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    top IT companies need to ensure there are more role models at the leadership level for women to aspire to reach there said Mr Kamal Karanth Managing Director Kelly Services India Most women believe that men still call the shots in the IT industry but are appreciative of the support they get in these companies when working in gender diverse teams A good 76 per cent of the women polled for the survey rated the support from their managements in the range of okay to excellent The comparative figure for immediate supervisors is an even better 78 per cent For colleagues it is 88 per cent Indian women play a key role in the IT industry which is a flag bearer of the Indian economy globally By facilitating their ascent to leadership levels IT players can increase their economic competiveness and creative flair added Mr Karanth The survey shows that charting out clear growth maps leading all the way to the top may in fact be a key retention factor for IT companies Women who feel they are up against a glass ceiling with no further head room to move up are most likely to drop out This is because there is already enormous pressure on mid career women to choose between home children and family on the one side and a career on the other If the career appears to be going nowhere the choice often becomes a no brainer However the heartening fact is that 56 per cent of the respondents said that they would not quit if there were adequate policies in place Nearly 50 per cent voted for customized training programs Many factors outlined would serve as encouragement for more women to break the glass ceiling The increase in percentage of women moving from middle to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/it-industry-women-still-not-on-top/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Jane Thomson Jane Thomson MD Softworx an EOH company and distributor of Infor in Sub Saharan Africa says that in the past most applications were built to last their longevity and robustness being the most prized features However today the most important thing about an application is that it is built to change its ability to reflect the dynamic nature of business now being its most important feature With the rapid pace of change today the need for transformation through flexible software applications that can change direction rapidly has never been greater Yet the structures processes and systems that we have today are inflexible they are incapable of rapid change Built for change applications like Service Oriented Architecture SOA place the factors most likely to change process flows policies and services at the centre of the application s design and provide a means to manage their prompt evolution The core philosophies of SOA are inter operability and re usability through which the re use of services and components is promoted meaning that new applications can be quickly assembled to respond to changing market conditions or demands With the shortening of project timeframes comes a faster response to changing business requirements SOA moves companies from a previous generation systems architecture based on independent applications tightly coupled together by custom messages or processes to a new type of architecture based on independent services tied together by a standards based messaging The cost to upgrade complex and monolithic computer systems is very risky for businesses since the transitional phase can interrupt critical activities and often employees have to be re trained on the new system With a SOA the company can move away from single platform closed systems to a set of loosely coupled web services that bring all the benefits of a

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    Villagers don t have access to dynamic markets allowing middlemen to control prices They are also not aware of good business practices and aren t organised enough to be able to use the benefits of commerce to develop their communities As in India villagers aren t exposed to knowledge related to agricultural practices irrigation health education job markets and entertainment Through ITShed villagers get direct access to local relevant and reliable information Information and statistics about rural Sri Lanka is poor and outdated hindering development of functional public policy and ground based academic research This creates difficulties in bringing in businesses as firms lack information on demographics and consumption trends Through ITShed villagers get direct access to local relevant and reliable information on markets education and health Each village has a portal where information on services and products is regularly updated This facilitates and enhances transactions offering more choices for buyers widening the market for sellers and documenting the village s economic activities ITShed is part of the Gemidiriya Community and Livelihood Improvement Project a 12 year development programme supported by the World Bank designed to assist the implementation of Sri Lanka s poverty alleviation strategy initiated in 2007 In March 2008 15 village portals were created as a pilot It was decided that community information centres CICs equipped with computers and Internet connectivity would be set up in each village and people from the locality would be trained to run them upload the data and be technology mediators Many workshops were organised to train villagers especially the youth in data collection preparation of resource maps content upload and CIC management Each centre was designed to work as a single and autonomous entity owned and run by the villagers Community building activity and training were also designed to build awareness

