Nokia 2.0: Connecting People, Yet Again

A smooth and updated android experience, an upgradable customer segment and design is what HMD Global is focussed on to bring the Nokia name firmly in the spotlight for smartphones.

Quikr Plans To Deliver Groceries At Your Doorstep

Online classifieds platform Quikr plans to roll out an on-demand delivery service, taking on the likes of Swiggy, BigBasket and Amazon Now.

Indian Businesses Onboard Facebook Messenger Setting Up Rivalry With Whatsapp

Businesses in India such as BigBasket, Swiggy and HouseJoy are quietly signing up for a Facebook feature that allows them to target, connect, and transact with customers on Messenger, the social media giant’s instant messaging platform.

The Private Labels Flywheel Starts Turning At Amazon India, To Be 25% Of Sales

It is every large format retailer’s wet dream to own brands, also called private labels. These in-house brands not only make a healthy contribution to the bottomline, they also help with service unmet market needs and plan inventories. The vagaries of the market are no different for Amazon.

E-Comm Race: The Clock Is Ticking For Flipkart

As another festival season gets over, Flipkart could be running out of time to stay ahead of the race as another round of deep discounting may have hurt the e-tailer more than Amazon, which has access to unlimited resources at its command unlike its cross-country rival.

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.

Festival Season Sales: E-commerce Is Battling Note Ban, GST Blues; Paytm Mall May Just Muddy The Waters More

For Indian e-commerce firms, already struggling to shrug off the ill-effects of demonetisation and goods and services tax, this festival season is likely to be crucial. What has made the situation all the more tricky is the entrance of a new deep-pocketed player, Paytm Mall.

To Communicate Empathy, IT Companies Must Let The Actions Do The Talking

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.

About Time Technology Executives Stop Drinking The Marketing Kool-Aid

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.

Vodafone May Extend IBM Contract To Cover Idea Too 

Vodafone has begun an exercise to extend its outsourcing contract with IBM to cover Idea Cellular as well, besides kicking off work to streamline and standardise all its own IT processes ahead of the proposed $23-billion merger between the phone companies.

Will Flipkart’s ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Feature Emulate The Magic Of Cash On Delivery?

India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart has a knack for springing surprises with bold, audacious moves. The e-tailer has taken another leap of faith with a ‘buy now, pay later’ option.

Can a former OYO Rooms executive build a rival hotel aggregator that lasts?

Much before she was caught by the entrepreneurial bug, Ankita Sheth had already plunged into the world of startups. As the head of acquisitions at OYO Rooms, the SoftBank-backed hotel aggregator, she had helped its founder, Ritesh Agarwal, build up the company’s business, connecting customers with available hotel rooms across India.

Sanchit Vir Gogia & Anshoo Nandwaani on GSMA AMO Awards 2017 Judging Panel

Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and CEO Greyhound Research & Anshoo Nandwaani, VP and Principal Analyst, Greyhound Research are part of the esteemed judging panel of GSMA Asia Mobile Awards 2017 or AMO Awards 2017.

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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Greyhound Radio: Bringing Digital Transformation Home

Below is the replay of a recent Panel Discussion led by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Bringing Digital Transformation Home at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

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Greyhound TV: Bringing Digital Transformation Home

Below is the replay of a recent Panel Discussion led by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Bringing Digital Transformation Home at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

Watch the video here.

Future-Proof Your Brand For 2017 And Beyond

As 2016 winds down and we enter holiday mode, it’s time to start thinking of the 2017 work year. Here’s why you need to use your down time to put plans into place to upskill your employees and stay ahead of the pack.

Keynote: Who Owns Digital Transformation?

Below are excerpts of a recent Keynote by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Who Owns Digital Transformation?

Tweet-Up on Digital Transformation

Join Greyhound Research (@Greyhound_R) and Sanchit Vir Gogia (@s_v_g) along with other esteemed panelists for a tweet-up on #DigitalTransformation.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2016. 2:00 PM (IST) onwards

WHERE: Twitter.com or your fav Twitter app, using #DigitalTransformation

Omega Healthcare Bets On Trump Presidency To Bring Growth, Offshoring

India’s large outsourcing firms may be hesitant to give a verdict on policies of President-Elect Donald Trump when he gets into office, thanks to his anti-immigration and anti-outsourcing rhetoric that helped him win elections. But Gopi Natarajan, chief executive of Omega Healthcare is betting on Trump’s policies would increase outsourcing and offshoring to countries such as India.

