SAP: The Road Beyond ERP

German multinational corporation SAP SE may be best known as an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software firm but senior executives insist that it has successfully moved beyond ERP to providing cloud computing and digital solutions as well.

Traditional ERP Companies Getting Into Real Time Analytics

Traditional ERP companies are beginning to offer real-time analytics, with an intent to help companies leverage data even on mobile phones. Traditionally, ERP systems have always been focussed on records and not enough emphasis was on the value of the information consisting in those records.

Making Big Data Drive Digital Transformation

As organisations adopt new applications and approaches to cater to non-traditional touchpoints, they are faced with an explosion of data.

It’s but natural for organisations to get overwhelmed by the large volumes of data generated daily (sometimes every few seconds) from a multitude of sources such as social networking sites, internal employee communication, and other organisational resources including sensors among others.

All Eyes On Microsoft India: Will Anant Help Turn The Page?

It takes one brain to dream of change but many a handful to turn it into a reality.

Satya Nadella has done exceptionally well to dream up a new and improved Microsoft and steer the company strategy accordingly. However, the company’s ability to actualise this on the ground still remains to be largely work-in-progress and in many ways a distant dream. Albeit this applies to nearly all Global markets, it is particularly true for India.

About Time Microsoft India Delivers A Yorker

On 1 August 2016, Microsoft announced the joining of Anant Maheshwari as President, Microsoft India from 1 September 2016.

Anant will be replacing current Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik who has held this position for over five years. This announcement comes in close heels to another big ticket departure of Karan Bajwa who recently quit from his post of Managing Director of sales and marketing at Microsoft India to join IBM India to lead strategy.

Why AWS Announcement Heralds Public Cloud War In India

On 28 June, when Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its sixth Asia Pacific (APAC) Region in Mumbai, India, it did nothing short of telling its competitors firmly, especially Microsoft and IBM, that it was stepping up its no holds barred campaign to dominate the public cloud space.

It was hardly any surprise then, that Microsoft was forced to follow up with an aggressive cloud campaign the very next day.

AWS now has a total of 35 Availability Zones across 13 geographic regions. As AWS points out, these zones comprise one or more discrete data centres, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity, housed in separate facilities.

On Top Of Cloud

As oracle programmers rewrite fresh codes for its cloud services, the company is scripting a new history. It is transforming itself into a cloud-first company. Some industry watchers might argue that it is a tad late in entering the realm of cloud, but Oracle will tell you it doesn’t matter; it is scaling up faster than all others.

Who Should Be Your Cloud Driver On The Digital Highway?

It’s not an easy task to choose a cloud computing services provider, especially when companies like Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc., Oracle Corp. and VMware Inc. are pulling out all the stops to win customers in India.

Amazon Opens Data Centres In India

As a part of its commitment to invest $5 billion in India, Amazon on Tuesday launched its first set of India data centres in Mumbai to cater to cloud computing services here unleashing a new race for the top cloud provider position in India.

Amazon Launches First Cloud Data Centre In Mumbai

As a part of its commitment to invest $5 billion in India, Amazon has launched its first set of India data centres in Mumbai to cater to cloud computing services here unleashing a new race for the top cloud provider position in India, said a report in the Hindu.

Karan Bajwa to join IBM

IT veteran Karan Bajwa, who was the Managing Director of Microsoft, is set to join IBM. Bajwa tweeted that he is a reborn IBMer. He was in charge of sales and marketing operations of Microsoft.

AWS Announces New Asia Pacific Region – Here’s Why It Matters!

On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its sixth Asia Pacific (APAC) Region in Mumbai, India.

The new AWS Mumbai Region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. This news is part of the company’s plan to expand its Asia Pacific footprint wherein it announced the launch of its South Korea (Seoul) Region barely six months ago. It is important to see this announcement in light of other investments that AWS is making broadly in India including technical support centres, investments in partner network among others. Of all key investments, one that is important to note is the 3rd AWS Point of Presence (PoP) in Delhi (after Mumbai and Chennai) for its Content Delivery Network (Amazon CloudFront) and DNS service (Amazon Route 53).

RPG goes digital to integrate all group functions

RPG Enterprises, the tyre-to-IT conglomerate, plans to ring in a comprehensive digital change across its businesses that would integrate all the group’s functions across products, clients and even monitoring and rating of employees of the Mumbai-based group.

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent.

Will LinkedIn be another failed acquisition for Microsoft?

In its 41 years history, Microsoft has acquired several companies but the biggest success was none other than Hotmail, which was bought from Sabeer Bhatia for $500 million in 1997. However, a repeat of Hotmail is something that Microsoft hasn’t been able to achieve in the last 19 years despite making several deals worth over a billion dollar each.

What Does Microsoft Stand to Gain From its $26.2 Billion Acquisition of LinkedIn?

Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant’s largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site?

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.

