Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lufthansa Begins the Search for India’s Most Innovative SMEs in Bengaluru on August 12, 2017

Celebrating the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship, Lufthansa Runway to Success enters its fifth season in search of India’s most innovative Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs). Conceived and developed by Lufthansa in partnership with the business experts at TiE, Lufthansa Runway to Success recognizes and nurtures potential leaders by encouraging SMEs to come forward and share their vision with some of the best known names in the Indian business industry. Focused on discovering, mentoring and rewarding potential leaders of tomorrow, the Lufthansa Mentorship Camps are being held across key regions nationally namely Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Hubli and Hyderabad.

On August 12, 2017, Lufthansa invites young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Bengaluru to share the story of their unique business ventures and provided an opportunity to them for meeting with industry icons, receive mentorship from business experts, investors, VCs, accelerators, industry associations, service organizations, corporates and more. The Lufthansa Runway to Success regional mentorship camp by TiE Bangalore was held at NS Raghavan Centre of Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL), Bannerghatta Road, Sundar Ram Shetty Nagar, Bilekahalli, Bengaluru from 11:30 a.m. – 03:30 p.m.

Over the past 4 years Lufthansa Runway to Success platform has grown exponentially into a nationwide campaign and has witnessed a diverse portfolio of over 150,000 budding entrepreneurs. Wolfgang Will, Senior Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Group shared, “Entrepreneurs are a very important target group for Lufthansa in India. And Runway to Success brings alive for this audience our philosophy of Nonstop You and our promise of striving to be More Indian Than You Think. This season, we are excited to further expand our outreach with mentorship camps at start-up hubs like Bengaluru.”

Bengaluru occupies a unique position in the startup world and has fast emerged as one of the promising startup hubs in the country. The ecosystems emerged due to the initial foundation laid in the form of government–industry–academia and their interactions leading to the emergence of a modern industrial cluster followed by an information technology and biotechnology cluster, which then led to R&D cluster serving the city. 

The joint program by Lufthansa and TiE, will endow participants with the knowledge and skillset to enhance their competitiveness, provided them an exclusive access to resources, like-minded peers, business connections, and inspiring mentors. SMEs in Bengaluru will benefit from ‘guru sessions’ with celebrated entrepreneurs, along with individual guidance by experienced mentors like Avinash Sabharwal, Managing Director- Accenture Ventures and Open Innovation, Accenture in India; Madhuri Hegde, Founder & CEO, Mayflower Language Services; Satish Mugulavalli, YourNest Venture Capital; Anjana Vivek, Founder Director, VentureBean and Vaitheeswaran K, Serial Entrepreneur, Author.

“Lufthansa and TiE Delhi-NCR have been working closely together for the past 5 years to build Lufthansa Runway to Success as a platform to nurture future business leaders in India“, shared Geetika Dayal, Executive Director, TiE Delhi-NCR. “Guru Sessions at Lufthansa Runway to Success Mentorship camps held by TiE Chapters across the country provide a platform for experts to pass on valuable insights and business lessons that they have learned through experience. We hope that the participants get a better understanding of entrepreneurship for their entrepreneurial journey” added Geetika.

Lufthansa Runway to Success Mentorship camps will culminate at a Startup Expo, a large standalone event by any corporate house, in DelhiNCR during latter half of August 2017.

Samsung Unveils Versatile All-In-One Laundry System in Bengaluru

Samsung India has introduced its revolutionary FlexWash, a washer-dryer combination that effectively integrates two washers and a dryer into one high performance appliance. The latest offering is a perfect blend of state of art technology, utility and aesthetics. South Indian Actress Shanvi Srivastava was present at the inauguration in Bengaluru.
Equipped with a range of core Samsung laundry technologies and features that includes the popular AddDoor, FlexWash is designed to offer users freedom and flexibility to customize their laundry routines, while providing a higher level of care for clothes to make them last longer.
An all-in-one solution for busy people striving to wash clothes in minimal time, the washing machine is available in 23 kg capacity to handle an optimal load. The multi-purpose solution uses three core Samsung laundry technologies – EcoBubble, Bubble Soak, and Vibration Reduction Technology (VRT Plus). EcoBubble uses air and water to dissolve detergent, creating a powerful bubble action for cleaning that is much faster and more effective.
The units are IoT-enabled and integrated with Smart Control, allowing users to operate and monitor the machine anytime, anywhere via their smartphones, letting them start and stop every cycle from the palm of their hand. The striking combination of ergonomics and convenience promises Indian consumers the added advantage of saving time. IoT devices are the future and Samsung, as a harbinger of innovation in technology, is ready to adopt this across its product portfolio.
 “Samsung has always been at the forefront of innovation that aims at creating products that cater to the evolving needs of our consumers. With the launch of FlexWash, we aim at making laundry even more flexible and convenient. Every feature in our latest innovation was designed with the consumer in mind,” said Rishi Suri, Director, Consumer Electronics, Samsung India. “We have witnessed a paradigm shift in the consumer behavior and innovative technologies like active DualWash and AddWash have received great response from users enabling us to consolidate our leadership in the segment,” he added.
FlexWash will be available from August 15, 2017 at Rs 1.45,000 MRP at all Samsung Brand Shops and at major retailers

