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The Top Ten Cities for Outsourcing in India

India has 35 major cities. Not all of them are good offshore outsourcing hubs.

In the recent past, several studies have been carried out to identify the best or most attractive cities in India. Gartner Inc, National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and KPMG, neoIT, Mercer, A T Kearney, Merrill Lynch and several others have carried out city studies for a wide range of objectives.

Important parameters that were considered when developing the rankings in these studies include:

  • Availability of Infrastructure (Power, Transport, Telecommunication, Housing)
  • Cost of Living
  • Real Estate Costs
  • Availability of Skilled Manpower
  • Attrition Rates
  • Quality of Living
  • Political Climate
  • Educational Institutions

Urban infrastructure in India is not the best in the world. Indian cities are facing overpopulation, indiscriminate growth and shortage of urban services like public transportation, water supply and sanitation. It is important to point out that the 2006 World-wide Quality of Living Survey by Mercer for 350 global cities has the top Indian cities Mumbai and Delhi ranked at 150th place. Not impressive at all. On the networking front, India ranks 40th out of 115 countries with the network readiness index of 0.23.

Despite the constrains imposed by the infrastructure or lack thereof, availability of skilled manpower and the low cost advantage continues to drive investment into urban India.

An analysis of city rankings by different surveys and study of recent outsourcing trends reveals that the top 10 outsourcing destinations in India are:

1. Chennai was the poor cousin of Bangalore and Hyderabad during the initial years of the IT boom in India. Today it is the lead outsourcing destination due to the low cost advantage, improving infrastructure, international connectivity, availability of land, skilled manpower and lower attrition rates compared to Bangalore and Hyderabad.

2. Hyderabad continues to woo investors by focusing on improving its urban infrastructure. The Governments, both past and present, have been very clear in their focus and support to the IT industry. The city has been among the most favored destinations due to the infrastructural improvements and the planned growth phased in by the governments in the twin cities.

3. Bangalore is the technology hub of India. It is increasingly becoming a global melting pot of cultures. The original garden and pub city of India has a comfortable climate compared to the other Indian cities that are happening in terms of outsourcing. However, the city’s infrastructure is inadequate to meet the demands of the exploding population. There is a growing feeling that other cities will overtake Bangalore if it continues to suffer due to political bickering, skyrocketing real estate prices and poor urban planning. According to a recent survey, it still ranks as the top city for living, earning and investing.

4. National Capital Region (NCR) includes Delhi and its surrounding suburbs. Delhi is expensive and not as popular for outsourcing. It is the suburbs, Gurgaon and Noida that have become important outsourcing destinations due to their proximity to the capital. They continue to be a major draw due to improving transport connectivity with Delhi, good international linkage and availability of skilled manpower.

5. Pune is Maharastra’s response to Bangalore. Its proximity to India’s financial capital, Mumbai and availability of trained manpower has led to the development of a thriving hi-tech outsourcing industry in this erstwhile retirement and education haven. Apart from other infrastructure components, the city is focusing on township projects to improve housing facilities.

6. Chandigarh and Mohali are twin cities. Chandigarh is one of the few planned and good cities of India. Mohali is its twin. Together, they have the space as well as the intellectual and financial capability to become India’s best outsourcing destinations. It does not yet have an international airport, but is well connected to New Delhi by road and rail.

7. Kolkata, the capital city of the state of West Bengal is high in intellect and has an advantage in terms of low costs. However, the city is famous for its traffic snarls and trade union shut downs. The current state government under chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is making the right noises to encourage investors. Early indications are that it may actually emerge as a good outsourcing destination.

8. Mysore is one of India’s smaller cities, which have joined the outsourcing bandwagon. Its proximity to Bangalore and presence of companies like Infosys and Wipro has helped the cause. It is emerging as a preferred choice over Bangalore as India’s silicon city is now congested, expensive and has higher than average attrition rates.

9. Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is well known for some of the leading science & technology research organizations in India. The city has the infrastructure and skilled workforce to attract IT investments. It is early days yet and remains to be seen whether Thiruvananthapuram can woo investors away from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.

