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02
Jul
08

What is the True potential of india’s IT industry?

Are we(Indian s/w professional) just 

thousands of caterpillars who keep climbing a wall, the height of which they don’t know. They clamber over each other, fall, start again, but keep climbing. They don’t know that they can eventually fly!!!

 “They are the poster boys of matrimonial classifieds. They are paid handsomely, perceived to be intelligent and travel abroad frequently. Single-handedly, they brought purpose to the otherwise sleepy city of Bangalore.Indian software engineers are today the face of a third-world rebellion. But what exactly do they do? That’s a disturbing question. Last week, during the annual fair of the software industry’s apex body Nasscom, no one uttered a word about India’s programmers.

The event, which brought together softwareprofessionals from around the world, used up all its 29 sessions to discuss prospects to improve the performance of software companies. Panels chose to debate extensively on subjects like managing innovation, business growth and multiple geographies. But there was nothing on programmers, who you would imagine are the driving force behind the success of the Indian software companies. Perhaps you imagined wrong. “It is an explosive truth that local software companies won’t accept. Most software professionals in India are not programmers, they are mere coders,” says a senior executive from a global consultancy firm, who has helped Nasscom in researching its industry reports.  In industry parlance, coders are akin to smart assembly line workers as opposed to programmers who are plant engineers. Programmers are the brains, the glorious visionaries who create things. Large software programmes that often run into billions of lines are designed and developed by a handful of programmers.

Coders follow instructions to write, evaluate and test small components of the large program. As a computer science student in IIT Mumbai puts it if programming requires a post graduate level of knowledge of complex algorithms and programming methods, coding requires only high school knowledge of the subject. A Miicrosoft analyst says, “Like our manufacturing industry, the Indian software industry is largely a process driven one.That should speak for the fact that we still don’t have a domestic software product like Yahoo or Google to use in our daily lives.” IIT graduates have consciously shunned India’s best known companies like Infosys and TCS, though they offered very attractive salaries. Last year, from IIT Powai, the top three Indian IT companies got just 10 students out of the 574 who passed out.The best computer science students prefer to join companies like Google and Trilogy.

 Krishna Prasad from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, who did not bite Infosys’ offer, says, “The entrance test to join TCS is a joke compared to the one in Trilogy. That speaks of what the Indian firms are looking for.”A senior TCS executive, who requested anonymity, admitted that the perception of coders is changing even within the company. It is a gloomyoutlook. He believes it has a lot to do with business dynamics. The executive, a programmer for two decades, says that in the late ’70s and early ’80s, software drew a motley set of professionals from all kinds of fields.In the mid-’90s, as onsite projects increased dramatically,software companies started picking all the engineers they could as the US authorities granted visas only to graduates who had four years of education after high school.”After Y2K, as American companies discovered India’s cheap software  professionals, the demand for engineers shot up,” the executive says. Most of these engineers were coders. They were almost identical workers who sat long hours to write line after line of codes, or test a fraction of a programme. 

 They did not complain because their pay and perks were good. Now, the demand for coding has diminished, and there is a churning.Over the years, due to the improved communication networks and increased reliability of Indian firms, projects that required a worker to be at a client’s site, say in America, are dwindling in number. And with it the need for engineers who have four years of education after high school.Graduates from non-professional courses, companies know, can do the engineer’s job equally well. Also, over the years, as Indian companies have already coded for many common applications like banking, insurance and accounting, they have created libraries of code which they reuse. Top software companies have now started recruiting science graduates who will be trained alongside engineers and deployed in the same projects.

The CEO of India’s largest software companyTCS, S Ramadorai, had earlier explained, “The core programming still requires technical skills. But, there are other jobs we found that can be done by graduates.” NIIT’s Arvind Thakur says, “We have always maintained that it is the aptitude and not qualifications that is vital for programming. In fact, there are cases where graduate programmers have done better than the ones from the engineering stream.”Software engineers , are increasingly getting dejected. Sachin Rao, one of the coders stuck in the routine of a job that does not excite him anymore, has been toying with the idea of moving out of Infosys but cannot find a different kind of “break”, given his coding experience. “

courtesy : Times of India

What do you think about this scenario”..? What can be done..? Is that possible to us to rule the IT World?

