Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Service to Mankind is my toast: Patrick : Co2017

(Hi again. Patrick is one guy who seemed to be a 'poetry in motion' in his story. Vastly experienced with the US Army, he is probably one guy with whom I will share a taste for the Land of ideas 'Deutschland'. Willkommen in der Gruppe Patrick :) Lets hear it from the Sweet, Lovely, Handsome Gentleman from the States. Probably 1 charming guy who can do it all. Laugh , sing , dance and moreover - lead and work for the community. Gl├╝ckliche, eine Klasse mit Ihnen teilen meaning Always happy to share a class with you mate !)

I grew up an Army Brat, moving from state to state. After graduating high school in Chesapeake, Virginia, I attended Wake Forest University at the pinnacle of its basketball (ranked #1), football (Orange Bowl), soccer (National Championship), and field hockey (National Championship) days. ….No… I didn’t play any of those sports in college…I have the will without the skill.

           I always wanted to join the military; I viewed it as an opportunity to serve, to grow (learn/mature/experience), and to travel. The Army, as it turns out, met all of these expectations. I joined the Army in 2008 as a Medical Service Corps Officer. In my time in the Army, I have had stereotypical Army Officer leadership positions such as Platoon Leader (in charge of 50+ folks) and Company Command (in charge of 70+ folks) as well as staff positions, in which I worked on teams that collaborated, synchronized, and implemented process improvement strategies across numerous organizations with diverse missions. I began my career at a base in a small town in Louisiana, and felt as if I won the lottery when my next assignment was in Bavaria, Germany. I split my time at those locations with two separate tours in Afghanistan. I am now finishing up my last several months in uniform before I trade it in for some khaki pants and a button-down.
                           (And that is why folks come here in September )
The last seven years have been a blessing and a learning experience. The Army does a great job of challenging individuals early, instilling a system of shared values, and providing opportunities to work as team to achieve a mutually desired end state. I hope to bring my experiences and values to the classrooms at SMU’s Cox School of Business. I am looking forward to learning from my teammates in class, expanding my network, and gaining exposure to a variety of career paths to include: healthcare administration, real estate, logistics, and consulting.

Why an MBA from Cox?
            -Network: I am new to Dallas (my wife is from here) but we plan on making it our home. The talented group of peers, the Cox Alumni Network, and the Associate Board Mentor Program will make my transition to the corporate world much easier.
            -Location: SMU is nestled in a city with 19 Fortune 500 companies. My wife is from here. ‘Nough said.
            -Culture and campus feel: Great people, beautiful campus, and a strong support for folks from all backgrounds (to include a robust program to support vets).

After we move to Dallas this summer, I hope to participate in a variety of pre-MBA and career transition programs in the months leading up to class. I also hope to get back into volunteering and obstacle runs (Tough Mudder or similar). I am looking forward to meeting my classmates in August. If any incoming Cox MBA students want to get together this summer, please drop me a line through our accepted students Facebook group.

(Allianz Arena. Happy memories from the past. Bastain Shwainsteiger, Phillip Lahm, Thomas Muller and now the legend Arjen Robben. A nation that will take an opponent heads on. Germany.)

My next guest is from the corporate world. Someone who takes a call from THE leading brand when it comes to journalism and news reporting. Well at least I am enamored by its shows- click, Impact, Focus Africa - simply no limit to the list. I take a pick at the British Broadcasting Corporation to get an insight into doing business in the media sector.

                                 Well for now. Hope you enjoy Patrick's story. Thanks !

