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ISSUE 9, AMJ 2013
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Dear Friends,

This year the monsoon looks like the most positive thing in India. The unabated downpours that we have witnessed this monsoon hopefully will also result in a great economic boom for the country.

The expensive dollar continues to pose a challenge and CIOs are hopeful that they will not have to review their IT plans. We met our first quarter target and hope to stay on target.

Cloud is generating a lot of interest and this quarter we are reaching out with more Cloud centric solutions. You will see us more at your office with innovative solutions encompassing the Cloud.

And finally, hope you enjoy this issue as much as you did the last. We look forward to your continued patronage and participation in the quiz which is aptly based on the Monsoon Theme.

Technology Trend
The growing 'Internet of Things'

The adoption of RFID (radio-frequency identification) and related technologies was the basis of a trend was first recognized as "expanding the frontiers of automation." But these methods are rudimentary compared with what emerges when assets themselves become elements of an information system, with the ability to capture, compute, communicate, and collaborate around information-something that has come to be known as the "Internet of Things."

Embedded with sensors, actuators, and communications capabilities, such objects will soon be able to absorb and transmit information on a massive scale and, in some cases, to adapt and react to changes in the environment automatically. These "smart" assets can make processes more efficient, give products new capabilities, and spark novel business models.

Auto insurers in Europe and the United States are testing these waters with offers to install sensors in customers' vehicles. The result is new pricing models that base charges for risk on driving behavior rather than on a driver's demographic characteristics. Luxury-auto manufacturers are equipping vehicles with networked sensors that can automatically take evasive action when accidents are about to happen. In medicine, sensors embedded in or worn by patients continuously report changes in health conditions to physicians, who can adjust treatments when necessary. Sensors in manufacturing lines for products as diverse as computer chips and pulp and paper take detailed readings on process conditions and automatically make adjustments to reduce waste, downtime, and costly human interventions.

Podcast: Kristopher Pister, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, tells why a new generation of sensors and location technologies will endow the Internet of Things with much greater intelligence.

Download the podcast

Corporate Private Social Networks

Corporate communication traditionally has been one-way. Thanks to the popularity of social networks, now organizations are realizing its power within corporate environments for interactive communication.

Private Social Networks encourage employees to interact with peers as well as colleagues in a friendly and fast manner. Instead of writing mail, or making a phone call, the asynchronous mode of chatting and posting updates is gaining ground. The rich media options such as image, video and music sharing is making this interaction more fruitful.

These social networks can have various purposes and benefits. The most obvious would be to increase the social interaction within the organizations. The next benefit is the discovery of talent and development of cross-functional teams that emerge based on the interest, skills and experience of the members. It is not just the HR department that is realizing the potential of private social network, but also every department in the company finds a new use to work better and faster.

Swan already has a private social network that has made formal email communication redundant. The network has been devised by its sister-company emQube. Yammer, Jive and Chatter are the other cloud-based services although a little pricey as the number of users increase.

Big Wins

Swan won infrastructure refresh deal of reputed private financial institute to revamp their existing Datacenter with HP Blades, Cisco Nexus core switch and Microsoft Hyper V. Total deal size was worth 1.6 Cr. This win was against stiff competition from Cisco UCS and IBM Pure Flex.


Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. It's a hardware problem.

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.
When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!"
He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

My kids love going to the Web, and they keep track of their passwords by writing them on Post-it notes.
I noticed their Disney password was "MickeyMinnieGoofyPluto," and asked why it was so long.
"Because," my son explained, "they say it has to have at least four characters."

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Title Happenings
Abhijit Salvi (Pre-Sales Consultant) at the HP Networking Conference, Bangkok (June 2013)
Standing @ Rooftop of Hotel Marriott 44th floor
At the Metro Station
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