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50 most Influential people in IT and Technology, 2009 |

April 25, 2010

1. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO
2. Evan Williams, Twitter CEO and co-founder
3. Jimmy Wales, Wiki Media founder and co-founder of Wikipedia
4. Eric Schmidt, Google CEO
5. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp CEO
6. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder
7. Barack Obama, US President
8. Tim Berners-Lee, Father of the world wide web
9. Nandan Nilekani, Head of the Unique Identification Authority of India and co-founder of Infosys
10. Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO
11. Niklas Zennström, Co-founder of Skype, Joost, Joltid, Kazaa
12. Christian Engström, Deputy chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party
13. Lord Stephen Carter, Former Communications, Technology and Broadcasting Minister
14. Dave Girouard, President, Google Enterprise
15. Vivek Kundra, US federal CIO
16. John Suffolk, Government CIO
17. Matt Mullenweg, Founder of Automattic
18. Nicholas Negroponte, Founder of One Laptop Per Child
19. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco
20. Linus Torvalds, Father of Linux
21. Shai Agassi, Better Place founder
22. Daniel Ek, Co-founder, Spotify
23. Ashley Highfield, Managing director and VP of consumer and online, Microsoft UK
24. Erik Huggers, Director of BBC Future Media and Technology division
25. Craig Venter, Father of genomics
26. Elon Musk, Serial tech entrepreneur
27. Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK
28. Dr Robert Atkinson, President of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
29. Stephen Wolfram, Creator of the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine
30. Martha Lane Fox, Champion for Digital Inclusion in the UK government
31. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco CTO
32. George Osborne, Shadow chancellor
33. Chris Anderson, Wired editor, author of ‘The Long Tail’
34. Marc Benioff, CEO,
35. Stephen Fry, Geek, blogger and performer
36. Deron Beal, Freecycle founder
37. Mike Lynch, Founder and CEO of Autonomy
38. Tom Steinberg, Founder of
39. Marten Mickos, Former CEO, MySQL
40. James Cameron, Hollywood director
41. Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat
42. Gary McKinnon, Accused Nasa hacker
43. Richard Stallman, Open software guru
44. Warren East, ARM CEO
45. Michael Dell, Dell CEO
46. Vineet Nayar, HCL Technologies CEO
47. Ray Kurzweil, Inventor and futurist, Singularity University chancellor
48. Michael A Cusumano, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
49. Chris Hyman, CEO of Serco Group
50. Duncan Watts, Principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research


IT Company Metrics

July 26, 2009

July 26, 2009, Business Line

Wipro sees an increase in demand for shared services for software application management from its package implementation clients (13.4% of Wipro’s revenue is from Package imp) – such projects reduce cost of application management by 20-25%. Wipro currently has a 300-people team for this business, known as FlexDelivery. Strong demand from Manufacturing, Retail and High-tech customers. This model is available for one package currently and is part of Wipro’s non-linear strategy.

July 19, 2009, Businees Line

TCS results…quarter ending June 2009

  • Offshore revenue: 50.4%
  • Utilization 71.3%
  • employees: 1,41,642; Attrition level: 11.5%
  • SGA 21% (as of Mar 30, 2009 quarter)

July 14, 2009, Business Line

Wipro has launched 5 new service lines aimed at helping customers in overcoming business challenges and achieve cost savings:

  1. WipMap to address issues such as IT transformation
  2. WipMigrate to help customers and vendor migration
  3. WipSave helps them reduce IT costs
  4. WipMerge helps customers address IT integration issues post M&A and
  5. WipOptima helps them rationalise IT assets.

Through these new service lines, Wipro is assuring its customers an upfront cost savings of some 25 per cent over the current costs.

Feb 8, 2009, Business Line
BL reports the revenue contribution of top 5 and top 10 accounts of some IT companies.
Top accounts Contribution (BL Feb 8, 2009)

Nov 13, 2008 Economic Times
New clients and SGA expenses acquired by top IT services in the first 3 quarters (Jan – Sep) of 2008.
• TCS – 138; 19-20% of revenues
• Infy – 129; 12-13%
• Wipro – 107, 10-12%
• CTS – 182, 23-24%
• Satyam – 99, 18-19%
Oct 29, 2008 Business Line
Debtor Days / time it takes to collect payments from their clients, @ Q2 2008.
• TCS – 90 days (Q1 2008 92 days)
• Infy – 60 days (69; Q3 2007 – 61)
• Wipro – 67 days (67, 70)
• Satyam – 88 days (93, 92)
• HCL Tech – 80 days (79, 77)

Gartner 2007
SWITCH share of global IT services… It was 1.9% in 2006, which increased to 2.4% in 2007.
• Rank 28, TCS, 0.6% (2006), 07.% (2007)
• 37, Infy, 0.4, 0.5%
• 40, Wipro, 0.3%, 0.5%
• 63, CTS, 0.2%, 0.3%
• 69, Satyam, 0.2%, 0.3%
• 76, HCL, 0.2%, 0.2%

Influential People – Survey Data

July 26, 2009

BW 25 influential people on the Web – 2008

BW, as usual has come out yet another of its famous lists – the BW 25 influential people on the Web. It includes the following people…