NAREDCO 14th National Development Council & Exhibition to Chalk Out Post GST and RERA Industry Blue Print

The Karnataka Chapter of National Real Estate Development Council “NAREDCO Karnataka” is all head up for NAREDCO 14th National Convention to be held in New Delhi on August 28 & 29, 2017. The 2 days convention will represent Karnataka Realty Sector; and will help take the provincial real estate sector on the national Diaspora. Strategic partnership with real estate and allied industries in rest of India, cross pollination of knowledge, resources, and personnel are the conventions key ingredients.

 The theme of this year’s Convention is “India Real Estate– Unfolding the new era of growth.” Against this backdrop, NAREDCO Karnataka chapter will explore various issues including transforming of Smart Cities & development of its real estate sector post-GST & RERA. The 2 days National Convention will witness Bureaucrats, Policy Makers, Experts, Leaders, Real Estate and Private Equity Players all under one roof.

Addressing the press conference organized to announce NAREDCO’s 14th National Convention,  Shakuntala Iyer, Chairperson, NAREDCO Karnataka said, “The time is just perfect for the real estate vertical owing to the favorable climate and noteworthy developments. Despite the fact that Post demonetization energies went low, the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has infused a new zeal in this sector. This convention will bring forth a lot of ideas and inputs from national and international experts for re-strategising and accelerate business growth.  The state being a part of the signature event would facilitate increased insight and enthusiasm for the sector”.

Manoj Lodha, President, NAREDCO Karnataka said, “Real estate sector is one of the important sectors for every state and for the country as a whole, as it plays a vital role in India’s and state’s economy. With its multiplier effect, it has tremendous potential to drive the overall economic growth. It generates employment and its linkages with ancillary industries such as steel, paint, cement etc. make it an important sector. This national convention will give the common platform to International & National real estate players to exchange new technology ideas and open investment opportunities in the state like Karnataka which has 7 Smart Cities i.e. Bangalore, Belagavi, Davanagere, Hubli-Dharwad, Mangaluru, Shivamogga & Tumakuru.

Along with the National Convention, an exhibition to display new properties, technologies, products and materials for the benefit of the participants will also be organized at the same venue.
NAREDCO and its state chapters work in close coordination with central and various state governments to achieve its objectives, that is, promotion of housing and real estate sector in India and inculcate transparency and accountability for the benefit of the customers.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Advantage Healthcare India 2017 Global Summit on Medical Value Travel to Begin in Bengaluru on Oct 12

Advantage Healthcare India 2017, the third international summit on medical value travel (medical tourism) jointly organized by FICCI, Dept. of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, and Service Export Promotion Council (SEPC), will be held at Bengaluru from October 12-14, 2017.

The launch of the mega event was officially announced by Nirmala Sitharaman,  Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, in the presence of Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Sudhanshu Pandey, Joint Secretary, and  Anup Wadhawan, Additional Secretary with Dept. of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry;  A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI;  Naresh Trehan, President, SEPC, and other dignitaries.

Advantage Healthcare India 2017 is meant to promote India as a premier global healthcare destination and enable streamlined healthcare services exports. Over 70 countries and 600 hosted buyers from Africa, Middle East, Europe, US, UK, and Asia (including SAARC) would participate, with thousands of international and national business visitors.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said: “Medical value travel can be a USD 9 billion opportunity for India by 2020. To fully exploit this potential, the country needs to diversify its sources of medical tourism and create a strong value proposition for foreign patients by focusing on perimeters like cost effectiveness, alternate medicine, clinical outcomes, tourism friendliness, accreditation, and patient centricity. Advantage Healthcare India 2017will bring Indian healthcare providers and global healthcare stakeholders under one roof. It will showcase India’s medical capabilities and create opportunities for healthcare collaboration between India and other nations to boost healthcare services exports. The last two summits have been a great success, and I look forward to the 2017 event being a great facilitator and enabler of Indian medical tourism.”

