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.

Infosys Invests Rs 14.5 Crore In Danish Artificial Intelligence Start-up

Bangalore-based Infosys on Friday announced that it has invested Rs 14.5 crore (DKK 14,920,000) in a Danish-based artificial intelligence start-up UNSILO. The investment is done through Infosys innovation fund.

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.

Startups And Traditional Businesses Have A Lot To Learn From One Another

Start-ups are cannibalising traditional businesses – from retail to banking. But there is a lot both the sides can learn from one another, the results of a survey found.

Start-ups, of course, have an edge in innovating faster since they are smaller in size and, therefore, more nimble than traditional businesses. They also work in an agile fashion where the software or the product developed is ‘iterated’ – the product, when released the first time, is hardly perfect but is updated and refined multiple times over a period. That marked a significant shift from the traditional mindset where an enterprise only released a perfect product after rigorous testing, a time taking affair.

Digitally native startups well placed to serve consumers

A new breed of connected consumers is placing new demands on how businesses operate and digitally native startups are well-positioned to address their needs, according to a survey commissioned by EMC India.

The study, conducted by Greyhound Research ‘The Startup Approach to Information in India’ and released here on Tuesday, found that business agility is the key business attribute allowing startups to disrupt traditional industries. But they could also draw a few lessons from traditional organisations in scaling and putting in the right processes in place.

Lack of planning of workload could affect startups

Indian startups may be growing at a blazing pace but they are often unable to optimise information due to lack of planning and workload constraints, says a study. According to the study by Greyhound Research commissioned by technology firm EMC India, technology is helping startups deliver unique and personalised experiences compared to mid and large-sized enterprises.

Lack of planning, workload probs could affect Startups

Indian startups may be growing at a blazing pace but they are often unable to optimise information due to lack of planning and workload constraints, says a study. According to the study by Greyhound Research commissioned by technology firm EMC India, technology is helping startups deliver unique and personalised experiences compared to mid and large-sized enterprises.

Lack of planning, workload probs could affect Startups

Indian startups may be growing at a blazing pace but they are often unable to optimise information due to lack of planning and workload constraints, says a study. According to the study by Greyhound Research commissioned by technology firm EMC India, technology is helping startups deliver unique and personalised experiences compared to mid and large-sized enterprises.

Lack of planning, workload problems could affect startups @EconomicTimes

Indian startups may be growing at a blazing pace but they are often unable to optimise information due to lack of planning and workload constraints, says a study.

According to the study by Greyhound Research commissioned by technology firm EMC India, technology is helping startups deliver unique and personalised experiences compared to mid and large-sized enterprises.  

Startups High on Agility but need processes and technology to scale

The ‘Information Generation’, a new breed of connected consumers – shaped by the availability of information and technology at their fingertips today – is placing new demands on how businesses operate, and digitally native startups are well-positioned to address their needs. This was revealed in an independent survey commissioned by EMC India and conducted by Greyhound Knowledge Group, which found that business agility is the key business attribute that is allowing startups to disrupt traditional industries. 88% of respondents are able to deliver unique and personalized experiences, with 42% of startups already doing this organization-wide compared with 33% of mid-large enterprises.

Startups Need To Cater Demand of New Information Generation

Waves of startups have completely changed the way people consume and do things but what makes an idea stick and cater to unseen needs still largely remains a mystery. A new report reveals that their success is dependent on catering to the multifaceted demands of the ‘Information Generation’, a new breed of connected consumers who are shaped by easy availability of information and technology and are placing new demands on how businesses operate.

Driving Revenue In The Face Of Digital Transformation – A CSO Directive

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.

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.

Delivering Customer Experiences That Bring Home The Dollars – A CMO’s Guidebook

To serve a growing customer base and better manage customer experience across all touch points, organisations are increasingly moving away from siloed Systems of Transaction in favour of contextual Systems of Engagement. These new systems are expected to help marketers manage experiences on non-traditional customer touch points like mobile devices, application marketplaces and online communities.

Making Cloud Work For Your Organisation – Questions CIOs Must Ask

Cloud Computing as a service provisioning mechanism is graduating to become a mainstay option for organisations. Despite skepticism, CIOs are exploring, pilot testing or using in production Cloud offerings in some form or shape. Earlier touted to be only popular with startups and small and medium businesses, Cloud offerings now meet the criteria of enterprise IT and are also supported by traditional IT vendors like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle among others.

Redefining The Supply Chain Paradigm – A New COO Diktat

In order to remain competitive and secure earnings growth, organisations are looking at both process automation and newer technology systems to redefine their supply chain. The Board of Directors in most organisations expect this change to be led by the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The New-Age Fundamentals of Technology Cost Analysis: A CFO Handbook

The constant state of flux in world economies is changing the status quo for organisations; most importantly the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Per a recent Greyhound Research study titled, Emerging Markets CFO Priorities 2016, nearly 80% CFOs in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) regions expect to investigate ways to turn asset-light over the next 12 months. Twitter_logo_blue

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.

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).

#GreyhoundCorridors: Why We Matter To The IT Analyst Landscape – An Update From Greyhound Research

Recently, Greyhound Research has been recognised by a senior Analyst Relations professional, Dave Noble, as one of the upcoming Analyst firms.  While this recognition is surely a feather in our cap and we are humbled on Dave’s decision to include us in the list, we are not letting this and other accolades go to our head. We remain committed to being a new-age IT Analyst firm with innovative offerings and robust processes.

