Hurray ! 1000 hits !

December 29, 2008


Now has 1000 hits!

Little drops make a might ocean. This has been true in case my blog also. Your  constant support in the form of hits has helped me achieve the 1000 milestone in blogging.

All this couldn’t have been a reality without your support.  I hope you will join me in this celebration by continuing to encourage me.

Happy 2009 in advance !

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Slowdown blues can ping for 3 years

December 24, 2008

The impact of the global economic slowdown may extend even beyond 2009 and a complete recover may take at least 3-4 years predicted Ashok Soota, Chairman and managing Director of MindTree, a leading IT Consultant comany.

Soota observes that clearly 2008 has been the year of black swan. The following quarters in 2009 can be even worse, but like in the past, this crisis will also pass away.

But during a crisis of this magnitude, the pendulum may unfortunately swing to the extremes,the MindTree Chairman added while delivering his key note address at the ICT Awards function organized by Frost and Sullivan at Bangalore recently.

2008 was a witness to global recession, weakening of the dollar, tightening of the contracts, cost cutting, jobs cuts among others he said the Indian has emerged a winner of sorts as the economy was still strong enough and the industry has been growing.

While the IT industry is expected to maintain the double digit growth in 2009 too, he he said another clear winner was the telecom industry which has kept the momentum on by adding 27.87 million subscribers during June-September this year and registering a growth of 8.6 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis.

What should be done ?

Soota said in hard times, traditional wisdom of prudence always works. Corporates should conserve cash, assuming that the downturn will be even longer than forecasted. Enterprises should take a close look at wastage in your system, focus on utilization and overall operational efficiency.

The managers should also his people to brace up for the challenge, cut expenses and come up with innovative ideas to save more.

According to the MindTree MD, at the same time enterprises should not let go of opportunities. They should not cut expenses in areas that contribute to market expansion – such as new geographies, new services, new business models that can reduce your customers’ cost.

One must continue to invest in these areas.  In a slowdown, you should not cut out the muscle, but only the fat. Some of the areas where Indian companies might invest more are consulting front-end, complex solution architecture skills and expansion of global delivery centers, Soota stressed.

The MindTree MD further observed that the developed world is paying the price for its over-indulgence of the past. I see the current upheaval as a transformational process for the world economy.

India, on the other hand, is in a unique position. Our demographic advantage can make us emerge a new world leader. We are a young nation, full of energy. We are brought up with the mantra of first saving and then spending, which makes us financially disciplined.

Notebooks’ are getting only cheaper

December 5, 2008

Notebooks have got cheaper and cheaper and are set to kill the desktops gradually. But will the notebooks become more cheaper now with the global economy slowdown ?

Notebook manufacturers, distributors and component suppliers in the U.S. and Asia are reporting weak demand and order cancellations. Well the market situation can be enough reason for manufactures bring down the prices once again.

Notebooks have gained enormous popularity and acceptance over the years over the desktops due to its maneuverability, advancements in chip design has helped in increasing backup time and storage capacities, and ofcourse the falling prices due to higher demand and competition. Infact much of the credit for making the Notebook popular belongs the advancement in chip design.

Senior chip analyst JoAnne Feeney, was quoted stating “Clearly the economic slowdown is spreading to notebooks and we’re seeing it in two ways, one is in lower unit shipments, but also a mixed shift to cheaper units. And that’s going to filter down through the semiconductor world.”

Its no wonder that the notebook sales have become more critical to the health of chipmakers, as they make up a larger and larger portion of PC sales every year. Feeney expects fourth-quarter shipments of semiconductors for notebooks to fall 5 percent to 10 percent from the previous quarter, compared with a previous forecast for an increase of 10 percent to 15 percent.

Analysts also expect Intel Corp, the world’s biggest chipmaker, to cut prices to compete with rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc as demand shifts to lower-cost notebooks.

How competitive the notebook market has become can be guessed from the fact that most manufacturers today offer a notebook at below 30K. The Lenovo recently launched seven notebooks with a starting price of just Rs23 K.

Hope we can seen more notebooks below 20k in the near future.