Thursday, January 31, 2008

New breed of Indian IT companies - built on a platform of innovation and differentiation

For K Ganesh, founder of TutorVista and a serial entrepreneur, the real crux of the change is the movement from being an IT service provider to actually being an owner of the value creation. Till now, for any IT service or product, there might be an Indian connection but there is very little value which has been captured by Indian IT players.

Nasscom recently launched the Nasscom, ICICI Knowledge Park Innovation Fund (NIIF) with anchor investors being Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Bharti Airtel and ICICI Knowledge Park. This Rs 100 crore fund is targeted to provide seed stage investments to promote intellectual property-driven innovation in emerging technologies.

The key areas being wireless technologies, automotive infotronics, life sciences, energy conservation technologies and medical devices.
-The Economic Times

Is Japanese market ready for off shoring?

According to Jonathan Browne, senior analyst at Forrester Research-Japan, Indian vendors have a chance to diversify into the Japanese market in the long term. But for now, the Japanese market is not ready for off shoring.

Indian firms believe the Japanese market is under pressure to cut costs and raise efficiency. Wipro has around 450 employees in Japan which made up around 3% of revenues last fiscal. Satyam has set up a Japan Centre of Excellence, with around 100 engineers from India, China, Vietnam and Japan.

TCS, for instance, has built a facility in Yokohama, and set up a Japan offshore delivery centres (JODCs) in Kolkata and Pune.

The country's biggest software services company, TCS, has about 2,000 engineers servicing Japanese customers globally. The Asia Pacific region, including Japan, contributes around 5.5% of its revenues of Rs 5,923 crore in third quarter of FY08.

"Our Kolkata centre is the knowledge hub for Japan. It works with other satellite J-ODCs in China and other global development centers in India to serve Japanese clients," said Ashok Ganesh Pai, deputy general manager, TCS-Japan.
-The Economic Times

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cyber investigations - shocked with horror stories of password theft, online defamation and financial frauds, Pune is signing up for part-time course

It’s a basic computer course that has caught the fancy of Pune’s net-savvy middle class.

A three-hour class every week for six months teaches a student how to crack passwords, recover data wiped out from a computer and trace an e-mail right to the computer where it originated.

Rohas Nagpal, director of Asian School of Cyber Law, said in the last two years there has been a rise in the number of people signing up for a short course to ward off online mishaps in their personal lives.
- Daily News & Analysis

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tata Motors to shift its Ace unit from Pune to Rudrapur in Uttarakhand

To free up over 5 acres in Pune to ramp up production of new generational vehicles and SUVs like the Sumo, Safari and Indica, Tata Motors is planing to shift its Ace unit from Pune to Rudrapur in Uttarakhand.

Tata plans to create independent production hubs
After causing an unprecedented stir in the auto world last week with the Nano, Tata's cheapest car ever, the 75-year-old company is looking towards reorganizing its manufacturing operation to facilitate expansion and to streamline quality, reliability and ensure specialization of skills and expertise of all businesses under one roof.

After Austria’s KTM and Japan's Kawasaki, Bajaj Auto is now in talks with the UK’s Triumph Motorcycles

Bajaj Auto could be seeking a deal for joint product development and distribution of Triumph’s cult bikes in domestic and overseas markets — it has a similar arrangement with KTM, where the equity alliance (Bajaj holds a little over 20% stake) involves joint development of street bikes as well as a high-performance, water-cooled engine platform for 125 and 250 cc bikes.

With Kawasaki, Bajaj has adopted a different approach. The two partners are looking to use each other’s distribution networks in many markets across the globe.

Bajaj Auto will import CKD (completely knocked down) kits of Kawasaki’s famous bikes, assemble them here and then retail them though its probiking showrooms.
- Daily News & Analysis

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3. Hamara Bajaj

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

E-waste: Pune Municipal Corporation to formulate rules for collection, recycling and disposal

There has been an alarming rise in the quantum of e-waste generated in Pune. About 40 per cent of the waste dumped at the Urali Devachi landfill site consists of e-waste.

