How Telecom Gear-Maker ITI Turned Around

Thirteen years after it filed with the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR), ITI, the public sector-backed telecom equipment maker, has embraced change and turned its focus into new areas such as data centres and Internet of Things (IoT).

IT Industry Wants To Collaborate With Government, Academia For Reskilling

It took just 25 years for IT to become pervasive in India. The proliferation of mobile phones, reduction on duties for components, coupled with the Government of India’s Digital India and Make in India policies, have been the main drivers of this growth.

Snapdeal Ends Merger Talks With Flipkart; To Go Solo

Snapdeal called off the USD 950 million-takeover (over Rs 6,000 crore) by Flipkart, apparently over differences in valuation and terms of what could possibly have been the largest deal in the Indian e-commerce space.

Will Snapdeal Turn Lucky In Its 2nd Avatar?

As Snapdeal vacates its number three position in the Indian e-commerce market to embark on a new independent path inspired by Chinese marketplace Taobao, will founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal turn lucky with its second avatar?

India’s Snapdeal Calls Off Sale Talks With Rival Flipkart

Snapdeal, the struggling Indian ecommerce company, has called off talks on a sale to rival Flipkart that had been pushed by SoftBank, its biggest shareholder. The company, which has been steadily losing market share to Flipkart and Amazon’s Indian subsidiary, said that it would seek to reinvent itself under a strategy that it dubbed “Snapdeal 2.0”.

Tweet Chat On The Future Of Mainframe – All About Digital Transformation

Join Greyhound Research (@Greyhound_R) and Sanchit Vir Gogia (@s_v_g) along with other esteemed panelists for a tweet chat On The Future Of Mainframe.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 1, 2017. 4:00 PM (ET) onwards

WHERE: Twitter.com or your fav Twitter app, using #mainframechat

WHAT: Industry leaders come together to discuss the following:

  • How is the shift from IT agility to Business Agility, driven by Digital Transformation, impacting organisations?
  • How are you seeing Digital Transformation driving IT spending decisions?
  • Experts believe most workforces aren’t properly equipped to implement Digital Transformation. What are the implications of that?
  • How should tech leaders prepare for the immediate impact digital transformation will have on infrastructure?
  • In your view, what are the biggest mistakes organisations make when implementing digital transformation? How can those mistakes be prevented?

Join the live tweet-chat on this exciting discussion on the future of mainframe, with Sanchit Vir Gogia (@s_v_g) as panelist.

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PLEASE REMEMBER:

You tweet with #mainframechat during the tweet chat so that your tweets show up to everyone participating in the tweet chat. Really, no point in missing out the action!

Goes without saying – but best when said – please take a moment and follow other fellow tweeters participating in the tweet chat — always great to grow your network with like-minded individuals.

Follow along, reply or ask questions, and enjoy! We look forward to seeing you on Twitter.

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Analyst:

Sanchit Vir Gogia: Sanchit is the Chief Futurist, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group, a Global Strategy & Transformation Research, Advisory & Consulting Group. He also serves as Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research, a Global, Award-Winning, Independent Technology & Innovation Research, Advisory & Consulting firm. To read more about him, click here.


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Note for IT Vendors, Telecom Operators and Channel Partners – Did you see our Research Agenda? We have organised all of our insights in a way that allows you to better filter and read what works best for you. Please write to us on connect@greyhoundgroup.com and we’ll gladly share a copy of the research agenda with you.

Episode 1: Greyhound TV Brass Tacks Show On Dell EMC 14G Servers

Catch Rudramuni B, Vice President & Center Head, Dell EMC and Manish Gupta, Senior Director at Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Research on our expert dialogue series, Brass Tacks Show.

Axis Bank buys FreeCharge for USD 60 Million

Snapdeal is finally selling off FreeCharge, its mobile transactions platform, to private sector Axis Bank. The bank said in a communication to the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with Jasper Infotech Private Ltd, Snapdeal parent, to acquire 100 percent equity in FreeCharge for a consideration of Rs 385 crore.

IBM Losing Its ‘Top Employer’ Mojo

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

In 3 Years, Sikka Helps Buoy Infosys Profit

When Vishal Sikka took over at Infosys he was prescient about automation taking away jobs and clients shifting investment dollars into newer digital technologies.

Greyhound TV Teaser: Brass Tacks Show With Dell EMC On The Launch Of 14G Servers

Catch Rudramuni B, Vice President & Center Head, Dell EMC and Manish GuptaSenior Director at Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Research on our expert dialogue series, Brass Tacks Show.

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.

Amazon, Big Basket, Grofers: Food Retail Is Heating Up; Expect More New Players And Consolidation

With the government approving Amazon’s proposed $500 million investment in the sector, the floodgates of the food retail sector seem to have been thrown open. Most analysts believe that after e-commerce, the food retail sector will be the next big space which is a low-hanging fruit say some. They expect the sector to see a few new entrants and consolidation to heat up further.

Tech Mahindra Sacking: IT Cos’ HR Policies Need To Change

Anand Mahindra’s tweet seeking apology for the rude sacking of an employee, though admirable, glosses over the problems faced by Tech Mahindra in particular and the IT sector in general.

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?

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.

Will Flipkart’s ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Feature Emulate The Magic Of Cash On Delivery?

