Protest against TCS job cuts

CHENNAI: Young Tamil Nadu Movement (YTM), a group that came into existence in 2008 to address social causes, is bringing together employees of TCS who have alleged they have been laid off by the IT behemoth in the last two weeks.
The group held a meeting on Saturday in the presence of a legal consultant and have decided to take legal recourse against the lay-offs.

“TCS seems to be asking senior employees with over 10 years of experience to leave the organization on a 1-month notice citing poor performance,” said R S Samantha, member of YTM.

A TCS spokesperson said, “Workforce optimization is a continuous process throughout the year. This leads to some involuntary attrition in the company. This is nothing out of the ordinary or a special situation for us to comment about.”

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Infosys signs up training firm for the first time ever

BENGALURU: Infosys, India’s second-largest software company, has for the first time tied up with training firms to improve its sales team’s efficiency, two people familiar with the development said.

As Infosys adapts to the rapid pace of change in the way technology services are delivered, chief executive Vishal Sikka wants the sales team to be able to articulate the company’s ability to deliver cutting-edge, tailored solutions, the sources said.

Apart from enlisting the help of three training firms, the company has also revamped the evaluation method for its sales force by abandoning the traditional ‘bell curve’ in favour of a more direct system of measuring performance, they added.

“Partnerships have been forged to help teams learn the nuances of strategic selling, consultative selling, and effective negotiations,” said a Mumbai-based analyst who recently interacted with the Infosys’ senior management.

Sikka, the first non-founder CEO of Infosys, has said he wants to reinstate Infosys as growth leader in IT services industry. He has been promoting what is known as “design thinking”, which involves a user-centric problem-solving approach and embracing automation to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

About a third of Infosys’ workforce in sales has already undergone the training and the company expects to finish this exercise in the coming two quarters. Infosys has over 9,000 employees in its sales and support team out of a total workforce of over 160,000. ET was unable to confirm details of this sales training programme, including names of institutes the software maker has tied up with.

Infosys declined to comment, saying it is in the quiet period before it declares its third-quarter results on January 9. “The management believes that with more transformational deals on the horizon, the sales team should be geared to effectively work with clients. Obviously, it’s a good move because for some time now, the sales engine (at the company) had been faltering,” said one of the persons quoted earlier.

“Developing management talent with fresh thinking and the ability to reinvent processes is critical,” said Phil Fersht, CEO of HfS Research. “Infosys needs to have one foot in the present to protect its traditional (and legacy) business and make the right investments to grow its 5 year+ horizon businesses.” After the exit of global sales head Basab Pradhan last year, Infosys has not filled that role. Following founder NR Narayana Murthy’s comeback in 2013, the company tried to compress the bloat in the sales team, especially overseas.

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Microsoft wants to pilot White-Fi tech in India

NEW DELHI: Satya Nadella, global CEO of Microsoft, urged telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to allow the US software major to pilot its ‘White-Fi’ technology to provide internet connectivity in remote villages in the country at a meeting in the capital on Friday.

Microsoft’s White-Fi, or television White-Space technology, works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale to provide wireless connectivity across a 10km radius at a speed of up to 16mbps, by using chunks of airwaves lying between spectrum kept untouched by broadcasters to avoid interference or disturbance between transmissions.

Nadella, who is in the country on Christmas holidays, also discussed with Prasad other ways in which Microsoft could partner in the government’s Digital India initiative. He was accompanied by the firm’s India head Bhaskar Pramanik.

“We have asked Microsoft to put forth concrete ways in helping achieve various social objectives under Digital India such as raising digital literacy,” Prasad said.

A person privy to the discussion told ET, “The minister assured Nadella that the government would welcome all possible technological solutions to bring broadband connectivity to remote areas.”

During his visit, Nadella also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Hyderabad-born Nadella said Microsoft was committed to setting up data centres in India to promote the cloud first and mobile first strategy as a means to empower every citizen and business in the country.

ET was the first to report that Microsoft had filed an application with the wireless planning and coordination wing in October to deploy White-Space technology for a pilot project in Bangalore.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was the first global CEO to speak to the telecom minister for deploying alternate technology — in its case, solar drones — for last mile connectivity, followed by Google, which offered to provide inexpensive internet access across India through a network of helium-filled balloons, and now Microsoft.

While Facebook and Google are yet to put in written requests to the government, Nadella on Friday told Prasad his company is eagerly awaiting the government’s approval to begin the pilot.

The White-Fi technology has already been successfully implemented in the US and Singapore and is being tested in Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania, among others. It works on chunks of unused spectrum available in broadcasting bands in the lower frequencies from 200MHz to 700MHz.

The government’s Rs 1.13 lakh-crore Digital India initiative envisages delivering e-services such as health and education to every nook and corner of the country over broadband by 2019.

Despite the government laying a nationwide optic fibre network, reaching homes, schools, hospitals and other institutions may require wireless technology, especially in hard-to-reach areas. This is where the technology giants such as Facebook and Microsoft hope to deploy their respective technologies.

According to Microsoft, it costs less than Rs 10 lakh to install a White-Space technology router.

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