a nostalgia that I fall even before I can cross it

burning fear inside me by when we touch, I might not feel I'm just drowned by the thought I think surreal

wonderful yet elusive it's like this bridge I'm crossing now it's like the oblivious trance and I'm falling now

I see you naked beyond truth as it lingers in me to think once more before the temporary satisfaction this world has given me thus, not lesser than the trees nor the stars you are still far more beautiful than my eyes can see...

<-- I AIN'T GONNA LIVE FOREVER-->


Wednesday, February 16, 2005


6th lesson.....

2daez lesson basically started off with the one slide powerpoint presentations on the infrastructure of the asian food safety initiative by a couple of groups..unfortuately,our group's work did not get a chance to be shown to the class due to shortage of time..considering the amount of effort we put into it,trying to animate it and stuff..wata pity indeed..after that,we went on to learn about servers and how they work as well as the different kinds of platforms, and their compatibility with the particular business model under consideration..muz admit tt i din noe so much detail existed in technology..definitely makez me more appreciative of the technology that has been made available to us...

The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 4:50 AM


Wednesday, February 02, 2005


5th Lesson....

2daez lesson wuz kinda different in that we had our first ever quiz for this subject 2dae...we juz went in2 class and were tol 2 attempt tiz quiz online..it wuz an mcq quiz but it wusnt easy...trust mi...made quite a few stupid mistakes to make thinz worse...hmmm...tutor said that here wuz gona be more quizzes w/o warning in the future..muz rad the text book more..den the tutor went thru a couple of students' blogs...juz to let us noe wat he wuz expecting...den finally towards the end of the class we had this exercise wherein we were asked to submit drawings of what we thot mobile phones would look like in the future...quite a few interesting submissions were made with the most innovative idea being one in wich the circuitry of the phone being put onto a small piece of adhesive tape wich could den be taped to the users scalp..and the mouthpiee being in the form of a tongue stud....tt wuz all for class 2dae...simple yet interstin stuff..juz like hw i like it.....

The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 4:31 AM


Friday, January 28, 2005


Article on Designing a mobile application

Found this article on this website http://www.jonathanbriggs.com/articles/designing-mobile-applications_407BA.html

This article bascially looks at some of the other opportunities, the constraints and some of the approaches with respect to designing mobile applications..too bad i juz found this ...otherwise would have put it to good use during the period of time wherein we were supposed to come up with a mobile web based learning application project..he article has beene organised in an idiot proof manner with th article being broken down into smaller and more digestible snippets of information...The article basically covers the following aspects of designing mobile applications...namely:
What is possible?
Will someone pay or will it save money?
Steps in the development process
How will it work practically/technically?
How will it be rolled out to its potential audience?



i tink this article iz extremely relevant for our subject and i hope that sum of the other guys hu read d blog benefit from this article in deciding what to do and how to go about doing it when they decid to design a mobile application..

The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 5:07 AM


Wednesday, January 26, 2005


4th Lesson.....

din go for 2daez lesson bcoz i wuz sick...hv an MC...bt decided to read up on d slides juz 2 c wat i had missed during the session which i had missed..so let mi juz try n collate wateva i can tink of after reading the material in the slides and in the txtbk..well,i tink this chapter basically teaches us about electronic data interchange and itz workings, and how businesses are moving electronic data interchanges to the maket.....a rather important portion of the notes also serves to enlighten us on the strategies some firms employ to improve purchasing,logistics and other supply activities..through this chapter i wuz also able to understand more about supply chain management and electronic marketplaces and their important roles with respect to their making negoiations and sales more efficient and cost effective...du realli understan sum parts of the slides bt m plannin on askin mi groupmates for help d next time i c dem regardin stuff in tiz chapter...ttz all for 2dae...will update soon after nxt wkz lesson...


The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 3:24 AM


Friday, January 21, 2005


Aricle on Information Technology Infrastructure

I found this article at http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/39785.html

