Friday, April 7, 2017

Hairline International Goes Online; Patients Can Now Consult With Doctors Realtime Via Video Conferencing

Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic launch Tele-Dermatology which includes Cosmetology and Trichology for the first time in the country. The introduction of Tele-dermatology will now facilitate the practice of dermatology online with the help of unique software that will connect both the patient and the doctor, irrespective of physical distances that separate them. This unique service is the first-of–its-kind in the country and is poised to make immense impact in the field, considering that it offers real time diagnoses and consultation on both non-surgical and surgical conditions.
The company in partnership with DocPulse has developed a software that enables patients from any corner of the country to consult with doctors and experts realtime online without actually having to walk in the clinics. The software has been developed on a Google platform for hazzle free un-interrupted online sessions.
Speaking on the benefits of tele-dermatology in cosmetology, Dr. Kala Vimal, Dermatologist and Cosmetologist, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic says, “The primary benefit of such technology is the easy access to dermatologists and cosmetologists for those seeking an opinion on skin conditions, related investigations and diagnoses with treatment options. The ability to reach out to the most remote areas is a benefit. It is especially useful in the case of immobile patients, for whom coming to a hospital is a difficult task. This system may be used to diagnose acne and acne scars, pigmentary conditions, wrinkles, photo-aging, sagging skin, hirsutism, stretch marks and much more. In fact, diagnoses methods go a step further with Hairline International offering Skin DNA investigative options where the patient will be sent video tutorials on taking a swab for a DNA test. This is to be sent back to the specialists at Hairline International who will provide a detailed report, based on which treatment methods are prescribed”.
Dr. Dinesh Gowda, Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic enumerate on the benefits of tele-dermatology in Trichology and say, “Trichology is a highly specialized field with doctors, especially surgeons being largely present and confined to metros. This technology assesses the line of treatment required by a patient of hair loss, based on its intensity. Options available may be surgical and non-surgical. Pre-surgical counselling for all possible treatment forms may be provided during interaction. Post-surgical care may also be carried out on an interactive basis over multiple sessions. For patients that require surgical treatment, Hairline will provide end to end packages covering travel, accommodation, procedures, medicines and post treatment consultations”.
Bani Anand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic says, “We have always believed in bringing the best and latest in technology into our diagnoses and treatment options. Tele-dermatology ensures that expert medical opinion can be made available to all people, irrespective of where they are located. This works to the benefit of the patients not only in Karnataka, but across the country and internationally as well. With the specialized medical personnel on board and the latest in equipment that Hairline possesses, we are well equipped to manage patients coming in from around the country and the globe”.

'Mood of the Nation is in Innovation': DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma

The mood of the nation is in innovation and in a recent development the centre has decided to increase research and development funding from the current 1% of GDP to 2% from this year onwards, said Department of Science and Technology (DST) Secretary Ashutosh Sharma.

Speaking at the Global RnD Summit 2017, organised by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Ficci, on Thursday, Sharma said that increase in the R&D funding is primarily to focus on innovation.

“Funding to DST has doubled from Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 5,000 crore over the past two-and-a-half years. India plans to become the third largest R&D hub in the world, after China and US,” he said.

Sharma said that the number of research papers will increase with a focus on result-oriented R&D. “A few years ago, we were at the 12th place in publishing research papers and now we are in the sixth position. Within one-and-a-half years we will reach fifth position and within seven years we will become third after the US and China,” said DST Secretary.

Commenting on India’s High Performance Computing, he said the government has already invested $700 million in it. “We will have a total of 50 HPCs and this initiative started last year. This year, six HPCs will be commissioned, and out of which, two will be in Bengaluru (at IISc and JNC). Next year, it will be doubled — 10 or 12 will be commissioned,” he said.

The summit opened in Bengaluru, with an aim to explore the potential of research and development in catalysing economic cooperation and social development.

A Ficci — Edelman Knowledge papers on ‘Towards Making Bengaluru as R&D Capital of India’ and ‘Harnessing private Sector Investment in R&D’ were also released on the occasion.

“Karnataka offers a very attractive proposition for global players to set up their R&D operations in the state. It gives access to a huge market, and a very talented base of scientists and engineers, who cost much lesser than their western counterparts.

This talent pool will still remain young over the next two decades, while others like China would have an ageing working population by 2030,” according to the report.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bangalore Brands - Kingfisher, Fastrack, Himalaya, Kurl-On, Art of Living, and Apple Lead in Brand Trust Report 2017

The seventh in its series, The Brand Trust Report 2017, India’s most comprehensive study on Brand Trust, has been released by TRA Research. Bangalore-based brands have made a strong showing with city brands leading 6 of the 40 Super Categories in the report. These leaders are Kingfisher (Alcoholic Beverages), Fastrack (Branded Fashion), Himalaya (Healthcare), Kurl-On (Home Furnishings), Art of Living (NGO) and Apple (Technology). 23 city-based brands made it to the top 1000 most trusted brands in India.

