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TCS website hacked and put up for sale


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The website of the top tech firm in India, TCS, has been hacked. The site was hacked by an Algerian, according to a report by DNA. The hacker had directed the TCS site to his own and had put it up for sale. The sale messages had been put in English and French.

Reports say that it could be a DNS attack, like the one which Twitter was subjected to some months back. The DNA report says that the hacker said in his post that he has hacked other websites before, including the website of the Bank of Israel.

The site has been restored as of Sunday afternoon. Some users, however, had trouble accessing it even on Sunday evening.

600 Bugs in TCS Passport Seva Project

Passport Seva Project designed to provide citizens passports in a short three day span, as opposed to the present six to nine months. A ‘tatkal’ or instant quota is also available, wherein the passport can be obtained in a day’s time.

The Hindustan Times has reported that TCS has been slapped with a fine of Rs. 2 lakh for each week of delay by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Here goes the best part …

On 30 September, Deccan Herald reported that the software developed by TCS had over 600 bugs in it. The Standard Testing and Quality Control Directorate of the Department of IT tested the software, with the above result. In the second test 100 bugs showed up. The report says that another test will be conducted in October.

IBM Vows To Stay Ahead in Domestic (Indian) IT Market

The Indian services arm of IBM Corp., which contributed almost $1 billion (around Rs 4,200 crore) in company revenues during 2007, is gearing up to aggressively grow the business as it takes on competition from domestic rivals such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

IBM’s aggressive targets here are significant not just because India is turning out to be the fastest expanding business for IBM globally and already plays a significant role in its global services strategy but, it comes as other top local tech firms such as TCS and Infosys Technologies Ltd are beginning to go after similar business within India.

Demand for information technology, or IT, services in India is expanding at 30-32 percent annually, the fastest expansion of such a market anywhere in the world, from about $5 billion, according to market research firm Datamonitor India. Tech researcher Gartner Inc.’s local office estimates the market at Rs 19,562 crore. Industry insiders estimate IBM has about half of outsourced contracts in India.

“Right now, India contributes 3 percent of our total revenues and that’s purely from Finnacle (Infosys’ banking software product) and what we consider as significant contribution is when we cross the 5 percent mark. We are hoping that India at some point will be more than 5 percent,” he said. Analysts note that IBM has been focusing on the domestic deals for nearly 10 years. That coupled with their strategy of helping Indian businesses transform themselves by leveraging IT, has helped IBM build a strong domestic base.

Bharti Airtel Ltd, Idea Cellular Ltd, Vodafone Essar Ltd, the government’s Central Bureau of Direct Taxes, the Delhi International Airport Ltd and real estate giant DLF Ltd are among IBM’s key customers in India. “IBM has always seen IT services as part of the bigger business issue which is business transformation. This is their strength and so, their selling pitch and IT penetration is at a different level,” said Alok Shende, practice head at market research firm Datamonitor India

Aberdeen group announces top 100 most influential technology vendors for 2008

Source: Aberdeen – 13 May

Abstract:
Annual state of the market report, spanning 5 years, 550,000 locations, and over 2.5 million interviews, identifies technology vendors having the greatest impact – The list included software, hardware, andservice providers with Microsoft, Oracle and SAP rounding out the top three spots. Technology household names including IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco, Salesforce.com, EMC and Sun closed out the top 10. Other well established brands including Google (#11), RIM/Blackberry (#12), Apple (#16),Motorola (#22), Intel (#29), and Intuit (#46) were notably present.Also making a strong appearance on the service side were Accenture (#25), EDS (#36), Tata Consulting (#43), Infosys (#56) and Capgemini (#79).

Nielsen partners with TCS for $1.2 billion contract

The Nielsen Company, the world’s leading provider of consumer and media information services, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, business solutions and outsourcing organization, announced today they are entering into an agreement for outsourcing a portion of Nielsen’s Information Technology (IT) and Operations functions worldwide.

Under the ten-year agreement, valued at $1.2 billion, TCS will assume responsibility for important IT and Operational processes and help Nielsen integrate and centralize multiple systems, technologies and processes on a global scale. TCS also will assume responsibility for certain Finance and Human Resource business processes, which will be executed on new BPO platforms built by TCS.

