Busting The Myths of Artificial Intelligence

Conversations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) range from the extremely progressive views on the possibilities it offers to the other side of the spectrum where the chatter is all humdrum and the fear of losing jobs to machines overtakes everything else. Well, the fact is, both perspectives are right and matter equally.

Episode 5: Greyhound TV Dealing With Digital – In Conversation With Bjorn Engelhardt

We at Greyhound believe the change to digital is first personal and then professional. Catch Bjorn Engelhardt, SVP – APJ, Riverbed Technology 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.

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.

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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Here’s Why Mainframes Are Still Relevant In The Cloud & Mobile Era

Last week Greyhound Research (@Greyhound_R) and Sanchit Vir Gogia (@s_v_g) along with other esteemed panelists were on a tweet chat On The Future Of Mainframe. 

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Tweet Chat On The Future Of Mainframe

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.

In 3 Years, Sikka Helps Buoy Infosys Profit

When Vishal Sikka took over at Infosys he was prescient about automation taking away jobs and clients shifting investment dollars into newer digital technologies.

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.

Data Centre & Compute Modernisation: Critical Success Factors In Digital Transformation Agenda

Digital Transformation is topping the priority charts not just with technology leaders but with CEOs and Boards alike. Findings from a recent Greyhound Research study titled, Global CEO Priorities 2017, tell this tale eloquently. Per the study, over 95% global CEOs cited Digital Transformation as a key topic of discussion in meetings with their Board and other senior management.

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.

Irony Of H-1B Visa Policy: Jobs Trump Is Trying To Protect Are About To Vanish Altogether

American President Donald Trump’s policy to protect jobs by imposing restrictions on H-1B visas is unlikely to be of any help to that country and may hurt US interests, say experts. What Trump is seeking to protect are entry level jobs that are being phased out by the tech majors, with automation, artificial intelligence and robotics paving the way to increased productivity.

Era Of AI: Infosys’ Mana Eliminates Need For Lawyers To Process Contracts

Infosys has deployed its artificial intelligence (AI) platform ‘Mana’ to process contracts for a bank in Asia that typically needed a team of 10-15 dedicated lawyers.

Cognizant Layoffs: Gloom Continues, Jobs In Tech And IT Companies Dry Up

Cognizant, the New Jersey-headquartered software services company with most of its operations in Chennai, is likely to lay off 6,000-10,000 “ redundant and non-performing” employees.

With Digital Transformation As Pivot, HCL Technologies Posts Strong Q3 2017 Results

The appointment of C Vijayakumar in the last quarter is proving to be a good move for HCL Technologies. HCL Tech is going through a change and he is bringing in fresh perspectives in the way their deals are being constructed.

There are clear efforts to modernise existing traditional infrastructure contracts (the ones with lower margins) and increase the use of digital technologies. Furthermore, HCL Tech has a significant focus on utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, life sciences among other verticals, that are witnessing a higher need for Digital Transformation and hence higher margins.

HCL Tech Q3 Net Up 7.8%, Co Maintains Full-Year Guidance

HCL Technologies on Tuesday reported a 7.8% rise in consolidated net profit at Rs2,070 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016, as compared to Rs1,920 crore reported in the year-ago period.

With Growing Protectionist Sentiment, Indian IT Service Providers Face A Bumpy Road Ahead

January 20, 2017, will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Since his presidential election win on November 8, 2016, many quarters of the global industry have been abuzz with possible outcomes of the protectionist sentiment in the US – a key pillar of Donald Tump’s campaign. Here’s what we at Greyhound Research, the Technology Transformation Research & Advisory arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group, believe will be the impact on the Indian IT Services firms.

Flashback 2016: Year Of Uncertainties For IT Sector

Information technology industry strived to find newer opportunities and markets in 2016 as geopolitical uncertainties, a challenging business climate and technological shift clouded outlook.

Tough 2016 For IT, Tougher Year Ahead

For India’s export-focused software services sector, 2016 was a tough battle. The information technology (IT) sector had to reduce growth numbers for only the second time in a decade, the first being after a US  recession triggered by the Lehman Brothers collapse. This time, they faced challenges due to automation and shifting investments in digital, the UK’s exit from the European Union and an unexpected victory for Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

IT Companies Will Have To Prove Their Digital Narrative In 2017

Winter has set in, and yet, the biting icy winds do not stop New Yorkers from getting to work. At Liberty Street, inside the Times Inc. office, there are a couple of financial service providers and media companies talking about digital transformation.

Indian IT Firms Face Uphill Task For New Contracts Up For Rebid

India’s software exporters seem to be the new incumbents in the global technology outsourcing space. In the next two years, clients such as BNP Paribas, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Citigroup and DuPont will look at their existing contracts and ask global information technology (IT) services firms to bid for them.

SAP Launches Solution To Help Firms Make Real-Time Decisions

SAP has launched new technology solution for corporates, which gives analytical information to C-suite executives that can help make decisions in real time. Taking the help of Amazon’s Alexa, a voice service that helps humans interact with machines, the solution has been christened “Digital Boardroom”.

