Monthly Archives: April 2008

Nevis Networks Named as Finalist for the Red Herring 100 North America 2008 Award

Nevis Networks, which builds secure switching and identity-based policy enforcement appliances, today announced that it has been named as a finalist for the Red Herring 100 Award, a selection of the 100 North American private companies playing a leading role in innovation and technology. This marks the third year that Nevis Networks has achieved finalist status, in addition to winning Red Herring’s “10 Private Security Companies to Watch” in 2006. Red Herring’s editorial staff chose the finalists after evaluating some 1200 private companies through a careful analysis of various criteria including financial data, quality of management, execution of strategy, and dedication to research and development.

Source: Press Release.

Pune Municipal Corporation gets CIO, new website, wiki

PMC has gone hi-tech. Yesterday, they unveiled a new, improved website that is expected to be more userfriendly. They can now apply for birth and death certificates online and pay municipal taxes online. PMC is the first corporation to have a payment gateway (through ICICI bank and HDFC bank) according to CIO Anupam Saraph.

Yes, Pune has a CIO – Chief Information Officer. The PMC collaborated with SEAP, the Software Exporters Association of Pune, to appoint Anupam, who will guide the direction of all hi-tech goodness that is to happen in PMC soon. Pune is also the first municipal corporation to have a CIO.

“The website has been a voluntary effort by the software companies in Pune such as Persistent software, Eclipse software who provided manpower purely on a voluntary basis,” said Saraph.

The other important feature in the website is the inclusion of Wiki software that allows creation of an employee zone for internal management of the corporation.

Through Wiki, employees would now be able to create, edit, link, and organize the content of the projects they are involved in.

To ensure better navigation, the PMC website will change every month. “In the next version Wiki software will allow the citizens to talk about development plans of the city. Later versions intend to include the software for citizens to help the corporation with their strategic infrastructure expertise, so as to develop a standard in the city,” said Saraph.

“Till now we have trained 180-odd employees and expect to train 50 employees a month to ensure more usage of the software,” he said.

The website in it present form has been visited by more than half a million people.

Source: ZDNet India

News in Brief: Harbinger makes insect games, Zensar gets new business, Aryabhatta award for Dr. Kale

Harbinger to design and develop games to teach children about insects

Pune-based Harbinger Knowledge Products has partnered with a US non-profit organization, the Entomological Foundation, to design an develop games based online learning software products targeted towards 3rd and 4th grade children in the US. The games will teach the children about “the exciting world of insects and their role in our environment.”

Harbinger are also the creators of Flockpod, a web-service that allows web publishers to create a space on their webpage where users can interact with each other right on-the-spot, without leaving the page, and of Raptivity an library of pre-built flash interactive videos that can be used for e-Learning.

Source: press release

Zensar wins $5 million in new contracts

Zensar Technologies, software services and BPO provider, has won over $5 million new deals in West Asia and South Africa in the first three months of 2008 and is now targeting over ten per cent of its total revenues from this market segment.

Sify business

Aryabhatta Award for Pune’s Dr. Kale

The Astronautical Society of India (ASI), Bangalore, has on Wednesday announced its annual awards for the year 2006 in which Dr. Pramod Kale, Director, Integrated Circuit and Information Technology Pvt. Ltd., Pune, has been chosen for the prestigious Aryabhata Award.

The Aryabhatta award was instituted to recognise talented Indian individuals who have made significant contributions to astronautics. The press release doesn’t actually list Dr. Kale’s contributions which won him this award.

Source: Newstrack India

Events: Pune OpenCoffee Club meeting & Startup “lunch” combined today

The Pune OpenCoffee Club and the Pune Startup “Lunch” events are being combined into one event to be held today (Friday, 4th April) at 5:30pm on the terraces of Bookeazy on BMCC road. (No, there will be no lunch at 5:30pm.)

The Pune OpenCoffee Club (POCC) is an informal club for people interested in the Pune startup ecosystem to meet regularly for discussions, exchange of ideas and networking. The Pune Startup Lunch is gathering where people interested in working for startups can meet founders of startups to get an idea of the possibilities.

Mukesh Singhal of Canaan Partners will also attend to mingle with entrepreneurs. He is also interested in meeting with startups on Saturday. Send him an e-mail at if you are interested.