Other brands from the city that made significant strides are Dell, which maintained its position at rank 8, and Hewlett Packard, ranking 11 (climbing 15 ranks from 2016). Also maintaining its 2016 rank is Sonata at rank 31; Britannia ranks 33 with a 29-rank jump from 2016. Titan, from the house of TATA, ranks 36 (falling 6 ranks from 2016). 

Amazon climbed 18 ranks from 2016 and Wipro climbed 21 ranks from 2016, both rising to secure ranks 65 and 66 respectively. However, Acer (falling 7 ranks from 2016) and Lee (falling 16 ranks from 2016) have witnessed a drop in their trust ranks compared to 2016. 

The Bangalore-based Online Taxi Aggregator Ola makes an impressive 319-rank jump to secure rank 97 among India's Most Trusted Brands. Fastrack is ranked 104, with a fall of 16 ranks from 2016. Flipkart, ranked 121; IBM, ranked 140; and Tanishq, ranked 171, rose in their All India rankings this year. A total of 23 Bangalore-based brands have appeared in the top 1000 Most Trusted listings.

Samsung has been ranked as India’s Most Trusted Brand of 2017 (climbing 17 ranks from 2016). Sony and LG both retain their 2016 rankings and are at second and third ranks respectively. Apple ranks as India's 4th Most Trusted Brand and, rising 12 ranks from 2016, makes it to the top 5 for the first time. Holding on to its rank of last year, brand Tata’s trust defies the temporary imbroglio it faced to occupy 5th rank. The 6th position is held by the automobile giant Honda; Maruti Suzuki follows, taking the 7th spot. Dell is at 8th rank and Lenovo, climbing 18 ranks from 2016, features in the 9th position in the list. Bajaj, a brand which has been in the top 10 in five out of the seven reports, comes in at the 10th rank in India's Most Trusted Brands list.

N. Chandramouli , CEO, TRA Research, said on the occasion of the report’s launch, “In keeping with the business vibe of the city, several Bangalore-based brands have made a significant mark in the list. Kingfisher, ranked 213; Infosys, ranked 226; and MTR, ranked 285, are cases to point. Myntra catapulted 283 ranks from last year to secure rank 297 in 2017. Among the 23 Bangalore-based brands, a remarkable 12 are category leaders – Sonata in Watches, Britannia in FnB – Diversified, Amazon in Online Retailer – Diversified, Ola in Online Taxi Aggregator,

Fastrack in Branded Fashion, IBM in Consulting/Services, Tanishq in Jewellery, Kingfisher in Beer, Infosys in Software Services, MTR in RTC Foods, Myntra in Online Retailer – Fashion, and Art of Living in the NGO super-category.”

The other brands making an appearance from the city are Karbonn at rank 350, BPL at rank 360, Xolo at rank 376, Wrangler at 419, and Cafe Coffee Day at 706. Thirteen Chennai-based brands have featured in this year’s listings, with TVS (All India rank 34), MRF (All India rank 139), and Nissan (All India rank 161) leading the pack.

The Brand Trust Report 2017, the seventh in its series, is the result of a comprehensive primary research conducted on the proprietary 61-Attribute Trust Matrix of TRA. This year’s study involved 15,000 hours of fieldwork, covering 2,505 consumer-influencers across 16 cities in India; it generated 5 million datapoints and 11,000 unique brands, from which the top 1000 brands have been listed in this year’s report. The 200-page, hardbound report is available for Rs. 14,000.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Post Merger of CSC, HPE Services - DXC Technology is Now Set to Operate its Business in India

DXC Technology, a new organization created by the merger of CSC with the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has publicly debuted as the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.

The new company has began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “DXC.”

With 1/3rd of its workforce in India, DXC employees about 50,000 and has delivery centres in 10 locations including: Bangalore, Shivamoga, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, NCR, Indore and Kolkata. These centres will focus on banking, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and public sector verticals. 

“Technology is transforming business and industry at an extraordinary pace, and DXC Technology will help clients to thrive on change,” said Mike Lawrie, DXC Technology chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our goal is to produce greater value for clients, partners and shareholders, along with compelling career opportunities for our people.

