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By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-09-13 Print this article Print

Raju, like other Indian outsourcing leaders, said the Indian educational system can do better in preparing college graduates for the work force. With 550,000 engineering graduates annually, there is nonetheless a skills shortage among those qualified to work for the outsourcing firms. Thus, Satyam and the other Indian companies must spend months training new hires before they are ready to start work. "Not all colleges prepare people as well as they should to capitalize on opportunities. Its like access to raw diamonds. There is a need for finishing schools," said Raju. "The amount of effort that we put in will have to come down."
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Also at the Analyst Day event, Satyam managers noted that the company continues to do a robust business in SAP integration. Mynampati cited one large pharmaceutical customer, to which Satyam has assigned 800 employees to handle its SAP implementation. Mynampati said Satyam remains strong in other sectors, such as manufacturing, where it claims 28 percent of its revenues, as well as among telecommunications companies. In a sign of increasing deal sizes, he said an increasing number, now 50 percent, are being advised by third-party consultants. This is making the deals more complex and taking them longer to close, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on IT management from

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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