E-COMMERCE
E-BUSINESS:Online Retailers Learned Valuable E-Lessons in 2004
By Jennifer LeClaireE-Commerce Times 01/24/05 5:00 AM PT
Gartner analyst Adam Sarner told the E-Commerce Times that multichannel retailers learned that e-commerce doesn't necessarily mean a transaction in an online shopping cart. "J. Crew knows that someone going to jcrew.com is 27 percent more likely to visit a J. Crew store soon afterwards," Sarner said. "The Web is a powerful influence."
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Overstock.com was preparing for its biggest sales day ever. It was just days before the notorious Black Friday, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, and the discount online retailer was all set to break its previous year's sales record.
And then it happened -- its information technology infrastructure buckled under input/output overhead and Internet protocol issues.
As it turned out, Overstock's infrastructure software wasn't as scalable as the company thought it was. Database storage problems threatened to stall response times for millions of customers and potentially cost the company millions of dollars over the course of the weeks ahead.
"Information is the heart and soul of our business," Shawn Schwegman, Overstock's vice president of technology, said. "As a top-10 shopping Web site, we must be prepared to handle a surge in traffic during the holiday shopping season."
Quick Access to Information
The online retailer implemented
EMC (NYSE: EMC) Corporation's information storage and management solution on an Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) database run on clusters of Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) servers with Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) Linux. Now, Overstock can create online copies of production databases and refresh its reporting databases daily, among other operational tasks.
"Our IT infrastructure uses grid computing and powerhouse technologies of EMC and Oracle to ensure extraordinarily quick access to information," Schwegman said. "Equally important, this advanced infrastructure allows us to get the most value from our IT investments and smoothly and reliably grow our storage with our expanding customer base."
Like Overstock, online retailers learned plenty of lessons during -- and after -- the 2004 online holiday shopping season. Now that all the sales data is in and the frenzy has fizzled, analysts said it's time to reflect on the past few months in order to prepare for the months ahead.
Beginning with Infrastructure
Overstock learned that technology infrastructure is more critical than ever, and
VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) Vice President of Payment Services Trevor Healy told the E-Commerce Times that other online retailers would do well to take a hint from Overstock's experience before the same thing happens to them.
"People need to gear up for more volume. Infrastructure that handled the volume two or three years ago is now obsolete and needs to be upgraded," Healy said. "There's a year of foundation building that needs to happen because if this growth continues, we are going to be seeing online retail sales in the tens of billions next year."
David Jilk, CEO of Xaffire, a Web application management software provider, agreed that infrastructure is an issue going forward. His firm partnered with Jupiter Research and Internet Retailer on a recent survey conducted with 220 online managers. The survey revealed that 51 percent learn about their sites' Web errors from their shoppers, not the information technology staff.
"'Click-and-mortar' stores are really starting to understand that they must have a consistent and crisp user experience all the way through the site," Jilk said. "It's not just the credit card page that matters. It's not just a store -- it's also a research tool."
Multichannel Magic
Indeed, many online retailers are really multichannel retailers, with brick-and-mortar stores in the real world. Craig Stevenson, worldwide marketing manager for
IBM (NYSE: IBM) Websphere Commerce, told the E-Commerce Times that multichannel retailers finally caught a glimpse of how much the Web influences offline sales during this past holiday shopping season.
"Retailers are beginning to realize that the Web is one of their best marketing tools and it's at a much better cost than huge advertisements," Stevenson said. "Retailers have to ensure that there's consistency and a seamless experience for the customer between the different channels."
Gartner analyst Adam Sarner told the E-Commerce Times that multichannel retailers learned that e-commerce doesn't necessarily mean a transaction in an online shopping cart. "J. Crew knows that someone going to jcrew.com is 27 percent more likely to visit a J. Crew store soon afterwards," Sarner said. "The Web is a powerful influence."
Searching for Bargains
To that end, analysts said another e-lesson online retailers should take away from this past holiday shopping season is the importance of search -- online retailers who are searching for profits should be searchable by shoppers.
A study by Web consultancy Link2City reveals that 33 percent of Internet users believe companies found in the top search results must be a major brand, demonstrating that top search engine listings transmit brand equity.
That makes the case for paid search. However, that's not the only search case to be made. Natural search is also important, Stevenson said, if online retailers want the spiders to index their URLs so they appear in the search results of comparison shopping sites.
Comparison shopping sites came of age this past year. While approximately 54 million consumers visited one or more comparison shopping sites during the 2003 shopping season, according to Nielsen//NetRatings, that figure rose to more than 77 million during the same period in 2004.
"Once a consumer decides to search for a product or service on a comparison shopping site, they're inclined to buy," Purnendu Ojha, CEO and co-founder of NexTag told the E-Commerce Times. "At the point where a consumer conducts a search on a comparison shopping site and clicks through to an e-tailer whose listing they find appealing, that consumer is far more likely to make a purchase than a random site visitor."
Bigger Picture
That, said Andy Beal , vice president of search marketing at search optimization firm WebSourced, leads us right back to multichannel retailing. Beal said that retailers' view of the Web got much broader last year.
"In 2004, traditional retailers learned the Internet could drive in-store traffic as much as generate online sales. Going forward, the Internet will play a crucial role within a retailer's overall marketing mix," Beal said.
He added: "In 2005, even brick-and-mortar stores will execute Internet campaigns to generate consumer interest and increase product recognition. Successful campaigns will drive in-store traffic as much as generate online sales."