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/itshed-provides-template-to-empower-rural-people/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    a huge market space in India More than eLearning this is online and face to face with live lectures mode of learning This covers up the dearth of right staff for explaining a topic of interest for a student wherever he she is Further staff can address multiple students across many locations Online tuition services supported by good software system on the Web can further improve the planned execution of the tuition sessions with tutors scheduling the classes and the students choosing the same School students and college students spend a lot of money on tuition Students believe that self paced automated learning may not help much and that face to face training sessions are a must to pass exams with better scores But then only when a student s interest is high in understanding and the concept explained in any mode of learning can one look at scoring high marks In India every student is more exam oriented rather than knowledge or skill oriented This also makes a student look for tuitions We have been upgrading our 2tion com to enter into college segment as online tuition service providers Further we are also merging our EdClass product which automatically schedules and brings in a tutor of choice to the student and also enables multiple students to join such sessions Details of sessions performance of tutors students attendance and feedback information are also recorded for processing Our plan with EdClass and 2tion com is to make significant inroads into the school and college tuition market across India in the near future BL There is a lot of talk on the potential of the Government private sector partnership in the school education space Do you expect this to take off What are the key challenges here What is your strategy for the schools market SG The Government s PPP Public Private Partnership is being rolled out to cover school education under the Right to Education Act The recent announcement that the Government will spend Rs 1 8 lakh crore on the Right to Education implementation in the next five years explains the priority of the Government in education Government schools require much needed support in terms of infrastructure teacher training student performance improvement all round skills development and enhancement and also to improve the GER Gross Enrolment Ratio in secondary school education as well However the key challenges are the methods of implementation High investment requirements from the private sector can be a roadblock for many of the private companies to enter this segment Our strategy is to make ourselves ready for this space quickly managing schools ourselves so as to understand the complexity of running and improving school education We would like to succeed in the challenge of elevating school education standards when we are given an opportunity to be part of PPP BL You have spoken about offering career seeding and mapping services at a very early stage in the schooling life Why is it important to map careers

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/adventures-of-the-elearning-market/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    has had an enormous impact on business and culture is an understatement The era of computation and mobile software that IT has spawned is unparalleled in its reach and forward progress and as the world continues to move onward its ability to process larger and larger quantities of data will improve to levels still unknown Here is a brief timeline of information technology s development and influence since that article from the Harvard Business Review so many decades ago It demands that the reader keep an open mind about what defines information technology which today includes everything from video games to smartphones to the Internet And also not to forget that unique developments in IT were happening even before the fifties too 1950s Information Technology in the Early 1950s touches on interesting developments between 1950 and 1955 including such highlights as the development of IBM s Electronic Statistical Machine Type 101 and the establishment of the National Science Foundation for the purpose of coordinating scientific information among scientists in the U S and around the world Advertisements of the 1950s addresses how the rise of the personal computer changed the face of advertising How do you get skeptical consumers to purchase a new bulky technology in its beginning stages How has information technology influenced the way companies relay information to customers History of Artificial Intelligence describes the rise of A I and illuminates its connections to the information technology industry 1950s New Technology strategic acquisitions is a short essay by the engineering firm Schlumberger It is a detailed account of how the rise of information technology at the time transformed their business forever thereafter The History of Transistors by Jack Ward helps demonstrate how the 1950s development and proliferation of this device changed information technology and the development of the

