Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Cog vs Crucial Cog

C|Net had a story, "India becoming a cog in IBM's machine" (link to article on C|Net), that originally appeared in the New York Times (link to article on, but headlined "India becoming a crucial cog in IBM's machine" - the word "crucial" has been omitted from the C|Net story, possibly for reasons of clarity, brevity? What difference does it make? A cog is a cog is a cog. Crucial, dispensable, incidental - it's all the same!

Anyway, here are some snippets from the article:

"On Tuesday, on the expansive grounds of the Bangalore Palace, a colonial-era mansion once inhabited by a maharajah, the chairman and chief executive of IBM, Sam Palmisano, will address 10,000 Indian employees. He will share the stage with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India's president, and Sunil Mittal, chairman of the country's largest cellular services provider, Bharti Tele-Ventures. An additional 6,500 employees will look in on the town hall-style meeting by satellite from other Indian cities."

"IBM is growing not only in size by adding new hires, but also in revenue. The company's business in India grew 61 percent in the first quarter of this year, 55 percent in 2005 and 45 percent the year before."

"From 9,000 employees in early 2004, the number has grown to 43,000 (out of 329,000 worldwide), making IBM the country's largest multinational employer."

Business Today also had a cover story in its May 21 2006 issue, titled "The Race To $10 Billion" (paid login required to read article), that detailed the chances of the big three of making it to $10 billion - TCS, Infosys, Wipro.

Reposted to this blog, Dec 2013.
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