Demonetisation: How TCS, Which Counts RBI & Other Banks As Clients, Changed Back-End Systems Overnight

Late on the evening of November 8, 10 executives at Tata Consultancy Services got on a conference call to discuss how to ensure that their banking customers will be able to comply with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement.

Wyde Pitches For The Trillion-Dollar Insurance Market

While it may not be one of those typical posh offices in Manhattan’s Park Avenue, the office of Wyde.com is nonetheless upscale for a small technology business. At building No. 460, Rajesh Makhija, CEO of the $50-million software product SMB, lays out Wyde’s plans for reinventing legacy solutions for the mobile era.

Demonetisation: How Infoscions Are Coping With Change

When Vishal Sikka took over as the first non-founder CEO of Infosys, amongst the half-a-dozen initiatives he undertook there was one that went unnoticed. Employee identification cards were tweaked and a new technology-enabled facility was incorporated into the ‘dog tag’ — a commonly used term for employee ID cards in the technology sector. An employee in addition to getting into the company, logging into the system could also link a bank account to the card and top it up for transactions within Infosys campus.

Wipro Begins Monetising From Its Intra-preneurship Projects

India’s third largest IT firm Wipro has begun offering solutions to customers from entrepreneurial projects of its employees in segments such as corporate treasury and software defined infrastructure.

Infy Exits Show Challenge For Sikka In Biz Makeover

The exit of Sanjay Purohit, the seventh key executive to quit Infosys, shows the challenges its first non-founder chief executive Vishal Sikka is facing. Sikka, a former board member at business software company SAP AG, has been trying to push the Indian IT services firm to shift its business model from a people-dependent one to higher productive mix of software and people.

HCL Technologies Eyes 20% Revenue From Digital Play By 2020

HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest software services company, expects digital, cloud, analytics, automation and internet of things (IoT) to grow faster than the traditional business segments, accounting for up to 20 per cent of revenues in next three to four years, from current five per cent.

Is TCS losing the race because of slow digital growth?

A favourite among investors at one time, Tata Consultancy Services is fast turning into a mammoth that is failing to evolve with time as others are fast catching up on the increasing demand for digital.

India’s largest software exporter’s enterprise value fell to ₹4.86 lakh crore by the end of December, a drop of over 6 per cent over the previous year. The company’s market capitalisation similarly slipped from ₹5.01 lakh crore in Q3 2015 to ₹4.80 lakh crore in the latest Q3, a slide of about 4.2 per cent.

The Dealmaker – TechMahindra

When Vineet Nayyar joined Tech Mahindra (called Mahindra British Telecom), it was a mere $110-million company. Today, it has revenues close to $3.9 billion, and is the second biggest company in the Mahindra Group with a share of 23 per cent of group revenues. It is also No. 6 in the Indian IT services pecking order – after TCS, Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro, and HCL Technologies. Most of the growth has come in the past three years, as the company followed an aggressive acquisition-led strategy. Sitting in his plush yet elegant home in Delhi’s tony Friends Colony, and surrounded by several paintings of M.F. Husain, Nayyar, Vice Chairman of Tech Mahindra, says: “There are two aspects (to acquisitions). One is finding the right asset. But, far more important is to make it work. And that is where we differentiate.”

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.

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).

Restoring & Reinventing

On 20 august — which happened to be Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy’s 69th birthday — the company CEO and managing director Vishal Sikka announced a new set of services, ‘Aikido’. Named after Japanese martial art that is about defeating the enemy using his own force, and enlightening one’s real enemy — the self.

Jaspreet Bindra to helm Mahindra Group Ecommerce Plan

The Mahindra Group is drawing up a digital and ecommerce strategy and has hired Jaspreet Bindra, an angel investor and former CEO of Askme.com, to helm the initiative, as India’s oldest business houses begin to seriously tap technology.

Jaspreet Bindra to helm Mahindra Group’s digital, ecommerce plan

The Mahindra Group is drawing up a digital and ecommerce strategy and has hired Jaspreet Bindra, an angel investor and former CEO of Askme.com, to helm the initiative, as India’s oldest business houses begin to seriously tap technology.

Sikka Spins Infosys Into A Digital Company

There is a change brewing in Infosys. Under Vishal Sikka’s direction there are a few things that are already presenting themselves as fresh and innovative. But can Infosys become the pioneer of automation without losing its tag as a great employer and a stellar stock marker performer. Look at the incremental changes, like the acquisition of Skava and Panaya, that are happening, within the company, to understand why Sikka wants to brand Infosys as a digital company without frightening investors and employees. There are several challenges along the way especially when he quotes the late professor Mashelkar famous words “do more with less for more.”

The Bug Busters

Avekshaa checks for bugs in the client’s software code and ensures that all its components run smoothly.

They say the strength of the chain is in the weakest link. This adage can be applied to, say, data flow management in a connected car ecosystem. The data generated by the car’s telematics system and the mobile device is transmitted through a network and stored in a server. On top of this “pipe” is middleware and a firewall protecting the data shared between corporates, consumers, telecom operators and dealerships. If this ecosystem does not maintain a continuous flow and, if any latency in the software sets in, it may be catastrophic for the company — a system failure can send its fortunes reeling. Hence, the need for experts to avert a situation of this sort. Such an expert is the Bangalore-based startup, Avekshaa.