IBM Losing Its ‘Top Employer’ Mojo

IBM, once the top multinational employer of choice is at risk of falling off that pedestal.

Future Of Work Is Not In The Four Walls Of An Office

Workplace dynamics are changing rapidly and organisations are keen to modernise their approach to both, the workplace and the workforce. We at Greyhound Knowledge Group are of the firm belief that the confluence of powerful devices, modern applications and intelligent networks have replaced the Knowledge Worker with the Connected Worker. This in turn is fuelling the Gig Economy. Per our estimates at Greyhound Knowledge Group, nearly 30% of the workforce across the globe will in some form or shape participate in the gig economy by 2020.

Nasscom Pegs IT-BPM Exports Growth Rate At 7-8 Per Cent For FY17-18

Industry body Nasscom projected software export growth in fiscal 2017-18 at 7-8% in constant currency, down from 8.6% last year.

If Only India’s IT Companies Could Focus On Real Transformation Instead Of Appeasing Trump

On May 02, Infosys, India’s second largest information technology (IT) company, announced that it will hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years. Three days later, on May 05, Nasdaq-listed Cognizant Technology Solutions, which has a large presence in India, also revealed plans to significantly ramp up hiring in the US. if and when they do end up attracting talent, Indian IT companies may have to pay through their nose for it.

Oracle To Offer Plug-And-Play AI Solution To Marketers

The battle of the marketing Clouds is hotting up with Oracle announcing the launch of its Adaptive Intelligence Applications (AIA) — a plug-and-play artificial-intelligence solution.

How IBM India Is Becoming Digital

Contrary to popular opinion, even technology companies have to invest continually to push digital so that they can innovate and stay relevant to their customers. International Business Machines Corp.’s (IBM’s) sharpening focus on digital is a case in point.

Trump Visa Crackdown Prods IT To Create US Jobs

With President Donald Trump making it abundantly clear that he will curb immigrant work visas to protect domestic jobs, technology outsourcing firms such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro are focusing on localisation and hiring more Americans to serve their clients in the U.S.

Procuring Public Cloud – Ponder Before You Purchase

Over the last 12 months, we at Greyhound Research carried out thousands of end-user enquiries on adoption of Public Cloud. These enquiries have ranged from questions on assessing Cloud vendors, controlling costs, automating manual tasks, ensuring data security & compliance, identifying potential workloads among other questions. Amidst a range of topics (reach out to our Client Centricity Team if you wish to know more details), one trend particularly stood out…

Suspension On Expedited H-1B Visa To Affect IT Cos

US’ decision to temporarily suspend the expedited premium processing of H-1B visas will lead to process delays for  IT firms too.

Donald Trump’s H-1B Visa Restrictions Will Not Be A Deterrent For IT Sector; Here’s Why

Despite the impending dark overtones cast on India’s IT sector, the reality on the ground is far from anything bleak. Irrespective of the announcements from US president Donald Trump, Brexit concerns and the slowing global economy, the IT sector seems to have factored the low spell and will be only marginally impacted. The sector will likely grow 8-9 percent in FY2017E and could grow at same pace or accelerate in FY2018, according to a technology report from Kotak Instituitional Equities released a week ago.

IBM Chief Ginni Rometty Is Betting On A Cognitive World

If Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. dominate the online space with their machine learning, deep learning and suite of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) wants to go a step further and capture both the online and offline worlds with its cognitive computing platform.

AI Is Evolving Quick & Vendors Are Struggling To Find The Secret Sauce

Over the last 12 months, we at Greyhound Research, the Technology Transformation arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group, carried out hundreds of end-user enquiries on various aspects of Artificial Intelligence. These enquiries have ranged from questions on benchmarking AI vendors, understanding potential use cases, use of open source among other questions. Amidst a range of topics (reach out to our Client Centricity Team if you wish to know more details), one trend particularly stood out…

…Artificial Intelligence is a top priority (for both business and technology leaders) and organisations globally are aggressively launching pilots to explore possibilities.