Delivering certainty at 300 km per hour – TCS and Ferrari

At 2 pm on race day when rubber hits the road and the world’s eyes are on the race track – TCS is ready to deliver certainty with speed for Ferrari- even at 350 km per hour

Cutting-edge solutions delivered with speed and precision and the constant search for excellence and innovation had led to a partnership between the makers of one of the world’s fastest and most famous red car and Asia’s largest software company.

TATA Consultancy Services and Scuderia Ferrari have crossed yet another milestone on their journey, completing three years of a successful relationship. In 2004, in a unique initiative both the companies had come together where teams of engineers and specialists from TCS provided IT and engineering services and assist in the development of the Formula 1 racing car and the Ferrari sports car.

The F1 car is the most complex and advanced car platform in the market, packing research in aero dynamics, engine technology, brakes, tyres and modelling to name just a few. An F1 car is a feat of engineering in many domains. It has more in common with a jet fighter than it does with a normal car.

Experts compare it to a moving solutions platform that tests not only the stamina of the drivers but also mechanical and electronic systems that have to perform under levels of extreme stress. Goalposts shift dramatically every moment and pressure to deliver is a constant. From car electronics to safety, aerodynamics to trouble-shooting, TCS works with the F1 team to provide IT-based solutions before, during and between races.

A Formula 1 entry, as part of Ferrari’s technology team is a feather in the cap for TCS, showing that the Indian industry leader is now part of an elite group that is driving the future of technology worldwide. Collection and processing of millions of data elements with speed and accuracy is daily business at Scuderia Ferrari, the Maranello, Italy-based home of the car manufacturers.

While glamour and speed is what attracts millions of viewers to the races, a lesser-known fact is that increasingly, TCS has also delivered cutting edge engineering solutions to several customers in Europe in the automotive, aerospace, heavy engineering and automation domain.

TCS remains the first and only Indian company to enter the F1 stadium alongside the most famous occupant of this global arena.

TCS’s Brand Advertisement ..Unbelievable

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Following is TCS Brand Advertisement about Experience Certainty. Its really Classic and Superb. It doesn’t event seems to be a advertisement from a Software firm.
Do read the words that come along the video, they really sounds good.

Also the video ends with a class Indian Traditional Voice…thats called true Indian is TCS ..the TATA

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An Unbiased Comparison btwn TCS n Infy

UPDATE(20 Mar 2010) – Below comparison is based on someone’s PERCEPTION, its not final or true words.. Its about you, how well you received acknowledgement in either of the big MNC. As per me, TCS is really good to work with. So just ENJOY the article ..

TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Experience Certainty.
“This is something that our clients already know; now we are letting the Cat
out of the Bag”
Vision: “To be Global Top 10 by 2010″

INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Win the Flat World.
“The competition has been leveled, the world is flat”

These are the two leading Indian IT companies that are set to lead the IT
world globally. Both are basically “Computer Services Companies” even though
they have their own Products like “Infy Finacle” and “TCS Quartz”.

Even though they compete in the same area,
Even though they have many common clients,
Even though they do a lot of similar work,
these two are totally different in the way they work, their policies, the
way they see the clients/employees, the way they handle projects.

TCS is a 39 year old $4 billion company compared to Infosys which is 25 year
old $3 billion company. Let’s compare from two perspectives:
1) Customer
2) Employee

1) Customer
As a Customer to these two companies, you won’t find much differences. Both
deliver things on time, both deliver code of same quality etc.
But TCS may be a bit cheaper than Infosys, but latter may guarantee more
quality
for that price.

2) Employee
As an Employee, one can see a lot of differences.

1) Work Pressure
This is the first and foremost thing an employee looks for. Here obviously
TCS scores. You will rarely see people slogging in TCS whereas there is no
Infy without Slogging. Of course this difference to certain extent comes
from some extra quality things that are done at Infy, but still TCS do not
mind saying “No” when it’s difficult. Infy manager rarely has the world “No”
in their dictionary.

Note: No matter what facilities a company provides, if the workload is high,
your life will be miserable.

2) Remuneration
Infy have a well defined compensation policy. They have increments every
year and everything follows proper process. At the end, TCS guy too have the
same salary, but there are no processes as such.
One good thing about TCS is their Variable pay is less compared to infy
i.e. TCS gives what they promises but Infy may not.