10. Coimbatore is the emerging engineering outsourcing hub located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The government of Tamil Nadu is keen on developing Coimbatore as a major IT destination in the state. Coimbatore’s strength is its rich engineering tradition and young graduating engineers to meet the manpower demands of the growing industry.

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January 7, 2009 Posted by | Business, General, India Related, IT, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rahul Dravid needs a big score: Sourav Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly says Rahul Dravid needs to get a big knock under his belt to ward off critics who have been questioning his place in the team for some time now.

“The pressure is bound to start mounting on Rahul Dravid after another below par effort and he must get a big score before the murmurings about his place in the team get louder,” Ganguly wrote in his column.

Dravid, who has been struggling with the bat ever since the last English summer, could only manage three in the first innings of the ongoing first Test against England in Chennai on Dec 11, 2008.

There was also much expected from Yuvraj Singh, who earned a recall to the Test team after an excellent performance in the ODI series, but the Chandigarh lad too disappointed scoring just 14.

“Yuvraj failed to make an impression in his comeback Test, but that was down to the supreme line and length that the English bowlers maintained against him,” Ganguly wrote.

“They used the short ball well, and also kept the spinners on, which Yuvraj does not enjoy when he starts his innings,” he added.

The classy southpaw also had a word of advice for England skipper Kevin Pietersen.

“Pietersen needs to adjust ‘mentally’ while batting in the subcontinent, as he is far too good a player to be gifting his wicket to the opposition. It’s paramount that he holds the English middle order together, especially in trying batting conditions,” Ganguly reckoned.

India’s most successful captain also wondered by India “always seem to struggle in the first Test of a new series” and hoped that a strong performance from the side was just around the corner.

December 13, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, India Related, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indian Airports on high alert after hijack warning

Airports in small cities like Jaipur, Chandigarh and Guwahati are at maximum risk.

TENSION IN THE AIR: Airports in small cities like Jaipur, Chandigarh and Guwahati are at maximum risk.

Security has been tightened at all airports following an intelligence warning.

According to intelligence agencies, there is a possibility of an Indian airplane being hijacked small airports where security checks are less stringent.

Airports in small cities like Jaipur, Chandigarh, Nashik and Guwahati are at maximum risk.

Intelligence agencies have alerted small airports and air marshals are being sent to sensitive sectors.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security is carrying out checks across the country. Earlier, there were rumours of a bag being found at Mumbai airport but those were found to be false.

According to some media reports, Deccan Mujahidden, a little-known organisation that claimed responsibility for Mumbai attacks, has sent an e-mail threatening to attack three Indian airports.

Intelligence agencies believe that the Deccan Mujahideen is a front created by LeT for it’s Mumbai strikes.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Attacks, General, India Related | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ganguly: I see a lot of myself in Dhoni

Arguably the most successful Indian skipper ever, Sourav Ganguly says he sees a lot of himself in Dhoni

Arguably the most successful Indian skipper ever, Sourav Ganguly says he sees a lot of himself in
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and reckons that the charismatic new captain will go on to better his record and further enhance India’s stature in international cricket.

“He has done fantastically well. Captaincy is a task, it’s not just about being a good player. He will be tested when India plays abroad and if the boys do well under him then it will be great. I am sure he will take Indian cricket forward,” said Ganguly, whose last Test saw India clinching the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by winning the fourth and final match.

“I did what I felt was right. I’m a captain who did not believe in the drawing board but react to what happens on the field of play. I see a lot of myself in Dhoni. He also doesn’t like meetings. In fact he sees things better than me. He has also had a bit of luck that a captain needs,” he added.

Ganguly said a captain is only as good as his team but he did have a huge role to play in enhancing India’s reputation. “Most important thing is that a captain is as good as a player. Raising India’s image in world cricket especially as a touring side is my legacy in Indian cricket. We, at present, are a formidable side both home and away,” he said.

Ganguly said he would not be missing the Indian dressing room as he was leaving with happy memories of being part of a team that beat the world’s best side 2-0 in the series. “I don’t think I would miss the dressing room. I have had a good innings and it’s time to leave. I am leaving with happy memories that it ended with a win for India. A 2-0 win over the world’s best team was the best that could have happened after all the doubts arising after the Sri Lanka series (where India lost)”, Ganguly said.

