An idea for Uber India

A common issue faced by travellers at India, is the need to repeatedly provide direction details. It would be great if the user (especially the frequent traveller could save the direction details as text (and if possible voice) in advance . This should get sent to every uber cab that they hail. This will not only improve customer satisfaction but also improve efficiency. Uber cabdrivers will spend less time trying to find the customer thus increasing the number of trips they can do in a day.

One may argue that this should not be required as the gps is Pin pointing the location. At India the need is primarily due to the fact that one location (like a apartment complex can have many flats).

To get around this Uber should implement a feature that allows the user (esp. the frequent traveller) to store the direction details as text (and if possible voice) in advance . This shouldget sent to every uber cab that they hail. This will not only improve customer satisfaction but also improve the efficiency of the transactional process by reducing the interaction time and thus increasing the number of possible trips in a day.

Example direction texts :
l. while coming from Tollygange on Nsc Bose Road, take a right at Usha bridge.There is a sign board that reads ‘Usha’. There is also a big banner that reads ‘spars h Diagnostics’ . On taking the right turn enter the black gate on the left.
2. Take the right ‘gully'(small road) on the right after PKC hospital. Wait outside the gate.

Outlook 2013 VBA to save attachments

After much tinkling, got the VBA macro for saving attachments to work. There are many examples on the internet. All of them miss some key points:

– Embedded objects can’t be saved (and must be specifically skipped/ignored)

– Macro must be signed. If that also does not work, macro security must be lowered. (Options>Trust Center>Macro Security)

Some troubleshooting and reference links:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17706422/why-is-outlook-unable-to-save-a-particular-type-of-attachments
http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/selfcert.htm

If you would like to create a button: http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/macrobutton.htm

VBA References

If Else
http://www.databison.com/vba-if-function-using-if-else-elseif-if-then-in-vba-code/

Error Handling
http://www.cpearson.com/excel/errorhandling.htm

Key Solution Architecture Initiatives/Review – part of Enterprise Architecture Strategy

SA forms an integral part of EA. A review of SA and SE initiatives, challenges, strategies and tactics is a must do for any respected EA organization.

In my experience the following areas tend to be weak from an SA-EA perspective:

– Cataloging of Systems and Interfaces

– Promulgating solution re-use and risk analysis for solutions ignoring re-use potential