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Old Posted May 21, 2007, 9:58 PM
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US Tech plans big
In its efforts to upgrade itself as the largest IT hub in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram-based US Technology has charted a mega expansion plan by building a 16-lakh sft campus adjacent to the Technopark here.

The campus, to be spread across 36 acres of land, would house 12,000 employees. The company, a provider of end-to-end IT services for Fortune 500 companies, currently employs over 4,000 associates.

With the upcoming campus, the US Technology space would become one among the largest IT hubs for a single company in Kerala, said a company spokesperson.

The final plan for the campus comes more than a year after the agreement for the land was signed by the officials and the then chief minister of Kerala.

The Kerala government under the former UDF chief minister Oommen Chandy had allotted land for the campus in 2006 and an agreement to this effect was inked by company officials with Chandy. The campus will be ready in three phases. The first phase is expected to become operational by Dec 2008, the spokesperson said. The company, however, preferred to keep the planned investment figures under wraps.

The campus would represent our commitment to making Kerala a hub for IT services excellence,・said Sajan Pillai, president and chief operating officer, US Technology.

The campus will feature connected buildings that enable people to work together easily. Informal meeting and reflection spaces will be accommodated by pavilions in the external environment and will be operated round-the-clock.

http://www.business-standard.com/ice...o=285188&tab=r
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Old Posted May 23, 2007, 10:27 AM
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Celebration time for M-Squared
Wednesday May 23 2007 14:43 IST
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 50,000-sq ft centre of the MSquared Software and Services was inaugurated on Technopark campus here on Sunday.

The opening of the Indian corporate head office of the company on two acres of land coincided with its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The company, which has its headquarters at Las Vegas in USA, was registered in 1996.

The building was inaugurated by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Law, Sports and Youth Affairs M Vijayakumar.

The 10th anniversary celebrations were inaugurated by Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy. Others who attended the day痴 functions included MLAs M A Vahid and Raju Abraham, IT Secretary K R Jyothilal, SBT general manager R G Gadkari, STPI-Trivandrum irector Ramesh Kumar and CEO of Technopark N Radhakrishnan.

The areas of operation of the company include software development in different industries like healthcare, ITES, access control and security systems and retail management and consumer electronics.

The products developed by M2 Infotek, its sister concern and an SSI unit, include GateGard (to control the operations of a gate using a hand-held remote control), ScanGard (available with fingerprint and barcode scanners) and HomeGard (complete security system for houses).
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Old Posted May 24, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Old Posted May 24, 2007, 10:19 PM
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Satmetrix Expands R&D Presence With Establishment of New Facilities in India

FOSTER CITY, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Satmetrix, the leading global provider of on-demand software applications and consulting services to measurably improve customer loyalty, today announced it has signed an agreement with India's first and largest technology park, Technopark, to open the company's expanded research and development facility. Satmetrix is a global company with headquarters in Silicon Valley, California and offices in London and New York. This expansion will continue to advance the company's global footprint in the field of customer loyalty solutions.

Technopark is located in Trivandrum, India, the IT hub and knowledge capital of the state of Kerala. Technopark provides world-class, robust, and failsafe facilities for leading global organizations expanding operations to India. "We are pleased to have Satmetrix join a growing list of impressive companies who are part of the Technopark community looking for sustainable, competitive growth and access to top talent," commented Said N. Radhakrishnan Nair, CEO of Technopark.

Satmetrix is recruiting staff for its India Development Center based in Trivandrum. The company is hiring engineers from across India for software product development, quality assurance, professional services and technical support disciplines.

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US Tech in long-term deal with US tax major

BS Reporter / Chennai/ Thiruvananthapuram May 30, 2007



Thiruvananthapuram-based IT services company, US Technology, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Kansas-based H&R Block, the world's largest tax services major, to provide software development and testing services.

The deal envisages setting up an offshore development centre (ODC) for H&R Block in the city, in partnership with US Technology.

