Yearly Archives: 2010

TiE Pune Event: How Pune’s Businesses can Sieze Global Opportunities

TiE Pune presents a Panel Discussion with Ravi Pandit (CEO, KPIT), Pramod Chaudhari (Founder & Chairman, Praj), Pradeep Chordia (MD Chordia Foods Products Ltd), Partner, Ernst & Young (confirmation awaited). On Saturday, November 20, 2010, At Cerebrum B3, Kalyani Nagar (behind AdLabs)

A few years back it would have been impossible to imagine that auto parts for the world would be manufactured in our backyard, that the city would have the highest number of IT companies servicing the world or that Pune grown companies would buy international giants across the world. But that has happened.

As we get more and more connected, as our factories churn out more, the earth gasps, development zooms at a dizzying space, and as the economy throws up newer challenges, we need to pause and think. In what direction will the global demand move, what products, services will be in demand and what processes will we have to develop to cater to those newer needs. If the West makes outsourcing prohibitive, if our input costs eat away into our competitive pricing, if newer needs outpace our innovation and require our imagination to be more active, can Pune keep pace with such demands?

What are our strengths that we can leverage to seize new opportunities that the world throws up, what is it that Pune’s ecosystem lacks and how do we overcome it? What should your company do to be able to meet such global demands? Can Pune’s entrepreneurs grasp and hold the new world of the future?

Come and listen to Pune’s business icons, leaders and legends share their view of the world in the near future and how Pune can seize such opportunities in the following industries:

IT industry: Ravi Pandit, CEO KPIT Cummins
Clean Technologies: Pramod Chaudhary Chairman and founder, (Praj Industries)
Food and Agriculture: Pradeep Chordia, MD, Chordia Food Products
Economic Overview: Partner, Ernst & Young (confirmation awaited)
Kiran Deshpande, CEO, Airtight Networks will be the moderator.

This event is open to members and non members. TiE members pay Rs 100/- and non TiE members will have to pay Rs 200/- (payable on registration).As seats are limited, please confirm a seat for yourself by emailing

On: November 20, 2010
At: Cerebrum, B3, Kalyani Nagar (behind Adlabs)
Registration: 6.00 pm
Event starts at 6.30 pm

Software Careers in India – The Next Decade

(This is an article by guest author Yogesh Pathak. Yogesh is founder of Path Knowledge, a consulting, advisory, and research firm based in Pune.)

The last 2 decades have been wonderful for the software industry in India, with a terrific contribution to India’s economy and aspirations of it’s middle class. This article reflects (in short) on these 2 decades, provides a perspective on how the next decade could be, and implications for careers.


This was the first real ‘growth’ decade for India’s software industry, though the industry’s pioneers (e.g. TCS) had been around for a while. It was a golden decade for careers in the sense that demand for skilled manpower consistently exceeded supply, salaries were always in the top quartile (relative to other professional careers), and companies experienced tremendous growth. The growth of the PC platform, the client-server revolution, and early stages of the Internet revolution, with bubbles like ERP and Y2K to boot, all contributed to IT hypergrowth globally, and since India was a part of it, we benefited hugely from this. Virtually all of India’s global contribution happened in software services, not products.


This was also a growth decade, though more so for the larger companies. In some ways, the big 3 offshore companies (Infy, Wipro, TCS) perfected the art of scale-up while leaving many of their SME competitors behind (which anyway grew handsomely). As India experienced more global integration, so did it’s software industry. Body-shopping gave way to true offshoring. Some decent product companies emerged. Indian IT’s technology time-lag with US vanished. On the negative side, the impact of two global downturns (2000-02 and 2008-09) was felt directly in India’s software circles. Careers in India’s software industry had to be charted a little more carefully through this decade (unlike being handed on a platter). This was because higher supply of skilled manpower created better resource availability, and also because companies focused on fresh graduates to keep their costs down. A lot more BE/MCA/BCS/MCS or other such programs in CS/IT were launched providing more quantity of graduates, but not necessarily better quality. Companies had to actually increase their investments in training. The product startup phenomenon emerged in early part of the decade at various IT cities in India, and became much more visible in the later part, thanks to the web 2.0 bandwagon and a general growth in entrepreneurship. Whether this phenomena generates true economic output remains to be seen. Overall, this was still a decade of happy, secular growth for companies, as well as employees.

The next decade (2010-20):

The next decade could be different and interesting not the least because of following reasons. These are not claimed to be authoritative predictions but more like indicative trends and observations.

