Time to standardize product structures


The Boston consulting group predicts that 10% to 30% of the goods that America now imports from China will be made at home by the year 2020, resulting in proceeds of up to $55 Billion a year.

The maker’s movement is gaining strength with rapid advancements in some technologies such as 3D printing and the new concept of distributed manufacturing becoming real.

Earlier prototyping of products have to be done either in China or elsewhere with tens of thousands of Dollars in costs but now a lot of prototyping of products are happening locally and resulting in low cost and the turnover is very rapid.

The above are some of the trends in product manufacturing which needs certain standardization in order to streamline the creativity, resources, money and new inventions in proper direction to solve the planets ever changing requirements.

Here is what I propose.

  • It all starts with Inventory part nomenclature standardization. I wrote a blog on this topic here. time-standardize-inventory-parts-data
  • An international team of manufacturing experts should be nominated for framing the standardization process for inventory nomenclature and product family/grouping and product structure nomenclature.
  • The team will be formulated by international trade organization (WTO) and will be initially funded by them until the whole process is completed and becomes self-sustainable.
  • Long term Sustainability should be mandated to make this effort profitable by WTO. Some of the ideas for this are given below.
  • The product structures should then be categorized on the same lines like Botanical nomenclature.
  • Next we need to create a cloud platform where all product structures are made available for everyone to access, excluding some sensitive (Defence) and copy protected ones.
  • Then we need to create Application programming interfaces (API) and other apps for accessing the Product structures by interested parties.
  • The API ‘s and other apps should be flexible enough to allow users to create new structures from the existing ones and also where able to connect to their own databases to transfer the structures as needed.
  • All the services should be charged for sustaining the standardization efforts.
  • Guidelines should be mandated for product structure usage and migration to user’s internal usage.
  • Guidelines also needed to monitor the new product inventions, accessibility of the new inventions and standardization of the same.
  • All global language translations for the product structures should be undertaken by crowdsourcing the same.
  • Every nation should have a team of experts to advice the core team on the standardization efforts and this team will be compensated from the WTO funds.

Benefits

  1. Redundancy of Product structures will be eliminated and standardization will increase operational efficiency and reduce cost of procurement, administrative and other costs for users.
  2. Same quality products will now be available for global citizens on equal terms with only pricing variations.
  3. Makes it easy to source semi-finished products or materials at the fraction of a cost due to visibility of the same from across the planet. Helps in supply chain logistics efficiencies and also reduce costs of transportation. This in turn reduces global warming due to less use of Oil.
  4. The huge network of users will now be able to talk to each other and can create new business opportunities for themselves and indirectly to nations by creating new employment opportunities and new start-up companies.
  5. The flexibility to mix and match products on the fly becomes easy for new inventions and trigger new creative ideas and new products.
  6. Rapid prototyping of new product inventions becomes easy from the existing ones.
  7. New business ideas and new start-ups ideas are possible due to democratization of inventory nomenclature and Product structure nomenclature.
  8. Many of the benefits that I mentioned in the inventory standardization will also apply here.

 

Please let me know what you think

A new Proposal to Modernize farming In India and end Farmer suicides.


Climate change is the real game changer for this initiative. Small and medium Farmers are not equipped to deal /understand planets changing food habitat. I wrote about this way back in 2011. https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/climate-change-get-used-to-new-kind-of-food/

The new idea to solve the problems of farmers is as follows.

Milestones that can be achieved : Banks spared from Loan losses, rural employment, Evolution of new business models, increase in soil fertility, crop yields due to scientific farming methods, agri-soil data analytics,  climate analytics, productivity gains in food supply logistics, new startups possibility and rural villages will thrive. Reduction/Elimination of corruption in agricultural activities .

Problem:

Small and medium farmers are succumbing to the enormous amount of debts, rising cost of living and failure of crops due to drought or excess rainfall or due to bad quality seeds and poor farming practices.

