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.

WhatsApp Has Business Chat, Payment Sectors In Its Sights

With more than 1.2 billion monthly active users globally, Facebook Inc.-owned messaging application WhatsApp undoubtedly knows how to keep consumers engaged on its network. Will WhatsApp, however, be able to gain similar traction when it eventually launches its payment and WhatsApp for Business apps?

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.

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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…

Rs 1.25-Cr Uber Package: Delhi Student’s Offer Matches Silicon Valley Salaries

A starting salary of Rs 1.25 crore per annum to a Delhi student matches the average pay package of American software engineers but is still 40-50% more that what Indian techies working in the US earn.

Flashback 2016: Uber Sharpens Focus On India After Losing China Battle

Mid-way through the year, something unexpected happened with Uber – the largest startup in terms of valuation. It gave up in the world’s most populous country. In an apparent move to stop a bloodbath in terms of losses, US-based Uber Technologies Inc, co- founded by Travis Kalanick, agreed to sell its China business to home grown rival Didi Chuxing. That made India, the second biggest market for Uber after the US the focal point. It was the biggest highlight for Uber in India in year 2016.

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.

Why A Deal With Snapdeal Is A More Logical Choice For Flipkart Than Amazon

India’s e-commerce industry could see a major shake-up if online retailer Snapdeal’s preliminary conversations with local rival Flipkart and US-based Amazon to explore a possible merger make any headway. But a Flipkart-Snapdeal merger is a more likely scenario than a deal between Snapdeal and Amazon, say analysts.

Architecting Supply Chain In The Wake Of Digital

company’s Supply Chain is undoubtedly its backbone but a smooth process cannot be taken for granted.

To remain competitive and secure earnings growth, organisations are looking at both process automation and newer technology systems to redefine their Supply Chain.

After China Sellout, Uber May Now Sharpen Its Focus On India, Look For Buyouts

Uber has created a bump in its tracks with Didi Chuxing, the global giant’s arch rival in China buying out its operations there. The combined entity is now valued at $35 billion, according to news reports. The buyout is a jolt in the smooth travel of Uber operating in several countries across the world. It is also in keeping with the rumblings that Uber has managed to create with its caring two hoots for local regulations in some of the countries it has a presence in.

“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.

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.

“Snapdeal is well-positioned to turn profitable in the next 2-3 years”- Kunal Bahl, CEO

Snapdeal recently expanded their e-commerce marketplace to include more service offerings through a ‘one-of-a-kind partnership’ with Zomato, Cleartrip, UrbanClap, and redBus. Now in a recent interview with Livemint, Kunal Bahl, CEO, Snapdeal, said that the company is now focusing on net revenue instead of gross merchandise value (GMV) and the new focus is part of another big change at the e-commerce marketplace.

Snapdeal May Die A Slow And Painful Death

On June 8, American e-commerce major Amazon announced an additional $3-billion investment in India, making clear its intention to win in the country. This throws up a massive challenge for all homegrown e-commerce companies, among which Snapdeal could be hurt the most.

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).

Thoughts About Bots In Human Capital Management and Beyond!

In a recent research note we highlighted a key trend about Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) piloting and implementing Workforce Empowerment Systems (WES) to win the war for talent. This trend was noted in our recent Greyhound Research study titled Global CHRO Priorities 2016, where we spoke to 750+ CHROs from across the globe.

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent.

Is Symantec/Blue Coat Deal a Game-Changer?

Indian security leaders welcome the move, expected to be finalized later this year, saying it will definitely change the way technology is consumed by organizations, as they expect new innovations to help them tackle future threats more effectively.