The virtualization market in India is still at a nascent stage but there are significant growth opportunities across server, desktop and storage virtualization. Of the total IT installed base in the country, only 5 to 10 percent have been virtualized so far. Through secondary research AMI has concluded that the small and medium business segment comprises about 30 percent of the India virtualization market and is likely to grow exponentially in the next few years. This growth will be driven by a need to increase operational efficiencies. The size of this untapped market is considerable, presenting a huge growth potential for leading participants in the market.
Asian American and Pacific Islander digital journalists, bloggers and social media communicators nationwide will attend the "V3: Vision, Visibility, Voice" Digital Media Conference (V3con) on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. To kick off the event, an awards reception will be held Aug. at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, Calif. The conference aims to showcase AAPIs in the digital space and build a stronger online community.
The Biotechnology Industry Organization announced that the third annual BIO India International Conference will be held September 12-13 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, India. BIO will partner with the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises, which represents Indian and Asian biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as leading investment banks and Venture Capital firms.
BLS International Services Ltd., has been appointed by The Embassy of India in Washington D.C. as the service provider’ for Indian Visas, Overseas Citizens of India cards/Persons of Indian Origin cards and surrender / renunciation of Indian Citizenship Certificates, starting in October and running for three years.
Beginning Sept. 1, Cathay Pacific will increase frequencies between Hong Kong and Chennai from four flights a week to daily. The latest increase highlights the airline's belief in the near and long term potential of the Indian market and its ongoing work to strengthen Hong Kong's position as one of the world's leading international aviation hubs, the company said.
Pharmaceutical company Jubilant Life Sciences has chosen process automation technologies and services from the Austin, Texas-based Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, to help increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve efficiency at three manufacturing plants in Gujarat.
EyeTrackShop, a digital marketing research company and developers of biometric online eye tracking technology for Webcams, is partnering with Majestic MRSS, a market research firm in Asia that specializes in multi-country research. MRSS will distribute and sell EyeTrackShop's services throughout India, Asia and the Middle East.
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin Central Jersey Chapter organized an immigration seminar on U.S. and Canadian regulations by a panel of renowned experts at Edison Hotel in New Jersey on June 24. The expert panelists for the seminar were David H. Nachman, Esq., Michael Phulwani, Esq., Madhavi Samudrala, Esq., and Veronique Malka who provided their expertise on ever changing immigration related topics for the United States and Canada.
On Monday, July 30 the Massachusetts Senate voted 24-10 to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of a provision in the state budget that would require vehicle registration applicants to show “proof of legal residence.” Earlier in the day, the Massachusetts House of Representatives also voted 134-19 to override the Governor’s veto, despite the Governor’s concern, voiced in the State House News, that, “without a legitimate public safety purpose, this bill appears to be aimed at using the RMV to identify and police undocumented people.” During the debate, Representative Daniel Webster boasted that the provision would put Massachusetts in league with states like Arizona, which seek to fight immigration battles on their own.
Indian hotel company ITC Hotels has partnered with the New York-based PURE Global, a developer of allergy friendly rooms. ITC Maurya, the company's flagship property in Delhi, installed 80 allergy friendly rooms while also equipping the heating ventilation and air conditioning systems with state-of-the-art inline commercial air cleaning systems by HealthWay which have been proven to eliminate up to 100 percent of all ultra fine particles known to cause illness.
Calvert Investments said Vishal Khanduja has joined its taxable fixed income portfolio management team as portfolio manager. Khanduja will be part of the portfolio management team of the Calvert Government Fund and the Calvert Ultra-Short Income Fund.
Privia Health LLC, a physician-based wellness and care management company, has appointed Krishnan Sastry as senior vice president of products. In this role, Sastry will ensure that Privia provides members with an extraordinary customer experience that leads to better health outcomes, while offering Privia doctors an innovative platform to improve the efficiency and impact of their practices, the company said.
Seva Search Inc. has launched Seva Call, a free service that connects consumers with high quality local businesses over the phone instantly, in Washington D.C. Seva Call finds the "right" professional by looking at a variety of factors including online ratings and reviews, social reputation and interaction, call analytics, and other forms of consumer and business feedback, the company said.
Sikka Software Corp has launched its application programming interface library with the Sikka Platform Utility and updated website to include its Sikka Apps Store for dental, audiology, veterinarian, patient home page and small business apps. The library enables any developer or company to build apps that are seamlessly compatible with over 400 combinations of practice management and financial systems.
SMGlobal has released FastMaint CMMS v. 6.0, a maintenance management application for the maintenance of equipment and facilities. FastMaint CMMS lets managers track regular maintenance and emergency work, send work orders to the maintenance staff on their mobile phones, receive and process feedback from the maintenance staff, and track the progress of all outstanding and completed tasks, the company said.
