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Micrologic leverages automation for growth

28 Aug


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The smart-technology driven Industry 4.0, which enables connectivity of machines, devices, and people anytime, anywhere and at any place, is today fast becoming a mantra for the manufacturing world. The Bangalore-based Micrologic Integrated Systems designs, develops, manufactures, validates and delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in automating the manufacturing processes in assembly, inspection, test, and packaging.
Jayaram M S, director of Micrologic Integrated Systems, believes that his passion for electronics has made him an entrepreneur, which is what led him to found the company in his residential premises 15 years ago. Today, the company supplies highly electronic and automated assembly lines to the automotive industry which helps them to productionise faster and develop superior products. Micrologic helps manufacturing companies to become future ready by way of adopting automation to produce higher quality products with faster turnaround time.
“I was passionate about electronics as a child. While working for Tata Power, I got to know about business processes and was instrumental in implementing ISO 9000 at the company. This offered me a real insight in the business,” says Jayaram who, along with his team, has grown the firm into a promising automation enterprise over the past decade.

Jayaram, a first-generation entrepreneur, learned the art of doing business along the way, initially starting with embedded product development in early 2000. The company ventured into automation in 2006 by doing PLC base equipment and first developed a vision-based inspection system for instrument clusters for the automotive industry. As a first project, the company built an instrument cluster line for Continental in India for two-wheeler instrument clusters. Earlier, this line used to be imported from Germany but Micrologic help provide the company an import substitute.
This was followed by an automated line for Hyundai Motor India for its i20 hatchback in Chennai, which was producing 180 different variants, handling complex operations. It also supplied an instrument cluster line for Ford’s Tier 1 supplier for the Figo. Micrologic has worked with key automotive clients and its automated assembly lines are currently running at Mahindra Electric, TVS Motor, Hyundai Motor India, Continental India, Magneti Marelli, Visteon India, Varroc Group, Faurecia, John Control and Bosch.

About a decade ago, the electronics content in passenger cars and two-wheelers was minimal but today it has rapidly increased. Also, due to higher emission norms, ECUs are coming into vehicle engines thereby increasing their complexity. At the same time, OEMs are keen on rolling out zero-defect products and it is here that Micrologic helps companies with automated assembly lines to achieve this quality goal.
Understanding its customers need for speed, precision, and flexibility, Micrologic designs, develops, manufactures, validates and delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in automating the manufacturing processes in assembly, inspection, test and packaging. The company approaches every project with a pre-automation consultancy approach, where the requirement is first defined. Its capabilities of system design, mechanical engineering, electronics, embedded engineering, robotics, machine vision, software development, PLC integration, part manufacturing, assembly, integration, test and validation under one roof helps it deliver complete solutions to its customers.
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Continuous assembly line; iSight vision inspection.

“We do mechanical engineering with 3D modeling, build parts ourselves with our own manufacturing system unit, then do electronic and electrical engineering, design and complete integration of the entire system in one unit and build the complete software that goes in this system,” says Jayaram.
The highlight of these machines is that they are Industry 4.0 enabling, which means they acquire data about whatever they do and send it to the Cloud. This data can be used for analysing productivity, quality, rejection and production outcome, among other things. These machines assemble and inspect parts at each stage and track a particular part by integrating the stores with the manufacturing line. The operator can easily view the entire activity underway, thanks to software call visual factory running in the background. The company designs, develops the software and hardware of the entire line, and sells the completely built assembly-line.
When queried about how the company attained its critical skills for building these complex and automated machines, Jayaram says, “In 2007, we had our team trained in Germany to understand the technologies and concepts of manufacturing, which gave us a lot of exposure. After that, we continue to learn with each project. This has helped us further leverage our capabilities.”
The learnings from the European experience applied in India proved to be instrumental in bagging business from Tier 1 European suppliers in India.
Until a few years ago, most assembly lines were run by people but there are certain applications and processes where machine intervention is necessary due to the sheer scale and complexity involved, which is where automation comes into play. “An electronic part has about 200 parameters at a complete assembly and this is not physically possible to simulate and test. Our machines create vehicle conditions and simulate the vehicle part. Every product comes out of the line in just 20 seconds, completely tested and traced back to its parameters,” says Jayaram.
By manufacturing critical automated assembly lines locally, Micrologic is providing import substitutes and saving foreign exhchange. It also offers high-quality local service support, which is critical for these systems as they produce thousands of parts per hour and simply cannot afford to break down. Micrologic machines have in-built intelligence, offering an alert before any possible maintenance issue props up.
EV OPPORTUNITY
Although the company caters to all automotive segments, it foresees demand coming its way from electric vehicles for its battery assembly, battery testing and battery management systems.
“We have deployed an EV testing system at Mahindra Electric where the vehicle is connected to our system, which is measuring all the voltages through the engine control units. Going forward, battery management is where we will be working closely,” says Jayaram. He believes battery technology is improving rapidly. Battery pack assembly is quite complex and automation is necessary; if a raw battery pack is installed in an EV, it could possibly lead to a safety issue. Thus, the company foresees greater prospects in this area. It is also working on building its own EV charger.
Two years ago, due to capacity constraints, the company moved to a bigger location but even this proved to be insufficient to meet demand. Two months ago, Micrologic has once again moved, this time into an even bigger facility.
The automotive sector contributes nearly 80 percent of Micrologic’s total revenue and has been growing consistently. The near-term focus is to grow the Indian business even as it diversifies into other industries. While it has not yet commenced exports, it is is exploring opportunities. The immediate focus is on building capabilities in India and training people with the right skills.
“We are excited about the future with Industry 4.0 – it’s all about software and electronics. EVs are also looking promising for us. Next-gen vehicles will not only be electric but intelligent, which offers us a brighter future,” says Jayaram, brimming with confidence.
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Exclusive Interview with Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mr. Ashok Soota