According to Karen Orosco, vice president (technology), H&R Block, the switch to ODC would yield benefits to H&R Block by having a predictable multi-year sourcing model and a shared pool of resources to be utilised across the IT organisation.

"With access to talented technocrats and a move towards a results-based model, the ODC is a significant step in our ability to deliver to our business needs," he added.
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Accel Transmatic setting up motion capturing studio in Trivandrum

In a Board meeting held today, the company has also unveiled its ambitious plans for expansion in the Animation division including setting up of India's first motion capturing studio in the Kinfra Film and Video Park in Thiruvananthapuram by September 2007.

CTO says
"our multi-pronged strategy of working on IP and Service based models in 3D Animation, VFX and Gaming will enable us to become a highly profitable business entity in the Animation Industry"

The embedded software division (Ushus Technologies) doubled its export turnover during the year with 2 new client acquisitions in Japan

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Old Posted May 31, 2007, 10:17 PM
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Iiser & Iist

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has specifically assured as much, Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan told reporters after returning from the National Development Council meeting in New Delhi. Land for IISER has been identified and earmarked in Vithura, near Thiruvananthapuram.


"Union human resource minister Arjun Singh also supported expediating the institute," Achuthanandan said.

The IISERs are conceived as national centres of excellence on the model of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. They are envisaged to integrate undergraduate and postgraduate science education as well as higher research under one roof.

In addition, ISRO will set up India's first Institute of Space Technology (IIST) in Thiruvananthapuram this year itself. "The Prime Minister has promised to give me a date on the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the space institute,'' the chief minister told reporters, after a meeting of the state Cabinet here.

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_f...tent_id=165839
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Suntec to partner Infosys

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THIRUVANANTHAPRUAM, MAY 29 : Two global financial software providers from India are readying to put their business heads together for more business. SunTec Solutions in Kerala has announced strategic partnership plans with Infosys' Finacle.

It is SunTec's TBMS-F product suite that will complement Infosys' universal banking solution Finacle. SunTec's TBMS-F, patronised by European bank giants like ING Bank, HSBC Group, Lloyds TSB, is best described as a relationship-based pricing and centralised billing solutions.

"Pricing decision will be the key shaper of the profit margin of financial institutions in the next decade," says K Nandakumar CEO, SunTec, on the price-differentiation deal that the new tie-up can give to the potential client.

SunTec is a SEI CMM Level 5 company, recently picked up by Deloitte as among Asia Pacific's 500 fastest growing companies.

Finacle and the TBMS-F suite, will work together to give product-centric and relationship-based pricing at an enterprise level, says the release. For banks this would mean rolling out of their customised product bundles and gain greater business agility with customer. Briefly, this could help FIs in retaining customers.

"The alliance would address the need to offer differentiated solutions to diverse customer base," says Merwin Fernandes, Vice-president & Business Head- Finacle.

While Infosys Finacle addresses the core banking, e-banking, treasury, wealth management and CRM requirement of retail, corporate and universal banks, worldwide, SunTec TBMS-F is for measuring and monitoring transaction value and controlling profitability in banking, financial and insurance sector.

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_f...tent_id=165630

http://www.digitalmediaasia.com/defa...rticleID=24743
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Thumbs up Low cost Airliner Tiger Airways to start from TVM

Low cost Airliner Tiger Airways to start from TVM

Low cost Airliner Tiger Airways obtained permission to fly to Six Indian cities from Singapore including Trivandrum

http://news.indiamart.com/cgi-local/...%2F1%2F%2Ehtml

The news was also updated in their website

http://www.tigerairways.com/about/news_2007.php
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Thumbs up Skyline Domain

Skyline Domain

Near Technopark

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Old Posted Jun 5, 2007, 10:43 PM
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Eventhough some vested local media sings blah blah for last 5 years for places other than Trivandrum, the figures are teasing them. Technopark is responsible for the lions share of Kerala IT. The local media syndicates giving no coverage to technopark should be ashamed with the figures.
Mangalam reports

Technopark continues to be the IT Lion of Kerala

Companies like RM, UST, Tata Elxi,TCS,Infosys,Case,Nest are starting new campuses in addition to their existing development centers.