  • The IT platforms we are familiar with, are undergoing churn at a higher velocity. It’s cloud and virtualization at the back-end and mobile, tablets, cameras, sensors, and other futuristic gizmos at the front end. This impacts IT business models, their software needs, their development platforms, and so on.
  • The cost of software development continues to go down. This is due to falling prices of hardware, the efficiencies due to virtualization, the growth of open source, more startups (read: cheaper products), and a generally high supply of IT graduates, especially in India. Due to this, globally, ideation and product development itself stand to be commoditized, putting a stretch on how companies will differentiate themselves. Many may give away their products for free while not fully figuring out alternative sources of revenues like ads, services, revenue shares, and so on. This has implications for the entire ecosystem. e.g. In case of valuing enterprise software product companies, real monetizable customer base (and future revenue streams from them) will matter far more than the IP/uniqueness of the product.
  • For all sorts of products, IT and non-IT, product development cycles will shrink. This puts pressure on development teams and demands high amounts of efficiency, innovation, and automation. This creates opportunities for tools, testing, and solutions companies.
  • Some opportunities for new products include: reduction in energy consumption across all forms of IT, security, data organization and analysis, and personalized healthcare. e.g. As IT becomes pervasive, finding its total energy consumption footprint will become an increasingly complex problem.
  • The value associated with post-graduate degrees in Computer Science/related fields continues to decline, because you can always pick up “hot” skills in the industry if you are motivated and thus increase your market value. Formal education will matter less and less. The phenomena of bright programmer kids dropping out of school to do jobs/startups will happen in India on a wider scale.
  • However, for those interested in R&D, post-graduate education will continue to serve as a great formal introduction to the method of research and the span of their research area. Knowing how to do R&D may not be enough — how to commercialize it will matter equally.
  • Large enterprises, the mainstay customers for IT services companies, will become more demanding. They will want IT development to be more predictable (like manufacturing) in quality and costs. This will need more process/tools innovation among their vendors and also increase automation. Growth in automation and new tools may eliminate many IT plumbing, BPO, and KPO project opportunities, putting pressure on services revenues, though this will tend to happen gradually. Large IT/BPO services firms will need to cut a lot of fat among their billable and non-billable resources, especially if they can develop a smart cadre of leaders to run their projects and service lines. Human-based BPO in particular will soon become a commercially unattractive business sector.
  • ‘Early and rapid skills acquisition’ will become important for students and fresh graduates if they want to survive in this industry. Downturns will be more pronounced and more people will lose jobs when that happens. So graduates will need to plan careers carefully and figure out the entire bouquet of skills (not just tech skills) for them to grow in a company. At the same time, due to more R&D, product development, and entrepreneurship happening in India, opportunities for graduates will increase. As always, entire new sectors will also emerge and they will need IT (Think of uploading photos to Facebook as a space tourist 🙂

About the Author – Yogesh Pathak

Yogesh Pathak is the founder of Path Knowledge, a consulting, advisory, and research firm based in Pune, and works in providing the following services to clients:

  • Venture capital fundraising advisory and strategic consulting to startup companies
  • Knowledge services to global clients: Business analysis, technology and market research, financial analysis, etc
  • Management consulting services to clients in India and globally

For more details, see the Path Knowledge website.

Silicon India’s Software Testing Conference – Nov 20

SiliconIndia is organizing Software Testing Conference (SofTec 2010), a leading event for the Software Test and QA Community on November 20th, 2010 (Saturday) in Pune.

SofTeC 2010’s agenda reflects the challenges organizations face today in order to address different testing projects. It also explores new challenges such as Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Web 2.0 and the increasing take up of Open Source tools. The conference provides clear guidance to the delegates and helps them understand the challenges and issues faced in testing today, how best to address them and how to cope with changing conditions and the need to optimize every effort.


An optimum approach to n-tier architectured application testing
Building an Automation Framework around Open Source Technologies
Commercial Test Automation Tools and its real benefit
Software Security Testing
Mobile/Infotainment Apps testing
Cloud Testing: The future of software testing
The Case for a Standard Uniform Test Modeling Language
Protocol Testing
Globalization testing- Getting your software World-ready
Avionics Testing

DATE:  November 20, 2010 (Saturday)
TIME: 8.00 AM to 5:00  PM
VENUE: YASHADA MDC Auditorium,Raj Bhavan Complex,Pune

We have limited Seats. Registration for this Conference is by
invitation only. Attendance is limited to maintain an intimate setting
and foster dialogue among all participants.

To request an invitation, please visit:
and complete the form . There will be a registration fee of Rs 500 only. This is towards: Access to Sessions, Tea/ Coffee & Refreshments and Lunch.

Startup Saturday Pune “Mobile Startups”

Pune has a burgeoning number of mobile application developer
community. Some of them have been caught the eye of the top people in
the industry in India and abroad. The 13th Nov. 2010 edition of
Startup Saturday Pune is focused on celebrating their success.