29 Mar

Interviewed by Sneha Betharia | 29th March | UNICOM

 

 Mr. Ashok Soota is the name many of you will recognise as one of the pioneering leaders of the Indian IT Industry. He is a serial entrepreneur and presently, the Founder & Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds.

 Mr. Soota was honoured The First Agile Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 held in Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore. After honouring the award on 19th June, 2015 we caught up with Mr. Soota and interviewed him to find out more about him after winning the award and his successful journey.

Agile Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mr. Ashok Soota

Agile Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mr. Ashok Soota

 

Here is the interview with Mr. Soota: 

UNICOM: Please share your thoughts when you were informed that you have conferred the first Lifetime Achievement Award at India Agile Awards?

Mr Soota: There was a special feeling and honour because it was the first Lifetime Achievement Award at India Agile Awards.  There are so many great achievers in the Industry and it was a matter of pride to be conferred the very first award.

 

UNICOM: What, in your opinion, are the ingredients of your personal success story?

Mr. Soota: Converting every problem into an opportunity, planning for the good times during bad times and vice versa.  On a personal basis continuously striving to achieve my potential and helping others to achieve theirs.

 

UNICOM: What was the significance of winning this award to you/your organization?

Mr. Soota: As a young company, Happiest Minds needs all the recognition we can get.  Even though this was a personal award, it enhances the image of Happiest Minds.

 

Ashok Soota

Ashok Soota

UNICOM: How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your receiving of Lifetime Achievement award? Would you like to share any particular comment you received from your colleagues or company? 

Mr. Soota: My friends and relatives had a tongue-in-cheek comment: “You have now reached the right age for getting Lifetime Achievement Awards.  May this be the first of many such lifetime recognition awards”.

 

UNICOM: Who are your icons you seek to emulate?

Mr. Soota: My icon is Warren Buffet who, at 84 is still going strong.

 

UNICOM: What message you have for those reading your interview?

Mr. Soota: Please keep raising the bar in your search for excellence and success will follow.

 

India Testing Awards 2015: Interview with Test Leader of the Year Award Winner Renu Rajani

22 Mar

“My company carried my award story on our Talent front page for a week and also Capgemini’s Facebook page. I felt like I was Ms Universe in Testing World”- says Renu Rajani, Vice President at Capgemini (Testing Global Service Line) and the winner of Test Leader of the Year Award-2015.

 

Renu Rajani, won the ‘Test Leader of the Year Award’ at the India Testing Awards 2015. The award recognizes practitioners and companies who have created Testing programs that define the future of product development, services and support. The felicitation ceremony was part of the ‘World Conference Next Gen Testing’ that witnessed participation from senior executives across global IT companies. 

Over a quick meeting, Unicom team spoke to Renu to find out more about her achievement:

Test Leader of the Year 2015-Renu Rajani

Test Leader of the Year 2015-Renu Rajani

 

1. What was your approach in filling up the application form?

The award application form has sections on –

  • Background – Objective/Challenge.  The applicant should describe the challenges/ objectives that inspired the Testing Methodology and the key accomplishments relating to the same.  In this section, I focused on testing transformation challenges handled by me in an innovative/unique manner.
  • Top-3 Testing Projects – Here specific experiences from 3 projects where I made a difference. In describing each of my project, I was specific on the outcome I was trying to accomplish with specific method/approach and how I specifically kept in mind customer needs.
  • Testing mindset, philosophy and demonstrable Action on these projects here I specifically listed execution plan, challenges encountered, results and feedback from across stakeholders.
  • Recommendations from Industry – Your leaders may want to nominate you and in such case might want to put recommendations.  Ensure these are fair and unbiased and reflection of your work. In todays social media world, one can use some of the recommendations provided online by your senior industry network contacts over platforms such as LinkedIN and these do carry good weight if coming from a credible source.
  • Measurable Impact – I include specific examples, facts and data points on impact (quantitative and qualitative) my projects, approach/method have created.
  • Why Me – In this section make a compelling reason for you to be awarded.  The justifications should be around impact you have created, thought leadership you bring to the table that is acknowledged by industry, etc.
  • List of Team members groomed by you – this is yet another way to demonstrate the impact.  How have people groomed under you have benefitted the industry and what do they think of you? What does industry think of people groomed under you.  Again, if you have worked at your social media presence, that could speak for itself!