The GSMA said that India will become the second largest mobile broadband market globally within the next four years with 367 million mobile broadband connections by 2016. In doing so, India will overtake the United States, which will account for 337 million mobile broadband connections by 2016, but will still be second to China, which will have reached 639 million mobile broadband connections in the same period.
Atlanta-based America’s Best Franchising has signed a multi-year agreement with Mumbai-based Budgetel Hotels India Pvt. Ltd. to be the master licensee in India for the Budgetel brand. At least 50 Budgetel branded properties are expected to open in India within the next five years, or about one per month.
Go Daddy, a provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates, has tabbed India as a priority market for its global expansion and appointed Rajiv Sodhi as managing director of Go Daddy India. Sodhi is the first-ever international executive appointed by Go Daddy and will be based near New Delhi. Sodhi will be responsible for overseeing Go Daddy’s expansion into the India market and is already beginning the process of hiring a team.
The publicly traded Polaris Industries Inc., a maker of off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles, has formed a joint venture with Eicher Motors Ltd., a manufacturer of commercial vehicles and motorcycles in India. The joint venture will develop and market new products to meet the diverse vehicle needs in India and other emerging markets, the company said. The agreement creates a new operation, wherein Polaris and Eicher each control 50 percent. The overall investment is expected to be approximately $50 million, shared equally between the partners over a three-year period.
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide, which is based in Boston, has released a cyclone model for India. The new peer-reviewed model, which was developed out of AIR’s Hyderabad office, captures the effects of wind and precipitation-induced flooding on insured properties in India, enabling companies to assess cyclone risk in the region more fully and accurately, the company said.
B3 Solutions LLC, which provides program management, acquisition management, information technology and security, financial management, and supply chain management and logistics services to the federal government, has appointed Arun Raghu as chief technology officer.
A 67-year-old Long Island man is thriving more than a year after he was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and underwent a highly complex surgery to remove the thoracic section of his esophagus. A multi-disciplinary team of surgical, radiation, interventional and medical cancer physicians at South Nassau Communities Hospital, led by Rajiv Datta, MD, FACS, medical director of South Nassau's Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center and chair of the Department of Surgery, and Shahriyour Andaz, MD, FACS, director of thoracic oncology, collaborated on the operation.
Deowraj Buddhu, 69, and his daughter Sunita Buddhu, 41, were hit with13 federal felony charges accusing them of defrauding people and businesses through a debt-elimination scheme run from their Wethersfield, Conn., home and mailing worthless “promissory notes” to cheat their victims’ creditors. The pair was charged on June 22 by a federal grand jury in Hartford and are being held in federal custody, without bail.
Freshdesk, an online help desk service, has announced two more ways that brands can engage with their customers using the tools and platforms they already are familiar with. Freshdesk is integrating with Salesforce and SugarCRM, giving sales and support teams the ability to seamlessly collaborate, manage and interact with all of their customers.
Huron Consulting Group, a provider of business consulting services, opened a document review center and data operations team in India. The company offers around-the-clock global discovery support with 1,500 seats at nine locations across the United States, the United Kingdom and India to address clients’ complex business needs.
Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs has announced a partnership with the Administrative Staff College of India that will increase opportunities for the faculty of both institutions and strengthen IU's presence in a nation that is home to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
Kronos Inc. has further extended its reach in the Indian market through a strategic alliance with Qimpro Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a leader in quality consulting in India. The alliance will leverage the synergies of Qimpro’s leadership in quality consulting and Kronos workforce management services to drive workforce transformation for Indian businesses through workforce cost optimization, process effectiveness and performance excellence, the Chelmsford, Mass.-based Kronos said.
This week a federal jury in Hartford, Conn., has found Shaneel Jain, 56, currently residing in Cumberland, R.I., guilty of threatening to bomb the facilities of a Connecticut company. The trial before United States District Judge Robert N Chatigny began on July 16, and the jury returned its verdict on July 23.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Associate Professor Pawan Sinha and Professor Parag Pathak have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stagers of their research careers.
Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the immigration practice, the Murthy Law Firm, will chair the annual fall conference for the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in November 2012 Conference. Murthy will be responsible for chairing the conference committee, which plans two separate conferences on U.S. immigration law, during the fall conference.
Publicly traded networking giant NetScout Systems has acquired the technology and assets of the intelligent customer service assurance product line of Accanto Systems, which is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. NetScout said the acquisition will help the company support rapidly developing voice-over-Internet technology. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it," said Mao Tse-Tung, the 20th Century revolutionary, who became the father of China.
