Sun sets up a forum for community collaboration

Updated: Mar 5 2009, 21:20pm hrs
As the open source movement keeps on gathering momentum, Sun Microsystems launched its first-ever Open Innovation portal called innovationcommons. org. The portal, a joint initiative by the Centre for Excellence in E-Governance, Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi; JNU; Knowledge Commons and Sun Microsystems will allow innovators from the scientific community, students and people from all walks of life to publish their innovations with no IPR encumbrances.

After launching the portal, Joe Hartley, V-P of Global Education, Sun Microsystems, expressed his belief that the portal will facilitate collaboration between members of the society to foster innovation. This is in line with Suns vision of the Participation Age. We believe the world has entered a new era where dramatically lowered barriers to entry, plummeting device prices, and near-universal connectivity are driving a new round of network participation, he said. Hartley feels that the growth in the network economy is fuelled by sharing and collaboration among communities interconnected by technology.

Nagarro wins award for employee friendliness

Its a no mean achievement at a time when IT companies have been hit by the global slowdown. For two consecutive years, Nagarro, a software solutions company, has been felicitated by Nasscom for being one of the top 15 exciting emerging companies to work for. It was highlighted as one of Indias top small to midsize outsourcing companies based on its outstanding HR practices and systems, as well as on positive feedback from its employees.

Says Manas Fuloria, co- founder and executive vice-president, Corporate Development and Strategy, Nagarro Software Pvt Ltd, We have invested heavily in putting together employee development initiatives, rigorous training along with an accelerated growth programme in order to identify and mentor employees for upcoming leadership positions.

He says that Nagarros 65% new hires are freshers and one in every three lateral hires is through employee reference. We have created a unique identity of being focused on executing challenging technology projects and innovative product engineering assignments, says Fuloria, who is responsible for evaluating and leading new strategic business opportunities, including key partnerships and alliances in his company. A product of IIT Delhi, Fuloria is a global expert in operations management and supply chain management.

Ringing innovative solutions for mobile VAS

The telecom boom has thrown open innovative business opportunities for mobile value added services operators. Most of them are devising attractive packages to attract users. One97, a telecom value added service company, was recently awarded the best innovative service provider by eIndia, which organises Indias largest annual ICT conference.

Says Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO of One97, By fiscal year 2010, One97 is looking to touch $100 million in terms of revenue. We have received fresh funding from Intel Capital. We intend to invest it in increasing headcount from 700 to 1,000 by the end of 2009 and come out with innovative business solutions.

An electronics and communications graduate from the Delhi College of Engineering, Sharma set up his first successful internet venture while pursuing an engineering degree course. He sold it subsequently. Having performed key technology roles in the Internet and the media space in India and abroad, he dived into the telecom space and founded One97 in 2000.

Sharma has led One97 to become one of the most promising telecom product and service companies offering mobile value added transactions for over 90% of the countrys subscriber base.

Contributed by Ashok Kumar and Vikram Chaudhary