Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Over 240 IT, BT, Startups Delegates from 20 Countries to Converge at Bengaluru Tech Summit from November 18-20, 2019

Indian subcontinent's largest innovation and technology summit - Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019 (BTS) is scheduled to kick-start at Bengaluru Palace in Bengaluru between November 18 to 20, 2019. First time ever, 200 delegates from the fields of information technology, biotechnology, startups, researchers, academia and students from 20 countries will all converge under one roof. The organizers held a curtain raiser on Tuesday.

Among those who were present include: Karnataka State Deputy CM Ashwath Narayan; Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co founder of Infosys; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD of Biocon; Vijay Chandru, Exec Chairman, Strand Life Sciences; E.V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Karnataka; Jitendra Chaddah, Senior Director, Intel India; Prasanth Prakash, Partner of Accel Partners; and Prasant Kumar Mishra, Director, Dept of IT&BT, Science and Technology, Govt of Karnataka. 

The three day event is a celebration of innovation, which provides a platform for discussion and deliberation to encourage disruptive technologies, will include four-track sessions: Smart IT, Smart BIO, Global innovation alliances, and Impact.

The summit will also feature multi-track conferences, an International Exhibition, Global Innovation Alliances, RoboRecharge, Bengaluru Tech Exchange, Show Stopping Product Launches, Makers' Zone and Bio-Posters.

Some of the highlights of the summit would include Rural IT Quiz, BT Quiz, Thought Leaders Conclave and daily award ceremonies for STPI IT Export Awards, Smart Bio Awards, and Bengaluru Impact Awards.

The summit will be conducted under the able guidance of the 'Vision Group' consisting of senior industry captains across verticals. Registrations can be done at www.bengalurutechsummit.com.

The summit will witness deliberations covering important topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Impact of Blockchain, Impact of IoT, Cyber Security, Space and Drone Revolutions, Electric Vehicles, 5G, Genomics, Trends in Agriculture, Smart Therapeutics, Biotherapeutics, Smart Immunologics in Cancer Care and Intelligent Systems and Trends in Agriculture, to name a few.

The conference will have more than 250 experts addressing over 3500 delegates and around 300 exhibitors who will showcase their services, products and technologies to more than 11000 visitors.

The summit is expected to have an excellent gathering of the world's most influential leaders, innovators, industry captains, research heads, policy makers and start-ups from India and leading countries like Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania and Estonia.

"This event reiterates the Government of India's push to empower start-ups, innovators and entrepreneurs through various initiatives and policies. The Government of Karnataka invites start-ups, companies, VC's and students from across the country to participate at the upcoming Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019 as it is a strategic platform for industries worldwide to understand and leverage the latest innovations and technologies and the impact they have on our businesses and daily lives. With the booming start-up ecosystem in India, the summit will be an ideal platform for start-ups and innovators to showcase their innovations to Governments, delegations and industries from at least 19 countries from around the world. The summit will bring together thought leaders, technocrats, researchers, innovators, investors and policy makers from across the world. It will focus on latest ideas in emerging technologies with innovations in IT, Electronics, Animation and Biotechnology including Internet of Things, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Intelligence, Predictive Medicines, Gene editing, Biomedical Innovation, and lot more", said Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka and Minister for Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology.

"The Bengaluru Tech Summit is a perfect platform to showcase innovation and discuss new technologies. Our vision is to transform the country's economy through innovation which is the focus of the summit. Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019 will have eminent personalities deliberating on thought leadership, innovators presenting path breaking ideas while expert speakers will give insights into the latest industry trends and future opportunities. We are expecting participation from across the country. In order to ensure effective IT penetration throughout the state, we are also organizing a Rural IT Quiz, a Biotechnology Quiz with focus on innovation. Bengaluru Tech Summit is basically a platform that encourages innovation in disruptive technologies", said Dr Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology.

"The Biotechnology sector has significantly enhanced the growth of India's global profile. 'India Bio' at the Bengaluru Tech Summit, will showcase new innovations and impactful progress in the growth trajectory of the industry through an aptly chosen theme, 'Innovation & Impact 2.0'. The India Bio events has been a strategic platform for industries, technologies and academia to understand and leverage the latest technological innovations for a smarter tomorrow", added Dr Ashwath Narayan.

