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posted in October 2006
The centers each will be staffed by 500 developers focused on creating service-oriented architectures for customers around the world, including those located in the United States.
The China Investment Fund will start with $180 million and target companies in technology, financial services, biotech, and communications.
IBM's lawsuit against Amazon highlights the need for patent reform and raises a question: Are big tech vendors using their massive patent portfolios to stifle innovation?
Last week, I invited readers of this blog to e-mail me with accounts of how they've personally been affected by outsourcing. I received many responses (several of them of unprintable). Below are excerpts from a few, with names withheld. Regardless of where you stand on the outsourcing issue, it's undeniably causing pain on an individual level.
IBM claims the patents are core to Amazon's business, including functions such as its product recommendation engine.
The turnkey system features a business continuity plan that distributes memory sticks to employees for access to remote versions of their desktops and data, and also keeps them posted on the emergency situation.
The company's closely watched Global Services business, which accounts for about half of its revenue, increased sales by 3% to $12 billion.
One of the tech industry's true heavyweights, IBM is the very definition of a multinational corporation. Its operations span the globe, and it's committed to building out its workforce in emerging countries like India and China. But there's growing evidence that the company's U.S. workers are feeling left behind, and that can't be good for IBM or its customers.
One proposed amendment would make companies doing business in India responsible for computer crimes committed by their employees if they're found to have lax security procedures.
Cutbacks target blade servers group, sources say.
Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani takes exception to media reports that India's outsourcing industry is rife with data thieves and hackers. During a conversation I had with Nilekani Wednesday morning, the chief of India's second largest outsourcer insisted that information security in his country is at least as strong as it is in the United States, and that hacking and identity theft are global problems.
The affected engineers are developing components for IBM's line of BladeCenter servers--one of the company's best-selling hardware products.
Following a U.K. documentary claiming India's outsourcing industry is infested with hackers and identity thieves, Indian authorities are feeling the heat to push through proposals that would toughen security.
The Cigna deal is worth $724 million over seven years and calls for IBM to manage voice and data networks, contact center applications, and enterprise content management software, as well as help plot IT strategy.
Operations at many of India's major outsourcing companies ground to a halt Wednesday after public-sector workers in the tech hub of Bangalore went out on strike. But contrary to some predictions, the sky didn't fall. Most of the affected vendors simply shifted work to parts of the country that were untouched by the labor action, proving that India's outsourcers are maturing to a level on par with major multinationals like IBM and EDS.
Software companies and outsourcers implemented business continuity plans as the city ground to a halt amid a general strike called by government employees.