Actually Suntec is planning one more campus.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The hangar unit of Air India would start functioning in the airport here in July, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Vijayakumar said.

In an official press release here today, the minister said steps would be taken to complete the transfer of land for Air India to set up the unit within 30 days.

The high-level committee meeting, in which the decision was taken, was attended by Thiruvananthapuram Airport Development Society Chairman Gyanesh Kumar,District Collector and other officials.

The Minister later visited the airport and reviewed the progress of the construction works there.
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Old Posted Jun 7, 2007, 1:18 PM
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Growing IT space.

5 Lakhs sft space of IBS getting ready inside Technopark



2.7 lakhs sft of TATA Elxsi.

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Old Posted Jun 8, 2007, 6:38 AM
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5.5 Lakhs sft of Leela Infopark under construction. It is a 14 floor building

About nine floors over, five more to go.





View from top, the building on the immediate right of the u/c Leela Info Park (with dark glass facade and red roof) is also taken by them.

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Old Posted Jun 9, 2007, 11:22 PM
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Good article..
http://www.hindu.com/mag/2007/06/10/...1050040300.htm

A visit to Thiruvananthapuram’s Technopark confirmed my impression that the sceptics are behind the curve. CEO after CEO told me in glowing terms of their satisfaction with the work environment in Kerala, the quality of the local engineering graduates, and the beauty of the lush and tranquil surroundings. Indeed, Kerala’s past failures at attracting and retaining heavy industry are now working in the State’s favour.

One Technopark firm, US Technologies, told me of having bid for a contract with a Houston-based company which had drawn up a short-list of Indian service providers and placed the Thiruvananthapuram-based company last. The American executives making the final decision flew down to India to inspect the six short-listed Indian firms. After three harrowing days ploughing through the traffic congestion and pollution of Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi, they arrived in Thiruvananthapuram, checked into the Leela at Kovalam beach, sipped a drink by the seaside at sunset — and voted unanimously to give the contract to US Technologies. “If we have to visit India from time to time to see how our contract is doing,” the chief said, “we’d rather visit Kerala than any other place in India.”

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A city for film-makers
A city for film-makers
Monday June 11 2007 08:11 IST
T’PURAM: Kerala is en route to becoming a film-maker’s shrine - for it will soon be home to one of the few film cities in the country.

The 70-acre Chitranjali Studio at Thiruvallom, around eight km from the city, is undergoing a rigorous makeover, well on its way to becoming an integrated complex for advanced film production, promotion and tourism.

Once completed, the Filmcity, which will come under the Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC), will become a film-maker’s paradise, as it will provide advanced film production facilities, for pre, during and post-production, and marketing.

KSFDC managing director Jacob Thomas said that around 25 movies could be filmed besides post-production work for 10 films simultaneously here. The Filmcity will come equipped with the latest communication and processing facilities, outdoor units, makeup rooms, set construction, costumes, cameras, light and audio technology and infrastructure. It will also be a potential learning ground for amateur film-makers.

The Filmcity could well become the ultimate multi-faceted tourist destination of Kerala, as it will also house venues to hold corporate meetings, conferences, parties, school tours and adventure camps as well as accommodation facilities.

It will be a landmark of spectacular locations, with several attractions like gardens, lakes, fountains, restaurants and of course, movie sets- like temples, a naalukettu and even a railway station!

“It will be a completely environment-friendly construction. We are developing low cost, low emission and ‘green’ buildings. Trees, climbers and plants of several kinds will be planted in stages in the filmcity,” says Jacob Thomas.

This has a dual purpose: It will offer a green and picturesque getaway for tourists, and will also provide several thousand frames and settings for film-makers.

