Intel’s next-gen processor

November 13, 2008

Intel’s next generation processor may be launched in November itself, hinted Suryanarayanan B, Director (South), Sales and Marketing Group, Intel South Asia. The Intel’s next generation processor, codenamed Bloomfield, is based on a completely new microarchitecture called Nehalem.

The Nehalem microarchitecture, is said to be an extremely energy efficient design. Developers have introduced the turbo mode and dynamic power management and hyper-threading technology. Intel has already pointed out during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), TAIPEI that it has a 32nm version of the Nehalem, which should be out soon.

The new processor is expected to facilitate a huge performance increase, almost 2X, with Nehalem.

Suryanarayanan B, said on the sidelines of the Intel Channel Conference in Banganalore that Intel had made concrete efforts in launching environmentally-friendly products during 2008 and has started organizing channel conferences in 150 cites and towns in India.

He said that on the design side, Intel’s products are created to minimize environmental impact. “We continue to dramatically increase the energy efficiency of our products and incorporate more environmentally sensitive materials into our design process”, he said.

He added that the Intel Core 2 Duo processors for desktops consume up to 40 percent less energy and are 40 percent faster than previous generations.

Intel’s breakthrough 45nm Hi-k silicon technology delivers greater energy efficiency then previous generations. Intel’s newest 45nm processors are manufactured using lead-free technology today and halogen-free packaging technology. The transition to lead and halogen free is important because these materials can potentially have adverse affects to the environment if not properly recycled, Suryanarayanan pointed out.

According to the director, Intel introduced halogen-free packaging technology for its processor and chipset products starting in 2008, and will convert most of its 45nm processor and 65nm chipset products to halogen-free packaging technology by the end of 2008.


SOA in India

November 6, 2008

Indian enterprises are adopting Service-oriented architecture (SOA)  in a big way  and so are even the small and medium businesses (SMBs). SOA is relatively a new technology and the early adopters have been very innovative enterprises.  It takes years before a technology is accepted and adopted on a large sale, and it ‘s true about SOA as well. The most existing early adaptors of SOA were enterprising and innovate. But I see a trend where more enterprises will be coming forward to adopt SOA in the next 2- 3 three years.

Verticals

SOA can be adopted by firms irrespective of the vertical they belong to as it brings many cost and flexibility benefits. Being relatively a new technology , we have seen high adoption of SOA among hi-tech and life sciences industries. In the next couple of years there should be a vast change in the trend with more business across verticals adopting SOA. Given the advantages that SOA brings to the adopters , it certainly makes for wise investments. One can hope for long term benefits by adopting SOA and also make the company more competitive.

Adopters

Some of the early adopters of SOA in India include: Srinivasa Hatcheries Ltd., Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd, Hindustan Liver Ltd, Nagarjuna Fertilizers among others.

Business Process Management

Business Process Management (BPM) is another emerging technology that is expected to make it big in the future. BPM is a method of efficiently aligning an organization with the wants and needs of clients. It is a holistic management approach that promotes business effectiveness and efficiency while striving for innovation, flexibility and integration with technology.


Doom forecast for IT in 2009

October 17, 2008

Is it the doom time for US and Europe ? I surely feel so. 

 

Today the Gartner Inc, which is the world’s biggest technology research company, has made a new forecast about the global technology spending. And as per the forecast things are set to turn from bad to whose for the developed western world.

 

As per the new forecast information technology spending could rise only 2.3 per cent in 2009, hitting $3.5 trillion with businesses cutting back budgets as the economic crisis spreads.

 

“Developed economies, especially the United States and Western Europe, will be the worst affected, but emerging regions will not be immune,” said Peter Sondergaard, Gartner’s senior vice president and head of research.

 

Gartner had previously forecast that corporate spending on hardware, software, telecommunications goods and technology services would grow 5.8 per cent next year. Sondergaard described the new forecast as a “worst-case scenario,” but said in an interview that the outlook could get even worse if the economy continues to weaken.

 

If the economy goes into a prolonged recession next year with GDP declining, then overall IT spending could fall next year compared to 2008,

 

The firm expects software sector revenue to climb 8.6 per cent, a slowdown from a 13.5 per cent revenue increase in 2008. Investors closely watch Gartner’s forecasts, as they do surveys from Wall Street brokerages such as Goldman Sachs, for evidence of changes in corporate spending plans.

 

Gartner now expects 2009 IT spending to decline 0.8 per cent in Western Europe. The firm had previously forecast spending to grow 2.8 per cent in the region. It expects spending would rise 0.5 per cent in North America, a sharp decline from its previous forecast of 5.3 per cent growth.


Futuristic Laptops

October 16, 2008

Lenovo has always attracted PC customers with attractive offers. When the company launched a complete new range of futuristic consumer PCs – seven new notebook PCs with five choices of screen size and a diverse palette of color, style and design – in Bangalore yesterday it left everyone baffled.

The new generation PCs are loaded with futuristic features including expanded facial recognition for simple and convenient log-in, Gesture recognition for ease of use, One-Key Rescue System to recover data with just one touch and High-definition entertainment features.

Lenovo has recived an overwhelming response to its consumer PC range, now the comany is investing further in the Indian market with the launch of this impressive new product range.  With this launch Lenovo has made a statement that it aspires to becom the leader in of PC market in India.


Next generation DTH Services

October 15, 2008

Making the idiot box into an interactive one has been a long cherished dream. The Bangalore based Infosys Technologies has just made this attempt with success.

The Infosys has entered into an innovation and technology partnership with Bharti Airtel, India leading integrated telecom service provider to provide interactive and personalization experience to customers of Airtel digital TV.

Infosys will provide a suite of products including devices, application servers and interactive applications that will provide an enhanced digital lifestyle to Airtel digital TV customers, said S D Shibulal, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys Technologies.