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    is IBM geared up to provide solution on this front One of the things we have started is creating awareness about technologies and solutions and the traction is happening There are several homeland security technologies and solutions available in other parts of the world The bureaucrats know what they need and at any stage if it translates into project we will go for the project One of the things we are trying to figure out is to adapt to the Indian environment as different parts of the government have different problems with respect to homeland security We think about technology the problem areas and solve it by looking at our solution and adapting it to the Indian environment In terms of unique identity what is the solution that IBM can bring on to the table Are you planning to participate in this project If you look at all the databases be it driving license pan card and election card there are elements of duplication There is a technology which helps in eliminating duplication Essentially it is granular and also provides detailing so that one can associate the person with address and telephone number In software suite we have a powerful combination We are also pretty strong on infrastructure side both on the hardware as well as software We had limited discussion for last 3 4 years It is early days for the Unique Identification project but we will definitely participate If associated we will have the privilege as no country has a project of this size in terms of population geography multiple languages and all complexities But I must admit that execution of this project would not be an easy task What are the activities conducted by IBM Research Lab for the government vertical This is unique for IBM as we have two labs IBM Research Lab and IBM Software Lab We are actively involved with our labs as some of these projects are planned to happen in the next few years This is the first of its kind research lab where the focus is on developing solutions to be used by government agencies For instance we are building a solution on a handheld device whereby a person in a field can feed in the data the data is verified at the server end and the result is sent on the handheld through an SMS Once it becomes operational in the next few months the solution will touch almost every citizen of India In terms of revenue this is pretty small but it makes value as it will help make things change in our country Looking at the recent NeGP projects IBM has not bagged too many projects under Public Private Partnership PPP in the country Why We may not have been direct bidder in many of the projects but we are working with several of the prime bidders and have a good number of projects that are under implementation and execution stage We have associated with some of them

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    Image credits Daijiworld com Kenyan schools go digital This will see students in public schools use computers for learning from January if the government project is successful In a plan to put textbooks in digital format that promises to radically change the way learning takes place in Kenyan schools the Kenya Institute of Education has prepared new texts in readiness for the roll out Initially eleven Form One subjects and science and mathematics lessons for classes four and five will be taught in the digital format Targeted subjects The Form One subjects to be taught in the new format include mathematics Kiswahili chemistry history government business studies and computer science Others are English biology physics agriculture and home science And yesterday the Ministry of Education signed a Sh700 million deal with three technology giants Intel Microsoft and Cisco and USAID for a project that is to further boost e learning in schools Students will in the long term do their homework and access presentations and research materials through computers provided by schools The project dubbed Accelerating 21st Century Education ACE will be implemented in 60 schools 40 primary and 20 secondary Each of the schools will be provided with 100 networked computers for students use 120 laptops for teachers and a server supporting wireless access infrastructure Students will in the long term do their homework and access presentations and research materials through computers provided by schools Under the project teachers would be expected to prepare lessons that incorporate PowerPoint presentations along with videos and research materials mostly sourcing material from Internet sites Should the digital learning plan work Kenyan students will join the ranks of those in developed countries like the US where in states such as California and Texas pupils use computers provided by the school for learning doing

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    the world renowned company which supplies microprocessors including Pentium now a household name has been chosen by ICTA as the Knowledge Partner for e Asia 2009 Image credits ICTA Intel logo In a mutually rare opportunity Vice President of Intel Corporation Navin Shenoy will address the e Asia 2009 conference in which about 1500 local and international delegates including global visionaries innovators practitioners policy makers and representatives from donor agencies will participate e Asia 2009 culminating in the three day conference cum exhibition from December 2 to 4 at BMICH Colombo in which the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka ICTA will be the hosting partner will provide the Sri Lankan ICT industry the opportunity for showcasing its potential The premier ICT event is an open ICT for development ICT4D platform for Asian countries to disseminate and discuss the best practices opportunities challenges and for promoting growth in Asia Intel Country Manager Sri Lanka Indika De Zoysa said that Intel Sri Lanka would continue to carry out its mission of meeting and exceeding the expectations of the Sri Lankan clientele and stakeholders including customers employees shareholders and the Government of Sri Lanka We hope to launch our world famous Class mate PC project at the event as our social responsibility initiative he added Welcoming the decision of Intel to play a leading role in e Asia 2009 ICTA Chief Operating Officer Reshan Dewapura said We welcome Intel as the knowledge partner of e Asia 2009 We have confidence that as one of the companies that has contributed to the fostering and the rapid growth of the PC industry in Sri Lanka Intel will fulfill its role as Knowledge Partner of e Asia 2009 in manner that far exceeds all expectations About 45 countries particularly from Asia but including

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