Making a lifestyle statement

Updated: Aug 28 2008, 07:51am hrs
Though a recent entrant in wine business, Dharti Desai has created a niche for herself. Her food and beverage management company, Finewinesnmore, has already become a leading distributor and marketer of imported wines and spirits in the country within a years time.

She is gung ho about the future. She adds, The business is good, but it has yet to catch up with the hype. It only means that there is more potential, she adds.

Finewinesnmore has a portfolio of 140 exclusive labels in India, including New World Wines. The portfolio includes a premium champagne like Canard Duchene and liquors like Martinique Rum, Grappas and Limoncello. Seeing the growing popularity of Indian wines, she has also added them to her collection.

She claims to differentiate herself from the competition by offering a more enriching experience with her products and services. She not only undertakes marketing and brand building for foods and beverage companies, but also runs fwmclub.com to create a lifestyle community of wine connoisseurs.

Besides, she also offers travel services and conducts tours to vineyards and premium destinations the world over.

Learning to teach NRI children

IT was 12 years ago that he shifted to Singapore from Mumbai to work as a marketing executive with a subsidiary of the HCL Group and moved up as the country manager with IBM. It was in 2006 that he found his calling in education when he was struck by the idea of setting up an international school with an Indian syllabus. It came from the dilemma that he faced as an NRI parent. Today Atul Temurnikat, chairman of Global Indian Foundation (GIF), has a presence in countriessuch as Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam and India and is providing a seamless combination of the Indian and international education systems.

Now, he is planning to expand GIF to India. Says Temurnikar, We are planning to open about 100 schools in next 10 years, including about 80 in India. From only one campus in an old leased schoolhouse in the heart of Singapore in 2002, Global Indian International Schools (GIIS) now has three large campuses in Singapore, two campuses in Japan and four in India. The foundation is educating over 17,000 students, both Indian and non-Indian students.

GIIS schools have made significant achievements and were recently featured as Best of Singapore International Schools by Newsweek and The New York Times. Under Temurnikats leadership, GIIS has won several accolades including an appreciation award from the prime minister of Singapore.

A win-win strategic alliance

GEM STONE Systems, the leading provider of the Enterprise Data Fabric, and KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd, an IT consulting firm with niche focus in diversified financial services, have signed a strategic alliance to offer high performance computing and cluster management solutions to global corporations across the US, India, Japan and Europe.

Securities and asset management firms with high volume transaction processing, especially in the fixed income and derivatives business, are today facing problems of increasing volumes, complex instruments, and a need for increased IT performance. This strategic alliance would leverage KPIT Cummins expertise in high transaction volume systems for global securities, asset management and payment processing firms using Gemstones flagship product GemFire. GemFires high speed data access will allow customers to capitalise on real-time data availability.

Says Juan Menendez, senior vice-president, Business Development, GemStone Systems, With emerging opportunities in the US, Europe and Indian markets, it is critical for us to have a global partner like KPIT Cummins to deliver services and value to our customers. KPIT Cummins years of experience in executing high volume critical applications creates opportunities for us to deploy high end solutions across verticals and to tap into their extensive customer base.

Contributed by Saikat Neogi