Give your comments…

 

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20
Jun
08

India inflation rate rises to 11%…

 Indian inflation has risen to a new 13-year high. 

INFLATION CHART

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2008

4.84

5.23

6.02

7.95

8

8.24

11.05

2007

7.36

7.81

7.56

7.74

6.79

6.08

6.86

6.41

5.74

5.48

5.10

5.07

2006

5.00

4.80

5.00

4.97

5.84

6.47

5.71

6.14

7.02

7.17

6.70

6.94

FIG : INFLATION CHART

  • Wholesale price inflation rose by 11% in the 12 months to 7 June, up from the previous week’s 8.75%. The inflation rate is now at its highest since 1995.
  • Inflation is being driven higher by the rising cost of fuel and food, and is well above the government’s target of between 5% and 5.5%.
  • The jump took many analysts by surprise and further interest rate rises are now expected.
  • The BBC’s Delhi correspondent Sanjoy Majumder says the latest figures come at a bad time for the governing party, which is facing elections in a number of states this year.
  • Unlike most countries, India calculates inflation on the wholesale price of a basket of 435 commodities, which means actual prices paid by the consumer are much higher.
  • Cooking gas prices have risen by 20% and diesel is up 21%.
  • Although an election must be held by May 2009, our correspondent says there is some suggestion it may be held later this year.
  • With the central bank expected to increase interest rates to try to control inflation, India’s economic growth is expected to slow down and combined with rising prices, this   may translate into voter anger, our correspondent adds.

Rate rises

1. Last week, India’s central bank raised short-term borrowing rates from 7.75% to 8%.
2. The unexpected rate increase was the first since March 2007.
3. The Reserve Bank of India is keen to address spiralling inflation.
4. But there are concerns that interest rate rises will not do anything to curb rising energy prices, which saw India recently cut fuel subsidies.
5. This sparked protests in many parts of the country from consumers and transport operators.
6. India imports nearly 75% of its crude oil requirements but subsidises the cost of domestic fuel products.

What should the government do?

We need less government and more governance, particularly e-governance. Public expenditure has gone up from 10 billion rupees in 1950 to 3400 billion rupees in 2007. The Sixth Pay Commission submitted its report very recently. It has recommended a 40% increase in the salaries of 3.5 million federal government employees that will also benefit 45 million state-level employees, while conveniently ignoring 375 million people who work outside the government. While no one would begrudge government officials a fair salary, the related recommendations like downsizing and fixing accountability have been ignored time and again. It is therefore not surprising that one economist has called this “The Prey Commission.”

The Central Bank should stop artificially maintaining the rupee at a certain level. Let the rupee have a free float. It is likely to appreciate (by as much as 10%) in a few months. A stronger rupee would mean cheaper imports. Unfortunately, it would also mean fewer earnings for exports. The export lobby has enjoyed the benefits of a weak rupee long enough. Perhaps it is time for some payback. Let Indian business find other dimensions of competitiveness.

The most vulnerable sections of society who are mostly in the unorganized sectors need some form of protection. Public/private partnerships that do away with opportunistic intermediaries seem to be the only way to reach out to these sections of the population.

• There is an urgent and crying need to improve agricultural productivity and ensure a fair price to the farmer through disintermediation. Our agricultural productivity is just about 50% of China’s. The architect of the country’s green revolution, Dr M S Swaminathan, has made several pragmatic recommendations. Since he is no longer in a position of authority, he has few listeners.

• A significant factor in the spiraling of prices in sectors like real estate, and the hoarding of commodities for speculative gain, can be attributed to the parallel economy that is estimated to be at least as large as the economy itself. 60 years of platitudes have failed to produce any results. The time for drastic action is now. Demonetization could be one solution. How about a new Indian rupee with effect from January 1 2009? If the initial valuation is kept at 50 existing rupees to 1 new Indian rupee, we would start with a strong currency, while reducing the physical quantity in circulation by a factor of 50. Bank accounts would be automatically converted. A certain amount of cash could also be allowed to be converted. Any unaccounted money could be brought into the mainstream, as a one-time measure, by levying a suitable tax (say 50%). This requires political courage but has the potential to do wonders for the economy.