Friday, February 20, 2015

Corporate Corner: Tailoring your Resume- Jakub

(Today, I feel interested in sharing an insider's view of a recruiter working with Intel's recruiting team. I thought it will be good for me and for my batch-mates at Cox with the internships and placements seasons coming up in next season. So, lets go straight and hear more from the person himself. Thank You Mr.Jakub for this fine article)

Before we get to the good stuff, allow me to share with you the reason for writing this article in the first place. As a recruiter, I see hundreds of resumes every week and I believe that if the candidates follow a few simple steps, they can dramatically improve their chances of getting the job of their dreams. As a recruiter, I know for a fact that there are many talented people out there who have not been discovered yet.
The internet is full of contradictory tips and tricks.  However, I’m convinced that the below tips provide the highest return on investment with one goal in mind: getting noticed and getting the interview*.  And unlike other resume tip articles you read, these will be universal around the globe – not just for one specific region.
Before we begin, a small request: Be empathic – for your benefit.
You are probably already aware that recruiters, as well as hiring managers, handle a high number of applications every day and since they tend to be very busy, you don’t have a lot of time to impress them. While this can be really frustrating, by knowing this, you can use this fact to your advantage by helping recruiters find the information they are looking for – quickly and effectively. In doing so, you’ll be differentiating yourself from the majority of candidates out there and will be more likely to be rewarded with a job interview.
Let’s get to the tips!
1) Tailor your resume to the specific position you’re applying for
A “universal one-size-fits-all resume” is a bad thing. Universal resumes make it impossible for a recruiter to recognize/discover your talent because you end up with a resume filled with irrelevant information because the scope is too broad for any particular job.
If you want to be successful, tune your resume to the role you are applying for. Read the job description and think about what experiences and skills make you a great candidate for this role. Then make sure that they are highlighted in your resume and are easy to find at a first glance.
To increase your chances, use the right keywords. This will make it easier for the recruiter to assess your resume or find it in the internal database, as well as in Social Media Portals for professionals.

2) Include a short summary / Technical Summary
“Key Skills” or, “Core Competencies” should include 3-5 lines or bullet points at the top of a resume and be a summary of skills and experiences relevant to the specific position. It allows the recruiter to quickly scan the resume and get a basic understanding of the candidate’s capabilities.
For IT roles, technical summaries are very helpful. Listing technologies relevant to the specific role in such summaries may help you get the attention of a recruiter who is screening resumes for key words. If the listed relevant technologies are a good fit, then the recruiter or hiring manager will be more apt to spend more time on your resume and look at your experience, education and other skills.
Remember to make it understandable and clear. The first person reading your resume is in most cases a recruiter and not everyone in Intel is an engineer ;-)
3) Focus on relevant experiences
The goal of a resume is getting the attention of a recruiter and a hiring manager. Their attention will result in an invitation for a job interview. Describing every single experience that you had in detail may distract the reader from the experiences that are most relevant for this particular role.
4) Get Feedback!
Ask your colleague(s) to read your resume and ask what has drawn their attention. It will help you understand whether you reached your goal of customizing your resume to the job. Make adjustments if needed!
5) Never, never, never give up! (W. Churchill)
Rejection hurts but remember that there is a good chance that your rejection was not about you but the way you presented yourself. Think about how to improve it and try again! Sometimes there are many candidates for one open position and most of the time, the small details can be the difference between getting the job or not.
Thank you very much for reading and I am looking forward to reading your great resumes…
Well, How do we end this article ? The Intel way ....
(Powered by Intel ;) )

(Hope that was helpful. My next guest is a fine gentleman who currently serves in the heart of Deutschland. Will bring you "Straight from the heart" of my friend Patrick)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Insight : Life as an MBA - Gerard Atkinson

( I am grateful to Mr.Atkinson for having contributed so well to the incoming class of 2017 with this fine article which can also be found on his personal blog at . So, I won't speak much here as I think it would be wise for the readers to find out for themselves about the life of an MBA student at COX. Well, I can say just one thing- its beautifully presented. Thanks Mr. Atkinson .Happy Reading ! )

5 Things you should Know before doing an MBA from SMU

(This is a piece that was requested by the incoming class  for 2017, and I thought I’d oblige. It has been a tough week this past week, lots of ups and downs. But enough of that for now.)

So, you’ve decided to do an MBA. And you’ve decided to do it at Southern Methodist University. Congratulations! You’ve picked a great program that will open up a wealth of opportunities for you, if you are willing to put in the effort.

However, there are some things that you ought to know before you touch down in Dallas and head onto the beautiful campus grounds. You’re about to go through an incredible two years of your life. Be prepared.

