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/

Yandex.Haritalar + Yandex.Panorama

Yandex.Haritalar + Yandex.Panorama

Dec 09

Yandex, the giant search engine of Russia came to Turkey in 2011(organized its opening in September, 20) and open Turkey office located in Maslak, İstanbul. In short time, they accomplished several important tasks related to Turkey and Turkish including, search in Turkish, map service(originally map data taken from NAVTEQ), panoramic street view service, traffic density service, mail service in Turkish and many others with the experience gained from mainly Russia. With the help of excessive advertisement, they entered the market really fast and move along with the same speed nowadays. So many newspapers, news sites, tech sites and bloggers mentioned about Yandex at least one time in September-November period. I also want to talk about them in this article specifically about their panoramic street view tool; Yandex.Panorama or Yandex.Haritalar with panoramic street view extension(which I called Yandex.Haritalar + Yandex.Panorama).

Sharp’s New Optical Image Stabilizer

Sharp’s New Optical Image Stabilizer

Dec 08

I have just read an Engadget article about Sharp’s new optical image stabilizer technology[1]. I’m really impressed with its results(can be seen from videos in article). Image stabilization is a technique to reduce jitter, motion blur or any other motion based(motion means here movement of the camera like pan and tilt) artifacts on images and videos.  Image stabilizers can be mainly optical, hardware based and software based(digital image stabilization).

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

A Problem Solving Technique: Crowdsourcing

A Problem Solving Technique: Crowdsourcing

Nov 29

Today simply by surfing on the internet we can easily face with an output of crowdsourcing technique. This could be a WordPress blog that is consist of plugins developed by folks or another sample could be a site hosted by GNU/Linux system.

During my university years I was sharing the idle times of cpu power of my notebook to help solving DNA problems of humans. This type of systems are defined as open grid systems, but at the behind they are another sample of crowdsourcing. Grid computing is a term referring to the combination of computer resources from multiple administrative domains to reach a common goal. A concrete sample to grid computing is  IBM’s humanitarian grid to accelerate researches on cancer.

To learn about other samples of crowdsourcing and Yandex traffic density calculation technique read more…

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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