mercredi, août 15, 2007

Automotive embedded software industry is the most advanced industry in the world

Automotive embedded software industry is the most advanced industry in the world because no other industry has the constraints it has: "producing for mass market with very high security, environment, cost and reliability constraints"

* aerospace has greater security, environment and reliability constraints but is not mass market by a factor of 1000.
* telecom, PC and web industries are as much mass market as automotive but do not have security, environment and reliability constraints as high. If some telecom equipement, PC or web service/site does not work it won't kill you...

Every engineer should keep an eye on what's happening in the automotive industry.

This also applies to the automotive embedded software. I would advise to actively follow the AUTOSAR initiative supported by all the major automotive player.

AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) is an open and standardized automotive software architecture, jointly developed by automobile manufacturers, suppliers and tool developers.


* paves the way for innovative electronic systems that further improve performance, safety and environmental friendliness
* is a strong global partnership that creates one common standard: "Cooperate on standards, compete on implementation"
* is a key enabling technology to manage the growing electrics/electronics complexity. It aims to be prepared for the upcoming technologies and to improve cost-efficiency without making any compromise with respect to quality
* facilitates the exchange and update of software and hardware over the service life of the vehicle

lundi, juin 18, 2007

Interview questions

The best hiring questions list I know is available in files
HRinterviewquestions.doc at
I use some of them as an interviewer...

"Un bon post" en français: Comment trouver un emploi de conseiller aux ventes...

mercredi, juin 13, 2007

What will be the successor of the current user (professional) profile in online networks?

This question has been asked in LinkedIn Q&A forum Ronald Wopereis.

Ronald Wopereis asks: "Currently every major online social and/or business network has this concept called "user profile". The information inside such profile would hardly be considered factual by any news reporter or judge. Clearly, our presentation of ourselves is biased, aimed at offering a certain kind of contact while at the same time making sure that our shadow elements are left out as "not really relevant at this stage of relationship building".

In my theory of attention, and following Spinoza's comments 300 years ago that mind and body are two perspectives on one and the same area, i see a future where software usage is what builds a user profile."

My answer is: I guess LinkedIn is pioneering the "successor of (professional) user profile" with 3 specific features:
  1. who you know - your network
  2. recommendations from current and past colleagues
  3. LinkedIn Q&A feature where you can advertize your skills by asking and answering question. from what I understand this is what you call "software usage".

In addition to what's on LinkedIn, as Ronald wrote it, every name can be "googled". That's why in addition to Linkedin Q&A, it's a good practice to participate to forums and publish some papers.


Indian walkins / walk-ins

To get a feeling of the software indian job market it is a good idea to wander in offshore related forums to get a better feeling of what's happening in India.

You will soon notice the word "walk-in" or "walkin". There are plenty of those industrial recruiting events in every big indian city. Here is an example of a recruiting "walkin" exam:

Walkin Interview @ XXXXX in Chennai on 5th to 12th June 2007
Walkin Interview Details:
Date:5-Jun-07 to 12-Jun-07
XXXXX India Pvt Ltd
XX, XXXX Main Road
Chennai - 600058
Contact Person: XXXXX
IT - Microsoft technologies
Software Engineer
Desired Skills
- 2 years hands on experience,, SQL Server 2000.
- Completing tasks with allocated resources. Research and Development as and when required.
- Reporting on progress.
- Documentation and Record keeping
Experience 2 - 6 years
Location Chennai

Read also my offshoring paper:

jeudi, mai 24, 2007

LinkedIn is back!

LinkedIn just reached 11 millions users!

It took 4 months to LinkedIn to grow from 9M to 10M and it took only 6 weeks to go from 10 to 11M.

The graph below shows the sharp increase in terms of users (blue line).

I write "LinkedIn is back!" compared to what I posted previously: LinkedIn is still growing, but...

mercredi, mai 23, 2007

LinkedIn, The World, France, Germany, India and China

OK, LinkedIn is the 1st worldwide and in Europe BUT not in Germany and France.

Germany and France are still important markets and still love to speak their respective national language. Actually they not only love to speak it, but a sizeable part of french and german people do not speak any other language and they live and work very happily.

