Wipro inaugurates global delivery centre in Brazil

WIPRO facility in Hyderabad

Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited, today announced the inauguration of its new global delivery centre in Curitiba, Brazil.

The centre was inaugurated by the mayor of Curitiba, Beto Richa, and the Consul General of India in Brazil Jeitendra K. Tripathi.

Bangalore-headquartered Wipro has been operating in Brazil for four years now and the expansion in Curitiba is a part of the company’s strategy to diversify its footprint globally.

The Curitiba Centre would serve as the regional headquarters for other Wipro offices located in the region –

São Paulo (Brazil) and Buenos Aires (Argentina), a company statement said.

The centre would serve global and domestic clients.

Curitiba would extend Wipro’s expansive IT and BPO portfolio and would serve nearly 20 clients, the statement said.

The centre which started with 60 people currently employs around 350 people. Wipro plans on increasing this headcount based on further business demand.

After a rigorous assessment, Curitiba was chosen as a location for Wipro’s Latin America operation due to the available talent pool and the excellent infrastructure support that the city offers.

“The centre, which has received positive feedback from existing clients and new customers, will stay committed to delivering world class solutions and creating new job opportunities in the local community,” it was stated.

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Microsoft free software for AU students, faculty

Andhra University (AU) signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IT giant, Microsoft here on Friday. The MoU entitled ‘Dream Spark’ was signed by the general manager and country head, developer platform evangelism of Microsoft Mr Moorthy Up-paluri and registrar of Andhra University Prof P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy in the presence of vice-chancellor Prof Beela Satyanarayana.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Moorthy said that he was delighted that Micro-soft had signed the memora-ndum with one of the oldest and biggest universities in the country. The agreement would brighten the prosp-ects of university students and those studying in affiliated colleges in the region.
Microsoft under the ‘Dream Spark’ initiative would provide free software to college students and upgrade the knowledge of teachers. A free key was also given to the university under which three lakh students can access their latest software. Asked by media whether the company had any plans to develop a centre here as the city was growing fast in the IT sector, following proposals by IBM to set up their unit here, Mr Moorthy said that there was no immediate plans thought the place was promising to them.
The vice-chancellor, Prof Beela Satyanarayana, said the university had signed MoUs with three important organisations – the RINL, the holding company of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Brandix Apparel and now Microsoft. These agreements would give ample opportunities to talented and hardworking students, the vice-chancellor said.

Smaller tech firms start hiring

Techies rejoice, jobs are back. After the biggies, other tech companies are also starting to hire. Infosys, Wipro and TCS had reversed the trend during the December quarter when they added new employees in large numbers. Other players are now following.

On Friday, Mr John Chambers, CEO of Cisco said that the company’s plans to take up the total headcount in India to 10,000 were on track. Based on the current strength of Cisco in India, this would mean 4,000 new jobs.

Meanwhile, ITC Infotech, the technology arm of cigerette major ITC has said it plans to add 1,800 employees all over India by March next year. ITC Infotech is headquartered in Bengaluru but also has offices in Hyderabad and Kolkata. Cisco too, is based in Bengaluru. Infosys and Wipro added close to 4,500 employees each during the December quarter while TCS added over 7,000 employees. These firms have announced intention to hire another 50,000 in the coming year.

IT major Cognizant had added over 10,000 employees to its rolls in the same period. BPO firms too, have announced plans to resume hiring. Genpact is expected to hire 10,000 over the coming year. Nasscom expects the technology sector to add 100,000 new jobs in the coming year.

Most of the business for these companies is from outside India, and improvements in US and European economies has resulted in better growth prospects.

Five phases of IT attack

If you are in the business of IT security, you may perhaps know the answer to this elementary question: “What is the most common type of attack? a) Buffer overflow; b) Trojan horse; c) Operating system; d) Application.”

To the rest of us, the answer is d, the application attack, as Richard A. Deal writes in ‘CCNA Security’ (www.tatamcgrawhill.com). In this type of attack, the perpetrator tries to gain access to the application and the data the application has access to, the author explains. “Because modern applications tend to be complex, it can be easy for an attacker to find and exploit a weakness associated with an application.”

In a chapter on ‘endpoint security,’ the author describes the five possible phases of attack. Probe is the first. In this phase, the attacker uses ping and port scans to discover computers, the operating systems they are running, the applications they are running, and the possible vulnerabilities that the operating system and applications may have.

The second phase is ‘penetrate,’ during which the attacker uses email attachments, such as a virus or Trojan horse, buffer overflows and other methods ‘to take advantage of a vulnerability in order to gain initial access to a computer.’

Persist is the next stage. “The attacking or exploitation software will modify a computer’s existing configuration to become and remain resident on the computer – this is typically done by installing new code or programs or overwriting existing code or programs.”

The fourth phase is ‘propagate,’ wherein the attacking or exploitation software scans for other targets ‘attempting to exploit a vulnerability on other targets and gain access to them.’

Finally comes ‘paralyse,’ the phase in which the attacker crashes the computer, steals data, or deletes or modifies files or disk space on the computer.

Recommended addition to the IT professionals’ shelf.

