At Greyhound Research – the Technology & Innovation Research, Advisory & Consulting arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group – the year has started on a rather interesting note.
We’ve just closed our annual study, Global CLDO Priorities 2017, and the results are a mix of both, things that organisations will continue investing in and those that they intend to change. To give you a perspective, consider these findings – while 89% Chief Learning & Development Officers (CLDOs) plan to continue with end-to-end Learning Outsourcing to a single Learning Services provider, 70% are considering using mobile devices as the mainstay for disseminating learning courses to their employees.
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.
Businesses consider digital start-ups a threat, either now or in the future.
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.
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.
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.
Amidst increasing scrutiny from investors because of falling revenue growth, micro-blogging platform Twitter has shut its Bengaluru development centre.
US-based social networking company LinkedIn is looking at buying Indian start-ups, has tweaked its India portal and with its new 800 seater office in Bengaluru, as it seeks to build on its India presence. India is currently the second biggest market for LinkedIn globally, with a user-base of 35 million. “This country is of great strategic importance and we are open for acquisitions that are strategic fits,” said Allen Blue, Co-founder, LinkedIn, a company which he co-founded with Reid Hoffman in 2002.
Tata Sons is looking at implementing a group-level acquisition strategy for some of its IT needs , as it focuses on gaining better value in its technology spending, two sources with knowledge of the matter told ET.
When Nirmal Jain, an IBM employee, was about to be sent to Jordan on his first onsite posting, his family had serious concerns about security.
However, for Jain, now 24, it was a blessing in disguise. IBM paid him a daily hardship allowance of about 40 Jordanian Dinar (roughly ₹4,000) as the country, which borders Syria and Iraq, is considered a high-risk location.
India has more startups today than ever before. And each one of them depends on Google as much as on funds for functioning. It is no exaggeration to say every new company opens its email account on Google’s Gmail, uses Google’s search engine and its video platform YouTube for marketing. Google is where a business starts.
Shares of Indian information technology (IT) companies fell on Wednesday after two US senators introduced a legislation to cut by a fifth the number of H-1B visas issued to skilled workers such as IT professionals.
In the final leg of Tata Group’s initiative to launch a hybrid ecommerce venture comprising all its consumer companies, many group firms, including Titan and Trent, have set up special liaison teams to help with the digital drive.
These teams will work with Tata Unistore, the unit that will spearhead the online retailing venture, three people with knowledge of the group’s ecommerce venture said. “Different group companies will have different liaisons to help with the ecommerce venture,” one of them told ET.
Anand Mahindra is seeking fresh blood to power his group’s move to digital, and is on the prowl for 20 ‘high-powered folks’ to make his seven-decade old auto-to-defence conglomerate more digitally savvy as Indian businesses go through a wave of technological disruption.
Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief analyst and CEO Greyhound Research is a part of the esteemed jury panel along with other industry leaders, who are evaluating and judging the SAP ACE Awards 2015.
Virtualisation software maker VMware expects the takeover of its parent, EMC Corp, by Dell to help it make inroads into the small and medium enterprises and businesses market in India, where the US technology giant has a large presence.
Building new types of computers, constructing an intelligent cloud and helping companies increase productivity are the three “interlocking ambitions” he wants Microsoft Corp. to pursue “boldly”, CEO Satya Nadella said in a conversation on Thursday.
Digital disruption is allowing customers to engage with organisations through new-age customer touch points like mobile devices, app stores and online communities. Traditional go-to-market channels like retail stores are being replaced by new-age digital channels such as mCommerce and eCommerce and eroding traditional business models.
For example, AirBnB, a hospitality aggregator holds a valuation of USD 24 billion, ranking only 3rd after the Hilton and Marriott group of hotels.
With organisations grappling with modest growth prospects, expectations from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under scrutiny.
In addition to sluggish growth in matured markets, CEOs are now faced with a new-world equilibrium where growth can be expected from emerging markets like India and China and newer technology-led incumbents are eating into the market share.
These incumbents are not only using latest technology systems to erode traditional business models but redefining customer experiences. This is adding pressure on traditional organisations to follow suit.
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).
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.
The Redmond-based technology major Microsoft on Wednesday said that all users who have a subscription of Office 365, which is a cloud-based service, will get the new Office 2016 for free. Other users can purchase the new suite, which is available in 14 Indian languages and 47 languages globally, starting Wednesday.
“Starting today, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer subscribers next month,” the company said.
The Office 365 Personal edition (for one user – one PC + one Tablet + one Phone) costs Rs. 3,299 per annum and Office 365 Home (for five users – five PCs + five Tablets + five phones) is priced at Rs. 4,199 per annum.
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.
The Redmond-based technology major Microsoft on Wednesday said that all users who have a subscription of Office 365, which is a cloud-based service, will get the new Office 2016 for free.
Microsoft has made some significant announcements on its cloud strategy in India. The software giant has shared updates on its local data centres.
As part of today’s announcements, the company has launched three centres in Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai; and said that its commercial cloud services will be available from these data centres.
Microsoft Azure services is launching today, and Office 365 services will be available from October 2015. Dynamics CRM Online services will follow suite early next year.
Private equity firm Blackstone has acquired a majority stake in Serco’s BPO operations for £250 million (₹2,558 crore). This is the largest such deal for Blackstone in India. The sale does not include the UK business of Serco Global Services, which will be divested later.
The deal is expected to bring back some action in the Indian BPO market, which has not seen any major consolidation in the recent past. According to Nasscom, revenue from the Indian IT-BPM industry stood at $146 billion last year, growing 13 per cent last year and commanding a 55 per cent global sourcing share. The domestic market itself is rapidly growing with business coming from e-commerce companies and start-ups.
Telecom operators including Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Aircel and MTS India are investing in technologies such as big data and analytics amid growth in data consumption as they look to retain subscribers and increase revenue per user.
Analytics allow telecom companies to improve their data product offerings by better understanding customer demands and usage patterns, according to the operators. The equipment and networks that provide data services generate significant a lot of data that the operators use to identify and proactively address the network issues they face. This also helps the operators plan their network expansion strategies better.
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.
Computer maker Dell stirred up quite a storm in the IT industry by snapping up storage juggernaut EMC for a whopping $67 billion. The mother of all deal will have a significant impact on the enterprise technology landscape in the years to come.
The India market at this point of time is opportune for a Dell-EMC deal to take place considering India is still a host to a large number of organisations who are yet to shift workloads to the cloud. The deal would put the merged entity in a sweet spot as it would be providing end-to-end infrastructure in terms of both devices and storage. And the CIO community in India is closely watching the movements on the Dell-EMC merger.