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Indian IT companies create global job opportunities

Indian IT firms have turned truly global by creating job opportunities not only in India but also in the US. According to a report published by Live Mint, companies such as Infosys and Wipro have started programs in the US to retrain unemployed workers in technology skills, which will help them to get a job. The Wayne County Community College District of Detroit, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, entered into a partnership with Infosys to provide technical training in Detroit, Michigan.

Infosys started an eighteen week software bootcamp for which candidates were chosen through a written test and an interview. Among the many people who benefited from this initiative by Infosys was Sam Blue, an automobile insurance salesman who had lost his job in September 2011. He enrolled for a six weeks software development training program and got placement at a job fair. Earlier in November 2011, Wipro also offered employment opportunities to Iraq war veterans in the US.

Indian IT sector set to grow in 2013 by 15-18 percent

The information technology (IT) industry in India has grown steadily in the past few years and the trend is likely to continue in the year 2013. According to an estimate by technology consulting company Zinnov Management, the IT sector in the country is expected to grow at a rate of 15-18 percent this year. The growth will be backed by an increasing number of companies, both large as well as small & medium-sized businesses (SMBs), deploying IT networks for their operations. According to Zinnov, over 5,000 big firms and more than 10 million SMBs in India plan to use IT in future.

The growth of the IT market will also boost the software industry, which is facing cuts in spending by their clients in the United States and Europe. Zinnov’s report states that “While the IT exports market is getting a mixed feedback, the Indian domestic IT market holds significant potential as we enter 2013.” Gartner has also reported a positive outlook for India’s domestic IT industry. It has forecast that the sector will grow from $9.1 billion in 2012 to $10.2 billion in 2013.

Protecting IT Intellectual Property

With technology reaching new peaks and dimensions, there has been a lot of investment in research and development also. Along with this, safeguarding of interests in terms of getting value for the research has also become a priority area. This gives credence to the growth of patenting and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management. As is common with any fast growing area, frameworks come into place, slowly setting the pace towards rules and regulations, emerging into industry standards by standard setting organizations and along with this even misuse of the facility, loopholes and new trends therein.

The European Commission has taken steps towards investigation into various sectors of the economy, where a sector does not seem to be working as well as it should and also, sectors where growth is at very high pace and anticompetitive approaches by certain large groups is visible. The European Commission enquiry covers all of 27 EU member states, who also go for international comparison in particular with the United States in certain instances.

In the IT sector, as Dave Heiner, vice president of Microsoft puts it, in reference to the EU anti-trust inquiry, “Google’s public response to this growing regulatory concern has been to point elsewhere. Google is telling reporters that anti-trust concerns are not real.” And “As Google’s power has grown in recent years, we’ve increasingly heard complaints from a range of firms – about a wide variety of Google business practices.” This raises a question of Google’s probable anti-competitive and monopolistic trends, as also Microsoft. The EU Commission has been inquiring into various aspects of Google’s operations, based upon various complaints from competitors in regard of search services, ranking of sites, advertisement and ranking relationships etc.

Target Corporation, the American retailing giant is also being highlighted in this light. Target’s entry into Canada and their announcement of large scale investments in Canada, as also, their trademark infringement being known for many years is a point to understand as to whether some anti-competitive issues may exist.

Then comes the issue of Zynga, who claim rights to “ville family of social networking games including Yo Ville, Farm Ville, Pet Ville, Frontier Ville, Fish Ville”.  Zynga, whose games are very popular on the social media site, Facebook is termed to be one of the world’s largest social game developers and has taken serious objection to the name domain name which has been used since 2004. Blingville LLC is also a computer game developer whose trademark application is still pending with the authorities. Zynga’s advocates have been sending multiple cease-and-noticeseven though the company Zynga Game Network Inc. does not own and has not registered or applied any trademark registrations for Blingville or similar words.

The European Union Commission has large powers to impose big fines and is seriously investigating / inquiring with the organizations in question and their competitors on these issues of unfair business practices, corporate social responsibility, anti-competitive practices and methods like patent clustering that are prevalent in the market. The maximum pressure seems to be on pharma companies like Bayer, patent settlements and anti-trust issues in the wake of generic medicines not being available to the common man which are much, much cheaper than the branded medicines.

Regulators worldwide are looking at this aspect, in perspective which seems to be a good sign.