IT sector to come under ESMA

Bill to amend ESMA to be introduced in the current Assembly session’

Tech platform:Minister for Information Technology Komatireddy Venkat Reddy at 18

HYDERABAD: The stage has been set to bring Information Technology and IT Enabled Services (ITES) sectors under the Essential Services Maintenance Act, Minister for Information Technology, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said here on Friday.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 18 {+t} {+h} annual awards and software products showcase Expo and annual conference of IT and ITES Industry Association of AP (ITsAP), he indicated that a Bill to amend ESMA would be introduced in the current Assembly session. The amendment was necessary to spare the IT industry from disruption to their mission critical applications during agitations, he said.

Reiterating the government’s commitment to create investment and business friendly environment in the State, he said exemption of IT units, particularly small and medium enterprises from power cuts would also be considered. A task force was already in place to provide security to the IT sector.

Andhra Pradesh was the first State to send Information Technology and Investment Region proposal in an area of 202 sq.km for development of infrastructure and generate a revenue of 3.10 lakh crore and 15 lakh direct and 53 lakh indirect employment by 2035, he said.

Mr. Reddy invited suggestions from industry captains for inclusion in the new five-year IT Policy to be ready by June. He made it clear that action would be initiated against companies who sought land for IT Special Economic Zones but used it for other purposes.

Mr. B.V. R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Infotech Enterprises, said it was a proud moment for founders of HYSEA, as from a small beginning, the IT industry was now worth Rs.32,000 crore. It was time IT industry re-positioned itself by promoting inclusive growth, giving incentives to small and medium enterprises, focusing on product innovation and taking the IT sector to tier two cities and semi-urban areas.

Mr. M. Narasimha Rao, ITsAP president, said with return of positive environment, IT industry was expecting 15 per cent growth next year.

He said the two-day event was aimed at giving a platform to State-based software product companies, including those from two-tier cities, to showcase their products. Over 110 nominations, the highest ever, were received for product showcase, he added.

Microsoft India unveils Windows Azure

Rajan Anandan, MD, Microsoft India gestures during the launch of Windows Azure in New Delhi

 Global software giant Microsoft on Monday unveiled a portfolio of services in India that will help companies share software and storage facilities, called cloud computing, that can bring down their total IT spend by as much as 50 per cent.

Windows Azure — the company’s latest offering in the area of cloud computing — is now available commercially in India, said Microsoft India group Director Vikas Arora. “Some 3,500 applications for Azure have been developed out of India alone,” Arora told IANS.

In cloud computing, companies share computer resources — such as servers, software and data storage —— through the Internet, instead of setting up such infrastructure at their own end.

This kind of computing has become a smart way of doing businesses and such offerings are estimated to have generated about $45 billion in revenues for service providers in 2008, and are projected to soar to $150 billion by 2013.

“We are today in India across all the three layers of cloud — infrastructure, platform or the set of services that are on offer,” Arora said, adding cost is one of the key benefits for a company that opts for such services.

Both individuals and companies are already using cloud computing with services such as webmail and sharing of software and other applications. The concept is evolving into a simple, pay-per-use way to get services on tap, just like electricity, for businesses.

The cloud is also a green way to do business. Organisations don’t need to set up server banks running lots of software — just pay for what you use. The provider services many users from one set of equipment, halving energy and equipment cost per user.

According to Microsoft, companies have reported anywhere between 16-49 per cent reduction in their total spend on information technology and related services over a three-year period after migrating to cloud computing.

The company has already launched several products and solutions in India in other layers of cloud computing as part of its overall strategy for enterprises, even as security of data by using such shared services continues to be a concern.

But Microsoft said it was aware of the issue and had strong data security protocol.

“Keeping the customers’ confidence would be the key to further cloud computing. We have actually gone threadbare on all the aspects of data security. We got all our facilities specifically audited to meet the security standards,” said Arora.

“A breach can happen anywhere in the pipeline. So, everybody involved needs to focus on best practices — for coding and securing applications.”

Rumor: Microsoft May Include HTML5 Support in Internet Explorer 9

Rumors are circulating that Microsoft could announce a beta of Internet Explorer 9 at the upcoming MIX 2010 conference. The new version is rumored to feature improved support for open Web standards. The MIX 2010 conference will include at least two presentations about new, open Web standards: One, on HTML5, is entitled “HTML5 Now: The Future of Web Markup Today.” Another session looks at the SVG vector graphics standard.

A shift toward open Web standards for Internet Explorer would signal a major change for Microsoft; the company has been criticized in the past for not fully supporting modern, open Web standards. Microsoft’s lack of Web standards support is a major factor in the rise of third-party browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, which feature a more compliant browsing experience, and better support for developers.

Microsoft currently offers toolkits that allow developers to create Web applications that store data both locally and on the Web, possibly with the intention of stoking interest in developing Web applications that operate in conjunction with Microsoft’s own cloud computing platform.

From a Web developer standpoint, better Web standards support for browsers makes it easier to create Web sites that work on any current browser. From a user standpoint, this means that it’ll be easier for you to use an alternative browser without having to worry about sites not working properly. The old “This site requires Internet Explorer” messages could one day become a thing of the past.

Microsoft declined to comment on these rumors, so we’ll have to wait a few weeks to see if this report is true, and if the rumored changes are enough to reclaim ground from their more open competitors. Here’s hoping, for a more open, compliant Web.