Banks stopped giving fresh loans, the government reimbursements end up paying old debts, fertilizer prizes are skyrocketing and private loan sharks loot whatever is left with the poor families of the farmer.

Banks targeted loan payments is 15, 000 crores but they disbursed just 6000 crores according to a regional newspaper article (link provided below).

Even if farmer succeed to raise crops the middle men robs the profits by paying a fraction of the amount and making bumper profits from the sales of the farmers yields in the open market. This is because all these small farmers do not have the financial leverage to store their produce nor to take it to the markets and sell.

On top of it the politicians use the situation for their advantage in the form of short term popular policies to garner more votes. They do not sincerely show empathy, passion to solve the problem.

Even if they announce policies with good intention there is no strict follow up to the end and in the name of these policies political and middle men swindle more money. In a nutshell there is no proper planning/auditing till the “LAST MILE” in everything the Government does constantly for ever.

The consequences: Due to above factors and many other reasons farmers are attempting suicide and families are coming on to the roads.

The situation is grave in many southern states such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana   India.

In regional newspaper (http://eenadu.net/news/newsitem.aspx?item=hyd-panel&no=1 ) the following statistics are given about the farmers suicides.

In the above states since 1997 till 2013 the suicides have risen from 1097 to 2014 and during 2015 there are around 1000 suicides.

The situation is becoming worse for the farmers who feed the nations billions of people.

The present solution:

Government implements popular measures of reimbursements, short term help to farmers in the form of subsidy and other methods. All of the present methods are short term solutions without any substantial benefits to the farmers for long term.

The policies of the government appears as a reaction measures only not preventive measures.

Opposition parties try their best to gain sympathy for more votes for their future elections from this fiasco.

The failure of the present solution

Some of these reimbursements end up with several rich farmers, politicians, their coterie of gangs and fake account holders who capitalize on these more than the real farmers who needs them. The whole system of reimbursement is full of looting and exploitation by some vested interests starting from the politician to influential people in the society.

The same thing happens in several other infrastructure developments, where government money is spent. These cartel of powerful politician, businessmen and their coterie of gangs make the most of every developmental work in India. The results of the infrastructure development is of low quality work and creates bad image about the country to outsiders.

The new solution:

To solve the vexing problem I propose the following solutions.

The gist of the proposal is to change the language and the perception of problem definition in order to get a right solution.

I redefined this problem from a corporate perceptive and framed my question of the problem. The question is now reframed as follows.

“How to sustain a business for long term while solving the present challenges”

By focusing on the problem in several other form of questions as above I could come to the following solution. If implemented this will solve several problems, country like India faces.

My purpose is to bring agricultural practices to a level playing field across the country with global best practices implemented with grassroot realities and development.

  1. Under national skills development program train students/ others who are interested in Agriculture to modern farming methods sourcing the best practices from countries such as Israel.
  2. Educate the farmers to outsource their lands for a fixed amount payable quarterly or half yearly. The land still belongs to them but the work is outsourced to professional farming companies. Pool all the small and medium farmers’ lands together to make a large agricultural land available for large scale farming with most modern methods sourced from across the globe.
  3. Use the trained students / others / owners of the farm lands to work in the fields with the best international practice implementations. Pay for their work as regular salaries or for a fixed price. Job creation for rural youth.
  4. Rope in venture capital funding agencies, businesses and global equity / money market funds and encourage them to invest in agriculture with tax benefits for the investments.
  5. Allow start up entrepreneurs work closely with cultivators to come up with new apps, products , services , storage facilities, logistics and other closely related works with venture funds made available for them.
  6. Support start-up companies that handle the logistics of preserving the food grains , transporting food till it reaches every house hold.
  7. Let government not involved in the whole supply chain logistics including the Last Mile but make sure to monitor strictly the whole process with regular checks and cross checks.

