Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The existing Service Tax rate of 12.36% increased to flat 14%

As we all know from 1st Jan 2014 onward it was mandatory for all the service tax payers who who has paid a duty or tax of more than Rs 1 lakh in the previous financial year was required to pay duty or tax through Internet banking.

In the budget speech, Hon finance minster Shree Jaitley had said that to facilitate a smooth transition to levy of tax on services by both the Centre and the states, "it is proposed to increase the present rate" of service tax plus education cess from 12.36% to a consolidated rate of 14%.

The Finance Ministry has now announced the increased Service Tax rate of 14% to be effective from 1st June 2015 vide Notification No. 14/2015 dated 19th May, 2015. The existing Service Tax rate of 12.36% was increased to flat 14% in the Finance Bill 2015.

The provisions levying Education Cess @ 2% and Secondary Higher Education Cess @ 1% would also cease to effect from 1st June, 2015.

It is quite obvious that the all the rates of service related items will increase from 1st June 2015.  Talking about the IT related services like Software consulting and services, Software development and Software maintenance services, web application designing and website maintenance services will have their revision in rates. Those who have entered in to an agreement of Annual maintenance contract AMC may have to work out on the current project cost effectiveness.



It becomes difficult for the small entrepreneurs like us, GoITWay to adjust to such increase in rates coz some of the works taken up are quoted with the price inclusive of taxes and that’s what some of the customers demand for. Some of the data entry services related works are always quoted on the per entry or per record basis and the price is most of the time inclusive of taxes. One can refer to www.goitway.com for services provided by us.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

GOA as a BPO destination for Multinationals.

I was going through an article on Business Standard :
http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/mncs-bet-big-on-their-india-it-centres-115052501487_1.html
It is interesting to note that Mr. Karthik Ananth, director, Zinnov is mentioning about the growth of Global in-house centres (GIC) in India. As per him most of the multinational firms prefer setting up global captives, or global in-house centres (GIC), in India. Amazingly, in the past two years, 70 companies set up GICs in India, taking the number to more than 1,448, with a headcount of 74,500.
GICs are an integral part of the Indian IT-BPO (information technology-business process outsourcing) sector. GICs have been viewed as cost-saving centres for parent organisations. But, with the growth of the global sourcing sector, GICs in India are evolving into centres of excellence, profit centres, and program management offices.

Over five years, around 220 GICs have been set up, with firms from Europe and Japan showing higher inclination, said the study by Zinnov. These GICs will hit a revenue of $20 billion a year in 2015, a growth of 11 per cent over FY10. Of this, almost 52 per cent will come from software product development and embedded engineering services; 25 per cent from BPM (business process management) and 23 per cent from IT.
I believe most of the setups he is talking about should be based out of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Noida, Gurgaon, Pune or Mumbai? I wonder what is stopping them from coming to Goa?
On the yesterday’s Goa’s news daily “Herald” Sweta Kamat’s article says Goa Government, through Infotech corporation is floating a tender to hire services of a consultant to study the IT market in Goa. It seems a special consultant is required to study the IT growth in Goa up to date. I personally feel with above information that there is a huge scope of getting business and multinationals in Goa right away without any studies. We have good enough provisions to offer if the Government officials are ready to get on to their toes for some time now on.
It seems the consultant will study :
1)    Current status of software and hardware industry. (Lets say nothing is available today)
22)    Existing infrastructure. (We have to make it available just like any other mega project)
33)    Existing communication facilities. (Its DONE)
44)    Ongoing government incentives available to software and hardware. (Not required)
55)    Status on availability of skilled manpower in Goa (Excellent, all the experienced Goa guys will rush back and we have freshers in bulk.)

From where will the hired consultant get this above mentioned information? I suppose he will be paid for enjoying his holidays in Goa, make free trips to major IT cities, come back to Goa and google the information and copy and paste the matter, print, bind and submit to the board?
Anyways, lets hope for the best and see how quick can we get the them moving for the best interests of IT professionals in Goa.