Throughout the past several decades, the private equity market has shown great potential to achieve impressive long-term returns, as institutional investors and wealthy individuals demonstrate continued interest in this space. In this column, I will explore how individuals can invest in the private equity market — although for a high price — and explain the factors one should take into consideration prior to doing so.
Shriram Krishnamurthi, an associate professor of computer science at Brown University in Rhode Island, has been awarded with the SIGPLAN 2012 Robin Milner Young Researcher Award. In honoring Krishnamurthi, SIGPLAN called him “a prolific researcher who brings programming language theory to bear in many other disciplines, thus exposing its foundational value.” He was cited for research contributions that range from type soundness proofs for Java to foundational aspects of Web programming to model-driven development and empirical studies.
India’s Reliance Entertainment subsidiary Jump Games has signed a multi-title publishing agreement with Seattle-based PlayPhone. The deal will bring Jump Games’ mobile game catalog to the PlayPhone Social Gaming Network. Jump Games’ portfolio includes mobile titles such as Tom Hanks’ Electric City, Real Steel, Mirror Mirror, F1 2011, as well as Bodyguard and Mini Golf 3D.
RiseSmart, a provider of outplacement services, has launched its HR advice service, “Ask An Expert,” through which HR professionals can submit questions about downsizing, workforce reductions, unemployment and other HR issues to thought leaders in the industry.
Chandu Shah's S4 Inc. has inked a deal with NORAD-U.S. Northern Command worth as much as $262 million. The Burlington, Mass.-based S4 will provide technical and advisory support services at the NORAD-U.S. Northern Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The South Asian Business Alliance Network held its 6th Annual business showcase, gala award and entertainment night on June 29 at the Sheraton Hotel of Los Angeles Downtown. The theme of this year's event was "South Asians, Best of the East and the West." About 200 people attended the event.
A study by iViZ Security on security products titled, “(In)Security in Security Products,” finds that many security products are themselves vulnerable to hacking. Of the various categories of security tools, antivirus solutions, firewalls and VPN security tools were found to have maximum number of vulnerabilities.
A new study conducted by iYogi Insights reveals that nearly 30 percent of Americans have been victims of cybercrime, including identity theft, credit card fraud and online scams. Based on a survey of more than 2,000 iYogi customers, the research also reveals that while as many as 10 percent of victims have been targets of all three crimes, yet nearly 20 percent do not use any protection for their computers while surfing the Web.
Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness, is named for Lyme, Conn., where it was first diagnosed. Connecticut remains one of the states with the highest number of cases each year. In 2010, Massachusetts had as many as 2,380 cases of confirmed Lyme Disease: behind New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New York State. New Hampshire is also among the top 10 states for incidence of Lyme Disease.
Indians' contributions to U.S. need to be recognized, applauded and encouraged
Summer is a good time to visit the United States. The pleasant weather conditions, blooming seasonal flowers and the relaxed air kind of entice many to visit around this time of the year. Who does not want to experience the Big Apple, the Grand Canyon and the thriving amusement parks strewn across the country? Not surprisingly many Indian residents in the United States get busy hosting friends and family members. But then it is the same if it were the reverse — guests are always welcome in India to the extent that they are revered.
Charu Gupta, a former investigative journalist, will join the Veng Group as managing partner of the firm’s new Boston office, which will open later this month. Based in Washington, D.C., the Veng Group is a government relations, communications, public affairs and outreach firm with a client roster that includes national African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American organizations.
VideoIQ, a Bedford, Mass.-based video surveillance company, has opened an office in Hyderabad. The company said it plans to sell its full line of intelligent video surveillance systems, such as iCVR-HD cameras, iCVR dome cameras and Rialto multi-channel encoders, to the Indian market.
Western Union Business Solutions, a unit of The Western Union Co., said it is enabling participating universities to accept international students’ tuition payments and fees in Indian rupees. The service, available via a strategic agreement with India’s premiere ICICI Bank, will facilitate the processing of foreign tuition invoices and student fees directly via students’ home country bank accounts. It will initially be available to participating universities in the United States and Canada and will roll out to additional markets in the coming months.
U.S. Navy captain and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams will launch into space in the Soyuz Rocket on July 14 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Williams will travel to the International Space Station. She currently holds the record for the longest time in space for a female at 195 days.
Yatra.com, an Indian online travel company, has agreed to acquire Travelguru from Travelocity Global. Travelguru will continue to operate as a separate entity under its existing brand name. The acquisition of Travelguru will strengthen Yatra.com's position as the leading company in the Indian online travel space and substantially extend its position as the premiere aggregator and seller of domestic hotels and holidays in India, adding to its already strong offerings for flights and outbound holidays, the company said.