AgilizTech Annual Meet 2016: A day to ponder, rejoice and cherish!

On 20 Oct 2016, the AgilizTech family regrouped to celebrate the AgilizTech Annual Meet 2016 with great pomp and zeal.

The event held at Nandhana Grand, Koramangala, Bangalore, was attended by the extended family of AgilizTech – its beloved Bangalore employees, proud family members and the indispensable remote team from Chennai. The event was presided over by distinguished Chief Guests – Ganthi MathiNathan, Sumatipal Kotangale, Sundara Rajan and Venkata Subramanian.

Chief Guests (from Left to Right): Ganthi MathiNathan, Sumatipal Kotangale, Sundara Rajan, and Venkata Subramanian

Chief Guests (from Left to Right): Ganthi MathiNathan, Sumatipal Kotangale, Sundara Rajan, and Venkata Subramanian

CEO’s Keynote Address

Mr Ganesh, MD & CEO, AgilizTech, addresses the gathering

Mr Ganesh, MD & CEO, AgilizTech, addresses the gathering

Firstly, Mr Ganesh Babu, the MD & CEO of AgilizTech delivered his keynote address. He spoke about the company’s roots, its rapid growth, the status quo and the roadmap for the future. He was all praises for his employees and lauded and recognized their contribution to the development of AgilizTech.

Also, he unveiled the Company’s new branding and explained the significance of the new logo.

AgilizTech's new logo

AgilizTech’s new logo

Green to represent fresh thoughts, blue to represent trust, the arrows to mark continuous agility and progress, the interlinked chevrons to indicate collaboration, stability and a 360 degree approach.

The key message, that is, the DNA of the firm was noted to be “I Am You”, in which, the company recognizes itself as one with the customer. The CEO also said that, every employee should imbibe this message and implement it in their day-to-day activities, whether it be meeting a client, discussing with a team member, in conjunction with the company and with the society. The re-branding will be realized in November.

According to Mr Ganesh, the next steps to be taken by the firm to reach new heights  is to focus on stability, improvement and organic growth. The dapper, new look received praises from all quarters.

The Chief Guests too, noted the company’s progress and offered tips and invaluable advice on how to stay on the pursuit of excellence to grow and prosper.

Talents no more latent

AgilizTech got talent!

AgilizTech got talent!

Next was the talent show organized by the employees. The hidden talents of the firm were out in the limelight as singers, Meghana, Deep and Pooja dazzled the audience with their vocal skills. Not to be left behind, the skit team, consisting of Karan, Gurukiran, Aditya and Nikitha, put up a spirited and humorous performance and left the audience in splits.

Click here to view the entire album on Facebook.

And the Award goes to…

Next on the cards were the awards! AgilizTech honored the contributions of all its employees with awards and certificates. The function was full of reminiscing memories and acknowledging the hard work and efforts put in by all the employees. The family members of employees, too, were called on the dais to receive the awards and share the joy and pride.

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Off to WonderLa!

In the second half of the day, the team visited WonderLa, the amusement park at the outskirts of Bangalore. The day was spent on thrilling land and water rides, having loads of fun and making beautiful memories to cherish and rejoice.

The employees have a splash at WonderLa!

The employees have a splash at WonderLa!

Click here to view the entire album on Facebook.

All-in-all, the AgilizTech Annual Meet 2016 was a grand success. It was a fruitful and fun-filled day for AgilizTech as it took another step towards the path of growth and development.

Dear employees, let’s grab the cleaning supplies, it’s Ayudha Pooja!

Perhaps, in Indian mythology monkey business means a good thing. The vanar sena played an active role and helped Rama defeat Ravana, and add yet another holiday to the Indian calendar – Vijayadashami / Ayudha Pooja, celebrating the triumph of good over evil.

Actually, monkey business means time-wasting activity. One of the biggest reasons of time-wastage at work is workplace clutter, which also affects productivity.

We are unable to locate important papers, critical files and vital emails on time. Add the dust and grime, our work atmosphere is clogging our brains! So how do we ensure that productivity triumphs over clutter? Simple. While we tidy our houses for Ayudha Pooja this year, let’s spruce up our office too!

Workstation


We reside here for around 7-8 hours every day. And on most days our desks look like bomb sites! Scattered papers, month-old sticky notes, long-forgotten whiteboard markings, the odd knick-knacks and the half-drunk coffee cup.

“If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Einstein’s question is food for thought indeed. Well, HERE’s WHAT NOT to do!

