Tata and TCS
Tata - India's oldest indstrial group, while still under British group.
Tata - family, 1500 years ago came from Iran to India (Parsi community)
Originally: cotton, textile, steele, took over Cores, top 5 producers.
1920 motor company - world's cheapest car Nano, also taking over Jaguar, Landrover
Hospitality, hotel. Tetley brand of Tea.
TCS - Software Services Part. 40 years old.
In South America 5000 employees
3000 Hungray, Switzerland, … - Europe (more than US)
More than 100K Indian, over 20K international, 80K in India.
Puna biggest research center. Centers in Delhi, Bangalore, Calcutta
Business in 8 types of business, all broadly in software & services.
- high focus on quality
- large scale: numbers global reach - many countries
- effective cost: not the lowest cost (Vitnam, Ukraine, east Europe, Africa), but balance it with quality and scale
1 Application Development and Maintenance
Write software and support its evolution. Services
2 Engineering Design
Automobile manufactures, phone companies. Started in 90ies. E.g. GE does aircraft engines, TCS does design.
3 Licenced Software Products
A banking platform for Swiss and global market (w/ Technosoft)
for banks, financial institutions, insurance companies
4 IT Infrastructure Management
Running data centers and networks.
Not in the business of call center outsourcing.
But: credit processing, risk assesment, customer data analytics
A team of 2 people supports the SBB ticketing sales office.
11th world's software company, growing 20% a year.
Research in TCS
Reasonably good connection to US.
Mission to become visible in Europe.
You must be interested for a good reason. We have 800 Silicon Valey companies partnering.
3 levels: derivative (existing groups), platform (research & business units interact), breakthrough
Ask 2 questions about idea:
- does it help sell to customers, create new markets (is it baseline or new technology)
Look at 70% at breakthrough side, some 25% at the green side.
What we do
Advisory board (Jeffrey Ullman)
Software Engineering research.
Optimization and Supply Chain Research
Arun G Bahulkar: formal methods, tools, etc.
King's college London.
Stanford, MIT Sloan, Wisconsin, Maryland, Columbia, U Mass, Waterloo, UC Riverside
John Mitchell and team at Stanford, 5 year.
Sloan school similar 5 year.