1. Your life will be the MBA

If you had plans for an external life outside your MBA over these two years (and who doesn’t?), you will have to curb your expectations. The MBA is going to be your life over the next two years. You will be drinking from a firehose of knowledge from day one, and it’s your responsibility to keep up.

You’re expected to put in the effort. And sometimes that means a lot of effort. Your professors will challenge you, and push you to (and sometimes beyond) your limits. You will have to make the MBA your number one priority. It will be your life.

2. No, Seriously. Your life will be the MBA

That picture above? That’s my calendar. That’s 5 classes (and time spent on deliverables for those classes) and an internship. This is admittedly, more than what most MBAs will take on. Though not by a huge amount. The MBA is your life. 

That means your time management skills are going to be sharpened to a fine point. Every hour will be managed to ensure that you are on top of study, assignments, and social life (because you still need time to chill out and to sleep).

3.  Take Advantage of Every Opportunity

And with all of that said, I am still going to say to take advantage of every opportunity you can. Being at SMU gives you access to a wealth of knowledge, people, and programs that can help you develop professionally and personally.

Whether it is the Business Leadership Center with their seminars on topics ranging from personal financial management, to advanced Excel tips and tricks, to applying behavioral economics in designing product packaging. There’s even the opportunity to go to Disney world to participate in their corporate training programs (definitely worth it).

Or the networking opportunities that abound in the school, from career meet-and-greets, job fairs, student clubs (join the rugby club!), the weekly coffee sessions hosted by the Dean of Students, or the pre-football game boulevarding (they don’t call it tailgating here) where students and alumni meet up in the grounds of the school to hang out before the game. Forging connections is a big part of the MBA experience at SMU. Where you end up often comes down to who you know.
On that point, the mentoring program is another fantastic feature of the SMU MBA. You get matched with a business leader in the Dallas area, that you can reach out to for advice and guidance on anything from your career to finding a good restaurant in Dallas (though the program coordinators obviously prefer the former). My mentor has been a great resource in helping me define where I want to go after graduation.

4. Your Sense of (Free) Food Will Increase

Weekly coffee, boulevarding parties, meet-and-greets… there’s an underlying theme here. Yes, all of these have free food. You’re on a student budget again. Your instinct for a free meal is going to become uncanny. And the quality of the food is pretty good too.

Just make sure to do the right thing and stick around for the event. It’s another opportunity that you won’t want to miss out on.

(And FYI, the fresh baked cookies at the Business Leadership Center seminars are sublime.)

5. It’s Worth It

If you’ve read this far, great! I haven’t scared you off. You probably knew already that this was going to be a challenging but rewarding experience. And it is. The opportunities I have had, the people that I have met, the friends that I have made, it has been amazing. And it will be amazing for you too.

One final thing, in facing all the challenges you will have a natural support group. The biggest strength of the SMU MBA is your peers. People look out for each other, and want to make sure that everyone succeeds. Having studied at four other universities in three other countries, I can tell you that that kind of support group isn’t something common to university life. It is the greatest asset that this program has. And naturally you can reach out to me if you have questions. I’m more than happy to be of help.

Again, congratulations on choosing to be a part of one of the best MBA programs in the world. You won’t regret it. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Straight From My Heart : David Mason (Co2017) - the US Army

(In these segments, the idea was to bring forth the uniqueness in our class of 2017. Every individual in our class is special, has something unique in him or her to share, something to teach the world and something that we can always look up to and learn from each other.I am grateful to David to be the first person to share his story in this league.)

I am David Mason and this is my story. I grew up in Yukon Oklahoma where I went to elementary and middle school. I moved to Perry Oklahoma in the beginning of my freshman year of high school. I started wrestling at a young age and eventually became a two time high school state champion for Perry, Oklahoma. In high school I excelled in academics and athletics, and was recruited by the United States Military Academy at West Point to wrestle. I attend the prestigious school and majored in systems engineering. Additionally, I was a four year letter-man in wrestling.