SAP Launches Solution To Help Firms Make Real-Time Decisions

SAP has launched new technology solution for corporates, which gives analytical information to C-suite executives that can help make decisions in real time. Taking the help of Amazon’s Alexa, a voice service that helps humans interact with machines, the solution has been christened “Digital Boardroom”.

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.

Facebook Updates Its Profile Page For India

On July 12, a day after joining Facebook, Umang Bedi met Sanjiv Mehta, chairman of Hindustan Unilever (HUL). HUL is the highest spender in advertising, in India, and Facebook lives on advertising dollars. As the new managing director of the California-headquartered social networking giant’s India operations, Bedi’s meeting with Mehta wasn’t just a casual catch-up.

WhatsApp Wants To Be A Business Platform

Allowing video calls on WhatsApp, which is otherwise a simple messaging app owned by Facebook, was the last big feature launched before it starts making money.

Wyde Pitches For The Trillion-Dollar Insurance Market

While it may not be one of those typical posh offices in Manhattan’s Park Avenue, the office of Wyde.com is nonetheless upscale for a small technology business. At building No. 460, Rajesh Makhija, CEO of the $50-million software product SMB, lays out Wyde’s plans for reinventing legacy solutions for the mobile era.

Tata Elxsi Plans To Drive Growth Through Acquisitions

Engineering and industrial design services provider Tata Elxsi, a Tata Group company, plans to buy smaller companies in areas such automotive, media and healthcare, helping it grow business faster. The over Rs1,000 crore company has built capabilities to provide niche automotive design services for driver-less cars and telematics for connected cars.

Salesforce Plans To Add 5 Lakh Jobs In Four Years

With increasing digitisation in India, cloud computing technology provider Salesforce along with its partners plan to add 5 lakh jobs by 2020.

Leading With Digital – Why This Transformation Matters For Traditional Orgs and Its CXOs

In today’s time, while leading with Digital is evident, who owns this transformation still remains a bone of contention. This journey needs to be co-owned by those who will be impacted first – the CXOs. Having said that, the starting point of this journey is an understanding of why this matters to CXOs.

How It Made Itself Indian: The Amazing Rise Of Amazon In The Country

“This is just the beginning… we are building the most customer-centric company based on a large selection, low prices and fast delivery,” says Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India.

Ankur Warikoo Working On A New Script For Nearbuy

An old lady runs through the narrow corridors of a slum, chasing two thieves, who had apparently robbed her bag. Twenty seconds into the chase, the old lady grabs them and hits them on to the ground. The video ends with a message – “Karate classes for just Rs 149.” This was the advertisement of Groupon India, the Indian subsidiary of US-based ecommerce marketplace Groupon Inc, in 2013.

Want To Buy Property In Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, More; Soon, Try Amazon.in

Want to buy property in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Gurgaon and more? Read on. Amazon, last year did two online property events to advertise their property. One with Tata Housing and the other one with Magic Bricks. Housing.com, Magic Bricks and 99acres are the main curators of properties and Amazon might be on its way to become the first broad based e-commerce firm to enter the business.

After Roti and Kapda, Amazon Bets On Makaan

Jeff Bezos-led Amazon, which is breathing down Flipkart’s neck in India, is likely to soon list houses and apartments, or run promotional campaigns to generate leads for real estate firms, a top company source said.

The company may take a nominal booking amount (like it does in case of automobiles) to begin with, the source added. “It is too early to give out exact details.”

Firms Relying On Digital Transformation To Counter Disruption In Ecosystem: Survey

Disruption appears to be the new norm in India, with over 90 per cent of enterprises stating they have experienced disruption, and another 26 per cent unaware of how their industry would look three years down the line, according to a new survey.

‘Prime’ Isn’t Just For Faster Deliveries, It Has Got More In Store, Says Amazon

Amazon is encouraging customers to sign-up on Prime, its premium membership service, which is essentially the US-based e-commerce giant’s biggest loyalty program. And the hook is faster deliveries.