3:00 – 3:15 Over view by Jignesh Jain (
3:15 – 3:30 Samir Khadepaun (
3:30 – 3:45 Sachin Murgunde (
3:45 – 4:00 Sagar Bedmutha (
4:00 – 4:15 Shardul Mohite (
4:15 – 4:30 Surojit Nandy (
4:30 – 5:00 Samir Patel from iPIN (world’s first open scalable mobile
payments platform)
5:00 onwards … Networking

Please register and Mark your calendars for:

Date: 13th Nov. 2010, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. See you at:
Venue: Centre for Management Research & Development (CMRD), Near
Patrakar Nagar, Off Senapati Bapat Road, Map

For more information, contact Arpit (99207 20764) or Vishwa (9766-243-789)

This event is free for all to attend. Register at:

The Explosion of Data & Trends in Storage Systems – by Ken Boyd IBM Distinguished Engineer – Nov 16

Update: This talk is on Nov 16, (not Nov 13 as we misreported earlier). Sorry about inconvenience caused. Also, the talk is from 5pm to 7pm. Mail to register.

Abstract of the talk:

An "explosion" of data, including "unstructured" data is having a profound effect on society, technology, and the storage industry. This increase in digital content is driving system storage developers to innovate new approaches to satisfy the demand of the market. This presentation will review some of the contributors to the extensive growth in data. The impact on industry storage system development will be examined with a review of current leading storage system attributes. How the focus of leading edge storage systems is shifting to absorb the massive amounts of data will be discussed.

Finally a discussion of near future developments will make that case that storage systems will continue to be a "hot bed" of innovation and exciting change for the foreseeable future.

About the speaker:

Ken, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, is a lead storage architect and designer working on IBM’s XIV Storage Server and SONAS products. Ken recently completed a two year IBM international assignment in Israel where he served as XIV Chief Architect and he led the XIV team in defining the architecture, system engineering, and integration of XIV into IBM. Ken started his IBM career after graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. After beginning as an IBM logic designer, Ken held a variety of engineering and management positions in Poughkeepsie, NY before transferring to Tucson, AZ in 1987. Advancing in IBM’s storage development team in Tucson, Ken led several organizations, including hardware development, microcode development, technical support marketing, and product management. Ken made significant contributions to IBM high end storage products, including the IBM 3990 Storage Controller, the IBM Enterprise Storage Controller (now known as the DS8000 family), and the XIV Storage System. He was promoted to IBM Director in 1993 and was named an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2003. In July 2005 Ken received an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award for significant contributions to developing and protecting IBM Intellectual Property. Ken has achieved an IBM 12th Plateau Invention Achievement Award and has been named an IBM Master Inventor. Ken earned a M.B.A. degree from the University of Arizona and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Seminar Hall No. 2 (aka Room No. 6)
Near the Library and Production Dept.,
Main Building Area
College of Engineering, Pune

This event is free for all to attend. Please register by sending an email to with the subject line ‘Registration for Pune’.

SOAP Security; Linux Security Gateway – Nov 13

'null' the "open" security community presents an event on Nov 13, 4:30pm at SICSR Model Colony.

Details are as follows:

Talk: SOA architecture and SOAP protocol architecture detail and attack Vector by Nabarun sengupta

Brief Description of Talk:
Will discuss on what are web services? How SOA architecture came into existence? The SOA architecture came forth with the concept of SOAP protocol and WSDL files. We will see the communication between them. Then some aspects on attacker’s approach will be highlighted. Eventually it will end with a video demonstration of an web service attack on WSDigger through WSKnight open source tool.

Talk: How to convert your linux box into Security Gateway – Part 1 by Murtuja Bharamal

Brief Description of Talk:
In this talk I will cover various security feature/daemon of Linux OS either comes by default of with OS or available for downloads, like Firrewall, Proxy, IDS/IPS, VPN, Antivirus How to configure and use this feature to convert linux box into Security Gateway as per requirement.
In part-1 I will start-with Basic Linux Hardening and IPTables Firewall.

About null

null is an open security community for ethical hackers, security professionals and security enthusiasts. It is free, and anybody can join.

null was born out of a need for:

  • Promoting advanced security research.
  • Spreading security awareness among the netizens.
  • A Centralized knowledge base for security related information.

It was founded by Aseem Jakhar in Jan 2008.


Move towards immunity from security.


  • Advanced security research.
  • Create a disclosure platform.
  • Design/Develop innovative solutions to combat current/emerging threats.
  • Define a “Must-Have” security knowledge-base for different roles (programmer, QA, admin, end user).
  • Spread security awareness.
  • Organize Meetings/Conferences/Trainings/Awareness camps. predicts your chances of getting into a US university for MS/PhD

NextLeap is a new startup, targeting students who are interested in going abroad for higher studies. At the core is an algorithm that has analyzed past admissions data from US universities for Indian students and has come up with a mathematical model which aims to predict the chances of success for any particular student who is applying to a given university. Around this IP, NextLeap has started operations with the following offerings:

University Suggestor:  A student needs to key in their academic information, along with their GRE scores, research & work experience, and any specific field of study they are interested in. The engine then compares their information with their database and generates a list of Universities a student is most likely to get into.

