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ST Team
Monday, September 3, 2007
Silver Software expands India operations to spur growth
Silver Software, a leading U.K. based provider of software and safety engineering services in aerospace, railway signaling and telecom verticals, is expanding its India operations to meet its growth plans in the Asia-Pacific region.

The expansion plans include setting up a full-fledged software development centre in Bangalore and hiring 500 more engineers to take the headcount to about 900 over the next three years. Two-thirds of its engineers work here, while the rest are at its London and Madrid development centers.

The 12-year-old company provides engineering services to global aerospace firms such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin. In the transport sector, it provides services to London Underground and Metro Madrid in Spain.

BEA tops in server software space
Independent analyst group IDC has identified BEA Systems as the leader in Indian application server software space. With a market share of 30 percent in the Indian application server software, BEA Systems has beaten global players in the middleware market, during the second half of 2006.

IDC views the application server as a base infrastructure for a range of “higher-level” products including integration, business process management, enterprise portals and web services. Over the last few years, the middleware market in India has grown in prominence and Service-Oriented Architecture has risen to the forefront as a rallying point for deployment in the space.

Key customers deploying BEA products in India include State Bank of India, ICICI Prudential, Life Insurance Corporation of India and Indian Railways, among others.

Karnataka State Best IT Export awards announced
The Karnataka State Best IT Exporter Award for 2006-07 was announced based on the recognition of the industries’ contribution to exports in the field of software, hardware and ITES.

Under the Major Indian Company (MIC) category, Infosys and Wipro bagged the best Best IT Exporter whereas Tata Consultancy Services and i-flex Solutions won the certificate of excellence. Acropetal Technologies and Crossdomain Solutions bagged the Best IT Exporter under the fastest Growing SME Companies category whereas Iteamic and SoftJin Technologies won the certificate of excellence. Various other companies were also awarded under different categories.

Dexterity opens second facility in Chennai
Dexterity, a leading IT and KPO player in the niche of Research and Analysis, announced the opening of its second facility in Chennai with an investment of $1.5 million.

The new facility will accommodate a headcount of 250 and host process outsourcing services for the market research and analytics space. Dexterity presently has over 300 people on its rolls. Following the opening of this second facility, the company plans to double its headcount by March 2008. Additional resources will be spread across voice and data services that cover Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), Scripting, Analytics and Reporting.

Nokia to set up satellite design studio in India
Leading mobile devices maker Nokia, has set up its first satellite design studio in India at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology to create designer handsets for Indian and global markets.

The satellite studio, the first of four such facilities which Nokia plans to locate around the world, will explore a range of design trends and themes, including colours and materials. The second studio is being set up at Rio de Janiero in Brazil.

A team of Nokia designers will engage students of Srishti in studying the use of the Internet on mobile phones and its implications for design and features of the next generation handsets.

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