Sri Prakash

E-Com Canada Inc.
Maple, Canada

About Sri

Bio

I head E-Com Canada - a company providing management consulting and technology consulting services in Canada and USA. I have personally led multi-million dollar projects for prestigious organizations like General Electric, EDS, The Canadian Red Cross, Healthcare Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), Ontario Government (ORC), Stelco/US-Steel, Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), and Rogers AT&T to name a few.

E-Com Canada Inc. is head quartered in Maple, Ontario. We are a team of IT consultants who have earned our wings in Fortune 500 companies and other global giants.

We bring you thousands of combined man hours of IT consulting experience in Program and Project Management, Management Consulting, Risk Management, Outsourcing, Off-Shoring, and On-site Software Development.

Comments & conversations

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Sri Prakash
Posted almost 2 years ago
A cloud strategy in Africa makes absolute sense.
Data is just one component of the cloud. My conversation is about making applications and information available via a cloud infrastructure using the cell / smart phone as the delivery tool to end users in rural communities across Africa. Please see my response to Matt Taylor's question in this conversation to know more about the specifics.
202792
Sri Prakash
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that even though its morally wrong, what NSA as been doing was good for our countries?
Spying is a tool that nations use to prevent being surprised by their competitors and enemies. Its a tool that has been in use for as long as there has been recorded history (and probably earlier); and its a grey area. What may be deemed acceptable to one party may be unacceptable to the other. Just because one party got really good at it, everyone is calling foul".
202792
Sri Prakash
Posted almost 2 years ago
A cloud strategy in Africa makes absolute sense.
Without attempting to put the mechanics of the whole strategy in a paragraph, at this point perhaps I can simply illustrate how it works in a place like rural India and specifically those who are in the BPL (Below Poverty Line) and very poor category. The reason I keep drawing a parallel with India is that Its important we try and find an as relevant a possible example such as this where the concept has worked. Some of the common variables between India and Africa are: Large population in the very poor/BPL category, low education, low access to basic social facilities, health, nutrition, and safety being key areas where the population can avail of mobile /smart phone based information access. What has really increased the uptake of the cell phone based use by this segment of the population is low-cost mass produced cell phone units, and one of the lowest cost/minute rate in the world. In fact the government has nothing to do with it. The kind of information made available to these communities via these phones is related to local vaccination schedules, health / epidemic related issues, crop cultivation, weather forecast, micro loans, sanitation advisories, and of course communication/calling. The phones support regional language capability (given that India has more than 600 languages and dialects). The phones also support a built in radio helps the farmer. The cost of these phones is as low as $20 (Nokia is the most popular brand). The subscription model is a pay-as-you-go model that allows the user to control his use/cost based on affordability. As to whether this model is helping - there is ample statistics in the public domain to prove it is. The infrastructure is completely set up by the private sector - the government's only contribution has been the auctioning of the airwaves/spectrum for cellular phone companies to buy and operate.
202792
Sri Prakash
Posted almost 2 years ago
A cloud strategy in Africa makes absolute sense.
Cloud infrastructure is a relatively much cheaper way of making information/computing resources available to a population. The overheads are much fewer and cheaper. The benefits of relevant information accessibility by the population can be had by simply owning a cheap cellphone. Cellphone /smartphone penetration in Africa is currently at between 17 to 19 percent. Regarding who and how they will benefit; Given that the majority of the population is still extremely poor and is striving to meet basic needs, the kind of information that will be most helpful and be readily consumed by is that which pertains to healthcare, hygiene, literacy/education, safety, micro farming, small business, micro business, and basic social development including village and small town development; in this scenario, the majority of the population are going to be “consumers” of information rather than “producers”. In such a model, a cloud approach makes most sense since these population centers cannot really afford to maintain their own data centers from a financial, logistical, and know-how perspective. Regarding whether the above is achievable - well lets simply go by an example - India's poor and agriculture sector as a whole has benefited tremendously from cheap affordable cell phone and internet access.
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Sri Prakash
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should a country/government give all its information to the citizens/public? If no, what information should the country not release?
Governments in a democracy are elected by the people. Our elected representatives are put in the positions they hold because we believe that they have the skills to collectively ensure effective administration of our country and its affairs. These are people who supposedly have been elected because they have the "required" skills to govern a nation. We trust their judgement and have democratic safeguards in place to ensure that issues of national importance are debated upon by elected bodies before being acted upon. So yes, since we trust our elected representatives, it is not necessary that all state secrets are disclosed to the public - the public is made up of people with varying levels of intellect; they are not necessarily going to understand and make sense of this information with the same level of intelligence. In most cases, the outcomes of such information dissemination (including leaks) are less than desirable. Depending on the intelligence and emotional quotient of the population in general, the outcomes can range from sensible protests to widespread anarchy.