We at Greyhound Research believe this trend has both near-term and long-term impact on both the CIO and their respective organisation. Below are some of the latest tweets on this topic. Read a more updated thread by clicking on any of the tweets from below. Lastly, please spare a moment to retweet, share and respond to this thread!


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This Country Will Be Most Impacted If US Passes New H-1B Visa Bill

It may not be a good time to be a techie in America. Correction: It may not be a good time to be a non-American in Trump’s America.

What H1B Visa Reforms Mean For IT Companies

Software services industry, already facing pressures on profitability and revenue, has become the latest target of the Trump administration’s moves to protect American jobs.

New H-1B Visa Announcement: Skills Not Salary The Trump Card

On 31 January 2017, an announcement impacting H-1B visa programme has been made by the US House of Representatives making it difficult for companies in the US to employ skilled foreign workers. Among other things, the minimum wage requirement of H-1B visa holders has been more than doubled to USD 130,000. At Greyhound Research we believe this is a significant announcement by the newly appointed Trump administration. While changes were expected under the new President, the suddenness and the order of the announcement has surely caught IT Services Providers across the globe by surprise.

Blow For Indian IT: New US Bill Proposes Doubling Wage Limit For H1B Visa

India’s information technology (IT) sector will face temporary setback to move workers from India to the US with the bill introduced in the US House of Representatives that mandates minimum wages of H1B visa holders at $130,000, double the current limit.

Cloud Failures Will Drive Enterprises To Hire Startup CTOs

Over the last 12 months, we at Greyhound Research, the Technology Transformation arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group, carried out thousands of end-user enquiries on various aspects of Cloud Computing. These enquiries have ranged from questions on benchmarking cloud providers, enterprise application modernization to service level agreements. Amidst a range of topics (reach out to our Client Centricity Team if you wish to know more details), one trend particularly stood out…

How Change In Technology Landscape Is Impacting M&A In IT Industry

The year 2016 witnessed a major rise and impact of new technologies like social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) across businesses and organisations, not just in terms of the adoption, usage and investments but also it gained the status of new mainstream technologies.

Course Content In Learning Outsourcing: From A Point Of Failure To A Position Of Strength

At Greyhound Research – the Technology & Innovation Research, Advisory & Consulting arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group – the year has started on a rather interesting note.

We’ve just closed our annual study, Global CLDO Priorities 2017, and the results are a mix of both, things that organisations will continue investing in and those that they intend to change. To give you a perspective, consider these findings – while 89% Chief Learning & Development Officers (CLDOs) plan to continue with end-to-end Learning Outsourcing to a single Learning Services provider, 70% are considering using mobile devices as the mainstay for disseminating learning courses to their employees.

Tough Road Ahead for IBM India Chief

IBM’s two major global bets — cloud and cognitive — are also the two weakest areas for the computing giant in India, where it seems to be struggling in a highly competitive market. Will the new India MD be able to get the company back on track?

Whilst Transforming Clients, IBM India Must Also Transform Within

On January 4, 2017, IBM India named Karan Bajwa as the new Managing Director. He takes over the reigns from Vanitha Narayanan, who has now been appointed as the Chairman. Per the announcement, this change is effective immediately; both Karan and Vanitha will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific.

At Greyhound Research we believe while the company is in great hands with both Karan and Vanitha at the helm, significant challenges lie ahead for them and the broader management team at IBM India. Here’s why.

Flashback 2016: Year Of Uncertainties For IT Sector

Information technology industry strived to find newer opportunities and markets in 2016 as geopolitical uncertainties, a challenging business climate and technological shift clouded outlook.

Tough 2016 For IT, Tougher Year Ahead

For India’s export-focused software services sector, 2016 was a tough battle. The information technology (IT) sector had to reduce growth numbers for only the second time in a decade, the first being after a US  recession triggered by the Lehman Brothers collapse. This time, they faced challenges due to automation and shifting investments in digital, the UK’s exit from the European Union and an unexpected victory for Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

IT Companies Will Have To Prove Their Digital Narrative In 2017

Winter has set in, and yet, the biting icy winds do not stop New Yorkers from getting to work. At Liberty Street, inside the Times Inc. office, there are a couple of financial service providers and media companies talking about digital transformation.