India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart has a knack for springing surprises with bold, audacious moves. The e-tailer has taken another leap of faith with a ‘buy now, pay later’ option.

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.

Flipkart Aims To Bag Snapdeal For $400M

Flipkart’s acquisition of Snapdeal could come through in July, at a valuation that is much less than had been initially envisaged. While Snapdeal is gunning for $1 billion from Flipkart, the latter is only willing to pay $350-400 million.

Uber After Travis Kalanick: The Most Valuable Startup Faces The Ultimate Test Of Its Business Model

Any interview or write-up of Kalanick’s does not fail to mention his ‘brash’ behaviour. Though that trait worked for him ever since he dropped out of school and started up, that has now led to his being sidelined in his own company and the board asking him to step down as the CEO.

Can a former OYO Rooms executive build a rival hotel aggregator that lasts?

Much before she was caught by the entrepreneurial bug, Ankita Sheth had already plunged into the world of startups. As the head of acquisitions at OYO Rooms, the SoftBank-backed hotel aggregator, she had helped its founder, Ritesh Agarwal, build up the company’s business, connecting customers with available hotel rooms across India.

Will Flipkart’s One-Stop App Script A WeChat-Like Success Story?

Earlier this week, it was reported that India’s largest e-tailer Flipkart was looking to become an “everything app,” using which customers can order food, avail on-demand services, hail a cab or even buy daily essentials. The question is: Can Flipkart replicate the WeChat magic in India?

Travis Kalanick Should Take Onus Of Brash Work Culture At Uber, Whether He Stays Or Steps Aside

Travis Kalanick and Uber have been in the news for the wrong reasons. The latest is that the 40 year-old Founder and CEO may be forced to go on leave temporarily or his role as a CEO may be curtailed.

Amazon Pay Plans Mobile Recharges, Could Be Tough Competition For Paytm, MobiKwik

Paytm and MobiKwik, India’s largest mobile wallet companies, had better pad up for their biggest competition yet. For, Amazon is preparing to enter the mobile recharge segment, which accounts for nearly one-third of spending on mobile wallets, with Amazon Pay.

India’s SMEs Need To Be Empowered With Access To Funds, Not Mere Provisions Of Accounts, Subsidies

If India is to sustain its onward march of 7 percent-8 percent of annual economic growth, the 50-million strong Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector has a vital role to play. However, in their quest for growth, SMEs find working capital and timely access to it as serious concerns.

Sanchit Vir Gogia & Anshoo Nandwaani on GSMA AMO Awards 2017 Judging Panel

Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and CEO Greyhound Research & Anshoo Nandwaani, VP and Principal Analyst, Greyhound Research are part of the esteemed judging panel of GSMA Asia Mobile Awards 2017 or AMO Awards 2017.

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.

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.

After Google, Uber Launched UberEats In India

Google App recently launched Hyperlocal Services App Aero. The App had been launched in the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai. Currently it aggregates food delivery, beauty, home maintenance, household repairs, fitness training as well as physiotherapy. Following the launch of Aero, Uber also launched UberEATS to rival services offered by Google, Zomato, foodpanda and Swiggy.

Bored Of Zomato, Foodpanda? UberEATS Launched In India

On-demand technology-based cab hailing services firm Uber launched UberEATS – a food delivery service similar to foodpanda, Swiggy and Zomato– on Tuesday to tap what it claims is an $15 billion unorganised sector in India.

Uber Bites Into Tough-Nut-To-Crack Food Delivery Market

Cab-hailing giant Uber has entered the $15-billion food delivery market in India even as multiple startups shut shop and existing ventures such as Swiggy, Zomato and Foodpanda continue to bleed.

Realigning To New H1B Realities: Infosys Announces Hiring Plans For US

On May 2, 2017 Infosys announced plans to hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years. 

At Greyhound Research we believe, steps such as these by IT Services Providers eloquently tell a tale of the pressure they are experiencing under the new Trump administration.

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Separately, In an earlier research note on the changes to H1B visa, Greyhound Research had predicted…

…increased need for IT Services Providers to prove incremental investments and local hiring in the US.

Having said that, we also added…

…cost and complexity of doing business will increase, expect margins to take a hit. Per Greyhound Research estimates IT Services Providers will shave off margins anywhere in the range of 5-10% YoY.

Given the increased pressure and scrutiny of US headquartered organisations on outsourcing…

…IT Services Providers can expect requests from clients to renegotiate existing contracts. This might well mean smaller and more expensive contracts (on the back of increased cost of delivery) here on.

To read the detailed research note on this topic by Greyhound Research, click here.


Analyst(s):

Sanchit Vir Gogia: Sanchit is the Chief Futurist, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group, a Global, Award-Winning, Digital Transformation Research & Advisory Group. He also serves as Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research, an Award-Winning, Global, Independent Technology Transformation Research & Advisory firm. To read more about him, click here.

Anshoo Nandwaani:  Anshoo serves as a VP and Principal Analyst with Greyhound Research, an Award-Winning, Global, Independent Technology Transformation Research & Advisory firm. She also serves as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Greyhound Knowledge Group, a Global, Award-Winning, Digital Transformation Research & Advisory Group. To read more about her, click here.


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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.

IT Firms Find Ways To Counter Visa Curbs

The software industry is facing mounting challenges as countries from Australia to the United States have moved to tighten work visas to limit the influx of foreign workers.