Gopikant Shirodkar
Director, Business Development – GoITway Software Consulting & Services

www.goitway.com

Monday, 25 May 2015

Many happy returns of the day to Vinanti


Dear Vinanti, On this special day, GOITWAY team wishes you all the very best, all the joy you can ever have and may you be blessed abundantly today, tomorrow and the days to come! May you have a fantastic birthday and many more to come... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Unveiling of draft IT Investment policy and IT Investors meet at GOA


Hello Goenkars who are much interested in knowing what is happening in the IT field and IT prospects of Goa. Just read a news on the local daily The Navhind Times about a big function which is going to happen at Hotel Marriot - Panjim on Saturday 23rd May 2015. The hon. cheif minister of Goa Shree Parsekar along with Hon. minister for Railways - Govt. of India, Shree Suresh Prabhu is going to unveil the draft IT Investment policy at the IT investors meet in GOA. They say about more than 100 companies in the IT industry would be a part of this meet tomorrow. Company names spoken about are IBM, Oracle, HCL, Infosys, Wipro, etc...

I believe there is going to be an open discussion what is actually required from the Government of Goa in terms of infrastructure provision and other legal formalities which one is asked to complete in order to set up an operating unit from any state. 

The Goan small entrepreneurs like us GoITWay (www.goitway.com) would be  definitely interested in knowing what is going to come in the IT policy and will there be any scope of improving business with the small little set up they might be already having in different parts of Goa.
Big players of IT industry coming to Goa may not directly help the small business setups in Goa but definitely will there be a scope for the outsourcing projects or Business process outsourcing (BPO). Today we see in Goa the small scale business players are basically into website development project in Goa, custom software application development may it be web application or standalone desktop application for small business organizations in Goa. Very few are in to mobile application development from Goa. They are today happy with small little business they are getting from the Goan local industry mainly associated with hospitality services connected to Goa tourism sector. Given the mining industry is at the zero level the only business coming from hotel industry and the little bit from the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry may ask for services such as say hotel website development, e-commerce website designing, domain registration, web hosting, Inventory management software, CRM, ERP packages development etc. So I am sure people of Goa will be looking for positive IT policy for GOA which will think about Goa youths who are ready to serve the Bit IT giants and also about the small Goa entrepreneurs like us who will be able to become the part of success story of Goa's IT industry.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Looking for an IT Job in Goa?




Nowadays its hard to see displays such as "We are hiring", "IT professionals wanted", "SOFTWARE PROGRAMMERS required urgently", "Web application developers requrired to work from Goa Location", etc...The question is are we having a good future prospects for IT professionals in Goa? Well for the past Goa has witnessed a very bad time for Computer Engineering graduates. Political leaders have changes, we have heard lots of talks, improvement thoughts on infrastructure, Big IT companies thinking of coming to Goa, IT parks and IT hubs making their way to Goa. Till today we are not seeing anything happening really though.  
Today we are having seven major institutes operating from Goa which are generating good enough resources to feed a solid IT base in Goa namely National Institute of TechnologyBirla Institute of Technology and Science - BITS , Goa College of EngineeringDon Bosco College of Engineering, FatordaAgnel Institute of Technology and DesignPadre Conceicao College of Engineering,Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering. I wonder where are the pass out graduates heading their way to? Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Noida or Gurgaon? May be abroad? Finally everyone is looking for money.
Yes, thats the need and everyone is struggling to make more money. But how about creating the required job opportunities for all our Goan youngsters to work from Goa location itself? I am sure not just our Goan graduates but almost all the IT professionals from anywhere in the country would love to work from this peaceful and beautiful place. 

Some years back News about having an IT park and IT habitat  were flashing and no one knows what really went wrong with those ideas? Was it just the money making game for some of our beloved politicians? What about today? Should we be serious about it now are relax and watch what is going to happen.
Recently honorable Chief Minister made a statemenet which I would like to quaote here which appeared in Times of India, "I feel one thing is that investment promotion policy is moving ahead and we have formed investment promotion board also and we have cleared 38 projects which will fetch investment of over Rs 21,130 crore and would create employment of 6,500 slots. Besides this, I am seriously working on two IT projects, electronic city at Tuem and IT park at Chimbel. Particularly about Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) at Tuem people from non-matriculate to graduate would be accommodated. I feel road, water supply, power all these amenities would be provided on sites in next five to six months. On May 23, we are putting IT policy in the public domain, we are inviting investors at the meet. I believe 70 companies will come for the workshop, Wipro (IT Company) will also come to Goa."

Now that's a ray hope which we should definitely look forward positively for a change. Never loose hope and say better late than never. 