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Here are some Dos:

  • Invest in a binder where you can store loose paper
  • Ensure that sticky notes are routinely discarded.
  • Use ‘To Dos’ in Outlook and track tasks efficiently.
  • Wipe photos, whiteboard and other knick-knacks
Let’s create our own quote! – “A clean, well-organized desk is a sign, of a planned and orderly mind.”

Hardware

dirty-system

The once sleek, shiny laptop is now covered in grime. The squeaky clean mouse is greasy. The yummy evening snacks of masala vada and samosa had to cause some casualties.

Dos:

  • Use a laptop cleaning kit to banish the dust and get the sparkle back on your laptop.
  • Avoid eating while using laptop, as crumbs get stuck between the keys and on the mouse.

 

Gadgets are every techie’s pride and joy. Let’s maintain them properly so that they serve us well.

 Email & Files

Often we click the file download button multiple times – sometimes out of frustration, sometimes by mistake. Result? Your Downloads folder is a nightmare! It is like Harry Potter’s doubling curse come to life!

Dos:

  • As soon as you download a file, assign it a place on your system. Create an appropriately-named folder and paste it there. This is mandatory when the file is visual or audio. Text-oriented files can be searched easily, but the other categories would require intensive efforts.
  • Periodically clean up the Temp files. Temp files mean just that, temporary. Don’t let them become a permanent guest on your system.
  • Allocate time for system cleanup. Ruthlessly delete old and unnecessary files. If you have a copy on the cloud, even better, as you have backup. Remember. Your mantra is – Sift. Delete. Repeat.
  • Put Outlook to good use and get on top of your overflowing inbox. Use Rules wisely to ensure proper categorization of your mails.
  • Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and mails! And if you absolutely need those, then try unroll.me

In the end, Work is worship. And we need to sharpen our work tools too. This year, let’s carry the spirit of Ayudha Pooja to our workspaces, and invoke the blessings of the divine.

Happy Vijayadashami everyone!

AgilizTech harnesses Neo4j technology for safer Social Media experience

Social Media has taken the world by storm, with around 2.3 billion active users. Facebook, the social media giant, alone witnesses a steady traffic of 1.09 billion users every single day! But did you know that out of these, a whopping 83 million are fake profiles?

While some of these fake accounts are used by crafty businesses for their marketing gimmicks, others use them for ‘special’ purposes. Many of us have been contacted through ‘Chats’ and ‘Pokes’ by at least one of these fake strangers. And sometimes these interactions morph into something serious. We are not talking about the social media love affairs that are glamourized by Bollywood. It is time to have a look at the darker side.

The Darker Side of Social Media
In this video, Coby Persin conducts social experiments using fake Facebook accounts on tweens and teenagers. Watch the victims throw caution to the winds, and meet strangers in unsupervised conditions! An instance closer home. A few months ago, Kusum Singal, 30, was found murdered at her flat in Bangalore. The culprit was her social media ‘buddy’, a man she befriended online and invited home. The man visited her, demanded money and when couldn’t have it, killed Kusum and robbed her house.

What is it that makes us believe in total strangers? What makes us invite such dangers into the sanctuary that is our home? A spirit of spontaneity and adventure maybe, which boomerangs on the unsuspecting. Can we do something to filter out this menace that lurks in our social accounts?

The answer is yes.

Predicting Social Personalities
We at AgilizTech proposed a way to sift out the fakes from the genuine. At Neo4j GraphGist’s Winter Challenge, our team (consisting of Shyamraj Sampath and Prabhu Raam) presented a unique resolution, using the Neo4j technology. A solution that allows behavioral pattern analysis of social media accounts. If an account displays suspicious characteristics (as depicted in the picture), it is brought under the scanner.

Identifying Predatory Tendencoes

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Once the analysis is complete, a score is awarded to the profile, thus divulging the ‘friend’s’ real intentions. If the score is high, this fake profile is flagged and the concerned authorities are notified with a request to monitor and take suitable action. The idea received accolades from the panel of judges and was touted as a creative response.
You can learn more about this solution at the GraphGist site. The predatory tendency identification model is an evolving one, and there is definite scope for improvement. As new characteristics are uncovered every day, the model gets strengthened, thus tightening the hold over online predators. We are open to suggestions from the good Samaritans online and value contributions to make social media safer.

While social media gives us some great moments, it is vital to tread with caution. After all, ‘All that glitters is not gold’.

What do you think are some measures that can prevent such social media frauds?  We would like to hear from you in the Comments section.