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ISSUE 1, April 2011
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Dear Friends,

It is a pleasure and a privilege to share with you the first issue of CommuniQA, our very own newsletter. Produced with a collaborative effort, we hope to keep our customers and our patrons informed about our business activities and at the same time share information relating to IT.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so we also have a Quiz and some Tech Humour. I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and we hope to stay in touch with you regularly. Please do not hesitate to write to us with your feedback and suggestions that will help us to improve our newsletter.


Title Customer Speak
Cloud Computing - IS CLOUD COMPUTING the Right Solution for your Organization ? Cost V/s Risk V/s Tradition
EM SUBHASHCloud computing seems like a great cost saving alternative and to an extent that is very true. Traditionally it has been always been a tussle between technology upgrade versus cost. And any savings derived by an organization on its IT infrastructure sustenance, and growth, whether it is due to Cloud Computing or any other technology roll-out augurs well for the organization and for the CIO/IT Heads. Cloud computing definitely gives me an option today to host everything on the Cloud and it is definitely an alternative to the way our organization has been hosting applications on data centres. But how much of my organization data needs to be on the Cloud is something which needs lot of detailing, risk analysis and to be perceived and understood much before I take the plunge into Cloud Computing world.

From a competition point of view I definitely need to start analyzing and thinking about my organization’s cloud computing needs today as it definitely makes some business sense to move some areas of operations to the cloud safely and profitably. Today as I work on my 5 year IT Long Range Plan (LRP), one of the key areas that goes into my LRP planning is to work on the risk assessment on all areas of organization information that are probable candidates to be moved to the cloud. I need to be cognizant of the risks involved, understand the risk, business impact; cost involved and develop a plan that can address possible cloud computing risks. But definitely I will have areas that could give me savings and reduced risks in the long run moving towards cloud computing.

To conclude, I would say Cloud Computing is here to stay and how much of leverage an organization would want to take out of Cloud Computing will be governed by Individual organizational sensitiveness to the amount of data and definition of data that they perceive is safe to be hosted on a cloud computing. This is definitely debatable and I would like to see more thoughts from other CIO/IT- Head on their take on this.

EM Subhash
Asia Pacific Regional IT Manager
Dresser-Rand India Pvt Limited

Title Interview
Nitin Alsi Nitin Alsi was crowned the Best Swan for the year 2010-2011 for his outstanding contribution to Swan last year to help it cross the 50cr mark. CommuniQA congratulates Nitin and shares with readers a glimpse about the man.

Nitin was born in 1972 in Akola, Maharasthra to a family of educationists and was the eldest of the 2 siblings. An avid cricketer and an athletic champion, he imbibed the passion of winning very early in life. He did his graduation from Govt. College of Engineering, Amravati in Electrical Engineering and in 1993 stepped in Aamchi Mumbai to carve his own future. Destiny brought him to Swan where he was instantly offered a job to sell Electronic Typewriters. He tasted blood when he sold his first typewriter and since then has come a long way to swing deals for Blade Servers, Data Centres, and Disaster Recovery Sites.

Competition and financial rewards stimulate Nitin who believes in planning and anticipating problems before they arrive. A straight talker, Nitin has evolved himself to take on newer challenges and is currently focusing on building a team.

Nitin married Shilpa, a Chartered Accountant, in 2001 and they have in Rishabh ( 6 years), a very mischievous boy. Nitin stays at Kharghar in his self-owned flat and in his leisure time prefers to watch TV specially Amitabh movies. Nitin has frugal food tastes so next time you call him for dinner a simple 'Dal Chawal or Sabudana Khicdi' will suffice, but if you want to go an extra mile, serve him Chilly Chicken.

Alsi means 'seed' and here is one seed that is going to be a mighty oak.. CommuniQA wishes Nitin a very illustrious career and a blissful family life.

ChannelWorld Premier 100 Winner
Swan won two years in a row, the Channel World Premier 100 award. Click here to read more.
Title Big Wins
Financial Services Company

Swan bagged order worth 1 Cr from a leading financial services company for revamping its blade infrastructure and upgrading the enterprise storage system. The deal consolidated Swan’s position in the Enterprise Solution arena and established its credibility to configure and close a large deal independent of OEM support. Swan designed the solution and got HP to validate and approve.
Title Innovation
Innovation is about changing orbits, creating a space where none existed, challenging beliefs and market-truths. Click here to view the presentation made by our MD at the Swan Planning Conference held recently.
Title Tech-a-laff
Help Desk: What's on your monitor now, ma'am?

Female User: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the mall
User: I can't get on the Internet.

Help Desk: Are you sure you used the right password?

User: Yes, I'm sure. I saw my colleague do it.

Help Desk: Can you tell me what the password was?

User: *****
Title Web Watch
WayBack Machines

Here’s an interesting internet archive site that has snapshots of almost all the sites in the world since 1996. So if you would like to see how your favourite website has evolved over the years, go through the archives using its timeline. Time to rekindle up old memories.

Title Free Downloads
Foxit Reader

Tired of Adobe PDF Reader constant nagging to download updates and fixes. Try Foxit Reader, a lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader. There's almost no PDF file that Foxit Reader doesn't handle perfectly. It takes up far less disk space than Adobe Reader, and still runs faster.

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/ reader/reader4.php


DiskDigger goes "beneath the file system" to recover data on a sector-by-sector basis from hard drives, thumb drives, etc. DiskDigger is very easy to use. For a free utility this is more than your time’s worth (since you are not spending any money)

Title Solution Focus
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Replify ( WAN Acceleration Solution)

Replify is a software-only solution loaded on commodity hardware which dramatically speeds up the performance of your applications, resulting in lowered TCO. Replify provides improved application delivery and massive bandwidth savings and it can be deployed within hours as it does not require to install any new hardware at your operations centre.

Users experience greatly improved response times and download speeds over a wide range of applications - including email, CRM, ERP, eDRM, file-shares and collaboration applications such as SharePoint.

Replify Application Acceleration Suite radically improves the remote user experience through compression, caching & de-duplication and protocol optimization.

Click here to explore more about Replify and how it can help your organization.
Title Technology Trend
Mobile Computing

Gartner estimates that by the end of 2010, 1.2 billion people will carry handsets capable of rich, mobile commerce providing an ideal environment for the convergence of mobility and the Web.

By 2013, more than 25 percent of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

Gartner predicts that by 2016, social technologies will be integrated with most business applications. Companies should bring together their social CRM, internal communications and collaboration, and public social site initiatives into a coordinated strategy.
Title Happenings
Swan Annual Party

It was time to celebrate our 50cr mark with a posh party at the Holiday Inn where Swans with their family members enjoyed the games, the music and the food.

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Children Enjoying Game Image
Many Swans were recognised for their
consistent performance.
  Children enjoying the games at the party.
Title Quiz
Would you like to win a Free Movie Ticket ? Answer a few simple questions and send us the reply. In case of more than one correct entry, winner will be chosen by a draw.
A) Who was one of the co-founders of Apple ?
1) Jobs, 2) Gates, 3)Newton 4)Khosla
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