Benefits from the above method:

  1. Farmers are assured with fixed incomes from their lands.
  2. Banks need not take the burden of non-payment of loans nor they need not allocate huge amounts for loans and end up with NPA’s (Non-performing assets).
  3. Government need not spend huge amounts on reimbursements
  4. Eliminate middle men, brokers from the food supply chain.
  5. Provide opportunities for start-up business to flourish which will in turn gives more employment to rural youth.
  6. Land pooling will help in producing more and diversified crops with yields better than segmented pieces of lands cultivation.
  7. Misuse or excess use of fertilizers, chemicals, and pesticides can be eliminated since the farming is done by professionals.
  8. Helps in streamlining of food supply chain logistics and encourages ancillary units development in and around the villages.
  9. Local youth will become productive by honing their farming skills in the national skills development program and they get exposure to industry best practices. Solves unemployment and youth turning to crime problems.
  10. Helps entrepreneurs to come up with more start up ideas around agriculture with agricultural e commerce , apps development in ebay like auctions to flipkart like retails sales.
  • Provides opportunity for new business models to evolve from this.

Conclusion.

Check this video of the reality of the food problem and other facts about Indian situations . http://www.storypick.com/man-in-bus-video/

With further honing of the above idea Government can focus on support and sustenance of the projects and private professional players taking care of the real work. Slowly government can untangle from Commerce /business completely, by gradually outsourcing all the work to outside agencies and that will reduce the corruption in the country to a large extent.

I felt this is the best method to end Corruption in the country because the roots of all corruption starts from powerful politician, businessmen and percolates down to different government agencies.

Landbank

A big Opportunity for companies and others


Wrote a article on the above title here. Please check

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/time-standardize-inventory-parts-data-radha-krishna-behara

Software Services for Business


https://www.braintreepayments.com/   lets developers accept payments in their app or website

https://stripe.com/ same business like braintree , makes it easy to accept credit card payments on a website or mobile app by eliminating the need for merchant accounts and gateways. JavaScript libraries and Android and iOS toolkits take care of capturing customer card data.

http://www.elasticsearch.org/ enables data exploration by allowing developers to pose free-text or more structured queries to large volumes of data via aRESTful API. It’s built on top of the Lucerne Apache project, a Java-based text search engine.

Firebase is BaaS (backend as a service), a cloud database , replaces all the usual server-side infrastructure with highly scaleable and secure data storage. When one client updates the data repository, where data is stored via an API as JSON, the changes are synchronized by notifying all other clients

http://www.firepad.io/#1  Use Firepad’s rich text features for collaborative blogging, note taking, proofreading and much more!

https://www.heroku.com/ Platform as a Service (PaaS) companies and it supports Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, and Scala. PaaS services let developers concentrate on writing code rather than operating infrastructure by managing servers, deployment, and scaling for them. Over 4 million apps are deployed on Heroku.

http://www.jetbrains.com/ has been making developer tools like IDEs (Integrated Development Environments), including the widely used Java IDE IntelliJ, as well as continuous integration and project management tools for over 10 years. JetBrains is now creating a new statically typed language for the JVM called Kotlin.

http://pusher.com/  is a hosted service for adding real-time features like notifications, chats, and data feeds to web and mobile applications. Essentially, it lets developers offload a lot of the work of real-time synchronization to Pusher’s RESTful API. New information is sent to the API and Pusher uses awebsocket connection to push new updates to the browser instead of pulling them from the server.

http://sendgrid.com/  helped developers to deliver millions of transactional and marketing emails like purchase confirmations, without having to run their own email servers. To send email through SendGrid a developer just needs to change his email configuration to point to SendGrid’s servers.

http://www.twilio.com/voice by letting developers add voice, SMS, and VoIP functionality into web, desktop, or mobile software. You can even build an entire call center system with Twilio’s cloud API including call queuing, routing, and call recording.

