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Rewriting the Smartphone Keyboard at Age 28

Aug 21, 2016 8:16:26 AM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix


Ever feel like you’re all thumbs when typing on a smartphone? Jon Reynolds can lend a hand. The 28-year-old’s London-based startup, SwiftKey, eliminates the clumsiness and frustration of inputting text into smart devices by replacing the stock on-screen keyboard with an artificial-intelligence-driven alternative that analyzes typing and language patterns to accurately forecast which words users will enter next.

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Did we poach Jay Vijayan from Tesla ?

Mar 29, 2016 2:31:57 AM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in financials, grc products, growth plans, IT Leader, jay vijayan, Jay Vijayan from Tesla, mentors, MetricStream, RSA archer, Tamil Entrepreneur, Tata motors, tesla, Tesla money, tesla motors, Tesla or Elon, 100k solution, 500K pipeline, A fund raise news, angel investment, billion $, CIO of FixNix, Economic Times, Elon Musk, entrepreneur, RBI- Partnership


tesla ride fixnix

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FixNix is representing Startup world in the Cyber Security Task Force of Govt of India

Jan 21, 2016 3:33:26 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, security, startup, task, world, Blog, cyber


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FixNix is part of Cyber Security Task Force

Jan 15, 2016 5:55:43 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, India, IT startup, min, story, success, Blog


FixNix Success Story in 1 min for featuring in Startup India Standup India

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Startup India - how do the states fare

Jan 12, 2016 5:52:44 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in India, startups, Tamil Nadu, Blog, bootstrapping, entrepreneur, fare, one-crore debt


Three years ago, as a bootstrapping entrepreneur, I have knocked on all doors for funding. It took 10 months to get a Rs one-crore debt finally from Tamil Nadu government under a mortgage scheme

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FixNix, Success story of Startup India, Standup India, Expectations Interview

Jan 10, 2016 5:50:34 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, Interview, Standup, success, Blog, entrepreneur, Expectations, facebook


FixNix, Success story of Startup India, Standup India, Expectations Interview
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Startup India, Standup India...

Jan 2, 2016 5:35:39 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in India, job creation, startup, 69th Independence Day, Blog, boost, entrepreneur, Narendra modi, Prime Minister of India


FixNix is proud to be part of the "Startup India, Standup India" movement of Prime Minister of India, on the Government of India's invitation.

Addressing the nation on the 69th Independence Day, Narendra Modi announced this campaign to promote bank financing for start-ups and offer incentives to boost entrepreneurship and job creation by saying

We are looking at systems for enabling start-ups.

We must be number one in start-ups... Start-up India; Stand up India.

Again he followed up with his Dec'2015  MannKiBaat monthly radio addressing to the nation on All India Radio as a voice to the general masses of India about

Jan'16 BluePrint Day for the movement.

Can India be a 'Start-up Capital'?

On January 16, the government of India will unveil the full Action Plan of  Start-up India, Stand-up India...

A structure will be presented before you.

This should not be limited to only some cities but spread to every nook and corner of the country.

FixNix got Invited by Mr.Ravinder IAS, ‎Director at Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP), Government of India among the handful they have selected from 1,000 s of startups across the country.

The first request on Dec 24 came from DIPP was to submit our story as video to see whether they can feature it on the workshop day.

4-Jan-2016, 4am IST Update
Finally we have made the 1 minute video for  DIPP showcase selection.
Music director Ilayaraja came handy with his latest peppy number to convey our peppy aspirations. Wanted to highlight our Tamil culture in this national forum in case if we get selected. Let's dent it !
Share your thoughts, likes in our youtube channel itself.

Still thinking and preparing a theme for the video of story.

Anybody want to help us in making this video, write to , we've one week left..

Here's the formal invite which came on Dec 27 for the Jan'16 National "Startup India, Standup India" blueprint workshop and launch in New Delhi.

I want FixNix to win badly in such forums, as we are great living proof that we neither have a mammoth investor group backing us, lobbying for our win, nor some political or influential GodFather

Kindly wish us luck.... :-)


Even President of India recently endorsed this program and requested the youth of India to pursue Entrepreneurship.