           Upon graduation I commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in the air defense artillery. I went to the Basic Officer Leadership Course in Fort Sill Oklahoma, and graduated at the top of my class. Immediately following that I reported to Fort Hood, Texas to become a platoon leader. While a platoon leader, I participated in a mission on the Arizona and Mexican border interdicting drug cartel’s smuggling efforts. My platoon and I was in charge of guarding a 250 square mile land area from Ultralight aircraft carrying drugs. We supported ourselves logistically, which took quite some effort to coordinate. I learned more in the month of this mission than any other time in my career so far. It was a crash course in logistics, leadership, and operations. By the time this mission was over, my platoon was operating an extremely high level.

Next, I became the executive officer of a battery and deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There we monitored the sky and served as a deterrent for any Tactical Ballistic Missile threat in the region. After that deployment I was promoted to the rank of captain, married my wife, Michelle,and returned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for the Captain’s Career Course. Once again I graduated in the top of my class, and was selected to move to Fort Campbell and take command of a battery of 120 Soldiers. I am currently the Battery Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 2-44 Air Defense Artillery Battalion. I would also like to mention that in 2014 my wife and I welcomed Benjamin Mason into this world.  Next, I applied to return to the United States Military Academy as an admissions representative. The process included an interview with multiple senior ranking Colonels, and I was selected out of 500 applicants. This future position allows me to attend a fully funded graduate program of my choice, which is what brings me to the Cox School of Business.

            I selected to pursue an MBA because I wanted to learn to be a better leader and learn new skills to manage organizations. I believe that an MBA gives me the best opportunity to accomplish both of those goals simultaneously.
            There are two reasons Cox is the right place for me. First, when I retire from the military I plan on making a home in the Dallas area. The alumni network of Cox is second to none in the region and specifically in the Dallas area. I hope to network within the community for a job later in my career. Secondly, my lovely wife, Michelle, has a multiple family in the area. Being close to family is a rare opportunity for an Army Officer.
             I believe that Cox students can learn a lot from me, and I can learn a lot from Cox. First, I have real time leadership examples that I can share with the group. Secondly, I bring another perspective of how organizations accomplish missions. Lastly, I am a very driven to succeed. I hope to further my skills as a leader and learn how organizations outside of the Army work. After Cox, I will return to West Point and work as the admissions representative for enlisted Army Soldiers. I will help Soldiers who aspire to become Army Officers into the Academy. My long term goal is to become a Battalion Commander. This position is highly selective and I hope that an MBA and my experiences help me along my path.
             The political dealings of the United States Army are simple. We go where the elected political leaders of the country tell us to go, and accomplish the mission given to us. On top of that, we are the most trained and most well equipped force in the world. Our job is to support and defend the constitution against all enemies.

             The United States Army ties to India are superb. In my Captain’s Career Course, I went to school with an Indian Major. We would study and learn together on a regular basis. He shared his culture and his insights on the world with the entire class. I would say the mere fact he was able to attend the school shows a positive relationship between our two countries.

(Will look forward to share many more inspirational stories like these. My next guest is Elan Rottanburg from the Republic of South Africa)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Do Rankings really matter ?

Well, this article is just my own perspectives and nothing to do about one's final decisions for which MBA program would one like to choose. 

While exploring the MBA programs, one goes through the rankings and listings of various methodologies and algorithms developed by different outlets and while its always glorious to try to take a shot at big names in the list and try to fight for a place in the big league colleges, it is also important to judge your destination on the factors that you would like to associate yourself with. 

Difference in the pathways 

The likes of Stanford GSB and Berkeley-Haas similarly benefit from ties to Silicon Valley, while graduates at France’s HEC Paris can take advantage of the school’s proximity to Europe’s largest business district, La Defense, and links with companies like LVMH and other booming luxury brands. For those who want to capitalize on opportunities created by Asia’s economic growth, the region has a growing number of world-class business schools to choose from. Beyond taking the generalist approach expected of an MBA, schools have also carved out reputations for specialization through their list of electives or add-on courses. They may have particular strengths in finance, marketing, not-for-profit business, real estate, IT management or healthcare. In such cases, the schools work hand in hand with the related industry and have both strength and depth in terms of faculty members developing that area of expertise. Schools such as Babson College in the United States and EM Lyon in France may not feature in the overall top 10. When it comes to teaching entrepreneurship, though, they have a worldwide reputation for supporting student start-ups and attracting potential investors. When deciding which criteria matter most to you, remember that no two sets ever look the same. A software engineer wanting to spend two years focusing on finance on the US east coast will have a very different list of target schools from a consultant wanting to learn about general management to expand his or her career in Europe or Asia.

