Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Freedom 251: The World's Cheapest Smartphone Is Here!


Freedom 251, the world's cheapest Smartphone finally arrives, courtesy Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd. one of the fastest growing smartphone companies in India. The Company unveiled its much awaited Smartphone today.

This could be a real game changer as far as the Smartphone segment is concerned. Priced at just Rs.251, it's a real deal, indeed.

In fact, in terms of features too, as the company boasts, the phone comes loaded with a slew of them.

Freedom to Flaunt

All your favourite Pictures, videos and games are rendered vivid and larger than life on the 4 inch (10.2 cms) qHD IPS display.

Freedom to Capture

With 3.2MP AF Rear Camera & .3MP Front camera capture best moments of your life. Freedom 251 with its inbuilt touchless technology is Ideal for perfect Selfie. For Selfie lovers life just got a little easier.
Freedom to Explore
Freedom 251 comes with 1.3 GHz Quadcore Processor capable of fast and responsive performance. 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, all the space you need. SD card support (expandable up to 32GB)

Freedom to Talk
With its 1450 mAh battery, Freedom 251 gives you more time to talk, text, Play and watch videos without needing to worry about running out of power.

The booking for the phone starts from February 18, 2016 from 6 AM onwards, according to the official website of the company.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

HCL Tech to acquire external IT operation of Volvo

With the competition heating up in the global IT space, Indian IT firms are using acquisitions to fuel their growth. Given, HCL Technologies’, India’s fourth largest software services provider, move to acquire external IT business of Swedish auto major Volvo comes as a shot in the arm for it. With this engagement, HCL will become the largest IT services provider of Indian origin in the Nordics, says the home-grown IT major.

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HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest software services provider, has entered into a final agreement with Sweden’s Volvo Group to acquire latter’s external IT operation and the operation of its IT infrastructure in an all-cash deal valued at $138mn or about Rs.895 crore. The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. 

Volvo IT is part of Volvo Group delivering IT services to the Volvo Group as well as non-Volvo Group customers in Europe. Volvo IT has been engaged since 1970 as an internal provider to Volvo cars and Volvo trucks and since 1999 to external customers in the business that is being acquired, HCL Tech said in a communication, on Feb.16, 2016, to the BSE. About 2500 highly skilled people are engaged in serving both the internal IT needs and the external customers. The Revenue pertaining to the external IT business being acquired has been SEK 1,537 M in FY13, SEK 1,558 M in FY14 and SEK 1,687 M in FY15 (FY ending December). 

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of March 2016, following the fulfillment of certain conditions, says the official website of Volvo. The move is said to increase HCL Tech’s presence in the European markets, according to Nikkei Asia Review. 

According to HCL Tech, this transaction enables the Company to create a market leading position in the Nordics and France, gives it a differentiated offering in Mainframe services and provides it with significant domain capabilities to serve the Company's global automotive and manufacturing customers.

As a part of the deal, HCL Tech will add 40 new customers from the Nordics and France to its portfolio, further enhancing its market leading position in these regions. Approximately 2,500 highly skilled people working for the Volvo Group will transfer to HCL across 11 countries. The deal is one of the largest IT deals signed by any Indian IT company, and a first in the industry to use principles of Vested Sourcing as the basis of the relationship for an IT outsourcing engagement of this size and magnitude. According to the agreement, which follows a Letter Of Intent to this effect announced by Volvo Group in October 2015, HCL will use its 21st Century Enterprise Framework to deliver on a technology transformation roadmap for optimising Volvo Group’s infrastructure and application operations; making it ready for the rapid advancements in business enabling technologies such as cloud, automation, business intelligence and big data.

HCL will deliver on a technology transformation roadmap that spans over 3,500 applications, 20 +data centres, over 11,000 servers, 12 PB of storage, 20,000+ MIPS of mainframe capacity and over 15,000 network devices. As part of this roadmap, HCL will also provide over 65,000 Volvo end users with access to productivity and user enablement solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365.

The relationship is significant and enables HCL to:

1. Create a market leading mainframe and iSeries capability; while Volvo is already delivering excellent services to IT customers in the Nordics based on these capabilities, HCL will now make further investments in these offerings and take them to its global client base.
2. Create an Automotive Centre of Excellence in Gothenburg based on the domain expertise of the Volvo team, to serve HCL’s global automotive and manufacturing customers. Volvo IT customers will now have the advantage of access to a broad range of differentiated global capabilities, tools and processes that integrate with technology environments at a global level. At the same time, they will experience the benefits of HCL’s unique Employees First culture and its philosophy of Relationship Beyond the Contract. 

“Combining the strengths of HCL with those of the transferred parts of Volvo IT will result in an organisation with formidable capabilities and an intimate understanding of Volvo Group needs and opportunities. This, and the cultural fit between our two organisations, is the foundation for a partnership that will provide long term and strategic benefits for the Volvo Group,” said Olle Högblom, CIO of the Volvo Group and President of Volvo IT. “I am convinced that HCL will prove to be an outstanding partner also for the other customers of Volvo IT and that our former employees of Volvo now joining HCL will find themselves becoming an important part of a leading global IT services provider, with a very exciting and modern business philosophy.” “We are excited to drive business transformation through IT for one of the world’s leading companies,” observed Anant Gupta, President & CEO, HCL Technologies. “We welcome over 40 new Volvo IT customers to the HCL client base. This addition enables HCL to achieve an even stronger presence in the Nordics and the wider European region, and accelerates our journey in these markets. We are also pleased to have significantly enhanced our diverse workforce, with highly skilled industry professionals joining us from Volvo’s IT business. The Volvo Group employees and consultants will add great value for our customers with the skills and expertise that they bring. We are delighted to welcome them to our team. The deal perfectly embodies HCL’s ongoing mission to develop its business with an innovation-led mind set.”

With this engagement, HCL will become the largest IT services provider of Indian origin in the Nordics. It will build on this exceptional position and accelerate through cutting edge initiatives, such as the Centre of Excellence in Gothenburg, to deepen its relationships and further integrate with clients, helping them to achieve their IT transformation ambitions and vision in the region.

Source:; HCL Technologies; BSE