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.

IBM Chief Ginni Rometty Is Betting On A Cognitive World

If Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. dominate the online space with their machine learning, deep learning and suite of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) wants to go a step further and capture both the online and offline worlds with its cognitive computing platform.

Greyhound Radio with Alok Ohrie, Dell India

Catch Alok Ohrie, President and Managing Director, Dell India, in a conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on Greyhound Research’s knowledge sharing series #ONTrigger.

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ONTrigger with Alok Ohrie, Dell India

Catch Alok Ohrie, President and Managing Director, Dell India, in a conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on Greyhound Research’s knowledge sharing series #ONTrigger.

Don’t have enough bandwidth to stream a video? No worries! Hear the conversation as a podcast on #GreyhoundRadio. Click on the icon on the right.  music blue

Microsoft to help Karnataka SMBs use Cloud Computing

Global software major Microsoft said on Thursday it is partnering with Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) to help about 200,000 small and medium businesses (SMBs) across the state use cloud computing to spur their revenue growth.

Safe And Ready For Any, Say VMware Execs

Ever since Dell announced its plans of $67 billion acquisition EMC, making it the largest tech mergers of all time – tech enthusiasts and analysts have gone wild predicting how Dell will integrate EMC into its current offerings. One of the most discussed part of the Dell-EMC merger is VMware’s fate. While, some believe Dell’s biggest gain in the deal is VMware, the independent public company acquired by EMC, several others (including heads of some rival companies) opine would Dell destroy VMware.

FISME and Microsoft to enable more than 10,000 SMBs for cloud adoption – CIO India

Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), an apex industry body, and Microsoft have come together to enable more than 10,000 micro, small and medium businesses across the country to adopt information technology and cloud computing. This will help them to connect better with their existing customers and reach out to potential customers across India.

Blackstone buys Serco BPO operations for £250 million

Private equity firm Blackstone has acquired a majority stake in Serco’s BPO operations for £250 million (₹2,558 crore). This is the largest such deal for Blackstone in India. The sale does not include the UK business of Serco Global Services, which will be divested later.

The deal is expected to bring back some action in the Indian BPO market, which has not seen any major consolidation in the recent past. According to Nasscom, revenue from the Indian IT-BPM industry stood at $146 billion last year, growing 13 per cent last year and commanding a 55 per cent global sourcing share. The domestic market itself is rapidly growing with business coming from e-commerce companies and start-ups.

#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.

The Business Case for Virtual CISOs

Can’t Afford to Hire a Full-Time CISO? Then Rent One

Challenged by rising cybersecurity threats and a deficit of qualified security leaders, many organizations are now opting for “CISO as a service” – virtual CISOs who will step in and provide critical strategic leadership. In some cases, the virtual CISOs are short-term to fill a tactical need. Other times they sign long-term contracts to, say, develop a security road map for an organization. Whatever the end goal, for organizations that cannot find or afford a full-time CISO, the virtual leader fills a vital security gap.

The Business Case for Virtual CISOs – Bank Info Security

Can’t Afford to Hire a Full-Time CISO? Then Rent One

Challenged by rising cybersecurity threats and a deficit of qualified security leaders, many organizations are now opting for “CISO as a service” – virtual CISOs who will step in and provide critical strategic leadership. In some cases, the virtual CISOs are short-term to fill a tactical need. Other times they sign long-term contracts to, say, develop a security road map for an organization. Whatever the end goal, for organizations that cannot find or afford a full-time CISO, the virtual leader fills a vital security gap.

Renewable Energy: It’s Not Just About Cost Savings

With enhanced technological advances and constantly depleting natural resources, there is an increasing need for companies to factor in alternative energy resources while not just devising new industry solutions, but also in planning organization’s sustainable future. Enterprises are now seeing the need to reduce carbon footprint and cut down energy costs to improve productivity and efficiency, but beyond that, it is essential for them to explore the opportunities in implementing renewable energy solutions.

Mr Prime Minister, have you considered these challenges?

Last Friday, PM Narendra Modi took the entire country by storm when he articulated his thoughts for a digital India. As the euphoria subsides, we ask very pertinent questions to Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research, about the hurdles that may hamper the PM’s dream. While Gogia very candidly points out the roadblocks, he also throws light on the opportunities that the telecom and the IT industry can leverage. Edited excerpts from an interview.

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.

30 per cent of PC users don’t own a computer

A research commissioned by Dell India and conducted by research firm Greyhound Research has revealed that only 70 per cent of India’s PC users actually own one.

30 per cent of PC users don't own a computer

A research commissioned by Dell India and conducted by research firm Greyhound Research has revealed that only 70 per cent of India’s PC users actually own one.

Urban kids want tablets, rural kids prefer PCs

The majority of children in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities in India want tablets for their personal use, while kids in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities aspire for PCs (desktops/laptops), according to a study conducted by Greyhound Research for Dell India on 6,000 people from 40 cities.

LIC gearing up to give tough fight to private insurers. Know how

Time is ripe for Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to go for a technology upgradation plan! To compete with private players, the state-run insurer will rely on technology upgradation. This includes handling documents, speed up policy writing, setting up of a call centre and purchase of iPads, as revealed in an Economic Times report.