The different rankings

The Financial Times places particular emphasis on salaries achieved three years after graduation. Business Week’s results are heavily influenced by satisfaction levels expressed by students and recruiters; Forbes focuses on ROI (return on investment); The Economist looks at career development and the international make-up of the school; and US News & World Report places significant weight on the GMAT. 

My personal take

To me, exposure and scholarship mattered the most, besides a good internship opportunity and a job placement. I understand I am different in the sense that I do not have high expectations with big consulting jobs as such. I am a techie who has interests in Technology firms and I will be happy enough if I get a chance to land up with one of the Technology firms. But having said that, who knows what life has in store for us for tomorrow. That's why I am someone who believes in the idea that- keep working hard and don't chase things. If you are good enough, those things will come.
I know this world of MBAs is a place of big people and many would not agree with me over this but that's me !

In these last 10 years I have worked hard, come from a small township in one of India's poorest states- Orissa and life has been very unpredictable. At times, I have found myself in spots where a small step seemed like a gamble in life. I didn't get the best of education uptil high school but I wanted to create an impact and show a new path for my juniors, also expect a better life for myself. So, in a spot, I took a decision that yes- I had a year loss but a gamble I took to get a rank and move into India's top league of engineering colleges. When I joined NTPC, people thought that NTPC is made for people from big colleges and best students but all I found in NTPC was that only two things mattered- common sense and sincerity in your learning and we had executives from off-campus placements. Those executives were drawn from a pool of engineering colleges , not necessarily the IITs and NITs. Its NEVER the college ranking that matters, its the SKILLS and the APPLICATION OF SKILLS and COMMON SENSE that matters. When I competed for IIT JEE, I didn't go to the Bansal Classes for coaching. So, all I have learned in these last ten years is that- Its your skills , hard work and your passion, besides the touch of impact that you can create- matters!

Remember- colleges are made by students. If a pool of strong students come to a 20th rank college, it will beat a 10th rank college during internships and placements and then, the rankings turn upside down.

My take on B-school rankings

Yes, rankings do matter while recruiting the top league of students but then, its equally important to say here that "Quality of Students matter more than rankings". Besides, I come from a background where I am the first MBA candidate in the family. Hence, money matters a lot and being an international candidate, ROI does count even more. Also, students must take into account the location and networking opportunities, besides exposure. It was great to see Cox hitting better ranks this year- scaling up to FT's 76 and also the top 10 specialty ranks in Finance. I hope that the class of 2017 will be a pool of great students who will look to carry the name forward and hopefully, Cox will scale better ranks in years to come. Again, opportunities are exquisite in this school. It just requires a pool of great students to thrust the legacy forward.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

GE : Imagination at Work

When Thomas Alva Edison, in his lab, produced one of the spectacular achievements of the 19th century- the Electric Bulb, who could estimate that this Techie will go on to create a world leader in the field of innovation. In 1889, Morgan, Dexel and Co. took keen interest in Edison's business interests in electricity related firms and led to the foundation of the Edison General Electric Company in New York in 1889. From there on, GE has gone on to not only manufacture commodities of electrical utilities but also entered the fields of Aviation,Healthcare etc.

Peeping into our own history (One of the finest scientists and business acumen of the 20th century and an example of a techie mind who ventured into business utility. An inspiration for many engineers who aspire to be leaders in global business environments and definitely- an inspiration for me coming from the same electrical engineering background and aspiring to take first steps in the global business environment with a technology firm)

Ideally, one of the most innovative and most ethical company in the segment of technology, this New York based multinational conglomerate has exploited the segments of Energy, Infrastructure, Consumer segment, Industry and Finance, besides recent exploits in medicine.

