Ashik’s IT Thoughts

August 29, 2007

Intel Chairman’s Visit in Bangladesh

Filed under: Community — ashikuzzaman @ 12:36 am

Intel Corporation is the world’s largest semiconductor company and the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in many personal computers. Dr. Craig R. Barrett, the chairman of this giant chip maker company, will visit Bangladesh soon. The purpose of his visit is predicted to find out facts for investment opportunity in Bangladesh. This came in newspapers a few days ago like:

“Intel Corporation’s chairman Craig Barrett will visit Bangladesh during first week of September 2007. This could be viewed as an opportunity to develop partnership that brings a win-win platform. Craig made similar visit to Vietnam in 2002 which triggered the staggering investment afterward.”

Bangladesh needs foreign direct investment (FDI) from companies like Intel, but the political and infrastructure constraints are not quite attractive for such investment from big companies. However, we have a huge labor force at a comparatively cheap wage which makes us attractive to them. All we need now is a chance to prove ourselves to the big corporates. If Intel comes and operates a hardware assembly and test facility in Bangladesh successfully, it will be a matter of time for other major global players to have the faith on the business environment and opportunites in Bangladesh.

Our current investment scenario is no less than pathetic due to poor conversion of investment proposals into actual implementation. Intel chairman is visiting us in a time when we are just coming out of a major flood, facing a critical political age. But we hope that none of these will stop us from showing our real potential to this big corporate player. Intel’s investment in Vietnam turned this country from a state where we are today to a state where we want to go.

This could be relevant that Intel has an involvement with Bangladesh already. There are a few hundreds of BUET students working in Intel’s Design/Fabrication labs in CA,WA, VA,OR states in USA. A few years back, they formed a body named ‘IBA’ (Intel Bangladesh Association), which was approved by Intel authorities. And as an acknowledgment of contribution from this university, Intel funded for a simulation lab named ‘Robert Noyce Simulation Lab’ (named after one of the two founders of Intel) in Electrical & Electronic Dept of BUET. You can find details on IBA here: http://www.buet.ac.bd/eee/iba

In our next AABEA event of 4th September with Dr. Ishfaqur Reza in Santa Clara, I would like to know whether IBA is behind this visit of Craig Barrett to Bangladesh. NRBs have been trying to portray Bangladesh in a positive manner throughout the world and I believe this is one of those efforts.

If Intel thinks that the one engineer’s wage in USA can accomodate 10 engineers in Bangladesh, it may be good enough to outweigh the current infrastructure lackings we have. Imagine Intel investing $200 million or $500 million in Bangladesh and the economic picture of the country will change radically as other foreign investors will feel safe to invest here as well.

The caretaker govt should have done their homework to take proper advantage of Dr. Barrett’s visit to Bangladesh and show him our strength and potential. We are looking forward to this visit with lot of hopes, with great expectations. We can do it, we will do it.

Source: Taken from my post at AABEA Blog

August 22, 2007

Geni: Family Tree Application

Filed under: Community, Private, Web — ashikuzzaman @ 4:11 pm

I came to know about Geni from FreeBase a while ago. As soon as I saw it, I was amazed. allow people to graphically view and edit family trees. I was looking for such an application for a long time and now I have started my family tree. It will be not only useful and fun but will be a great way to socialize with the relatives.

Geni is a tool for understanding and staying in touch with your family. Geni lets you create a family tree through our fun simple interface. You can expand your tree by adding relatives’ email addresses. They will be invited to join your tree and can add other relatives. Your tree will continue to grow as relatives invite other relatives. From a technical point of view, the web site is so great in delivering exactly what a person would like to see in a family tree gradually that I am speechless! I don’t remember any other application stuck me with so surprise probably other than Facebook.

What are you waiting for now? Start your family tree in http://www.geni.com or join if one of your relative has already started the tree.

August 1, 2007

Searching for a job in Bangladeshi Software Companies

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashikuzzaman @ 4:21 pm

I got an email from an NIITian a few days ago who is looking for a job in any Bangladeshi software company. Here is an excert of my reply via email that you may find useful.

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Software industry in Bangladesh is yet not matured enough to get a quick opening. If you are planning to focus on non-software industry like banking, telecomm – I dont know much about them.

You sound to be quite fresh in terms of project experience, so you may start planning to get some experience first. There are few ways how you can get into a project.

  1. NIIT internship/job assistance: Don’t look at the salary or title, just join whatever you get. You have to start from the bottom and go way into the top over time.
  2. Develop skill on one particular area. For example, Java, Microsoft.NET, PHP, Linux Server Administration or Software Testing (SQA). Remember it is a long term process, there is nothing that you can do to shorten it other than constantly studying and practicing the skill.
  3. Join few online IT professionals group and be active on those groups over email. For example, JPGroup (http://www.jpgroup.org), SQABD ( http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sqa_bangladesh), PHPExperts (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/phpexperts), BDLUG ( http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bdlug) etc.
  4. Look at BDJobs web site and start applying all the jobs that are looking for fresh people rather than experienced ones.
  5. Look at the Information Technology section of the following link and select the companies where you can drop your resumes – http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of-companies-in-bangladesh .

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