During his Silicon Valley, he has gathered lot of inputs from all the Valley Mammoths and mandated DIPP to run this "Startup India, Standup India".


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Will your continuity plans in place When it matters most ?

Dec 17, 2015 5:32:43 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in Information Security Management System, strategy, Blog, chennairainshelp, continuity, entrepreneur, plans, Public Private Partnership


Will your continuity plans in place When it matters most ?

Want to ask my dear #ChennaiRainsHelp about this.

Some of my entrepreneur & service industry friends felt embarrassed about me asking them this tough question.

Because they never ran short of money, which is aplenty, they lacked vision, strategy with respect security & i tried pointing it out.

Having a CeH person taking care of your pen testing and vulnerability assessment is good, it can be step Zero towards achieving excellence.

But you don't have choice of staying there forever, improve your Information Security Management System Excellence with strategies like Business Continuity, Security Incident, Process, Policy, Controls, Risk, Audit, Fraud.

It's not a sprint, you should be ready for a marathon.

Get off your glasses..

When something comes from me, it's not about selling FixNix always

( though We've many related Business Continuity process & GRC solutions offerings, it doesn't matter really)

Will try to share the awesome PPP(Public Private Partnership) experience working with semi-governmental efforts like Chennai Rain Relief Center ( IT properties,, RainHelp ) assembling volunteers from the Tech, Silicon Valley world with our #ChennaiStrong. Even got JustDial, PolicyBazaar to do partner with us through their CSR mission.

Coming back,

Will your continuity plans in place

       When it matters most ?

The US Dept of Homeland Security Awareness Video about Business Continuity ends with this sentence

 Every second of every day somewhere in the world disasters are happening -- man-made and natural -- events that can harm people and businesses.

We can't stop them occurring, but we can be prepared.

When disaster strikes, the clock is ticking; and when the clock is ticking, businesses that practice BCM are ahead of the game!

This new video explains what BCM is and why you should be doing it.

Spend few pennies out of your $ for Business Continuity and Dont regret post getting impacted.

Prevention is better than cure.

Try FixNix GRC Platform which has products on Software as Service Model through the cloud like

  • Audit Management,
  • Risk Management,
  • Business Continuity Management,
  • Incident Management,
  • Controls Management,
  • Fraud Management,
  • Asset Management,
  • Vendor Risk Management, etc

Many stand alone solutions like Whistleblower on private cloud is also there to enable the Process part of the Information Security Management System.

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Dell & EMC, Leader in 22 Gartner magic quadrants ?

Nov 29, 2015 5:27:30 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in Gartner Magic Quadrants, hybrid cloud, leader, mobile and security, technology, Blog, data center, Dell, EMC, ownership


Got it from the EMC world. I can see their serious re-iteration to get the confidence back from the market. I was told by a storage architect friend that the customers are looking at NetApp seriously because of the foreseen merger integration issues.

Good Luck Dell-EMC !

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3 Things Chennai can learn from 9/11

Nov 27, 2015 5:23:39 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, learn, Scope of Scenarios, Split Operations Model, Things, Traditional Active/Backup Model, 9/11, Anniversary, Blog, Business Continuity Models, Celebrations, Chennai


Wanted to dedicate this piece of work to SaaS & IT Services Capital of India, Chennai

FixNix Year III Anniversary Celebrations- Part 2

Nov'22 2012 to Nov'22'2015

Member,Cyber Security Task Force of India.

if the recent flood is taking down Chennai from its BAU and it is still aspirant about being a global thought leader in Information Technology and Software Products industry, it need to learn from it's american counterparts how they handled the 9/11 successfully and recouped back.

not writing anything specific, don't want to reinvent the wheel.

quoting the important parts of the SEC analysis about their experience handling 9/11.

Business Continuity Models

The events of September 11 may lead to changes in the way that institutions plan for emergencies, as well as changes in their ongoing operations. It is helpful to review the basic models for business continuity planning and how these fared during the recent crisis.

