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Thursday, June 1, 2006
SumTotal opens new facility in India

One of the world’s largest providers of talent, learning and business performance technology SumTotal Systems has opened a new facility in Hyderabad. The new center will handle R&D, sales, professional support technology service and international delivery for the Mountain View, California based company.
SumTotal Systems India Managing Director, Sudheer Koneru said, “The $2 million investment in this development center will give our operations the room to grow with what we believe is an increasing need for our enterprise-class product. India plays a pivotal role for SumTotal’s international growth.” The center will employ over 300 engineers.

Indian IT sector attracts $8.6 billion investment

It couldn’t get better than this. Global corporations have pledged investments of $8.6 billion in the Indian telecom and Information Technology sector in 2005-06. The major investment came from a consortium of people of Indian origin who have proposed an investment of $3 billion for silicon chip manufacturing facility near Hyderabad called SemIndia.
The second largest chunk of investment has been announced by largest software maker Microsoft, which has announced investment of $1.7 billion in the country on R&D, education, productivity and governance. Where as Intel has proposed to invest $3.1 billion in R&D, marketing, education and setting up a venture fund.
Networking major Cisco has announced an investment of 1.1 billion, while EMC and telecom giant Ericsson have committed $250 million each. While Nokia and Samsung have invested $200 million in the country on mobile handsets manufacturing facility. Nokia is manufacturing handsets in Chennai and Samsung in Gurgaon. Tessolve Services too will spend $200 million in India on an Assembly Test Mark Pact facility in the Fab City that will come in Hyderabad.

Esquire chooses Chennai for development center
Computerized Applications Develop-ment firm Esquire Systems has opened its first offshore development center in Chennai.
Based in Irvine, California, the company will use its Chennai facility to help companies across Middle East including Africa, South Asia and the U.S. with Legacy Application maintenance, Short term-Handling spikes in development efforts, Infrastructure services, Offshore development - BOT for first time offshorers and Flexible Business Models.
The center currently has 150 programmers and Anil Nair; CEO says the company will hire 300 more people by year-end. Esquire currently has 107 employees in Dubai besides operations in Bangalore.

HP opens experience center in Bangalore
Hewlett-Packard has launched an experience center for Asia Pacific in Bangalore called Advanced Technology Center (ATC). It will give people an opportunity to understand and experience products.
The ATC hosts an entire data center with servers, storage and table libraries. Targeted at customers, independent service vendors and channel partners, the center will employ 2000 engineers who will also conduct region inspired research and development.
ATC engineers will work with Indian partners to modify global products to suit customers here. Customized products, as well as new India-specific ones will be developed here. The $87.9 billion company has had over 400 patents in the last three years from Bangalore.

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