Finally, The award is an acknowledgement of one’s work in the Testing field.  More than preparation or credentials stated in the application, it is the thought leadership of the individual and how his/her work is showcased to the external world, which play an essential role in the voting process. The application response is a reflection of how someone has established him/herself in the field over the career span.

 

2. Please share the first thought when you realized that you have won the award?

I felt like I was Ms Universe in Testing World and that I had duty to serve as thought leader and role model to the testing universe. Being active in diversity and women leadership initiatives for last many years and having nurtured women careers in testing, I also felt the award being conferred to a woman held even more significance and role modeling for women in IT.

 

3. What was the significance of winning this award to you/your organisation?

This award acknowledges my professional thought leadership, evangelism in testing space, as well as reinforces Capgemini’s positioning in Testing Community and marketplace.

 

Renu Rajani

Renu Rajani

 

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you would like to share?

My entire team felt it was a great acknowledgement of my work. My manager Govindarajan Muthukrishnan was too pleased.  In my mind the award as much belonged to him as he offered me tremendous platform in terms of my roles that gave me opportunity to demonstrate transformational leadership in testing space.  My company carried my award story on our Talent front page for a week, as well as on Capgemini Facebook page under #betheyou hashtag.  I really did mind myself on the top of the world!

 

Capgemini Expert Connect is the platform that provides tremendous visibility to global empanelled experts like myself who are brand ambassadors for our companies thought leadership.  The Expert connect platform and Architecture community also widely carried my award news.

 

5. Please describe your experience of the day the award was held?

On the day award ceremony was held, it was day-2 of the conference event and I was a speaker as well in the event. I had just returned from my international travel, in barely few hours of landing went to the event for my session .  The hotel had trophies displayed without names.  Names of 15 nominees for this award were on the Unicom portal and all were requested to stay in the evening to hear the verdict! I was tired on the day due to travel and was about to leave for the day and when organizers learnt I was leaving for the day, they could not have told me I was the winner of the award.  They gently requested I better wait for 2 hours for the evening ceremony.  I stayed thinking I would congratulate the winners, only to figure out that KPMG and jury had selected me as “Testing Leader of the Year 2015”.  Like I said, when I stood with the trophy, I felt on the top of the world

 

6. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the nominees? 

One’s Point of View and thought leadership in the field, healthy networks within the industry and visibility of work on social media is important. One has to be an acknowledged thought leader and evangelist for bagging such recognitions.

For my candidature, the application scored the highest with a score of 9/10 points. The jury remarks read:  ‘Overall strength in various aspects of testing including from actual implementation to evangelism with everything in between. Good social media influence’.

 

7. What message you have for those reading your interview?

2015 has seen focus on Digital with testing Agile/DevOps/Continuous Integration mode becoming mainstay.  The market shifts have new demands on our talent to continue to upgrade and up-skill ourselves to stay relevant in this changing marketplace.

Testing & QA profession leverages the best of individuals’ multi-faceted – business, technical, process, soft skills, domain and industry skills.  Be proud to belong to this profession and value it continues to offer to the industry.

 

 

 

Why & How Zensar won the ‘Agile Community of the year 2015’ Award?

10 Jul

Many Congratulation to Zensar for winning the coveted “Agile Community of the year 2015” at India Agile Awards 2015.

India Agile Awards 2015 recognized companies and practitioners who have created Agile programs that defines the future of product development, services and support. Executives leading IT at these companies was recognized among their peers at the India Agile Awards ceremony which took place at India Agile Week at Vivanta by Taj, Bengaluru on Friday, 19 June 2015.

As an Agile community builder and chair of India Agile Week, held every year in June across 5 cities in India at the same week, I was really looking forward to who finally wins the coveted trophy…and man Zensar won it hands down and how.

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THE BEGINNING

The journey of the Zensar Agile community has its roots in the past. It all started with an initiative to deliver service in an unorthodox way. Soon this initiative gained pace and started to grow across organization. The only thing not in place was a centralized knowledge repository, resulting in iterative reinvention of wheels, lack of proper agile communication, setting up of challenge registers, initiating best practices for process & services. Which was not only hampering deliverables but also causing trouble for clients & in turn for us. Soon the problem started to scale with points like associate fallouts; lack of best practices etc. adding to the woes in turn causing traction in growth across businesses.

With the objective of overcoming the shortfalls a core group was constituted. The core group took cognizance of situation and figured out immediate shortfalls to address variety in service offerings of agile methodology stack, best practices for process and services using various tools were the key points missing. On the way to answer this riddle, people came along & soon the group got transformed in to a community.