Having said that, GE has never been behind in the field of computing. The GE 4010, GE 4020, and GE 4060 real time process control computers, the DATANET-30 and Datanet 355 message switching computers- their applications can be traced even today in the energy sector which requires switching circuits and power management centers which require real time control and operations in a complex power systems. GE breakers can still be found in the switch-yards of major power generating and distributing companies.

Products :- 

GE's divisions include GE Capital, GE Power & Water, GE Oil & Gas, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation, and GE Home & Business Solutions.
Through these businesses, GE participates in markets that include the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity (e.g. nuclear, gas and solar), lighting, industrial automationmedical imaging equipment, motorsrailway locomotives, aircraft jet engines, and aviation services. Through GE Commercial Finance, GE Consumer Finance, GE Equipment Services, and GE Insurance it offers a range of financial services. It has a presence in over 100 countries.

Since over half of GE's revenue is derived from financial services, it is arguably a financial company with a manufacturing arm. It is also one of the largest lenders in countries other than the United States, such as Japan. Even though the first wave of conglomerates (such as ITT Corporation, Ling-Temco-Vought, Tenneco, etc.) fell by the wayside by the mid-1980s, in the late 1990s, another wave (consisting of Westinghouse, Tyco, and others) tried and failed to emulate GE's success.GE also produces General Imaging digital cameras.
It was announced on May 4, 2008 that GE would auction off its appliances business for an expected sale of $5–8 billion.However, this plan fell through as a result of the recession.

An evolution in the locomotive ( an example of GE innovation) 

An Overview of the company recent performances (Wikipedia) :-

         General Electric Company
Traded as
  • NYSE: GE
  • Dow Jones Ind. Average Component
  • S&P 500 Component
FoundedSchenectady, New York (1892)
  • Thomas Edison
  • Charles Coffin
  • Elihu Thomson
  • Edwin Houston
HeadquartersFairfield, ConnecticutU.S.
Area served
Key people
Jeffrey R. Immelt (Chairman, CEO)
  • Electrical distribution
  • Electric motors
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Gas
  • Healthcare
  • Lighting
  • Locomotives
  • Oil
  • Software
  • Water
  • Weapons
  • Wind turbines
Revenue US$ 146.045 billion (2013)
Operating income
 US$ 26.267 billion (2013)
Net income
 US$ 13.057 billion (2013)
Total assets US$ 656.285 billion (2013)
Total equity US$ 136.783 billion (2013)
Number of employees
307,000 (2014)
  • GE Aviation
  • GE Capital
  • GE Energy
  • GE Global Research
  • GE Healthcare
  • GE Home & Business Solutions
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • GE Power & Water
  • GE Transportation 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Company Profile : Texas Instruments

In 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell uttered the words "Mr Watson come here I want you", the age of telephony was born. While at first the development of the telephone was considered by many as a scientific curiosity, like many other great invent-ions it has significantly impacted upon society. Today, some 124 years after Mr Bell summoned Mr Watson, there are several hundred million telephones in use throughout the world. Telephony has become an essential part or life, both in business and pleasure.

While the first personal computer introduced in the early 1980s offered a significant advances over ENIAC, they had very limited capabilities. Since that time, desktop computational power has dramatically increased and together with other hardware and software developments, we now have personal computers with mind-boggling specifications and capabilities. We see processors operating with clock speeds of 1000 MHz (that is 1,000,000,000 cycles per second), vast amounts of high speed random access memory, multi gigabyte hard disks and enhanced input/output capabilities.

By now, one must have guessed which company I am talking about here.

            ( Electronics and TI driving the next age of Automotive technology)

Oil is not the only swansong for Texas. Texas is also the home of one of the leading global producer of semiconductor devices. It doesn't just manufacture them, it also designs them.Matched by Intel and Samsung Electronics, Texas Instruments - based out of Dallas,Texas - is the home of 35,000 employees across Europe, Asia, America. With Revenues close of $ 12 billion and total assets worth $18 billion, Texas instruments has spread its wings across all sectors of society- notably automotive, power, education. Texas Instruments has consistently figured in the Fortune 500.