“I have played well and the team has played outstandingly well. To win the series 2-0 was very satisfying. We had dominated (the proceedings) after the first Test (at Bangalore),” said the former captain. Ganguly, who was asked to lead the team on the field for a brief while when India was close to winning the fourth and final Test against Australia before being chaired off the ground after India’s 172-run win, said he would forever cherish the moments that he lived today.

“In terms of team performance the way this Test has finished was one of the best ever. I want to cherish it for long. Everyone has chipped in throughout the series. Somehow we manage to pick up when we play against Australia,” said the veteran of 113 Tests. “I enjoyed my last few days and the last few hours. I was
asked to lead for five overs, did it for three overs and then told Dhoni that it was not my job,” he said.

The stylish left-hander side-stepped queries on past controversies like his public spat with former coach Greg Chappell. “Let’s keep the controversies aside. It’s a happy day for Indian cricket. The past is past, let’s not talk about it,” he said.

Ganguly said the first-ball duck in the second innings didn’t disappoint him as much as missing a hundred by 15 runs in the first innings. “I am not disappointed with the first-ball duck, getting out on 85 in the first innings was more disappointing as I was so close to a hundred. I don’t think the last duck has made it (my career) any more dramatic, it’s been dramatic anyway,” he put it succinctly.

Ganguly said he rated the 100 on debut at Lord’s against England in 1996 as his most cherished innings. He said the blazing century he made against Australia as captain in the 2004 series at Brisbane was also close to his heart. “The first Test hundred at Lord’s is always special to me. The 2001 series against Australia here and the 2004 series against them in Australia are my best series. We have won in Pakistan and England but to win against Australia is always special,” he said.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India’s Largest Test Victories