Intel Focusing on Human Computer Interaction in Latest Technology Roll Outs

It focuses on defining the all new user experiences and platforms for new computing. As always the innovations coming out of the Intel labs are expected to help in re-imagining the experience of computing for us in future.

It is already being seen or regarded as the biggest change in the computing industry. The Intel staff has been building up its capabilities in the field of user experience and the areas of interaction of both the scientists and the user interface technologists in order to create the next generation of user experience. According to Intel, personal computers will become more personal and social through the contexts of the individual user which are informed by seniors, augmented by cloud intelligence and driven more and more by the natural interfaces like voice, touch and gesture.

Current work of the Intel labs around context and location has yielded a wide range of technological possibilities and insights. For example, the idea that the devices will be understanding their surroundings and will be able to communicate with each other and also change the behavior along with taking actions based on the environment of the user. One of the projects that are on display at the event represents a completely new and most fascinating wave of social networking which will provide the ability to monitor various activities and then display the same activities live and directly network them to friends and family. The research shows that how context awareness from the sensors which are onboard a particular device can translate or change into a completely new user experiences that are build on completely newer trends in sharing of presence and media. The researchers had also demonstrated a low-cost and an experimental energy sensor which could help in changing the way in which consumers manage their personal energy consumption at home. When this was coupled with an information display of home, it will monitor usage and also give solutions for more efficiency and rewarding success. Now the sensor only needs to be plugged into the house wiring tin order to measure and wirelessly report the power consumption of each electrical load or electrical device in the house. This can be done by providing specific data for analyzing the energy usage of the various devices and appliances throughout the house. This technology also forms the heart of a personal energy management system that could lead to valuable and considerable changes in the behavior and save all the staggering amounts of energy consumptions going on in the house.

Another technology shown at the same event which will change a user’s engagement with technology. It was to use projection and stereo-3D cameras for lighting up nearby surfaces that display buttons, windows, images etc. onto work surfaces, tabletops etc. This system is able to recognize hand gestures turning everyday surfaces into an interactive portal device and the Internet. Intel is now touching more things in people’s daily lives than just the computers.

Will Cloud Computing Be A Feasible Option For Midsize Enterprises?

Cloud computing has been the buzzword in recent times, due to its promising capabilities, and unsurpassable potential. However, the cost of delivering power to servers, and the server costs are two major concerns for IT operations, especially for all the midsize enterprises. So, the million dollar question of course is – ‘will cloud computing be a feasible option for the midsize enterprises and what will the main economic considerations be’; well, vice president of Amazon had something interesting to share with everybody.

In an extremely informative and influential presentation about data center economics, Hamilton gave a superb comparison between the economics for service provider, and an enterprise, though the focus was more towards the benefits shared by public cloud providers (no points for guessing Amazon) over enterprise data centers. So, let’s take a look at the key points covered by Hamilton that are applicable to one and all.

Large Computing Providers Have An Edge Over Others

Well, given the fact that large computing providers deal in large volumes, and hence they can offer better pricing. Taking this fact into account, server vendors always have inclination towards working with the big guns on custom designs; hence, they can offer the right combination of customization and pricing advantage, over the off-the-shelf components with the custom server designs.

And, it is quite evident that the average enterprises need to bear higher cost, and Hamilton estimated at the server, administration, as well as networking costs are about five times for the average enterprise than the cost, a large provider bears.

Server Costs & Cost Of Delivering Power To Servers.

More often than not, people tend to consider the cost of delivering power to the servers to be included within the server costs. However, as per some interesting stats and figures quoted by Hamilton, if you consider the economics in 10-year lifetime of a data center, the server costs account to about more than half of overall costs, while the power consumed by the servers is hardly ten percent. But, an astonishing fact is that when cost of delivering power as well as cooling these servers is also taken into account, it sums up to almost one-third of the total costs!

This clearly indicates that minimizing the cost of cooling equipments, and data center power can help in cutting down on operation costs big time!

Powering Off a server Isn’t The Way To Go!

Well, if you think you can power-off the server whenever it is not in use, and save a good deal of money, think again! Keeping the servers running all the time turns out to be economically more efficient than switching them off, when you feel that they’re not operational. But, of course, you need a huge customer-base of elite customers who’re willing to pay!

Quite clearly, it makes sense for IT vendors as well as customers to pay attention to the abovementioned aspects, and try to work things out, keeping these crucial aspects into consideration.

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