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Why Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is a rapidly burgeoning field in the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry. MGL’s Life Sciences division recognizes the importance of a training program in this vital field. Experts have already dubbed bioinformatics – a hybrid profession pairing biology and computer science – the career choice of the decade.

This year’s “Beyond Borders” report states that the current Biotechnology industry continues to grow rapidly, as companies raise record amounts of venture capital and the potential value of mergers, acquisitions and alliances reaches new heights. This consequently will create significant job openings in the areas of software development, drug designing, and database in various research areas.

A high percentage of the students who have passed out from the last few batches have now started successfully publishing their projects in international conferences.

About Training

Over the past six years, MGL has been contributing to Life Sciences research community by conducting Industrial training / Certificate Program in the Bioinformatics industry. We permit students (M.Tech, M.Sc, B.Tech, B.Sc etc) from various academic institutions to carry out their dissertation and project work in disciplines involving Genomics, Proteomics, Cheminformatics, Bio-computing, FDA compliance, Pathway designing and analysis, Database designing and Biological algorithm designing. Also available are various programming languages like PERL/PYTHON and exposure to MGL’s Bioinformatics educational tools such as EXOMETM Horizon, which includes sequence, structure and drug design modules.

List of Courses

These courses are intended for candidates pursuing/completed their graduation or post graduation in any of the above mentioned areas having some knowledge of bioinformatics.

Type of Course Duration Description
Crash Course 7 days The course covers the basics of bioinformatics and hands-on experience will be provided in various bioinformatics tools
Training/Mini Project 1-2 months The candidates would be undertaking a mini project in their area of interest within the bioinformatics field.
Training / Major Project 3-6 months As a long-term course, candidates would be undertaking a major project in their area of interest within the bioinformatics field
Combo Courses 2 months This training program comprises of in-silico drug designing procedures and PERL programming language with practicals.

Salient features of training program

  • Interaction with “who’s who” of academia (JNU, NII, IGIB, ICMR, DBT etc) and Industry (MGL, Ranbaxy, Panacea, Hamdard, Dabur etc)
  • Lectures/Demos/Presentations to keep you aware of bleeding edge technologies in life sciences viz. Cloud Computing, Clinical Bioinformatics, Molecular Diagnostics, Nano-Biotechnology etc
  • Hands-on experience with Industry leading platform for integrated life sciences informatics: EXOMETM-Horizon.
  • Frequent interactions with life sciences functional & career experts from MGL to explore and understand various career opportunities
  • Placement assistance and MGL Certification

Why MGL ?

MGL Life Sciences division was established in 2001 and since then, we have launched a variety of products and services for addressing and solving biological problems ranging from Genomics to drug designing. Some of them are:

  • EXOMETM
  • EXOMETM ED
  • EXOMETM BLAST
  • EXOMETM Horizon
  • OncomasterTM

Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • One-on-one PCs with high-speed Internet connection and power backup
  • Experienced, qualified and highly skilled faculties in their respective areas
  • Guidance from experienced software developers to understand the product development
  • Career guidance and personality development sessions
  • Interaction/collaboration with industries for placement opportunities
  • Visiting domain consultants from leading research institutes/universities

Placement Assistance:

At the MGL Training Center, we understand that the goal for most students, following their respective degree from various colleges, is to obtain a successful and rewarding career. We offer job placement assistance to our Training Program graduates. We have successfully maintained an extremely high job placement success rate within our trainees’ chosen career field. Our association does not end the minute you graduate, because at MGL we believe that once you have been trained by us you are part of the MGL family for life. Our career assistance will be available for any graduates throughout the duration of their professional career. We strongly believe that as a MGL training program graduate you are prepared to go out into the life sciences profession and be a success. Our track record of success speaks for itself, as employers constantly comment that our trainees’ skill level and professionalism are excellent.

Location of training: 758, Udyog Vihar, Phase 5, Gurgaon 122016

For more information, Contact Rajesh

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Bioinformatics is a computer intensive field, so it is quite natural to find that experts in this discipline tend to post a lot of useful information on the web. In fact most professors teaching bioinformatics courses, book authors, and creators of important algorithms have extensive web sites filled with tutorials and educational information. The challenge is to locate the resources that you need for your personal education without spending months of your time surfing the web searching for these gems.

There is a clear need for an organized central resource that collects links to bioinformatics training material. The EXOME™ Horizon (EH) is an attempt to fill this need.

EXOME™ Horizon, an enabling service for Bioinformatics is a “Unified bioinformatics Learning Environment” that integrates the tools to learn, appreciate, explore and teach Bioinformatics in an optimal way. It facilitates the understanding of Bioinformatics among researchers and students.

