List of Top 10 Software for Prototyping in 2018

Top 10 Prototyping Software   When you are deciding on the best prototyping tool to use, you can consider the following factors:   Fidelity – Find out how powerful the tool is for visual and interaction design. Collaboration – Make … Continue reading ?

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List of Top Online Wireframe SAAS Tools – 2018

Top 10 Wireframe Software for Cloud Web designers and developers use cloud-based wireframe tools to collaborate with their team and also send clients the online version of the product design. Some of these tools enable you to establish a usability … Continue reading ?

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List of Top Wireframe Software for Desktop 2018

Top 10 Wireframe Software for Desktop Wireframes are skeletal models used for planning the design, functionality, and structure of an application or website. It is like the blueprint of a project. Wireframes can be a simple drawing on a napkin … Continue reading ?

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What Are Wireframes, Mockups, and Prototypes?

These three terms are often jumbled together when you have a conversation with a team of developers or clients requesting for a programming project. They are casually interchanged by mistake, and it cannot be helped. They all seem similar. To … Continue reading ?

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Are Wireframes and Prototypes Different?

Both wireframing and prototyping are two essential processes in web and app development. Their main purpose is to establish the basic functions of the project and to present the working design concept. It is mostly shown to clients, but they … Continue reading ?

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Battle in India for e-commerce market leadership is no longer between just Amazon and Flipkart

Amazon Launches Prime Music in India. What It Means for the Indian e-commerce Market



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n a day when it was reported that the online streaming music app Gaana was raising $115 million (about ₹750 crores) from Chinese Internet investment company Tencent Holdings Ltd and Times Internet Ltd (Gaana to raise $115 million from Tencent, Times Internet – Livemint), came the news that online retailer Amazon had launched its PrimeMusic streaming music service (more...)

Fortune 500 and the Art of Execution

The Fortune 500 Companies 2018 rankings came out last week, and browsing the list, the following random thoughts struck me about the list and the technology industry:

  • Walmart - you can be in a very, very traditional brick-and-mortar business (yes, they have been making inroads into e-commerce, but for the most part, Walmart is a traditional retailer), but as long as you keep doing things well, you can be in the top 10. Not only (more...)

Variable names starting with numbers

The long weekend gave me the chance to finally write a blog post. I will try my best to be more frequent with posting new content.

This blog is going to be short one. We had multiple projects running and we had to design a way why which each project can easily identify their (more...)

Big Data Introduction – Workshop

Our focus was clear - this was a level 101 class, for IT professionals in Bangalore who had heard of Big Data, were interested in Big Data, but were unsure how and where to dig their toe in the world of analytics and Big Data. A one-day workshop - with a mix of slides, white-boarding, case-study, a small game, and a mini-project - we felt, was the ideal vehicle for getting people to wrap their (more...)

Happy 20th Anniversary to Applied OLAP!


Today, March 18, 2018, is the 20 year anniversary of our incorporation! I has been a long journey since that time; here are some of the highlights:
  • 1998 - We were a one-man shop and wrote a reporting and budgeting application for a customer in New York. I spent about 150 nights that year on the road.
  • 1999 - ActiveOLAP for Essbase was released and we earned the trust of two of our long-term customers. (more...)

Using MDX for Generated Members in Essbase Reports


There are times when Essbase users may need to see an ad-hoc collection of members aggregated together in Essbase, and that isn’t always an easy task.  If it were an aggregation that is needed on a recurring basis, the Essbase administrator may add an alternate hierarchy to assist.  Other times, users might just create a spreadsheet with the desired members in different rows or columns and use Excel formulas to add them together. (more...)

Windows 10 Update Killed Essbase On My Laptop!


Like many Essbase consultants and developers, I run Essbase server on my Windows 10 laptop. It was a lengthy ‘Creator’s Update’ Windows update and, once it was complete, Essbase was dead on my machine. So, what do I do? First, I didn’t panic; us pilots have a way of not panicking when things don’t go as planned. We have several people internally who had this happen to them over the past several months and we (more...)

Infosys, NRN Murthy, and Vishal Sikka – No One’s Smelling of Roses


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orporate sagas seem to come in twos. The mega-fracas that erupted in 2016 between Cyrus Mistry, then Chairman of Tata Sons, and the iconic Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus at Tata Sons,  was starting to come to a close by the second half of 2017 (though I fear the last words have yet to be written). Ratan Tata had annointed N Chandrasekaran, CEO of TCS, as thew Chairman of Tata Sons, (more...)

Six Plus One Types of Interviewers


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emember Chuck Noland? The character in the movie Castaway, who has to use the blade of an ice-skate to extract his abscessed tooth, without anesthesia? The scene is painful to watch, yet you can't look away.

Interviews have this habit of turning up a Chuck Noland - in the interviewee or the interviewer. You willingly agree to subject yourself to the wanton abuse by random strangers who you may have to end up working (more...)

Management Mantra for Startups – Waste Not, Vacate Not

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Waste Not, Vacate Not.

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hen Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, started out Amazon, he, along with Shel Kaphan, programmer and a founding employee, used sixty-dollar doors from Home Depot as desks. It was the demand of frugality. More than a decade later, when Amazon was a multi-billion dollar behemoth, conference-room tables were still made of door-desks. It reflected its CEO's adamant belief in "frugality." A (more...)

Possible solution for TLS 1.2 issues between Windows 10 and Oracle EPM Weblogic


We have recently seen some users of both Dodeca and Hyperion products where Windows 10 machines have issues connecting to the Weblogic servers shipped with Oracle EPM due to the absence of the TLS 1.2 protocol.  The underlying issue is that Windows 10 is an evolution of technology whereas Oracle EPM Weblogic, and more specifically the Java version tested and shipped with it, are stuck in the stone age.  Java 1.6 started its (more...)

Usability, Product Management, and LinkedIn – a rant

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inkedIn began as a professional networking site, has evolved into a social media behemoth, and has yet managed to maintain and sharpen its focus on the professional space. That may, in part, explain why, in 2016, Microsoft chose to put down more than $26 billion Washingtons to buy LinkedIn.
While both LinkedIn's web site and mobile app have undergone substantial changes over the years, and is a far cry from the spartan look both (more...)

ACE Alumni

Today, I asked Oracle to move me from Oracle ACE Director status to Oracle ACE Alumni status.  There are a number of reasons why I decided to change status.  When I started answering questions on internet forums years ago, I did it to share what I had learned in order to help others.  The same goes for this blog which I originally started so that I could give better and more complete answers to questions (more...)

The Dark Cloud of the H1-B Fallout for Indian Companies: Layoffs or Reduced Valuations

India's second-largest IT company, Infosys, put out a press release on the 2nd of May, 2017 (link), that it would be hiring "10,000 American Workers Over the Next Two Years and establish four new Technology and Innovation Hubs across the country focusing on cutting-edge technology areas, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data."

Breaking News! Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System Certified on Oracle Analytics Cloud!

Now that the Oracle Analytics Cloud, or "OAC", has been released, we had to get serious about our work with one of the Oracle Analytics Cloud components, the Essbase Cloud Service, or "EssCS" for short.  You would think that we should have been working hard on EssCS for quite some time, but we had been assured by Oracle product management that the Essbase Java API would be available in EssCS.  Of course, Dodeca was built (more...)