Got a Business Idea? Then read this


This century and next belongs to Asian countries with western markets saturated and growth prospects bleak. Asian countries in turn are beaming with hyper growth potential and untapped rural population for marketing a slew of products and services that would enhance the living standards of the mostly poor and middle class populations. There is a wide recognition to the opportunity of creating services, products among the many talented entrepreneurs internationally, in India and other Asian countries.  Many smart and creative people started plethora of small to medium companies across several sectors ranging from agriculture, industrial manufacturing to renewable energy sector.  Many  of these  profitable ventures lack the skills to scale their operations nationwide to global levels.  In order to help take these budding enterprises to professionally managed companies World resource institute’s green network of enterprise acceleration centers has started a funding service called New ventures. These funding agency helps small and emerging companies with money, business training and scaling operations to those companies which are profitable but lack skills to take their company to next level of growth nationwide.   The following are the list of companies new ventures have helped in financing

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/accura-bikes

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/ankur-scientific

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/hmx-sumaya

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/husk-power-systems

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/nandan-biomatrix

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/pronature-organic-foods

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/sba-hydro

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/sustaintech-india-pvt-ltd

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/zameen-organic

For companies from Brazil, Indonesia and other asian countries click the link below

http://www.new-ventures.org/company/search?page=2

Got Ideas but need help? Then read this.


Other day I read in a newspaper about engineering students making a solar operated car. I was thrilled to know that our students are creative and enthusiastic to do something new. What we may not know is what kind of challenges they faced to build the car. They might have felt frustrated or helpless regarding some design challenges while they are building the car.

“How to do“ videos or pictures offer great ways to learn about science and engineering. But the joys of making a electric car or small robot or a crystal radio set are difficult if we don’t know what are the right steps to follow to build them.

If you have an idea about building something,  you now have a chance to learn how to do it step by step or post your problem so you can get answers from the world audience.  That’s because Web-based instructions — often designed by hobbyists for other hobbyists are now available for you. So go ahead and check these websites and start inventing products that people can use.  Your product invention may make you an entrepreneur one day and help society to overcome a problem they face everyday.   Remember “every problem is a opportunity for entrepreneurs, the bigger the problem the bigger the business opportunity for you if you can solve it”  (This quote is by Mr.Vinod Khosla, the most famous venture capitalist on planet earth)

Bloggers who tinker are creating interactive tutorials, descriptive videos and step-by-step series of photographs that make it easier for all of us to confidently use the methods to overcome our challenges. Here are the links to some websites

http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/HomopolarMotor

http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37&zenid=47e70654df482b27486f725e3a435271

http://www.ifixit.com/

http://makezine.com/

http://www.bigshotcamera.org/

http://quake.tokyohackerspace.org/index.php/Dome_Kits

An example of how to make a Pot that makes it easy to transfer a potted plant from one pot to other is here.

http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/01/13/the-business-of-re-potting-plants/

A student has made a Bicycle using bamboo. Check the details here

http://www.boobicycles.com/world/index.html

To find whether a patient had Pancreatitis researchers from Texas University came  up with this cheap detector  of the disease check this information here  : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110425173846.htm

There has been a recent explosion of interest in using terahertz (THz) radiation to investigate questions in chemistry, biology, physics, medicine and materials science. Simultaneously there has been a rapid development of a broad array of experimental tools for working with THz radiation. Check this link if interested   http://thznetwork.net/index.php/about

You can also post your problem in the form of a Video to Youtube asking for help. There might be somebody who can solve your problem. You just need to be smart enough to use technologies to your benefit.  As always I’m there to guide you in the process of triggering your inner creative ideas and making your dreams come true.

Here is a challenge to students.  Try and your efforts will give you valuable experience if not the prize of $25000 Dollars from Ingersall Rand Corp.

“Ingersoll Rand has put up >>$25000<< for prizes and scholarships to a
prototyping workshop. Tell us how you would design the $300 House –
submit your ideas, sketches, and videos >>”

If you got an Idea of how to build a $300 Dollar house click the SUBMIT Idea button on the Link below.

http://www.jovoto.com/contests/300house/ideas    Good luck and contact me for guiding you on the project.