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Nandan Nilekani chats up with Indra Nooyi

Source : – Economic Times

NANDAN: I tried to see how we could structure this conversation and I thought there are, broadly, three areas we could talk about. One is about the business. The other about India and different aspects of India, your plans for India and so forth. And the third is more on the personal side.

INDRA NOOYI: Yes, as long as we stay out of politics.

NANDAN: Yes. You joined Pepsi in 1994 and at that time, it was soft drinks, restaurants and bottling; and it had assets, capital and so forth. Pepsi, 12 years later, is a completely different company, because you demerged a few things, you bought a few things. Could you just trace that whole journey and your strategy behind that?

Sure. In 1994, when I came to PepsiCo, there were really three businesses. They were soft drinks which included both bottling and the concentrate company. There were salted snacks — Frito Lay. And restaurants where we had, we all talk of them, Pizza Hut, KFC and a whole bunch of casual dinning chains.

PepsiCo, until 1994, had been a much admired company which was performing phenomenally well. Around 1994-95 the restaurant business started softening, and softening in a dangerous way. We didn’t like the business trend. Roger Enrico came in, back from a sabbatical, and he became head of the restaurant sector which at that time didn’t have anyone. So Wayne Calloway, the then CEO, appointed Roger as the head of the restaurant sector and I was his chief of staff having just joined the company.

So in ’94, Roger and I undertook a sweeping relook at the restaurant business. We didn’t take any action on the restaurant business; we were trying to understand as to what was going on with the business — that it had been such a high flying one, and all of a sudden the performance fell. It was really falling. And the wonderful thing is both Roger and I didn’t know the restaurant business. We had to learn it from scratch. We had no biases, we had no hidden agendas, we didn’t have any baggage we were carrying. We just went and worked our way up and down the restaurants of every city.

NANDAN: So, you actually went around to your restaurants…

Absolutely. Not just our restaurants, but competitors’ restaurants as well. We just hopped on a plane, went to towns, morning till evening checked restaurants — front of the house, back of the house, and what did other people say…. everything.

Read More @  Economic Times

First flaw found in Vista

The honeymoon seems to be over for Windows Vista. According to reports, hackers have once again managed to get the better of Microsoft. The recently launched Vista is said to have a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the operating system’s speech recognition feature.

The potential security hole was discovered after an online discussion prompted blogger George Ou to try out a speech-based hack. Ou reported on ZD Net that he was able to access the Vista Start menu and, conceivably, run programs using voice commands played over the system’s speakers.

Microsoft has said that the exploit was “technically possible” but there was no need to worry. The company has admitted that speech recognition features in Vista could be hijacked so that a PC tells itself to delete files or folders. Vista can respond to vocal commands and concern has been raised about malicious audio on websites or sent via email.

Read More @ Economic Times 

Windows Vista”s hyped security will be tested

Computer hackers are off and running trying to find vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp.’s new Windows Vista operating system, putting to test the software maker’s claim that it is the most secure Windows program ever.

The new version of Windows, the computer operating system that runs over 95 per cent of the world’s computers, became available to consumers on Tuesday after five years of development and a number of delays to improve security.

A high-profile new product like Windows Vista draws interest from the entire spectrum of the computer security industry, ranging from hackers trying to exploit a breach for criminal means to researchers looking to make a name for themselves as security experts


IBM unveils Lotus Sametime 7.5.1

IBM has announced the availability of the new version of Lotus Sametime instant messaging and collaboration software, which will include real-time point-to-point video for expanded communication capabilities. The shipping begins in early second quarter 2007.

This release will also include integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office applications and support for Linux servers and Macintosh clients.

Built on an Eclipse framework, Lotus Sametime is an easily extensible platform, enabling anyone to build and deploy open extensions known as “plug-ins.” With the product’s new integrated video capability and plug-ins developed by telephony and video providers, Lotus Sametime is further validated as a flexible platform for unified communications and collaboration, IBM said in a statement.


Mobile technology moves to the 4G

The rollout of HSPA has just started, yet the next step toward 4th-generation mobile radio is already waiting in the wings.

