Indian IT Firms To Hire Non-Engineering Grads To Cut Cost

It’s definitely good news for the Non-Engineering graduates but the Engineering graduates may face a job crisis given the current measures taken by IT companies in India to hire professionals. It is being speculated that, Indian IT firms will be interested in hiring more and more Non-Engineering graduates such as  science (BSc), computer science (BCA) graduates and even diploma holders for profiles such as testing and support services at lower wages.

A hiring firm opines that student from science and commerce backgrounds have a high aptitude level and thus the IT companies feel that this aptitude can be converted to technical talent with some basic training. Companies like Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, ITC Infotech and KPIT Cummins among others are hiring more of science and computer science graduates already.

Here are some facts:

  • Professionals from non-engineering backgrounds form about 5% of the total engineering workforce of Infosys. The company has hired close to 14,000 engineers and about 700 BSc graduates in 2010 – 2011.
  • Wipro Technologies hires non-engineering graduates (science & commerce) from colleges as part of it’s Wipro Academy of Software Excellence.
  • ITC Infotech plans to hire 20 per cent of its freshers from non-engineering backgrounds for testing and managed service profiles.
  • TCS is hiring commerce graduates for software development and has reconstructed coding such that some work can also be done without much engineering knowledge.

via Business Standard

Wipro Launches Portal For Testing As A Service (TaaS)

Testing services have been bringing a good amount of revenue for Wipro. During 2009-10, Testing services alone accounted for   12% of Wipro’s IT services revenues. In order to tap more out of the available potential on the IT testing sector, Wipro has launched a portal for Testing as a Service (TaaS)   which will mainly cater to start-ups and small, medium businesses. With the launch of this service, Wipro feels that many new companies may now come under the Wipro fold.

The portal has 5 different services as of now and this will be increased to include 20 more services and other Wipro services by the end of this month. It has taken Wipro more than 10 months to launch this service. However, companies like Patni, HP, Cloud9 & uTest are already offering TaaS but they stick to only one TaaS offering (for e.g. cloud testing). Wipro’s TaaS service is different and covers a lot of avenues which others don’t.

Mr Gangadharaiah, SVP of Testing Services at Wipro   feels that the   TaaS portal   helps both Wipro’s   and it’s client’s employees   to share information in a better way. He also said that coaching 700 new people is a big job   and the new portal will assist in that by making all information related to Testing right at one place.

Wipro To Build Datacenters For Three States

Wipro Infotech has bagged big orders for three Indian states which involves building high end datacenters from scratch. According to a news release, Wipro will build, manage and commission State data centres (SDCs) for Maharashtra and West Bengal. The third state is Gujarat which already has a State Data Center, so here Wipro will only upgrade and commission the datacenter.

These data centres would host applications and provide Government to Government (G2G), Government-to-business (G2B) and Government-to-citizen (G2C) services. Wipro would also build a central repository for all data related to the State on citizen information, services portal and online services. SDCs are emerging as one of the key elements of the core infrastructure required for the National eGovernance Plan (NeGP). Once integrated with the other infrastructure projects such as State Wide Area Network (SWAN) and Common Service Centres (CSC), it would form the framework for roll out of various eGovernment services.

Wipro To Offer Blu-Ray Devices & Services In Association With Philips

Wipro + Philips Deals Blu-Ray Disc

Wipro Tech has entered into a strategic deal with Philips to provide Blu-Ray solutions in the Indian Market. According to the exact specifications of the deal, Wipro Tech can now offer Blu-ray middleware and solution development services related to the new   Blu-ray technology all developed by Philips.

Blu-Ray aka BD or The Blu-Ray disc is an optical storage medium aimed at storing high definition content like hi-def videos and games and can store upto 25GB and 50GB of content on single and double layered optical discs respectively. This technology had initially faced some competition from the HD-DVD standard but the competition is now over with major movie distribution houses switching to Blu-Ray for content delivery.

According to the director of Philips Intellectual Property and Standards – Mr. Frederic Guillanneauf Philips is the pioneer of the Blu-Ray technology and is strongly committed towards the wholesome development of the Blu-Ray technology. He feels that the tie-up with Wipro will actually fuel the development of this technology to a further level. Wipro being a major supplier of embedded software in the market, it will also add to the Blu-Ray R&D.