The medical value travel (MVT) industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments of Indian tourism industry. According to a FICCI-IMS report, more than 500,000 foreign patients seek treatment in India each year, making it a key medical tourism destination in Asia. However, coordinated efforts are required by key stakeholders to turn India into “The Provider to the World” and accelerate MVT growth from the existing 15% to 25%. The Indian medical tourism industry gets maximum patients for heart surgery, knee transplant, cosmetic surgery and dental care, as the cost of treatment here is considered the lowest in Asia, much lower than Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Advantage Healthcare India 2017, spread across three days, will have more than 40 speakers, 600 hosted buyers and over 5,000 business visitors. The exhibition will host more than 160 exhibitors to showcase medical services and expertise. Thousands of reverse buyer-seller meetings will offer opportunities for tie-ups with Indian hospitals and healthcare centers for medical tourism.

A Roundtable Session with Health Ministers from select countries will be organized to discuss issues encompassing medical value travel and formulate the way forward. They will also visit the Exhibition. The event will showcase India’s medical devices sector to encourage foreign companies to start manufacturing locally with Indian partners. Internationally renowned Indian doctors and AYUSH experts will deliver lectures on different topics.

A key highlight of the event will be Medical Value Travel Awards 2017 which will recognize and showcase innovations which have helped promote India as a premier medical travel destination.

Participants at Advantage Healthcare India 2017 would include international hospitals, government organizations, insurance firms, medical tourism organizations, global medical associations, medical journalists, doctors, and investors.

Advantage Healthcare India 2017 supporting partners include EEPC India and Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil).

Toyota’s Skill Excellence Program Recognized Under “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Program”

Toyota Technical Training institute today celebrated a decade of Toyota’s excellence in imparting world class skill training to the young talents of Karnataka from underprivileged background. Established by Toyota Kirloskar Motor in 2007 within the premises of Toyota’s manufacturing plant at Bidadi (near Bangalore), the institute confers certificate to   deserving students every year. Students are exposed to global training curriculum to generate skilled talent for the rapidly growing auto industry.

The convocation certificates to the 8th batch of graduates were handed over by the Chief Guest Jamshyd N. Godrej - Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited in the presence of Akito Tachibana, Managing Director - Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director - Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Yoshihiro Horinouchi, Deputy Managing Director - Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Sailesh Shetty, Vice President – Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Kan Asaine, Senior Vice President – Toyota Kirloskar Motor, V Wiseline Sigamani, Principal, Toyota Technical Training Institute, the faculty members and families of the graduating students. Other key guests who were present at the occasion were Takayuki Kitagawa, Consul General of Japan (Bangalore), Toshiaki Fukatsu, Principal – Toyota Technical Skill Academy, Japan.

In line with the company’s commitment towards the Government of India’s Skill India initiative, Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) is a dedicated 3-year program that focuses on the holistic development of Knowledge, Skill and Body & ATTITUDE. With a structure that ensures the highest standard of education, the curriculum offers complete learning experience, along with basic subjects, recreational activities and comprehensive training on Automobile Assembly, Automobile Paint, Automobile Weld and Mechatronics (a combination of mechanical and industrial electronics). In addition, students are given practical training by applying the world renowned ‘Toyota Production Systems’ to the various manufacturing processes at Toyota plant in Bidadi.

Additionally from this academic year, a unique module “Karakuri” (“mechanism” or “trick”) is also introduced to the curriculum, which emphasis on Tools and Material handling. This method has been introduced and adopted in many leading manufacturing companies in Japan and highlighted as basic manufacturing technology as a key for low cost automation. Since establishment, the institute has trained 443 students who have been inducted at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, other Toyota Group companies & Supplier Partners. The students of TTTI can appear for NAC (National Apprentice Certificate) & ASDC (Automotive Skill Development Council) exams which enables them to secure Government recognized certificate/s enhancing their prospects further.

On Toyota’s relentless efforts to enhance a person’s employability in the automobile industry,  accentuating one of its founding principles – Human Development, the Toyota’s institute – TTTI was selected for “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Program’’ by the Government of Japan through Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) certification in 2017. During the convocation ceremony, Mr. Kenko Sone, Minster (Economic & Development), Embassy of Japan, handed over the JIM certification to the Managing Director, Mr. Akito Tachibana of Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Announced after the talks between Honourable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Honorable Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, this skill-partnership under the signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) provides an opportunity to facilitate the human resource  skill development in the manufacturing sector in India, which is expected to grow further more in the middle and long – term, through collaboration between the public and private sectors of both the countries in order to contribute to “Make in India” and “Skill India.”

Under India’s developing market scenario, with the launches of latest technologies by various auto manufacturers, there is a significant need for highly skilled service personnel. Toyota believes that they have a greater role to play in India than just manufacturing world class cars.  Toyota is focused on not just delivering first class products & services to the customers, but also building right set of talent pool that can create a sustainable business environment. The company has been tirelessly working towards enhancing the employability quotient in the automobile manufacturing industry in India by promoting unique skill development initiatives.

