The falling number of students in the recent slump in training in IT industry has given the opportunity to training institutes like Appin Technology Labs to adapt to the changing landscape and come up with innovative products and services.
ATL has brought products like aCrypt (an encryption programme) and aSecure (integration software for security systems) to the market. ATL spokesperson Neha Kumar said, “Interestingly, these are uncharted territories where the prospect for expansion is exciting. We intend to make use of our influence and our strength to keep increasing our presence, revenue and profitability on a wider scale.”
ATL has also ventured into Cloud and virtual private server hosting. It serves the hosting needs for software and complex websites of SME’s by renting out globally located cloud and VPS infrastructure with a dedicated 24×7 support structure.
The company has also been growing as a major player in the Internet reputation management space. From branding to monitoring to firewall-ing, a Reputation keeps a tab on the virtual conversation and helps reduce the impact and visibility of negative search results by creating and promoting positive messages about businesses.
Kumar added, “We use our own software, developed in-house, which searches the blogosphere for comments, articles, posts and tweets and collates them into an easy-to-view console. Then, we use our impact factor tool to quickly work out whose comments are influential and what issues need to be addressed.”
Recently, ATL also launched ‘Fort Appin’, an Internet security software that defends computers against viruses, spam and identity theft. The software also has a special module built at Appin labs that does heuristic-based malware blocking and removal thereby providing zero-day protection even when the signatures have not been updated.
India need to focus on an agenda to create productive jobs in the IT sector and only then will the training industry make a comeback. While the government is clearly engaged in this process, some further steps need greater debate and action. Asia’s third-largest economy is likely to expand between 6.1 and 6.7 per cent in the fiscal year to March 2014, but until that happens, exploring real opportunities and adapting to the changing scenario is the only route to follow.
Fragile market sentiment and a drop in hiring by IT companies have had a direct and disturbing impact on top to mid-level IT training institutes in India.
For the last two decades, the Indian market has been entrenched strongly in the global IT market. However, the country’s IT sector is projected to reduce hiring plans by up to 22 percent to 150,000 in the current fiscal.
Industry sources say increasing automation of lower-end jobs and low attrition in the industry have contributed to this steep fall. Up until three years ago, 80 percent of hiring was centered on acquiring technical skills, but this has dropped to about 40 percent, with companies preferring to hire domain skills.
With global uncertainty, automation, and non-linear growth, one-third of the students run the risk of remaining unemployed. This disturbing trend has forced students to diversify from computer science and traditional IT segments.