IESA WINWire Mar 15 - Mar 21 2014
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Odisha to Attract Foreign Investors for IT Enhancement
Source: DQ Week; March 15, 2014

A team of delegates consisting of state IT (information technology) secretary, Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra, Vishal Dev, industry secretary and chairman cum managing director, Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco), Manas Ranjan Panda, Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)-Bhubaneswar and two other officials of the IT department and Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) visited Germany in an attempt to attract potential investors in the IT, ITeS and ESDM sectors. The delegation is headed by Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra.

A detailed project report (DPR) has been formulated by The India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the ESDM industry for the electronics manufacturing cluster (EMC) by Bhubaneswar's Infovalley. A ‘Strategic Roadmap for Development of ESDM Sector in Odisha' is also prepared by the state government in association with IESA to tap the potential of the IT industry.

"India Is an Emerging Platform for Design Implementation"
Source: Electronics For You; March 15, 2014

Vasudevan Aghoramoorthy, vice president, Semiconductor and Systems, Wipro Technologies, spoke to Dilin Anand and Jalaja Ramanunni of EFY about Wipro’s presence in India, how local manufacturers are witnessing increased traction in the country and the latest projects they have been shaping for the industry.

Are design houses getting to develop localised innovations for the Indian market too?

The US, Japan and European countries such as Germany, France and the UK have been traditional locations driving demand for product engineering and mobility solutions (PE &MS). But now we are witnessing an increased traction in India and other emerging markets such as China. There is a large amount of the design implementation being done in India. We are working closely with designers to deliver solutions for the Indian market.

Basic Electronics Courses Can Be Of Help
Source:; March 15, 2014

Training institutes not only provide finishing touch to aspiring engineers but also help the industry in improving the productivity of engineering professionals.

You have the engineering degree from a reputed institute with great grades and a strong list of references, but you still don’t get the call from a potential employer. The employer rejects your application as he is looking for a trained individual who can handle the situations from day one. He does not have enough time to train you. So it’s time you enroll for a good training institute to hone your skills and increase your chances of grabbing an attractive job offer.

Bangalore tech firms urging employees to be 'innovative'
Source: The Times of India; March 15, 2014

The word "intrapreneurship" is not present in the pages of any dictionary, but in Bangalore it is a buzzword as technology companies hungry for innovation are urging employees to don their thinking caps to create new products or even independent ventures that can draw more customers.

These initiatives are gaining pace as companies seek to drive technology usage in sectors as varied as sports, lifestyle, retail and health.

"Products that didn't exist three years ago have clocked in $100 million (Rs 610 crore) in new revenue in 2011 and much of that was the fruit of the intrapreneurship program of which India is a big component," said Vijay Anand, vice-president of India Development Center of Intuit, a US-based corporation that builds accounting software At its Bangalore office, nearly 900 employees can use an unstructured time programme to create new products.

The Chips Are Up
Source: Business Today; March 17, 2014

The fanfare and optimism of 2006 was striking. Almost anybody who was somebody in the Indian semiconductor industry threw his weight behind SemIndia, a company formed in the US by Non Resident Indians (NRIs). The promoters tried to put together a consortium that would back India's first serious effort at chip manufacturing - the proposed plant in Hyderabad would cost $3 billion and the chips would feed Indian electronic products which the country's growing middle class was lapping up at a fast clip. Chipmaker AMD offered to transfer technology to SemIndia.

There is a proliferation of electronic gadgets, from tablets and set-top boxes to personal medical devices and automotive applications. The overall electronics product market in India was around $39 billion in 2010. It has grown to $51 billion in 2013 and is expected to touch $65 billion by 2015, according to a study by semiconductor industry lobby India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and business consulting firm Frost and Sullivan.

Chinese state firms ‘not blocking’ Indian IT cos
Source: The Hindu Business Line; March 18, 2014

A top Chinese official said Tuesday China’s state-owned Enterprises (SOEs) were “not blocking” Indian Information Technology (IT) companies, which have so far struggled to obtain contracts from the state sector, and suggested that the success of other foreign companies in China was an example to India.

“We do not pose any impediments for Indian software companies in entering into cooperation with SOEs”, Yang Xueshan, Vice-Minister in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and one of China's senior most officials in charge of IT policy, told Business Line in an interview.

Internet of Things Will Transform The Data Center: Gartner
Source: The Hindu Business Line; March 18, 2014

The Internet of Things has a potential transformational effect on the data centre market, its customers, technology providers, technologies, and sales and marketing models, according to a study by Gartner.

The research and analysis firm estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will include 26 billion units installed by 2020, and by that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services.

"IoT deployments will generate large quantities of data that need to be processed and analysed in real time," said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner. "Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase as a proportion of workloads of data centers, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges."