I come from an engineering background , from one of the leading engineering colleges in India, from a department which closely links with the concepts of Electronics Engineering. Hence, it is quite natural that pronunciation of Texas Instruments is not something new for me. Moreover, TI also has several products in the segment of power management through application of power electronics- the MOSFET, the Radio Frequency Regulator, Converters and regulators- the very basic concepts of digital and analog electronics that we had learnt during our undergraduate labs and coursework. TI has kept the innovation going and has also come out with a low cost and accurate power metering device for digital power. I have been a part of a major power generating company and these products were a norm here- where efficiency in power generation and control system regulations of a huge power plant depends upon the accuracy and performance of these small 10-20V Integrated Circuits and Semiconductor devices

(A flowchart for a power management IC. I/p are Voltage references in general)

Not just Power sector, TI has spread its wings in the field of sports where runners and swimmers might have come across these small chips which help you improve your performances. Electronics have found its applications everywhere -to make life better and to bring efficiency at work. Routers, Intel Pentiums, storage devices, even the electronic guitar or the banjo. Talk of the world of football or cricket- the goal line technology is a small fundamental application of the sensor devices or the snickometer in cricket.  The TI-Nspire has brought a change in the way we think with our calculations - simple concept of application of Digital and Analog and vice versa conversions. Innovation has led to transistors which gave a new way to the world of music.

(Just let the chicken wings cook themselves using a Wi-Fi contraption)

In our lives, we find the application of electronics everywhere and being a part of Dallas, it gives immense pleasure to me to be writing about a major company in this domain of operations which has the name of Texas in its company name. We lived in a world of vacuum tube circuits from where we moved to microprocessors. Today we have Digital clocks and medical instruments to get out sugar levels tested in a minute. World of electronics and communication has changed fast. Texas Instruments has played its part appreciably. A long way still to go and looking into this market- it can only expand , grow and innovate. With the best minds drawn from across the world, TI has a promising future. Go Texas !

                                              A small Wikipedia introduction :

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) is an American electronics company that designs and makes semiconductors, which it sells to electronics designers and manufacturers globally.Headquartered at Dallas, Texas, United States, TI is the third largest manufacturer of semiconductors worldwide after Intel and Samsung, the second largest supplier of chips for cellular handsets after Qualcomm, and the largest producer of digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog semiconductors, among a wide range of other semiconductor products, including calculators, micro controllers and multi-core processors. Texas Instruments is among the Top 20 Semiconductor producing companies in the world.
Texas Instruments was founded in 1951. It emerged after a reorganization of Geophysical Service. This company manufactured equipment for use in the seismic industry as well as defense electronics. TI began research in transistors in the early 1950s and produced the world's first commercial silicon transistor. In 1954, Texas Instruments designed and manufactured the first transistor radio and Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit in 1958 while working at TI's Central Research Labs. The company produced the first integrated circuit-based computer for the U.S. Air Force in 1961. TI researched infrared technology in the late 1950s and later made radar systems as well as guidance and control systems for both missiles and bombs. The hand-held calculator was introduced to the world by TI in 1967.
In the 1970s and 80s the company focused on consumer electronics including digital clocks, watches, hand-held calculators, home computers as well as various sensors. In 1997, its defense business was sold to Raytheon. In 2007, Texas Instruments was awarded the Manufacturer of the Year for Global Supply Chain Excellence by World Trade magazine. Texas Instruments is considered to be one of the most ethical companies in the world.
After the acquisition of National Semiconductor in 2011, the company has a combined portfolio of nearly 45,000 analog products and customer design tools, making it the world's largest maker of analog technology components. In 2011, Texas Instruments ranked 175 in the Fortune 500. TI is made up of two main divisions: Semiconductors (SC) and Educational Technology (ET) of which Semiconductor products account for approximately 96% of TI's revenue.