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.

Google Cloud Region In Sydney Now Live – Tweets By Greyhound Research

On June 20, 2017 Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Sydney.

Scroll below for our latest tweets on this topic. Read a more updated thread by clicking on any of the tweets from below. Lastly, please spare a moment to retweet, share and respond to this thread!

Greyhound Radio with Rajesh Janey, Dell EMC

Catch Rajesh Janey, President and Managing Director, Dell Enterprise India, Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on our executive dialogue series, #ONTrigger.

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Procuring Public Cloud – Ponder Before You Purchase

Over the last 12 months, we at Greyhound Research carried out thousands of end-user enquiries on adoption of Public Cloud. These enquiries have ranged from questions on assessing Cloud vendors, controlling costs, automating manual tasks, ensuring data security & compliance, identifying potential workloads among other questions. Amidst a range of topics (reach out to our Client Centricity Team if you wish to know more details), one trend particularly stood out…

Cloud Failures Will Drive Enterprises To Hire Startup CTOs

Over the last 12 months, we at Greyhound Research, the Technology Transformation arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group, carried out thousands of end-user enquiries on various aspects of Cloud Computing. These enquiries have ranged from questions on benchmarking cloud providers, enterprise application modernization to service level agreements. Amidst a range of topics (reach out to our Client Centricity Team if you wish to know more details), one trend particularly stood out…

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.

Oracle Preparing To Compete With AWS

After launching its public cloud services in September, Oracle is vying for the market dominated by Amazon Web Services – by changing its organisation culture to mimic that of AWS itself.

ONTrigger with Rajesh Janey, Dell EMC

Catch Rajesh Janey, President and Managing Director, Dell Enterprise India, Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on our executive dialogue series, #ONTrigger.

In this dialogue, Rajesh chats with Sanchit about the recent merger of Dell and EMC, how it will pan out globally and what can the customers expect in India.

Greyhound TV Teaser: ONTrigger with Rajesh Janey, Dell EMC

Catch Rajesh Janey, President and Managing Director, Dell Enterprise India, Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on our executive dialogue series, #ONTrigger.

With Technology At Helm, South Korea Ready To Contribute To Global Innovation

With AWS’s Seoul Data Centre region going live in January 2016 and Microsoft announcing plans in May 2016, all eyes were set on IBM and Google.

While the latter is yet to make any announcement on this topic, the former announced its new Data Centre in Pangyo, South Korea on 25 August 2016. Per IBM’s official statement, this is the company’s 9th Data Centre in the Asia Pacific including Japan (APJ) region (part of its Global network of 47) and an outcome of its collaboration with SK Holdings C&C.

Workday Moves Test & Dev To IBM Cloud – Expect Increased Focus On Innovation

On 15 August, 2016 IBM and Workday announced a multi-year partnership wherein Workday will use IBM’s Cloud for its internal Testing and Development environment.

The announcement adds to the existing IBM and Workday partnership which includes IBM’s global Workday Consulting Services, IBM’s acquisition of Workday services provider Meteorix (in 2015) and IBM’s own use of Workday’s Human Capital Management (HCM) for its global workforce.

Making Cloud A Rewarding Experience

Cloud offerings are no longer the preserve of startups and small and medium businesses. They now meet the criteria of enterprise IT and are also supported by traditional IT vendors like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle among others.

Cloud Computing as a service provisioning mechanism has graduated to become a mainstay option for organisations. Depending on their IT maturity and priority, organisations are choosing to consume services via SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and/or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

AWS Vs Microsoft

From bringing in big guns to run enterprise sales in the country and running full-page ads to counter each other’s data centre launches to attempting to poach clients, these American giants are leaving no stone unturned to win in India.

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).

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.

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.

How Indian IT service providers are getting cloud ready

As the IT services industry takes a different route with enterprise clients moving from traditional to cloud-based services, Indian IT service providers too are shifting gears to keep pace with their global competitors. For the IT services industry, it’s the time to wake up to new realities. Strategic outsourcing is increasingly considered to be dead, IT models are being realigned to new technology needs, and long-term deals are shrinking with every  passing year. Of all the major technology disruptors that have shaken up and stirred the industry, cloud has been one of great significance. The advent of cloud has not just transformed the way IT is consumed by enterprises, it has also in many ways questioned the tried and tested ways of functioning of IT services companies and left them scrambling for answers.

