Pratik Bhatt

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How do I cancel an Oracle ULA

Hi, it’s Keith and this month I will be giving Jane a break from writing. It’s coming to the end Oracle’s Q4 and we have been very, very busy.<p>I just …

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen to you. If you’re like most people, you tend to focus mainly, or even exclusively, on negative experiences. They’re what you ruminate over, what you talk to your friend about as you’re driving home, what you …

You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge. Most economists, including those at the the IMF, think it is premature to talk about an economic crisis. While I agree, I nonetheless believe that the …

8 Steps to Truly Love Yourself -- and Why It's the Most Selfless Thing You Can Do

There seems to be a very beautiful trend taking shape that I am completely devoted to: It is starting to be popular to "be loving." Over the last few years, health, spiritual practices and taking care of mother earth are starting to be considered a hip thing -- rather than a strange "hippie" thing. …

Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job

When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of …

It’s the Weekend! Why Are You Working?

If you are like us, you often find yourself working on weekends and are criticized by somebody (your spouse, a friend, a colleague) who thinks there is something inherently wrong in spending some time over the weekend on work-related activities. Do they have a point? We thought there might be some …

Most People Don’t Want to Be Managers

Most American workers aren’t interested in becoming managers. At least, that’s what a new CareerBuilder survey seems to suggest.<p>Of the thousands surveyed, only about one-third of workers (34%) said they aspire to leadership positions – and just 7% strive for C-level management (the rest said they …

Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions

Have you ever noticed that highly effective people almost always say they love what they do? If you ask them about their good career fortune, they’re likely to advise that you have to love what you do in order to perform at a high level of effectiveness. They will talk about the critical importance …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

When Multitasking Makes You Happy and When It Doesn’t

Would you be happier if you spent an hour juggling emails, meetings, and data analysis, or if you spent that hour focused only on data analysis? Which would you enjoy more: a Saturday spent bouncing from running errands, to cooking an elaborate dinner, to playing with the kids, or a Saturday …

Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

You’ve finally figured out what you want to do with your life — start a company, launch a website, design an app, or found a nonprofit. The only problem is that you can’t afford to quit your job (and lose your benefits) in order to pursue it fulltime. So, where should you start? What’s the best way …

How to Build a Meaningful Career

Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Unfortunately, most of …

Get More Done by Focusing Less on Work

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>When people want to get more done at work, they double down on the time they put into their jobs. They adopt a new productivity approach, stay at the office late, work weekends, revamp to-do lists, and try to cram more into every day. But what if the secret to performing …

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

Can You Be Friends With Your Boss?

A few years ago, I found myself uncomfortably witnessing a painful breakup. But it wasn’t a couple struggling through a divorce; it was the unraveling of a friendship, complicated by the fact that the two people in question were also a boss and his subordinate. They were once so close that the …

How Watson Changed IBM

Remember when IBM’s “Watson” computer competed on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and won? Most people probably thought “Wow, that’s cool,” or perhaps were briefly reminded of the legend of John Henry and the ongoing contest between man and machine. Beyond the media splash it caused, though, the event …

Lawsuit threatens to break new ground on the GPL and software licensing issues

Jul 31, 2014, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])<p>When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly …

Licensing

SAP Licensing – is there an elephant in the room? - The ITAM Review

“You can’t talk about SAP licensing without addressing the elephant in the room – indirect access”<p><b>Ahead of the SAM Summit taking place in Chicago,</b> …

Are you paying Oracle support on Licences you do not use? (Part 2)

How to Perform an OPEX review on Oracle support. Part 2.<p>Oracle do their best to make reducing support very, very difficult<p>In Part 1 we looked at the …

Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

Ask 100 people if they have good common sense, and more than 95% will tell you they do. Ask them if they are good coaches, and almost as many will say yes. Executives we talk to assume that if they’re good managers, then being a good coach is like your shadow on a sunny day. It just naturally …

Why We Humblebrag About Being Busy

We have a problem—and the odd thing is we not only know about it, we’re celebrating it. Just today, someone boasted to me that she was so busy she’s averaged four hours of sleep a night for the last two weeks. She wasn’t complaining; she was <i>proud</i> of the fact. She is not alone.<p>Why are typically …

Get Over Your Fear of Conflict

Most of us have some resistance to conflict. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be “nice” and end up spending an inordinate amount of time talking to ourselves or others — complaining, feeling frustrated, ruminating on something that already happened, or anticipating something that …

How to Repair a Damaged Professional Relationship

If you’ve spent enough time in the workforce, you almost certainly have a trail of damaged professional relationships behind you. That doesn’t mean you’re a bad manager or employee; it’s simply a fact that some people don’t get along, and when we have to rely on each other (to finish the report, to …