Infosys CEO Resigns: Revenues, Profit Up Under Vishal Sikka, So What Are The Co-Founders Complaining About?

Infosys’s former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Vishal Sikka’s resignation has created more rumbles than the constant complaints and intermittent spurts of annoyance that co-founder NR Narayana Murthy has been conveying through interviews in the media.

Vishal Sikka Resignation: Can A CTO Be Groomed Into A CEO?

One of the strongest criticisms coming from some independent directors at Infosys was that Dr. Vishal Sikka was more of a CTO and less of a CEO.

Data Centre & Compute Modernisation: Critical Success Factors In Digital Transformation Agenda

Digital Transformation is topping the priority charts not just with technology leaders but with CEOs and Boards alike. Findings from a recent Greyhound Research study titled, Global CEO Priorities 2017, tell this tale eloquently. Per the study, over 95% global CEOs cited Digital Transformation as a key topic of discussion in meetings with their Board and other senior management.

Panel Discussion On Digital Transformation: Greyhound Research In Discussion With Dimension Data

Here is a quick glimpse of Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research presenting on the topic of Digital Transformation at Dimension Data’s Shape The Next Leadership Connect Forum 2017.

Oracle Launches Cloud Computing Service For India

Technology giant Oracle has launched its cloud computing service for India, which aims to support the government’s GST rollout in July and plans to open data centres in the country. Analysts welcomed this move.

Greyhound Radio: Bringing Digital Transformation Home

Below is the replay of a recent Panel Discussion led by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Bringing Digital Transformation Home at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

Listen to the podcast here or on iTunes / SoundCloud:

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Greyhound TV: Bringing Digital Transformation Home

Below is the replay of a recent Panel Discussion led by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Bringing Digital Transformation Home at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

Watch the video here.

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…

Irony Of H-1B Visa Policy: Jobs Trump Is Trying To Protect Are About To Vanish Altogether

American President Donald Trump’s policy to protect jobs by imposing restrictions on H-1B visas is unlikely to be of any help to that country and may hurt US interests, say experts. What Trump is seeking to protect are entry level jobs that are being phased out by the tech majors, with automation, artificial intelligence and robotics paving the way to increased productivity.

Catch Greyhound Research at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017

Catch Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Research at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

What is the event about?

We are experiencing unprecedented change and disruption in the industry today. Business and technology paradigms are changing at a pace that has never before been seen and the innovative use of technology to adapt to these changes is becoming the only way forward.

To address this change, Dimension Data is organising the Leadership Connect, a gathering aimed at bringing together CxOs involved in Digital Transformation journeys.

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Fireside Chat Topic: Bringing Transformation Home

Greyhound Research’s Chief Analyst & CEO, Sanchit Vir Gogia (SVG), will be at the event to share insights on Digital Transformation from across the globe and in the region. Separately, SVG will chair a fireside chat session (participants below) on how can CxOs tailor Digital Transformation for their respective organisations.

Have a question for SVG?

Tweet to us on @s_v_g@Greyhound_R or email us on connect@greyhoundgroup.com and we’ll get the conversation brewing!

When & Where? 

April 19, 2017, Mumbai

April 20, 2017, Bengaluru


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Real-Estate Firms Open The Door To Technology Start-Ups

Real estate companies are starting to seek the help of technology start-ups in a bid to save costs as they face meek to zero interest in projects due to demonetisation.

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.

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.

SoftBank’s Son Cedes to Murdoch as Top India Home Portals Merge

Indian real-estate websites PropTiger.com and Housing.com are merging to create the country’s top portal for residential listings and property services, as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. boosts its investment in the growing sector while Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp. scales back.

Future-Proof Your Brand For 2017 And Beyond

As 2016 winds down and we enter holiday mode, it’s time to start thinking of the 2017 work year. Here’s why you need to use your down time to put plans into place to upskill your employees and stay ahead of the pack.

Keynote: Who Owns Digital Transformation?

Below are excerpts of a recent Keynote by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Who Owns Digital Transformation?

Want To Buy Property In Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, More; Soon, Try Amazon.in

Want to buy property in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Gurgaon and more? Read on. Amazon, last year did two online property events to advertise their property. One with Tata Housing and the other one with Magic Bricks. Housing.com, Magic Bricks and 99acres are the main curators of properties and Amazon might be on its way to become the first broad based e-commerce firm to enter the business.

After Roti and Kapda, Amazon Bets On Makaan

Jeff Bezos-led Amazon, which is breathing down Flipkart’s neck in India, is likely to soon list houses and apartments, or run promotional campaigns to generate leads for real estate firms, a top company source said.

The company may take a nominal booking amount (like it does in case of automobiles) to begin with, the source added. “It is too early to give out exact details.”

“The World Better Be Ready For Automation”: Ganesh Ayyar Of Mphasis

About two years ago, Ganesh Ayyar, CEO of Mphasis Ltd, began interacting with his younger, digitally-native employees to understand the moorings of a new generation. In his interactions he noticed deep underlying currents that could completely change the way these kids worked towards their future goals and also perceived their employer’s ability to meet those goals.

