Monthly Archives: June 2008

MultiEyeVision – Mobile GPRS based remote monitoring

MultiEyeVision Observer is a product for remote monitoring and remote observation. The Observer is a pre-configured mobile phone, which in addition to functioning as a normal mobile phone, can also be used at any time as a remote observation camera. High quality image stream captured by the Observer is viewable in real-time from anywhere over the internet.

The Observer can be used for a wide range of business and consumer applications. For example, keep the Observer at home, and keep an eye on your kids while you are at work. Or place the Observer in your office / workshop, and supervise your staff when you are travelling.

The biggest advantages of the MultiEyeVision Observer are its simplicity of use and mobility. There is no cabling / wiring or installation. It can be moved at any time to the place you want to monitor. And all you do is press a button on the mobile to start monitoring.

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‘Autodesk Live’ – 8 July

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What:Autodesk Live’, event for information about 2009 Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions
When: 8th July 2008, 9:30am to 5:30pm
Where: Le Meridien, Pune
Registration: Free registration here.

‘Autodesk Live’ would give an idea on the kind of impact Autodesk 2009 will have on business. Focus will be on ‘Digital Prototyping‘ and how that can be used to:

  • Connect conceptual design, engineering and manufacturing teams through the use of a single digital model
  • Simulate complete product and better optimise and manage the design
  • Create accurate digital prototypes that enable  to validate the design as one work, minimising the need for costly physical prototypes


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Footprint Venture entrepreneurs meeting – 3 July

Update: See the updated post on the latest details (including venue, and Google M&A’s participation).

Hemant Joshi, co-founder of nFactorial Software, writes:

Footprint Venture will be visiting Pune in next week, 3rd July. They are an early stage venture capital fund, based out of India. ( ). I am trying to arrange their meeting with POCC members where they can informally interact with POCC member and talk for a few minutes on their prospective, what they look for, etc. The tentative plan is to have this meeting from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The venue is TBD. I will confirm the venue and meeting in a few days. If anyone can arrange for place, it will be great.

Footprint is an early stage venture capital fund, based out of India. They are targeting entrepreneurs seeking Series A investment.

The fund is the brainchild of Neill Brownstein, a co-founder of Bessemer Venture Partners. It aims to invest in companies with a strong India focus, i.e. companies with offerings that are either exclusively for India or for India & international markets.

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An ILM approach to managing unstructured electronic information

(by Bob Spurzem, Director of International Business, Mimosa Systems, and T.M. Ravi, Founder, President and CEO, Mimosa Systems. This article is reposted with permission from CSI Pune‘s newsletter, DeskTalk. The full newsletter is available here.)

In this era of worldwide electronic communication and fantastic new business applications, the amount of unstructured, electronic information generated by enterprises is exploding. This growth of unstructured information is the driving force of a significant surge in knowledge worker productivity and is creating an enormous risk for enterprises with no tools to manage it. Content Archiving is a new class of enterprise application designed for managing user-generated, unstructured electronic information. The purpose of Content Archiving is to manage unstructured information over the entire lifecycle, ensuring preservation of valuable electronic information, while providing easy access to historical information by knowledge workers. With finger-tip access to years of historical business records, workers make informed decisions driving top line revenue. Workers with legal and compliance responsibility search historical records easily in response to regulatory and litigation requests; thereby reducing legal costs and compliance risk. Using Content Archiving enterprises gain “finger-tip” access to important historical information – an important competitive advantage helping them be successful market leaders.

Unstructured Electronic Information

One of the most remarkable results of the computer era is the explosion of usergenerated electronic digital information. Using a plethora of software applications, including the widely popular Microsoft® Office® products, users generate millions of unmanaged data files. To share information with co-workers and anyone else, users attach files to email and instantly files are duplicated to unlimited numbers of users worldwide. The University of California, Berkeley School of Information Management and Systems measured the impact of electronically stored information and the results were staggering. Between the years 1992 to 2003, they estimated that total electronic information grew about 30% per year. Per user per year, this corresponds to almost 800 MB of electronic information. And the United States accounts for only 40% of the world’s new electronic information.

  • Email generates about 4,000,000 terabytes of new information each year — worldwide.
  • Instant messaging generates five billion messages a day (750GB), or about 274 terabytes a year.
  • The World Wide Web contains about 170 terabytes of information on its surface; in volume this is seventeen times the size of the Library of Congress print collections.

This enormous growth in electronic digital information has created many unforeseen benefits. Hal R. Varian, a business professor at the University of California, Berkeley, notes that, “From 1974 to 1995, productivity in the United States grew at around 1.4 percent a year. Productivity growth accelerated to about 2.5 percent a year from 1995 to 2000. Since then, productivity has grown at a bit over 3 percent a year, with the last few years looking particularly strong. But unlike the United States, European countries have not seen the same surge in productivity growth in the last ten years. The reason for this is that United States companies are much farther up the learning curve than European companies for applying the benefits of information technology.”

Many software applications are responsible for the emergence of the electronic office place and this surge in productivity growth, but none more so than email. From its humble beginning as a simple messaging application for users of ARPANET in the early 1970’s, email has grown to become the number one enterprise application. In 2006, over 171 billion emails were being sent daily worldwide, a 26% increase over 2005 and this figure is forecasted to continue to grow 25-30% throughout the remaining decade. A new survey by Osterman Research polled 394 email users, “How important is your email system in helping you get your work done on a daily basis?” 76% reported that it is “extremely important”. The Osterman survey revealed that email users spend on average 2 hours 15 minutes each day doing something in email, but 28% users spend more than 3 hours per day using email. As confirmed by this survey and many others, email has become the most important tool for business communication and contributes significantly to user productivity.

The explosive growth in electronically stored information has created many challenges and has created a fundamental change in the way electronic digital information is accessed. Traditionally, electronic information was managed in closely guarded applications used by manufacturing, accounting and engineering and only accessed by a small number of trained professionals. These forms of electronic information are commonly referred to as structured electronic information. User-generated electronic information is quite different because it is in the hands of all workers – trained and untrained. User-generated information is commonly referred to as unstructured electronic information. Where many years of IT experience have solved the problems of managing structured information; the tools and methods necessary to manage unstructured information, for the most part, do not exist. For a typical enterprise, as much as 50% of total storage capacity is consumed by unstructured data and another 15-20% is made up of email data. The remaining 25-30% of enterprise storage is made up of structured data in enterprise databases.

Content Archiving

User-generated, unstructured electronic information is creating a chasm between IT staff whose responsibility it is to manage electronic information and knowledge workers who want to freely access current and historical electronic information. Knowledge workers desire “finger-tip” access to years of information which strains the ability of IT to provide information protection and availability, cost effectively. Compliance officers desire tools to search electronic information and preserve information for regulatory audits. And overshadowing everything is the need for information security. User-generated electronic information is often highly sensitive and requires secure access. As opposed to information that exists on the World Wide Web, electronic information that exists in organizations is meant only for authorized access.

Content Archiving represents a new class of enterprise application designed for managing user-generated unstructured electronic information in a way that addresses the needs of IT, knowledge workers and compliance officers. The nature of Content Archiving is to engage seamlessly with the applications that generate unstructured electronic information in a continuous manner for information capture, and to provide real-time end-user access for fast search and discovery. The interfaces currently used to access unstructur