Festival Season Sales: E-commerce Is Battling Note Ban, GST Blues; Paytm Mall May Just Muddy The Waters More

For Indian e-commerce firms, already struggling to shrug off the ill-effects of demonetisation and goods and services tax, this festival season is likely to be crucial. What has made the situation all the more tricky is the entrance of a new deep-pocketed player, Paytm Mall.

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.

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?

Leading With Digital – Why This Transformation Matters For Traditional Orgs and Its CXOs

In today’s time, while leading with Digital is evident, who owns this transformation still remains a bone of contention. This journey needs to be co-owned by those who will be impacted first – the CXOs. Having said that, the starting point of this journey is an understanding of why this matters to CXOs.

Firms Relying On Digital Transformation To Counter Disruption In Ecosystem: Survey

Disruption appears to be the new norm in India, with over 90 per cent of enterprises stating they have experienced disruption, and another 26 per cent unaware of how their industry would look three years down the line, according to a new survey.

Dell Technologies Research: Indian Organizations Most Digitally Mature Globally

Businesses consider digital start-ups a threat, either now or in the future.

Big Business Houses Race For IT Infrastructure To Rival Startups

Sixty-three per cent of large businesses in India are scrambling to invest in IT infrastructure & digital skills to compete with start-ups who are posing a threat to traditional businesses and 62 per cent are planning to invest over 30 per cent of their 2016 IT budget in transformation projects.

Dell Tech To Tap Indian Digital Transformation

To tap into the country’s digital transformation, Dell Technologies, outcome of the $67 billion Dell-EMC merger, is sharpening its focus on the country.

Digital Startups Will Disrupt Businesses: Study

Businesses believe digital startups pose a threat to their organisation, either now or in the future, while most fear that they may become obsolete because of competition from these startups.

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.

Why Microsoft Acquired LinkedIn? It’s All About User Insights!

On June 13, 2016 Microsoft announced the agreement to acquire LinkedIn for USD 26.2 billion. Important to note that this is the first big deal under Satya Nadella’s leadership and LinkedIn will continue to operate as an independent company. Albeit this (in theory) will allow more room for innovation, let’s put this announcement in perspective:

Users will get to organise their information better

The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft will help the duo assist client companies, and even individuals in the personal lives, to organise information and orchestrate their functions better.

Microsoft To Acquire LinkedIn For $26.2 Bn

Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in a deal that will combine the world’s biggest software maker with the largest global online network of professionals.

Microsoft Looking For New Source Of Revenue

By acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft is looking at further strengthening its business from corporates in India and social networking play, an area in which it lags behind Facebook. Analysts feel that Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes as one of the three segments that could get a shot in the arm with the LinkedIn buy.

Are Indian Techies Safe Abroad?

In this era of globalization, competition is increasing in every field. In India, jobs in IT sector are multiplying day by day and the craze among the employees to go abroad is on a high note.

Join Sanchit Vir Gogia for Twitter Chat on Startup Approach To InfoGen

Redefining The Supply Chain Paradigm – A New COO Diktat

In order to remain competitive and secure earnings growth, organisations are looking at both process automation and newer technology systems to redefine their supply chain. The Board of Directors in most organisations expect this change to be led by the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

India’s Greyhound Group buys stake in Internet of Style; appoints S Sridhar to board – wiki news india

Greyhound Knowledge Group, founded by known market research analyst Sanchit Vir Gogia, has acquired a stake in Internet of Style.

“Over the last quarter we have been actively talking to global research and advisory firms in order to further expand our global presence. This is when we met the team at Internet of Style. We found the team experienced and highly focused on making Internet of Style a global benchmark in the fashion-technology insights world,” Gogia said.

“This investment will further our expertise in consumer technology insights – promoted under the banner of Consumer Insights Pivot, a Greyhound Research offering.”

Greyhound Knowledge Group has also announced the appointment of S Sridhar as a member of its advisory board. With 25 years of experience, Sridhar has held leadership positions at companies like Dell, IBM, Intel, and HCL.

In addition, Sanchit Gogia has been appointed as an IT advisor to the board of a $100 million+ organisation in the metals industry.

“Announcing significant investment in a capability centre in Delhi. As a group we are committed to becoming the most trusted brand in global research and advisory across industry verticals,” Gogia added.

Source: Wikinews India

India’s Greyhound Group buys stake in Internet of Style; appoints S Sridhar to board – Deal Street Asia

IT research and advisory firm Greyhound Knowledge Group (GKG) has acquired a stake in Internet of Style, a fashion-tech company.

GKG, founded by analyst Sanchit Vir Gogia, had been in talks with other advisory firms for a deal to expand its global presence. The deal will result in the strengthening of its product, ‘Consumer Insights Pivot’.

We found the team experienced and highly focused on making Internet of Style a global benchmark in the fashion-technology insights world,” Gogia said according to this report.

The company also said that S Sridhar, who has held leadership roles in Dell and IBM, will be joining its advisory board.

Source: DealStreet Asia

IT Industry invests in innovation to adapt to changing marketplace

Indian software companies may not be reporting the 25 to 30 per cent growth rates they had witnessed a few years ago – and probably will never again – but they are still making rapid strides on the back of innovation, improved revenue productivity and by investing heavily in technology such as automation and the Internet of Things (IoT).