That's why, it is my feeling that whatever the size LinkedIn will reach, both Xing and Viadeo will keep an advantage in France and Germany.

By the way, I think there is definetely a place for a chinese speaking social networking site, and that's why Viadeo made an alliance with one of them... No place though for an indian speaking social networking site as many languages are spoken in India and english is the common language. India is using LinkedIn!

Read also my previous post Are French and German not interested in "social networking"?

By the way, I'm an open networker and welcome all invitations on LinkedIn, Viadeo and Xing.

I use Viadeo for France (4000+ 1st level contacts), LinkedIn for the world (12000+ 1st level contacts) and Xing for german speaking countries (1000+ 1st level contacts). I am not speaking chinese fluently enough to invite you to connect on a chinese social networking site :-(

lundi, mai 07, 2007

LinkedIn is growing its user base in India

I am one of the 50 most connected users in LinkedIn. Lately I have seen a trend where my network in India is one of those that grow the fastest .

What is unusual here is that usually the fastest growers are also the the biggest as UK, NY or the bay. But this is not the case for India which is below 4% but may soon appear in the top 5 areas in terms of LinkedIn users.

In Basic LinkedIn Users Radioscopy I explain why my network may be similar to the entire LinkedIn user base.

PS: I heavily "invested" in terms of connection effort towards India because I'm in love with this country/continent and I think it is an area of growth in many areas.

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jeudi, avril 26, 2007

Social Networking for Jobs

Should Monster be scared?

Read this article about employers and job seekers using LinkedIn. Viadeo is missing in this comparisons between different websites.

vendredi, avril 13, 2007

LinkedIn is still growing, but...

So LinkedIn just enlisted it's 10 millionth user. Here is LinkedIn progression since early 2006:

A 1st fact is that since early 2006 LinkedIn is growing linearly, while one could expect it to grow exponentially as more and more users would invite more and more people.

A 2nd other interessant fact is that the ratio between people I can reach and the total LinkedIn users is increasing these last weeks, while my number of 1st level connections does not grow as fast as this ratio. Ratio was 55.5% jnuary 2007 and is 60% today.

It means that inside LinkedIn, people are connecting between themselves faster than new users are entering LinkedIn. I have more and more connections, but in a closed world.

mercredi, avril 11, 2007

How to use Linkedin and Viadeo to find a new position in 4 steps

Step 1 connect with as many people as possible

The main goal is to maximize the chances to see and be seen on LinkedIn and Viadeo. An additional goal is to minimize the path for reaching people you want to contact.

Connect with 3 different kinds of profile in addition to your near colleagues:

  • Connect to people who share your professional goals.

  • Connect with recruiters. There is a huge number of these people on LinkedIn and Viadeo.

  • Connect with people having a lot of contacts (several thousands) on Viadeo and LinkedIn like

To add me as your LinkedIn connection:

0. register on LinkedIn at

1. copy/paste

2. click on

3. paste in the email field

4. click on "search"

5. click on "send invitation"

To add me as your Viadeo connection: Invite Eric Mariacher on Viadeo

As a general rule do not use standard boiler plate invitation (3rd advice). People with more than 1000 1st level connections usually accept every invitation provided it is not too standard.

To find the most connected people on LinkedIn: click on and sort results by number of connections.

To find the most connected people on Viadeo: ask me

Step 2 get recommendations

One of the real plus of tools such as LinkedIn and Viadeo is the recommendation feature. You get feedback from former colleagues in real time. people looking for those recommendations can contact those former people to get additional information.

Step 3 use Q & A feature on LinkedIn

Another plus of LinkedIn (and to a lesser extent of Viadeo and Xing) is the Q & A feature where you can show your expertise concretely.

Step 4 read my "My 2 cents about Online Business Networking"

“Grow your network while you don’t need it”

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dimanche, janvier 07, 2007

Viadeo: Connecteurs d'élite

Bonne année 2007 aux Connecteurs d'élite sur Viadeo!

Ce graphique est basé sur les informations, peut-être partielles que j'ai à ma disposition.

Profil d'Eric Mariacher sur Viadeo

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