Community took the onus to provide answers to several unattained question from the past viz. lack of platform for agile initiatives, best practice implementation, business development in agile, establishing agile delivery, branding and networking for agile, agile training & certifications.

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TARGET

The whole initiative was started with the vision of achieving core objectives of competency building in agile across organization, while standardization of process and services. The specified goal can only be achieved by providing answers to underlying but much more trivial questions like:
a. Defining enterprise wide agile service definition & quality metrics.
b. Forming a centralized knowledge repository.
c. Agile evolution of all associates.
d. Proactive enhancement of agile offerings with superior coverage of Agile stack for new business accusations.
e. Indigenous development of agile assessment tools with bespoke consulting services.

 

AGILE INITIATIVE AT ZENSAR

As the organization started to grow in agile, new challenges started to surface. To overcome the coming challenges a core group of enthusiastic agile practitioner was formed. The role of this group was to find answers for the present challenges & proactively prepare a process to tackle new challenges from the learning of the past. Soon a challenge register was constituted based on the past experiences which proved to be the first step towards our goals.
As many of the associate in the organization were unaware of agile and its terminology, an AGILE gallery walk was organized. The sole purpose of this event is to increase the understanding of associates about agile and its processes. More than 500 associates availed the benefit making agile gallery walk a success. Which paved the way to the formation of agile community. With community getting formed the first thing to come on board was setting a platform not only on ground but also in virtual world. Setting up a community page on Zensar internal portal and having a common DL list where people can send their queries and seek answers to them, enabled a 24*7 connectivity for all . Community provided a platform to encourage new minds towards taking up certifications & trainings.
Community undertook several events like monthly scrum masters meetings, internal and external seminars on various current and upcoming topics in agile.
The community gradually started to seek answers to present challenges and is helping in develop a strong knowledge base.

RESOURCE ESTIMATE

The best part of agile initiative is that it is fuelled by people’s passion and not by material stuffs. As everything in terms of technology was already there in place, the only requirement was that of like-minded peoples. This got resolved because of community.

Most of activities are done voluntarily by the people who are sharing the interest of learning new in agile.

Apart from inevitable expenses incurred while conducting gallery walks and seminars coming approx. INR 10,000 and Books worth INR 5000.

REASONS WHY ZENSAR AGILE COMMUNITY WON:

  1. Exponential growth of community not only in term of size but also in term of intellectual property with measurable outcomes. Translating into increased businesses in the tune of $35million.
  2. The community till date has trained 800+ associates, 75 + scrum masters are also associated with it.
  3. Community helped in setting up agile project guidelines, challenge register & best practices for various methodologies under Agile stack.
  4. Several audits on the lines of maturity, delivery, best practice implementation undertaken by the community helped in improving customer satisfaction index.
  5. Increased happy customers with delivery excellence.
  6. The initiative helped in garnering interest across organization and especially in support functions.
  7. Agile communities various efforts on conducting seminars, training & certifications helped in achieving improved deliverables in terms of quality, timely delivery & helped improve team collaboration.
  8. The community is associated with several external communities like Indian Enthusiastic Scrum Community, Spin Etc.
  9. Indigenous assessment tool was created from inputs and experiences gathered from within the organization.

Nominees for the “Agile community of the year 2015” were-

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Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO, Zensar Technologies said, “The Zensar Agile community represents the confluence of expertise, capabilities and enterprise focused on setting new standards for delivering excellence to customers. This award bears testimony to the hard work put in by the team towards creating new business opportunities and helping customers achieve definite business outcomes with continuous innovation.”

Prameela Kalive, Executive Vice President, Strategic Services and Location Head (Pune) said, “It is an honour to win this industry wide recognition. The Agile community in Zensar started small, but today it has grown to a group of 800+ associates who have created an Agile centre of excellence for our customers. We are constantly focused on building capabilities and exploring new ways of offering better solutions aimed at providing high delivery standards to our customers. This award is an affirmation of our business transformation approach with technology expertise leading the way.”

Additionally, three teams from Zensar also qualified at the Agile Olympiad, an initiative of India Agile Week (IAW 2015) and UNICOM to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile Methodology.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-zensar-won-agile-community-year-2015-award-nitesh-naveen?published=t

http://www.zensar.com/zensar-media/press-releases/2441-zensar-wins-the-coveted-agile-community-of-the-year-2015-award-at-the-india-agile-awards-2015#ixzz3fSu2rUV7

 

Tech- Mahindra emerges as the winners at ‘World Business Excellence Summit’

01 Apr
1st Winner of IQL 2015

1st Winner of IQL 2015

Unicom Learning, a Global B2B platform for IT industry and KPMG India together presented the 2ndedition of ‘World Business Excellence Summit 2015’ at Movenpick, Bangalore recently with the theme “Meet Leaders in Business Assurance”. Two contests viz. INDIA QUALITY LEAGUE 2015 and the IT MANAGER OLYMPIAD 2015 was held together under the World Business Excellence summit. The contest had several rounds including online written tests, on stage quiz etc. This event saw thousands of QA professionals from 112 companies participating from across the nation.