  • The Marshall: Mitchell Baker –
  • The Innovator: Jeff Bezos –
  • The Searchers: Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt –
  • The Investor: Jeff Clavier –
  • The Papa Bear: Paul Graham –
  • The Muckracker: Arianna Huffington –
  • The Adviser: Joi Ito –
  • The Mastermind: Steve Jobs –
  • The Filmer: Jonathan Kaplan –
  • The Communicator: Loic Le Meur –,
  • The Trader: Jack Ma –
  • The Publisher: Matt Mullenweg –
  • The Mogul: Rupert Murdoch –
  • The Community Organizer: Craig Newmark,
  • The Traffic Driver: Gabe Rivera –
  • The Poster Boy: Kevin Rose –
  • The Adult: Sheryl Sandberg –
  • The Edutainer: Jon Stewart –
  • The Money Man: Peter Thiel –,
  • The Crafter: Maria Thomas –
  • The Advocate: Anssi Vanjoki –
  • The Crowd Sourcer: Jimmy Wales –
  • The Blogger: Evan Williams –
  • The Fighter: Jerry Yang –

100 Most Influential People in IT (eWeek) – 2008

eWeek has released the list of 100 most influential people in IT – The editors should have spent a lot of time on this… Really, the who’s who of IT / people shaping the IT industry. Microsoft has a 8 people in the top 50!, showing their influence.

  1. Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle
  2. Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
  3. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
  4. Sam Palmisano, Chairman and CEO, IBM
  5. Marissa Mayer, Vice president, search products and user experience, Google
  6. Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, Microsoft
  7. Joe Tucci, Chairman, president and CEO, EMC
  8. Mark Hurd, Chairman, president and CEO, Hewlett-Packard
  9. John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
  10. Larry Page & Sergey Brin, President of products and president of technology, respectively, Google

LinkedIn Network… Indians and Chinese returning home?

July 26, 2009

9 Jan 2010

Recd. a group email today from LinkedIn country manager that the network has 4M members in India (5M – Mar 2010) and 55M (60M+ – Mar 2010) across the world! Great going!!

7 March, 2009
Vivek Wadhwa of the Harvard Law school and his collaborators have published their findings recently on Immigration workers in the US.

  • 1 out of 4 engineering and Technology companies founded between 1995 and 2005, had an immigrant founder. They employed .45M people and generated $52B revenues in 2006.
  • Indian immigrants founded more companies than the next 4 groups combined – UK, China, Taiwan and Japan. 80% of the immigrant found companies were in the field of Software or Innovation / Manufacturing.
  • Foreign nationals residing in the US were inventors / co-inventors for 25.4% of the patents filed in the US in 2006. 16.8% of overall patents had a Chinese name and 13.7% had an Indian name in 2006. Chinese inventors tended to live in Californai, New Jersey and New York while a large number of Indian inventors were in California, New Jersey and Texas.
  • US issues 65,000 H1B visas every year and an additional 20,000 visas for individuals who had an advanced degree in the US. While a number of well known individuals in the industry including Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn have called for increase or reviewing the immigration laws –
  • The authors tracked down 1,023 Indians and Chinese through the LinkedIn network who had worked or received advanced degrees from the US for the study. 51% of Chinese had Masters and 41% had Ph.D’s. 66% of Indians had Masters and 12.1% had Ph.D’s. (Chinese were receiving lot more Ph.D’s!)
  • A strong factor in returning home for 79% was there was a growing demand for their skills in their countries. They also said that they enjoyed a better quality of life, though they were making less money.
  • Indians who returned complained of Traffic and congestion; lack of infrastructure; excessive bureaucracy and Pollution. Chinese complained of Pollution; reverse culture shock; inferior education for children; frustration with government bureaucracy and quality of healthcare. China clearly has more fundamental issues to tackle.
  • In 2006, there was a backlog of over a million applications for permanent resident visas against an yearly grant of 120,000 – 10 times over.

4 February, 2009
I have been using LinkedIn for over 8 months now and watched my connections grow to about 130+. I have connected to some very old friends and recommended it to others. Founded by Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn has 35M members, compared to 120M+ in Facebook and According to Hoffman, a typical 30-year old should have 50 – 100 contacts. LinkedIn, incredibly was profitable in 2007 and 2008. It was valued at $1B+ in June 2008 (in contrast Microsoft valued Facebook at $15B and invested $240M in it, a while ago). It expects to get about 30% from ad revenues ($75Mn+); another 30% from recruiting and rest from sales of premium subscriptions. BusinessWeek mentions that the average age of a LinkedIn member is 41 with a median salary of $109K.

Nasscom Strategic Review

July 26, 2009

Indian IT Industry FY2009E

March 7, 2009

Nasscom has recently released its Strategic Review for FY 2009. Some key mesages from the report…

• Worldwide IT spending in 2008 was $1.6T: SW and Services = $967B; HW = $594B; (FY 2012E: SW and Services = $1.2T; BPO = $181B; IT Operations = $275B)

• Indian IT will be a $71.7B industry in FY 2009E; of which SW and Services (inc. BPO and Products) are $59.6B; while HW will be $12.1B.

