Global Technology Firms Increase Workforce in India

U.S.-based firms Microsoft, LinkedIn, Oracle, Facebook, and Google are increasing their engineering staff in India. These companies are seeking engineers from India to work on technologies similar to their global counterparts to build competence in niche technology areas.

A report from Washington-DC based Bain & Company published last month said global in-house centers (GICs) in India will play a bigger role for enterprises. “Indian GICs will play a more active role in driving top-of-mind investment priorities of global C-level executives at Fortune 1,000 companies in the next three to five years. In addition, more senior leaders of the enterprise, particularly those two levels below CEOs, will operate out of Indian GICs over this period,” the report added.

North Carolina-based Lowe’s, that has 1,000 employees in India, said its IT and analytics capabilities in the country will amplify its growth strategy.

“We are hiring people in e-commerce and digital technologies, retail and supply chain technologies, core engineering and infrastructure such as networking, virtual infrastructure and containerization, analytics and big data, and project management,” said James Brandt, managing director, Lowe’s India.

Target India, which has a current headcount of 2,500, will hire professionals in technology and areas such as marketing, supply chain and animation, reports SmartInvestor.

“We will hire talent with Java and Open Source capabilities and  for niche areas with expertise in machine learning and neuro-linguistic programming. In addition to technology, India has a talent pool in computer-generated imagery and animation. Our marketing team is looking to expand our CGI capabilities and tap this pool,” said Shalini Natraj, head of HR at Target India.

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June 5, 2017   No Comments

9 U.S. Companies among Top 25 Best Workplaces in India

Based on LinkedIn‘s study of actions, nine American companies are listed among the 25 most desirable companies for employees in India.

Logo of Linked in's Top Companies Where India Wants to Work

At #2 is Amazon: With more than 10,000 employees in India Amazon is rapidly expanding its Prime Video offerings in the country, investing $5 billion in 2016 with plans to double that investment in 2017.

At #3 is KPMG India: This firm operates in 152 countries worldwide. KPMG India has offices in Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Noida, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

At #7 is Adobe: India is a key innovation hub for Adobe – its biggest R&D location outside of its headquarters. Nearly 30 percent of the company’s research and development is centered in India. “We have probably grown faster in India than anywhere else in the world,” says CEO Shantanu Narayen.

At #8 is Google: The ability to download maps or YouTube clips for offline access, started in India before going global.

At #12 is Accenture: With 140,000 employees in India, Accenture recently opened a new Cyber Center in Bangalore, where clients, Accenture specialists and other industry experts from universities and beyond can uncover the next generation of security solutions and outpace cyber adversaries.

At #13 is Deloitte: In India, Deloitte offers a range of Audit, Risk Advisory, Tax, Consulting and Financial Advisory services across thirteen cities.

At #16 is Cisco: Cisco is moving beyond its core router and switching business into subscription sales and other sources of recurring revenue. These plans require robust hiring.

At #24 is McKinsey & Company: The company’s insights cover many topics from how India’s largest private bank fosters gender equality, to the state of the country’s private equity sector. More than 70 McKinsey India alumni have become CEOs.

At #25 is Oracle: The company has set up nine incubation centers to contribute to India’s booming startup culture and trains 500,000 students every year through the company’s education program.

 

 

May 21, 2017   No Comments

Google to Help a Billion Indians Go Online

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Google has enabled nine Indian languages to work on the new AI-enabled Google Translate, and it has doubled the number of Indian languages on Gboard, its custom mobile keyboard, to 22. These new additions will allow millions of Indian users to type and search for emojis and GIFs in their native language.

CNN reports that according to a new study by Google and KPMG, the number of  Indian-language web users in India will exceed  536 million Indian-language  by 2021, almost three times the number of English-speaking users in the country. There are roughly 900 million Indians who are not yet online. When they do connect, 90% will be operating in a language that isn’t English, the study concludes.

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Googles’ other initiatives at increasing internet penetration in India, include free WiFi at 100 railway stations and a partnership with India’s Tata Trusts to teach women in rural areas to use smartphones.

 

May 10, 2017   No Comments

Software as a Service Booms in India

Forbes reports that according to a joint research report by Google and Accel Partners, by 2025, companies in India are likely to command   8% share of the global SaaS market which could be worth $10 billion annualy. Tracxn, a startup intelligence and market research platform, says that since 2010 India’s SaaS companies have witnessed more than $1.4 billion invested in the industry.

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Indus Khaitan of Sirion Labs, (a SaaS company in India), says, “Gaining cost advantage by lowering the price is short lived. We don’t do that. But there’s an inherent advantage we have in terms of quality of entrepreneurs and people in this particular field. And all this is available at probably one third the price of that in the U.S.,” He also added that in order to be low cost, a company requires complete re-engineering of how to build a product.

 

January 24, 2017   No Comments

India’s Indus Creates a Localized Smartphone OS

Rakesh Deshmukh, Sudhir Bangarambandi and Akash Dongre, alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and co-founders of Mumbai-based Indus have customized Android to build a  regional mobile operating system called Indus OS for smartphones sold across the diverse landscape of India.

Indus OS
The operating system was built on the following facts, premises, and research results:
  • 90% of India’s population speaks Hindi and regional languages
  • In India, handsets accessible in a local language will be used more often
  • Over 79% of those surveyed were not satisfied with their smartphone experience and 52% used their smartphone for just basic applications like calls and messages
  • 72% preferred regional language content on their smartphones
  • 37.5% were using a smartphone without having an email address
Launched in May 2015, the  Indus Operating System:
  • Has a user base of over 6 million subscribers already
  • Is available in 12 Indian languages
  • Is preloaded in over 50 smartphone models

Additional Features:

  • Offers App Bazaar  which provides over 50,000 applications to users in English and 12 regional languages; and claims 15 million app downloads so far
  • Users can transliterate/translate from English to any regional language
  • OS integrated offline text-to-speech functionality in regional languages
  • A word database of over 300,000 in each of the 12 languages it supports

CEO Deshmukh told the Economic Times that Google and Android,  are spread across glboal geographies and it is less pragmatic for them to have a niche offering. “The diversity of India — with 22 official languages — calls for a focused and a localized operational strategy.”

January 9, 2017   No Comments