The summit will be addressed by over 250 eminent speakers across Government, industries and academia including Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yediyurappa, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr Ashwathnarayan CN, Kris Gopalakrishna, Chairman - Vision Group on Information Technology, Govt of Karnataka, Co-founder & Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys, Dr Kiran Mazumdar, Chairperson - Vision Group on BT, Government of Karnataka; Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Ltd, Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital and Manipal Global Education, Nigel Adams, MP, Minister of State for Sport, Media and Creative Industries, UK, Umarov Olimjon Mukhammadjonovich, Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India, Prof Bharadwaj Amrutur, IISc, Bangalore, Prof S Sadagopan, IITB, Dr SR Rao, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India & Chairman of FSSAI Scientific Panel on GM Foods, Dr Suman Chakraborthy, Head of School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT, Kharagpur, Dr Yogesh S Shouche, National Centre for Microbial Resource at the National Centre for Cell Science, Ishita Shively, Apollo Research Innovations, R Ramanan, Atal Innovation Mission, Dr Sriram Rajamani, Microsoft Research India Lab, Ramkumar Narayanan, VMware India, Rajeev Rastogi, Amazon, Sandeep Arora, Cisco, Sreeram Ananthasayanam, PWC, Manu Saale, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India, Sanjay Anandaram, iSpirt, Rajesh Jeyapal, IBM Digital Labs, Deepak Aher, SAP (Technology & Innovation).

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Hosts the National Skill Festival 2019


* Through this activity, Toyota Kirloskar Motor builds on skill levels of employees to enrich customer delight beyond the best
* The theme for this year’s skill festival is “Be Pro – Lead, Encourage, Create”
* The final Winning Champions from service category will be participating in the Annual Champions Assembly to be held at Japan.
* The National Sales, Service, Customer Relations (CR) & U-Trust Skill Festival is another step to enable manpower development through skill enhancement and motivation, thereby ensuring high level of customer satisfaction with world-class experiences
* For the first time TKM invited loyal customers to witness 2019 National Skill Festival

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), in its constant endeavour towards developing skilled workforce across its dealer network in the country, today conducted the ‘National Skill Festival 2019’ for all its dealership personnel across India. The event serves as a platform to reward exceptional sales, service, customer relations & U-Trust skills setting innovative skill standards in the industry.

In line with the company’s commitment towards the Skill India initiative, the Skill Festival is another step by Toyota who has been constantly engaged in initiatives to bridge the growing skill gap in the dynamically changing Indian industry. Held at three levels – across dealerships, In-dealer, regional and national levels, the contestants were assessed on various parameters such as knowledge, process demonstration, soft skills and proficient role plays in providing premium customer experience and human touch among others.

The event finale was attended by Mr. Atsushi Kimata, General Manager [Body & Paint Promotion Department, Customer First Promotion Group] – Toyota Motor Corporation; along with the senior Management Executives of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman; and Mr. Tadao Kidokoro, Vice President.

Themed ‘Be Pro – Lead, Encourage, Create’ this year, the event witnessed an encouraging participation of 6000+ dealer participants from Sales and Service Divisions. A total of 900+ candidates participated in Regional Skill Festival. And 130 regional-level winners contested in National Skill Festival held today. The company aligning with its ‘Customer first’ philosophy, continuously evaluates the customer preferences and feedback to deliver best- in- class experience across its dealer networks.

Sharing his views on the performance of the contestants this year, Mr. Tadao Kidokoro, Vice President Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “My heartiest congratulations to all the contestants from the Sales, Service & Customer Relations teams for exhibiting exceptional enthusiasm, dedication and performance. Customer delight is the cornerstone of Toyota and to successfully provide a par excellence customer experience, it is essential to constantly enhance skill sets of our workforce. With over 6000 participants this year, we received an overwhelming response from our dealer partners showcasing ‘Accurate and Caring service’ to our customers. As a first off, this year we also  invited our loyal customers be a part of the Festival to witness how TKM inculcates a culture of customer delight amongst its employees.

The National Skill Festival is a platform that not only recognizes and rewards the best performers, but also gives our dealership staff an opportunity to sharpen their skill sets. It is a powerful tool to assess the training needs, to build a strong pool of skilled staff. We strongly believe that competitiveness will in- turn nurture a healthy work environment & develop each of our employees’ potentials, challenging them to aim higher & be the best in town. This further enriches the best-in-class sales and service levels at each customer touch point, eventually delivering the most premium customer experience,” he continued.

