IT Newsletter - December 15 to 19, 2014

Narendra Modi, Google India, 2014 Lok Sabha elections

Dec 19, 2014 09:12 IST India Infoline News Service

Top News
Narendra Modi most searched politician: Google India
Google India announced its 2014 Year in Search lists, a look at the top trends and searches through the collective eyes of the world on the web. Year in Search offers a unique perspective on the year’s biggest interests, major events, and hot searches that ruled the web in India. The historic 2014 Lok Sabha elections emerged as India’s first digital election and revealed that an online presence mattered considerably for all political parties. It’s no surprise then, that the term Elections 2014 topped Google India’s trending lists this year.
In addition to seeing Elections 2014 at the top of the trending charts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the top most searched personalities this year, coming ahead of Bollywood biggies like Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif—the first time a politician has gained more search popularity than entertainment celebrities.
Also topping the trending searches were sports tournaments such as FIFA World Cup 2014 and Indian Premier League 2014. Searches for both of these banner sporting events broke records with fans searching online for teams, players, scores, and match results.
Among the Top Searched people, Sunny Leone continued to be the most searched personality, just ahead of perennial favourites like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Deepika Padukone. Cricket is second only to Bollywood in trending searches, and there we have none other than India’s current captain to the Australian Tour, Virat Kohli emerging at the top of the charts, just ahead of the great Sachin Tendulkar, whose popularity endures even after his retirement.
Wipro veteran Suresh Senapaty to join HCG board
Wipro veteran Suresh Senapaty, will be joining the board of cancer specialty hospital Health Care Global (HCG), says report. Report said that Premji Invest, is among early investors in HCG, apart from Singapore's Temasek Holdings and Milestone Religare. In 2010, Premji Invest had invested around $20 million in the company.
Infosys Q3 results on 9th January, 2015
Infosys Ltd has announced that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on January 09, 2015, to consider the audited financial results of the Company as per Indian GAAP for the third quarter and nine months ending December 31, 2014 (Q3); and
The audited consolidated financial results of the Company and its subsidiaries as per IFRS for the third quarter and nine months ending December 31, 2014 (Q3). The insider trading window will remain closed between December 16, 2014 through January 11, 2015.
Domestic News
Infosys employee among Sydney hostages: report
India's second largest IT services provider Infosys HAS confirmed that one of its employee has been taken as a hostage. "We are also in the process of confirming the whereabouts of all our other employees in the city," Infosys reportedly said in a statement. The company also stated that the family of the employee has been informed and that they are extending all possible support to them in this difficult time.
TCS expects $1 bn revenue from France: Reports
Tata Consultancy Services is eyeing $1 bn revenue from France in 5 years , according to reports. Krishnan Ramanujam, global head and vice-president of enterprise solutions at the analyst event reportedly given details about TCS plans for Europe. It has about 1,400 consultants in France and is looking to recruit graduates in that market , TCS added.
Majesco merge with Cover-All Technologies Inc
Majesco (formerly, MajescoMastek), the global provider of core insurance systems and services to approximately 100 insurance carriers worldwide, announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Cover-All Technologies Inc., an insurance software company based in Morristown, NJ, in a 100% stock-for-stock transaction, pursuant to which Cover-All’s stockholders and the holders of its options and restricted stock units, in the aggregate, will, upon the closing of the merger, receive 16.5% of the outstanding shares of common stock of the combined company, on a fully diluted basis. The combined entity will retain the “Majesco” brand globally.
The decision to merge the two businesses is the latest step in the execution of Majesco’s aggressive growth strategy to consolidate its global insurance business under a single and separate entity. Last week Majesco announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the insurance business of Agile Technologies, LLC, bringing additional IT consulting, data strategy and implementation expertise to Majesco.
The global insurance industry is in midst of a once-in-a-generation technology transformation and Majesco has been a leading provider of the enabling software and IT services. The merger with Cover-All broadens Majesco’s capability and reach in servicing current and future customers.
3 top resignations in IBM; internal contenders for top post
With three top executives at IBM resigning, the race is on internally for the top post. According to a report in ET, IBM’s top three executives- Anuj Jain, Sanjiv Agarwal and Jeby Cherian have quit the company. Meanwhile, Ashish Kumar, Nipun Mehrotra and Rajesh Nambiar are among the internal contenders for the top job in the country, the report stated.
India Managing Director Vanitha Narayanan is expected to relocate back to the US by early next year, the report added.
TCS recognized as a leader in Procure-to-Pay Outsourcing by Everest Group
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced it has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Procure-to-Pay (P2P) outsourcing by Everest Group in its report, “Procure-to-Pay Outsourcing – Service Provider Landscape with PEAK MatrixTM Assessment 2014,” October 2014.