“Together with our partners, we help clients harness the power of innovation to create new business outcomes,” Lawrie continued. “Our technology independence, extensive partner network, and world-class talent are core differentiators. We begin the new chapter in our journey knowing that collectively we have met the challenges of innovation many times before, and with a clear and confident vision for navigating the future.”

DXC Technology has established a differentiated operating model to deliver a seamless client experience as technology solutions are built, sold and delivered. With US$25 billion in annual revenues, DXC Technology has nearly 6,000 enterprise and public sector clients in 70 countries, an expansive global partner network and approximately 170,000 employees.

With more than 60 years of experience serving the largest public and private enterprises in the most mission critical environments, DXC Technology delivers world-class digital offerings developed jointly with its Partner Network. These include Cloud, Workload, Platforms and ITO; Workplace and Mobility; Security; Analytics; Application Services; Enterprise and Cloud Apps; Consulting; Business Process Services; and Industry Software and Solutions.

In addition to exclusive IP for a variety of sectors including insurance, healthcare and life sciences, and travel & transportation, DXC Technology also has deep experience in aerospace & defense, automotive, chemical, communications, media & entertainment, consumer products & retail, energy, manufacturing and technology.

DXC Technology has established more than 250 industry-leading global Partner Network relationships, including 14 strategic partners: Amazon Web Services, ATnT, Dell EMC, HCL, HPE, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Oracle, PwC, SAP and ServiceNow.

The new company will operate in six global regions: Americas; United Kingdom and Ireland, which includes Israel; North and Central Europe; Southern Europe; Asia, Middle East and Africa; and Australia and New Zealand. Its U.S. Public Sector business (USPS) provides IT services to U.S. federal, state and local governments. Its CeleritiFinTech joint venture with HCL Technologies serves banking and capital markets. DXC Technology subsidiaries include Fixnetix, Fruition Partners and Xchanging.

“DXC India is a hotbed of innovation, with over a third of the global workforce based out of India, spread across nine cities and delivering end-to-end solutions to over 1,000 clients across all geographies,” said Sreekanth Arimanithaya, Senior Vice President, Integrated Workforce Management and India Co-Managing Director. “Our centers of excellence in established as well as next-generation technologies – combined with our technology independence – result in greater client confidence in our ability to deliver solutions that are most appropriate to their current requirements as well as future business needs.”

“In the era of the smart enterprise, organizations are looking at technology to help achieve business success,” said Samson David, Senior Vice President, Commercial Delivery, Offering Delivery & Transformation and India Co-Managing Director. “Our combined experience (CSC and Enterprise Services) in managing large and complex client deployments, an employee base of over fifty thousand professionals, together with being compliant with industry-leading certifications makes DXC Technology India a business transformation partner of choice for global customers.”

“To meet growing business demands and capitalize on market opportunities, organizations in India are looking at technologies such as Cloud, IoT, Analytics and Big Data to help bring about digital transformation,” said Marshal Correia, Managing Director, India Sales and Coverage Leader. “With strong IP in industries such as Insurance and Healthcare, DXC Technology India will be in a position of strength to serve a large client base across Insurance, Healthcare and Manufacturing, Public Sector, Travel and Transportation too. We see tremendous long-term growth opportunity in the country to help customers thrive on change with DXC Technology’s next-generation portfolio of IT services and solutions.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sepang F1 Petronas Grand Prix Tickets Now Priced at Only US$150

Calling all F1 and motorsports fans! The 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix returns for its penultimate edition in Sepang before Malaysia takes a break from hosting after 2018. The 19th edition of the race in Malaysia will be held from September 29 to October 1, 2017. Coming right after the Singapore Grand Prix happening two weeks prior, the race offers a unique double F1 treat in Southeast Asia. The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 returns on October 27 to 29, 2017, again as the penultimate race in the MotoGP calendar, 4 weeks after the Malaysia F1 Grand Prix.

To encourage more fans to seize the opportunity to watch the race live, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and Malaysia Airlines are offering special attractive airfares starting at Rs 43,999 and F1 Malaysia Grand Prix tickets at unprecedented prices from now until the race from September 29 to October 1, 2017. “In recent years, we have seen fans opting to skip the live race experience in Sepang, with high ticket prices among the reasons for doing so. This year, in an unprecedented strategy, SIC is offering flat rates for the Main Grandstands and significantly lower ticket prices at other areas. In the past years, maintaining strong spectator numbers has sometimes been a challenge, so we hope this new pricing structure will enable all fans to watch the race live from the circuit,” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC.