University Predictor: Is similar to the university suggestor, except that the student also indicates a University that s/he is interested in, and the predictor gives the students chances of successfully getting accepted.

For example, if a student has a GRE score of 1350 on 1600, 65% score in engineering and he is from Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT) and aspires to apply to Ohio State University – the University Predictor will run mathematical models to check if Ohio State accepts people with GRE score of around 1350, academics at 65% and PICT’s historic admission accepts-rejects to Ohio State. Combination of all this, the Predictor will rate Ohio State as a Safe (easier to get in), moderate (harder to get in) and Ambitious (challenge to get in) for the student.

There is also a Question & Answer area where prospective students can ask any questions related to this domain, and these are answered either by NextLeap, or other users of the site, including students who are currently studying in the US, and industry people.

Finally, there's a NextLeap Blog that aims to give students general information that they might find interesting.

All the above services are free. However, they do have a "paid" version of the service where they also arrange for a one time review of the Statement of Purpose and a phone conversation with students in the USA enabling aspiring applicants to speak with current students directly.

NextLeap claims to be different from other players in this area because:

  • They are not affiliated with any US university; and hence do not have any vested in interest in "pushing" one or more universities over other. In other words, their recommendations are impartial
  • They believe it is the first time in India that an online engine with mathematical models and machine learning techniques has been enabled for students to do University short-listing.

The service is currently available only for CS and E&TC students of Bombay and Pune universities. Other fields and locations will be added next year.

The founders of NextLeap wish to remain in stealth mode for a little while longer, but they are ex-Punekars, specifically ex-COEP graduates who have gone on to study in Stanford and MIT (the one in Boston). Pratik Munot, a ex-PICT student, and India Manager of NextLeap is based in Pune.

Being featured here because of both, the strong Pune connections, and because the service is likely to be of interest to PuneTech readers who are planning on applying for higher studies in the US this year.

If you use the service, please leave your feedback in the comments section below for the benefit of other readers.

Seminar on “European Perspectives on Patents”

As lot of collaborations are taking place between Pune based firms and German companies, and considerable amount of trade also takes place between both the countries which is likely to be affected by the current European Patent legislation, it is felt desirable to create an awareness among Indian manufacturers and service providers about the current trends in patenting in Europe. LES India in association with URDIP, Pune is organizing the seminar on the theme of “European Perspectives on Patents “ with a particular focus on the automobile and IT sectors.


URDIP is a specialized service unit of CSIR, which helps organizations to meet the challenges of the new knowledge era. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India have jointly set-up a Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP) at Pune. The mission of URDIP is to develop and distribute science, technology and industry related information products in electronic, online and web based formats. URDIP will also host third party databases.

It has been extensively involved in building patent databases and various patent analysis and mapping activities and has conducted a variety of comprehensive global patent search and analysis studies for clients in public and private sector. URDIP also provides training programmes in the area of Patinformatics.

URDIP is based in Pune. For more information, see

About the speakers

Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar – a German Patent Attorney, as well as European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney.

He is particularly involved in international patent and licensing matters, including litigation and arbitration. He teaches Patent and Licensing Law as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany. He is also a Director at the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), Delhi.

He is a Past President of LES International and of LES Germany.

Mr. Damien Trotereau – He has an engineering degree in electronics and control. He has passed the European Qualifying Examination for patent professional representatives. He has nearly 13 years of experience as Patent Examiner at EPO and also as resource person for EPO patent training programmes.

LES India

LES India is a not-for-profit company responsible for LES International activities in India. It is a professional society that encourages high professional standards among individuals engaged in the transfer and licensing of technology and industrial, or intellectual property rights.

LES India assists its members in improving their skills and techniques in licensing through self education, the conduct of special studies and research, the sponsorship of educational meetings, the publication of statistics, reports, articles and other material, and the exchange of ideas related to domestic and foreign

One of the important mandates of LES India is to make available to its members the latest, most accurate information on licensing.

For more information see:

Calling all Drupal users, developers and enthusiasts in Pune – Drupal Meeup Nov 13

Dipench says:

This is call for general drupal meetup in city of pune, more and more consulting shops and product startups are now using drupal and its a nice time to start regular monthly meetups to keep a pulse on how people are using drupal. Agenda for the meetup is almost anything under the sun related to drupal, but few specific things we can discuss:

1> How to go about having regular monthly meetups, whats needed and how to go about it – 30 mins
2> Ad hoc drupal related issues/questions people might have – 30 mins
3> Lightning talks – 30 mins ( Could be about anything related to drupal )

Saturday, Nov 13th, 4pm, at SICSR, Model colony. Free for all to attend. No registration required.