Mrinal Chatterjee and Dipan Lahiri from Tech Mahindra emerged as the proud winners of the prestigious India Quality League 2015. Whereas, Samgram Das, Associate Director – IT IS and Arvind Rao, Director – Development from Team Zyme Techno Camp Zyme Solutions emerged as the winners and grabbed the Gold.

In the earlier edition of one day conference on World Business Excellence Summit, the best practices used like the Balanced Scorecard, Lean, the Six Sigma, Agile, ISO, CMMI, Change Management, People and cultural issues were discussed. This year the focus was on LEAN, KANBAN, ScrumBan, DevOps, Innovation Games and Mind Mapping along with other important frameworks and issues related to quality assurance and change management. Like last year, this year too the focus was to have INTENSE, HANDS-ON and PRACTICAL presentations, so that one can learn and execute these frameworks at their organization.

Congratulating the winners Nitesh Naveen, Co-founder and CEO of UNICOM Learning shared, “I wish all the best to the winners and my heartiest congratulation to Tech Mahindra and Zyme Solutions for having this year’s India’s most knowledgeable quality champions with them”.

World Business Excellence Summit 2015

INDIA QUALITY LEAGUE 2015

1st Place “Gold”- Team the Dark Horses Won “GOLD – 1st Place” from Tech Mahindra – Mrinal Chatterjee & Dipan Lahiri
2nd Place “Silver” – Team Atos Excellence Won “SILVER – 2nd Place” from @ATOS – Samir Umrikar & Ramesh Ramanathan
3rd Place “Bronze” – Team QRM Deloitte Won “Bronze – 3rd Place” from Deloitte Consulting – Neetu Kar & Shrikrishna Pandey. 

IT MANAGER OLYMPIAD 2015

1st Place “Gold” – Team Zyme Techno Champ from Zyme Solutions- Sangram Das, Associate Director – ITIS & Arvind Rao, Director – Development.

2nd Place “Silver” – Team Zyme IT Team from @Zyme Solutions – Santosh Phalle, IT Manager & Binaybhusan Nanda, IT Manager

3rd Place “Bronze” – Team TechMighty from Tech Mahindra- Pankaj Kumar, Test Manager & Piyush Sinha, Test Lead.

About UNICOM Learning

Unicom Learning is a leading player in the Knowledge Forum industry giving a Global B2B platform for the IT industry founded by Professor Gautam Mitra (Chairman & Co-Founder) and Nitesh Naveen (CEO & Co-Founder). The organisation holds 150 knowledge conferences (forums) across the globe annually, out of which 100 are held in India. UNICOM has close to 10,000 professionals attending each of these conferences cum training platforms. Over the years, Unicom Learning has gained deep insights with organising knowledge forums in multiple disruptive technology domains like, Agile, Big Data, Cloud computing, Internet of All Things among others. UNICOM Learning’s knowledge partners include KPMG, CISCO, INTEL, Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Satyam among others.  For further information; visit www.unicomlearning.com

Source: bit.ly/TechMahindraWinnersWBES

 

 

UNICOM Tech Alert: 6 Tech Skills That Will Be Outdated in The Near Future

17 Dec

skills outdated

While we have seen an upsurge in demand for skills around emerging technologies and processes, some of the traditional tech skills, once in demand, are slowly moving towards oblivion. Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning, which works closely with over 300 IT companies globally, discusses some such tech skills and why the industry doesn’t need them anymore.

IT vendor management: Till recently roles such as IT vendor management were high in demand and most probably still are. However, with larger and increasing use of open source and cloud based products, the role of the product vendor has diminished. Even traditional IT services like staff augmentation or system integration activities are being done over cloud.

Data centre admin: Most of the large enterprises, owning their own data centres, are considering moving to cloud. However, regulatory and security concerns exist which is deterring them to switchover. In a couple of years, cloud security will cease to be a deterrent, and the only roadblock shall be regulations. But the ecosystem will soon develop to find a solution to comply with the regulations. Data centre admin, as a function, will then become redundant.

Windows XP admin/help desk: Many IT professionals, from engineers to help desk support workers to system administrators, have significant XP experience. Unfortunately, this may no longer be a useful attribute. Windows XP still holds the #2 spot for desktop operating market share (just after Windows 7), but its fate is sealed. Microsoft ended the XP license sales more than two years ago and plans to cease supporting it in less than a year.

Software support: The transformation of computing from desktop to mobile, especially the transition of software and services into cloud, is limiting opportunities for traditional/packaged software support. Today, you need to know how to manage software services and software configurations in cloud computing.

