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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GE’s 3-D Printing Facility in India to Develop Critical End-Use Components

Last year, GE set up its multi-modal advanced manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune in western India. The facility was established to produce jet engine parts, locomotive components, wind turbines, and a host of other additively and traditionally manufactured components for a number of GE companies. The facility now employs  1,500 workers, responsible for operating 3D printers and other machinery, reports 3ders.org.

The manufacturing unit in Pune will eventually produce critical end-use components such as the jet engine fuel nozzles, but first it will fulfill a more urgent need: 3D printing replacement parts for broken machinery. Replacement parts, especially for older appliances, can be incredibly difficult to source when those appliances are discontinued or simply made in small quantities. 3D printing these replacement parts is much faster than producing them using traditional manufacturing techniques.

“3D printing isn’t anything new at GE,” said Prabhjot Singh, Manager of GE’s Additive Manufacturing Lab in Schenectady, New York. “It’s been around for decades and has been typically used to repair worn-out or broken down, high-value industrial parts such as compressor blades or gears using laser cladding technology.”

The multi-modal facility in Pune and GE’s development and research center in Bangalore work closely, and the latter designs new products for the Pune plant to manufacture. “We work with GE colleagues all over the world,” said Vinod Kumar, who leads materials and inspection for GE Global Research in Bangalore. “We are part of any global team’s technology project, located in various parts of the world, from day one.”

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Uber’s First Asian Engineering Center Commences in India

In March, Thuan Pham, Uber’s Chief Technology Officer, inaugurated the company’s first Engineering Center in Asia. Located in Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka, this center will focus on developing customized solutions to better serve both passengers and driver partners in India, in collaboration with on-the-ground operations teams as well as Uber’s global Engineering and Product teams.

Inauguration of the Uber Engineering Center

Inauguration of the Uber Engineering Center

At the event, Thuan Pham said, “The talent we see in India and the sheer passion and eagerness of these engineers to build world class products and services to improve the lives of people and cities around the world is remarkable. Launching Asia’s first Engineering Center in Bangalore is a testament to our commitment to investing in India, and I can’t wait to see the innovations that will come from this team as they work to support the phenomenal growth of our business in cities across the country.”

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Chris Powell, CMO at Commvault Considers India a Key Opportunity

In an interaction with Dataquest, Chris Powell, CMO & VP Operations at Commvault, gave insights on the new R&D center in India and how the data and information management company headquartered in New Jersey, plans to expand its business in India.

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Dataquest said:

Please give details about the new R&D center in India and how Commvault plans to expand its business in India.

Chris Powell responded:

We consider India a key opportunity for us globally, and as one of our fastest growing markets we are making investments to aggressively grow our business in this region.

Last year we opened a new R&D center in Bangalore, which will be the third globally alongside our corporate center in New Jersey and our existing center in Hyderabad which opened a decade ago. We recognize the incredible talent pool that India offers and the cultural focus on innovation, and as a result, we see this new center as instrumental in helping us accelerate the development of our software portfolio.

We have an exceptional leader for India and members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Ramesh Mamgain, who joined about two years ago and has built out a strong team who is continuing to add new customers at a rapid pace. This year already we have added new sales managers, consultants and technical experts to the team to address increasing demand from customers across all regions including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It’s an exciting time for Ramesh and his team, and we see a burgeoning opportunity to significantly expand in India and the SAARC countries over the next few years.

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