The EXOME™ Horizon is an organized collection of Sequence Analysis tools, Structural Bioinformatics tools & Drug discovery tools, Comprehensive tutorials, In-built databases, On-line references, Sample test datasets, etc. In short everything that interested scientists/student’s need in order to train themselves in the emerging discipline of bioinformatics

EXOME™ Horizon is a service offering that consists of Sequence Analysis, structural bioinformatics and Drug Designing modules. EXOME™ Horizon uses workflow model through which a user can effectively and efficiently comprehend the procedural steps of sequence analysis, structure analysis and drug designing.

Listed below are just some of the areas in which training is conducted using EXOME™ Horizon:

Some of the salient features of EXOME™ Horizon other than the one mentioned above are as follows:

  1. Client server architecture minimizes the cost per user.
  2. Minimizes the hard ware requirement to a Server
  3. User specific & secure work space
  4. Comprehensive help menus for self learning
  5. Limiting the use of internet bandwidth with inbuilt data bases- Nucleotide, PDB, PDBQ etc.
  6. Interactive GUI removes the pain to learn and write commands to run an application.

Easy to understand the results/output through graphical representation and saves valuable time in understanding the application specific output

For any further queries on EXOME™ Horizon, kindly contact Rajesh

New Trends in ERP Support

09th July 2009 – 16:00 to 17:00 (IST)

Presented by Mr. Vedantham SVP, Technology Solutions

Join Mr. V Vedantham for a live webinar that focuses on increasing organizational efficiency through ERP and explore the new trends in its implementation and support.

The integration of large back office systems into a single system process provides robust business value to organizations by easily sharing information with all systems & departments. By providing value in terms of reducing costs and automating the workflow process, your clients are served better.

However many companies are unable to predict the pain areas during post-implementation phases of ERP systems. This has become a growing problem since there just isn’t any time for companies to find appropriate skilled professionals to tweak and continuously improve functionality of the systems in place. By prioritizing and enhancing maintenance and support activities, you can avail of a high degree of transparency that will not only lead you to financial gain but also to explore and invest in new market areas.

Points to be discussed
  1. What are the complexities and challenges involved in ERP support?
  2. What are the current pain areas of Indian companies in terms of availing of ERP support?
  3. How does ERP Clinic- an MGL concept for ERP support – work?
  4. What are the benefits of ERP Clinic?
  5. How to reduce risks and costs through ERP Clinic?
Who can attend?

CEO, CFO, CTO, Head of IT and Finance, Directors, COO and everyone interested in ERP

Your Esteemed Speaker Mr. V Vedantham has a total of 37 years of industry experience of which 33 years were dedicated to IT areas of design, development and implementation manufacturing applications. He began his career as an Industrial Engineer in BHEL, Trichy and then moved on to head the software product development wing at Mascon Technical Services.  He has also played the role of consultant in a number of manufacturing engagements as well. Currently he is the Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions at Mascon Global Limited and is extensively involved in setting up and managing large ERP practices with main focus on SAP.

This Webinar is FREE!

MGL SAPERP

Found in 1981, Mascon Global Limited (MGL) has grown to be known as a global provider of technology services with offices and software development centers across USA, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Asia. For the past 28 years, MGL has been the innovation partner of choice for blue chip firms around the world, ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Since 1998, MGL has nurtured a robust and time-tested SAP practice that has expanded from a traditional on-site delivery model into an offshore centric, remote delivery services model. With a strong base in delivering SAP end-to-end solutions and a proven track record in full life cycle implementations, MGL is also a market leader in the “outsourcing using global delivery model”, which includes the following areas:

  • ABAP maintenance (SAP versions 3.x and above)
  • Offshore programming support
  • SAP upgrades from any lower version to 4.6c/4.7
  • SAP BW reporting and business Intelligence
  • SAP help desk
  • Post implementation audits, strategy studies

MGL’s service offerings include:

  • SAP implementation, rollouts and upgrades
  • SAP Application Maintenance Outsourcing (AMO)
  • SAP mobile computing
  • NetWeaver, SAP WebAS, J2EE, .Net
  • SAP product services – Portals, BI, SEM, CRM, SCM

MGL ORACLE ERP

MGL has established a dedicated Oracle practice to offer best-in-breed, cost-effective implementation, customization, and consulting services across various industries all over the world. Through continuous improvement in technologies and processes, MGL’s Oracle practice has grown to provide its clients with upgraded solutions in Oracle eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft Applications Database Administration, Fusion Middleware, and Fusion Applications, as well as functional areas such as Human Resources Management System (HRMS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Financials and Customer Relation Management. As one of the select few Oracle Certified Solution Partners (OCSP) MGL has also established competencies in Hyperion, Seibel and other Oracle-acquired applications. MGL has over 375 consultants experienced in multiple verticals to bring about an optimum balance of utilization and costs throughout the project lifecycle. With experienced consultants familiar with the use of Oracle Applications Implementation Methodology (AIM) for implementing, planning, delivering upgrades and customization of Oracle Applications, MGL has established an Offshore Development Center (ODC) for some of our key clients.