Is Microsoft truly changing under Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp, is landing in the country on Monday at a time when his company is “streamlining” its troubled global smartphone hardware business even as the growth of India’s smartphone business is accelerating.

TechMahindra to rope in 20 execs for digital; poach Askme CEO Jaspreet Bindra

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.

The Insight-Led Approach To Talent Processes – Points To Ponder for CHROs

The correlation between employee engagement and organisational success is a no-brainer. Over decades while Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) have automated processes that translate to improved employee performance, they continue to search better ways to motivate employees. The need to align their team to organisational goals and be counted as a strategic advisor to the management continue to be some of the long standing struggles of CHROs.

Rebooting Growth In New-World Equilibrium: CEO Holy Grail To Managing Disruption

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.

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.

Microsoft India’s cloud updates: 3 data centres launched today

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.

Caught In The Big Sale

Sure eTailing is growing by leaps and bounds. But eTailers are booking more losses than profits. Deep discounts and returns are a downward spiral they can’t pull out of  by Vishal Krishna & Abraham C. Mathews

This scene repeats every day. Every morning, trucks loaded with crates of unsold and damaged goods returned by e-commerce companies and other retailers are brought to a 2,00,000 sq. ft. warehouse of Reverse Logistics (RLC) at Tumkur Road in Karnataka. These goods are then cleaned up, refurbished and then sold on RLC’s stores and website greendust.com.

ONTrigger with Jim Kruger, Polycom – Part 3 of 3

Catch Jim Kruger, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Polycom in a conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO,Greyhound Research on Greyhound Research’s knowledge sharing series ONTrigger.

Startups Like India’s Money But Want More Government Action

Technology startups in India are getting a financial boost from the government, but entrepreneurs say that more could be done to support growth in the industry.

Enterprise Mobility – Value Lies In Data, Not Device Alone

Times have changed, and so has how we use smartphones. From their earlier simplistic use of fetching email and contacts, smartphones are now the powerhouse for consumers and business users who use mobile gadgets for accessing applications and surf the web. Powered by big screens, more than sufficient memory and processing power, smartphones of today’s age support 3G networks (some now even support 4G) and run sophisticated apps developed from across the globe.

Infosys To Buy Automation Tech Firm Panaya For $200 MN

Betting big on new technologies to boost growth, country’s second-largest software services firm Infosys will acquire US-based automation technology company Panaya for USD 200 million (over Rs 1,200 crore). The all-cash deal is the second-largest acquisition for the Bangalore-based firm, after Swiss consulting company Lodestone, which it bought for about USD 350 million (Rs 1,932 crore) in 2012.

$200 Mn Well Spent? 3 Reasons Why Infosys Buying Panaya May Be A Good Idea

Infosys today announced that it will be shelling out $200 million for a little known US-based firm Panaya that is a privately held company backed by venture capital firms like Benchmark Capital, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Battery Ventures. “The acquisition of Panaya is a key step in renewing and differentiating Infosys’ service lines,” CEO Vishal Sikka said in a statement following the acquisition. But here’s three reasons why the company may have spent its $200 million well for the acquisition:

Infosys Buys US-Based Panaya For $200 Million

Betting big on new technologies to boost growth, country’s second-largest software services firm Infosys will acquire US-based automation technology company Panaya for USD 200 million (over Rs 1,200 crore). The all-cash deal is the second-largest acquisition for the Bangalore-based firm, after Swiss consulting company Lodestone, which it bought for about USD 350 million (Rs 1,932 crore) in 2012.

Infosys To Buy Automation Tech Firm Panaya For $200 MN

Betting big on new technologies to boost growth, country’s second-largest software services firm Infosys will acquire US-based automation technology company Panaya for USD 200 million (over Rs 1,200 crore). The all-cash deal is the second-largest acquisition for the Bangalore-based firm, after Swiss consulting company Lodestone, which it bought for about USD 350 million (Rs 1,932 crore) in 2012.

$200 Mn Well Spent? 3 Reasons Why Infosys Buying Panaya Makes Good Sense

Infosys today announced that it will be shelling out $200 million for a little known US-based firm Panaya that is a privately held company backed by venture capital firms like Benchmark Capital, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Battery Ventures. “The acquisition of Panaya is a key step in renewing and differentiating Infosys’ service lines,” CEO Vishal Sikka said in a statement following the acquisition. But here’s three reasons why the company may have spent its $200 million well for the acquisition:

Infosys’ Panaya Buy Furthers Vishal Sikka’s New Tech, Automation Bets

Infosys on Monday announced the acquisition of US-based software automation technology firm Panaya for $200 million in an all-cash deal. This is the software major’s first acquisition after Vishal Sikka took over as the CEO in August last year. Panaya is being seen as a fit for Sikka’s strategy of “renew and new” aimed at enhancing competitiveness and productivity by leveraging technologies of automation, innovation and artificial intelligence.