The Google-HTC deal is good for Google, bad news for Apple and Samsung: Analysts

Google’s announcement that it would acquire the bulk of HTC’s smartphone research and design division came as a surprise, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected.

Smart Cities, FinTech StartUps And IoT Top Dell EMC’s Agenda

Bidding for smart city projects, working with startups and launching a slew of products for an increasingly digital world are among the things that Dell EMC is planning , as it completes one year of the merger between Dell Inc. and EMC Corp.

How iPhone 8, iPhone X Will Impact The Premium End Of Smartphone Market

Analysts say that Apple has created a new “premium-plus” category with the new launches, but the biggest beneficiary could be the iPhone 7.

India Still Not Apple Of Tim Cook’s Eye?

Apple’s new iPhones will be available in India at the same time as in the US and other major markets. Yet, Apple seems to have ignored India in some other areas, which could indicate its market priorities. Before launching the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the X, Apple CEO Tim Cook showcased two of the company’s important products — the Apple Watch and the Apple TV 4K. While the company won’t be launching the cellular version of the Apple Watch in India, the Apple TV 4K is also expected to be launched in the country only by next year.

To Communicate Empathy, IT Companies Must Let The Actions Do The Talking

Earlier this week I accidentally came across a video from a multinational that makes enterprise software aimed to help organizations better manage operations and customer relations. This video features the company’s top honcho who talks at length about how their company is establishing trust with customers and employees using ’empathy’. To set the context for the commentary below, I have been tracking this company over the past decade and have a solid understanding of their technology, operations, people, and culture.

About Time Technology Executives Stop Drinking The Marketing Kool-Aid

As an industry analyst, I have the privilege of attending global industry events and exchanging ideas with some of the brightest executives from the world of technology. While I may not always agree with these executives and their employers’ perspectives, the discussion is almost always intellectually stimulating.

Vodafone May Extend IBM Contract To Cover Idea Too 

Vodafone has begun an exercise to extend its outsourcing contract with IBM to cover Idea Cellular as well, besides kicking off work to streamline and standardise all its own IT processes ahead of the proposed $23-billion merger between the phone companies.

Samsung Embeds IoT Technologies In Devices To Track Usage Pattern Data

Samsung Electronics plans to include Internet-enabled sensors across its devices which can help the company get usage pattern data.

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.

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.

IT Industry Stares At Jobless Growth

IT services industry is staring at jobless growth because its top employers are focusing on automation to improve productivity and deliver services while they battle shifts in technology to remain profitable.

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.

How Prime Video Is Turning The Ecommerce Wheel For Amazon

It wasn’t a coincidence that on July 10 when ecommerce giant Amazon unveiled its first Prime Day sale in India, Inside Edge, its maiden Indian Original series, was aired on Amazon Prime, the company’s video streaming platform.

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?

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.

Bhavin Turakhia: The Man Who Is Building A Slack Killer

Blame it on the drive common in rich men. Like Elon Musk, a man he idolises, Bhavin Turakhia believes one way to beat the competition is by running harder.

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.

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.

Intel To Invest ₹1,100 Crore In R&D Centre

Technology giant Intel will invest ₹1,100 crore in its upcoming R&D centre, which can create 3,000 jobs. This fresh round of investment is on top of the $2-billion the chip maker has invested in the country till 2016.

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?

IT Layoffs: Do Startups Offer A Ray Of Hope To Those Retrenched? Not Really; Here’s Why

With fears of massive layoffs in the IT sector heightening, the professionals in major companies are in a mad scramble to find out avenues that would give them employment. Would startups — termed job creators — be able to take back some of the available talent in the IT sector?

Reskilling: Indian IT Sector Starts Massive Effort To Learn New Tricks

How safe is the average Indian techie’s job? Between Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” push at one end and artificial intelligence-driven automation on the other, India’s most sought-after career for two decades is suddenly losing its appeal.

Quikr’s Quick-Fire Acquisitions: Is It Time To Consolidate Now?

When cross-category classifieds company Quikr announced the acquisition of home services startup Zimmber earlier this month, it marked the firm’s eleventh buyout in less than two-and-a-half years.

Buoyed By Big 10 Sale, Flipkart To Further Expand Private Label

Online marketplace Flipkart expects its private-label category to contribute 10 per cent of its overall transactions in the next 12 months, to boost its flagging earnings and fill gaps in its products.

However, industry watchers have some concerns. The question is will people accept this.

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.

Oracle Launches Cloud Computing Service For India To Push GST Rollout

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.

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.

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.

Greyhound Radio with Rajesh Janey, Dell EMC

Catch Rajesh Janey, President and Managing Director, Dell Enterprise India, Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on our executive dialogue series, #ONTrigger.

Listen to the podcast here or on iTunes / SoundCloud:

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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.