"The plans are at a nascent stage. Pune’s growth in the IT sector is also emerging as an important cause of e-waste generation. Until now no planned steps were taken, but we are looking at framing rules to tackle the problem. E-waste will be collected and recycled or disposed of separately," Municipal commissioner Pravinsinh Pardeshi said.

He said recycling of different parts of e-waste on a commercial basis could be done through public-private partnership.
-The Times of India

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Driving India

The alliances are bound by sound economic logic. Players like Fiat are redrawing their plans for the Indian market with new alliances and new models. The Italian major has tied up with Tata Motors to manufacture cars, engines and transmissions for Indian and overseas markets. The relationship will look at leveraging mutual strengths and technology-sharing.

Under the agreement, an industrial establishment will be set up at the Fiat plant at Ranjangaon in Maharashtra. This is a win-win relationship for both Fiat and Tata Motors because it enhances the product portfolio of Tata and gives it access to the cutting edge technology of Fiat, while it gives the Italian car maker a ready distribution network in India.
India Today -

Hamara Bajaj

For decades, Bajaj Auto produced two-wheelers which were used like a family car and even christened Chunnu Munnu de papa di gaddi. So it is natural that as Indians upgrade from two- to four-wheelers, Bajaj should build a prototype that will fit Chunnu, Munnu, their mom and papaji.

The prototype, in true Bajaj tradition, is completely indigenous and designed as acomplete package. The idea, says Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj, is not to focus too much on the upfront price, but on ensuring low running cost by delivering high fuel efficiency. “We have done this with bikes and we are confident we can deliver on four-wheelers too,” he says.
India Today -

Ratan’s revolution

At a rate of interest of around 12 per cent, the EMI or equated monthly instalment for the Nano could range between Rs 2,200 per month for a fiveyear loan and a little over Rs 3,200 for a three-year loan.

At over 20 km per litre of petrol, the car would have an operating cost of Rs 2.5 per km, which is well worth the safety of travelling on four wheels and the pride of personal mobility.

And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the potential. Growing at 9 per cent, India’s GDP is over a trillion dollars (Rs 40 lakh crore), delivering an average per capita income of $1,000 (Rs 40,000). The launch of the Nano is timed to perfection. Consider the synchronisation with the emergence of India as a manufacturing centre that helped them cut costs, along with a highgrowth market with a scaleable potential.
India Today -

Interview with Ratan Tata: 'We hope Nano will get tax break'

A day before the launch of the car that promises to usher in the second road revolution after Maruti, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata spoke to India Today Managing Editor Shankkar Aiyar.

Confident about the success of his dream project, Tata discussed the politics of protest, the challenges and how Nano will change the way India travels.

Q. Are you happy with the way the car has come out?
A. The guys did a terrific job of packaging. It’s an elegant package with no wasted space. The engine performance, in terms of emission and fuel efficiency, is great. Overall, I would say it has come together much better than I had expected.
India Today -

Firing on all cylinders

But 2008 is going to be the year of two of India’s largest automakers, the homegrown Tata Motors and the erstwhile-homegrown Maruti Suzuki.

While the former is making all the news because of the Rs 1-lakh car, it is its other products that will be even more crucial, namely the next generation Indica and the new Sumo. Also as crucial will be the speed with which it can get its partnership with Fiat productive and get trouble-free supply of its new generation engines.
India Today -

Friday, January 11, 2008

TATA's 1 Lakh car - TATA NANO Video Watch Online

NEW DELHI - Tata Motors Thursday unveiled what will be the cheapest car to hit the road anywhere in the world, amid much fanfare as thousands thronged for a peek at the vehicle that Tata hopes will coax habitual customers for two-wheeled vehicles to move upmarket.At the Auto Expo in New Delhi, Ratan Tata drove the Nano,

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Tata Nano, The world's cheapest car ($2500 only) is here!!!

Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, today unveiled the Tata ‘NANO’, the People’s Car from Tata Motors that India and the world have been looking forward to. See what $2500 can buy in India. The Car thats only Rs 100K or USD2700 is a dream of middle income group in India.

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What Tata's Nano & Apple's iPhone have in common

Tata's new 1 Lakh car Nano & Apple's iPhone has something in common..guess what...Read more

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Tata Nano - The 1 lakh car

Today Tata launched its much awaited 1 lakh car and they have named it nano. I saw the pictures of Tata Nano on TV, it surely looks nice.