Infosys is a company that loves to make Employees pay tax.
In a way, Infy is more patriotic.
TCS is more practical and loves to be in the side of employees.

3) Infrastructure
Well, this point, don’t even think of comparing. They are miles apart.
Infosys has world class facilities which only a few companies can boast of.
TCS infrastructure is pathetic say even it is Buildings, Computers,
Internet, Transport or Food courts. Computers @ TCS are generations behind.

4) Security
“Too much security” is an apt phrase for TCS. It is good from customer point
of view, but very very bad from an Employee point of view. You need to get
lot of permissions to login to a system and need a lot of access to make it
working. Half your life will go in TCS raising tickets or you will become
too lazy that you will stop using some of the facilities instead of raising
tickets. Life is so much better at Infy where things are “Hare paced’ not
“Tortoise paced” like TCS processes.

5) Work Culture
Infy has a lot of team building activities, cultural programs etc from the
HR side where as a TCS guy will see an HR only when he is in bench.
But sometimes the Infy activities end up creating a lot of pressure which
finally ends up in dissatisfaction which was actually intented Employee
satisfaction. But Infy do score here.

6) Ethics
Infy is really a company with a conscience. It is very transparent and
manages things in a beautiful way. It is indeed the “BEST MANAGED COMPANY”.
TCS has to go a long way in this to achieve this level of Transparency even
though they are trying.

7) Initiatives
There are a lot of initiatives that happens in Infy like for example “The
Ozone initiative”. It aims at reducing the paper usage. Infy will never use
paper unless it’s very necessary. “Online” rules Infy.

In TCS, one can see paper paper every where. Even for a survey, they don’t
have a proper “Survey” tool, which in turn leads them to the Manual paper
survey which not only leads to inefficiency but also it wastes lot of paper,
which in turn wood, which in turn trees, which in turns harms the Nature.

Btw, sometimes i do prefer certain things in Paper.

Then there are very active Bulletin Boards, Writer’s Forums etc in Infy
which you will never find in any another company.

8) Brand Name
Infy shows the ordinary things as Extra ordinary. That is their way of
Branding while TCS was not bothered about branding till now as they had a
strong Backbone from “TATA”. Now they have realized the importance of
branding and they have started a good campaign for better branding.

9) Code Quality Vs Documentation
Code Quality is the keyword of TCS while Infy will bore people with the word
“Documentation”. Even though the word “Documentation” is boring, it is very
important in the long run.

10) Average Age
Average age of employees in Infy is much less than that of TCS. TCS runs
mainly with Experienced people where as Infy is a “Fresher” driven company
making it more like college.

11) Processes
Too many Processes spoil the Code. This happens only in Infy.

Each company has its Prons and Cons. It’s the Employee who should decide
what they want.

The linearity of revenues and headcount for IT Industry

One bugbear faced by TCS and most of its Tier-I peers is what the IT industry nattily calls ‘the linearity of revenues and headcount’. In plainspeak, it means that revenue growth for companies such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro has become synonymous with employee addition. In TCS, for example, revenues moved up from Rs 9,727 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 18,685 crore last financial year — a 92 per cent jump. Headcount, meanwhile, has almost doubled from 45,714 to 89,419 employees.

S. Ramadorai, a TCS lifer and CEO & MD for 11 years, concedes that breaking this linearity is an important issue for the company. “We never wanted headcount and revenues to be linear. So, if we look at the number of people we had when we were a billion in revenues and the number of people we have now at $4.3 billion, you will see that the ratio has changed,” says Ramadorai who adds that the company’s focus on R&D will eventually help it break the linearity.

“So, the question we continue to ask ourselves is, ‘when we achieve $10 billion or $6 billion, should it be on the current ratio of headcount?’ And I believe it will be achieved more efficiently,” he says.

Does Infy holds a better Brand Recall than TCS ??

TCS CEO Ramadorai speaks on global brand recall.

  • Infosys holds a better brand recall among customers worldwide. Indeed, recently, the otherwise meticulous newspaper, the Economist, incorrectly described Infosys as India’s largest IT services company.
  • Similarly, TCS’ banking software product BankOne pulls in $120 million (Rs 504 crore) a year, but it is Infosys’ smaller offering Finacle that is better known

It was in relation to Experience Certainty campaign launched by TCS to achieve Global Brand Recongnition