See also Agribusiness | Infrastructure
Arduino and PIC Microcontrollers | Database Conferences | Genetics | Smart Cities | Health ICT | Mobile Phones | Space | Crime | Alliances | Indian IT Acquisitions | Call Centres | Australian Census 2011 | IT Support Problems | Indian IT Recruiters | Outsourcing to India | Parramasala Festival | Missions | Colony
International Webinar Series Coinciding with the 198th birth anniversary of the father of Modern Genetics Gregor Mendel 22/7/20 - PK Gupta lecture on genomics (44000 citations of his work!)
In 2015 and 2016 I attended 2 Austrade seminars about Smart Cities in India to see if I could setup a branch to develop mobile apps for transport. However India would let me move money out of India and it only let me hire Indians so it failed.
At HISA HIC Hacking Health in Brisbane, August 2015, Dwight Walker collaborated with 2 Indian IT companies neither of which went anywhere:
In 2012, India has 900M mobile phones! Staggering!
In Feb 2015, India has 960M mobile phones (77% penetration)!
Indians are third biggest share of migrants after British and NZ, mostly IT professionals.
In March 2020, I was doing proctored exam with MIT on edx.org using Verificient (Indian IT company) tool ProctorTrack. ProctorTrack blocked in error LibreOffice as soffice.bin as OpenOffice also uses soffice.bin as filename causing false positive. Doing the proctored exam via ProctorTrack required me to buy Excel or do it on another computer with Excel or wait till LibreOffice was no longer blocked in error. This was very frustrating. All their support staff were in India using remote support for online chat or screen sharing. The usual bureaucratic ways surfaced in them not knowing MIT test settings and refusing to update them or connect with MIT and making me run around or wait for a response.
In June 2012, I used Geeks on Call in Canberra and an Indian IT guy warped my netbook's keyboard when he was opening it and took several days to return it, tried to put the price up several times without my permission for doing a backup and put the price up on an external drive he sold me for storing the backup. He was a very dodgy backyard operator and would not give his office address and held me over the barrel for over a week. I will never use him or Geeks on Call again.
Geeks on Call eventually gave me the README of what they did to create the backup and offered to sell me a second hand laptop to load the drive from the failed laptop. They also helped me track down a hard disk cradle on eBay to help me read the original disk. This was after I went to ACT Fair Trading.
In September 2013, I was interviewed over the telephone by an Indian IT recruiter in Melbourne for a Brisbane software engineer job. He was pretty hard on my years and level of experience and tried to write me off very quickly. I had to fight back but lost as did not have enough experience in their 5 programming languages.
Since about 2015, my Dice.com IT profile attracts Indian IT recruiters in USA offering me developer jobs in USA which are impossible to apply for as I live in Australia so are very frustrating as USA has plenty of IT jobs and Australia has very few.
We are not interested in outsourcing to Indian Developers but we get over 121 Indian developers attempting to get us to outsource to them for Web development or SEO, very predictable.
In December 2012, on elance.com and freelancer.com, Indian IT competitors beat us on price every time as they have much lower overheads than in Australia and are 50% of our charges.
The Computer Chronicles - High Tech India Part 1 (1989) - UNIX, DEC, WIPro, exit of IBM, home grown IT industry
The Computer Chronicles - High Tech India Part 2 (1989) - NIIT IT graduates, Impress railway booking system (massive railway network), Tata Unisiys financial banking system (SWIFT, FOREX), scientists, PM IT advisor