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Preferring Start Ups in India over the Big 10 IT Service Providers

Anyone who has heard anything about the Indian IT outsourcing world has heard of the big 10 IT outsourcers which include high stakes players such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Accenture, Wipro, Cognizant, and Infosys. A recent Business Standard article, Indian IT firms face uphill task for new contracts up for rebid, also reflected on […]

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2022: US & India Holidays

Need for this Calendar   This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working on distributed, global teams with multiple offices in India or in the US. As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this calendar mainly focuses on: India-wide Government Holidays Kerala Holidays Select South Indian […]

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European Culture- It’s Not All The Same!

Can you provide us a training program on European Culture? How about the U.S. and U.K. cultures? Many have a preconceived notion that all of the European countries can be lumped together- maybe to save time (and money) on training. Others feel that the U.S. and the U.K. can be lumped together, as they are […]

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Build Cultural Competence in Global Teams

Global teams are often comprised of people from different nationalities working together across geographies, time zones, and continents, to solve complex business problems. Global team members work in virtual teams and communicate through a mix of video call (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.) e-mail, Instant Messaging (IM), and other asynchronous communication tools.   In the quest […]

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U.S.A. & India Vacation Planner 2017

India & US Holiday Calendar 2017  (2019 holidays – USA — India) Need for this Calendar   This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working on distributed, global teams with multiple offices in India or in the US. As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this […]

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Are you settled yet?

When moving abroad family, friends, new neighbors and perfect strangers will want to know if you’re feeling at home in your new home. One way of doing that- especially the Indian way is by asking, “Are you settled yet?”  I am unsure how to answer this question. For me, feeling settled is about more than […]

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Techie Words Explained in English Anyone Can Understand

Are you a developer who gets stuck when trying to talk about technical concepts with non-technical clients? Maybe you have relied on others to take over these conversations? We are here to help! This posts starts the exploration of techie words explained in English. (There is a more exhaustive list of more advanced words dev […]

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Problems Faced on Conference Calls

Conference calls are part and parcel of life when working on distributed, virtual teams or working from home. Everyone faces some issues while on a conference call. Have you ever wondered what a conference call would look like or feel like in real life?      Well, someone with a LOT of time on their […]

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Change Clocks in 2022, 2023, 2024: US, Canada, UK, Australia

Did you know that your team members in India change their working hours to adapt to the time change? That is because India does not observe the time change. If we look exclusively at Indian Standard Time (IST) compared to Eastern Standard Time (EST), when we are in Daylight Saving Time (DST), between March and […]

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Spring Ahead & Fall Back: What is DST?

Spring Ahead & Fall Back: What is daylight saving time (DST)?  Daylight saving time (DST) provides “extended” sunlight hours during the summer. Typically, those who practice DST must physically change their clock time ahead one hour (in the spring) or back one hour (in the fall) to ‘save time’.   Sometime in the mid 2000s, […]

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