To Reach India’s Small Businesses, Microsoft Bets on a Big, Blue Bus

Imagine the struggle a large technology company faces in India. You want to cater to the millions of mom and pop stores in the country, but they are happy offline. As companies scramble for ways to bridge the gap, Microsoft may have found something – to get people onto the information highway, it’s hitting the highway itself.

Microsoft Lesson For Indian Cos

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.

Future Of Work Is Not In The Four Walls Of An Office

Workplace dynamics are changing rapidly and organisations are keen to modernise their approach to both, the workplace and the workforce. We at Greyhound Knowledge Group are of the firm belief that the confluence of powerful devices, modern applications and intelligent networks have replaced the Knowledge Worker with the Connected Worker. This in turn is fuelling the Gig Economy. Per our estimates at Greyhound Knowledge Group, nearly 30% of the workforce across the globe will in some form or shape participate in the gig economy by 2020.

Is Microsoft’s Update To Surface Pro Enough To Move The Needle?

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Top CHRO Priority For 2017 – Getting HR Analytics Right

Since the beginning of 2017, I have addressed till date in excess of 100 CHRO enquiries from across the globe – ranging from the west coast of the US to the east coast of Australia and everything in between. One recurrent theme which stands out from all of these enquiries is the growing need for HR Analytics & richer, timely, actionable reports.

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…

Google Bets Big On AI, Machine Learning To Crack The Cloud

Google is betting big on its dominance in machine learning and artificial intelligence to break into the cloud market.

Suspension On Expedited H-1B Visa To Affect IT Cos

US’ decision to temporarily suspend the expedited premium processing of H-1B visas will lead to process delays for  IT firms too.

Donald Trump’s H-1B Visa Restrictions Will Not Be A Deterrent For IT Sector; Here’s Why

Despite the impending dark overtones cast on India’s IT sector, the reality on the ground is far from anything bleak. Irrespective of the announcements from US president Donald Trump, Brexit concerns and the slowing global economy, the IT sector seems to have factored the low spell and will be only marginally impacted. The sector will likely grow 8-9 percent in FY2017E and could grow at same pace or accelerate in FY2018, according to a technology report from Kotak Instituitional Equities released a week ago.

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…

Whilst Transforming Clients, IBM India Must Also Transform Within

On January 4, 2017, IBM India named Karan Bajwa as the new Managing Director. He takes over the reigns from Vanitha Narayanan, who has now been appointed as the Chairman. Per the announcement, this change is effective immediately; both Karan and Vanitha will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific.

At Greyhound Research we believe while the company is in great hands with both Karan and Vanitha at the helm, significant challenges lie ahead for them and the broader management team at IBM India. Here’s why.

Tough 2016 For IT, Tougher Year Ahead

For India’s export-focused software services sector, 2016 was a tough battle. The information technology (IT) sector had to reduce growth numbers for only the second time in a decade, the first being after a US  recession triggered by the Lehman Brothers collapse. This time, they faced challenges due to automation and shifting investments in digital, the UK’s exit from the European Union and an unexpected victory for Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

IT Companies Will Have To Prove Their Digital Narrative In 2017

Winter has set in, and yet, the biting icy winds do not stop New Yorkers from getting to work. At Liberty Street, inside the Times Inc. office, there are a couple of financial service providers and media companies talking about digital transformation.

It’s No Holds Barred In The Video Chat War

Last week, the world’s most used instant messaging service WhatsApp added a new feature to its already popular platform. The Facebook-owned company launched a video calling facility which allows users to see others while talking. Just a few months earlier in August, Internet giant Google launched its brand new video calling app called Duo. A month later in September, Reliance Jio went commercial with its telecom services bundling free access to its video calling application JioChat.

Andromeda OS: Google To Bet On Mix Of Chrome, Android To Beat Apple

Google just turned 18 and like any adult it wants its rivals to take it seriously.

Enter Andromeda OS – another tool that the Mountain View-headquartered company is expected to unveil in the next 24 hours that it claims comprises of the best of Google’s two operating systems (OSes) — Chrome and Android.

Google, Microsoft, Apple & IBM Battle It Out In India Enterprise Space

India is all set to become a battleground as Google is gearing up to take on Microsoft and IBM as the California headquartered search giant is eyeing a piece of the lucrative enterprise business.

Google To Launch First Data Centre In Mumbai To Take On Microsoft, Amazon

Google Inc. is trying to bridge the gap with rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud marketplace in India by announcing that it plans to set up its first data centre in Mumbai by 2017—a strategy that will help the company cater to a larger number of Indian developers and enterprise customers.

MNCs Put Indian Data Centres On Cloud Nine

In a move that should worry local providers, large multinationals, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and IBM, have announced the launch of data centre facilities in India over the last year to capture the thriving local cloud computing demand.

Traditional ERP Companies Getting Into Real Time Analytics

Traditional ERP companies are beginning to offer real-time analytics, with an intent to help companies leverage data even on mobile phones. Traditionally, ERP systems have always been focussed on records and not enough emphasis was on the value of the information consisting in those records.

What Does Microsoft PowerShell’s Availability On Linux Means To Enterprises And CIOs?

Overall, the global software developer community and enterprises have given a positive response to Microsoft’s recent move to make its automation and scripting platform PowerShell available to Open source software Linux including Ubuntu, Centos, Red Hat and Mac OS X platforms.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

India Plays Hard To Get As Zuckerberg , Tim Cook, Jack Ma, Nadella Come Calling

Tim Cook started his India tour with an obeisance to Lord Ganesha, the favourite deity of those in trouble, at Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple. Cook did not put all his faith in religion alone, he also leaned on India’s other obsessions. The same day, he met the crew of Azhar, a movie loosely based on — talking of obsessions — the life of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.

Mobility Cloud to define the future of Computing

Building new types of computers, constructing an intelligent cloud and helping companies increase productivity are the three “interlocking ambitions” he wants Microsoft Corp. to pursue “boldly”, CEO Satya Nadella said in a conversation on Thursday.

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.

Your Personal-Cum-Fitness Assistant Now On Your Wrist Microsoft Band 2

Unveiled on 6 October 2015, Microsoft Band 2 is the second generation of smart fitness wearable Microsoft Band released last year. From a pure visual perspective, the new band has an improved design with a silver metallic finish instead of plastic in the earlier version. Thanks to Band 2’s curved AMOLED display, which comes covered with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, the new band fits the natural curve of your wrist more comfortably. As per Microsoft’s official blog, they have paid heed to feedback from customers to deliver a comfortable band.

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.

FISME Microsoft to enable more than 10000 Indian SMBs to adopt cloud by 2016 – Dataquest 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 Enterprises 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.