Future of Twitter and its users


Written on 3:20 PM by nitesh

tweeted by @techcrunch RT by me @luthranitesh and now posting it here 

Politically Correct Words


Written on 12:38 PM by nitesh

Here are some of politically correct words which should be used nowadays. Taken from various sources on the web

Dumb --> cerebrally challenged

Garbage collector --> sanitation engineer

fat -- > horizontally challenged

Murderer --> termination specialist

Barber - Hair dresser ( Billu Barber )

Cut, Copy, Paste --> Internalize

Sensationalizing --> increasing the intellectual quotient ( India TV)

Tailor ---> Fashion Designer

Layoff ---> resource action ( Relevant nowadays)

Excel Expert --> IT Manager

Critic ---> unjust self-esteem reducer

Fear of Salary Cuts and My views


Written on 11:23 AM by nitesh

Last weekend I was angry and full of frustration when i came to know about the news of salary cuts in my company. To prevent my self from acting impulsively I gave my self time to think to intrepret. I am still fearful as I don't know the % of cut I am hoping it be the least possible.

Here what I went through:

My first reaction was why now ........ the recession has not even touched the bottom .. till yesterday evening I was of this view then I thought about it you have to prepare yourself before the war , a company needs to have some cash surplus to avoid the bottom. 
If say bottom comes out in May-June which most of the economists etc are saying , if we take measures in June, we might not be at good position at that time. But if measures are taken now the company may survive. Now I am thinking as a businessman prespective not from engineer perspective, deflation is expected in US and India in may there will be credit crunch and time will become terrible in few months so every company has the right to take measures to survive. Even as a CEO I wouldn't like to fire people if other measures are possible. So the company is taking such measures. 

Initially I was thinking from the prespective of other companies like TCS and Infy as in they are not doing such drastic measures why we, but mine is a small company which doesn't have deep pockets like the big5. 

Some anonymous guy posted about the trips of management to US and sales hiring in my earlier post. Eventhough I have commented there but again mentioning here. 
A trip to US may cost some money but we have to try and pitch for projects and to take feedback from customers to improve. I have seen some managers have gone onsite and brought projects which brough huge revenues to the company. 
Sales people left in the past year and the company needed new guys , It was bad luck of the company that the incident happened before the trouble began and money is to be used to make a sales team. As a engineer I may think that why now hiring ,we should save cash now but as a businessman and CEO I want to make a team which will get us projects and when the recession is over or the troubled times is over the team can get us projects.

In short I would like to say that when we think from engineer perspective we will be angry but when we think from businessman we can link the points. 

The biggest irony of this time is that mistakes of few financial guys (IBankers and other bank guys) have brought the whole world to a standstill. To write the reasons for the crises I will write one long post.

I have realized one think in the past 2 years that I should keep my eyes and ears open for any idea so that if I like that idea I can start to work on that on my own. I want to come out of this rat race soon as this will happen everywhere and now and than.
I want to do something really passionately but I don't know now what and I don't know now what I am passionate about but as Steve Jobs said in his standford speech we need to keep looking that day will come.

Enough of philosophy save save save us may the cut is less.

Salary Cuts in My Company


Written on 9:10 AM by nitesh

As you are aware, we are currently faced with one of the most challenging global economic conditions that has led to one of the worst recessions in the United States over the last eighty years. All organizations (private, public, government) are taking drastic steps to survive through this period. The downturn has hit hard and its toll has been felt widely. Indian IT companies have been adversely effected in significant manner because of the slowdown in tech spending in the U.S. How long this will last or how deep the impact of the recession will be, is anyone's guess.

AAA has also felt the effects of this economic downturn. In the last quarter our growth has come under pressure as our customers face similar challenges and are aggressively reducing their outsourcing budget.

AAA has already taken steps to cut expenses where ever possible without impacting customer service or quality - be it closing down offices in US as appropriate, reviewing and revising contracts with our suppliers, reducing operational expenses etc. We have also taken steps to increase productivity and efficiency so that the employees remain relevant and current with the role and organizational requirements. We have changed the leadership in US and are rebuilding the sales team.

The most challenging task will be to sustain a meaningful level of operation through the next twelve months. It will call for hard decisions on the part of the management teams. The priority is to operate cost-effectively and conserve cash.

AAA has decided, among other measures, to reduce salaries across the entire company both in the US and India starting from 1st February 2009. These actions are necessary to ensure we meet the costs of the enterprise to sustain functioning of the organization. Each employee will receive an individualized letter with the revised salary details shortly.

I understand that this action calls for a sacrifice from you and I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your unique contribution to the Company. We have made it through the dot com bust earlier and I am confident that we will get past this downturn too with flying color with your support. We would like to hear suggestions from you, on additional measures we can implement to ensure most efficient and effective use of our resources while maintaining the highest possible levels of customer service. Please feel free to speak with me, your manager, human resources or any member of the Executive Team.

We will need to innovate, synergize our strengths, and operate most cost effectively in line with current level of market demand. I look forward to your help in building the Company.

AAA Company