IBM Wins $750-million Vodafone India Contract

Vodafone India has renewed its IT outsourcing contract with IBM for another five years. The companies did not disclose the contract value.

Below are excerpts from a Greyhound Research Freemium Research Note. The complete Research Note is available here.

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent.

Will LinkedIn be another failed acquisition for Microsoft?

In its 41 years history, Microsoft has acquired several companies but the biggest success was none other than Hotmail, which was bought from Sabeer Bhatia for $500 million in 1997. However, a repeat of Hotmail is something that Microsoft hasn’t been able to achieve in the last 19 years despite making several deals worth over a billion dollar each.

What Does Microsoft Stand to Gain From its $26.2 Billion Acquisition of LinkedIn?

Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant’s largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site?

Why Microsoft Acquired LinkedIn? It’s All About User Insights!

On June 13, 2016 Microsoft announced the agreement to acquire LinkedIn for USD 26.2 billion. Important to note that this is the first big deal under Satya Nadella’s leadership and LinkedIn will continue to operate as an independent company. Albeit this (in theory) will allow more room for innovation, let’s put this announcement in perspective:

Users will get to organise their information better

The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft will help the duo assist client companies, and even individuals in the personal lives, to organise information and orchestrate their functions better.

Microsoft To Acquire LinkedIn For $26.2 Bn

Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in a deal that will combine the world’s biggest software maker with the largest global online network of professionals.

Microsoft Looking For New Source Of Revenue

By acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft is looking at further strengthening its business from corporates in India and social networking play, an area in which it lags behind Facebook. Analysts feel that Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes as one of the three segments that could get a shot in the arm with the LinkedIn buy.

Is Microsoft truly changing under Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp, is landing in the country on Monday at a time when his company is “streamlining” its troubled global smartphone hardware business even as the growth of India’s smartphone business is accelerating.

Dell EMC deal great on the books but not for the cooks

Computer maker Dell stirred up quite a storm in the IT industry by snapping up storage juggernaut EMC for a whopping $67 billion. The mother of all deal will have a significant impact on the enterprise technology landscape in the years to come.

The India market at this point of time is opportune for a Dell-EMC deal to take place considering India is still a host to a large number of organisations who are yet to shift workloads to the cloud. The deal would put the merged entity in a sweet spot as it would be providing end-to-end infrastructure in terms of both devices and storage. And the CIO community in India is closely watching the movements on the Dell-EMC merger.

EMC buy will help Dell turn $3 Bn company in 2 years

Dell’s announcement to buy enterprise storage maker EMC for $67 billion could boost the world’s second largest PC maker’s pace of growth in the Indian market, analysts said.

With revenue of over $2 billion from India in the last fiscal, Dell is the fastest growing company among its peers. It expects to cross $3 billion over the next two years, which until yesterday could be seen as an ambitious target but not so much anymore.

Dell-EMC deal driven by Big Data storage, Digital

Not everyone is excited about a multi-billion dollar merger between two seemingly traditional companies that sell hardware, storage and information technology (IT) services to other companies, especially in a new-age world of social, mobility, analytics and cloud (SMAC), Internet of Things (IoT), e-commerce, social networking, 3D printing and drones.

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.

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.

Catch Sanchit Vir Gogia as a Keynote Speaker VMware Channel Partner meet

Catch our Chief Analyst & CEO, Sanchit Vir Gogia delivering a Key note on End User Computing and Mobility at VMware India Channel Partner Meet.

Eyeing The Smart City Pie

A smart city is definitely much more than the ICT deployed in it but at the same time there is no doubt that it is the ICT solutions that go into making of the city and turning it smart for its citizens making it livable. According to the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the level of urbanization will reach 50 percent in India by 2039 from the current 31%. The government-led smart city initiatives will buttress IT companies to grow in the region, underpinned by intelligent networks.

Top Trends Influencing Healthcare IT In 2015

The healthcare landscape is undergoing substantial changes as systems are being driven by rapid advances in mobile platforms, health information technology, and social media.

#GreyhoundInMedia: Web-based converged infrastructure co Nutanix (@nutanix) to enter Indian market #Press @Business_Line_

Nutanix, a Web-based converged infrastructure company, has announced its entry into the Indian market and plans to build a team of skilled engineers in Bangalore. As a part of its go-to-market strategy, Nutanix will also look at partnering with system integrators such as Infosys in virtualisation, storage and servers, providing outreach to small, medium and large enterprises across the country, the company said in a statement.

Tackling Threats In A Virtual Environment

Cloud based storage and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure(VDI) are the terms which do not require any introduction in the IT world as both the technologies have emerged as a hot cake for the industry with almost every major IT giant betting big to bank on these solutions. According to Research And Markets, a global market research firm, the global VDI market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.51 percent over the period of 2014-18 with the need of remote access interfaces fueling up the demand.

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.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Microsoft Looks To Get Its Mojo Back

Rahul Banerjee, vice-president of sales and marketing in a leading consumer goods company, is a road warrior. He spends almost 20 days a month visiting various cities. Earlier, on his trips, he routinely packed his laptop, his iPad and a smartphone along with clothes and other essentials. Now, he has ditched the iPad and his old laptop, as his office has given him a new HP Envy X2 — a Windows 8 hybrid. “I detach the front portion and it is a tablet. I snap on the keyboard and it becomes a full laptop. And it has 128 GB of SSD storage, double that of my iPad 4,” he says.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the #cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

Identity management: how the cloud can help your business

The risk of attack is increasing, but few small to midsize businesses are taking the basic measures needed to prevent it. The costs incurred from a compromise are vast; damaged systems and software must be replaced – and that’s on top of the legal and PR costs.

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Chopping away Cloud bills

Although cost saving is one of the key drivers for the trending success of cloud computing, cloud deployments do not always and necessarily mean saving costs; nor does the cloud mean that a company can perpetually go on saving with it.

To charge or not to charge?

The pressure to expand IT infrastructure coupled with the need to minimise costs has heightened the demand for chargeback systems. If done well, a chargeback mechanism allows IT costs to scale up or down based on demand and usage, say analysts. But how can an organisation devise an effective chargeback plan given the range of variables associated with it? Also, doesn’t the theory of chargeback challenge the raison d’être of the firm – they exist to limit thetransaction costs that one would otherwise incur while dealing with a range of outside service providers (Ronald Harry Coase, The Nature of the Firm, 1937)?