A total of 27 winners, 3 from each category were honoured by the leadership team of Toyota who were present at the event held in Toyota plant premises – Bidadi (Ramanagara District, Bengaluru). This year, the categories were Sales Consultant [New Car Sales], Dealer Instructor [Sales], Sales Consultant [Used Car Sales], Customer Relations, Body Technician, Paint Technician, Service Advisor [B&P], Dealer Instructor [Body] & Dealer Instructor [Paint] and the following final winners & runners were recognised for their specialised skill levels and awarded cash prizes, rolling trophy, winner plaque and gold medal.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor practically undertakes training initiatives for its personnel in areas such as dealer networking, marketing skills, customer voice, periodic reviews and coaching skills for team leaders and provide its sales & service personnel a comprehensive module on topics such as basic auto technology, products, sales SOP (Standard Operating Procedures), team development and value-added services to enhance overall customer satisfaction.

As a responsible organization, TKM has further embarked on a mission to bridge the skill gap divide through Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), established in 2007, which offers a three-year rigorous full-time training in – Automobile Assembly, Automobile Paint, Automobile Weld and Mechatronics (a combination of mechanical and industrial electronics). Additionally, Gurukul, a well-equipped learning centre at TKM imparts diverse training to employees at all levels which helps them to improve their operational abilities and thoroughly delivering high-quality target standards.

The manpower at Toyota experiences higher levels of skill development through on-the-job training and the real-time experiences serve as a driving force in developing the next generation of workforce. Ensuring highest level of automotive professional work on Toyota’s world-class products and service offerings across its dealerships, the company has partnered with industrial and technical training institutes across India to create the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP). The program aims at providing technical know-how training to ITI students across India along with providing hands-on real-time experience within Toyota dealerships. So far, Toyota has partnered with 50 institutes since launch in 2006.

HMIL Reveals the Name of New Sedan Hyundai - ‘AURA’ in India


Hyundai Motor India Ltd, India’s First Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and largest exporter since inception, today unveiled the name of its upcoming New Sedan – Hyundai ‘AURA’.

The name is inspired by the ‘Vibrance of Positivity’ and ‘Spirit to Go the Distance’ of the young passionate achievers. Acknowledging their life-force ‘Zeal to Go beyond Limits’, Hyundai ‘AURA’ is cautiously crafted to deliver ‘Superior than The Most’ to the aspirational Indian Customers.

Hyundai ‘AURA’ is a blend of modernism with comfort, safety, style and technology with convenience and portrays a confident, stylish, yet caring and protective individual’s personality.


Irish Based Dublin City University Offers a Cutting Edge Research Affair for Engg & CS Scholars


* Executive Dean of Dublin City University, Prof Lisa Looney visits India
* Addresses deep change toward effective student-centred learning in engineering

Ranked number one in Graduate employability ranking, Irish based Dublin City University’s Executive Dean - Prof Lisa Looney visits India in order to address cutting edge research discussions with a focus on delivering curriculum renewal at bachelors and master’s levels students across key engineering and computer science disciplines.

While speaking to students, faculty and counsellors in India, Professor Looney discussed programmes across computing, electronic and mechanical engineering span and explained how these areas upon which the future will be defined with communications, manufacturing, healthcare, business.

Ms. Looney’s faculty at DCU hosts globally significant research in digital innovation, the largest concentration of such activity in Ireland. Prof Lisa Looney, Executive Dean of DCU said, “At DCU we deliver profound change toward effective student-centered learning in engineering. We not only train the future entrepreneurs, we train students to be a responsible, accountable professional, with analytical skills with creative design skills and human-focused competencies”.

The research agenda as well as the academic programs offered by DCU are strongly linked to industry, with a third of research funding coming from industry, and industry being a partner in curriculum design and delivery. She further added, “We have recently launched Europe’s first master’s in Blockchain - a technology which will fundamentally change business, in the way the internet changed how we communicate with one another.  DCU has also launched masters in Artificial Intelligence and in the Internet of Things both of which draw heavily from DCU’s research expertise, and were co-designed with industry representative bodies. 

The Irish government invests € 700 million in research annually, with Data, Software, Manufacturing and ICT, being strategic priorities. Mr. Barry O'Driscoll - Senior Education Adviser for Education in Ireland mentions, " There is a thriving technology sector in Ireland, which is home to 9 of the top 10 US Technology Companies, the 3 top Global Enterprise Software Companies, 16 of the top 20 Global Software Companies, all of the global pharmaceutical companies and 4 of the top 5 IT Services Companies.”

He further added, “This is another significant milestone for Education in Ireland as we continue to reach out for quality and excellence in the programmes we offer."

Later this week, Prof Looney will be giving keynote speech at the 9th World Engineering Education Forum 2019 in Chennai on “Getting to the crux of the matter: delivering deep change toward effective student-centred learning in engineering.”

