We recently featured a multi-part series on PuneTech (an online tech community that I am actively involved in) regarding “Optimization in real world”. The primary aim of this series was to explain the esoteric world of ‘Optimization’ in simple layman terms. I am including a set of links for these articles below.
Note that in the past, PuneTech has also published some introductory articles on Supply Chain Management (SCM) and the optimization & decision support challenges involved in various real world SCM problems.
It was an honor to have Dr. Narayan Venkatasubramanyan, an Optimization Guru and one of the original pioneers in applying Optimization to Supply Chain Management, as a contributor for PuneTech. Who better to write about ‘Optimization in the real world’ than Narayan! I had the privilege of working closely with Narayan at i2 Technologies in Dallas for nearly 10 years.
Here are the links to the 4 articles:
I have also included a brief excerpt from Narayan’s first article, giving some background about this series:
“the following entry was prompted by a request for an article on the topic of “optimization” for publication in punetech.com, a website co-founded by amit paranjape, a friend and former colleague. for reasons that may have something to do with the fact that i’ve made a living for a couple of decades as a practitioner of that dark art known as optimization, he felt that i was best qualified to write about the subject for an audience that was technically savvy but not necessarily aware of the application of optimization. it took me a while to overcome my initial reluctance: is there really an audience for this after all, even my daughter feigns disgust every time i bring up the topic of what i do. after some thought, i accepted the challenge as long as i could take a slightly unusual approach to a “technical” topic: i decided to personalize it by rooting in a personal-professional experience. i could then branch off into a variety of different aspects of that experience, some technical, some not so much. read on ….”
PuneTech is a community portal exclusively focused on the innovative IT companies and startups in Pune. The primary objective of this initiative is to enable closer collaboration and knowledge sharing between technology professionals and companies. The ultimate long term goal is to help in creating a sustainable startup technology ecosystem in Pune.
PuneTech provides daily updates on various technology related happenings in Pune, with specific focus on new products and innovation. It also has a wiki where companies can update their profiles. PuneTech also works in close conjunction with other Startup Community and IT initiatives in Pune.
One sense I got after interacting with many IT experts here, was that their focus is more on pure technology and less on the business problem domain that many application software solutions eventually aim to solve. Hence I thought of writing a brief series of articles that provide a high level overview on specific application software domain – Supply Chain Management (SCM). To access this first article in the series, click here. This article provides an overview of SCM and provides some information on SCM Software Development in Pune. Future articles will dig deeper in specific application areas of SCM.