I am Dr Nitin Paranjape. Call me DOC.
I did my post-graduation in gynecology, way back in 1991, at TNMC (Nair Hospital) in Bombay. But IT was my hobby during my medical education.
I started with a very primitive Sinclair Spectrum 32KB gaming computer. It required a TV as a display and a spool tape recorder to load the software. I got tired of gaming and thought of writing software for medical automation.
Our Out Patient Department used to be very crowded. As a junior gynecologist, I had to handle 150+ patients in three hours – and I used to spend a lot of that time searching for investigation reports. So I wrote a software to automate that process. My OPD queue used to get over faster with better attention given to patients. That was noticed by my seniors and they asked me to develop similar software for them. That is how I started.
I used to finish my rounds at night, catch the last train, go to the computer center at Municipal Corporation of Mumbai HQ (EDP department it used to be called) and learn programming – on my own. Then catch the first train back to the hospital and become a gynecologist again!
I worked on a free lance basis even while I was studying. When I finished my post-graduation, I was one of the very few people who knew medicine as well as IT. In fact at that time, IT has a field had not even evolved. I did have a few programming assignments at hand. So I decided to give it a try full-time and started a company. I did lot of medical software development for doctors, nursing homes, hospitals, UNICEF, WHO and so on. In fact, the first birth-death registration software in India was written by me for Municipal Corporation of Bombay.
I then realized that the software skills I have learnt can be used beyond medical field. In fact the corporate world was more open to software automation compared to medical field. Then I worked on corporate IT applications over next 12 years. I was very good at the entire Microsoft platform. I did everything – architecture, programming, databases, BI, infrastructure, networking, security…
But then I realized one depressing thing. No matter which technology you take, it is always underutilized. Vendors create it, customers purchases it, service providers deploy and customize it. But a very small fraction of available feature set is used. This leads to poor return on investment and it is like a loss of opportunity. This hampers business growth in spite of having invested in the right technology.
Therefore, I decided to work in the area of “underutilization”. All technologies are underutilized. But it is humanly impossible to work on all technologies. I was looking for a product which will be most suited for this type of work. I soon realized that Microsoft Office is the most commonly used and yet the most underutilized product in the world. That was in 2004 (it is still the case – as of 2015!). Since then I worked exclusively on coaching people on how to use the Office platform more efficiently and effectively.
250,000+ people, 18 countries, 2000+ customers and still counting.
Using this blog, I publish best practices which will improve in your efficiency and effectiveness. I am a stage person. I like face to face sessions. I did not write any blogs for 10 years. But then I realized that I must provide the benefit of what I have learnt to larger audience. That is why I started writing this blog on 1st November 2013.
If you want to expedite the process of improving efficiency across your organization,
we need a different approach. Send me a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
I will send an approach paper on how to make your entire organization more efficient in the fastest possible timeframe with minimal cost and effort.