We at GoITWay (www.goitway.com) are looking for this change to happen since lots of energy is here to deliver and we need more business coming up. Goa has seen changes happening with the new Government taking over and precisely also because having our great leader ex-cheif minister Shri Manoharji, taking over a more honored position at Government of India as Raksha Mantri joining hands with most capable honorable Prime minister Shree Narendra Modi. We know "Those days have gone" and for sure, "These days will also GO" Lets hope for the best.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Pay your PWD water supply bills and Electricity bills online in Goa

This is certainly a good news to all the Goenkars who have been waiting to pay their utility bills online. Department of Information Technology (DOIT), Goa Electronics Limited (GEL), Electricity Department, Government of Goa and PWD, Government of Goa have collectively put in all the efforts to bring this wonderful service to all the Goenkars.
Process is quite simple and easy to follow.

visit https://www.goa.gov.in/EFormsOnlineModule/loginAuthenticateAction.action

above like is also available on GOITWAY's home page "USEFUL LINKS" visit www.goitway.com


You have to register yourself to begin. Provide information such as NAME, CONTACT DETAILS, EMAIL ID, ADDRESS, etc... You can choose your username and password. for any assistance you may call 1800-233-5060

Once registered, you may login using your credentials and choose from the options "PAY WATER BILL" OR "PAY ELECTRICITY BILL"

Look for the CONSUMER ID on your bill and enter the same correctly. next you have to also look for DIVISION and SUBDIVISION on your bill which is printer right on top header. Ensure the correct DIVISION and SUBDIVISION is chosen from the list of values. Click on SUBMIT and make sure the details displayed on the screen are exactly matching the details on the bill issued to you. You may now proceed for payment option by choosing the appropriate option available like net banking/credit card/etc....
Do not forget to download the soft copy of receipt which has a reference number to quote in case you have to refer your payment to the department.

Monday, 18 May 2015

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Yu launches smartphone Yuphoria priced at Rs. 6,999

news feed : The Hindu business line

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/yu-launches-smartphone-yuphoria-priced-at-rs-6999/article7197689.ece?homepage=true


Smartphones maker Yu on Tuesday launched its new smartphone Yuphoria priced at ₹6,999, which will be available exclusively through the online market place amazon.in.
The handset is powered by Cyanogen operating system 12 (Android Lollipop 5.0.2) with five-inch screen and is equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB ROM.
It has 8MP rear camera with flash and a 5MP front camera.
Along with the smartphone, the company also unveiled two smart devices – YuFit and HealthYu – priced at ₹999 and ₹4,999 respectively. Both will be available from June through the official websitewww.yuplaygod.com, the company said.
‘HealthYu’ is a pocket-sized device that offers critical medical checkups, making the device one’s personal medical assistant.
Similarly, ‘YuFit’ is a specially designed fitness companion that works exclusively with HealthyfiMe, epitomising the smart integration of accessories and app to track the food records of users and help them stay fit.
The launch of the connected smart health accessories are aimed at encouraging users to make a shift toward a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle, the company said.
“With Yuphoria, we are breaking the flagship myth and introducing our first smartphone that has been designed and assembled in India. HealthYu and YuFit is a step towards our vision of introducing a connected devices ecosystem. These intelligent devices will really matter in the category,” Rahul Sharma, Founder Yu, said.

Now, log in to avail tax, legal services

nEWS FEED : The hindu business line
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/now-log-in-to-avail-tax-legal-services/article7198387.ece

Want to get your PAN card made or a mortgage deed drafted? You don’t need to run after any professional. The service is just a click away.
The 34-year-old chartered accountant Divakar Vijayasarathy, along with 35-year-old MBA professional Rajesh Inbasekran, in July 2014, founded MeetUrPro.com, a Chennai-based online marketplace for around 500 kinds of professional services.
The portal facilitates buyers and professionals to meet online, negotiate and firm up engagements. Details on description, scope of service, delivery timeline and pricing are clearly stated. Buyers can choose the seller of the service based on geography, past user ratings, and price. As present, 500 kinds of services are available which will subsequently be expanded to 2,000.
On the idea behind the start-up, Founder and CEO Vijayasarathy says, “In these professions, price discovery is a challenge and the element of negotiability is an irritant between the buyer and seller of the service. Moreover, there is not enough work for professionals in tier II, III towns. We wanted to bridge this divide.
“Tax planning and tax structure are the most sought-after services on the platform,” he said. The portal sees 350-400 transactions a month with the average price of service ranging from ₹1,000 to ₹1,500.
“Buyers need to pay the fee upfront which we pay to the seller only if the buyer is completely satisfied with the service,” he says.
The idea is to create a level-playing field for professionals. Usually, what happens is legacy firms grow bigger while smaller start-ups are targeted for acquisition, Vijayasarathy says, adding that sellers who wish to register have to submit documents, post which their membership with the respective statutory bodies is verified.
Vijayasarathy’s wife Kavitha Divakar joined the team in December 2014. “Women who stay at home can freelance at their own pace and decide the amount of work they wish to go for,” says Kavitha, a 29-year-old lawyer by qualification.
Almost ₹1.5 crore has been invested in the start-up and the founders are not looking for any funding in the near future. It will soon start a customer-awareness drive apart from launching a B2B service model for services for real estate players. “Currently, our operations are in India. We are planning to expand to Singapore and Dubai soon and to the US and UK later,” she says.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mahindra World City: A township that dreams big

