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India is leading today in the terms of IT services it provides globally. It may be sometimes misleading to stereotype India as a outsourcing sector in the IT industry rather than a product maker. There may be a few products which Indian IT firms have managed to produce but these have caused significant changes in the market only to be taken over by the IT giants. India’s stride in the development zone might bring up some enthusiasm amongst Indian technicians who flock abroad for search of such oppurtunities.
The students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have now tied up thier seat belts to get prepared to carry on a big fight or maybe enter a race where its competitors have reached the brink of perfection. Guruji.com, India’s first search engine has gone live on October 12, 2006. Its primarily in its beta stage and proves to cater to the Indian audience which I feel is a nice take as trying to be global in the first step would have been slight dampening as its success would be straightway measured to the likes of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc. But taking on the Indian look Guruji provides a strict policy of bringing you the pages solely belonging to India. It even asks for feedback if you encountered a page which was not Indian. Guruji.com is backed by Sequoia Capital India (which eventually provided venture capital for Google, Yahoo!, Paypal, Electronic Arts, YouTube, Ometric, Insider Pages ) with a $7 million funding which seems very much encouraging for the efforts going to be put into making Guruji.com a big success.
I tried a rather hard comparision on this 14 day old Guruji to the 8 year old Google. The search key I chose was “diwali“. The results proved pretty interesting. Google’s Indian Pages searched 11,60,000 in 0.13 seconds while Guruji returned 2,20,239 results (time not mentioned, but was faster than Google’s) put into a ratio of about 5:1. Then I searched for “Infosys” in which google returned 3,19,00 pages in 0.2 sec while Guruji returned 1,00,645 pages put into a ratio of about 3:1.
Being a 14 day old search engine and bringing about 3:1 ratio results (almost similar in relevance) is a good news for the IIT students and Indians alike for such future innovations within the country. The thing to watch out for would be whether it would be able to attain success in the Indian market like Google.
There were the days when you opened Internet Explorer and typed in any word in the address bar, IE would look for the keyword in msn explorer and try to find the relevant matches. Then came in Google with its simplistic form of a search engine and took over the world by large and people started configuring their browsers to point to www.google.com as their default page or search engine. Even today, if you ask some net surfers, which other search engines they know other than Google’s, they would seem confused, as if Google was the only one. Of course there are many including msn, yahoo, etc. but none beat the speed and relevance of Google’s search engine.
Then came in the AJAX and the web suddenly seemed to give faster responses to users needs and search engines tried to incorporate this so as to give Google a run for its money. How could Microsoft have been left behind in this run !!. A few months ago it had entered the league in revolutionizing the web with its simulation of a web desktop at www.live.com . But I guess it always had its eye on the success of Google and leaving behind the web desktop development it started to concentrate more on its search engine and AJAX wizardry.
Now if you take a look at www.live.com , it would no more be a web desktop demo coz its been christened to a AJAX search engine!! (named as the LIVE SEARCH). So the next time if you type in a keyword in the address bar of the Internet Explorer and hit Enter, don’t be surprised if Microsoft redirects IE to www.live.com and searches for it!! But even with AJAX Microsoft is way behind in its timings compared to GOOGLE. The thing which remains to be compared is the relevance.
It sometimes seems like we know only half the truth of what we are looking into the present. The present only shows the publicised version of what we dream because everyone likes to strike a chord of people’s expectation, be it at the cost of one of your competitors. Why I am showering these words is because of the sotry I heard today from one of my collegues. The story of Adam Osborne, a computer pioneer who was the first person to bring out what we call today the “Portable Computer“. But I dont think many people would be aware of this fact since we know only the big players like the Micorsoft’s, the Ibm’s. But what about crediting the one who made it possible to everyone’s realization. Had not Mr. Osborne made a mistake of pre- announcing his inventions beforme succumbing to a major downfall he would have been a pioneer till today. Such stories sometimes do make me realize that think not only twice but ahead of your competitors before making a step forward for a foolproof success. But again, it’s the same philospohy that the big one’s follow. Ain’t it?
Read about the Osborne Effect http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Osborne