India’s Transition To Digital Has Caused A Spike In Cyber Attacks, But They Can Be Fought

India’s rapid transition to a cashless economy since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization drive has exposed new avenues for virulent cyber threats across the nation.

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.

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.

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.

Hurtling Into Digital Age, India Stacks Up 3 Billion Entries

That whoosh you hear is of India’s 1.3 billion people speeding along into the decidedly digital age of the future. And it shows in the 3 billion transactions about to be logged by IndiaStack, the open source initiative to help businesses develop a unified software platform, on the back of the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and last year’s demonetisation drive.

Private Equity Firms See Gold In Mid-Size Indian IT Firms

Indian IT firms, especially in the mid-tier segment, have seen a rise of private equity firms placing stakes on them. While faster technology at mid-size IT services companies have attracted PE firms such as Blackstone, Carlyle, ChrysCap, Bain Capital, The Baring Asia and others to invest in the sector; PE-backed companies have seen faster growth at a time when their large listed peers slowed down due to uncertain market.

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.

How Apple Is Taking AI To The Masses

Engineers and product managers at Apple’s headquarters at Cupertino these days are obsessed with the idea of embedding artificial intelligence (AI) into every aspect of consumer’s digital touch points. That’s because Apple chief Tim Cook wants AI to be like air, all pervasive yet invisible.

Microsoft Lesson For Indian Cos

What happened with Cyrus Mystry in Tata seems to have happened with Vishal Sikka in Infosys. The letter sent by founders to Infosys board raising governance concerns has given rise to nagging suspicion that remote controlling of a company by former promoters may be an emerging trend in Indian corporate that are restructuring and reinventing themselves to come to terms with the new business realities.

A Cure For Sikka Finally Found

Corporate tussles have rarely been as public as the one between Infosys founder and former CEO N.R. Naray­ana Murthy and MD and CEO Vishal Sikka. That wrangle, which led to the latter’s resignation, has brought to focus many issues at the company.

After A Stormy 2016, Softbank Has Smartly But Cautiously Picked Up The Pieces In India

After lurching from one disaster to another in 2016, Japan’s Softbank is hitting all the right notes this year.

Uber’s New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s Challenges Are Not Technological But Cultural

Uber has got a new chief in Dara Khosrowshahi, the former Chief Executive Officer of travel company, Expedia. From the very public and controversy-ridden Travis Kalanick, founder and former CEO to the relatively less known Khosrowshahi, Uber is purring itself to a new lane. At least that’s what the choice of the CEO points out to.

How Neemuchwala Broke The Jinx At Wipro

As Abidali Neemuchwala completes six quarters as the chief executive of India’s third largest IT services firm, he seems to have figured out a way to break the jinx of sluggish growth that the company has seen for years.

Key Takeaways From Infosys Saga

Allegations and counter-allegations have been flowing thick and fast since Vishal Sikka resigned as managing director and CEO of IT bellwether Infosys. Crises at Infosys opens up the Pandora box which has led head hunters analyse the key takeaways.

SC Rules That The Right To Privacy Is A Fundamental Right; Analysts Expect Stronger Data Privacy Laws

The Right to Privacy is now a fundamental right. A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounced this verdict on Thursday morning. It was a unanimous decision with all the nine judges in favour of the Right to Privacy. The constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that “right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution.”

Episode 3: Greyhound TV Dealing With Digital – In Conversation With Vilakshan Jakhu

We at Greyhound believe the change to digital is first personal and then professional. Catch Vilakshan Jakhu, CEO, Will InfoTech in an exclusive conversation with Anshoo Nandwaani, Principal Analyst, Co-Founder & CHRO, Greyhound on our latest Greyhound TV series, Dealing With Digital, a Greyhound Studios production.

Cyber Risk Insurance: More Window Shoppers Than Converts Even After Attacks

A company is hit by ransomware every 40 seconds somewhere in the world, thanks to the rise of ransomware-as-a-service model that is available ‘on demand’ to criminal gangs who increasingly target businesses. To date, 2017 has seen this trend play out in full force, with high-profile attacks such as Petya and WannaCry.

इंडि‍यन कॉरपोरेट वर्ल्‍ड में अभी नहीं है बाहरी CEO की जगह, सि‍क्‍का का ‘कि‍स्‍सा’ बनेगा मॉडल

इन्‍फोसि‍स के चीफ एक्‍जीक्‍युटि‍व और एमडी पद से वि‍शाल सि‍क्‍का के इस्‍तीफे ने एक बार फि‍र यह जता दि‍या कि‍ भारत में फाउंडर्स के अलावा बाहरी सीईओ की कोई जगह नहीं है।

Finding A Successor For Sikka Will Be No Walk In The Park

Top talent, domestic or global, will be wary of joining Infosys after all that has transpired

Ideal If New CEO Is Close To Murthy

A replacement for Vishal Sikka, the first non-founder to become the CEO and MD of Infosys, must be an internal candidate who has risen up the ranks and is favoured by co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, industry analysts said.

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.

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).

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.

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.

SoftBank’s $2.5 B Gives Flipkart More Ammo

Flipkart, the country’s largest e-commerce marketplace, has received an investment of $2.5 billion from SoftBank Vision Fund, giving it the much-required arsenal to continue in pole position for the next 18-24 months, as it fends off competition from global behemoth Amazon.

SoftBank Puts Its Eggs In Flipkart’s Shopping Basket

SoftBank’s new $93 bn Vision Fund is putting $2.5 bn into online retailer Flipkart, in the biggest private investment to date in India’s technology sector.

Wipro Opens Data Discovery Platform For Businesses On Microsoft Azure

Wipro said it has made its cloud-based Data Discovery Platform available for customers on Microsoft Azure through a “pay-per-insight” model. To be hosted on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure, the Data Discovery Platform is a big data analytics-as-a-service solution that can enhance the ability of businesses in sectors such as banking and financial services, retail, energy, education, and manufacturing to make better decisions using pre-built applications.

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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Did Axis Bank Lap Up FreeCharge For A Song, Or Pay A Tad Too Much?

India’s third-largest private-sector lender Axis Bank snapped up beleaguered digital wallet firm FreeCharge for $60 million (Rs 385 crore) last week. In the process, it pipped other suitors such as bigger digital wallet firms Paytm and MobiKwik, e-commerce major Amazon, payments firm PayPal, Airtel Money and South Africa’s Internet group Naspers.

India Contributes To Amazon’s 77% Profit Plunge: Why Company Will Still Continue To Invest Here

Seattle-based Amazon, known for its strategy of investing in the future, has reported a 77 percent plunge in profits to $197 million from $857 million a year ago in the second quarter. The sharp fall in profit has been attributed to the investments the company is making in faster growing economies like India and in video content, Reuters reported. It could lose up to $400 million in operating profit during the current quarter,  Reuters  reported.

如果 Flipkart 和 Snapdeal 合并失败,将对印度电商市场带来什么影响?

当时间来到现在,这两家过去针锋相对的公司正在酝酿印度电子商务行业里规模最大的并购交易。

不过最近,有消息称虽然 Flipkart 已经完成了尽职调查,但双方交易还是遇到了一些障碍,因为 Snapdeal 公司董事会已经拒绝了 7-8 亿美元的收购报价。