Monthly Archives: March 2007

Doublets

A good friend of mine reminded me through an E-mail that it has been quite a while since I wrote something on this blog. So I thought, may be it’s time again to show up.

The week subsequent to my return from my home town, I was engaged in revising through the yet-to-be-released revision of an Access Manager course developed by David Goldsmith. This revision (Revision B) of the “old” AM3480 course has some noticeable changes that throws more clarity on the concepts of Sun Java System Access Manager. More importantly the course uses JES 5, which has Directory Server EE 6.0 and Web Server 7.0 as its components. I have already got good opinions about the Revision A of AM 3480 course from various participants of mine; revision B is even better. So watch out for this new course in the coming quarter. Thanks to David Goldsmith for making drastic improvements in the new revision of the Access Manager course and more so for giving me opportunity to perform a QA on it.

I had been to Mumbai after that and I returned to Bangalore only last night. I travelled to Mumbai to deliver a two day training program on Solaris Containers for a batch of around 20 participants. I was supposed to travel back to Bangalore on Tuesday night, but had to extend my stay there for a couple of more days to deliver the same program for a second batch as well. Published below are the photographs of my new friends.


For a change, I am not traveling home this weekend:) Wishing you all a restful weekend.

Traveling Home This Weekend

For my close associates, this blog title is no surprise. And it is not the first time that I am traveling 600 odd Kilometers on road to spend just a night and two days at my home in Kerala. True it is tiring, especially after an energy sapping lecture sessions during the weekdays. But as they say,”There is no place like home.”

I am glad to have got introduced myself to another dozen folks, this time while delivering the Sun Cluster 3.1 course.

It was a very productive week for me and I am very satisfied with the way things went for me this whole week. At the same time, there is no denial of the fact that I am exhausted. The exhaustion is so high that I am unable to focus much on sending replies promptly to the E-mails that are reaching me. I plan to spend some time sorting that out during this weekend.Those of you who have not heard from me, please bear with me. An E-mail from me is on the way:)

Dr Karie Willyerd Inaugurates the Sun Learning Center, Bangalore, India

Dr Karie Willyerd requires no introduction in Sun Microsystems. And when a top level executive like Dr Karie steps into the Sun Learning Center for a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony, it can be marked no less than a special event in the history of Sun Learning Services. And when I found myself a part of such a significant event, naturally there was a sense of excitement and, frankly, a bit of fear. With such sort of feelings lingering around the mind all through the day, on this very special day, there was hardly any idea about the contents of my blog this evening. My state of mind is no different even now and I doubt if I have enough vocabulary in my dictionary to detail to you the sequence of events that happened in the 4th floor of H J S Chambers in Richmond Road, Bangalore – Sun Microsystem’s new learning center in the Silicon Valley of India.

I have already briefed my long suffering readers about the new Sun Learning Center here in Bangalore and that story, I believe, needs no retelling. Today it looked more attractive than ever with plenty of decorations all around the place.


A Red Carpet Welcome to Dr. Karie Willyerd and other Sun Executives was followed by the much awaited ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony at around 1800 hours IST, signifying the official opening of Sun’s Learning Center operations in this part of the world. I wasn’t present there, for I had an audience to speak to about Sun Cluster, which I shall continue to do over the next four days as well, and I am as ignorant as you are on the frame by frame details of the most important moment of the day at the center this evening. But then, sticking to the old adage, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words,’ let me put my lips to silence and display to you the most signficant moment in the Learning Center this evening.

Traditionally, in India a lamp is lit during all the major functions and behind such an act there exists a very serious and profound thought that by lighting the lamp we remove darkness. Light is knowledge and darkness is ignorance. If at all this thought and action fits anywhere, it fits the best in the field of Education. And today during the inaugural function of the new Learning Center of Sun Microsystems, five prominent men from Sun lit the lamps at the center. Again, I am going back to the background, bringing to you in the foreground those moments in the form of some photographs.




I was fortunate to have Dr. Karie and others coming into my classroom and addressing my participants for a couple of minutes. I do not know how frequently does one get an opportunity to interact with a top executive of an organization and that too when the crowd is minimal. Well, assuming that such occasions are really rare, the training participants who came for the Sun Training were lucky enough to get an open session with the Executive Vice President and the Cheif Learning Officer of Sun Learning Services, Sun Microsystems Inc. Subsequent to the visit to my classroom, Dr. Karie and others went into the other two Sun classrooms and interacted with the students for a few minutes.

These activities were followed by awarding momentos to the guests by the Sunil, Director of RPS Consulting Services who also holds the portfolio as the Director of Sun Learning Center, Bangalore. The photograph below was taken during that occasion.

The work done by Sunil and Prasad, Directors of the newly inaugurated Learning Center is indeed commendable and what I liked the most about them in my short association with them is an attitude where the word ‘impossible’ hardly finds a place. And if this good work is continued, which I am certiain about, then what we witnessed today could well be one of several milestones that they would touch in taking the Sun Learning Center to an elevated plane. Let time tell that tale of success.