The purpose of UMTS long-term evolution (LTE) is to ensure the future of UMTS by providing higher data rates and shorter access times. Rohde & Schwarz, a pioneer in developing new technologies, will again showcase solutions for ground-breaking developments and research projects on UMTS LTE at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.

Moreover, a complete product portfolio for HSPA and for mobile and stationary WiMAX applications will be presented. As the European market leader in T&M and broadcasting technology for digital transmission methods, Rohde & Schwarz supports the introduction and smooth operation of mobile TV. In Barcelona, the new R&S ETL TV analyzer platform will complement the company’s wide product portfolio.

Read More  @ Vanguardngr

Made in India’ mobile soon

Finally! A mobile that’s made in India.

Bangalore-based Digibee Microsystems (Digibee) is all set to take this pioneering step in the next few weeks.

Announcing the investment of $8.5 million (about Rs 38 crore) by Clearstone Venture Partners and SIDBI in the firm, Mr Vijay Balakrishnan, Vice-President of Marketing, Digibee, said the amount would be used to fund the company’s first phase of operations.

It will tie up with the top five mobile operators in the country, who have between them around 115 million subscribers, and begin the process of rolling out handsets. The investment will be utilized to obtain licences, IPRs (intellectual property rights) and in strategic deals with the component manufacturing vendors.…

Read More @ The Hindu Businessline 

TCS sees $1b from e-gov biz by 2010

India’s largest software exporter $2.97-billion TCS plans to achieve over 10% of its revenue from its e-governance vertical by 2010. Overall, the company has set itself a target of $10 billion by 2010. This translates into e-governance revenues of over $1 billion.

“We project at least 10% contribution to TCS’ overall revenues through e-governance by fiscal year ending 2009-10,” says Tanmoy Chakrabarty, vice-president (global government industry group), TCS.

Last year TCS earned less than $200 million through its e-governance practice. According to estimates, the global e-governance pie is over 180 billion, of which Indian companies share at present is minuscule, less than 1%.

TCS rivals such as Infosys, Wipro, Satyam and HCL have lesser share of e-governance in their overall pie. Surprisingly, TCS’ biggest rival Infosys doesn’t have a government vertical.

Read More @ Economic Times (27 Jan ‘ 07)

Nasscom hails Bush comment on HI-B visas

US President George W Bush’s reported comments on the US looking at the possibility of increasing the number of HI-B visas — granted to Indian professionals to work in the US — has received an enthusiastic response from Nasscom.

The Nasscom President, Mr Kiran Karnik, told Business Line, ” We welcome such an initiative. This step would be mutually beneficial to both the countries.” He said that last year the senate immigration Bill that dealt with the issue could not be converted into legislation due to problems of illegal immigrants.

Read More @ The Hindu Business Line January 27, 2007

LIC to go paperless, digital by 2010

Shedding its image of a brick-and-mortar organisation, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is all set venture into the digital era.

The corporation is close to signing a Rs 1100 crore Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) contract with a consortium-led by global IT major Hewlett-Packard (HP) that will transfer it to the paperless world by 2010.

HP will lead a consortium of IT firms, including Mumbai-based Vakrangee Softwares for three-and-a-half year that would entail digitalization of its 20 crore policies. The global IT major would also have to rollout LIC’s EDMS initiative and computerize all its 2,048 branches.

The technical and commercial evaluation process has been completed, and a formal announcement would be made sometime later sources close to development said.

IT majors Wipro, Electronic Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and hardware major CMS Computers were the other bidders for the project.

Read More @ Business Standard (26 Jan ’07)

TCS to set up largest offshore centre in Karnataka

India’s top IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is planning to set up an offshore development centre in South Karnataka. The company will invest nearly Rs 1,000 crore to set up the centre, which will house close to 2,000 people, sources close to the development told HT.

This would be one of the largest centres of TCS in the country, which currently employs 83,000 people across the world.

This offshore development centre would be undertaking high-margin work such as writing codes for ERP and other package implementation along with some application development and maintenance work.
Read More @ Hindustan Times (25 Jan ’07)

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