What brings change in our life?

Have you ever been stuck in some kind of failure and wanted to change your life?

Life doesn’t change because we change the content of our life, life changes becuase we change the context of it

Career, relationships, health, money, and success. These are the few things that almost everyone chases and measure their life with. In this chase, we come across various situations. These situations are basically the content of our life.

So what’s the context of our life? It’s the way we understand or perceive the situation we are in. At a given point in time, our perception determines the quality of life and the action we take. The effort is always to act in a way that enhances our experience of life.

And how do we enhance the experience of our life? By becoming more conscious and alert of what’s happening around us and within us. Consciousness put us in the driving seat so that we can steer the vehicle of our life the way we want, not how life is happening to us.

The actions you must take

  • Stop being a victim and take responsibility for your life
  • When life hits your hard, it’s not because you are destined for misery, but you are a “Work in Progress” to become a better version of yourself.
  • Accept all that you cannot change, but change everything that you can.

The conclusion

We cannot control what happens to us, but we can definitely control our response. We have the power to make a choice. This choice can either be self-defeating or liberating, where we make a better version of ourselves and enhances the experience of our life. The choice of what we do completely depends on our own perception.

Sometimes we are so blinded by our own prejudices or opinions that our perception becomes distorted due to which we act in a self-sabotaging way.

It’s my wish that everyone should be blessed with the intelligence and wisdom to live his life to the fullest.

Data Fabric – The next step in the evolution of data management tools

Modern Enterprises are data-driven entities functioning with data as the core asset for monetization. Data monetization methods can be direct or indirect. Some indirect data monetization methods use data to make measurable business performance improvements and informed business decisions. And few direct data monetization methods are sharing data to gain beneficial terms or conditions from business partners, information bartering, selling data directly, or offering information products and services. Therefore modern enterprises rely not just on their core products and services to generate revenue. Even the core products and services depend on data in every possible way.

The Data Challenge

The significance of data is quite intuitive to enterprises across industries. Yet, no single enterprise can be confident of its data and can say with certainty that they are harnessing data flawlessly and to its fullest potential. The real issue lies with exponentially increasing data, data sources, data security, and governance challenges. Data silos get created due to disparate data pipelines, and data integration becomes even more challenging. Below are the aspects of data management that increase the complexities:

  1. Data Cataloguing and Discovery 
  2. Data quality and profiling 
  3. Data lineage and governance 
  4. Data exploration and governance 
  5. Orchestration and Data processing capabilities 

The solution

Data management tools have evolved from databases to data warehouses to data lakes, each developed to help solve new business problems. A data fabric is a next step in the evolution of these tools. It lets you continue using the disparate data storage repositories you’ve invested in while simplifying how you manage the data. A data fabric helps optimize data’s potential by automating data integration, embedding governance, and facilitating self-service data consumption. This fosters data sharing and helps accelerate data analytics for faster insights.

What is a data fabric?

Gartner defines data fabric as a design concept that serves as an integrated layer (fabric) of data and connecting processes. A data fabric utilizes continuous analytics over existing, discoverable, and inferences metadata assets to support the design, deployment, and utilization of integrated and reusable data across all environments, including hybrid and multi-cloud platforms. 

Data fabric leverages both human and machine capabilities to access data in place or support its consolidation where appropriate. It continuously identifies and connects data from disparate applications to discover unique, business-relevant relationships between the available data points. 

Challenges :

  1. Collecting and analyzing all forms of metadata 
  2. Converting passive metadata to active metadata
  3. A robust integration backbone

Top Data Fabric Solutions

  1. IBM Cloud Pak for Data simplifies and automates data collection, organization, and analysis of data, accelerating the infusion of AI throughout a business
  2. TerminusDB is a cloud-based document-oriented knowledge graph data management platform.
  3. Talend Data Fabric is a unified platform for data ingestion, integration, governance, and sharing that can simplify building a data hub.
  4. NetApp offers the technologies and expertise to build a data fabric and shape a strategy around distinct requirements and goals.
  5. SAP’s enterprise data fabric solution consists of SAP Business Technology Platform capabilities anchored by SAP Data intelligence and SAP HANA.
  6. Informatica can scale any enterprise workload with elastic and serverless processing to gain fast insights when applying AI and ML to data and metadata.

Raise your Game

Key Take aways:

  • Success depends on tightly focusing on the basics
  • What do you do every day determines the life you live
  • Business and sports both pursue the goal of consistent high performance
  • Five qualities define top players: self-awareness, passion, discipline, coachability, and confidence
  • Five qualities define great coaches: vision, culture, servant leadership, character, and empowerment
  • Five qualities define the best teams, belief, unselfishness, role clarity, communication, and cohesion
  • You are in charge of your life. Change it now

I am really fascinated with the comparison of the writer of this book. When he says raise your game he is actually talking about life. And he is saying metaphorically that life is a game. Which I believe is absolutely true.

