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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Technopark based Toonz animation to bring ghost siblings on screen.

‘Mostly Ghostly,’ the popular children’s book series by best-selling author R.L. Stine, is set to storm the silver screen.

Produced by Toonz Animation, a Technopark- based animation studio, the feature film is expected to hit theatres across the world later this year.

Toonz Animation announced here on Wednesday that Universal Studios had bagged the distribution rights of the film.

Based on the first in the eight-book Mostly Ghostly series, the film chronicles the eerie adventures of an 11-year-old outcast Max as he protects Nicky and Tara – the sibling ghosts who live in his house –from the fume-spewing demon Phears.

Formerley foreseeing the huge demand of 2D animators for the rapidly growing animation industry in India, Toonz had launched its first 2D Animation Academy with an international faculty in Thiruvananthapuram to train eligible candidates at international standards.

Toonz animation is in the headlines for many years, as a successfully animation company in india, it has got many accreditations and and recognitions. they are executing top international projects for clients like BBC.

Toonz make technopark proud and famous across the globe. well done guys!

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Technopark company UST Global getting ready to public.

UST Global Inc., a technology outsourcing company with big operations in Technopark, Trivandrum getting ready to possibly go public next year.

UST Global isn’t deterred by a sluggish stock market and higher costs associated with being a public company, according to Chief Executive Sajan Pillai.

“We have plans to go public, and we are looking at the right timing,” he said. “We find the environment to be very good for the kind of business we do. Our intention is to continue to grow and to give some liquidity to our associates.”

The company, which has some 100 workers here, is reshuffling its executive suite, organizing the company into business units and gearing up for an initial public offering, which could happen sometime in the second half of 2009 if the company reaches the $500 million yearly sales mark.

Going public “is expensive, more expensive than ever before, so we want to get to a critical mass,” Pillai said. “We had to create a leadership structure to sustain this type of growth.”

Four members of the company’s team were promoted to executive roles, including Pillai, who previously was president and chief operating officer.

Satendra “Dan” Gupta, who was chief executive for four years, stayed on as chairman. Three other executives are set to be chief financial and operations officers.

Pillai said he thinks Wall Street could embrace UST’s profits.

“It’s a highly valued business because we get 15% to 20% net margins,” he said.

UST does traditional business consulting and handles services outsourced by companies.

It competes with consulting kingpins such as Accenture Ltd., Electronic Data Systems Corp., which is set to be bought by Hewlett-Packard Co. for $14 billion, Deloitte Consulting LLP and others. It also squares off with big Indian outsourcing operations, including Infosys Technologies LLC, WiPro Ltd., Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., a unit of Tata Group, and Satyam Computer Services Ltd.


Customers include Lake Forest-based Apria Healthcare Group Inc., Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. and San Diego’s Sempra Energy.

UST’s customers include two of the top five healthcare companies in North America and three of the top five movie studios in Southern California.

Another biggie is retail—UST counts three of the top 10 retail chains as customers, Pillai said.

The company got its start in 1999 with three founders and has grown to more than 5,000 workers worldwide, most in India.

It’s funded by the investment arm of India’s Comcraft Group, a company with about $6 billion in yearly sales that makes steel, plastics and aluminum products in East Africa.

UST has tapped India for a big source of its labor—it’s a large employer there with operations at three sites.

Its biggest, with 3,200 workers, is in Trivandrum, at the southern tip of India near Sri Lanka. Another facility in Chennai has about 700 workers. A new building in Cochin has about 250 workers.

The company also has smaller offices in Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada.

The Indian sites are made up of primarily engineers who develop, test and maintain customized software for UST’s customers.

For Princess Cruises, UST manages its automated reservation system and network.

“They have the most complex cruise line reservation system in the world,” said Michael Zerkel, general manager of North American operations. “We maintain their entire application globally and augment their staff with our personnel.”

The company is continuing to hire at a rapid clip.

“What we are doing in order to scale at the pace we are talking about, we have to literally hire thousands of people,” Pillai said. “The growth is phenomenal.”

Locally, it’s looking to nab a chief marketing officer and an acquisitions specialist.

Next on deck is scouting a place to set up shop in South America and making a few acquisitions.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

An Eternal Affair!

Mondays are always blue. Tired and lazy after hectic weekends, I detest the thought of Monday. It was yet another Monday and I was coming to office in Techno Park. Loads of work to be done, meetings to attend - the day's schedule looked scary.