Funds In The Driver’s Seat

Garnering funds is not difficult for Indian companies. Retaining ownership of companies is. Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds are only too happy to come on board, but they like to secure their exit route as they invest. As a result, they are increasingly getting involved in the operations of their portfolio companies, especially e-commerce companies and startups. Some are even taking control of the management of investee companies in order to prepare them for exits as in today’s environment investing is easy but cashing out profitably is not.

Funds In The Driver’s Seat @BWorldOnline

Garnering funds is not difficult for Indian companies. Retaining ownership of companies is. Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds are only too happy to come on board, but they like to secure their exit route as they invest. As a result, they are increasingly getting involved in the operations of their portfolio companies, especially e-commerce companies and startups. Some are even taking control of the management of investee companies in order to prepare them for exits as in today’s environment investing is easy but cashing out profitably is not.

Avoid BI failure: Dispel myths for risk-free solution deployment

While Business Intelligence (BI) is fast becoming a top priority for most businesses, achieving Return on Investment (RoI) through BI implementation still remains a big challenge for CIOs. Though many CIOs plan to invest in BI going forward, most of them fear BI failure. It’s interesting to note that BI is just a reporting tool for most of these CIOs. Now business intelligence is good, but there needs to be a solid business case for such deployments to avoid risk of BI failure. A case in point is that the large number of BI projects that go over-budget due to failure to meet timelines.

What’s Ailing India’s Manufacturing Sector?

About 75 percent of companies in India are still grappling with Manufacturing 1.0 and 2.0 stages – a basic stage where a company already has systems of production and transaction, according to a Greyhound Research report.

75% manufacturing cos in India still grappling with basic levels of technology adoption

Greyhound Research recently conducted a survey of manufacturers in India.

Key Highlights of the study were:

  • 75% of Manufacturing organisations in India are still grappling with Manufacturing 1.0 and 2.0 stages
  • 25% Manufacturing organisations in India are planning or executing components of Manufacturing 3.0
  • No Manufacturing organizations in India are planning for organisations 4.0 or 5.0

Enterprise Mobility – Value Lies In Data, Not Device

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Twitter Chat on Big Data with EMC APJ

Join Greyhound Research (@Greyhound_R) and Sanchit Gogia (@s_v_g) for a tweet-up to discuss how businesses can leverage #BigData #DataLakes to succeed in the next 50 years

Catch Sanchit Vir Gogia’s views on How Emerging Technologies are reshaping Manufacturing

Google Identifies Enterprise Mobility And India Key For Growth

On July 18th 2014, Google organized an analyst briefing in India. The event conveyed two messages from Google – 1) growing importance of India for their business, and 2) commitment to the enterprise business. Attended by key Google representatives from across the Globe, the event was anchored on three key aspects – Google’s worldwide enterprise business, supplemented by their growth story in India and the company’s product strategy and direction. Below are some key highlights and Greyhound Research analysis from the event:

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.

#GreyhoundInMedia: Cognizant Q1 profit up 23% to $349m #Press #Media

Increased spending by clients in North America and Europe helped software solutions provider Cognizant Technology Solutions meet its first quarter revenue target of $2.42 billion, an increase of 19.9 per cent compared with the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Its profits grew 22.8 per cent to $348.87 million.

Vodafone sees 20% jump in post-paid subscriptions

Vodafone India, the country’s second largest telecom service provider, saw a 20 per cent rise in the number of post-paid subscribers this financial year, higher than its competitors. The company now has around 10 million post-paid subscribers – around 7 per cent of its total subscriber base of 160 million. In comparison, Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom service provider, has 9.5 million post-paid users, around 5 per cent of its total 190 million subscribers.

Greyhound Research as a Knowledge Partner at CIO Leadership Retreat 2014

What is the event all about? 

Today’s most advanced and complicated IT technology landscape poses unprecedented challenges and needless to say that an isolated approach never can address these challenges. This is only possible with a strong, mutually understood IT partnership, which not only addresses the challenges but also provide an in-depth view of upcoming obstacles. The 2014 edition of CIO Leadership Retreat (CLR) unveils unique insights on the role IT Leadership and IT partnerships that are poised to pave success in a new business climate that warrants organizations to aim for higher operational efficiency and better customer responsiveness.

Greyhound Research as a Knowledge Partner at CXO Leadership Retreat 2013

What is the event all about? 

The Indian Economy is experiencing its worst slowdown in nearly a decade on the back of global contractionary headwinds, domestic macro-economic imbalances and policy reversals on the fiscal front. With growth pegged at below 5%, Businesses are under severe pressure to readjust to the new normal. With a fundamentally sound economy, coupled with measures to encourage foreign investment and rein in government spending, India is poised to tide over the present crisis and better her growth rate.

Bigdata: Hadoop

For the past couple of years, Android and iOS fans have been at loggerheads as to which operating system—and therefore, smartphone—is better over the other. And these wars have spilled on to the comments sections of smartphone manufacturer forums for customers, gadget review websites, social networking platforms and the like.