Archive for July, 2011

SWITCH review

July 29, 2011

SWITCH – Satyam, Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, HCL – top 6 IT companies from India.

Couple of years ago, the IT industry everywhere was abuzz with this term. Is it still valid? sadly, no. Satyam, after the scam from its owner, has disappeared from the top rungs of the Indian IT scenario. The others are still existent but there are major changes in each of them.

  • TCS is still going strong – retaining its No.1 position among the Indian companies.
  • Infosys had issues with their HR Head and after a lengthy tenure, the legendary Narayanamurthy gave way to Kamath (who was spearheading ICICI earlier). Product Development seems to be the new focus for the company and how they integrate this vision with their current deliveries remains to be seen.
  • Wipro was in news recently for the wrong reasons – the joint CEO’s were replaced by one. The company was restructured and though recent results are encouraging, they seem to have lost out their position to Cognizant.
  • Cognizant seems to be making all the right moves so far. Though a US-based organization, with a strong Indian presence, CTS stands behind TCS and Infy in the pecking order.
  • Vineet Nayyar of HCL started the new mantra – Employees first, Customers next. With this and other measures they have adopted, the organization is back in reckoning after few dull years. The recent quarterly results have indicated that the new moves have worked.
The top two players – TCS and Infosys – seem to be going strong. World domination beckons – go on and conquer !

Gap between Colleges and Corporates

July 26, 2011
Online education and Financial Aid

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Current market conditions have made graduates plan on the areas they should specialize.  The specialization is absolutely essential and can help them to focus on a particular area and upgrade the skills to match the current market needs.

The Current IT industry in India has need for talent in either horizontal and/or functional areas.

For individuals or students who want to build a career, the decision to choose a particular area of interest depends on following:

  • Current Graduation area such as Engineering, Business Administration or Commerce
  • Personal area of interests
  • Individual skills and passion they possess
  • Industry sector which having high demand in today’s environment

Similarly the institutions, teachers and finishing schools should cater to this industry need of making sure the student who passes out has necessary skills to meet the demand.   Some of the steps which these institutions can look at are

  • Have training programs based on Industry demand
  • Arrange webinars and seminars where students can learn more

Guiding students in their career by institutions, parents and industry advisors with this focus will help them to focus further in their areas.

What do you say?

NFC and Austin

July 7, 2011

Austin has been selected as the initial launch city for the ISIS mobile commerce program.  NFC is picking up all around the world in terms of adoption – the ISIS program will help in speeding up the process.

ERP Analyst Michael Koploy writes about five ways the adoption can be used and like a true Austin boy, has supported the decision to go with his hometown.

Questions that come to mind include

  • Is it a good decision to go with Austin? Why not a place like NYC or LA? Sorry Michael, An innocent question 🙂
  • Will AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon do all that is required to push ISIS throughout the city? Is that sufficient for the success of the program?
  • What is the push given by handset makers to adopt the technology? If current handsets are not enabled, will one be lured to buy a handset that supports NFC? If so, how much does it cost?
  • Is there an incentive for vendors to use this technology? Without one, why will the shops use this technology. I am not sure how much it will cost them to adopt the technology.
  • How does Square hamper/encourage the usage of NFC technology? Square has seen great success in the States – why will one move to ISIS?
There is no doubt that NFC has a lot of potential but the late start in US (compared to the rest of the world implementations) has a lot of doubts about the success of the implementation.

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