Tourism Malaysia and SIC have announced special travel packages for the race season in collaboration with selected agents at Bengaluru and SriLanka with the support of Travel Agents Associations so that fans get the best out of their trip in Malaysia. “We welcome our Indian tourists to be part of the excitement by catching a host of events leading up to the race. The family-oriented activities surrounding the F1 Malaysia Grand Prix make the race weekend a great time for a family outing. Fans of all ages can enjoy more than just a race with one-ticket access. There are promotions aplenty, as well as access to all pre-event and post-event activities, attractive merchandise at discounted prices and much more”, said Noor Azman Samsudin, Director (South India and Sri Lanka).  

Standard ticket prices for the 2017 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix range from RM58.68 for a Hillstand K2 ticket to RM613.68 for a Main Grandstand ticket making this the most affordable F1 race in the world! This year, it will be free seating on a first come first served basis at the Main Grandstand, F Grandstand and K1 Grandstand areas. With no numbered seating, spectators will be able to move about within the respective grandstand areas during race weekend. Tickets for children aged 12 and below are available at 50% off the corresponding adult ticket prices, while children below 7 years old may enter for free, but they will not be allocated a seat without a ticket. Meanwhile, all fans with disabilities can purchase special tickets for Main Grandstand seating at RM308.43.

New Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing Team Tribune packages with numbered seating are also available at RM1,335.18. All Tribune ticket holders will also receive special team merchandise.

With its distinctive 15 turns and 8 straights coupled with Malaysia’s notoriously humid weather and torrential storms, the track in Sepang has challenged many of the world’s best F1 drivers. The circuit’s design also offers great views from the spectator seats, which will be further enhanced for Main Grandstand ticket holders, as they are now allowed to move about within the Main Grandstand zone.

This year, similar to 2016, the race is scheduled closer to the end of the season as the 15th race in a 20-race calendar, right after the Singapore Grand Prix. International fans with a penchant for tropical holidays can also take the opportunity to enjoy Malaysia’s year-long equatorial climate by combining their race weekend experience with a tropical getaway in beautiful Malaysia.

RVCE & Cisco Launch Centre of Excellence In Internet of Things

RV College of Engineering (RVCE) and Cisco today announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) fin Internet of Things (IoT) to give the next generation of students the digital skills and training necessary for 21st century jobs.

The CoE, located at the RVCE campus in Bengaluru, was inaugurated by Gaurav Gupta, IAS Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and SnT, Govt of Karnataka, along with Mr. VC Gopalratnam, SVP-IT and CIO - International, Cisco. Over the next five years, the Centre will provide a specialized curriculum preparing up to 10,000 students from 50 colleges across Karnataka for careers in the digital economy and help India increase its pool of highly skilled technology professionals. The Centre will also support the training and reskilling of mid-career professionals in the private and government sector.

In line with its mission to create excellence in education with societal commitment, RVCE faculty will work to inspire and educate thousands of students and working professionals and sharpen their skills to prepare them for technology based careers. The specialised curriculum will comprise live and video-based learning and involve the application of technologies to real issues in collaboration with local industry and government bodies. Experts from RVCE will complement this curriculum and deliver training on digitisation and IoT and encourage innovation in industries including transportation, energy, agriculture and manufacturing.

The Centre will offer several technology courses ranging from one to four weeks to six months to a year tailored to suit the requirement of students and working professionals. Short-term courses will be available on weekends and evenings during the week. On completion of the course, students and working professionals will receive credential certificates jointly given by RVCE and Cisco.

India is the youngest start-up and developer nation in the world, with 72% of the founders less than 35 years old and the average developer less than 29 years old. India is projected to have the world's largest number of developers by 2018.

“Bengaluru is home to India’s innovation and entrepreneurial engine. With the Centre of Excellence here, we’re giving students and working professionals across the state access to the skills and training to help them create startups and build successful technology careers,” said Mr. VC Gopalratnam, SVP-IT and CIO – International, Cisco. “I believe that India's entrepreneurial spirit, highly skilled workforce and supportive government will accelerate the country's digital transformation. We are thrilled to work with RVCE and the government of Karnataka to launch a generation of problem solvers who will innovate, think like entrepreneurs and lead in a Digital India.”

Dr. K N Subramanya, Principal, RVCE said: “We are honoured to work with Cisco in establishing the Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things. The Centre will shape the careers of thousands of students through our stellar faculty, specialised curriculum and quality infrastructure. RVCE has long been committed to creating educational excellence and a better society, and today’s announcement is an amplification of our efforts to bring world-class skills and training to talent anywhere in the state.”

