Infosys to open 22 BPO centers in AP

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Infosys BPO Limited, a subsidiary of IT major Infosys, signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up rural BPO centres in 22 districts of the state. Well i think this is good step taken by Mr.K Rosaiah.Infosys BPO Limited CEO and Managing Director Amitabh Chaudhry and State Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty CEO T Vijaya Kumar signed an MoU in this regard in the presence of Chief Minister K Rosaiah.

"The first such BPO centre will be set up in the next six weeks which will provide a testing ground for this model. The capital expenditure and other details will be worked out subsequently," Chaudhry said adding that all the 22 districts would have one BPO each.

"Over 1,000 people would get direct employment through the rural BPO centers in the next 12-15 months. Statistics suggest that direct employment generates 1.4 times indirect employment as well," he added.

Noting that Andhra Pradesh would be the first state where Infosys would be setting such facilities, Chaudhary said, "We are in talks with some other states as well for similar ventures but I can't disclose the names at this stage".


HCL Tech to hike salaries

HCL an IT services provider has announced , it will increase the salaries of their employees by 0-10 percent from October 1 well great news for HCL employees.At the end of September 30, HCL Tech's total employee strength stood at 54,443. The company added 665 professionals in the IT services segment during the period.

"We have decided to increase the wages of the employees effective from October 1, 2009 by 0-10 per cent and this will result in our gross margin dropping by 130 basis points for the next two quarters," HCL Tech CEO Vineet Nayar said after announcing the first quarter results.
"Acquisition is a part of our growth strategy. You will see acquisitions hopefully in BPO, enterprise application space, engineering and cloud computing side," Nayar said.

And the interesting part is HCL is looking for acquisitions to 'fill in the gap' in its service areas.

"We have successfully managed five acquisitions in the last 3-4 quarters. Our margins are back to its original level of 19 per cent," he said, adding there is no fixed price tag for the acquisition.


Google launches music search

Google inc has now decided to mark its foot print on the music industry. People do search lots of music on internet , the plan is good by google. It has decided to tie a partnership with webservices LALA and My Space's iLike to give mucisc fans an easiest way to find the music. The global Web search leader will provide users who want to sample a song with a pop-up box that will play at least a 30-second segment -- in some cases the entire song -- provided by iLike and Lala, which will then offer links to purchase the music.

Google has also teamed up with Pandora, iMeem and Rhapsody to incorporate links to those music sites, to help consumers discover music related to search queries. Well this feature on google will be rolled out on Wednesday for the people of united states.This is a very good move by google to strengthen its search engine strategies in the market.Investors hope that streaming songs or video clips online will help stem the fan-base losses.

"Everybody's been very supportive. Indeed, our business model is to improve the search experience with the help of streaming partners, which offer interesting business models of their own," said R.J. Pittman, director of product management for Google.

The social network Facebook last week also expanded its musical offerings through a deal to integrate Lala into its gift store. Google's own Youtube video site -- already a major discovery avenue for music -- is separately partnering with Vivendi's Universal Music Group and Sony Music to create Vevo, a music video service expected to launch December.

Well this is a good time for LALA as it has two major tie ups in the past few days or weeks. Lala is a site which allows users to search songs in its collection of nearly 8.5 million tunes once for free and then charges for further downloads ,sells unlimited streams for 10 cents per track and MP3 files, starting at 89 cents.

Lala founder Bill Nguyen said he expects the new alliances to significantly expand its business.


Websites Ten years ago

Monday, October 5, 2009

Internet is the current medium for communication, business , education, etc. Internet is the market now. Can you imagine how was internet way back something like 10 years ago, it was lot different when compared to now. I was just browsing an found an interesting article on Hongkiat which says about look and feel of the websites comparing them with present look and 10 years back look. Have a look at some of the Websites given below

Amazon 1998

Amazon 2008

Apple 1998

Apple 2008

Google 1998

Google 2008

Hotmail 1998

Hotmail 2008

Microsoft 1998

Microsoft 2008

Sun 1998

Sun 2008

Yahoo 1998

Yahoo 2008



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