MGL’s service offerings in Oracle practice are as follows

  • Development
  • Implementation

Ø Financials

Ø Distribution

Ø Manufacturing (Discrete & Process)

Ø HRMS & Payroll

Ø ALM

Ø DBI

Ø Portal

  • Upgrades
  • Customization
  • Reports, KPI and dashboards
  • Migration from other systems
  • External application integration
  • Oracle development services

With database and application maintenance growing to be time-consuming and expensive in today’s economy, MGL’s Oracle Applications DBA services successfully alleviate these disadvantages by providing clients with 24/7 integrated solutions that aim at flexibility and assurance of quality.

MGL’s DBA practice typically covers the following primary service components

  • Monitoring and Control
  • Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Configuration Management
  • Implementation/Upgrade/Migration
  • System Maintenance
  • System Administration and Monitoring

For Further Clarification, contact m.rajesh@mgl.com

MGL key offerings for manufacturing industry range from custom- built solutions to productized solutions
like EZPlastic, which is built on SAP platform. With a dedicated center of excellence for manufacturing in
EZPlastic is a tightly integrated Plastics industry
specific business solution built on SAP ERP. It has all
the powerful features of world class SAP software,
along with a vast array of functionalities designed
specifically for Plastics processing industry.
Products
Chennai and a strong force of around 700 professionals, MGL serves clients such as Eastman Kodak, Vulcan Materials, Ford,
Nikon, Motorola, Panasonic etc.

MGL Health care and Life Sciences division provides you an excellent opportunity to excel yourself in advanced bioinformatics by learning and understanding the exclusive industry accepted tools and technology in Bio-informatics as a part of training

Over the past six years, MGL has been conducting certified bioinformatics training programs for students from leading academic institutions. Our intention is not only to provide these candidates with greater exposure to quality training, but also to offer them career guidance in this rapidly burgeoning field. Upon successful completion of this training program, many of our former students have now started their professional careers and have also commenced publishing their projects in international conferences.

Objectives

  • To expose students to engineering experience, a real’ working environment and get them acquainted with the organization structure, business operations and administrative functions which are not taught in classroom
  • To have hands-on experience in their related field so that they can relate and reinforce what has been taught at their university and also share the experience gained from industry in their classrooms.
  • To foster cooperation and to develop synergetic collaboration between industry and the university in promoting a knowledgeable society
  • To gain exposure on drug discovery data and procedural flow management and implementation and technical report writing in projects
  • To provide exposure for the student towards the prospective future employers
  • To apply the concept of Bioinformatics efficiently in biotechnology labs
  • To teach concept of intellectual properties and its importance in the organization and in the country’s growth to the students

Learning Outcome

  • Gain exposure to the actual working environment in the industry and the business
  • Develop awareness of the importance and the capability of adapting to the working environment and culture of a job
  • Possess enhanced communication and team-working skills.
  • Develop awareness of the requirements and expectation of industry on employees
  • Relate and apply the knowledge learned in the university for IP led work in Industry

Course Offerings

Crash Course (1 week)
Basics of bioinformatics and various bioinformatics tools
Training with projects (2 to 6 months – 300 hours to 1000 hours)
Advanced bioinformatics training including projects spanning 1 to 2 months or 3 to 6 months
Combo Courses (2 months- 300 hours)
In-silico drug designing procedures and PERL programming language with practical

* These courses are intended for candidates who have either completed or currently pursuing their graduation or post graduation in the Biological discipline or Quantitative Science

Highlights

  • PERL and Bioinformatics – PERL Basics, Intermediate and Advanced, Biological databases, Sequence analysis and alignment, Evolutionary analysis

For further clarifications,
Email: m.rajesh@mgl.com

Hariharan VG, SOA Architect, writes…

I strongly believe that this is the right time to discuss the future of IT. Almost all IT players are feeling the heat of IT slowdown. The world economy is melting down; most of the business sectors have crashed. And everyone is wondering why this is happening when they have the best IT teams?

IT has demonstrated major enlargement for the past 20 years in terms of new technologies, tools, methodologies and standards. Most of modern tools and technologies have been adopted, developed and implemented by major business players, but still IT is not completely able to help organizations predict the market, financial standing and strategies. Is IT inefficient to forecast the future market and financial strategy? Certainly not; so far IT just played a supporting role for enterprises. It is clearly proves that even though IT as sector has superior, but still it is not considered as backbone of enterprise business.

