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.
A sense of excitement, of jumping into something green or greener, pervades right through IBM India offices today. The organisation is in the midst of transforming itself to focus on the Indian market. It is metamorphosing with the aim to grow the more profitable India business, even as globally IBM has reported 21 quarters of declining revenues.
With less than two years to go for the next general election, the government’s report card has become too unpleasant with failures at multiple levels. The economic situation is so bad that State Bank of India in a recent report pointed out that slowdown that is now experienced is real and not technical. Many economists have called for more public spending to arrest the slide. Clearly, the biggest blot on the government as of now is the miserable failure in keeping the promise to create millions of jobs.
Google’s announcement that it would acquire the bulk of HTC’s smartphone research and design division came as a surprise, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected.
Analysts say that Apple has created a new “premium-plus” category with the new launches, but the biggest beneficiary could be the iPhone 7.
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.
Earlier this week I accidentally came across a video from a multinational that makes enterprise software aimed to help organizations better manage operations and customer relations. This video features the company’s top honcho who talks at length about how their company is establishing trust with customers and employees using ’empathy’. To set the context for the commentary below, I have been tracking this company over the past decade and have a solid understanding of their technology, operations, people, and culture.
As an industry analyst, I have the privilege of attending global industry events and exchanging ideas with some of the brightest executives from the world of technology. While I may not always agree with these executives and their employers’ perspectives, the discussion is almost always intellectually stimulating.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Albeit the judgement by the 9 judge bench on August 24, 2017, is a landmark judgement, it’s a little too early to celebrate. Despite the tons of chatter on this being a blow to UIDAI, we just cannot be sure yet. Here are a few points to consider.
Earlier today we were skimming through our Twitter timeline and saw this exchange (see picture below) between a Tesla customer and Elon Musk. More than anything else, this Twitter exchange is a classic reminder that in today’s times when all of us are sweating it out to implement the best technology, it’s all going to be worthless unless we work at the culture.
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.
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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.
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?
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”.
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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.
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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.
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。
Snapdeal is finally selling off FreeCharge, its mobile transactions platform, to private sector Axis Bank. The bank said in a communication to the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with Jasper Infotech Private Ltd, Snapdeal parent, to acquire 100 percent equity in FreeCharge for a consideration of Rs 385 crore.
IBM, once the top multinational employer of choice is at risk of falling off that pedestal.
Global e-commerce major Amazon.com Inc. has reportedly thrown its hat into the ring to snap up FreeCharge not only to ramp up its presence in the Indian payments space dominated by players such as Alibaba-backed Paytm, but also to steer ahead of homegrown rival Flipkart.
Uber is taking a page out of Ola’s playbook as it pushes to expand business in India, its largest overseas market. Months after its Indian rival introduced its “connected platform” called Ola Play, Uber is set to launch its own infotainment system across several of its cab tiers in the country.
India has shown dramatic improvement in terms of financial inclusion in the last few years with around 20 crore people having gained access to financial services.
When Vishal Sikka took over at Infosys he was prescient about automation taking away jobs and clients shifting investment dollars into newer digital technologies.
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