Finally, though not related to rising prices, the civil nuclear
cooperation deal between the India and the US is as good as dead. The government dare not risk the prospect of having to face an early election by pushing the deal through. Postponing it by a year automatically means having to deal with a new US administration that may not be as enthusiastic as the present one to see the deal becoming operational.

Sources : British Broadcasting corporation, Harvard business publishing Ltd,

 

19
Jun
08

Something All IT Professionals should know …

 
depression     
 

  “This is a very serious issue for this country,”

 ”But nobody wants to talk about it.” 

“There is no social life,”

“You are not meeting new people.”

“To top it all, there is lack of awareness,”

               ???

               ??

               ?

 Whats this all about…Now a days people in the software industry facing number of problems, starting from depression to heart attack. Due to our life style and working conditions…

Six software professionals under the age of 33 have died and 2 top executives from renowned software companies have become paralysed because of stress-related heart ailments in the last six months in Chennai, says a study by Mitran Foundation, a Bangalore-based voluntary association of practising doctors.  

All the six who died, and the two who became invalid, had no family history of heart attacks or any pre-history of heart ailments or paralysis. They were all in their prime, between 27 and 33 years, and handled challenging projects at work in their respective companies. They worked long and continuous hours. The end struck them very suddenly, and it looked as if their hearts refused to take any more stress ,” said Dr Dwarakanath, director of Mitran Foundation, who has studied stress components in 40 software companies in Chennai during the last six months.  

 The study, conducted at a cost of Rs 45 lakhs, covered more than 4,000 software professionals from 80 companies who were in service for a minimum of three years. The email responses were scientifically tabulated and the findings were ready in 2002. Dr Dwarakanath, who was the late Dhirubhai Ambani’s personal stress management consultant, said questionnaires extracting every minute detail were sent to the respondents. The personal background, family history and personal characteristics of these individuals were assessed and it was found that the stress in these professionals was only due to work pressure. All other factors were eliminated.  

Our study confirmed that the number of suicides, divorces, heart ailments, BP and diabetes patients and mental depression are the highest in the software industry. The fancy salaries of software professionals are no longer something to rejoice about ,” Dr Dwarakanath said.
We found that the software industry has simply no routine. Deadlines hang before them and every day they chase new problems. During weekends more than 60 per cent of the vehicles are found parked in the office complexes. There is no physical exercise and new food habits favoured by pizza culture fuel the problem. Cervical spondilitis and wrist problems due to uncomfortable handling of the computer mouse, eye problems and discomfort in bowel movements are common.  
The stress for couples where both are employed in the IT industry is the worst. The simple step of taking time off from work for three months allowed an IT couple wanting a child for years to conceive one
,” Dr Dwarakanath said.    

M.T.R. Venukopalan, senior training coordinator, Covansys India, acknowledged that IT professionals were the most stressed individuals. “Even if the company sponsors a movie or self-care lecture, not many attend them,” he said. Jyothsana, a travel coordinator for Temenos India Pvt Ltd, expressed concern for the young employees who complain of back and knee pains. She acknowledged that IT professionals require a specific eating and physical exercise routine to ease their stress. “Our lives are becoming mechanical, guided only by deadlines ,” she said
.

 The outsourcing boom has created new employment opportunities for Indian women, but there has been little change in social expectations. Adding workplace demands to responsibilities at home, which often includes taking care of in-laws, leaves women workers with multiple stresses
So think again if you are staying late in the office regularly. Think again about your family.  Think again about your social life and health.  

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16
Jun
08

First Post

World     In this blog we are going to talk about everything from cinemae to space technology. Hope this is going to be a good platform to share our thoughts and views about the things happening around us. Please give your valuable comments and feedbacks to improve the functionality of our Blog.

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