If I write every day I will become a writer. If I am depressed and constantly thinking negative about something or only focusing on the drawbacks that I am living with, my life will become that. Whereas if I am dreaming and not doing something about those dreams my life will always remain a dream. So going by that it is very important that we understand what we are doing and we accept this fact that whatever we are doing in everyday life will become wise.

Most frequently the things that we do every day in our life aren’t align with our dreams and with our aspirations. Why do we do so. I guess we do it which is because we are not able to sustain the vision of what we want to be.

Let me tell you how it has turned out to be in my life in the last six months. When the lockdown had started, and we were forced to work from home, I was not living with various things that I had been doing for quite some time. I was not getting in stuck in traffic. I wasn’t spending my money on quite a lot of things. . There were no phone calls. And then I am the entire 24 hours of my life were mine. And that made me nervous. Because I know finally I am leaving with the entire 24 hours of mine the way I truly wanted to be. So I had a lot of expectation. And I was constantly procrastinating.

I was lucky enough to realise that if I keep procrastinating I am in never be able to fulfil my dream. I am in never be able to learn something that I have always aspired to be. And that’s where the life really pushed me towards understanding myself better.

The way author has put in the five qualities of players, coaches and teams are the three levels in which we live our life. The first one is at the individual level, the second is when we work with our bosses, and finally when we become a part of a larger ecosystem which could be family or simply your team. It is noteworthy that the qualities that the author has put in and all the three levels are absolutely important and they are rightly so in that order.

First, we need to understand who we are we need to understand our qualities we need to focus on them. And this happened to me when I started my journey of cheese in my genes. The first thing I had in my mind was how can I become my potential. Money can buy all the conveniences which are required for me to do what I really want to do. It was in that persuade that I bought everything possible which I thought will help me do the job. While I cannot discard their importance, I was still missing, and an essential ingredient of utilizing those things to start what I really wanted to do. And that was to work on me as an individual. I am so glad that unknowingly or even before reading the book I have already started working on all those qualities.

The second level is about coaches. And we all are living a life. And if life is a game then I believe that there are coaches all around and you yourself as a coach. Fact of the matter is we all have potential to influence someone’s life, And hence we are either being coached by someone or we ourselves are acting as coaches. It’s just a matter of how good a coach we are. The qualities of good coaches are:

  • Vision
  • Culture
  • Servant leadership
  • Character
  • Empowerment

And you need to be very much conscious of whom you are dealing with and what you are learning what you are taking and that person becomes your coach. If you are talking to a person who is constantly nagging procrastinating finding excuses for why he wasn’t able to do what he wanted to do, you will become like him. And the same goes for you as well. If you become the source of negativity if you are not developing this passion for other people are you are not living your life the way you want to then you are in control and unfortunately control for all the wrong reasons.

The third level is about our existence in a broader ecosystem which is family or a team. We need to understand that we become an individual then we graduate and when we interact with the people we become something more than what we are and this something as collectively it is called a family society is simply a team. Being aware of these things all these qualities help us quite a lot.

  • Belief
  • Unselfishness
  • Role clarity
  • Communication
  • Cohesion

Okay alright, I got all that you are saying Nilay, but what do we do with this. This is good to read the reality is something else. Because nobody listens to me.
Trust me I was there where you are and I still am. But I am working on it. Nobody can happen 100% the way you want them to happen. But you must happen the way you want to happen.

There is hardly any difference of personal and professional life. I called SS living in different packages. In the morning and a husband or father a family man but by the time is 10 AM I am in employee. During lunchtime I’m not an employee anymore because I am going back to my family again. Immediately after lunch I am in employing again. And I am all I’m doing is I’m just juggling my activities in different roles. And although the author has written this quality is considering a corporate set up, I believe that these qualities can be implemented in our life irrespective of where we are living. It respective of the fact that if we are a family man or if we are an employed. We always remain who we truly are is just that our activities change, the requirement of the situations change and the role that we play in different faces change.

And that’s what is more important to understand to work on those qualities to form these qualities as a basis of our life. And for me the below qualities are absolutely important:

  • Self-awareness/consciousness
  • Passion
  • Discpline
  • Coachablility
  • Confidence

You are in charge of your life. The life you lead depends on how you lead yourself. Accept this responsibility. Success doesn’t merely “happy to you”. You build success with every step you take each day.