Business strategy drives IT strategy

Most of the enterprise case studies show that IT strategies and policies are defined and derived based on enterprise business strategies. This means that in most of the cases business strategies drive IT strategy and policy without IT actually playing any major role in driving business strategies. But business and IT should work together for defining enterprise strategies for predicting slowdown. Ideally, if it is a singular enterprise strategy, this would give more room for IT to play major role in predicting potential of enterprises. Service Oriented Architecture is the best architecture approach that can help implement enterprise strategies and predict future requirements and actions to handle the world market.

SOA – Key player

Service Oriented Architecture is an architectural approach, which involves business and IT strategies defining enterprise businesses. When I say architecture, I’m not talking about an application or system architecture, but rather about an enterprise business architecture. Implementing SOA requires 70% of tools / technologies and 30% of management methodologies. SOA implementation technologies include Web Services, Security and Messaging standards, ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), Master Data Management, Data Mashup, Data Integration, BPM (Business Process Management), BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), Work Flow, Web Portal and Data Warehousing. SOA management methodologies include Governance, SLA, Policies and Implementation strategy, Business Activity Monitoring and Management and Project Management. I am not saying all the above are required for each enterprise, but still it can be adopted based on enterprise business plan and needs.

Since SOA approach dismantles the enterprises business as services and processes, it is easy to monitor and manage the performance and efficiencies of business processes. In earlier application approaches, entire enterprise systems used to built as single units. So management did not have control to identify the weakness of business. But SOA’s business activity monitoring and management helps identify the weakness of business process to rectify that immediately.

Since the enterprise business is built as pieces of services, it is effortless to remove or plugin new/existing modules and processes. Any economic and market change can be adopted immediately with the existing enterprise process which could drastically reduce the slowdown risk.

Governance, SLAs and policies help implement the SOA approach in the enterprise without creating an impact at the resource and management level. Service level agreements are ensuring prediction of weak service areas and identification of reasons behind the weaknesses. Policies and standards also help the enterprise implement standards and procedures, which will give them better control for management to make right decisions at right time.

Tools selection

The critical part of SOA implementation is selecting the right software tool for appropriate need. I would suggest referring Eric Roch’s blog entry on SOA tools.

Arvind Shashidhar, Central Marketing Operations (Chennai), writes…

Ever thought about how you go about doing things in your life. No!!! Well, you should… Just have to rewind and you will realize that your life in more ways than one has been and will always be one big event sans the time frame.

Recently, I was given this opportunity, which is what I thought then, to coordinate an event wholly sponsored by my company. All the education and experience that I had got until then would not prepare me for it.

Event Management is like a jig-saw puzzle waiting to be solved. Unlike its bigger picture counterpart – “LIFE”, it has got a time limit to it and therefore postponement of any kind is not an option. All you can try to do is to put the pieces together and search for the next logical move. The moment you relax, chances are someone else will rearrange the entire puzzle to your utter dismay. That is when you realize that you are not in charge.

When it rains, it pours” – Everything around me came crashing down just when I thought I had it all figured out. I was still rattled by its after effects that when my boss asked me after the event if I was ready for the next challenge, I couldn’t help but curse myself for blurting out those three, now over ambitious, words – “I want challenges” during my last appraisal meeting with my boss.

So, I started fresh by drafting an elaborate checklist for the event. The few points below should throw some light on what to do.

  • Make an Event Management Checklist – Pen down anything and everything that comes to your mind. Be it even the most miniscule of things
  • Separate the tasks into four sections – Pre-event activities, Event day activities, Post-event activities and Ongoing activities
  • Make sure you know everyone involved with the event and also gather their contact details
  • Clearly mark out each person with their responsibilities and communicate it to them
  • Follow-up on these responsibilities with the concerned person

Any task assigned to you should be deftly passed on to a team, except for the anchor role. If you want this event to go well you better not involve yourself in the nitty-gritty of the event. You are needed to handle the big picture.

Pray that no one surprises you with last minute adjustments. However much you make provision for these adjustments the more time you go into detail and less time you have to manage the show.

My boss’s words “Heads will roll” seemed more a reality and less of a joke as the event day approached. But thanks to a very supportive team we put one and one together to make three.

How?!

Well, the event was a grand success with more than expected responses. We are replicating this event soon. Only this time around you wouldn’t find me in the vicinity. I wouldn’t find me in the vicinity. Thank you, but no thanks!

I would rather manage my life and procrastinate.

Stay tuned and unplugged for part two…coming soon.