Putting EMM Vendors Through Poodleattack Check: All But One Pass The Ring Of Fire

Earlier this morning I was chatting with a CIO of a large manufacturing organization with presence across multiple continents. They are currently benchmarking Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors to help secure their mobile environment and we are helping them with this activity.

Putting EMM Vendors Through Poodle Attack Check: All But One Pass Ring of Fire

Earlier this morning I was chatting with a CIO of a large manufacturing organization with presence across multiple continents. They are currently benchmarking Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors to help secure their mobile environment and we are helping them with this activity. As part of our rigorous methodology, we put 5 key vendors – Mass360 (owned by IBM), MobileIron, Good, Microsoft InTune and AirWatch (owned by VMware) – through the Poodle Attack Vulnerability check and results were amusing. While all vendors passed this test, AirWatch couldn’t make it to the finish line and got an overall rating of F. See pictures below for more details. We had reported another similar test last week where we found Microsoft’s Office365 vulnerable to the Poodle Attack.

Microsoft Office365 Impacted With Poodle Attack: Case Of Cloud Security Fallen Short

On a call earlier today (with an end-user client) I was discussing enterprise security norms around cloud-based productivity suite offerings. Like many IT Decision Makers who are taking the leap to the cloud, our client (based in the APJ region) is also currently evaluating cloud-based productivity suite options including both Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. During our conversation I ran a quick Poodle Attack Vulnerability check (on www.ssllabs.com) and the results were worrisome. More below.

Catch Greyhound Research at the IBM Cloud Innovation Forum 2014

What is the event all about?

Cloud is changing the way work is done, and how IT and business services are utilized.

HDS makes strong moves into IT infra, Internet of Things with Continuous Cloud Infrastructure

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi has announced new solutions that take it well into the software defined data centre (SDCC) as well as deepening its fraternal ties with Hitachi Research and other Hitachi companies in the transportation, energy, construction, healthcare and other domains as the Internet of Things becomes the Big Data driver for businesses and governments.

HCL Technologies banks on Govt deals

The country’s fourth largest information technology services provider, HCL Technologies, has turned its focus to the Indian market. The company expects to increase its revenue from the domestic market, largely from Government business. Competitors like TCS and Infosys have been getting revenues from the Government segment through projects such as Passport Seva and other e-governance initiatives.

HCL Technologies banks on Govt deals

The country’s fourth largest information technology services provider, HCL Technologies, has turned its focus to the Indian market. The company expects to increase its revenue from the domestic market, largely from Government business. Competitors like TCS and Infosys have been getting revenues from the Government segment through projects such as Passport Seva and other e-governance initiatives.

Facebook Chat on ‘Cloud as a Service’ – Join The Conversation!

Cloud Computing is often described as a stack, as a response to the broad range of services built on top of one another under the moniker “Cloud”. Cloud computing providers offer their services according to these fundamental models: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS).

CVs of HCL Infosystems’ employees flood job portals

HCL Infosystems’ exit from PC manufacturing and the ongoing organisational restructuring have prompted many staff to post resumes on job portals.In the past one month, there has been a substantial rise in the number of resumes with ‘active’ status on job portals. According to a director at a third-party staffing firm, there were around 2,500 active resumes in just one job portal that have been updated in the last 15 days and over 3,300 that were updated in the last one month. “It’s quite a large number for a company of that size,” said the director, requesting anonymity.

Rise in HCL Infosystems’ staff CVs on job portals points to churn

HCL Infosystems’ exit from PC manufacturing and the ongoing organisational restructuring have prompted many staff to post resumes on job portals. In the past one month, there has been a substantial rise in the number of resumes with ‘active’ status on job portals. According to a director at a third-party staffing firm, there were around 2,500 active resumes in just one job portal that have been updated in the last 15 days and over 3,300 that were updated in the last one month. “It’s quite a large number for a company of that size,” said the director, requesting anonymity.