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|August 14, 1997||
Sun plans Java centres for IndiaSun Microsystems is planning to set up 'Java Competency Centres' in India. These are essentially Java computing labs, similar to those in Malaysia.
The company was looking at local partners to set up these centres, which would provide training, allow applications to be developed and pilot projects to be carried out on Java, said Ashok Kapoor, vice-president, Sun India.
Java is the backbone of the new network computing wave that Sun is expected to be the leader of, said Lionel Lin, managing director, Asia South.
In the next generation of computing, the company's vision of open network computing products - Sparc, Solaris and Java - and services are expected to pay off in the marketplace.
By riding this new wave, India could stop being a software sweat shop and become a major exporter of IT technology, he said.
With reference to the company's plans in India, he said Sun is trying to build up a "knowledge equity" here, that is, transfer technical knowhow to the country. The partners in the Java centres could develop applications and market them over the Net.
With electronic commerce becoming a reality, the Indian developer would be on level with global companies in terms of marketing products, he claimed.
'Java stations', which the company expects will replace workstations, are also expected to roll out before the end of this calendar year. "By the end of 1998, the entire company would be working on Java stations," said Lionel.
As a matter of policy, Sun does not announce its countrywise revenues. However, Lionel said Indian operations grew by 30 per cent for the first half of the financial year ended June 30 1997. For the 1996-97, the Asia-Pacific contributed $8.59 billion, up 21 per cent over the previous year's $7.095 billion. Net income increased from $476 million to $762 million.
- Compiled from the Indian media
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