LIC upgrading technology to compete with private sector

State-run Life Insurance Corporation of India is upgrading its technology to compete better with the private sector. The country’s largest insurer has issued tenders for upgrade of its system to handle documents and speed up policy writing, creation of acall centre than can handle queries in multiple languages, and purchase of iPads for mobility solutions.

What Indian CIOs make of outsourcing price wars?

If you were to come up an apt phrase to describe the outsourcing market, what would it be? Not too tough a guessing game! But just in case you haven’t been able to guess it right, don’t cudgel your brains. The answer is pretty straight forward.

India manufacturers lag the world in using IT and leveraging engineering talent

We live in an experience economy. That calls for products which not only work but are designed exceptionally well. Are Indian manufacturers geared for this paradigm? We chatted with Chandan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Dassault Systemes India, and Sanchit Vir Gogia, CEO of Greyhound Research.

Amazon’s $5 billion cloud saga: What’s in it for India

Amazon amazed everyone by breaking out financial details of its secretive cloud computing business. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, during first quarter earnings call, revealed that Amazon Web Services is “a $5 billion business and its growth is accelerating.” For the quarter, the e-commerce giant logged $1.57 billion in revenue, up almost 50 percent. AWS – which is Amazon’s cloud unit – accounts for about 7 percent of the company’s total revenue.

Analysts sceptical about Infy meeting targets

While the vision laid out by CEO Vishal Sikka for Infosys has been applauded, analysts are not convinced whether the company can achieve the set targets as it’s still in a transition phase given the changing dynamics in outsourcing.

With $120 Mn Kallidus Inc Buy, Infosys Invokes The ‘Cloud Messenger’

Infosys on Friday announced the acquisition of Kallidus Inc, a US-based e-commerce tech solutions firm, in an all-cash, $120-million deal. The IT major also announced a minority stake buy in another US startup, Airviz, for $2 million. This is the second acquisition by Infosys in the last eight months since Vishal Sikka took over as CEO. The $200-million Panaya acquisition was the last.

Healthcare ERP Software Key To Competitive Strength

The healthcare IT environment has traditionally focused strengthening patient care with clinical technologies, improving communications between professionals and cutting down on silos and inefficiencies in databases across functions within the practice.

Analyst Perspective On Capgemini Acquisition Of IGATE Corp: Sanchit Vir Gogia

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Following IGATE’s acquisition of Capgemini, Greyhound Research’s Sanchit Vir Gogia, said that while the deal is good, it is on the expensive side.

Capgemini To Become No. 3 MNC IT Employer In India

The Capgemini-IGATE merger will make the French company a leading employer of Indian engineers, thereby enabling it to better compete with domestic vendors for price-sensitive IT engagements, industry insiders feel.

Capgemini – IGATE Corp Deal: More MAs In India, Scramble For Clients In The Offing

Capgemini’s $4 billion offer to acquire iGATE–the largest buyout of an India-related IT services firm–could well be a harbinger of a clutch of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals involving mid-size firms, say industry watchers.

NetNeutrality: Will Telcos Thrive On Ambiguity?

There have been raging debates on net neutrality in recent weeks from Airtel’s Zero to Facebook’s Internet.org and anything that’s coming on the way to block the Web. Those debating are either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the topic. However, Net neutrality is not as simple as that, believe experts. There needs to be greater clarity in the process.

Results Of Infosys And HCL Tech Indicate That Strategic Outsourcing Is Dying A Natural Death

From the results of two big IT service providers, namely HCL Technologies and Infosys, it is clear that Strategic Outsourcing (SO) is dying a natural death, believes Greyhound Research.

With $120 Mn Kallidus Inc Buy, Infosys Invokes The ‘Cloud Messenger’

Infosys on Friday announced the acquisition of Kallidus Inc, a US-based e-commerce tech solutions firm, in an all-cash, $120-million deal. The IT major also announced a minority stake buy in another US startup, Airviz, for $2 million. This is the second acquisition by Infosys in the last eight months since Vishal Sikka took over as CEO. The $200-million Panaya acquisition was the last.

Infosys: Analysts Bullish On The Path CEO Vishal Sikka Is Taking

The disappointing results Infosys has posted raise concerns in the near term, but industry watchers are bullish about the path laid out by Chief Executive Vishal Sikka. During the results, Infosys announced two developments — an acquisition and an investment in a start-up — that have got thumbs up from analysts.

HCL Tech Net Misses Estimates, Sinks 12% In March Quarter

HCL Technologies recorded a 12% drop in net profit sequentially for the March quarter, missing street estimates as cross-currency movements impacted earnings adversely. The IT major’s net profit during the period stood at Rs 1,683 crore, while it also disappointed on revenue growth which remained flat sequentially.

HCL Tech Profit Up 3.6% In Q3

HCL Technologies has reported a consolidated net profit of 1,683 crore during the third quarter ended March 31, up 3.6 per cent against 1,624 crore in the corresponding period last year. Led by geographical growth in both Europe and the US, and vertical growth such as in financial, public services, and retail and consumer packaged goods, the company’s revenue also grew year-on-year.

HCL Tech Profit Up 3.6% In Q3

HCL Technologies has reported a consolidated net profit of 1,683 crore during the third quarter ended March 31, up 3.6 per cent against 1,624 crore in the corresponding period last year. Led by geographical growth in both Europe and the US, and vertical growth such as in financial, public services, and retail and consumer packaged goods, the company’s revenue also grew year-on-year.