By an innings
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India inns & 239 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka (SBNS) 25 May 2007 Test # 1833
India inns & 219 runs v Australia Kolkata 18 Mar 1998 Test # 1409
India inns & 140 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Dec 2004 Test # 1725
India inns & 131 runs v Pakistan Rawalpindi 13 Apr 2004 Test # 1697
India inns & 119 runs v Sri Lanka Lucknow 18 Jan 1994 Test # 1244
India inns & 112 runs v West Indies Mumbai 9 Oct 2002 Test # 1616
India inns & 109 runs v New Zealand Chennai 6 Jan 1956 Test # 420
India inns & 106 runs v Sri Lanka Nagpur 27 Dec 1986 Test # 1063
India inns & 101 runs v Zimbabwe Nagpur 21 Feb 2002 Test # 1589
India inns & 100 runs v Australia Mumbai 3 Nov 1979 Test # 860
India inns & 95 runs v Sri Lanka Bangalore 26 Jan 1994 Test # 1245
India inns & 90 runs v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 13 Sep 2005 Test # 1765
India inns & 83 runs v Bangladesh Chittagong (MAA) 17 Dec 2004 Test # 1727
India inns & 70 runs v Pakistan Delhi 16 Oct 1952 Test # 355
India inns & 67 runs v Sri Lanka Cuttack 4 Jan 1987 Test # 1064
India inns & 52 runs v Pakistan Multan 28 Mar 2004 Test # 1693
India inns & 46 runs v England Leeds 22 Aug 2002 Test # 1613
India inns & 27 runs v New Zealand Mumbai (BS) 2 Dec 1955 Test # 417
India inns & 22 runs v England Chennai 11 Feb 1993 Test # 1213
India inns & 17 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 8 Feb 1994 Test # 1247
India inns & 15 runs v England Mumbai 19 Feb 1993 Test # 1214
India inns & 13 runs v Zimbabwe Delhi 13 Mar 1993 Test # 1218
India inns & 8 runs v England Chennai 6 Feb 1952 Test # 348
India inns & 8 runs v Sri Lanka Chandigarh 23 Nov 1990 Test # 1156
India inns & 2 runs v Australia Sydney 7 Jan 1978 Test # 814
By runs
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 320 runs v Australia Mohali 17 Oct 2008 Test # 1889
India 280 runs v South Africa Kanpur 8 Dec 1996 Test # 1344
India 279 runs v England Leeds 19 Jun 1986 Test # 1047
India 272 runs v New Zealand Auckland 7 Mar 1968 Test # 634
India 259 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 18 Dec 2005 Test # 1778
India 255 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1988 Test # 1089
India 235 runs v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 27 Jul 1993 Test # 1228
India 222 runs v Australia Melbourne 30 Dec 1977 Test # 812
India 216 runs v New Zealand Chennai 26 Nov 1976 Test # 787
India 212 runs v Pakistan Delhi 4 Feb 1999 Test # 1443
India 195 runs v Pakistan Kolkata 16 Mar 2005 Test # 1741
India 188 runs v Sri Lanka Delhi 10 Dec 2005 Test # 1776
India 187 runs v England Kolkata 30 Dec 1961 Test # 518
India 179 runs v Australia Chennai 6 Mar 1998 Test # 1405
India 172 runs v New Zealand Bangalore 12 Nov 1988 Test # 1107
India 171 runs v Australia Kolkata 11 Mar 2001 Test # 1535
India 170 runs v Sri Lanka Galle 31 Jul 2008 Test # 1884
India 162 runs v New Zealand Mumbai 10 Nov 1976 Test # 785
India 153 runs v Australia Kanpur 2 Oct 1979 Test # 857
India 140 runs v England Bangalore 28 Jan 1977 Test # 794
India 138 runs v England Mumbai 27 Nov 1981 Test # 911
India 131 runs v Pakistan Mumbai 16 Dec 1979 Test # 865
India 128 runs v England Chennai 10 Jan 1962 Test # 520
India 123 runs v South Africa Johannesburg 15 Dec 2006 Test # 1823
India 119 runs v Australia Kanpur 19 Dec 1959 Test # 483
India 100 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1975 Test # 752
India 96 runs v West Indies Mumbai 18 Nov 1994 Test # 1274
India 85 runs v West Indies Kolkata 27 Dec 1974 Test # 750
India 72 runs v Australia Perth 16 Jan 2008 Test # 1862
India 64 runs v South Africa Ahmedabad 20 Nov 1996 Test # 1338
By wickets
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Mumbai (BS) 13 Nov 1952 Test # 357
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Chennai 15 Jan 1980 Test # 869
India 10 wickets v New Zealand Hyderabad (Decc) 2 Dec 1988 Test # 1111
India 10 wickets v England Mohali 3 Dec 2001 Test # 1574
India 10 wickets v Zimbabwe Harare 20 Sep 2005 Test # 1767
India 9 wickets v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Nov 2000 Test # 1512
India 9 wickets v England Mohali 9 Mar 2006 Test # 1788
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Wellington 29 Feb 1968 Test # 632
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Auckland 24 Jan 1976 Test # 769
India 8 wickets v England Mumbai 28 Nov 1984 Test # 1001
India 8 wickets v England Kolkata 29 Jan 1993 Test # 1211
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Bangalore 18 Oct 1995 Test # 1308
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Kanpur 22 Oct 1999 Test # 1464
India 8 wickets v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 7 Jun 2001 Test # 1548
India 8 wickets v West Indies Chennai 17 Oct 2002 Test # 1618
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kolkata 28 Nov 2004 Test # 1724
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kanpur 11 Apr 2008 Test # 1873
India 7 wickets v New Zealand Delhi 19 Mar 1965 Test # 583
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 28 Nov 1969 Test # 667
India 7 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 6 Mar 1971 Test # 683
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 10 Oct 1996 Test # 1335
India 7 wickets v Zimbabwe Delhi 18 Nov 2000 Test # 1515
India 7 wickets v Sri Lanka Kandy 22 Aug 2001 Test # 1557
India 7 wickets v England Nottingham 27 Jul 2007 Test # 1841
India 6 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 7 Apr 1976 Test # 775
India 6 wickets v Pakistan Delhi 22 Nov 2007 Test # 1849
India 5 wickets v New Zealand Dunedin 15 Feb 1968 Test # 630
India 5 wickets v England Lord’s 5 Jun 1986 Test # 1046

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment