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Nari Kannan

'Reboot Your Life' to make it more interesting

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This week, I thought I would take a sabbatical from covering business intelligence to write about a very good book I read recently--about sabbticals.

"Reboot your Life" is one of those books that comes in handy when you are in your thirties, forties, fifties, sixties and now, with the work life of everyone being streteched as far as you can see, maybe in the seventies and eighties also!


Reboot-your-life.jpgTaking a break from what you do every day and doing something different to recharge yourself, your brain and coming back all energized to do the same things better or something else--this is not something that is a luxury anymore, but a necessity.

This book explains very well why you need to take a break, preparing ahead of time what you will be doing (or not doing!) when you do so, as well as preparing  those around you for you doing something different, doing it, and then coming back and reintegrating yourself into your  usual run of things.

None of those steps can be skipped. When you have been doing the same thing for years and years and then do something else, those around you need to adjust more than you do. How true this is, as anyone who has stayed home for any extended period of time between jobs or for health reasons knows full well. How many marriages have fallen apart because one of the spouses retired and the other one cannot stand the puttering, free, cranky spouse anymore?

The best chapters are those that discuss re-entry and thinking hard about whether you want to come back and do the same thing again after a sabbatical. Most vocations and jobs are just those--a way of making a living, although at the time, we imagine them to be much more. After a sabbatical, you can come back and start doing something else with even more vigor and interest. When you are learning something new and trying to do well in it, life suddenly perks up.

This book is a gem and a must-have in any professional's library.

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .


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