Several photographs were taken during the function, which for practical reasons cannot be published on this page. I have managed to upload all of them in a dedicated location, which you may access right here. And out of those photographs that I have put in there, one is chosen to be added here, because I thought – just a thought – it could well be a future Bond movie flyer 😉

A Weekend So Different…

By nature, I am an early riser. But today it required a knock on the door to force me out of my bed very late in the morning. Perhaps, it was a result of exhaustion or may be a direct consequence of the deep sense of satisfaction after a productive week. Whatever it is, I am feeling very tranquil this morning, which is something that I haven’t experienced since the beginning of this New Year.

I was handling Sun Java System Access Manager course last week and it concluded late evening yesterday. I had made a few decisions of not talking too much about anything outside the curriculum while delivering a Sun Course, but that didn’t work out last week and I ended up discussing too many things about various Sun technologies including Solaris Containers, that too on a late Friday evening! It was purely because of the interest shown by the bunch of guys attending the training program, that I was prompted to speak a lot. And with Yashwant’s encouraging note on my blog, I am taken to believe that the technique that I have been employing in my training programs are accepted by a majority of audience and I better stick to that and improve upon it.

The course on Access Manager was accepted wholeheartedly by all those who sat through this training program and most of them expressed their complete satisfaction on the preciseness and the error-free nature of the course materials developed by David Goldsmith. Thanks to David for coming up with such a neat courseware. As usual, David extended his support to me in getting a few concepts clarified during the course of the training, in spite of the fact that he himself was busy with some other training sessions. His enthusiasm and generosity is commendable and has been a source of inspiration for me as well.

For me, it was a week when I experienced a very good rhythm starting from the beginning of this program till the very end of it. And I would sincerly thank the attendees for the maturity shown and for extending their full co-operation in making this a memorable week for me.

What was more fascinating was the effort that each one of them put during their teach back session and the value add they provided to each other by discussing their own experience with the related products of Sun or other vendors. And when the ‘teach back’ sessions were on, I was happily sitting in the classroom capturing those moments, which I am throwing on to this page (such a nasty way of publishing some photos).

Good weekend to all of you; it is certainly a different one for me.

Getting Ready for the Big Event

The coming week Dr. Karie Willyerd, Executive Vice President, Sun Learning Services is in India for a short visit and on one of the days during her stay in India, she would be performing the inauguration of Sun Learning Center, Bangalore

Sun Learning Center, Bangalore has three classrooms, equipped with new Sun boxes and would host all Sun Training that would happen in Bangalore. Though the activities at Sun Learning Center began since the beginning of Year 2007, an official “ribbon cutting” inauguration is scheduled to be on 12th of March 2007 at 1800 hrs.

For the invitees of this event, I have managed to “steal” a route map from Vaishnavi (which she prepared of course) that could turn out to be really handy.

In case if you are not making it to the Sun Learning Center for some reason or the other, and still would wish to see how the center looks like, I have some photographs for you.

What you see on the left side of this boring commentary of mine is (of course self-explanatory) the reception. The thing that grabs one’s attention the most in this part of the center is the huge flyer about Java. A security personnel remains round-the-clock here, which gives the training participants the flexibility to work till late night and even to sneak in during the early hours of morning (that’s unlikely though:)).

Right to the right of this text is the corridor that would take you to the pantry of Sun Learning Center. That’s where the home made tea and snacks are served twice a day: one in the morning and one towards the end of the day. And on the way to the pantry, you would hit Vaishnavi, who would be holding a phone most of the time, talking to the client discussing about the prospects of various Sun Courses that are available in the Education Catalog.

The classrooms (of different capacity) at Sun Learning Center are generally occupied on all weeks of a month, except on very rare occasions. Equipments that are required in a modern training room are already in place in all the classrooms, but at the same time proper efforts are being made to improve upon it, ensuring a smooth, comfortable and hassle free training sessions for the training participants. Certain things take time to touch nearness to perfection.

Last but not the least, there is a refrigerator in the pantry, loaded with variety of soft drinks ready to be emptied and that’s a luxury you would hardly see in most of the training locations. Whether the consumption of soft drinks is good for health is something that is debatable and that of course is a different story, beyond the scope of discussion in here.

Many a number of people are actively involved in improving upon all aspects of Sun Learning Center here in Bangalore. I would wish to congratulate them for the good job done so far. On the other hand, I also don’t deny the fact that improvements can be made in all departments to make the learning experience in Sun Learning Center better and the best. Trust me, it is being done. And before I leave, I would wish to express my heart felt thanks to all those who extended their cooperation during the training programs in understanding the limitations of a training room in its transition phase and also to provide with valuable suggestions that are being considered on a very serious note. It’s only going to get better; day after day.

Welcome, Dr Karie to the Sun Learning Center, Bangalore, India

IDM 4484 – A Final Analysis

At home in Kerala this weekend. Things are settling down here; well, it has to. My IDM4484 course concluded on Thursday(01/March/2007). Personally, I am not satisfied with the way things went during the four days of IDM 4484 course. I have a feeling that I indulged in lot many conversations outside the scope of subject and talked about various other products of Sun, which I now feel wasn’t really necessary. I should have insisted my participants to spend more time on the labs in IDM 4484 rather than deviating their attention to a variety of the products falling in the scope of Identity Management space. I also don’t think it is a good idea to take the class into the late evenings for several reasons. I might have to make some serious amendments in the way I deliver a course. And I am going to start doing so, starting tomorrow, when I would take the platform for the Sun Java System Access Manager course. I know it is a process that would take some time, but neverthless it requires a proper start.