NEWS FEED: INDIA FORBES


Spread over 1,550 acres, some 60 km from Chennai, MWC houses three sector-specific special economic zones (SEZs): Information technology, auto ancillary and apparel and fashion accessories. It also has a domestic tariff area (space for India-focussed companies), and boasts of a railway station on site. Since its inception in 2002, 64 companies including Infosys, Wipro, BASF, Renault-Nissan, BMW, TVS Group and Capgemini have set up a base. There are about 38,000 employees, and the cumulative exports from MWC in 2014-15 (as of February) stood at Rs 7,062 crore. So far, Rs 4,100 crore has been invested into the township by both, the companies that have set up their units there and the Mahindra Group.

Its success is also reflected in the fact that the space earmarked for SEZs has been sold out and only 45 acres are left for companies to set up units under the domestic tariff area. This, despite the fact that the land rates inside MWC is twice that of other industrial parks around Chennai. Ramdas Kamath, executive vice president, Infosys, is all praise for the township. “Infosys was the first company to set up its IT Park inside MWC Chennai. In a short span of time, we have grown to house 16,000 software professionals there. Its best-in-class infrastructure has attracted renowned corporations to set up their units. We are the happiest SEZ unit among them,” says Kamath, adding that Infosys wants to be associated with MWC in all future projects.

It helps that the township has 285 acres of residential, social and retail infrastructure. About 700 families live within MWC, but once the residential projects are completed and sold, it will be able to house 8,000 families. “What we have created is an economic nerve centre with strong infrastructure and connectivity,” says Sangeeta Prasad, CEO, Integrated Cities & Industrial Clusters, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd, the company that handles the real estate development business of the $27.84 billion Mahindra Group. “At the same time, we have ensured that many elements of a city are available, with respect to residential, retail and commercial aspects so that MWC becomes an all-encompassing place,” she adds. Some of the amenities include a 60,000 sq ft commercial centre, an MWC Club spread over 4 acres, the Mahindra World School with more than 600 students and a hospital (now limited to out-patient and diagnostic services). A hostel and a multiplex are also being planned.

Another happy client—and resident—is Mahijeet Mishra, managing director of Armstrong International Pvt Ltd, an American company that specialises in thermal engineering. “I have not enjoyed my single malt like I do now with Jagjit Singh’s music playing in the background,” says Mishra, who has been calling MWC home for the past six years. “There is no pollution, dust or noise. Thanks to 1,000 acres of reserve forest land and seven water bodies that surround MWC, the temperature is relatively lower. The serenity is at times divine,” he adds. His two daughters attend Mahindra World School.

Prasad believes that integrated cities are the future. “Setting them up away from existing cities is the way forward if India has to handle rapid urbanisation. In fact, the government’s plan to develop a hundred ‘smart cities’ comes from this need,” she says.

But most developers have not been very successful in setting up such projects. This could explain the scepticism in the industry that greeted MWC in the initial years. The township, however, proved naysayers wrong and its success can be attributed to 10 principles.

Building partnerships: 

MWC Chennai is a joint venture between the Mahindra Group (89 percent) and the government-run Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (11 percent). “The PPP model [public-private partnership] helped us focus on our core competence, which is infrastructure development. With the government being a partner, approvals and clearances were not time consuming,” says S Chandru, COO, MWC. The state government helped MWC bag clients like BMW India by throwing in incentives to deter the automaker from going to Maharashtra. “It is a symbiotic relationship,” says Prasad. MWC has repeated the formula in its second township in Jaipur, where it has entered into a joint venture with the Rajasthan government. 

