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That Was The Week That Was

Manchester: And what else happened last week? A round-up of the rest of the news in brief.

  • Kurt Salmon, part of the Management Consulting Group PLC, acquired New Albany Healthcare Consultants (NAHC) for a total consideration of US$0.8 million. NAHC provides consulting services related to performance improvement in clinical operations in hospitals and medical practices, in particular in surgical functions. Since its formation in 1989, NAHC has worked at a large number of hospitals and surgical centres across the United States. A team of five senior consultants from NAHC, led by Diane Doucette and Dick D'Enbeau, has joined Kurt Salmon's healthcare practice. Nick Stagg, MCG Chief Executive commented, "New Albany brings years of experience in clinical operations, that, combined with Kurt Salmon's deep industry expertise, will provide opportunities to further develop our healthcare consulting practice in the United States. We will continue to look for opportunities to grow our business through small acquisitions."
  • The Government of India Department of Electronics & Information Technology has asked Accenture to review investment proposals from global technology providers and investors interested in building semiconductor fabrication units in India. Semiconductor fabrication is an essential requirement for the domestic manufacture of electronics, and the government has set a goal of attracting investments of between $7 billion and $10 billion. "With an investment scope of billions of U.S. dollars, this strategic project holds considerable promise for Indian manufacturing," said Managing Director Krishna Giri, who leads Accenture's Health & Public Services business in India. "By bringing together investors, manufacturers and the government of India, this initiative will help build the critical collaboration that is needed to bridge the gap in domestic semiconductor production."
  • MultiLens, a team from Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven in the Netherlands, won the 2012 Atos IT Challenge for its App MultiLens. The team was presented with the gold medal prize by Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos, at an awards ceremony at Atos Head Quarters in Bezons, Paris. The theme for the first Atos IT Challenge was 'Smart Mobility' and attracted 77 entries from teams of up to five students, from universities worldwide. MultiLens beat two other finalists, Snackium, Coorporative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg Mannheim (DHBW) Germany and HouseFix, University of Warwick UK to the first prize. The MultiLens app allows for different viewing experiences when visiting a sport event, concert, or business conference.
  • Infosys, celebrated a decade of its Foundation Programme, a training programme for entry level engineering graduates at the Infosys Global Education Center, one of the world's largest corporate universities in Mysore. The 23-week residential training programme, designed to aid students' transition from the academic world to the corporate world, as qualified professionals, had 50 entrants in 2002, and now supports 15,000 students concurrently.
  • Mike Lawrie, CSC's new Pesident and Chief Executive Officer has made senior appointments including, David Zolet, as president North America Public Sector (NPS), Gary Budzinski, as president, global infrastructure services, and Sunita Holzer, as chief human resources officer.

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