IT in October 2011



  • Bangalore Metro starts operation on October 20, 2011; 6.7 KM long Phase I is operational
  • Nobel prizes for the year 2011 announced in October 2011; Physics prize went to Saul Perlmutter of Univ. Of California, Berkeley, USA, Brian Schmidt of Australian National University and Adam Reiss of Johns Hopkins University, USA; Chemistry prize went to Dan Shectman of Technion, Israel; Medicine prize went to Bruce Beautler of Univ. of Texas, USA, Jules Hoffman of French National Academy of Sciences and Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller University (who unfortunately died before the announcement could reach him); Peace prize went to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf & Leymah Gbowee both residents of Liberia and Tawakkal Karman of Yemen in Africa; Literature prize went to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer; and, Economics prize went to Thomas Sargent of New York University, USA and Christopher Sims of Princeton University, USA
  • India successfully launched “Megha-Tropiques”, the satellite designed to focus on the study of monsoon with French collaboration, on October 12, 2011
  • Union Cabinet approves complete TV Digitization by 2014
  • The world’s seven billionth baby Nargis was born in UP, India on October 31, 2011
  • India hosts Formula 1 race in India; it was a flawless event on October 30, 2011 in NOIDA near New Delhi
  • Moser Baer commissions 30 MW Solar power plant in Gujarat on a 300 acre plot on October 20, 2011
  • Savings Bank interest decontrolled on October 24, 2011
  • Telengana strike off after 42 days on October 24, 2011
  • Boeing Dream-liner 777 makes maiden commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong on October 25, 2011
  • HP decides to keep its PC business on October 28, 2011
  • BlackBerry has global outage for 3 days during October 10-13, 2011
  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011
  • Turkey earthquake on October & Bangkok floods on October 24, 2011 continue to cause misery to the humanity
  • Libya’s ruler Colonel Gaddafi was killed on October 20, 2011




  • IBM India showcases solar powered data Center



  • Apple announces iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, a day before the tragic death of Steve Jobs; the phone available was from October 14, 2011 on AT& T, Verizon and Sprint network in USA; iPhone 4S was launched in 7 countries on that date; it will be sold in another 15 countries by November 2011 and 77 countries by December 2011
  • Nokia launches Windows phone 701 & 801 on October 25, 2011 in Nokia World UK; it also launched emerging market-focused feature phones under “Asha” brand
  • Google formally shuts down Buzz on October 15, 2011
  • Aakash, the world’s cheapest Tablet priced at Rs 2,766 was launched on October 28, 2011 in India



  • Sensex gained modest 40 points to close at 17288.97 on Muhurt trading (Samvat 2058) on October 26, 2011
  • Rupee touched 50 against USD on October 21, 2011
  • Indian IT companies Infosys, TCS & Wipro post good results for the July – September quarter
  • Samsung overtakes Apple in smart phone sales in July – September quarter of 2011
  • Lenovo is No 2 (Dell No 3) in PC shipment in July September 2011 quarter
  • SAP Ventures invests $ 10 million in Delhi-based One97 Communications on October 10, 2011
  • Red Hat buys Bangalore-based Gluster (open source based storage company) for Rs 667 crores on October 4, 2011
  • NIIT sells Element K to Skill Soft for $ 110 million on October 15, 2011
  • Microsoft completes Skype acquisition on October 15, 2011
  • Ericsson sells its part of Sony Ericsson stake to Sony for $ 1.5 billion
  • Oracle acquires cloud-based CRM company RightNow for $ 1.5 billion


Indian IT companies

  • Infosys, TCS, Wipro announce good results for the quarter July – September 2011; TCS had quarterly revenue of $ 2.5 billion, while Infosys had $ 1.7 billion revenue and Wipro had $ 1.4 billion revenue in the quarter

MNC IT companies in India

  • Gaming major Zynga to increase its R & D headcount past 100 in India
  • US-based IT outsourcing company Ciber Inc opened its global operations Center in Bangalore on October 13, 2011
  • Hitachi opened its first India R & D Center in Bangalore on October 13, 2011


Education & Research

  • Wipro Chairman Azim Premji to start 2 schools in each of the 500 districts in India
  • States want AICTE to stop sanctioning more engineering colleges




  • Karnataka Voter ID process goes online on October 1, 2011



  • IBM names Virginia Rometty as CEO effective January 1, 2012; with HP CEO Meg Whitman also a woman, it is womanpower on the rise!
  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011; Turing Award winner and c programming / Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie passed away on October 12, 2011; AI pioneer & creator of LISP, John McCarthy passed away on October 20, 2011
  • India-born former McKinsey CEO Rajat Gupta arrested on October 26, 2011
  • Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang visits India during October 12-14, 2011; Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited India during October 4-6, 2011



  • Apple iPhone 4S pre-order crosses 1 million in 24 hours (600,000 for iPhone 4)! It sold more than 4 million within a weekend!
  • Global PC shipments in July September quarter touched 91.8 million (Gartner) a 3% growth
  • Bangalore has 8.5 million people; Delhi has 22 million and Mumbai has 29 million (Census data)
  • World population increased from 1 billion in 1805 to 2 billion in 1927 to 3 billion in 1959 to 4 billion in 1974 to 5 billion in 1987 to 6 billion in 1999 and finally 7 billion on October 31, 2011


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