Manual testing: Currently, India has over 100,000 manual testers. With advancement in automation techniques and reduction in the cost of release and build management, most of the manual testing is getting automated. UNICOM is seeing a trend where companies are asking to up-skill their manual testers into business assurance roles.

Programmer: If you are a true blue programmer, who loved coding and only coding, then you are in for trouble. With most of the companies going to adopt Agile and DevOps practices, the role of a programmer is silently moving towards core software engineering. This means that the role that needed only to code will transform into a role where you will work with the user to develop software that they want.

Source: http://content.timesjobs.com/6-tech-skills-will-outdated-near-future/

 

‘Internet of Things’ poised to change the face of connectivity

06 Nov

IoT Main Banner

“India Internet of Things Week”- 2014, with the theme “Link your World” powered by UNICOM Learning was recently organized in three major metro cities viz. Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The event also hosted the prestigious contest for startups – “IoT Tech 10” to identify select ten IoT startUps based in India. The contest was aimed to identify India’s most innovative and successful start-up company in the field of Internet of Things (IoT). EXILANT, INVENTROM, CARIQ, ALTIUX, TAGPLUG, EPSILONELECTRONICS, COOEY and INFOZECH were the 8 start-up companies that were selected and also grabbed the Certificate of Honour & Memento from the organizers and knowledge partners – IBM and Intel.

IoT week also identified and explored how the Internet of Things will re-shape interactions with the real and virtual world in the coming years. The 3 day conference brought together leading IoT companies, start-ups and the developer/ professional community to exchange their ideas with the practical application and utilization of Internet of Things under one roof. It also focused on the ways in which Machine-to-Machine technologies (M2M) and the Internet of the Things (IoT) can be utilized to vastly improve business processes, minimize risk, spur innovation, and drive revenue.

” The IoT conference was a necessity considering that it is a field that has a lot of futuristic potential. Thanks to Unicom for doing a fantastic job addressing the need of the software industry with conferences and events in such niche fields. It is always a pleasure to present at a Unicom conference and I look forward to more such events in future.” said Sujit Balan, Director Engineering from Globologic

According to the recent IoT policy in India, government aims to create an IoT industry of USD 15 billion by 2020 in India which will increase national device connectivity from the current 200 million to over 2.7 billion by that time. The number of internet-connected devices (12.5 billion) surpassed the number of human beings (7 billion) on the planet in 2011, and by 2020, Internet-connected devices are expected to be between 26 billion and 50 billion globally.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) may sound like a business buzzword, but in reality, it’s a real technological revolution that will impact everything we do. The main objective of our initiative was to stimulate and promote entrepreneurial drive in INDIA in the area of IoT and help new IoT Product Technology start-ups to emerge. This also included, extending support to the venture from the idea to the launching stage, promoting and rewarding the start-up projects and companies” said Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning.

This event created a platform for potential start-ups to meet IoT experts to attend keynote presentation, participate in the interactive sessions and network with experienced Business and Technical practitioners from start-up companies involved in production/processing in the area of M2M and Internet of Things i.e. application providers, platform companies, and device manufacturers participated in the conference.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a gigantic wave of new possibility that is destined to change the face of technology and IoT is poised to give a whole new meaning to the adage “Work smarter, not harder” added Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning.

Coverages in media-
APN News:

Link: http://www.apnnews.com/2014/11/04/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity/
Date: 04.11.2014
· Launch mantra:

Link: http://launchmantra.com/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity
Date: 04.11.2014
· Top News India:

Link: http://www.topnewsindia.com/2014/11/internet-of-things-poised-to-change.html
Date: 04.11.2014
· Surkhiyan:

Link http://surkhiyan.com/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity
Date: 04.11.2014

Web news wire:
Link: http://www.webnewswire.com/node/3622815
Date: 04.11.2014
· News Super-fast:

Link: http://newssuperfast.com/2014/11/04/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity
Date: 04.11.2014

 

IT biggies recognize India’s champions at UNICOM’s Technology Olympiad

01 Oct

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Bangalore : Over 500 companies from across India participated in the Tech-Olympiad organised by UNICOM Learning, a knowledge sharing forum in partnership with IBM in Bangalore. Companies like CISCO, SIEMENS, HP, KPMG, DELL, TITAN, GE HEALTH CARE and many more participated in the Olympiad and the selected teams represented their companies in the finals held on 25th of September at ‘The Atria’, Palace Road, Bangalore.

Mr. Sachin Malik and Nishant Pundir from Dronacharya College of Engineering, New Delhi emerged as the winner at the Students Technology Olympiad and grabbed the gold medal and also Mr. Harsh Kumar and Arun B from GE Healthcare Bangalore were announced as winners of the Technology Olympiad for Professionals.

