Microsoft, IBM and Google should compensate for breakthrough ideas they benefited from.

Microsoft, IBM and Google should compensate for breakthrough ideas they benefited from.

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Harmanjit Saini started this petition to Microsoft and

Harmanjit Saini came to the USA from India in 1981 to pursue a PhD in Marketing and International Business at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In 1984, he found an opportunity to start a business to develop computer software for automating export operations. He interviewed more than a hundred exporters in the Chicago area to understand their export operations, assess their software needs and designed the data bases, data input screens, export document formats and sales analysis reports. 

Since Saini was not a software programmer himself, from 1986 to 1987 he collaborated with a small software company in Milwaukee, WI to develop the software, handling all sales and marketing of the product himself. The software was developed for IBM PCs at that time. In his sales calls, Saini interacted with hundreds of clients who had IBM hardware. Based on these interactions, he analyzed IBM’s business and realized that the company was missing a great business opportunity, which he had a chance to later discuss with the company.

In addition to selling the export software package, Saini also sold other software developed by the company and its contract programming services. As the business was on the verge of experiencing explosive growth, Saini began planning the next strategy to take advantage of the incredible computer programming talent in India. Part of the sales of the software company that he partnered with came from their contract programmers working at client sites. So he began planning to hire Indian programmers, who were being paid $3-5/hour in India at that time (in 1987), place them in American and European companies, pay them $25-35/hour, and charge $50-70 for their services. Before these strategies could be implemented, due to outside interference, Saini’s software partner broke their agreement and the business venture ended.

However, IBM had heard of Saini’s sales success and had a very favorable opinion of his sales capabilities. He decided to apply for a sales position with IBM in 1988. During the interview he suggested that IBM being a premier computer hardware and software company should get into IT consulting for the largest corporations, rather than just be mainly a hardware company. IT consulting was dominated at that time by the six big accounting/consulting firms.

Saini was not hired for the sales position, but almost immediately IBM got into IT Consulting in a big way, later buying the PriceWaterhouseCoopers IT Consulting practice. IBM Consulting (now IBM Global Business Services) also began to tap into Indian programming talent. Now its Indian subsidiary (IBM India Pvt. Ltd.) employs 130,000 people in India compared to IBM employing less than 100,000 in the USA. IBM also benefited from using Saini’s sales techniques. IBM should have no hesitation in verifying this information.

Then probably in 1998, Saini gave one of his greatest ideas to improve computer software and computer chip design to speed up calculations and processing of data, which was to use the highest level of mathematics to develop routines to sort and process data. Microsoft ran with the idea and immediately hired many mathematicians around the world. The idea proved to be a major breakthrough in software development. The company was able to thrash its competition in software as a result and has continued to maintain its lead. Bill Gates should have no hesitation in verifying the authenticity of this claim.

Using the same logic, almost at the same time IBM made a major breakthrough in computer chip design by using mathematics to drastically improve the processing speed of its servers. It increased the revenues of its server business. Both companies realized stunning improvements in software and hardware development. IBM should also have no hesitation in verifying that Saini’s suggestion led to the improvements.

The suggestion has also tremendously benefited Apple, Intel, AMD, Google and Oracle.  But Saini has received no reward or compensation for these incredible suggestions.

At the same time in 1998, Saini suggested that the tech companies should set up cafeterias in their premises and provide subsidized meals to employees. The suggestion was accepted which has resulted in boosting employee productivity, morale and higher retention rates for the companies. 

Then in about 2012, Saini gave an even better suggestion to the computer industry, which was to use a 4-digit system instead of a binary system for computer and software design. His suggestion was based on the the fact that God used a 4-digit system for DNA and RNA design for information storage and processing. He definitely knows more than human beings and we should follow His example and develop a 4 -digit system for computers. At that time Bill Gates was still involved with Microsoft. 

Saini’s hope was that Microsoft, Google, Apple and IBM would jump on the idea as they had jumped on the earlier suggestion to use mathematics for software development. Not all did. Only Google had the vision to try out the idea which resulted in their recent announcement that their researchers have achieved a major breakthrough in quantum computing known as quantum supremacy. Now IBM, Microsoft and Apple will probably have to scramble to jump on the bandwagon, though Google already has about a 5 year lead. Saini thinks he should be rewarded for this suggestion also, probably one of the greatest breakthroughs in computing so far. He believes Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, Inc. and Sergey Brin should have no hesitation in verifying the genuineness of this claim.

Based solely on these breakthrough ideas, Microsoft, IBM and Google have realized total incremental benefits of hundreds of billions of dollars in revenues and tens of billions of dollars in profits since 1988. But Harmanjit Saini has not received any compensation or reward from them. We the signors of this petition strongly feel that he deserves to be rewarded as suggested below for his ideas used by these companies for realizing hundreds of billions of dollars in incremental revenues over the past two to three decades. We think it is the right thing to do.

Microsoft      $1 million

IBM              $1 million

Google         $1 million (for suggestion to use 4-digit system)

Intel              $250,000

AMD             $250,000

Apple            $250,000

Oracle           $250,000

Google          $250,000 (for suggestion to use mathematics for software design)

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