Stories by John Ribeiro

Offshoring R&D to India on the upswing

Offshoring R&D (research and development) to India is currently a US$9.35 billion industry, with R&D centers owned by multinational companies accounting for about $5.83 billion of this market, according to management consultancy Zinnov.

India developing US$10 laptop

India is developing a laptop to be sold at US$10, that will target higher education applications, a minister of the federal government said Tuesday in Delhi.

Indian outsourcers gaining global share: Gartner

India's top outsourcers have increased their share of the global IT services market, as customers break down large multi-billion dollar orders into smaller orders that Indian outsourcers can handle, and also as customer confidence in Indian providers grow, according to research firm Gartner.

India may stop short of BlackBerry ban over security

The Indian government is continuing in its demand that Research In Motion make it legally possible for the government to intercept and monitor emails on the BlackBerry service offered by Indian service providers, but it is not likely to use a ban of the service as a bargaining counter.

Indian IT services to reach $14B by 2010: Gartner

India's IT services market is forecast to grow to US$10.73 billion (NZ$14.3 billion) by 2011, at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 23.2%, as outsourcing emerges as a more favoured option for companies in India, according to research firm Gartner.

Microsoft to research advanced algorithms in India

Microsoft Research in India has formed a group to work on advanced software algorithms, looking for a way to more efficiently process and analyse the large volumes of data generated by web applications and scientific research.

Silverthorne gives birth to Diamondville

Diamondville, a new Intel chip targeted at ultra-low cost and low power notebooks, will be built around the core of Intel's upcoming low-power Silverthorne processor. The Diamondville chip is scheduled to start shipping next year, and is intended for low-cost computers for emerging markets, like the Classmate PC and the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC), according to Intel.

Asian governments driving demand for open source

Asian governments are pivotal to Red Hat's goal of earning 60 percent of its revenue from outside the US by the end of 2009, said Matthew Szulik, the company's chairman, chief executive officer, and president.

Open XML stumbles in India

A technical committee in India unanimously rejected Microsoft's Office Open XML file format as a standard, ahead of a vote on Sept. 2 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on whether to approve Open XML as an international standard.

Wipro to acquire US services provider Infocrossing

Indian outsourcer Wipro Ltd. plans to acquire U.S. IT services provider Infocrossing Inc. for about US$600 million, to fill gaps in its portfolio in hosted and managed IT infrastructure services and network operations centers.