Comments:Well, this article just goes to show the importance of IT infrastructure..Failure to keep up with the amount of input information has led to major losses for Overstock.com...The article mentions how other firms have learnt their lesson from the Overstock.com incident and are upgrading their IT infrastructure to keep up with the times and the increasingly large amounts of information they now have to handle...It is also mentioned in the article about how the internet is already playing a major role in the retail industry and about how it's importance in the industry can only increase exponentially henceforth..This fact is an irrefutable idea in my opinion..witrh increased globalisation and easy access and availability of the internet it is not surprising that consumers will now seek out bargains and a larger variety of goods online... The overall impact the internet will wield over the industry is quite significant i must add..


The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 5:59 PM



Aricle on Information Technology Infrastructure

I found this article at http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/39785.html

E-COMMERCE
E-BUSINESS:Online Retailers Learned Valuable E-Lessons in 2004
By Jennifer LeClaireE-Commerce Times 01/24/05 5:00 AM PT
Gartner analyst Adam Sarner told the E-Commerce Times that multichannel retailers learned that e-commerce doesn't necessarily mean a transaction in an online shopping cart. "J. Crew knows that someone going to jcrew.com is 27 percent more likely to visit a J. Crew store soon afterwards," Sarner said. "The Web is a powerful influence."
Upgrade your old office equipment today with HP technology and reap the benefits. Trade in your old desktops, laptops and servers for leading-edge HP technology and get great offers, such as money back and free shipping. HP will even pick up your old equipment and deliver the new. Click here to increase your business productivity.
Overstock.com was preparing for its biggest sales day ever. It was just days before the notorious Black Friday, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, and the discount online retailer was all set to break its previous year's sales record.
And then it happened -- its information technology infrastructure buckled under input/output overhead and Internet protocol issues.
As it turned out, Overstock's infrastructure software wasn't as scalable as the company thought it was. Database storage problems threatened to stall response times for millions of customers and potentially cost the company millions of dollars over the course of the weeks ahead.
"Information is the heart and soul of our business," Shawn Schwegman, Overstock's vice president of technology, said. "As a top-10 shopping Web site, we must be prepared to handle a surge in traffic during the holiday shopping season."
Quick Access to Information
The online retailer implemented
EMC (NYSE: EMC) Corporation's information storage and management solution on an Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) database run on clusters of Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) servers with Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) Linux. Now, Overstock can create online copies of production databases and refresh its reporting databases daily, among other operational tasks.
"Our IT infrastructure uses grid computing and powerhouse technologies of EMC and Oracle to ensure extraordinarily quick access to information," Schwegman said. "Equally important, this advanced infrastructure allows us to get the most value from our IT investments and smoothly and reliably grow our storage with our expanding customer base."
Like Overstock, online retailers learned plenty of lessons during -- and after -- the 2004 online holiday shopping season. Now that all the sales data is in and the frenzy has fizzled, analysts said it's time to reflect on the past few months in order to prepare for the months ahead.
Beginning with Infrastructure
Overstock learned that technology infrastructure is more critical than ever, and
VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) Vice President of Payment Services Trevor Healy told the E-Commerce Times that other online retailers would do well to take a hint from Overstock's experience before the same thing happens to them.
"People need to gear up for more volume. Infrastructure that handled the volume two or three years ago is now obsolete and needs to be upgraded," Healy said. "There's a year of foundation building that needs to happen because if this growth continues, we are going to be seeing online retail sales in the tens of billions next year."
David Jilk, CEO of Xaffire, a Web application management software provider, agreed that infrastructure is an issue going forward. His firm partnered with Jupiter Research and Internet Retailer on a recent survey conducted with 220 online managers. The survey revealed that 51 percent learn about their sites' Web errors from their shoppers, not the information technology staff.
"'Click-and-mortar' stores are really starting to understand that they must have a consistent and crisp user experience all the way through the site," Jilk said. "It's not just the credit card page that matters. It's not just a store -- it's also a research tool."
Multichannel Magic
Indeed, many online retailers are really multichannel retailers, with brick-and-mortar stores in the real world. Craig Stevenson, worldwide marketing manager for
IBM (NYSE: IBM) Websphere Commerce, told the E-Commerce Times that multichannel retailers finally caught a glimpse of how much the Web influences offline sales during this past holiday shopping season.
"Retailers are beginning to realize that the Web is one of their best marketing tools and it's at a much better cost than huge advertisements," Stevenson said. "Retailers have to ensure that there's consistency and a seamless experience for the customer between the different channels."
Gartner analyst Adam Sarner told the E-Commerce Times that multichannel retailers learned that e-commerce doesn't necessarily mean a transaction in an online shopping cart. "J. Crew knows that someone going to jcrew.com is 27 percent more likely to visit a J. Crew store soon afterwards," Sarner said. "The Web is a powerful influence."
Searching for Bargains
To that end, analysts said another e-lesson online retailers should take away from this past holiday shopping season is the importance of search -- online retailers who are searching for profits should be searchable by shoppers.
A study by Web consultancy Link2City reveals that 33 percent of Internet users believe companies found in the top search results must be a major brand, demonstrating that top search engine listings transmit brand equity.
That makes the case for paid search. However, that's not the only search case to be made. Natural search is also important, Stevenson said, if online retailers want the spiders to index their URLs so they appear in the search results of comparison shopping sites.
Comparison shopping sites came of age this past year. While approximately 54 million consumers visited one or more comparison shopping sites during the 2003 shopping season, according to Nielsen//NetRatings, that figure rose to more than 77 million during the same period in 2004.
"Once a consumer decides to search for a product or service on a comparison shopping site, they're inclined to buy," Purnendu Ojha, CEO and co-founder of NexTag told the E-Commerce Times. "At the point where a consumer conducts a search on a comparison shopping site and clicks through to an e-tailer whose listing they find appealing, that consumer is far more likely to make a purchase than a random site visitor."
Bigger Picture
That, said Andy Beal , vice president of search marketing at search optimization firm WebSourced, leads us right back to multichannel retailing. Beal said that retailers' view of the Web got much broader last year.
"In 2004, traditional retailers learned the Internet could drive in-store traffic as much as generate online sales. Going forward, the Internet will play a crucial role within a retailer's overall marketing mix," Beal said.
He added: "In 2005, even brick-and-mortar stores will execute Internet campaigns to generate consumer interest and increase product recognition. Successful campaigns will drive in-store traffic as much as generate online sales."