The bus took the final round turn and stopped. I was standing in front of Bhavani - the building with an air of pride and aristocracy looming over it. The portico appeared deserted, except for a few people who were walking in early on a Monday morning.

A cold wind was blowing and it was drizzling slightly. Still the Sun was trying to come out, golden rays creating a halo over Bhavani. Somewhere in my heart, I heard a voice asking me stand there for a few more minutes. I stood, basking in the glory of the morning Sun, looking at the gleaming water drops which resembled exquisite crystal balls...

'Dil hai ke maanta nahin...' the lilting music was flowing from some distant radio adding to the romance between the gentle sunlight and the morning rain. Mayflowers weaving a red carpet over the winding road, it looked as if the stage was set for a royal wedding. Morning sun, the proud yet gentle bridegroom holding the hands of the beautiful rain maiden, who is the coy bride. Nature seems to have gone into a standstill, presenting a rainbow as the wedding gift. The rainbow stood like a crown spanning across the horizon...

I stood there mesmerized at nature's wonder absorbing the fact that every moment in life is a treasure. Every day, I come here, walk into office and return in the evening. Never did I take a few minutes to watch the movie scripted and directed by Mother Nature. Thus it was a memorable Monday and days will never be blue for me... as every day is a gift and has to be appreciated.

Indu Nair

The Request For Qualification(RFQ) for Technocity and Technopark Phase 3

Technopark to offer incubation facilities to rural innovators

Technology innovators and entrepreneurs from rural Kerala and various engineering colleges in the state would be offered a chance of incubating their ventures towards successful technopreneurship at the Technopark.Proposals in this regard would be evaluated by experts at the Technopark's TePP Outreach Centre (TUC) before inviting the innovators

The innovators would be accommodated at the Technopark- Technology Business Incubator (TBI) for the development of the product and will be given all the mentoring support,The need to support genuine entrepreneurs and innovators from rural Kerala in a bid to help transform their ideas into marketable products came up for a bit of brainstorming at Technopreneur 2008.

The TBI, TUC, TiE Kerala, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (STED), Infopark, National Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship and CUSAT, organised the session that dwelt upon ‘Promoting business and technology Incubation and building enterprises'.

Targeted at the prospective innovators and faculty members of engineering colleges in Central Kerala comprising Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, Technopreneur 2008 was supported by the central government's Department of Science and Technology (DST), Technology Information Forecasting And Assessment Council (TIFAC) and Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR).

The emphasis was on the need to support genuine entrepreneurs and innovators from rural Kerala, incubate them in the TBI and thereby drive the economic growth of the country.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Picture of the day

Inside a Mainframe

Genuine Mainframes are still rare, because they are very expensive to buy and maintain. but many technopark companies are having those expensive and giant machines with them. the major companies offering mainframe competencies are UST Global, Allianz etc...

Food in Bhavani - A Real Health Hazard!!!

Please find below, A mail form one of the victim who lost 5 kg within 1 month, Thanks to Buraq, If you want to reduce weight.. Try Buraq.. Result Guaranteed...

Hi friends,
It is with extreme indignation that I am writing this mail to you. The quality of food that is being served in restaurants in Bhavani, especially in “Buraq” is becoming worse from bad every other day.
Despite rolling out mails by different customers with pictures of rubber band, worms, cockroach, hair, etc, the plight of those who end up eating from there doesn’t seem to change.
The complacency and the patience that we are showing have been misunderstood for our passiveness and thus we have been taken for granted. Our relentless demand for quality of food at buraq has fallen on deaf ears.
Think about it. Why do we eat from Buraq despite the tragic quality of the over priced food? Convenience and time management would be the only answer.
We are not bothered of the money we pay, the poor treatment we get, but our health should be given more concern. Despite numerous advices, suggestions and warnings, the obstinate approach which Buraq has shown depresses me and increases my righteous anger.
3 unwashed, unclean prawns with half removed shells and sand was served to me with a pile of onions on it on last Wednesday (16th April) and here I am down with a temperature of 103F, bed-ridden with nausea and head ache. Lucky I didn’t go beyond a piece from that dish. You can call on either of my numbers given below and I am willing to give my testimony on this. I am taking this issue up seriously and am escalating this to the management and the Technopark authority as this is a matter of public interest.
Forget about the exorbitant prices and the pathetic service, I appeal to think twice before eating from Buraq as it may jeopardize your health.
If you value your friends health, please forward this to them so that public attention and interest can hopefully reduce these issues from happening in the future.