An important feature of Filmcity is that it is being developed indigenously. They also plan to use innovative methods to raise funds, like ‘carbon trading’. The details are in the process of being worked out. The land preparation is already underway, and the planting of the ’base plants’ begins on June 11.

So whose brainchild is this dream project? “I asked the staff members a question: What is your dream? This project is nothing but the consolidation of all their dreams,” says Jacob Thomas, delegating the credit to his officers.

While the Filmcity is expected to begin functioning by December, the entire project will take up to three years for completion
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Thumbs up Retail & Mall news update

Some updates about our retail chains

Subiksha is coming with 14 retail shops in Trivandrum. All the 14 shops will be inagurated within 4 months time.

Reliance has acquired 80% space on the Jos Alukkas Building at eastfort. Other than the 3 shops mentioned in manorama, there will be outlets at eastfort, nadan square(Peroorkada),statue, nedumangad and kazhakootam.

Big bazaar is on their way to open 2 more shops. One at pattom and one at Vazhuthacaud.

Fabmall will be opening around 20Stores in and around trivandrum city.

Lifestyle, Shoppers stop, Pantaloon mall.....etc are on the pipeline....

You can expect a bunch of company outlets, both textiles and utensils soon in our city.

Whatever constructions happening now, are all booked......

We are running short of space ...... In the mean while alll the majors are in the market like purvankara, parswanath, unitech, dlf, confident group, asset homes........

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The authorisation agreement between the Government of Kerala and M/s Chalet Hotels for setting up a Rs.100-crore International Convention Centre Complex (ICCC) near Akkulam Tourist Village in the city will be signed on Wednesday.

A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be formed to implement the project, which will give a fillip to MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition) tourism in the capital city and southern States.

Chalet Hotels Ltd. (part of the K. Raheja Group) in association with K. Raheja Corp, Mumbai; and DLF Universal Ltd. (Gurgaon) in association with Singex Pte. Ltd, Singapore; were selected through a bidding process.The consortium led by Chalet Hotels emerged as the "preferred bidder" by quoting the highest land value.

The ICCC will have a total built-up area of 16,480.86 sq. m. It will have a convention and exhibition centre, resort, retail, marina and on-site infrastructure in the first phase. The convention and exhibition centre will have a plenary hall, hi-tech hall and VIP room
http://www.hindu.com/2007/06/13/stor...1318420300.htm

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It is funny that the STPI claims are different from the claims of individual parks.

STPI data says total exports from Kerala is 700 crores

More than 600 crores from Trivandrum and the remaining is from rest of the state

If you take the claims of parks from Individual parks, from different areas of the state, then the Total is around 1200 crores

Out of this 1000 crore is from Trivandrum Technopark and the remaining is from rest of the places.


But the important thing to notice here is, in both the cases TVM is contributing more than 80 % of the IT


Next year, it will be another boom year for TVM because of the u/c / campuses of Infy,Leela,Elxi,IBS,SunTec,TCS,US Tech etc. Also with the help of completed Thejaswini.
With the emergence of Technocity, in 2-3 years IT exports will multiply exponetially

One more interesting thing to notice is that infy will soon become the largest software firm in Kerala considering their growth. Currently city based firm US Tech with around 3200 people is enjoying the status.


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It may be noted that the STPI has just finalised the export figures, whereas the Technopark authorities here had already announced the export figures as around Rs 1000 crore from the companies operating from the park alone.

According to sources in Technopark, one of the major companies in the park had bluntly told them that they had decided to fix their export figures from Kerala as Rs 12 crore whereas the original export was somewhere around Rs 50 crore.
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems...apuram&Topic=0

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Thumbs up Satyam cinema to setup Multiplexes

Satyam is here to woo Malayalees
Thursday June 14 2007 09:45 IST

Film lovers in the state could be in for a treat. Satyam Cinemas, the group which is actively involved in developing and operating multiplex cinemas all over India, is all set to enter Kerala.

Yes. The group is planning to set up multiplexes in major cities including Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Satyam officials are negotiating with representatives of various companies for the availability of malls.


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