Hoping to make India a global export hub, San Jose, CA-based Cisco is working with its global component-making partners to help facilitate this plan. “We are working with the global ecosystem providers to set up shop in India and as they start moving in, costs will be less as we will not have to import the same components that are needed to manufacture the product,” Dinesh Malkani, president of Cisco (India and Saarc) told the Times of India.
Cisco, which files two patents per week in India, has set up six innovation centers in the cities of Bangalore and Jaipur and in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat to co-innovate with customers, startups, and partners to build new solutions and products.
India is one of Cisco’s best performing countries globally over the past four to five quarters. the company launched its first Made-in India product last month, a router, one of the most popular products in its portfolio globally.
April 19, 2017 No Comments
Sunnyvale, California-based storage and data management company NetApp opened a Global Center of Excellence in Bangalore. The 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory on a 15-acre campus incorporates one million square feet of work space. The new facility incorporates the company’s first startup accelerator program called “Escape Velocity” that will foster technology startups and expand the Data Fabric ecosystem.
NetApp CEO George Kurian said, “Our continued investment in India, with its highly skilled talent, collaborative government, and global business partners, strengthens our ability to succeed in the new era of hybrid cloud.”
Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group, stated, “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups, which will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need.”
March 18, 2017 No Comments
“We are using technology to create ‘Made for India’ solutions, both on the supply and demand side, right from offline bookings for customers and 2G optimization to local language apps. Several introductions by our competition such as the ride later option, and the cash payment option have already been pioneered months ago by Ola’s technology team,” Jivrajka added.
Backed by investment from Japan’s SoftBank, Ola is a credible competitor in India to California-based Uber.
January 2, 2017 No Comments
Serious about manufacturing iPhones in India, Cupertino, California-based Apple has requested concessions from India’s government. These are exemptions from the country’s product labeling regulations, and tax relief. The company has filed a formal request to India’s Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology requesting to be excluded from the mandatory product labeling information so that it can maintain the iPhones minimalist look.
India is one of Apple’s biggest growth markets, and manufacturing iPhones in the country will give Apple the option of opening its own stores without the necessity of middlemen or distributors – a strategy that China‘s Huawei has successfully followed.
Forbes reports that India’s smartphone market is expected to overtake the U.S.’s next year and become the second largest in the world behind China, according to recent research by IDC.
December 29, 2016 No Comments
In an interview with India’s Economic Times, Sunnyvale, California-based semiconductor company AMD‘s chief technology officer Mark Papermaster discussed the contribution of the company’s R&D facilities in India. These R&D centers are located in Hyderabad and Bangalore, housing over 1,000 of its 6,000-strong global tech team.
Excerpts of the interview:
Papermaster: India is a key element of our development team and every aspect of product development. The AMD strategy is focused on three pillars: gaming and immersive apps, which is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, compute – which is data centers, high-performance computing and high performance graphics – and semi-custom solutions, where we work with partners on products like the Xbox 1or PS4. The India design center does a lot of key software and IP development with gaming and graphics, chip design and software as well as to create tailored solutions.
Papermaster: Just like in consumer goods, there are tech cycles. Every 12-18 months, we will see new product revisions … it could be better screens or a wireless headset. As it becomes more affordable, more content is likely to be created and apps will take off. All it takes is one killer app for something to become popular.
Papermaster: There are a couple of areas that we expect to be high growth. One is compute: AMD products are very well suited for machine learning applications as they need CPU and GPU. Immersive computing is another area. It’s a nascent industry and will see significant growth for AMD to develop and support products.
December 29, 2016 No Comments