At approx 9.20 Damion and I went down stairs to breakfast , the breakfast looked more european than I expected , I had some fruit salad, chicken sausages , egg , bacon and a chocolate doughnut. Damion went for a boiled egg , bacon and croissant (nothing like pastry in europe). At around 10:00am we went to the hotel lobby to wait for Upendra.
Upendra arrived a little late and apologized , he took us to see some of the software giants in Pune , one company employs over thirty thousand people. The companies are impressive in scale and are housed in elaborate buildings , coaches of people are brought to and from work all day long. We drove past Upendras office , he seemed a little ashamed about location and size but actually taking into account what he has achieved it is inspiring.
Upendra clearly knew I needed a decent coffee and came to the rescue he took Damion and I to a brand called cafe coffee day. There moto is a lot can happen over coffee which is really true.
It was the best coffee I have had in a long time that’s even compared to branded coffee houses in London , i even took a picture of the young man who made it and of course told him he makes the best coffee ever.
Upendra and I discussed what we wanted to achieve out of the week , we came to the conclusion that we would revisit the websites as they do not represent what intravici is and that even the butler consultants website is too food and beverage as really the scope of the business has not been defined properly.
I ordered another coffee and very much enjoyed that too and we then left to go to Upendras office. His office is wakad down a side street in a suburb of Pune , which is fairly close to the hotel.
When we entered the office the first thing that struck me was that the people working appeared very happy and were quietly working away. I was introduced to each of them their names nilesh, gourav, sachin, vishwas , swapnil, branali they all were lovely people. Shilipa Upendras wife was there too which was nice to see , although she has nothing to do
with the software as such mainly because Upendra doesn’t want home to be about work.
We went into Upendras office to discuss the future of intravici in terms of business and software. It became very clear that Upendra is committed to working with me to build intravici and is keen for us to try together to grow the business both in India and of in the UK. To this end we decided that would would offer full software development in the Uk and that it would be an additional service to the audit app solution although operational audit management is still key to the business. The software development also makes sense because not every client wants the same thing in terms of software such as bespoke changes to the app.
We discussed that one of our biggest goal had to be to provide and meet timely deadlines as it is the biggest challenge and down falls of development companies is there inability to deliver projects on budget and in time.
I then got out the Ipad and we went through the App , I think even Upendra is surprised how well the app works on the Ipad. We agreed that while the app is amazingly good on the Ipad and it almost feels it was built for it our best opportunity would to maximize the samsung galaxy s tablet due for release in October as both it’s price point and the built in camera with the ability to use flash meant that it would be a better fit hardware wise and operating system wise. In addition Upendra is confident that he can deliver an offline solution for the audit app fairly easily for the android system.
I asked Upendra if he could help me get a pay as you go sim card for my blackberry he asked his long time friend Swapnil Khaire to help sort this out for me , he even paid the money for top up and sim itself which when I received a text stating the value I tried to give back but Upendra was resistant.
During this time Damion spent some time with one of the of the developers learning about SQL queries , tables , data base structures. While this was going on Upendra and I went for another coffee at Cafe coffee day. As you can imagine I was very happy to see the same chain of coffee shop opposite his office. We had a couple more coffees and we then went back to the office , by this time Swapnil returned with the Vodafone sim card.
One of the developers was trying to solve an issue with the intravici mobile app as on the HTC kaiser phone the app works fine , but on my Acer Dx900 the app visually appears quashed together , we believe it is related to the resolution and are trying to solve, as it is important that the mobile app is capable of being downloaded and works on a multiple of phones. I am hoping that by the time I return back to the UK this is solved.
I was feeling very tired and returned back to the seasons hotel , I started to type up the blog and Damion went for his food.
I decided that I wanted a whiskey and went down to the concierge who told me that there was an off licence 15 minutes walk away. I felt that walking in India at night as a tourist in some back streets would not be sensible to do , I asked the concierge to call me a taxi and ask how much the journey would cost prior to getting in the taxi , it is known in India that taxi drivers over charge and if you have not agreed the fare before you set off you have to pay the charge. The taxi driver said it would be 15 rupees to the off licence and back , he took me to the off licence and saying odd words in English swerving his little Suzuki 2 stroke hair dyer taxi. I have to say I am very glad I never walked or went on my own having seen the journey and the rogues outside the off licence. I asked asked for a bottle of Jack Daniels it was 3300 rupees approx £45 pounds and although I like it , I do not like it that much . As I intended to have coke with the whiskey I opted for the best house scotch he had which was 600 rupees approx £8.50.
The taxi driver brought me back and I gave him twenty rupees thinking I’d left him a little more he then said it was 60 rupees , I said to him , that’s not what the concierge said , he said it is 60 rupees the amount is less than a pound but again I felt ripped off. I paid the money and went into the hotel.
I asked if I could get some Indian food and you would not believe how difficult it is to find Indian cruise.I can get food from every other country in the world such as Italian , French , British ,Mexican and American but Indian food no chance. I didn’t fancy anything but Indian food so settled for a bag of cashew nuts.
The Internet is really slow, so I asked the hotel reception if they could help solve it a few minutes later an young man turned up and set up a separate adsl router , although the connection is better the speed is still very slow.
It is around 4am now and I am feeling very tired and I am going to bed. I woke up about an hour later to some strange noise it was my air-conditioning , I have now turned it off and went back to bed. will update tomorrow