The topic on Infrastructure Management was very informative
and full of wisdom. It is good to see people like Nitin Paul taking such initiatives
and writing such good articles. Please keep up the good work.
Country Leader, Linux Software, IBM India
Thank you very much for your encouraging
words. We have already been carrying and plan to carry
similar stories from industry thought-leaders. Please
do keep the feedback coming so that we can further improve
Help with VSATs
We are writing to you from MITech Pvt Ltd, Pune. We want to
set up a VSAT link for our franchise network. How can you help us in this regard?
What will be the cost and who are the service providers who
can help us with this kind of requirement? It will be really helpful if you
can guide us on this.
Many VSAT service providers offer
a variety of charges that are bundled or pay-per-use.
I have attached a link to a buyers guide page published
in our sister publication Express Computer. Look up
the section on managed connectivity service providers.
The meter-reading project
I am a student at the DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology,
Jalandhar, Punjab, pursuing a BTech in Electrical Engineering. I read your article
on power billing in Network Magazine. I am working on the same project, that
is, automated meter-reading. I feel that you can help me out in this project
since the topic is similar to what I am working on. I have already studied the
facts mentioned by you in your article, and I wanted to know more about the
technical aspects of this project.
EE, IIIrd year DAV IET,
If you want to know about the
technology, then the initial plan was to connect each
reader via CDMA to the centre so that the system could
automatically pull information without travelling.
However, at the moment, the person
still has to go to the machine. The high-end models
can communicate over infrared or RF, but generally a
representative from the power company goes to the meter.
He connects his handheld reader and the data is uploaded
to the device.
The Readerware section has highlighted concepts in general management
such as leadership (Leadership roles) and those affecting the industry like
outsourcing (The black book of outsourcing). They have not only given people
like me tips to improve efficiency, productivity and profitability, but have
also been a source of information on issues affecting the IT industry. I would
however like you to review books that focus on CIOs and CTOs, and how should
they go about tackling issues that hinder the smooth functioning of the modern-day
We try to cover a mix of general
management and technology-specific topics in our book
reviews. In addition to the books you mentioned, we
have also reviewed a book on what CIOs need to
do (CIO Wisdom, December 2005) to groom themselves to
be the business leaders of tomorrow. We understand the
critical role the CIO plays in ensuring that processes
and information flow happen as per specifications. With
IT playing a key role in todays enterprises, our
focus will be firmly on the person leading the charge.
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