Tech Article of the Year 2004

The articles taken to purview are limited to the scope of my reading and hence I am not sure if this is a perfect title to be awarded. Yet for the heck, since I’ve been reading a hell of these tech stuff in the last years, I wanted to give it a shot.

There are times when new technology has been criticised by the part of the tech world. Sometime the degree of criticism varies. But when most of the critics are up against a technology indicating the public to shun that tech, to rise up to the occasion and to write an article in support of it is a herculean task. Not just that you got to be politically right. You should also be doubly conscious that you and technology don’t get into something much bigger than the original issue.

While there were many tech articles on Outsouring of US Tech jobs, Open Source on the main-stream industry, IPOD Mania, nature of Google’s IPO and the Search Engine wars that created an uproar and comments from the readers, only a few will stay with us.


LIC’s freaking Insurance Data Warehouse

This note on says that Life Insurance Corporation of India is planning to implement the largest insurance datawarehouse in the world by 2007. LIC is looking at a 60 terabyte DWH size in the first phase. US’s largest insurance data warehouse is understood to be deployed by Nationwide which is in the region of 20 terabytes.

The article however states the largest datawarehouse in the world as of now is Walmart‘s DWH with 300 terabytes. Thats not appropriate. I have no clue from where did they get a number thats just 75% of the original volume. Per New York Times, Walmart’s datawarehousing capabilities are 460 terrabytes big. Thats a blooming number to match.

The application provided by Teradata – a division of NCR, will enable LIC to study trends not only among customers but also its 1 million strong agency force. The project will be implemented by Wipro and is estimated around Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million), to Rs 50 crore (Rs 500 million).

More than 10% of the country’s population are the customers of LIC. Just 10% percent and we have the biggest Insurance Datawarehouse in the world. The kind of mining that could be done with this datawarehouse would be countless. A real worthy datawarehouse to build.

Anand Wins Indus Technovators Award 2004

Anand Chandrasekharan, who guest blogs here , has won the Global Indus Technovators Award for 2004. Anand will recieve this award today at a special ceremony to be held from 6-9:30 pm. at Wong Auditorium, MIT .

I did know this news a couple of weeks back but was waiting to post it here only after they announced the technovators 2004 online. This award is given away by the Indian Business Club at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to recognize and felicitate 20 distinguished innovators of Indus origin working at the cutting-edge of technology that may be harnessed for far-reaching applications.

Anand co-founded Aeroprise from Stanford, which specialises in Mobile Workflow Management system. Having known Anand for sometime now, I’m personally happy for this acknowledgement and wanted to share it here.

Data and Metadata

David Weinberger writes about Data and Meta data in the Third Age of Order. Something that I found very profound.

There used to be a difference between data and metadata. Data was the suitcase and metadata was the name tag on it. Data was the folder and metadata was its label. Data was the contents of the book and metadata was the Dewey Decimal number on its spine. But, in the Third Age of Order, everything is becoming metadata.

Why does this matter? It changes the primary job of information architects. It makes stores of information more useful to users. It enables research that otherwise would be difficult, thus making our culture smarter overall. But, most interestingly (at least to me), this does the ol’ Einsteinian reverse flip to Aristotle. Aristotle assumed that of the 10 categories by which one could understand a thing, one must be primary: Where that thing fits into the tree of knowledge. So, you could say that Alcibiades is made of flesh or lived in Greece, but if you really want to understand him, you have to say that he is an animal of a particular kind. But, now that everything is metadata, no particular way of understanding something is any more inherently valuable than any other; it all depends on what you’re trying to do. The old framework of knowledge — and authority — are getting a pretty good shake.

Interested. Read More. Link via Rajesh Jain.