The Everest Group report analyzed 30 service providers using its Performance, Experience, Ability and Knowledge (PEAK) Matrix for P2P Outsourcing. Everest also analyzed service provider capabilities across multiple dimensions, including market success, scale, scope, technology capability, delivery footprint, and client satisfaction. The service providers are divided into three categories based on performance: Leaders, Major Contenders and Emerging Players. TCS position as a Leader was driven by its strong industry domain knowledge, solution accelerators and wide portolio of offerings.
“TCS’ recognition is due to its strong delivery capability enabled by process expertise, technological investments in terms of platform and automation along with an analytics-driven approach,” said Rajesh Ranjan, Partner and Head, BPS Research, Everest Group. “This has helped TCS succeed in the market place and acquire a diversified client portfolio.”
India Green IT and Sustainability spending to reach $34bn in 2014: Gartner
India’s spending on green IT and sustainability initiatives will reach $34 billion in 2014 a 14.1 percent increase from $29.2 billion that was spent in 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. In the Gartner report “Hype Cycle for Green IT and Sustainability in India, 2014,” analysts said Indian organizations are moving beyond corporate social responsibility as a philanthropic activity, via integration with their core business operations. Eventually, organizational commitment and government regulations will drive adoption of green and sustainable technology and practices in India.
Global environment changes are increasingly challenging Indian businesses to look beyond financial performance and integrate environmental and social concerns into their strategic outlook. Indian companies are slowly but steadily moving beyond corporate social responsibility as a philanthropic activity, and integrating green and sustainability-related initiatives into their core business operations.
“Most Indian companies have at least one green initiative motivated by the prospect of lower operating costs. The sectors with a significant impact on environment such as oil and gas, mining, and other manufacturing related industries clearly lead others in this area alongside the increased use of renewable energy, “said Ganesh Ramamoorthy, research vice president at Gartner. “The IT sector where energy and water costs account for a significant portion of the operating costs is not far behind. Sectors like telecom and TV, and banking and finance lag behind. In terms of actions to address climate change issues, not many companies have a clear focus.”
Dell and Intel study reveals technology habits of Indian workforce
Dell and Intel unveiled findings from its second Global Evolving Workforce Study for India which identifies and explores current and future trends pertaining to the workplace and workforce and the role that technology has played in their evolution.
Over 502 full-time Indian professionals working a minimum of 35 hours per week aged 18 or older, were surveyed from industries including - Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Private Healthcare, Private Education, Government, Public Healthcare and Public Education.
“As one of the world’s emerging economies, India has always presented unique opportunities and challenges; even when it comes to its massive and evolving workforce. The study shares interesting findings, where Indian employees of both private and public sectors, display a need for mobility, connectivity and secure technology. From 71% who consider laptops, to 41% in favour of BYOD and 29% who are interested in 2-in-1s; there is an apparent shift in how work is getting done as technology becomes increasingly embedded in the core of the workplace today”, shared Indrajit Belgundi, General Manager – End User Computing Dell India.
Wipro plans to invest more than $200 mn annually: reports
Report stated that company is planning to invest more than $200 mn annually on building next generation platforms that focus on disruptive technologies. The company has ploughed $400 mn for the last 2 years in developing about ten intelligent solutions, report says.
TCS joins the Industrial Internet Consortium
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). The membership provides TCS an opportunity to contribute to the innovation, best practices and transformational opportunities that the Industrial Internet offers.
The IIC comprises leading global research universities, organisations and government bodies, and it offers an unparalleled opportunity to coordinate industry-wide efforts around building reference architecture and technology testbeds. IIC members represent a broad range of leading companies and entrepreneurs who are working side by side to set the direction and enable the development and rollout of the Industrial Internet. The Consortium provides a platform for a holistic, 360-degree perspective of the IoT industry, including issues affecting privacy and security.
“Large-scale adoption of IoT systems requires close collaboration between technology companies, governments, universities and industry. At TCS, we engage with several IoT stakeholders through our TCS COIN (co-innovation) network. TCS is excited to be a part of the IIC which is a key enabler of collaboration and co-innovation,” said Ananth Krishnan, CTO, TCS.
Mindtree becomes the world’s first Bluetooth Smart 4.2 IP provider
Mindtree announced the qualification of its Bluetooth Smart IP for version 4.2. Mindtree has been a leading provider of Bluetooth Intellectual Property solutions over the last 15 years and this qualification is the most recent in its long list of Bluetooth IPs.
Bluetooth Smart version 4.2 focuses on stronger security and privacy, faster data rates and better power efficiency. It heralds a new wave of Bluetooth products and will accelerate growth in emerging categories such as wearables, smart homes, connected medical devices and smart location tracking. The upcoming Internet Protocol Support Profile enables seamless connectivity over IPv6, a key foundation layer for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
Jayanth Krishna, Head – Short-range Wireless, Mindtree, said, “For 15 years, Mindtree has been at the forefront of Bluetooth innovation. Mindtree’s IP has reached millions of devices globally across smart connected devices, automotive, audio accessories and personal navigation. Our investments in expertise and technology are paying off in helping to accelerate the use of wearables and other smart connected devices.”
