Outsource Services and Vertical Expertise Opportunity of Turkey

Outsource Services and Vertical Expertise Opportunity of Turkey

Dec 21

India, a country famous with software exportation and remarkable amount of software revenues in its total economy. This IT country aims to generate an income such as 175 billion dollar from IT services by the year 2020.  You can see the details by observing this pressroom article of NASSCOM-McKinsey. When we dig deeper into  India model, software need of internal market is lower than the demand that comes from external market. India exports software and outsource IT services to the world. And the economical model has been constructed on brain drain.

Before evaluating a country such as India here are some tips that one should know. There comes half a million IT related graduates every year. Not all of these graduates are qualified enough, yet they help in lowering service prices. It is known there are lots of people who complain about low quality work, done by Indian outsources. Country has been using its advantage of a crowded IT population by manipulating prices.

Ok then, which way should we follow or what kind of services may be valuable and make difference for Turkey? Read more…

turkey does not groom graduates in IT industry as fast as India, and having higher life standards in Turkey does not help lowering costs either. At this point Turkey might create its opportunity by insisting on vertical expertise, and ensuring difference with the high quality of service. Just as Israel has got expertise on defense industry or Germany has got vertical expertise on ERP systems.

This year 3rd TestIstanbul conference will take place on May 24-25 2012 and will be focused on increasing economical value of testing in IT industry. If I have a chance, I will try to attend the activity this year. I think the characteristic attributes of Turkish people match with testing process. We are curious, result oriented, always try to find the gaps of processes. I think one of the most significant obligation of being leader at testing is investing on education with government support. Today Turkcell Technology has started to corporate with universities in Turkey and succeded in placing a software test engineering class into official curriculum. This type of corporation between universities and private sector will raise qualified graduate count and maybe one day Turkey will be one of the software testing leaders in Europe or maybe all around the world. This can be a good choice of vertical expertise area for us.

By the way, I advice you to look at this report prepared by research firms like McKinsey, Deloitte, Gartner, Nasscom, CSIA. The report indicates offshore software development rates by sector with comparisons. Here is the link.

Offshore Software Development Rates Comparison

http://appulse.com/offshoring/offshore-software-development-rates-compare/

Texmaker for Preparing LaTeX Documents

Texmaker for Preparing LaTeX Documents

Dec 11

In my daily life, I generally use Microsoft Office tools for preparing documents I need. Because, I mostly prepare basic documents which do not need flexibility or specific design and they don’t include any scientific/technical content. But, if I need these elements for any type of document(letter,article or presentation), I definitely choose to use LaTeX with appropriate editor. I was using WinEDT which is a paid application as my editor until couple of days ago. My friend/colleague Burak Çizmeci told me about Texmaker[1] which is a free, open source and multi-platform TeX/LaTeX editor. I have just used it and decided to not to buy new WinEDT license anymore. It’s as flexible as it could be and especially I like efficiency of its spell-checking and auto-complete features. I absolutely recommend this application for preparing LaTeX documents, it is free and skillful. And I want to thank Burak for enlightening suggestion.

[1]  http://goo.gl/61kDg

Thumbs Up for Lytro!

Thumbs Up for Lytro!

Dec 04

Lytro, a company founded on 2006 in Mountain View, CA, accomplished a highly innovative work with their new camera that uses light field technology. I am personally new to light field technology and its concepts. But, when I see the results, I’m really impressed and get the idea behind that phenomenon. I also understand why venture capitals compete to invest in Lytro. They have a very competitive head team[1] with scientific background.  Moreover, they basically explain their camera and technology as these words:

“The very first light fields were captured at Stanford University over 15 years ago. The most advanced light field research required a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Today, Lytro completes the job of taking light fields out of the research lab and making them available for everyone, in the form of the world’s first Lytro Light Field Camera.”

Now, let’s look at their technology with sample pictures found on their gallery at [2]. Focusing and refocusing and re-refocusing are amazing and Lytro is going to make a huge jump in imaging technology, I really liked it and want to have one!

 

[1]  http://goo.gl/5PHi4

[2]  http://goo.gl/tMGwo

Company Profiles Working on Image Processing / Computer Vision in Turkey

Company Profiles Working on Image Processing / Computer Vision in Turkey

Nov 29

I want to make another list which is connected to Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision[1], reflecting the company profiles of this area in Turkey. This list is an incomplete, brief list which includes companies that I can find information about over the Internet*. Moreover, I classified working areas of companies with information that I found*. My presentation also includes statistics about research area, location and inside/outside Teknokent and it can be found at [2].

Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision

Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision

Nov 28

There are so many application areas of image processing and computer vision. I want to make a list of leading ones, I grouped them into first “main research areas” and then detail them as main research topics. This list is of course a short, coarse and incomplete. But, it can answer the questions like what is image processing/computer vision? what are they dealing with? what are the main topics? or newly graduates may ask what are the main research areas that I can work? how to start and where to start research on image processing? and hundreds of similar questions may arise. So, I think that this list can be a guide to newbies and interested researchers for how to start. My list as a presentation in pdf file can be downloaded from [1].

[1] http://goo.gl/8uLoF

Secure Android Market Need in Turkey

Secure Android Market Need in Turkey

Nov 25

According to Trend Micro, growth number of Android malware in last 6 months is 1410%. It is really high and worrying rate. To analyze fast facts you should look at this info graphic. There are lots of android markets locally and globally. Some vendors develop their own markets to give an easy access to their customers like Samsung and Motorola. Also some local GSM operators have their own market places in different countries.

All these markets are open to vulnerabilities. Because there is no tested application warranty behind these services. Of course some of the companies like Turkcell has constructed their own markets in Turkey like t-market that includes the most popular applications. Turkcell is the biggest and most popular GSM company of Turkey with approximately34 million customers. So you may think it is a secure place. Yes you’ re right but this types of markets are small sized. It takes time fro an application to get in this market unfortunately. I appreciate Turkcell for trying to fill a gap in the sector for Turkish customers. But there should be an extra local or maybe for next years global market which includes tested secure android applications. And the company has nearly 42% of Turkey’ s android smartphone share. This makes Turkcell very important and valuable for Turkey android market.

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