The world-leading Centers based in DCU include Adapt (next generation digital technologies that transform how people communicate); Insight (Centre for Data Analytics), and I-Form (the application of digital technologies to manufacturing). DCU also hosts industry-focused Centers for Doctoral Training in Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence / Digitally Enhanced Reality / and Advanced Metallic Systems, and is at the forefront of these technologies in Europe. The research is distinctive and particularly innovative because of the close collaboration between engineers and computer scientists, located in one Faculty in DCU.

About Education in Ireland:

Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the promotion of

Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas. Ireland’s higher education institutes offer a remarkable 5000+ programmes.  Covering a huge diverse range, these courses lead to internationally recognized, quality assured qualifications. Irish Higher education institutions are ranked amongst the best in the world and studying in Ireland, for students, also means the free fees scheme, enabling those who meet the criteria to avoid tuition fees if studying a publically funded course. For international students, there a huge variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries to help fund your studies in this beautiful country.

Accenture, SAP Co-Develop Cloud Solution to Help Utilities Companies Supercharge Business Processes

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced they are co-innovating and co-developing the new SAP® Cloud for Utilities solution to help companies more effectively manage business processes and customer experiences. This initiative aims to elevate energy transition and customer experiences, helping companies quickly adapt and thrive in times of change.

SAP Cloud for Utilities will be an end-to-end integrated solution born of Project Elevate, announced in May 2019. The solution is designed to be deployed in a cloud or hybrid environment to help utility companies automate sales processes, freeing up more resources to create meaningful customer experiences that can result in loyalty and revenue. SAP Cloud for Utilities can incorporate intelligent technologies and real-time business insights, building extensive capabilities around marketing, service, commerce, product bundling, self-service, fulfillment of complex services and subscription billing for commodity and non-commodity products.

“Working with SAP and our utility industry co-innovation group to accelerate developing SAP’s cloud-based platform for utilities can enable our clients to better create new experiences for their customers while streamlining back office operations,” said Jean-Marc Ollagnier, group chief executive for Accenture’s Resources business. “These benefits are important for utilities to be more competitive in markets that are under growing pressure due to advancing technology and changing consumer preferences, including better home energy efficiency and increased interest in renewable energy sources.”

The solution will be built on the market-leading SAP C/4HANA® suite, SAP S/4HANA® Cloud and SAP S/4HANA and will use deep product knowledge and industry and customer management capabilities from Accenture Technology and Accenture Interactive. Developers and industry specialists from Accenture and SAP are working together to help create unified, authentic and personalized customer touchpoints. Their mission is to provide unique industry insights, agile methodologies and integration capabilities that accelerate the advanced features of SAP C/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA across marketing, sales, commerce, service, billing and revenue management and customer data. Accenture and SAP also plan to integrate data with Experience Management solutions from SAP and existing operational data to help enable utility companies manage end-to-end core processes, networks and employees more efficiently.

“SAP Cloud for Utilities is our strategic cloud solution, designed to support lead-to-cash processes that can enable utilities to capture new opportunities and develop fresh business models in the dynamic market for innovative commodity and non-commodity products,” SAP Industries Co-President Peter Maier said. “The industry needs to create great customer experiences with integrated solutions for short time-to-market and low cost-to-serve.”

This initiative also includes the formation of an industry co-innovation group comprised of leading global utility companies to help define and design SAP Cloud for Utilities. Fifteen utility companies representing over 100 million customer contracts globally have already joined the co-innovation group including EDP, rku.it, Conergos, Innogy, and MVV. The co-innovation group is still open for utility companies to become early adopters and active contributors.

This agreement further advances SAP’s long-standing collaboration with Accenture, building on years of successful co-development and go-to-market activities related to SAP S/4HANA and across collaboration across multiple industries.

Trend Micro Survey Finds Lack of IT Security for 72% of Companies

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced findings from a survey that reveal organizational silos create unnecessary security risk for global businesses. The lack of security involvement in DevOps projects was reportedly creating cyber risk for 72% of IT leaders.

In an effort to better understand the DevOps culture, Trend Micro commissioned independent research specialist Vanson Bourne to poll 1,310 IT decision makers in SMB and enterprise organizations across the globe about their organizational culture.