Tech giant EMC to invest heavily in India: COO Dmitri Chen

NEWS FEED: FIRSTSPOT

http://www.firstpost.com/business/tech-giant-emc-invest-heavily-india-coo-dmitri-chen-2235936.html


To tap the huge growth opportunities available in India, US-based technology giant EMC is looking to invest heavily in the country, which is also its fastest growing market.
"Because of the huge opportunities in India, we will be investing heavily there. We have spent a lot of time and resources there to tap its huge potential," EMC's Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Speciality Sales, Asia Pacific and Japan, Dmitri Chen told PTI.
He said India is a strong thinkpad for the company where it has created so many centres of excellence.

"India is a very unique opportunity in my opinion. India from our worldwide standpoint is the fastest growing market. It will accelerate and the opportunity in IT is accelerating," Chen added.
Lauding Narendra Modi-led government's announcements on Digital India and smart cities, Chen said these offer huge investment opportunities for the company.
"The things that India does today will truly affect where India will be on the world map 50 years from now. Good news for it is a lot of infrastructure can be modernised faster and it can be done in a very efficient way," he added.
Chen said the company's latest products like hybrid cloud can be customised as per the government's needs as EMC can become a catalyst in India's growth story.
The government sector contributes about 20-25 per cent of the storage solution provider's revenue in India.
"A lot of infrastructure is still evolving in India. There is intense focus on software for India," he said adding, EMC is eyeing huge opportunity in building sound IT foundation for next generation.
He added that even B2B space is massive in India and from software development point of view too and India offers great opportunities.
"The world of big data today is about $ 21 billion and is growing at a compound rate of 26 per cent YoY which makes it $ 43 billion in three years. Fifty one per cent of that is infrastructure and the opportunity is massive," he added.
Chen said infrastructure is critical to India and the government has an agenda to make investments in this space.
The US-based firm registered revenues of $ 24.4 billion in 2014. It employs about 60,000 people worldwide.
EMC started operations in India in October 2000 and has since scaled up its presence. For FY 2012-13 EMC India revenue stood at Rs 1,847 crore as per DQ Top 20 and is ranked 49th in the top 100 IT companies in India.
The company has so far invested $ 2 billion in India in the past five years mainly on expansion and marketing.

One SIM, 9 Numbers? BlackBerry plans to roll out Virtual SIM Provisioning in India by year end

NEWS FEED: THE ECONOMIC TIMES

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-05-07/news/61902414_1_blackberry-india-sunil-lalvani-blackberry-enterprise-service

BlackBerry, which has been busy restructuring itself as an enterprise and security company, is all set to bring Virtual SIM Provisioning (VSP) to India. VSP basically is a virtual identity solution for mobile operators, that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device or SIM card.
BlackBerry is looking to get this technology into India by the virtue of its acquisition of London based virtual identity solutions player, Movirtu. The acquisition happened in September 2014, and BlackBerry is already rolling out similar solutions in Africa, Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India told us.
The VPS could come in handy for BYOD scenarios, where the lines between personal and professional mobile usage of employees are often blurred. "On a virtual SIM platform, both a business number and a personal number can be used on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. As a result, employees can switch between business and personal profiles easily without carrying multiple devices or SIM cards, and charges are appropriately billed to the company and the employee," Lalvani said.
Additionally, in conjunction with the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) platform, enterprise customers will be able to apply IT policies to the business number without impacting the usability of the device for personal use.
According to Lalvani, a solution like VSP can have a significant market in a country like India, where 3 million dual SIM handsets are sold every month. Lalvani said that Blackberry is in talks with several carriers in India to roll out the technology and a probable timeline would be end of 2015, given the regulatory processes involved. "We have the technology ready today. We are just dealing with regulatory framework."
As of now, all the numbers on the virtual SIM will have to be activated by a single carrier, which, Lalvani said is not a technology but a regulatory issue. "The technology to have different carriers enable different accounts on a virtual SIM is available. But the KYC (know-your-Customer) norms hinder carriers from doing that," he said.
While the revenue models for operators and enterprises are yet to take shape completely, BlackBerry will get its revenue on the basis of per SIM virtualized.
BlackBerry, which has been focusing on its enterprise offerings, said that according to latest financial numbers, 42 per cent of its business is coming from hardware, 47 per cent from services and about 10 per cent from software solutions.

One lakh software jobs by 2020

NEWS FEED: THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/jobs/One-lakh-software-jobs-by-2020/articleshow/47228065.cms

KOCHI: Infopark is now going on with its ambitious plan of creating 1 lakh software jobs in city by 2020.

The Kochi-headquartered government-owned IT infrastructure provider is set to retain the leadership it initially had when the state had founded Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram - the first IT park in the country.