Europe is center of innovations in printed sensors
Source: CIOL; March 18, 2014

As the next Printed Electronics Europe event is now less than two weeks away, it is timely to take a closer look at the successes of the printed electronics industry in Europe. One of the areas where Europe is making a huge impact is in printed sensors.

This is not to say that R&D in America or Asia have not been on par, however European organisations have been particularly innovative in identifying new applications for printed sensors. And in the race for the commercialisation of new emerging sensor technologies, it seems that many leaders are based in Europe.

India, a Critical Part Of Our Global Plan: Intel CFO
Source: The Hindu Business Line; March 19, 2014

Stacy Smith talks about ‘Internet of things’ and plans for India
Computer chip-maker Intel, which is the leader in India with more than 80 per cent market share, wants to further expand its business here.

The company had recently forecast that 40 million tablets would be sold worldwide next year. In an interview with Business Line, Stacy Smith, Global Chief Financial Officer of Intel, shares views about the so-called ‘Internet of things’ (devices connected to the Internet) and its future in India. Edited excerpts:

What is Intel’s role in the ‘Internet of things’?

From the stand-point of the overall drivers of technology, it’s a fascinating time in the industry as well as at Intel. If you zoom out, what we are seeing is there is an explosion of devices that are computing and connecting to the Internet.

NASSCOM projects domestic IT services to grow 12% in FY15
Source: Business Standard; March 19, 2014

The domestic IT services business is expected to grow 9-12 per cent in the fiscal 2014-15, said R Chandrashekar, president, National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).
In FY14 and FY13, the domestic IT services market was stagnant at $32 billion, same as that in FY12.

However, Nasscom expects exports to outperform with a growth of 13-15 per cent, valued at $97-99 billion, in the fiscal 2015, led by demand growth in the US and the UK.

The domestic IT business has remained muted in the last two fiscal years due to various reasons ranging from political to slowdown in the industrial sector. However, the software services body projects an end to the political uncertainties that have hampered the growth.

IBM Hands Over Training to Avnet in India
Source:; March 19, 2014

IBM, a few months ago, made a significant annoucement to hand over its systems and software offerings training efforts to four global partners - Global Knowledge and LearnQuest, as well as IBM disties Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions and Avnet Technology Solutions.
In India, the process took a little longer for the Big Blue. IBM formally handed over its training efforts to Avnet, making the latter its first global-local training partner. The hand over happened earlier in other countries but it has been effective from 1st January 2014 in India.

Handset Makers Say Not Many Takers For Wearable Devices In India
Source: The Economic Times; March 20, 2014

Wearable devices may be the next big thing to hit the world of telecom, but they will find very few takers in India anytime in the near future, some handset makers and experts say.

Karbonn Mobiles, India's third largest smartphone seller, feels that wearable technology including Android Wear announced recently by Google, is only an accessory but the company may consider developing wearable devices on a trial basis. Wearable devices are "more of a fad.
There are very few tangible use cases and it's more of an accessory", said Shashin Devsare, executive director at Karbonn Mobiles. He was speaking on the sidelines of launching three smartphone models which will help the company increase annual revenue to Rs 8,000 crore in the financial year 2014-15, 60% higher than in the current fiscal year.

IDC: Cloud will be $107B industry by 2017
Source:; March 20, 2014

Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry in 2013 and is expected to more than double to $107 billion by 2017, research firm IDC predicts.

The cloud's 23.5% compound annual growth rate is five times faster than that of the broader technology market, IDC Vice President of data center and cloud Rick Villars said during the IDC Directions conference on Wednesday in Boston.

Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry in 2013 and is expected to more than double to $107 billion by 2017, research firm IDC predicts.

'China wants to invest in India to produce computers, TV sets'
Source: Economic Times; March 20, 2014

China wants to step up its investment in India to produce personal computers, internet equipment, cell phones and televisions, Chinese Vice-Minister for industry and information technology, Yang Xueshan, has said.

China is willing to encourage Chinese companies to invest in Indian industrial parks to produce personal computers, Internet equipments, cell phones and televisions, he said.

"We also suggest the two countries set up a communication mechanism between governments, en ..

DeiTY sets up NEPM to enforce local sourcing
Source: The Economic Times; March 21, 2014

In a bid to boost domestic manufacturing, Department of IT & Electronics (DeiTY) has constituted the National Planning & Monitoring Council ( NEPM) to enforce local electronics sourcing rules in case of government contracts, according to an internal note seen by ET.
The move comes after several local electronics, hardware and telecom product suppliers complained that they were facing problems in participating in aRs 13,000-crore plus telecom infrastructure project for the armed ..

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