“It’s no secret that developers and security teams have a history of butting heads,” said Steve Quane, executive vice president of network defense and hybrid cloud security for Trend Micro. “We want to help businesses breakdown those barriers by providing technology and solutions that work for developers, IT and security teams. To do that best, we have to understand how the DevOps community and IT security teams collaborate – so we asked them for input directly. Understanding their goals will help us continue to provide solutions that help them do their jobs, and help the end results be secure.”

DevOps is a bigger priority today than a year ago for 79% of companies, but 34% admitted security teams are not always consulted in project plans. This is despite 94% of respondents stating that they have encountered security risks when implementing projects.

This challenge is also highlighted in newly published research from ESG, also commissioned by Trend Micro along with other cybersecurity vendors, which states that only 20% of cloud-native application security product purchases for DevOps projects are actually made by IT security teams. To tackle the issue, ESG found that 68% of organizations have, or plan to have, a centralized team to handle DevOps security.

ESG’s survey found only 30% of organizations include a member of their cybersecurity team from the beginning of their software development process. Trend Micro has designed its solutions to help DevOps and security teams operate more seamlessly.

Intuit QuickBooks Launches QuickBooks Online Accountant for CA's

Intuit QuickBooks has announced the launch of QuickBooks Online Accountant in India - an online practice management solution specifically designed for Chartered Accountants (CAs) to take their practice to the next level. It helps CAs to grow their practice and manage their clients all in one place.

QuickBooks Online Accountant comes with power-packed features to make a CA’s life easier. The real-time client collaboration feature allows CAs to access and manage their clients (QuickBooks Online and non-QuickBooks Online) anywhere, anytime with a single login. CAs no longer have to chase their clients for documents as the product allows them to send and receive documents in real-time. It further enhances their team’s productivity by providing the ability to add projects and tasks and assign them to a team member or client.

QuickBooks Online Accountant is an outcome of extensive research via ‘follow me homes’ done over the course of one year. The Intuit QuickBooks team did over 1,000 ‘follow me homes’ with CAs in India to understand the challenges they face while running their practice. The four major pain points that came out of the exercise were time wasted on manual data entry, chasing clients for information, multiple steps and tools required for GST filing and complex process involved in input tax credit reconciliation.

“QuickBooks Online Accountant eliminates the dependency on multiple solutions for CAs. Now they can use a single software to manage all their clients’ accounting, file GST returns and manage their practice. QuickBooks Online Accountant will ease their daily tasks and give them the extra time they need in a day,” said Aditi Puri Batra, Country Manager, Intuit QuickBooks India. “Well-equipped accountants are an increasingly invaluable resource in India where the number of small businesses is growing rapidly. Accounting professionals play an important role in fuelling small business success. Globally we have found that 75 percent of accounting professionals agree that using QuickBooks Online Accountant has improved their firms’ efficiency.” she added.

QuickBooks Online Accountant follows the launch of QuickBooks Online in 2012, which is one of India’s leading online financial management solutions for small businesses. The two products QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Online Accountant integrate allowing CAs and their clients (small businesses) to work together in real-time and share information securely. With over 4.5 million customers powered by more than 1 million accounting professionals globally, Intuit’s flagship offering- QuickBooks Online Accountant- does not just allow CAs to manage their practice but helps them to grow it.

The Indian small businesses base is expected to increase from 75 million in 2019 to 105 million by 2024. Currently, over 70 percent of small businesses in India are digitally enabled; in an enhanced productivity stage wherein they are leveraging the benefits of cloud-based solutions such as accounting, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning. The addressable market for Intuit QuickBooks is 12 million service-based small businesses that use business workflow productivity tools. These small businesses are being served by 0.15 million (1.5 lakh) practising CAs who are now adopting technology and shifting their practice to the cloud to better sever their clients.

“I have been using QuickBooks Online since the product was launched in India. It has been a boon for a small company like ours as all the functionalities can be accessed online. I feel the new product, QuickBooks Online Accountant, will be a great tool as I can run a virtual office from anywhere. I will be able to assign tasks to my staff, track their progress remotely on a real-time basis and coordinate with my clients seamlessly for filings and compliance,” said Karthikeyan Ramamurthi, Chartered Accountant and co-founder of Abidance BPM Services.

The advantages and capabilities of QuickBooks Online Accountant specifically designed for India include:

·         Localised offering
·         Local currency billing (INR)
·         GST Compliant
·         Wholesale billing options (for rebate, discount and value pricing flexibility)
·         Deadline management system
·         Platform to manage the books of the accountancy practice
·         Strong access controls
·         Protected data access
·         Password protection
·         Audit log system
·         Customisable management reporting system and
·         User-friendly for clients across industries

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