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Avaya gives a big push to unified applications

Anand Parthasarathy

Unveils a slate of recent cutting edge technologies



CATCHING UP: The President, Nasscom, Kiran Karnik, inaugurating the second phase of Avaya's development centre in Pune on Thursday

PUNE: As Internet-based telephony gradually outpaces traditional landline technologies, engineers at the India development centre of New Jersey (U.S.)-based business communications leader, Avaya, are already working on tomorrow's unified applications where text, voice and data will share a common web-based highway to home and office.

Just 15 months after the R&D centre came up at Cybercity, Magarpatta, on the outskirts of Pune, Avaya has had to ramp up its development muscle. On Thursday, the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) President, Kiran Karnik, inaugurated Phase-II of the facility.

In a technology showcase that attracted hundreds of corporate customers, Avaya unveiled a slate of recent cutting edge technologies, many honed in the Pune centre.

Ravi Sethi, U.S.-based President of Avaya Labs — the global R&D head of the company — in his keynote, pointed out that India was fast catching up and could expect to see IP telephony overtake landlines at least in the enterprise space by 2007.

In his inaugural remarks, at the launch of the Avaya Development Centre's second phase, the Nasscom President, Kiran Karnik, drew an analogy between the Indian tiger and the Indian software research in their respective `food chains'. "Project Tiger is so important because the tiger is the king of a complex food chain. If the tiger is alive and well, it means everything else in its ecosystem from lesser animals to the forest environment is in good shape," he suggested, "By the same token, R&D is the software tiger. If our research is first class, the rest of the Indian software industry is also in great shape."

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