Discussing the importance of such contests Mr. Nitesh Naveen, Co-Founder, Director & CEO of Unicom said, “Such events encourage and develop interest in emerging technologies among young professionals and provide excellent networking opportunities and encourage students for further education in the field of engineering and prepares them for future in science and technology.”

“With Unicom’s constant support, we aim to bring technology awareness to as many people as we can. Platforms like these are big opportunities for youngsters to get a recognition and stand out among the crowd” said Sugandha Shri Kanteshwaram, Program Director, Mobility & Emerging Technologies IBM. She also congratulated the winners on receiving the most prestigious and deserving award!!

The Students Technology Olympiad is an initiative taken by UNICOM with support from IBM in order to find India’s most knowledgeable student in the field of emerging technologies. 1000 colleges participated in the students Olympiad which aims to provide a global recognition to students and was supported by various technological institutes. The first round of the Olympiad was online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based quiz followed by the finals. Each participating team had two members taking part in the tech- quiz. Some of the topics covered in the Technology Olympiads were Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, Big Data, Programming, Testing and IoT.

Technology Olympiad for Professionals was another big contest that UNICOM India’s Biggest Conference Organizing Company organized backed by IBM to find India’s most knowledgeable professional in the field of Emerging Technologies. The winners were selected after three rounds of stringent selection process by the jury constituting of industry experts. The final day of the conference had multiple MNCs participating from all over India. Both the semi-finals and finals, were complete pen and paper based MCQ rounds.

Source: http://www.apnnews.com/2014/09/26/it-biggies-recognize-indias-champions-at-unicoms-technology-olympiad/

 

Unicom Learning’s Plan and Invitation

22 Aug

Greetings from UNICOM Learning – India’s largest Professional conference organising company and leading player in knowledge share!!!

Last month we went back to our drawing board to plan for next year’s conference on Cloud, Big Data, Social, Media, IoT, Testing, Agile, UXUI Design, NextGen Programming and DevOps. We involved our past delegates and speakers and have been getting several suggestions since then.

Now we want to involve you to join our [1] Advisory Board [2] Conference Speaker Identification Committee [3] Core-Committee member, as we understand that we share same passion in knowledge sharing, developing professionals, creating global executives and enriching organizations. None of these roles have monetary incentives. However there are several benefits and goodwill to collect from IT community. 🙂

Following are some of our forthcoming initiative which should interest you.

[1] India Business Development Summit: A must attend event for Sr Managers, Pre-sales Consultants, Sales &Marketing Executives, and CMOs.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 22 Aug 2014 – Mumbai  Click Here
 27 Aug 2014 – Delhi  Click Here
 28 Aug 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 

[2] Business Development Champions League: Contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable Sales & Marketing Executive

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 1st Round (online) – 12 Aug 2014  Click Here
 Semi Finals (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore)  Click Here
 Finals(28 Aug 2014 Bangalore)  Click Here
 

[3] India Mobility Week: This conference will share the latest happening in the world of enterprise mobility

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 18 Sept 2014- Delhi  Click Here
 20 Sept 2014- Pune  Click Here
 

[4] Emerging Technology Summit: A 2 day Conference where you get to know all that is emerging in Technology.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 25,26 Sept 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 

[5] Technology Olympiad: Contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable techie.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 1st Round (online) – 03 Sept 2014  Click Here
 Semi Finals (25 Sept 2014 – Bangalore)  Click Here
 Finals(25 Sept 2014 – Bangalore)  Click Here
 

[6] India Internet of Things: Learn how technology shall connect lives. India’s first conference and expo on IoT

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 28 Oct 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 29 Oct 2014 – Delhi  Click Here
 30 Oct 2014 – Mumbai  Click Here
 

[7] Big Data Australia: Learn Big Data story implementations

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 13 Aug 2014 – Sydney  Click Here
 15 Aug 2014 – Melbourne  Click Here
 

Are Indian companies making enough sense of Big Data?

23 Jul
It’s no exaggeration to say that Big Data analytics, the process of capturing, managing and analysing massive amounts of data to generate useful information, was in part responsible in helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies secure the biggest election victory in more than three decades.

Taking a leaf from US President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign that took recourse to analytics to garner votes, the BJP moved beyond just having a presence on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter or Google Hangouts to holding workshops to educate candidates about social media practices, employed reputation management and analysis tools to identify and nurture social media influencers and enhance its brand.

While governments and politicians have historically been early adopters of newer technologies like Big Data analytics—the US National Security Agency’s much-criticized use of analytics to pry on conversations being a case in point—big companies the world over are following suit and are using sophisticated software to analyse the mountains of semi-structured and unstructured data, looking for hidden patterns, trends or other insights to help them better tailor their products and services to customers, anticipate demand and improve performance.