Pegasystems expands India presence
Pegasystems Inc., the software company powering the digital enterprise, today announced it is moving to a significantly larger campus at the heart of the IT Park Raheja Mindspace at Hitec City in Hyderabad that will allow the company to expand to accommodate the increasing global demand for Pega developers.  
The new 300,000 sq. ft. facility, launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, will house nearly 1,000 employees and triples the square footage over the DLF Building in Gachibowli where the company was previously located. The new office has the capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 employees and isdesigned in the theme of Hyderabad Heritage, giving it a royal look.
Pega opened its research and development centre in Hyderabad in 2008 and since then has been growing steadily along with the global demand for Pega software and Pega developers. The local facility has been instrumental in delivering strategic functions such as engineering services, solutions development and customer support, including global cloud support.
TCS recognized as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Oracle Application Implementation Services: Gartner
India tops in use of Connected Devices for Educational and Professional Purposes: Juniper Report
International News
Salesforce Partner Accelerize360 expands its operations to West India
Accelerize 360 announced it has entered India with a new office set up in Mumbai. As a prominent Salesforce partner, the company is keen on developing new markets in the Western India, by signing up new partners and promoting Salesforce products.
Accelerize 360 is a Codeforce 360 company, a US-based technology consulting and outsourcing firm, with delivery center in Hyderabad. Codeforce 360 was listed on the ‘Forbes Most Promising Companies in North America’ list in 2013. The Mumbai office will primarily serve as Accelerize 360’s sales center and will roll out extended business member programs across markets in West India. The company is also planning to open its offices in Gujarat and Goa.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Vijay Proddhutur, Co-founder & CEO, Accelerize 360 said  “We are very excited to start operations in Mumbai as this marks the beginning of our new growth story in the country. We look forward to expanding the reach of our products and services to a wider audience. We also plan to extend our network to other major cities to tap the North as well as South India markets.”
Sanctum Networks and Calsoft Labs announces global partnership
Sanctum Networks Ltd, a leader in Software Defined Networking product solutions and Calsoft Labs, a pioneer in NFV and SDN professional services, announced a global partnership for the solution design and deployment of Sanctum Networks flagship SDN product "Jupiter".  With Jupiter, Service providers will have the opportunity to transform the way they deliver peer-to-peer content routing while vastly improving network efficiency and enhancing QoE. This strategic partnership will see Calsoft Labs offer technology consulting and systems integration services to help equipment vendors and service providers integrate and deploy Sanctum Networks’ unique distributed SDN controller solution.
Internet video is set to increase to about 80-90% of all consumer traffic flowing through the Internet by 2018, with CDNs carrying over 50% of the global Internet traffic and 67% of all Internet video by 2018. As service providers grow their CDN infrastructure, they are looking for scalable solutions that help eliminate traffic congestion to a top of rack switch and provide an efficient method for service insertion in the flow path. “We believe SDN provides that solution and we are delighted to announce the launch of our OpenFlow based Services Provision Gateway, designed to enable Services Providers to benefit from reduced latency and improved network efficiency which we believe will be of specific benefit to CDN providers", said Nazneen Shaikh, Founder and Director at Sanctum Networks.
Red Hat extends Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA to Open Hybrid Cloud
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the SAP HANA platform is now available for customers to deploy across the open hybrid cloud, including via public cloud providers certified by Red Hat. The additions of new cloud provider partners through the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program, as well as new SAP-certified hardware available from provider Hitachi Data Systems, provides customers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA with an extensive choice of deployment options for big data applications, from new hardware configurations to the ability to leverage public, private and hybrid cloud services.
Announced in June 2014 as the foundation of an enhanced collaboration between Red Hat and SAP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA offers an open, scalable, integrated and highly available platform featuring the industry-leading reliability, quality and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA helps organizations make smarter, faster decisions; accelerate business processes; and enable consistency of operations across the business through standardization on the Red Hat platform, which powers mission-critical systems in more than 90 percent of the global Fortune 500.
GIGABYTE Introduces GTX980 WATERFORCE 3-Way SLI Kit in India
GIGABYTE, the leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, announced the launch of the world’s first GTX 980 WATERFORCE 3-way SLI kit (GV-N980X3WA-4GD) in India.
The GTX 980 WATERFORCE 3-way SLI kit comes with closed loop liquid cooling designed for hardcore gamers in search of the most quiet and the coolest ultimate gaming performance, especially in 4K. Powered by a trio of highly acclaimed GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards set up in 3-way SLI, the kit is solidly built to deliver monstrous graphics power up to its highest possible potential, while incorporating ultra-efficient cooling technology, intuitive control management, and easy-to-install design to put together a complete 3-way SLI graphics solution kit right of the box.
The GTX 980 WATERFORCE 3-way SLI Kit (GV-N980X3WA-4GD) will be available in India through INGRAM and its network of channel partners. It is protected by a 3-year carry-in warranty.
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