The Infosys’ Digital Convergence Platform will bring digital life style applications offering interactivity and personalization into the living room. This will include interactive and non-intrusive applications like widgets that can be invoked by the user to view relevant and customized information.

For the first time in India, the Airtel digital TV customers will be able to now be able to access local city information through interactive applications such as iCity, internet like experience with iNet, get personalized stock quotes, breaking news, among others without interrupting their TV viewing experience.

The technology platform that powers Airtel digital TV bring the potential that computers offer to television sets. In addition to entertainment, it is now possible to experience interactive information services and engage in transactions using regular TVs.

‘This technology also makes it possible to have a converged consumer experience across devices like televisions, computers, smart mobile phones and digital music players. The availability of these services in the Indian market marks a significant milestone, “ the Infosys COO said.


PCOs to e-kiosks

October 13, 2008

BSNL has tied up with Intel to upgrade PCOs into electronic information and transaction kiosks

Soon, there will be more reasons for you to walk into a public call office (PCO) in Bangalore than just to make a call. Hundreds of PCOs in the city and elsewhere in Karnataka are now set to be upgraded into e-kiosks in order to provide multiple utility services to customers like booking travel tickets, pay a variety of taxes, chat, browse and much more.

The state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., (BSNL) has tied up with Intel, the world’s largest chip-maker, and the Karnataka PCO Owners Association to enable PCO operators to upgrade into electronic information and transaction kiosks.

The agreement paves way for any PCO operator having a BSNL connection to upgrade to e-kiosks by making a token investment. With an upfront investment of Rs.10,000 in hardware and software and about Rs. 35, 000 for setting up a new e-PCO or scaling up the present one, an operator can provide services like voice calls, Internet, chat, e-mail and video-conferencing.

“The e-PCOs will be equipped with a full-fledged information system with a PC, a webcam, a broadband link and a printer to provide a host of online services in English and Indian languages,” T. S. Kuppuswamy, chief general manager, BSNL, Karnataka circle said.

“With a multiple pre-paid card from ItzCash, even customers who are not
computer-literate can buy bus, railway and airline tickets at a nominal service fee from any e-PCO with the help of its owner/franchisee who will be trained by Intel to operate the system,” he explained.

One e-PCO will be set up in each of the 29 districts across the state. Existing PCO operators having BSNL connection will be given a rental-free broadband link to convert their booths into e-kiosks.

S. V. Rajendra, president, Karnataka PCO Owners Association said that e-PCOs will also be permitted to transact utility payments for water, electricity and telephone. In addition, they will also be equipped to re-charge mobiles, sell insurance and banking products and offer online transactions for cinema tickets, cable subscriptions and video communication.

“There has been an overwhelming response to the upgradation offer from PCO operators and workshops will be organized for the operators to familiarize with the system. A PCO owner can earn a fair income for every e-transaction as he can charge a fee for accessing any information through Internet, browsing, chatting and e-mailing on minutes/hourly basis,” he said.

Rajendra said that the e-PCOs will not only bridge the digital divide with the latest technologies, but also generate self-employment to thousands of educated youth in
semi-urban and rural areas of Karnataka with increasing IT adoption.

“The e-initiative would prevent the closure of PCOs, whose numbers have been dwindling over the years due to the rapid penetration of mobile connectivity in the state”, he added.

As per the official statistics, as against one million PCOs with BSNL phones across the state a decade ago, only about 4,00,000 were operating currently as revenues have come down sharply.


Nous on expansion mode

October 6, 2008

Even as the debate and discussions on the global slowdown continues, there are many small and medium businesses (SMBs) who have not felt the impact. Bangalorebased Nous Infosystems, an IT services company, is one such company which has braved the slowdown and is on an expansion mode. Nous, a mid-sized enterprise, has started a new development center in the city with state-of-the-art facilities.

Nous’ move to set up a new facility, which almost doubles its head countcomes at a time when most IT majors are talking to cost cutting measures. Says President and CEO of Nous Infosystem, Ajith J. Pillai: Nous specializes in software development, software consultancy, remote support services and testing with a wide range of services under each expert offering. We have over 200 satisfied clients worldwide with 24×7 operations. We have multiple Offshore Software Development Centers at Bangalore and Coimbatore along with operations in US, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia and Middle East. The US centre contributes up to 55- 60 percent of the revenues while UK pitches in 35 percent.

So what is driving Nous to go in for  expansion at this time of global slowdown ?

Despite the slowdown, outsourcing is still going to be there. Our clients are Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) for whom IT services is the bread and butter. I would like to mention that the slowdown in US or elsewhere is likely to affect service providers who are dependent on non – IT majors which are looking at cost cutting measures. The SME segment, which is quite strong in the US and Europe, is unlikely to be affected.

Nous is not at all attracted by soups offered to set up shops in Tier 2 cities in Karnatka or other states of India. According to Ajith “Its true that cost of operations are higher in Bangalore but there is availability of vast talent pool here. The cost of setting up a facility may be cheaper in Tier -2 cities but the availability of resources remains a matter of concern. Moreover, one has to invest heavily on in-house training in Tier 2 cites which ultimately make investing in Bangalore a wise option”

Nous made a humble begining in Bangalore in 1996. In 2000 its revenue was Rs 2 crore. Today, Nous in a Rs 100 crore (2007) company and we are expanding. We have projected a 30 – 40 percent growth in 2008-09. It has a mission to provide global quality software solutions which we have been pursuing since inception.

The humble SME  has focuses on IT Services. But according to the CEO three high growth segments like Testing, Remote Infrastructure Management and Enterprise Applications have been identified as key growth engines. The CEO of Nous expects a lot of work in these segments in the coming years.