• US accounts for 60% of the exports and UK 19%.

• On the vertical side, BFSI accounted for 41% of the revenues;Hitech / Telecom 20%. Manufacturing 17%; Retail 8%

• Direct employement in the IT-BPO sector was 2.2M. (IT Services = 947K; BPO = 790K; Domestic IT industry = 500K). HW employement not available.

• IT-BPO sector will contribute 5.8% to India’s GDP.

Leading Geeks

July 26, 2009

Paul Glen, C2 Consulting has written an insightful book on “Leading Geeks”. He covers three areas: 

  • Geeks themselves, their motivation etc. 
  • Geek Work ie., the nature of their work 
  • Leaders, how do leaders manage them.

 A fast read and great book.Geeks

Bill Gates

July 26, 2009

Bill Gates… in 2002…
“I’ve always liked multitasking. But there are incredible limits to what I can do – like how much time there is in a day, and how much I like going home at night and having a lot of things to cogitate on…. But I’ve also learned that only through Focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are.”

Craig Mundie on Bill… as Chief SW Architect
“Bill’s unique gift was always the way he does this complete and continuous synthesis. It’s like he’s a pipe, and all kinds of stuff goes in at this end and a continuous output of optimized strategy comes out the other end…”

Every MS product has its genesis in a list of transformative scenarios. Scenario means not merely real-world setting in which a software feature or capability might come handly, but how it will change the user’s life… “The scenario is the dream, not something defined in super-gory detail.” says Mundie.

Bill has three modes in meetings – Listening, Challenging and Coaching. He’s gotten better at coaching in the past couple of years.

Indian ERP Market

July 26, 2009

Financial Chronicle Sep 24 2008, says that SAP India has acquired 600 – 700 customers in the 1st HY 2008 of which majority are in the SME space. DataQuest estimates that SAP India revenues in 2007 were about Rs. 1260 crores. IDC estimates that SAP has 27% of the Indian SME market. SAP is partnering with firms like Viceocon this year so as implement SAP for their partners and suppliers.

LiveMint, dt March 17 2008, based on a Frost and Sullivan analysis reports that the India ERP India market is dominated by SAP at 48.3%, Oracle 24.9% and MS 12.2%. MS is expanding and has the potential to take the No. 2 slot in 3 – 5 yrs. Separately, SAP India 2007 performance report says it has 3024 customers in India (up from 1350 in 2006). Among Indian IT companies TCS and Wipro use SAP. Worldwide 46,100 customers run SAP – in a recent interview, ex Microsoft CIO said MS uses SAP and Siebel CRM internally.

Top IT Books

July 26, 2009

December 1, 2008: Bruce Webster lists 5 books to the IT department – The 5 books Every IT Manager Should Read right now” in Baseline mag. Phenomenal books for all managers in the IT industry.

  1. The Mythical Man Month by Fredrick Brooks, 1975
  2. Death March by Ed Yourdon
  3. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on SW Projects by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
  4. Facts and Fallacies of SW Engg by Rober Glass
  5. Perfect SW and other Illusions about Testing by Gerald Weinberg

Books recommended by Steve McConnel in he original “Code Complete”

  1. “Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professionalism”, ACM/IEEE-CS
  2. Software Project Survival Guide, Steve McConnell
  3. Mastering the Requirements Process, Robertson and Robertson
  4. Mythical Man-Month, Fred Brooks
  5. Peopleware, DeMarco and Lister
  6. Rapid Development, Steve McConnell
  7. 201 Principles of Software Development, Alan Davis
  8. Manager’s Handbook for Software Development, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  9. Project Engineering Body of Knowledge, PMI
  10. Measures for Excellence, Lawrence H. Putnam and Ware Myers
  11. Principles of Software Engineering Management, Tom Gilb
  12. Software Runaways, Robert Glass
  13. Practical Software Metrics for Project Management, Grady Booch
  14. The Deadline, Tom DeMarco
  15. Software’s Chronic Crisis, Wayt Gibbs

Software Pioneers

July 26, 2009

Manfred Broy and Ernst Denert have discussed the following pioneers in their book titled “Software Pioneers – Contributions to SW Engg”. I haven’t read the book yet, in my book list…

  1. Friedrich L Bauer – From the stack principle to ALGOL
  2. Ole Johan Dahl – Roots of Object Orientation: The simula langauge
  3. Niklaus Wirth – Pascal
  4. Fredrick Brooks – IBM OS/360
  5. Alan Kay – GUI
  6. Rudolf Bayer – B-Trees and Database
  7. Peter Chen – ER Modeling
  8. Edsger W Dijkstra – Structured Programming
  9. CAR Hoare – Assertions
  10. David Parnas – Information Hiding
  11. John V Guttag – Abstract Data types
  12. Michael Jackson – JSP
  13. Tom DeMarco – Structured Analysis
  14. Michael Fagan – SW Inspections
  15. Barry Boehm – Software Economics
  16. Erich Gamma – Design Patterns