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The need of Digital Transformation in 21st Century

In this hyper competitive global market, businesses have to become efficient in the organisational operations and processes so that they can maintain their competitive edge.

Digital Transformation is the process to transform the way business functions as newer technologies are adopted at departmental and operational levels to improve the operational efficiency.

Digital Technologies impacts the functioning of departments directly and helps in automation of manual tasks so that employees can work on tasks which are more valuable and requires critical decision making.

One of the main goals for any leading organisation is to always stay ahead of competitiors in terms of adoption of latest technologies which isn't a very easy feat to accomplish as top to down adoption requires intensive capital, time and planning in implementation as well as the stokeholders need to be ready to get re-trained and to adopt new processes as most of the times business processes have to be altered/ rewritten entirely to optimally digitalise them.

Digital Transformation directly impacts the top/ bottom line as the organisations observes increase in revenue, significant costs cutting as a result of automated and improved processes.

Some use cases of digital transformation:

  • Businesses these days are sitting on gigantic amount of transactional/ customers data and getting insights from those can lead to immediate strategic changes as well as growth in profits.
  • Analytics is another function which can impact the top line of any business almost immediately. Historical data can be used for trend analysis as well as forecasting which can help in optimising the demand/ logisitics and thus operations would get more efficient.
  • Implementing Cloud organisation-wide can lead to huge increase in productivity as that's the most reliable to way to store data which can be accessed by global teams. This also helps in preventing critical data loss because of natural calamities so less amount of efforts needs to be put on disaster management and recovery mechanism. Cloud also helps in collaboration among the workers so they can work on the go and there is no time wastage during the commute.

So if you have been wondering about Digital Transformation until now, it's the time when you start researching about it and kickass your organisation's Digital Transformation Journey.


How not sleeping 8 hours a day destroys you mentally and physically?

After a decade-long sleeplessness (sleeping less than 6 hours and sometimes even 4 hours) - I had incapacitated my mind and body so much that my memory weakened and dark circles emerged and I don't know what all internal damage that might have occurred - all of that in a hope that I could beat the system, work long hours and achieve greatness. But not sleeping well was degrading my body - my eyes were perpetually fatigued and although I knew about the harmful effects of not sleeping for 8 hours, I just ignored it all. 

Now, I am forcing myself to sleep for 7 hours at least ( going to bed without my mobile phone at 10 PM and waking up at 5 AM while only carrying an analog watch ). Waking up at 1 PM / 2 PM to work for a while stresses your mind and eyes so well that for the rest of the day you will feel the pain in both of them. 

Chances are there that you are not facing much of it right now, possibly because you are 18-27 when even I didn't feel any of them but as you age further - your body will start rusting down, not sleeping well acts as a catalyst and destroys you prematurely. 

“Insufficient sleep in youth raises multiple public health concerns, including mental health, substance abuse, and motor vehicle crashes,” said senior author Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD, director of the Analytic Modeling Unit, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Source.

So much sleep is optimal? 

Adolescents require 8-10 hours of sleep at night for optimal health, according to sleep experts, yet more than 70 percent of high school students get less than that. Source.

Not sleeping for 8 hours leads to numerous problems: learning difficulties, impaired judgment, and risk of adverse health behaviors. Moreover as stated by NeuroScienceNews, people who slept six hours or less were twice as likely to self-report using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs, and driving after drinking alcohol as that of the ones who slept eight hours.

Therefore, it is must to sleep for not less than 8 hours at any given day.

Some new learnings/ observations:

1) Sleep well, do all the high-intensity work in the mornings. The ideas/ thoughts will keep on pouring. Go out and take a deep breathe and start working on your goals and dreams with all the might.

Resources to read more about sleeping well: 

1) TBA

Becoming a mentally strong person

Practicing becoming a mentally strong person.

When you have mighty goals, you got to be a mentally strong person, which basically means that you won’t give up after failures which you will encounter along the way.
You will plan ahead, carefully, will have paths set in the form of dots leading to your big goal and along the way you will keep on connecting the dots. Whenever there are failures encountered, new lessons will improve your path ahead which will improve your progress.

Thoughts and emotions are to be regulated and despite any hardships, positivity has to be kept round the clock.

Maintaining a inner dialogue while meditating on the progress works like charm. It helps you know yourself better, treat yourself better and all the positive message you can speak to yourself will have a healing effect on thyself.

A (wo)man is nothing without the people around. No one is truly self-made as there re contributions of so many. Regularly express gratitude to the people who supported you in your good and bad times. They are the ones who will help you grow further.

Everyone is vulnerable for one reason or another. The art is to get stronger in the strong areas and lesser vulnerable in other things. Your support group can fix those vulnerabilities as they may have strengths in the areas where you are weak and thus making you stronger than ever.

Knowing your strengths helps you in making crucial decisions. Mastering your strengths and getting stronger in them helps you in getting ready for all the opportunities around and you will be all ready to embrace them.

Having a belief system that you are worthy of all the goodness will ensure that you are all set to conquer whatever you want to. Having even slightest doubt leads to negative results.

Well, that’s something I have been trying to work upon and it’s more of a journey.

Are you with me in this journey?

something happened recently

So I think that I am a chilled out person who rarely gets angry. But something recently made me extremely angry and disappointed. DrupalEurope was the event I was looking forward to attending and it would have been my first ever International Conference. So totally excited, I submitted my session about how someone can be a community leader and can organise a DrupalCamp in their city/ town/ state or country. The session was based on my experience and learnings from the DrupalCamp Goa which I led along with my team early this year.

Voila, after a few weeks I received an email stating that my session got selected for DrupalEurope. It was a big deal for me as that was my first session submission and session acceptance.

But sadly I had to step back and inform the organisers about my inability to attend the conference.

So here is the thing. I rarely depend on anyone whether it is the organisation I work with or people around me to help me out as seeking favours is just not me - but this was personal, a big learning in disguise. Due to my sheer inability to sponsor myself to attend the DrupalEurope and deliver my session opened my eyes wide open.

I introspected, retrospected and concluded that I am doing my finances wrongly and I am not putting too much thoughts  (i am but still) in allocating the budget for activities which will lay different levels of impact on my life either personally or professionally.

So, here I am, having a budget allocated specifically for *unexpected activities* which will have profound impact on me either personally or professionally. A fixed percentage of 20% of my earnings will go directly into it.

Academia holds another 20% as I believe that in your 20s you should invest significant amount of money in educating yourself.

So yeah, as a reader - besides my rant, I urge you all readers to have this kind of budget for yourself as well.

That one thing can prevent situations like that.

Goof up by Google Adsense - Email from 21 Jul 2016 sent on August 7 2018

Nobody is truly perfect and this time, Google Adsense did a goofup. 
They have sent an email titled "Google AdSense: Check your recent payment" to their Adsense Publishers containing the information about the recent payment they have made to the publishers. 
Following is the content: 
Check your recent payment
We sent a payment for your Google AdSense earnings on 21 Jul 2016.
If you haven’t received your payment within 5 business days from the date of this email, please contact your bank for more details.
The email was received on August 7 2018. Possibly this is a false alarm and many of the publishers received the email.
Here is the screenshot. 
Did you receive the email as well?