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BREAKING NEWS! Tata Unveils World's Cheapest Car

The Tata Rs 1-lakh car is here! And it's called the Nano! Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata on Thursday unveiled the Tata Nano at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi.

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Ratan Tata and TATA Nano: Exclusive Images

Ratan Tata unveils what is perhaps the most-hyped four-wheeler of the year, TATA Nano, at the Auto Expo show in New Delhi. Nano is priced at Rs 1 lakh ($2,500), excluding taxes. TATA Nano - Exclusive images: Ratan Tata with his dream machine.

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Public goes gaga over Nano!

We have been flooded with responses to the question we posed to viewers on Thursday – Would you like to buy Tata's Rs 1 lakh car? Here’s a sampling of what our viewers think:

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DaimlerChrysler sells 2491 units in 2007 and achieves 18% sales growth in India

Keeping in view the customer expectations, Daimler has continuously widened the product portfolio of its Mercedes-Benz brand offerings for the Indian market.

The company manufactures the S-Class, E-Class and the C-Class cars in its facility in Pune, India.

Other products that are offered as Completely Built imported cars include the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, E-Class, M-Class, CLS-Class, SLK-Class, SL-Class, and the CL-Class.

Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Daimler India: “Our consistent sales growth and our 2007 numbers reinforce the criticality of well-timed product introductions. Our customers appreciate that they can get the latest and the best from the Mercedes-Benz stable, backed by the most extensive after-sales service network as compared to any luxury car maker in India.”
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

BVG India Ltd, Pune to make fuel from plastic waste

In a solution to the ever-worsening problem of plastic waste, city-based BVG India Ltd has developed a technological process for producing pure diesel and petrol from all types of plastic wastes. The company has completed basic prototype trials and aims at carrying out the remaining trials by the end of January.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

7 wonders at Infosys

The Globe - Pune, The GEC (Global Education centre @ Mysore), The tower - BANGALORE, The MultiPlex - MYSORE, The Lotus - BANGALORE, The FC (Food Court) - Pune, The pyramid!! - BANGALORE

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JSF & Ajax-Latest strategies for building Ajax applications

Chris Schalk's session on ' JSF and Ajax: An update on the latest strategies for building Ajax applications with JavaServer Faces ' presented at the Conference On Java Technology 2007 held in Oct 2007 in Pune, India.

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7 things to know before you present your startup to VCs

I had a fortune of spending some time with one of the Pune based VCs last week. During our small 15 minute discussion, I got a glimpse into what VCs think, especially while making a decision on funding a startup.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

KPIT Cummins focusing on embedded systems for hybrid cars and traceability of auto components

Hybrid Cars: Embedded technology solutions provider for automotive industry KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd is working on on-board bi-fuel management systems for hybrid cars and unmanned tractors, the latter that could be operated through satellite info systems.

For hybrid cars, the focus is now on cars run by hydrogen fuel cells.

Traceability: The automotive industry is working on the issue of traceability of auto components that go into respective models. This helps automakers when they are carrying out servicing and also during vehicle recall to replace specific auto component. Since each batch has different set of auto parts, the issue of traceability has assumed importance for car makers.

The embedded software in automotive has become a new thrust area for KPIT, the Chairman and Group CEO, S.B. Ravi Pandit, said.

Friday, January 4, 2008

TIBCO’s Indian focus

TIBCO’s increased investments in India include the establishment of a research and development center in Pune and the launch of its third global technology challenge, a series of contests called “The Power of You”.

Ram Menon, Executive Vice President at TIBCO talked to Faiz Askari about all of this and more.

Ram Menon: We recently launched a new R&D center in Pune, with a capacity of 200 seats. The focus of this center will be in multiple directions including documentation, product design and new product development. TIBCO’s ongoing initiatives in this region represent an integral part of our strategy to drive innovation and growth in key emerging markets and increase our presence and technology offerings globally.

We are investing in India looking towards strengthening our talent resource and at the same India is a big target market for us.
R&D, AJAX and SOA - Express Computer