Sunday, September 18, 2016

Some of my innovations in past

In this blog, I want to describe few of my innovations / innovative ideas for which I was rewarded in my current and past companies.

1) 32 bit number system ( 1991): During 11th standard / PUC, we had computer science as professional subject, and we were learning various number systems such as binary, octa, decimal and hexa decimal systems. I took it further ahead and developed 32 bit number system and also provided methods to convert from 32 bit to hexa, octa, decimal and binary systems. I did'nt know how to publish and take forward at that point of time, however it became quite popular in my class and professors recognized the work I did at that point of time.

2) Clock as angular measuring equipment (1995): During last year of my Engineering, I was playing with my mechanical table clock, and accidentally, it fall down and got damaged. Basically when we wind the key, it was getting unwind quickly and all the hands were also moving quickly. I was thinking what to do with this clock, and Idea strike me! One full round of the key is getting amplified and we are getting a detail reading on dial, then why not use this angular measuring equipment. I opened the clock calculated the gear ratios and came up with the scale of the the clock, i.e. 1 second equal to how much angle. Then I created a platform to mount the clock and also a platform to keep the object of which we need to measure the angle. I represented this project in SARCH in Solapur where I got second price.

3) Remote Monitoring system (2005): Remote Monitoring Service is Systems management solution which was designed by me around Enterprise Manager Grid Control technology, that means the majority of this solution was, in and around 10g Grid Control. It proactively monitors all components of IT infrastructure, like database, listeners, application servers, storage, you name it.. CPU, Memory, load balancer etc.. And now a days using plug-in even third party s/w like IBM, Microsoft databases can be monitored. It immediately sends alerts and notifications to relevant and registered mail id’s, like DBA’s, Unix Administrators, Helpdesk or some times to managers as well for very critical errors with short message. In-built intelligence through “Fixit Jobs”, say like, if a database went down, we can proactively give instructions to restart the database. Also we had write scripts to fix regular DBA issues, for example if a tablespace is out of space, it will automatically add a data file to that tablespce and inform the DBA, regarding the action it has taken. Customizable threshold and critical levels: different customer’s will be having different standards for warning and critical levels, for example one customer may say 85 is our warning and 95% is critical limit, but these limits may be different for other customer, and this can be achieved by setting different limits for different customer, so its customizable as per customer needs. And finally, it facilitates conformity to Service Line Agreements. This became entry level service and started generating huge revenue in the form of main services. For this innovative idea, I was awarded.

4) Question of the day (2009): We were running 24X7 monitoring operation, and we hardly used to get time for in class training to my team. So I came up with a innovative idea, why can't they learn every day a small portion of the technology. For them understanding of OEM was a must, so I came up with series of tasks and questions and sequenced them, and also automated them to be sent to team members on daily basis so that that they can try these activities / try to answer these practical questions during their spare time. For this innovative idea of training, I was also awarded.

5) CIO Bottom line award (2013) for automated health check of Load test environment. Before we start any load test, we need to perform health check on the entire environment, restart services in sequence on all the 150 servers. This used to be manual and labor intensive activity, and we need to follow the sequence, needs too many handshakes between various admin teams. We did automated all the health checks and also automated the restart of all services including Databases, Middleware, Portals, eBS , IDM etc and also inbuilt the sequence. This resulted in a saving of around $110K/year.

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