All-New Whirlpool 3D Cool Inverter ACs Now Available Across India

Whirlpool of India, a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation and World’s leading home appliance company, has announced the launch of its most innovative range of Air Conditioners in the Indian market. The new lineup of ACs includes Whirlpool 3D cool Inverter range and Fantasia Inverter, which are at par with the 2018 Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) norms. Whirlpool has also launched its new Magicool AC 5 star range to make energy efficient products available to consumer at entry price points. Whirlpool’s 3D Cool range has been designed keeping in mind the extreme humid conditions in India and the capability to perform during temperature of 52-55 degrees C.

Adding wings to its smart features is the 6th Sense Intellicomfort technology which is embedded with a Smart Intuitive Logic Chip and makes sure that the indoor unit senses the ambient humidity. It is also responsible for communicating with the outdoor unit to modify and adapt the AC operations, thus, resulting in faster cooling and energy savings. The new 3D cool technology is efficient enough to deliver its best even during the extreme weather conditions while delivering energy savings.

According to Kapil Agarwal, Vice President, Marketing at Whirlpool of India, “The Indian market is adapting well to the concept of Inverter ACs. Taking cognizance of this, we have introduced our new range that comes with stabilizer free options and smart voltage compensation logic which can modify operations to perform under wider voltage range of 155V- 264V. We have put our engineering expertise of over 100 years into Air Conditioners to get the best technology in the entire world. During summers, when temperature soars as high as 55 degree Celsius especially in northern parts of India, our ACs with in-built 3D cool technology can take charge and are capable of controlling humidity and providing faster cooling results while saving energy up to 40% and are smarter than just inverter ACs”. The revolutionary range of smart ACs are priced between Rs. 39000 - Rs. 52000 and has up to 10 years of free warranty on compressors.

3D Cool ACs - 3D Cool ACs comes with a powerful performance which works even in the high temperature of up to 550C of temperature. The range offers 3 variants; 3 D cool inverter AC, 3 D cool Xtreme AC and 3D cool AC.

3D Cool Inverter ACs has 6th Sense Intellicomfort technology that can sense humidity and its 3D Cool Technology can calibrate its inverter compressor as per humidity levels to ensure up to 27% of energy savings. Its superior temperature control feature enables the 3D Cool Inverter compressor to reach the target temperature, 40% faster in comparison to other inverter ACs. Not only this, its intuitive logic chip has been designed to adapt to any temperature conditions and give maximum cooling results even at 55 degrees of temperature. The Smart Voltage Compensation Logic modifies operations to perform under wider voltage range of 155V-264V.  It comes with 50% effective HD Filters to assure longer life of AC.

3D Cool Xtreme AC and 3D cool AC from Whirlpool comes with 6thsense technology and in-built smart intuitive chip, which makes sure that the indoor unit, senses the ambient humidity and communicates with the outdoor unit to modify and adapt AC operations ensuring  faster cooling.3D cool Xtreme AC also has a dual fan compressor technology enabling operations upto 55*C. Both the variants come with advanced 4-in-1 filter with Anion shield that can remove 99% of harmful PM 2.5 Pollutants, which ensures removal of allergens and bacteria in air.

Fantasia - Adding to the new range of lineups is the Fantasia Inverter AC and Fantasia hot and cold ACs. Fantasia inverter AC’s, 6th sense inverter technology continuously monitors the room temperature and regulates the cooling to ensure optimum comfort. It also has a HD Filter which is designed to be 50% more effective than normal filters.It comes with smart voltage compensation logic which modifies operations to perform under a wider voltage range of 155V-264.

Fantasia Hot and Cold AChas been designed to work during both summers and winters. Its 6th sense technology continuously calibrates the temperature of the air flow with its dynamic heat system to ensure comfortable heating in winters and quick cooling in summers. It comes with a 100% copper Condenser (Copper connecting kit) and a silent sleep mode for comfortable sleeping. The complete range has been inspired by the World Series design which can add a touch of class to any room by quietly blending with the d├ęcor.

MagiCoo - Third in line is Whirlpool’s MagiCool Split and Window ACs. Both the AC comes with Advance MPFITechnology which uses a unique circuit design for a rapid heat exchange and results in Turbo cooling capacity andhigher power savings.MagiCool split ACshas 6th Sense Fast Cool Technology which provides instant and uniform cooling when AC is switched on. The 5 star range of MagiCool AC can efficiently save more energy without compromising on cooling. It comes in 4 sleep modes and 5 year warranty on the compressor.

MagiCool window AC comes with the advantage of enhanced energy savings. Its 6th Sense, Energy saver technology automatically adjusts cooling depending on the room temperature. It also has a Self Diagnosis feature, which can monitor and self- diagnose any malfunction. It also monitors the room temperature and maintains the optimum level of cooling to ensure good sleep.

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