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I am Sreedhar Ambati working in Proteans as a developer. Nowadays I am attending technical sessions regularly to understand the new technologies that are evolving at a faster pace.

Nowadays organizers are going for Informal meetings. People really enjoyed them. But I saw the bad consequences of it in latest Barcamp5. Some are treating it as a picnic spot and some are even considering it as a lovers park leaving the main essence and theme of the event. Taking photos for updating their blogs without attending the event. And they are misusing the facilities.

 One of my teammate (Santosh) came from MindTree.Earlier he worked there. He told about the best talent pool of MindTree. So I decided to attend the event and want to see how people are using “informal”.

I reached Global Village at 10:30 after travelling 2.5 hrs. Its a nice and beautiful campus.

I prioritize the sessions that I have to attend. Thanks to lady Anamika who has given me this list. I like the hall names .Good thought

I expected more from Android Session. But some of the active participants have not allowed the speakers (Puneet Mehta and Anand. freshers) to give their presentation. They forgot the basic ethics that the session is meant for all levels of people. If they allowed the speakers for the first 20 minutes and then Q&A it will definetely reach the audience. I felt that it is not a place to prove your expertize and verbal skills ( most of the audience agreed with this point after the session).Below is what I learned from the session.

The very first session I attended and liked is ” Identity And Access Management :Does Spring Acegi fi?” by Raghunath and Srinivas Rao Bhagavatula

Raghunath gave a good insight how Spring.Net( Open Source Framework) helps in Identity management ( Authentication , Authorization ,Administration ) Recently Spring.Net is a good open source framework. It gives you new ideas for doing Validations , Security ,Dependency Injection, Inversion of Control and a nice concept called Containers. Now people are incorporating these frameworks and started also. One thing I want to mention here is : Why people are not coming for these sessions. Only 10 participants are there for this session. If it is non technical then rooms are tightly packed. You named it as MindTree Tech feast. Why to conduct non technical sessions? We can discuss those topics anywhere and everywhere. It will be there in any company irrespective of place( talking about PM, losing indian tradition etc etc).  Sorry to say like this. But its my opinion.

Another Session I attended is BPM (Venkataraghava P and another person(forgot)) .  Nice one. I dont know anything before attending the session but I learned that there is more scope in this area too.

Business performance management (BPM) is a set of processes that help organizations optimize their business performance. It is a framework for organizing, automating and analyzing business methodologies, metrics, processes and systems that drive business performance.

BPM is seen as the next generation of business intelligence (BI — Business intelligence has now become the art of sieving through large amounts of data, extracting useful information and turning that information into actionable knowledge). BPM helps businesses make efficient use of their financial, human, material and other resources

  • BPM involves consolidation of data from various sources, querying, and analysis of the data, and putting the results into practice.
  • BPM provides key performance indicators (KPIs) that help companies monitor efficiency of projects and employees against operational targets.
  • BPM is useful in risk analysis and predicting outcomes of merger and acquisition scenarios and coming up with a plan to overcome potential problems.

Savvion and Pega are the market leaders in this domain.

 BPM helps in monitoring,modelling,integration , business intelligence and helps all teams in sync.

In the afternoon

Google Android is an open source mobile phone platform based on the Linux operating system and developed by the Open Handset Alliance which include Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and NVIDIA, with the goal to develop open standards for mobile devices. Nokia was not part of it.Android Developer Challenge will award $10 million to developers who build great apps for Android . (http://code.google.com/android/) Google phone is called Gphone and the payments done are called as GPay.

I attended this “Telecommuting in India”  in the last minute. i dont know what topics are discussed. http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/Telecommuting_in_India#Web_Resources

I attended this last session ( in my priority list) with the same zeal to learn. And the speaker (Christopher Alexander) gave the agenda before going into the details. He wants to present what are design patterns , how they are used ,why are they useful and want to discuss on PUB-SUB model. It is useful for fresher and people who dont know the basics of  Design Pattern. He has expertise with Enterprise Applications and he told frankly that he is not that much familiar with normal patterns. I know the basics of these . So I left after 5 min.

Then I attended “Java 5 EE in action (Sanjeeb Saho)” session. I am from Dotnet background but interested in the core concepts of Java. Sorry to say like this  “its a pure marketing session on Glassfish”.  Raghunath tried his best to get something from the speaker.

Thats it.

Finally I felt happy that its a useful day for the participants(me too).

MindTree folks used “informal” word properly and left a good impression on me.

Special thanks to Cultural activity team ( Papa kehta hai bada naam ). Really enjoyed .

Thanks to Management for giving more importance to what is required for a techie.

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    Write a great article and win up to US $10,000 (plus some cool stuff) – the largest cash prize in The Code Project’s history!

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    Open Source Special Event!  (Spri ng.Net, NHibernate)

    Datetime: 22nd December 2007 4PMSession 1: Spring .NET
    Speaker: Irfan, ThoughtWorks, Bangalore. (From 4PM to 5PM)

    Spring.NET is an open source application framework that makes building  enterprise .NET applications easier.  Providing components based on proven design patterns that can be integrated into all tiers of your application architecture, Spring helps increase development productivity and improve application quality and performance.  
    URL: http://www.springframework.net/

    Session 2: NHibernate
    Speaker: Ranjan, ThoughtWorks, Bangalore (session from 5PM to 6PM )

    NHibernate is an Object-relational mapping (ORM) solution for the Microsoft .NET platform: it provides an easy to use framework for mapping an object-oriented domain model to a traditional relational database. Its purpose is to relieve the developer from a significant amount of relational data persistence-related programming tasks.NHibernate is free as open source software that is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License.
    URL: http://sourceforge.net/projects/nhibernate/Venue: ThoughtWorks, Diamond District, 2nd floor
    Airport Road, Bangalore
    Landmark: Oppo TGIF, near domlur flyover 

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    Upcoming events:
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    Navision UG meet on 15th December 2007

    6:10 PM to 8:00 PM – Navision – By MVP David                

    About David:
      David Singleton. 
    I started working with Navision as an End User. That was on ver 3.04 on OS/2 and DOS. That company eventually became a Navision reseller, and I joined PC&C to create NTR’s (Navision Territorial Representatives) in Central and Eastern Europe. I then created my own consulting company, where I consulted to NSCs (Navision VARS) and also developed Add-Ons. I have implmented 187 Navision systems in 16 countries, and lost count of the number of consultants and developers that I have trained over the years. These days most of my work involves training people how to implement Navision on Budget, and helping End Users to control the cost of their Implmentation mainly through management of their NSC.

    Venue: Microsoft Corporation (I) Pvt Ltd.,
    Signature Building, Embassy Gulf Links Business Park, 
    Intermediate Ring Road,Bangalore,  560071

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