The event is free and open for all. You should attend if you are:

  • A founder of a startup
  • Interested in starting a startup someday
  • Interested in working for a startup
  • Generally interested in the Pune startups ecosystem

Details of venue and directions are here. See here to get an idea of who have already confirmed attendance attending.

Pubmatic and Komli to power all ads

eBay India), today announced an exclusive advertising relationship with Indian ad network Komli Media. Komli is now the exclusive seller of all of eBay India’s banner advertising inventory up to end March 2009.

In addition, eBay India will also use Komli’s Pubmatic ad optimization service to improve ad revenues. Pubmatic can estimate the revenues that a website can earn from any particular ad, and thus improve revenues by comparing ads from different ad networks (e.g. Google Adsense, Yaho! Publisher Network, or even Komli itself) and then only showing those ads that are likely to generate the most revenue. This service (which is available free of cost to any web publisher) will now get used on eBay India’s pages.

The Pubmatic service is developed in Komli’s engineering center in Pune.

Company Profile: Amberpoint

Company profile of AmberPoint from the Punetech wiki

AmberPoint is a provider of middleware for governing the runtime of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications. Utilizing a policy-based approach to managing the health and well-being of SOA-based applications, AmberPoint’s software offers comprehensive capabilities for visibility into and control of loosely coupled systems.


[edit] Main Features

[edit] Application Discovery

Automatically figure out what all SOA applications exist in an environment and determine their capabilities. Upload this information to a central repository. Keep the repository updated as applications come and go and their capabilities change. Track dependencies between various applications.

Knowing what applications are deployed, and the dependencies between them is the first step towards managing the applications properly.

[edit] Policies

Once applications have been discovered and cataloged AmberPoint allows administrators to specify policies which need to be enforced against the applications. And enforce them. Also, architects can define approved policies and make them available to their SOA developers. Developers can select the policies they need to implement and attach them to their services on the fly, without any additional coding effort.

[edit] Monitoring

Reports: Monitor the various components of the SOA in real time. Produce reports about things like: throughput, availability, response times, and errors/faults. This is achieved without requiring any modifications to existing services (no code changes), or any extra development time. And with low overhead.

Composite service monitoring: In addition to monitoring a single component, you also want to be able to monitor the same parameters for a composite service created using these components.

SLAs: The ultimate aim of this monitoring is to ensure that Service Level Agreements are being met.

Visualization: Show pretty pictures to get an idea of who is using what. And how much. And the dependencies between various components. And the flow of data.

Early warnings: Based on information about the existing SLAs and how the applications are composed of sub-components, it is possible to figure out which SLAs are likely to get violated based on the predicted trends for some of the low-level measurements taken at one or more of the components. This can help in catching problems before they become problems. Also, using the same basic information, traffic spikes can be prevented by throttling can be applied at the appropriate places at the apropriate times.

[edit] Exception Handling and Root Cause Analysis

Provide an integrated view of message flows that occur across the various components of the system. Thus allow a single interface where administrators can search for errors/issues by message type, content, client credentials, and even tie the low level messages to higher-level business transactions. This eliminates the need to manually piece together a message flow by searching multiple log files.

Also, allow for rule-based routing of exceptions to various exception handlers. It integrates with existing exception-handling resources such as in-house exception-management frameworks as well as exception-handling workflows and process-management systems.

[edit] Testing

When one component changes, it is possible that the composite service might break. And testing for this is difficult because of the distributedness and loose-coupling that is inherent in a service oriented architecture. Using AmberPoint, administrators can automatically verify the performance and functionality of a changed service against applications that consume it and the services on which it is dependent. Additionally, they can perform “what-if” runs to see the potential impact of management policies (especially security) as they change within the runtime environment. AmberPoint also allows simulation of services for testing purposes using actual production traffic and realistic performance characteristics.

[edit] Regulatory Compliance

AmberPoint provides pieces needed for complying with regulations in the financial industry, health industry, credit card industry and the SOX regulations. Examples include multi-factor authentication, role based access control, etc..


(Editor’s note: Occassionally I will be posting such quick’n’dirty profiles of Pune-based companies. These will essentially be information collected from the company website. This is not intended to be an in-depth look at the technology. It is more directed towards people how might not know about the existence of the company, or not know what it does.)