Infosys Steps Up Push For AI Business, Says Vishal Sikka

Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka says he would look at building the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) offerings as a standalone business, independent of the traditional services, to help build next generation applications for its customers.

Google, Microsoft, Apple & IBM Battle It Out In India Enterprise Space

India is all set to become a battleground as Google is gearing up to take on Microsoft and IBM as the California headquartered search giant is eyeing a piece of the lucrative enterprise business.

Google’s New Cloud Region Will Take Competition In The Indian Cloud Market A Notch Higher

According to recent reports from IT research firms, the Indian public cloud market is expected to cross $1 B in 2016 and grow three folds by 2020. It’s a huge opportunity for global cloud service providers as well as local players to cash in on.

Google To Launch First Data Centre In Mumbai To Take On Microsoft, Amazon

Google Inc. is trying to bridge the gap with rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud marketplace in India by announcing that it plans to set up its first data centre in Mumbai by 2017—a strategy that will help the company cater to a larger number of Indian developers and enterprise customers.

IBM Thinks Watson In Cognitive Mode

The technology platform, Watson, does hold a lot of potential for solving customer problems through its advanced analytics capabilities. But it needs to work in tandem with end-user organisations and may be a long way from commercial success in India

Analysts opine that Watson still had a long way to go in the India market.

MNCs Put Indian Data Centres On Cloud Nine

In a move that should worry local providers, large multinationals, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and IBM, have announced the launch of data centre facilities in India over the last year to capture the thriving local cloud computing demand.

With Technology At Helm, South Korea Ready To Contribute To Global Innovation

With AWS’s Seoul Data Centre region going live in January 2016 and Microsoft announcing plans in May 2016, all eyes were set on IBM and Google.

While the latter is yet to make any announcement on this topic, the former announced its new Data Centre in Pangyo, South Korea on 25 August 2016. Per IBM’s official statement, this is the company’s 9th Data Centre in the Asia Pacific including Japan (APJ) region (part of its Global network of 47) and an outcome of its collaboration with SK Holdings C&C.

Workday Moves Test & Dev To IBM Cloud – Expect Increased Focus On Innovation

On 15 August, 2016 IBM and Workday announced a multi-year partnership wherein Workday will use IBM’s Cloud for its internal Testing and Development environment.

The announcement adds to the existing IBM and Workday partnership which includes IBM’s global Workday Consulting Services, IBM’s acquisition of Workday services provider Meteorix (in 2015) and IBM’s own use of Workday’s Human Capital Management (HCM) for its global workforce.

Making Cloud A Rewarding Experience

Cloud offerings are no longer the preserve of startups and small and medium businesses. They now meet the criteria of enterprise IT and are also supported by traditional IT vendors like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle among others.

Cloud Computing as a service provisioning mechanism has graduated to become a mainstay option for organisations. Depending on their IT maturity and priority, organisations are choosing to consume services via SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and/or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

Vodafone Renews Outsourcing Deal With IBM

Vodafone India has renewed its technology outsourcing contract with IBM for five years. Rivals such as Tech Mahindra, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys were also in the fray for a deal that analysts say is worth $750-850 mn (Rs 5,025-5,695 crore).

IBM Wins $750-million Vodafone India Contract

Vodafone India has renewed its IT outsourcing contract with IBM for another five years. The companies did not disclose the contract value.

Below are excerpts from a Greyhound Research Freemium Research Note. The complete Research Note is available here.

IBM Hybrid Cloud To Bolster Vodafone India’s Customer Engagement

IBM and Vodafone India on Tuesday announced a five-year agreement running into multi-million dollars where the software giant will manage IT services support for Vodafone India to facilitate a better customer engagement.

Below are excerpts from a Greyhound Research Freemium Research Note. The complete Research Note is available here.