FISME and Microsoft to enable more than 10,000 SMBs for cloud adoption – CIO India

Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), an apex industry body, and Microsoft have come together to enable more than 10,000 micro, small and medium businesses across the country to adopt information technology and cloud computing. This will help them to connect better with their existing customers and reach out to potential customers across India.

FISME Microsoft to enable more than 10000 Indian SMBs to adopt cloud by 2016 – Dataquest India

Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), an apex industry body, and Microsoft have come together to enable more than 10,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises across the country to adopt information technology and cloud computing. This will help them to connect better with their existing customers and reach out to potential customers across India.

VodafoneIn has a new ally in IBM for a whopping $1 bn deal

Vodafone, one of India’s top telecom operators, is now in talks with the software major IBM for the renewal of a $1 billion outsourcing contract that will expire in June next year.

The mobile network operator outsources services like management of application development and the network services in the IT sector. IBM, which is trying to retain the deal, is also planning to sell its data analytics solutions to Vodafone, as published in an Economic Times report, adding that companies like Wipro, TCS, Infosys and Tech Mahindra are also under consideration for the deal.

Marico Gets Smarter With Tableau’s BI Solution

India is one of the most exciting consumer markets in the world. An expanding middle class population with rising average income and increasing spending power, coupled with rapid urbanization, add to India’s consumption story. Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), with a market size of over US$13.1 billion as of 2012, has been identified as the fourth largest sector in India’s economy.

Greyhound Research at EMC Forum talk about Startup Approach to Information Generation

What is the event about? 

The CIO Forum:

EMC Forum is a flagship event that covers trends and cloud directions, use cases, and discussions. Connect with peers, learn from experts, and experience demos. EMC Forum is time well spent to interact with colleagues and grow! The 6th edition of EMC Forum in India will throw light on the latest developments in cloud technology and help you learn and understand what is possible for your own organisation.

The eCommerce Conclave:

The eCommerce sector has seen unprecedented growth, largely driven by rapid technology adoption led by the increasing use of smart devices, and improved internet connectivity through broadband, 3G, etc. which led to an increased online consumer base. It is in this light that is conclave is designed to discuss how technology can help drive growth and scalability

Session Topic:

Catch our Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Sanchit Vir Gogia, Greyhound Research talk about the outcomes from our latest study – The Startup Approach to the Information Generation.

Have a question?

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Have more questions? Tweet to us – @s_v_g, @Greyhound_R or email us on connect@greyhoundgroup.com and we’ll get the conversation brewing!

When & Where?

October 15, 2015, Delhi NCR

Greyhound Research Keynote & Panel Discussions Microsoft Partner Summit

What is the event about?

As a business owner, your key intent would be to drive long term growth and profitability for your business. To stay ahead of the game, you need solutions and trusted partners, who can help transform your vision into reality.

Office 2016 – A New Chapter In Microsoft’s History

On September 22, 2015, Microsoft announced the launch of it’s new office, Office 2016. This is a significant announcement post the launch of Windows 10 which has been touted to be the company’s last official Operating System. Over and beyond the ongoing tracking of productivity suites, the Greyhound Research team has also spent time over the past month running pilots across different devices and operating systems. Below is a quick summary of our observations.

Developing mobile-first for a better customer experience

The new paradigm of user and customer experiences is to look at the simplest, smallest, and lowest powered platforms first, and those who are doing so are reaping the benefits of expanded markets and simpler tools.

MobileFirst is a customer interaction methodology and a development and software paradigm all at once. It’s both an overarching business strategy and a set of very different principles from one industry and company to the next. And as an SMB, it might be the best chance you have to compete on a wide stage.

A new Window of opportunity for software pirates?

Do you have a pirated version of the Windows operating system on your computer? You may manage to get away if you try to upgrade to Windows 10 as the software cannot distinguish between legal and pirated versions.

Windows 10: Analysts say Indian enterprises won’t jump, will wait and watch

The Windows 10 launch with availability in in 190 countries beginning today is big news, but Indian enterprises don’t seem to be biting yet. This even though Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are available for business customers as a free upgrade for genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets.

Windows10: What’s Beyond The Free Upgrade

Positioning Windows as a Service, Microsoft released Windows 10 which will be available today as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets across 190 countries. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive experience. It offers universal experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing.

Windows-as-a-Service critical change for Windows 10

Microsoft has a renewed and sharp focus on Windows environment and how it approaches new versions. One of the critical changes the company has made is to position Windows as a platform and bring to life Windows-as-a-service.

Windows-as-a-Service critical change for Windows 10 – CIOL

Microsoft has a renewed and sharp focus on Windows environment and how it approaches new versions. One of the critical changes the company has made is to position Windows as a platform and bring to life Windows-as-a-service.

Windows 10: Analysts Say Indian Enterprises Won’t Jump, Will Wait And Watch

TheWindows 10 launch with availability in in 190 countries beginning today is big news, but Indian enterprises don’t seem to be biting yet. This even though Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are available for business customers as a free upgrade for genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets.

Microsoft takes big leap forward with Windows10

“Microsoft has a renewed and sharp focus on Windows environment and how it approaches new versions. One of the critical changes the company has made is to position Windows as a platform and bring to life Windows-as-a-service. To make this change real, the company has put in place is the Windows Insider Program to help gain feedback from millions of actual consumers and enterprises while the product is still in beta stage. This should help reduce bugs and hence the need for multiple patches post release.