[TODAY AT WORK] 15 Jan 2018 – Content, Copy, Analytics and Reports – A wholesome day as a web specialist

Today seemed to be one of those wholesome days in my career as a web specialist.

I got an opportunity to update content on one of our portals using the SDL Tridion CMS (Content Managment System).

I completed testing of IBM Cognos Reports delivered by IT for our mobile app.

Then one of the managers wanted me to access Google Analytics and give him a last 3-months report on 3 URLs/pages. Delivered them successfully.

Later I had to follow up with IT teams about change requests we had raised.

I co-ordinated with the Engineering team on a web application owned by them – some content corrections and updates had to be done.

Then helped an Arabic speaking colleague with grammar and proof-reading his email replies to different departments.

The same Manager wanted me to access Oracle BI and extract some detailed reports on which he wanted an analysis to make some business decisions.

Then I liased with our CMS vendor to get help on a list that we needed to be extracted from the application server.

Why am I writing all these down? Just to be grateful for the opportunity to work and serve 🙂

[CARTOONING] – Creating a web comic using only the drawing tools in Microsoft Powerpoint – [Cartooning] Paper Recycling

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BACKGROUND: In 2006, navigating online forums in the UAE got me in touch with two creatives who had started a social work forum for creatives. One of their projects was Paper Recycling and they wanted a simple comic explaining the benefits of recycling paper. The script was already written and they couldn’t find a cartoonist yet. Being an amateur, I decided to take the plunge and use the opportunity to see what I was capable of.

CLIENT: Creative Majlis, Dubai


PRODUCT / SERVICE: Paper Recycling

BRIEF: Visualise and convert the written script into an entertaining and educating comic.


YEAR: 2006

ART: Umesh Ponnusamy

COPY: Mayura Sandeep


Since the day I had  created a killer resume in MS Word using it’s drawing tools (this was in 1998), I was fascinated by the possibilities these tools offered. Later in my work, I had created diagrams, charts, illustrations using these very user-friendly drawing tools.

I had even created a simple cartoon for a newsletter for an online group using the drawing tools in MS Word in 2004.

All these previous efforts, gave me the confidence to go ahead and try to visualise and execute the script given to me. It was a simple enough script.

Maybe someday if I have the time and inclination, I’ll document the entire process in this post.