Comments:Well, this article just goes to show the importance of IT infrastructure..Failure to keep up with the amount of input information has led to major losses for Overstock.com...The article mentions how other firms have learnt their lesson from the Overstock.com incident and are upgrading their IT infrastructure to keep up with the times and the increasingly large amounts of information they now have to handle...It is also mentioned in the article about how the internet is already playing a major role in the retail industry and about how it's importance in the industry can only increase exponentially henceforth..This fact is an irrefutable idea in my opinion..witrh increased globalisation and easy access and availability of the internet it is not surprising that consumers will now seek out bargains and a larger variety of goods online... The overall impact the internet will wield over the industry is quite significant i must add..


The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 5:59 PM


Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Market Segmentation....

today's class was also held in the special applications lab..today's lesson was more aof arevison of what we learnt in MB103(marketing)...most of the concepts are the same, with some subtle differences in between..stuuf like market research,buyer behaviour,market segmentation and targeting efforts and product development design and development was discussed..we also discussed marketing on the web utilising the 4 P's..namely product,place,promotion and price..learnt different kinds of web marketing strategies(namely customer & product based strategies)..also learnt about customer relationships and creating and maintaining brand name and image..quite interesting and useful stuff i must say...then we learnt about the different revenue models and about building a web presence.. and how to make a web presence work for you and your business..finally had some time to play around with the flash tutorials...didn't learn much though...the discussed some more on the project which we are supposed to do...tz all for today...


The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 5:40 PM


Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Learning HTML.....

2dae's class wuz held in the special applications lab in the nbs..been wantin to go there for quite sum time now..finally got my chance..the tutor gave us some background info on html and a couple of other mark up languages and how d whole puzzle fits..we then went on to learn a couple of basics about HTML..simple functions like how to put in a header..how to implement bold fonts etc..simple yet fun stuff..enjoyed myself and had the satisfaction of knowing that i had started off on yet another new language..we then formed our own groups..i got into a group with aidil and regina in it..we called ourselves The Disruptors..den we juz brainstormed a couple of ideas for our project..and decided to do smth regarding peer to peer technology..wherein u can learn wateva u wan about d latest news in d music world and u'll b able to find facts and current updates about the artistes of your choice..shoukd be able to provide a fun and enjoyable learning experience about the music world..realli muz work more on d idea and develop it further..will be meetin wif d guyz later on 2molo to discuss things further..enw i did my first ever html document 2dae..juz a siple one with our group name and all our names in it..bt nevertheless it was fun playing around with the program..lookin forward to learn more about it..


The-One-and-Only, SANKAR @ 6:03 PM





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