Over the last 11 years, Infopark has developed over 4.5 million square feet technology workspace and has attracted leading companies like TCS, WiproCognizant Technology Solutions and UST Global. Spread over 100 acres, its campus houses more than 200 companies, which employ nearly 24,000 IT professionals.


Apart from its hub at Kakkanad that includes phase I and II, Infopark has 3 satellite campuses - Kaloor, Thrissur and Cherthala.

"Phase I is definitely a big success. The entire built up area of the first phase is fully occupied and once the ongoing construction finishes by FY18, it will be able to create 70,000 job opportunities," said Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Infopark.

Apart from the fully occupied buildings of Infopark, Leela Infopark and Lulu, the work of other buildings of TCS, Brigade Group, Lulu, IBS and Geon IT Park are going on within the phase I campus.

"It has a long way to go when compared to large IT destinations like Bangalore, Chennai or Delhi-NCR. There will be further growth, if there is a consensus within the stakeholders that IT would create more jobs," said K Purushothaman, regional director, Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies).

The phase II of Infopark is being developed at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore with IT companies or infrastructure developers like Cognizant, UST, Trans Asia, Muthoot Group, Media Systems, Claysys Technologies, Caspian Techparks and Padiyath Innovation as co-developers.

Compared to phase I, the second phase is targeting 80 lakh sq ft of built up area and 80,000 potential jobs by 2020, said Nair. "We can expect around 1 lakh jobs to be created by 2020," he added. And the marketing of phase II is already a success. "Before the inauguration itself, 60% of the land of phase II was fully sold out to co-developers. This is a positive sign of phase II being fully occupied," Nair said.

Fully completed, the phase II campus will be of 160 acre, with 102 acre as IT special economic zone. So far, 125 acres have been acquired by the government for the project. Project land is offered to co-developers on long-term lease of 90 years with a single window clearance mechanism to ensure statutory approvals within two weeks.

BlackBerry’s transformation complete, now software ahead of devices

NEWS FEED: THE INDIAN EXPRESS

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/blackberrys-transformation-complete-now-software-ahead-of-devices/

