BT DOTCOM: STATS & STRATS
Big daddy SAIL joins hands-on-line-with
TISCO and Kalyani Steel, and the emerging battle for WAP access takes an
interesting turn thanks to Cellmania's tie-up with Airtel.
Monster.com, the world's largest on-line
recruitment portal, is reportedly giving final touches to its India
entry strategy. Aussie media tycoon Kerry Packer's Net company E-Corp
is negotiating with the US-based TMP Worldwide Inc., which controls
Monster.com. Packer's partner in India, HFCL, may also participate in
this Net venture.
- Cellmania Inc., a leading global m-Com
solution provider, has tied up with Airtel to provide its WAP
directory Mfinder as the default search engine for Airtel's WAP
services. The firm has also announced the launch of its Indian
subsidiary, Cellmania India, in New Delhi.
- The LG group has set up a new company in
India, LG Commerz Now, for venturing into e-Commerce-related
activities in the country. Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp Group is picking
up a 10 per cent stake in this e-Commerce software foray by LG
- ICICI is actively considering the
formation of a holding company to handle its emerging web of
e-Commerce and on-line trading-related web-sites.
- Net4India (a Net solutions and services
provider) has announced the acquisition of a 50 per cent stake in Net
- Oracle Corp. has unveiled
oraclesalesonline.com, which delivers the core sales applications of
the Oracle e-business Suite as a free on-line service. Over time, the
site will host sales compensation, forecasting, expense, and travel
management as pay-as-you-go services.
me back, bt!
this regular feature, BT traces the history of the Net. The watch
pauses somewhere between September and October, 1995.
spotlight falls on the mark-up languages and protocols, as Netscape
Navigator breaths life into the worldwide wonder. The third version
of the http 1.0 Internet Draft appears, and, in August, the VRML
Architecture Group, the first movement for a virtual mark-up
language, meets in California.
word 'Internet' is assigned a legal meaning. On October 24, 1995,
the Federal Networking Council passes a resolution defining the term
Internet, in consultation with the Internet and Intellectual
Property Rights communities. Here goes: the word 'Internet' refers
to the global information system linked by a globally unique address
space based on the Internet Protocol (IP), which is able to support
communication using the TCP/IP suite, and provides high-level
services layered on communications and related infrastructure. Whew!
e-Commerce was still considered far out, the corporate world wakes
up to the concept of on-line branding.
Vatican (vatican.va) and the Canadian government go on-line (canada.gc.ca).
by IndiaWorld, India's first corporate web-site-of Kotak Mahindra
- The Steel Authority of India Ltd has
signed an MOU with Tata Steel and Kalyani Steel to roll out a steel
industry portal, metaljunction.com.
- US firm Kick Communications Inc. and Lee
& Nee Softwares (Exports) is entering into a 50:50 joint venture
to launch a new company, Kick Communications India Ltd. The Rs
100-crore JV will set up a Net gateway and a country-wide optical
fibre infrastructure to market bandwidth in India.
- In a $15-million deal, free ISP Caltiger
has tied up with 3Com to market the latter's multimedia communication
technologies in India.
- Other alliances: m-Com portal
netxcell.com has tied up with Wipro Net to power the latter's
NetKracker.com with WAP-enabled services. Meranet.com will provide its
address book facility to Aptech's horizontal portal tringtring.com.
And, openlearningworld.com has tied with 13 institutes-including NIFT
and AIMA-to bring their degree, diploma, and certificate courses
- After reclaiming tata.org and
tatamail.com from cybersquatters, the House of Tatas has its sight
(pun intended!) on ratantata.com and jrdtata.com. The business group
plans to approach the World Intellectual Property Organisation to
evict the squatters.
Ramalingam & Praveen S. Thampi
has an on-line chat with Alok Mittal, COO, jobsahead.com.
Q. What happened to your launchpad y-ortal
zipahead.com? Isn't sibling jobsahead.com way ahead?
A. Zipahead is India's leading youth site
and is doing extremely well. Even without advertising and other means of
promotion, it enjoys half-a-million page-views and a registered user-base
of over 160,000.
Isn't jobsahead.com's new Voice MailX
facility a techno-gimmick?
No. It's, in fact, a quick response to the
growing needs of HR managers. With voice-resumés, the recruiter can
assess the qualitative dimensions of a job-seeker's personality, like his
communications skills, and his level of confidence, which is vital in
fields like hospitality and remote services.
Fine. But do you think that the non-infotech
Indian job market is ready for Net-based hiring?
The on-line recruitment market is skewed
towards infotech because of the penetration of PCs in this segment.
However, more and more non-infotech corporates have begun to realise the
power of the Net. As a response, we have segregated JobsAhead's on-line
recruitment services into different communities (eight, as of now)