Companies are using analytics for everything from driving growth, reducing cost, improving operational excellence, recruiting better people to completely transforming their business strategy, according to a September 2013 report by consulting firm KPMG and lobby group Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

In Singapore, for instance, Citigroup Inc. keeps an eye on customers’ credit card transactions for opportunities to recommend them discounts in restaurants. Santander Bank in Spain, the report said, uses analytics to send out weekly lists of customers who it thinks may be attracted to particular offers from the bank, such as insurance, to its branches.

Tesco PLC applies sophisticated analytics tools to its supply chain data to cut waste, optimize promotions and stock fluctuations, helping it save £100 million in annual supply-chain costs. WalmartLabs, the technology arm of Wal-Mart, acquired predictive analytics firm Inkiru in June 2013 to bolster its ability to create better customer experiences through data, the report said.

In India, though, Big Data analytics is in its infancy, according to Amit Khanna, partner, analytics at KPMG India, with most companies just learning to store data, known as data warehousing.

Big Data broadly involves three steps—storing data with master data management solutions and frameworks like Apache Hadoop (an open-source software framework for storage and large-scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware) and Google Inc.’s BigQuery.

Next comes processing the data with tools like customer relationship management, business intelligence and statistical tools, and finally companies have to use, or apply, the insights culled from the data in their respective sectors.

How companies are using analytics

Telecom services providers such as Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Business Services, for instance, analyse usage and charging patterns with the help of predictive analytics. So do online travel agencies, e-commerce firms and car makers.

According to Sharat Dhall, president of online travel agency Yatra.com, his firm “is leveraging a combination of in-house and third-party technologies to develop a more holistic and consolidated view of customers and offer more personalized experiences to customers”.

India’s biggest automobile companies including Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Tata Motors Ltd and two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp Ltd, have been sifting through large pools of data that they collect during customer interactions to accelerate decision-making, improve efficiency and sell more vehicles.

During a panel discussion organized by Mint in March, Amitabh Misra, vice-president (engineering) of online retailer Snapdeal, said that “every single decision that we make internally is based on analytics”. He pointed out that about 31% of the e-commerce company’s orders come through our analytics-driven systems.

Indian companies have the advantage of “picking up learnings from global clients”, according to Khanna, who pointed out that some Indian government departments too “are using Big Data analytics amazingly well”. He cited the examples of improved weather and storm forecasts by the country’s meteorological department.

According to Khanna, however, it’s only big companies in India that are applying data analytics to better customer experience and increase revenue while others “are simply learning to store Big Data in data warehouses”.

Banks, for instance, could potentially “map the lives of users” if they analyse all the data they have, such as credit card usage in the country and abroad, ATM usage and online and mobile banking transactions.

“With all this data, banks will know my income, food habits, brands I like, shopping habits, my preference for cash or credit cards, investments I make, etc. A smart decision maker can use all this data to provide me with better offers but as of now, it’s mostly global banks and global retailers that use Big Data analytics effectively,” said Khanna.

Market opportunity

The market potential, meanwhile, is huge for vendors of Big Data analytics services.

In a 5 September report, software lobby body Nasscom and CRISIL Global Research and Analytics forecast the global Big Data market opportunity to touch $25 billion by 2015 from $5.3 billion in 2011, and the Indian industry to grow five-fold from the current level of $200 million to touch $1 billion by 2015.

The report added that the information technology services segment will be the major contributor to the Big Data services market.

A 27 June report by software lobby body Nasscom and Blueocean Market Intelligence pegged the Indian analytics market to cross the $2 billion mark by fiscal 2018.

“The availability of humongous un-interpreted data (Big Data), created through global connectivity via smartphones and other smart devices and the need for analysis of consumer behaviour has thrown up plethora of opportunities for the IT sector, which we believe will be the next growth driver,” according to a 30 January report by Edelweiss Securities Ltd.

The report added that “…going by investments in these technologies, we prefer Infosys Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd and Persistent Systems Ltd.”

Wipro Ltd’s “analytics and information management” service has been growing ahead of the group’s revenue, according to a 23 April report by brokerage Prabhudas Lilladher Pvt. Ltd.

On 18 April, Wipro said it has increased its stake in US-based Big Data and analytics company Opera Solutions to 12.5%. It had acquired a 6.5% stake in Opera in May 2013 for about $30 million, and analysts said the company might have spent a similar amount to pick up the additional stake. Wipro did not disclose the amount.

Challenges

Companies have to understand what data to collect, and how to integrate it. Moreover, implementing the right solutions to accurately analyse and interpret the data, and reacting in a timely fashion to insights as they arise, are equally important challenges for companies.

For vendors, the success of Big Data will also depend on a large skilled talent pool. However, it’s the shortage of skilled professionals which may prove to be the biggest challenge for the industry.

The US alone is expected to witness a shortage of 190,000 data scientists by 2018. In India, Big Data analytics and related IT services will create an estimated 15,000-20,000 specialist jobs by 2015.

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/bUQo8xQ3gStSAy5II9lxoK/Are-Indian-companies-making-enough-sense-of-Big-Data.html