The transformation of BlackBerry is near complete. The Canadian smartphone maker is now an enterprise facing software company and that shows in its books. In the last quarter, only 42 per cent  of its revenue came from hardware, the rest was all from its services and software offerings.
Having realised that they can’t really compete with the Chinese brands in the sub-$150 category, which account for almost a third of all smartphone sales, the company seems to have reconciled to the fact that it will be a niche player in the smartphone segment.
“We will continue to be a serious player in the mid to high segment. That is where the new BlackBerry Leap will come in,” explains BlackBerry India MD Sunil Lalvani.
The company is convinced that its strengths lie in being the most secure smartphone ecosystem and its ability to offer the best keyboard and virtual typing experience. Its next big launch will be the slider which will tap into all of these strengths.
While its own device base shrinks, BlackBerry is seeing a bigger opportunity in being able to secure smartphones of all brands, shapes and sizes.
“BlackBerry is cash flow positive and has $3.27 billion in cash and investments. We are using this to innovate further. In the last financial year we acquired two companies—Movertu and SecureSmart—and followed it up with the acquisition of WatchDog in a few days back. So we are acquiring companies focused on certain industry segments and our core strengths, typically in the enterprise segment,” adds Lalvani.
“In the last 12 to 18 months our effort has been on going back to our core by focussing on differentiated solutions and services that drive uptake in enterprise. The mix of devices like Passport and Classic along with our new services and software has contributed to quarter-on-quarter growth. As it stands, BlackBerry India continues to be among the top tier countries globally for the company powered by growth in our software revenue,” he says.
Lalvani says that they are going back to their core customers with the new product offering from BlackBerry. “The beauty of these products are that they work across platforms. We are telling them that they do not have to throw out existing devices or move to BlackBerry and can continue using existing low cost Androids. But think about security,” Lalvani underlines his pitch for existing customers. About 40% of large enterprises in India are using BlackBerry in some form or shape.
The company is now pushing its virtual SIM technology, a product created by Movertu, to service providers in India. With this technology consumers as well as corporates will be able to virtualise up to nine numbers in a single SIM, thus negating the need to carry multiple phones or SIM cards. However, the product will initially be limited to numbers from a single service provider due to regulatory hurdles.
Similarly, the company hopes its new BlackBerry Meetings app, that lets users organise video chats seamlessly with upto 25 others across platforms and devices, will find takers among small and large Indian companies. Even BlackBerry’s flagship Messenger software, which even now has over 100 million active users, is slowly shifting to an enterprise-first model.
“The problem with services like WhatsApp is that your phone number is your identity and anyone can reach out to you. But on BBM it uses your PIN and that is more secure,” Lalvani says, adding that corporates are looking at OTT services as a security threat too as employees could share sensitive information on it. The new BBM Protected gives encrypted chats across platforms and lets people share documents too, but not outside the service. “The control here is always with the server and everything is audited and logged.”
“Suddenly, the pie for BlackBerry in India has grown because virtually every Android, iOS or Windows device in enterprise has become a possible client for us,” he says, adding that the new Enhanced SIM Based Licenses (ESBL) model makes it easier for smaller companies to adopt these technologies. In fact, the services cost as low as Rs 199 per user per month.
“That is a big cost saving for an SME. There is no infrastructure cost, there is no IT manpower.”
Lalvani says that they are going back to their core customers with the new product offering from BlackBerry. “The beauty of these products are that they work across platforms. We are telling them that they do not have to throw out existing devices or move to BlackBerry and can continue using existing low cost Androids. But think about security,” Lalvani underlines his pitch for existing customers. About 40% of large enterprises in India are using BlackBerry in some form or shape. The company is now pushing its virtual SIM technology, a product created by Movertu, to service providers in India. With this technology consumers as well as corporates will be able to virtualise up to nine numbers in a single SIM, thus negating the need to carry multiple phones or SIM cards. However, the product will initially be limited to numbers from a single service provider due to regulatory hurdles. Similarly, the company hopes its new BlackBerry Meetings app, that lets users organise video chats seamlessly with upto 25 others across platforms and devices, will find takers among small and large Indian companies. Even BlackBerry’s flagship Messenger software, which even now has over 100 million active users, is slowly shifting to an enterprise-first model. “The problem with services like WhatsApp is that your phone number is your identity and anyone can reach out to you. But on BBM it uses your PIN and that is more secure,” Lalvani says, adding that corporates are looking at OTT services as a security threat too as employees could share sensitive information on it. The new BBM Protected gives encrypted chats across platforms and lets people share documents too, but not outside the service. “The control here is always with the server and everything is audited and logged.” “Suddenly, the pie for BlackBerry in India has grown because virtually every Android, iOS or Windows device in enterprise has become a possible client for us,” he says, adding that the new Enhanced SIM Based Licenses (ESBL) model makes it easier for smaller companies to adopt these technologies. In fact, the services cost as low as Rs 199 per user per month. “That is a big cost saving for an SME. There is no infrastructure cost, there is no IT manpower.” Lalvani says this unconventional approach is helping drive up the gross margins for BlackBerry. “Over the past few quarters our gross margins have been upwards of 45 per cent,” he says, adding that only Apple does better on gross margins at the moment.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Japan identifies 11 sites to set up industrial townships in India

news feed : 
the economic times
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-05-07/news/61902761_1_industrial-townships-nimzs-shinzo-abe
NEW DELHI: Shinzo Abe's government is firming up its promise to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi build India's infrastructure and promote domestic manufacturing as it doubles its investment in the country.
Japan has identified 11 sites to set up industrial townships in India, which would serve as hubs for investments into the country. These include Tumkur in Karnataka, Ghilot in Rajasthan, Mandal in Gujarat and Supa in Maharashtra. Japan will also provide soft-skills training to Indian workers in the manufacturing sector to help bridge the demand-supply gap. "Japan aims to double its investment in India to about $35 billion in the next five years. The move would help strengthen bilateral economic ties. They are already the primary investors in our economic corridors," said a government official, adding that the details are being firmed up. The move will strengthen domestic manufacturing, support the 'Make in India' campaign and ensure transfer of technology.
The government plans to give concessions to Japanese companies in the industrial townships, equivalent to at least what is offered to units in special economic zones and the proposed National Investment & Manufacturing Zones. "We are yet to work out the investment incentives for the companies, but it will definitely not be lower than what is under the prevailing policy framework including SEZs and NIMZs, like what has been announced for the Chinese industrial parks as well," said the official.
Special economic zones are allowed duty-free imports and 100% tax-free export income for the first five years, 50% for the next five years and 50% of the ploughed back export profit for the subsequent five years. NIMZs, under the National Manufacturing Policy, provide tax incentives to small and medium enterprises.
The development of the townships will be assisted by the respective state governments, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry. Japan is the fourth-biggest foreign investor in India, contributing 7% to the total FDI inflows since April 2000, according to the DIPP. Japan brought in $1.7 billion worth of FDI in 2013-14 and $18 billion between April 2000 and February 2015. The other areas identified for the townships include Ponneri in Tamil Nadu, Neemrana in Rajasthan, Jhajjar in Haryana and the Integrated Industrial Township in Greater Noida.
Japan will extend its industrial township advance soft-skills development project to impart training to workers in the manufacturing sector.
"The sectors will be wide-ranging, right from auto components to textiles, food processing and engineering," the official said. Japanese Minister for Trade Yoichi Miyazawa met Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi last week and they signed a five-point agenda for the development of Japanese industrial townships, promotion of investment and infrastructure development, further development and cooperation in the IT sector, enhancing cooperation in strategic sectors and advance Asia-Pacific economic integration. Japan has invested $4.5 billion in the first stage of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor through lending by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. They together hold 26% equity in the project.