A. Traditional Active/Backup Model

In its simplest form, the traditional model of business continuity is based on an "active" operating site with a corresponding backup site, both for data processing and for operations. This strategy generally relies on relocating staff from the active site to the backup site, and on maintaining backup copies of technology and data. There is an inherent dependency on the staff at the active site and their ability to move to the backup site. An adequate "desktop" recovery strategy - one that contemplates the movement of, at a minimum, core employees to fully functional backup office space - is a critical element of this model. This approach tends to limit geographic separation to reduce relocation time. Common approaches for the backup of technology infrastructure and data processing also rely on keeping data, hardware, and software current at the backup site and on resilient and diverse services (including telecommunications and electric power) at each site.

B. Split Operations Model

An emerging business model, which is used by some firms with nationwide or global operations, is to operate with two or more widely separated active sites ("active/active") for critical operations that provide inherent backup for one another. For banking organizations with nationwide operations, for example, such sites are often hundreds of miles apart. For international firms, routine workloads can be shared among sites in different countries. Each site has the capacity to absorb some or all of the work of another for an extended period of time. This strategy can provide close-to-immediate resumption capacity, depending on the systems used to support the operations and the operating capacity at each site. This strategy addresses many of the key vulnerabilities noted above, eliminating dependency on availability and relocation of staff at any single location, reducing likelihood of telecommunications single points of failure, supporting maximum geographic separation, and assuring business continuity through actual use, rather than infrequent and less than complete testing.

C. Other Models

There may be other business continuity models that can provide a high degree of resiliency. For example, some institutions employ a variation on the above models in which a backup site periodically functions as the primary site for some period of time ("alternate site" model).

Developing Sound Practices for Business Continuity

In the face of revised assessments of the types, severity, and probability of potential threats, the cost-benefit balance of enhancing resilience to these threats has clearly shifted post-September 11. There are a number of steps, described below, that may help achieve a common view of sound practices for business continuity.

A. Define the Scope of Scenarios

A core question is the range of scenarios that financial institutions realistically need to address in their business continuity planning. There are a number of scenarios that would affect particular geographic areas, such as explosive devices, biohazards, and natural disasters. Such scenarios could render a large area inaccessible and could harm or disperse an organization's critical employees.

B. Establish Business Continuity Objectives

Business continuity objectives or principles need to be articulated that are consistent with cost-effective, sound business operations and that take into account the impact that one critical institution's operations can have on another. These objectives could cover issues such as:

  • Recovery time expectations for critical operations.
  • Recovery capacity or volume expectations.
  • Sound business continuity practices to support these objectives.

Although in practice, recovery time expectations may differ depending on the scenario (e.g., the expected times for institutions to recover from a localized power outage may differ from that of a regional disaster with loss of life), there are critical functions, including those relating to safeguarding and transferring of funds and financial assets that are so vital to the U.S. and global financial system that they arguably should continue with minimal, if any, disruption even in the event of a major regional disaster. The near-immediate "fail-over" capabilities provided by current technologies can support this objective.

C. Identify Key Elements of the Financial System

A coordinated industry-wide approach to business continuity planning requires identification of the critical operational components of the financial system that must achieve a high level of business continuity preparedness.A primary question is whether and how business continuity objectives should differ for institutions or infrastructure components with different levels of systemic importance. In particular, expectations may be highest for institutions whose activity has the potential to significantly affect other institutions, such as major clearing and settlement entities, as well as institutions that essentially act as financial "utilities" in some of their functions. Other institutions may be collectively critical to the daily operations of financial system, but individually of less systemic significance.

D. Testing and Crisis Management

Finally, the effectiveness of common business continuity strategies needs to be assured, whether through planning and testing or through regular use. Some institutions found that their routine testing of their business continuity plans as frequently as monthly or quarterly helped considerably in dealing with the crisis, relative to annual or less frequent testing. While testing and planning absorbs resources, institutions have found ways to integrate business continuity tests into their routine operations, such as by actively switching live operations to alternate sites periodically.

In addition, many institutions have noted the need for the industry to consider whether a more coordinated approach to crisis management and communication needs to be developed. Since September 11, several public and private-sector initiatives have begun to address the issue of coordinated crisis management communication within the industry and with regulators.

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