GTLC: India Talks

Global Technology Leadership Conference (GTLC) happened for the first time in India, Jul 25/26, 2006.
Some impressions...

ICICI Bank was represented by its Retail Solutions Group. Expanding at break-neck (?) speed.
85TB Raw storage, 61TB active as of Jun 2006.
Monolithic apps are today easier to manage than composite apps!
Isn't India's IT industry looking into what happened elsewhere? Or, is it that Indian IT scenario is different given its large scale related to number of users, population, etc? How many banks in the world have potentially 1 billion customers (without expanding overseas)?

PWC representative was polished orator. Feel of increasing IT complexity for "enterprise wide silos", interoperability (between such silos) an issue, SOA probably an answer (at least PWC is presenting it that way). Isn't term "meta-data" nothing but good old software engineering term "data dictionary"? Something related to PS: "Portal is where dissemination of information happens". Extending that portal is where collection and dissemination of information happens.

IISc preso on "Insurable Storage Services" was interesting. How to store data s.t. it can be interpreted say a century later...interesting when we consider that hardware, OS, applications, data format changes so fast...Moore's law, OS, apps, etc EOL'ed. Related to Indus Scripts that are still un-deciphered for the symbols (representation's) meaning (semantics) is lost. Compare to Vedic scripts that are transferred in oral fashion, and are still available. Is our data like Indus script or Vedic script? Can we go truly "paper-less" in this sense? Do we have (or how to build) people-equivalent "system" to understand the semantics of data that we're collecting, add to it, etc?

IIITB preso on "Business Integration: Importance and Opportunities" was refreshing (after a good lunch that is). Couple of quotes...
  • Apps written for web (Haven't we been doing that?)
  • SOA @ architectural level (Isn't that already captured in "SOA"?)
  • Sun viewed as "plumber" by App Vendors (SAP, etc) and System Integrators (SeeBeyond, Tibco, etc)
  • Network was about connecting computers, now its about connecting applications.
  • Anything you say about India is true. Funnily the converse seems to be true as well!
OSS preso was delivered by Justice Yatindra Singh of Allahabad High Court. It was pleasant surprise to meet a tech savvy lawyer. And, to know his thoughts on OSS, support for OSS. Allahabad High Court uses OpenOffice, and the site runs on Linux.
Couple of quotes...including panel discussion around OSS...
  • By (Indian/European) law, software cannot be patented. Software is not a process that can be patented. US (Patent Office?) has interpreted (US?) law in absurd fashion, or US law itself is wrong to allow software patenting. (Knowing how this relates to WTO/TRIPS will be interesting...)
  • GPL allows forking, MPL/CDDL doesn't.
  • CDDL is a clever license (for all of its terms)!
  • OSS: Finding help, support is tough. [Apparently users (Justice is one) are ready to accept that for the price reasons. OSS is cheaper at least w.r.t. Linux vs Windows/Solaris choice that he had to make. MSWord is INR 13000 (at that time), OpenOffice is free. Allahabad High Court needed about 400 licenses!]
  • OSS is development model (whatever that means, probably how you engineer, publicly/in-private, exposing software early to customers).
  • OSS business model: Use it for free. Until you need support. Until you need customization.
  • OSS is insurance to end users that software cannot be overcharged. That is someone will pop up who can offer it for lesser price (since source code is available to view). [Is CDDL breaking this perception?]
  • What is meant by OS'ing Java? OS'ing JVM implementation for the language is already open with multiple platform implementations available, not just from Sun.
  • OpenSolaris has way to go to match Linux ease of installation, etc. [He tried it in early this year.]

DEs that were present appear to fall into two categories:
  1. DEs that talk about or champion Sun (engineering) strategy
  2. DEs that talk about or champion Sun technology seemed to be favorite quote or case study among visiting DEs! Why? Need to figure out more...

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Interesting insights! Thanks for sharing. I'm happy to see a technology conference being hosted by/in (Sun) India. Look forward to being able to attend one of these in the future.

Posted by Atul Batra on July 31, 2006 at 03:15 AM IST #

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