GIDC takes over 22 unutilized plots

news feed : herald
http://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/GIDC-takes-over-22-unutilized-plots/88272.html

PANJIM: The Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has taken over 22 industrial plots, with a total area of 80,000 sq mts that had been unutilized or underutilized for the last four years. The plots will now be reallocated to new industry players to set up pollution-free industries.
Another 35 unutilized or underutilized plots will be taken over shortly, for failing to carry out any work even after the plot owners were granted extension, last year. 
Around 100 industrial plot owners were issued show-cause notices by GIDC in March 2013 asking them ‘why action should not be taken to terminate their tenancy and evacuate them from the plot’. Following a request from industry players, a year and half long extension up to December 2014, was granted to them to set up the units. 
Almost 65 per cent of the plot owners in various industrial estates have left their plots unutilized or underutilized while the balance 35 per cent has carried out partial construction.
A senior GIDC official confirmed taking possession of the 22 plots. “Soon we will be taking over 35 more plots,” the official said.
The official said that since the government is keen on promoting Goa as an industrial destination, it has to solve the problem of land availability. “We have enough land in the industrial estates but this has been occupied and been kept without using,” the official added.
The government has already notified plot transfer regulations, under which, it is mandatory for the allottees to utilize 30 per cent of the plot and carry out certain portion of production activities, before putting up papers for transfer.
As per the State Investment Policy, the government aims to bring in an investment of Rs 5,000 crore in five years. However, scarcity of land is the biggest challenge it faces. 
Presently, there are 22 industrial estates across the State, most of which have no scope for expansion. The government in the past had expressed its desire to double the number of industrial estates so as to promote industry. 

Govt to unveil new IT policy on May 23

NEWS FEED : TIMES OF INDIA
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Govt-to-unveil-new-IT-policy-on-May-23/articleshow/47194549.cms

Panaji: With the objective of giving a push for IT industry in the state, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday said that the government would soon unveil IT policy providing "attractive incentives" for entrepreneurs to set up shop in Goa. 

"Right from day one, I have been trying to focus on IT industry as I believe this industry has much potential for employment in the state. In this direction, we are holding a meeting of IT enterpreneurs on May 22 and 23", Parsekar told TOI. 

We will release the IT policy and will then have an investors meet and based on the feedback, we will fine-tune the policy later," IT director Shilpa Shinde said. 

The decision to release the IT policy appears rushed, especially since deliberations over the new IT policy had begun barely a few months ago and most of the local IT companies appear to be in the dark about the new IT policy. "It is a requirement of the time and we did not expect the transfer of the land to happen so fast," Shinde clarified. 

The new IT policy will function as a sub-policy of the Goa Investment Policy and under that framework, all clearances will be given by the Investment Promotion Board. The 3-page policy will focus on Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and will cater to companies coming up at the IT park in Chimbel and Tuem. 

Computer manufacturer HCL Infosystems had originally evinced interest in setting up operations in the state but according to sources, the long delay and bureaucratic hurdles put paid to those plans. 

Goa's Information Technology department had begun working on a new and comprehensive IT Policy modeled on the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh IT policies to replace the IT policy 2005 which was scrapped on March 12. The initial proposal states that the government was supposed to invite heads of various companies to seek their inputs and feedback before framing the new IT policy and the same was to be unveiled after 6 months. 

As of now, the IT department has only met with the industry department and other associated departments for deliberations over the skeletal IT policy that will be released.