Conversations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) range from the extremely progressive views on the possibilities it offers to the other side of the spectrum where the chatter is all humdrum and the fear of losing jobs to machines overtakes everything else. Well, the fact is, both perspectives are right and matter equally.
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.
Blame it on the drive common in rich men. Like Elon Musk, a man he idolises, Bhavin Turakhia believes one way to beat the competition is by running harder.
On June 20, 2017 Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Sydney.
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On June 20, 2017 Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Sydney. Per the company, this is their first GCP region in Australia and the fourth in Asia Pacific. This announcement comes in close heels of the company’s recently launched region in Singapore and an upcoming launch in Mumbai, India.
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.
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…
While the startup ecosystem is struggling to keep afloat as funds are drying up, here is another story — of a founder who believes that his company can take on global rivals, and even go global.
Google is betting big on its dominance in machine learning and artificial intelligence to break into the cloud market.
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.
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”.
Amidst increasing scrutiny from investors because of falling revenue growth, micro-blogging platform Twitter has shut its Bengaluru development centre.
The exit of Sanjay Purohit, the seventh key executive to quit Infosys, shows the challenges its first non-founder chief executive Vishal Sikka is facing. Sikka, a former board member at business software company SAP AG, has been trying to push the Indian IT services firm to shift its business model from a people-dependent one to higher productive mix of software and people.
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.
In today’s digital world, bots are beginning to play an increasingly critical role by helping automate processes among other things.
At Greyhound Research we are of the firm belief that while automation and efficiency are clear outcomes of using bots, the resulting experience and engagement outcomes from the use of bots are significant. However, while much research has been done about using bots to improve customer engagement, the use cases of bots to help improve workforce productivity remains largely an unexplored territory.
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.
Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) are starting to pilot the use of bots in HR-related functions.
In a recent research note we highlighted a key trend about Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) piloting and implementing Workforce Empowerment Systems (WES) to win the war for talent. This trend was noted in our recent Greyhound Research study titled Global CHRO Priorities 2016, where we spoke to 750+ CHROs from across the globe.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
Need for HR analytics and in-depth timely reports is starting to drive enterprises to modernise existing or adopt new HR-related solutions.
On 7 April 2016, as part of the Greyhound Research Analyst team, we had the opportunity to attend the Oracle CloudWorld 2016 in Mumbai, India. At the event we met some of Oracle’s global executives who highlighted the growing demand for MobileFirst, CloudFirst business applications.
It’s not often that one comes across a young, new-age Research & Advisory firm which does not believe in pay-to-play, but dares to say things as they are.
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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.
There is a change brewing in Infosys. Under Vishal Sikka’s direction there are a few things that are already presenting themselves as fresh and innovative. But can Infosys become the pioneer of automation without losing its tag as a great employer and a stellar stock marker performer. Look at the incremental changes, like the acquisition of Skava and Panaya, that are happening, within the company, to understand why Sikka wants to brand Infosys as a digital company without frightening investors and employees. There are several challenges along the way especially when he quotes the late professor Mashelkar famous words “do more with less for more.”
While Business Intelligence (BI) is fast becoming a top priority for most businesses, achieving Return on Investment (RoI) through BI implementation still remains a big challenge for CIOs. Though many CIOs plan to invest in BI going forward, most of them fear BI failure. It’s interesting to note that BI is just a reporting tool for most of these CIOs. Now business intelligence is good, but there needs to be a solid business case for such deployments to avoid risk of BI failure. A case in point is that the large number of BI projects that go over-budget due to failure to meet timelines.
Tata Consultancy Services has recorded a 30.7 per cent fall in net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2015, by a one-off bonus paid to employees, cross currency-movements and overall weakness in key sectors.