Category — Information Technology

India to Launch an Earth Observation Satellite in May

India will launch its new Earth observation satellite, Cartosat-2C, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in south India in May, to boost the country’s military reconnaissance and surveillance capability.

Aviation Week reports that according to an official at the Indian Space and Research Organization, the observatory will be placed in a Sun-synchronous polar orbit with a perigee of 124 miles and an apogee of 745.6 miles above the Earth’s surface. Cartosat-2C will be a dual-use satellite, performing disaster monitoring as well as surveying enemy missile sites.

Cloud Cover over India

Cloud Cover over India

The 1,520 pound satellite is equipped with a panchromatic camera and a high-resolution multi-spectral instrument, which has a resolution of 2.1 feet. (0.65 meters) The camera can capture not only high-resolution images of the country’s border and coastal areas, but also record videos of crucial targets from space and transmit compressed versions to the ground.

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April 27, 2016   No Comments

Oracle to Catalyze India’s Startup Ecosystem

Oracle has launched a global-first accelerator program in Bangalore to incubate startups. The announcement closely follows CEO Safra Catz’s of a $400 million investment to expand the Bangalore technology center.

Safra Catz

Safra Catz, Oracle

Called the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator, the program will incubate 5-6 early-stage technology startups building innovative solutions through a six-month acceleration period that will give them access to mentoring, co-working space, access to Oracle’s customers, partners and investors, and free credits on its Oracle Cloud platform, reports the Times of India.

The center was inaugurated by Oracle’s president of product development Thomas Kurian. “Through the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator and the growing popularity of cloud as an alternate computing model, we want to be the catalyst for new business ideas,” Kurian said. Over time, this program will be launched in other eight cities, including Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

Informatica Expands India Center of Innovation

Redwood City, California-based Informatica, an independent software provider focused on data integration and strategic data management, announced that it is expanding the India Center of Innovation, its research and development facility in Bangalore. This move reinforces the company’s focus on India as a promising market by investing millions of dollars during the next four years to expand this facility – which is already the largest global R&D facility for Informatica – as a key center of innovation

Commenting on the announcement, Anil Chakravarthy, chief executive officer, Informatica, said, “India has been a successful R&D location for Informatica for more than a decade, with over half our engineering talent located in India.”

Anil Chakravarthy

Anil Chakravarthy

Srivatsan Vaiyakarnam, vice president and managing director, Informatica India, said, “We are dedicated to building meaningful relationships with our channel partners and system integrators in India, which provides us with the right elements to support the phenomenal growth in technological innovation that the country is witnessing.”

Informatica’s R&D facility in India has played a significant role in some of company’s new products including Live Data Map and Intelligent Data Lake.

Live Data Map provides an enterprise-wide data view and visibility to CIOs, reports Business Standard.

Intelligence Data Lake enables the systematic transformation of raw and mixed forms of data into more insightful and accurate information for effective decision making.

Informatica has over 1,100 employees in India working in various departments within the company such as research and development, customer support, professional services, sales, marketing, partner alliances, IT, procurement, human resources and finance.

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

Adobe Drives Core Machine Learning, Data Science R&D from India

The Economic Times interviewed Adobe‘s executive vice president and global CTO Abhay Parasnis responsible for the technology strategy and innovation agenda for the company.

Abhay Parasnis

Abhay Parasnis

Here are some excerpts:

On the future of technology

Parasnis: There is an entire enterprise market that is being redefined due to the evolution of mobility. It’s more evident in markets like India and China as lot of users skip the traditional desktop-form factor of delivering software. The other interesting opportunity is the sheer explosion of the content — whether it is the media, or internet of things with sensors. These two trends are fundamentally causing every single industry be it travel and hospitality, financial services or healthcare, to reconcile with this brave new world.

On Adobe’s R&D that is being done in India

Parasnis:  We now have a substantial portion of our core R&D done here. It’s a very strategic market for us from the talent standpoint and not cost standpoint. Virtually, every strategy I talked about, we do R&D here. I’d say there are two or three big initiatives we’re driving, not singularly out of India but the core IP is being driven here. The machine-learning and data-science area; it’s a very cutting edge area. One of the things we recognize is India is a unique place for talent. We have set up a big data machine-learning lab, which does some of our advanced research here.

On Adobe’s strategic strengths

Parasnis: If you look at Adobe’s business, we have two core strategic strengths in the market place: one is on the creative side. I would say the front-end of the content explosion, we have tools all the way from Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc. What mobility is giving us is an opportunity to make these tools become more democratic and bring them down to literally hundreds of millions of users at the high end of the market. The other one, which most people don’t know, is that virtually every single top tier consumer brand on the planet is now powered by Adobe’s backend platforms. We now have around 40 trillion transactions that flow through our platform on the backend.

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

CapGemini to Make India “Backbone” of its R&D

In India to inaugurate a 50-acre campus in Mumbai, Paul Hermelin, CapGemini group chairman and CEO said the company will set up a new innovation center within the campus with focus on more R&D work. Called The Applied Innovation Exchange, the center is expected to focus on enhancing Capgemini’s service offerings, including digital and infrastructure services, which would be delivered to global customers based in the U.S. and Europe.

Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin

“Following the iGate integration, we wondered how we can put India at the heart of the group. The question is: is it the heart, the brain or backbone? For me, it is the backbone of the group because it (India) holds the group together,” Hermelin said at a media event in Mumbai.

Post iGate’s acquisition, the headcount of the group in India increased to around 90,000 people, making the country its largest offshore center. The company plans to further hire 25,000 to 30,000 employees in India over the next one year. Currently it has an employee strength of nearly 190,000 across the globe, reports Live Mint.

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April 15, 2016   No Comments