Verizon Inks Deal To Acquire Yahoo For $4.83 bn

by Yahoo! Inc. has agreed to sell its core operations to US telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.83 billion in a transaction that marks the end of the Internet pioneer as an independent company after a two-decade-long journey.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo For $4.8 billion In All-Cash Deal

Yahoo, one of the biggest Internet services companies of yesteryears, has been acquired by US telecom major Verizon for $4.83 billion in an all-cash deal. While the acquisition is being seen by many analysts as the end of the road for the Internet pioneer, users and fans are hoping for a magical revival of its glorious past.

Verizon Buys Yahoo, Puts It In Competition With Facebook, Microsoft And Google: Analyst

Yahoo, that has been restructuring its business for year now, finally sold out to Verizon. Verizon sealed the deal for $4.83 billion, all in cash. This acquisition gives Verizon access to Yahoo’s advertising technology tools such as BrightRoll and Flurry, assets such as Search, Mail, Messenger as well as real estate, among others. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2017.

Building A Company Is Larger Than Just Raising Money And Cashing Out

20 Quotes From Indian Startup Journeys…

The future is in platforms Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Futurist, Founder and CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group.

Source: YourStory.com

India’s Tech Center Underdog Fights Back

Considered to be one of India’s most developed cities, Pune is making a name for itself as a go-to tech hub in the country. In recent years, the city has seen an exponential growth of its startup community and may be on its way to taking the country’s startup capital top spot.

Why AWS Announcement Heralds Public Cloud War In India

On 28 June, when Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its sixth Asia Pacific (APAC) Region in Mumbai, India, it did nothing short of telling its competitors firmly, especially Microsoft and IBM, that it was stepping up its no holds barred campaign to dominate the public cloud space.

It was hardly any surprise then, that Microsoft was forced to follow up with an aggressive cloud campaign the very next day.

AWS now has a total of 35 Availability Zones across 13 geographic regions. As AWS points out, these zones comprise one or more discrete data centres, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity, housed in separate facilities.

Indian startups witness a sharp 59% fall in funding in Q2 2016: Report

Startup firms in India raised $583 million (about Rs 3,915 crore) in the second quarter this year, a sharp fall from the $2333 million (about Rs 15,666 crore) they raised a year ago, indicating falling valuation and a bearish signal from investors.

On Top Of Cloud

As oracle programmers rewrite fresh codes for its cloud services, the company is scripting a new history. It is transforming itself into a cloud-first company. Some industry watchers might argue that it is a tad late in entering the realm of cloud, but Oracle will tell you it doesn’t matter; it is scaling up faster than all others.

5 Reasons Why Symantec’s Acquisition Of Blue Coat Matters To The CIO’s Office

On 12 June, 2016 Symantec announced its agreement to acquire Blue Coat for USD 4.65 billion.

As a result of this acquisition, the company will now have 385,000 customers, a vast repository of data sources and over 3,000 researchers and engineers worldwide. Post this acquisition, Symantec will have USD 4.4 billion in combined revenue (on pro-forma, non-GAAP basis) in FY16. By the end of FY18, Symantec expects to realise USD 550 million in run-rate cost savings. In addition, the combined entity will have access to vast Security and Threat Intelligence data sources including Telemetry gathered from 175 million protected endpoints; more than 2 billion emails scanned per day; 1.2 billion web requests monitored per day across 55 languages; 12,000 Cloud applications monitored and controlled.

One Year On, What’s Plaguing Digital India’s Success?

aPM Narendra Modi’s highly ambitious Digital India Program completes a year of its existence today. In the last one year, several initiatives were announced by the government – from the launch of MyGov.in portal to BharatNet and E-sign to Wi-Fi hotspots.

Who Should Be Your Cloud Driver On The Digital Highway?

It’s not an easy task to choose a cloud computing services provider, especially when companies like Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc., Oracle Corp. and VMware Inc. are pulling out all the stops to win customers in India.

Amazon Opens Data Centres In India

As a part of its commitment to invest $5 billion in India, Amazon on Tuesday launched its first set of India data centres in Mumbai to cater to cloud computing services here unleashing a new race for the top cloud provider position in India.

Amazon Launches First Cloud Data Centre In Mumbai

As a part of its commitment to invest $5 billion in India, Amazon has launched its first set of India data centres in Mumbai to cater to cloud computing services here unleashing a new race for the top cloud provider position in India, said a report in the Hindu.

Karan Bajwa to join IBM

IT veteran Karan Bajwa, who was the Managing Director of Microsoft, is set to join IBM. Bajwa tweeted that he is a reborn IBMer. He was in charge of sales and marketing operations of Microsoft.

AWS Announces New Asia Pacific Region – Here’s Why It Matters!

On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its sixth Asia Pacific (APAC) Region in Mumbai, India.

The new AWS Mumbai Region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. This news is part of the company’s plan to expand its Asia Pacific footprint wherein it announced the launch of its South Korea (Seoul) Region barely six months ago. It is important to see this announcement in light of other investments that AWS is making broadly in India including technical support centres, investments in partner network among others. Of all key investments, one that is important to note is the 3rd AWS Point of Presence (PoP) in Delhi (after Mumbai and Chennai) for its Content Delivery Network (Amazon CloudFront) and DNS service (Amazon Route 53).

Companies trying to use bots in HR-related functions: Study

Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) are starting to pilot the use of bots in HR-related functions.

What Brexit Means For CEOs & IT Leaders

On Friday, 24 June 2016, Britain faced a decisive moment when the majority of its population (51.9%) voted in favour of moving out of the European Union (EU).