Synopsis

FUN @ SUN: Making of a Global Workplace
29 min approx

Fun @ Sun is set in the software development centre of a large American multinational company, Sun Microsystems, located in Bangalore. The film focuses on the multiple ways in which ‘culture’ operates as a management tool in the new global economy. To integrate teams and sites across cultural and geographical space, Sun attempts to create a common ‘global’ corporate culture. The film highlights techniques such as induction and ‘soft skills’ training programmes, through which American-style work culture is transplanted into the Indian subsidiary. Indian software engineers are incorporated into this dominant model by learning appropriate communication styles and even adopting new personality traits.

THE ‘M’ WAY: Time + People = Money
30 min approx

MphasiS is a medium-size Indian software services outsourcing company. Software outsourcing is a highly competitive business in which the provision of high quality and on-time services is the key to attracting and retaining customers. The film focuses on two teams (one for software development and one for quality control), depicting the high-pressure work atmosphere that prevails in the industry. Activities must be tightly coordinated within and between the project teams, and also with the customer site with which they are in communication on a daily basis. Work is regulated by strict deadlines and fixed targets.

JULY BOYS: New Global Players
26 min approx

July Systems is an example of the new breed of venture-capital funded software companies in Bangalore that tap into global markets from India.  Apart from software design, much of their work is directed at understanding markets and lifestyle trends in Europe and USA.  While the company’s leaders espouse a new kind of Indian cosmopolitanism, they are also proud of July’s achievements as a company founded and run by Indians.  The film explores the new subjectivities that are associated with the ‘high end’ of the Indian software industry, and asks whether there is a tension between their ‘global’ identity and the apparently nationalist motivation for working in a company such as July.