The JIM certification accorded to Toyota recognizes the institute’s seamless efforts towards its immense contribution in up-scaling the skill levels of the industry, where the underprivileged young talents are trained on Toyota’s global manufacturing skills & world renowned Toyota way practices contributing to their skill refinement making them employable, thus enhancing livelihood of these trainees. The students are exposed to Toyota Way of Manufacturing ‘Monozukuri’ and familiarized with the global concepts of ‘Lean Manufacturing’, Kaizen, Genchi Genbutsu. Training at TTTI is not restricted to classrooms and workshops alone. TTTI exclusively emphasizes on over all development of the trainees as per industry requirements & towards “Perfecting people” making them multi skilled & enthusiastic to the nation’s growth prospects. The TTTI degree holders will be accredited with certification by the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing from next year (2018).

Sharing his views, Vikram S. Kirloskar, Vice Chairman – Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “When we set out to start the Toyota Technical Training Institute in 2007, our mission was to find a solution to one of the biggest challenges faced by the manufacturing sector - increasing demand for the right set of talent pool. As we celebrate Toyota Technical Training Institute’s 10 years of skill excellence, I would like to express my appreciation to all those who have worked tirelessly towards making this institution what it is today.

Needless to mention, we at Toyota are privileged to be a part of Indo-Japan Skill Collaboration under “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Program”, aimed towards India’s Skill Drive. Toyota Technical Training Institute has been making significant contributions to the dynamic auto manufacturing industry, by offering Toyota’s global expertise and advanced technologies to design the holistic training modules suiting the industry, which has been recognised & certified by Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing (JIM). The TTTI students have been representing & competing in various skill contests in India & globally, winning several accolades over the years through their varied skill strengths imparted by the institute. It gives me immense pleasure to say that each student who has graduated today walks out with the best technical know-how and I wish them all a bright future.”

Congratulating the graduates, Akito Tachibana, Managing Director - Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “Toyota as a company has always engaged in nurturing talents through enhanced skill levels. According to the findings by National Sample Survey, out of the 470 million people of working age in India, only 10% receive any kind of training or access to skilled employment opportunities*.  Through Toyota Technical Training Institute, our focus has been to offer students an opportunity to acquire technical skills of Toyota’s global concepts such as “Monozukuri” (Skilled Manufacturing), Kaizen (Continuous Improvement), Genchi Genbutsu (Go & See) & other best practices of Toyota. The institute also provides opportunities for the deserving individuals, developing them into good corporate citizens equipped with right attitude and spirit of challenge.

Today, as we celebrate this momentous occasion of being certified by Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing under Indo-Japan collaboration for Human Development, I am overwhelmed by the successful journey of Toyota Technical Training Institute started with a mission to tackle the skill challenge of the industry. We hope with the “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme’’ more and more young talents in India will get wider global skill exposure. This partnership also creates a platform for knowledge sharing between the training institutes of both the nations (India & Japan).  I strongly believe that each candidate who has graduated from TTTI is flexible, focused and dedicated, with the institute making a mark and setting an example in all their attempts towards realising greater employability of youths in India.  “He added.

Established in the year 2007 as a part of TKM’s social initiatives, the students of TTTI have been receiving degrees from leading personalities of India like late Dr. Abdul Kalam - Former President of India, Sudha Murthy, Chairperson – Infosys Foundation, Veerendra Heggade – Dharmadhikari (Dharmasthala) & many, during the joyous moments of the institute’s convocations year after year.

The students during the course also get an opportunity to participate in the National Skill Competition & World Skill Competition (Skill Olympics) in 3 categories namely - Mechatronics, Car Painting, Prototype Modelling. The TTTI batch of 2011 secured 4th position in World Skill Competition 2015 held at Sao Paulo, Brazil & won “Medallion of Excellence”. The students from the TTTI batch of 2013 who secured the first position in the World Skill Contest (at the National level) under the categories - Prototype Modelling & Mechatronics, will be representing India in The World Skill Contest which will be held in Abu Dhabi during October this year.

Oriflame’s Completes 21 years; To Focus on Cosmetics and Wellness Direct Sales in India

With a clear focus to be the wind beneath the wings of its consultant family, Oriflame is now poised to further empower the growth of its leaders in Southern India. It has announced the launch of a new centre in the Garden City of Bengaluru which will equip its consultant community to better convert their ambitions and aspirations into meaningful opportunities. Located in one of the most prime locations in all of Karnataka - Sumero Towers, Brigade Road, Bengaluru - the recently furbished facility is spread over a sprawling 3,500 sq ft area and will enable Oriflame leaders to expand their horizons as well as the footprint of the brand in the high-potential South India market.

The launch of the facility was celebrated with much pomp and ardour on August 9, 2017. Pradnya Deshpande, Sales Director, Oriflame India & Kunal Verma, Director Operations, Oriflame India along with Anil Budania, Senior Area Manager- South, Oriflame India inaugurated the new centre and shed light on how the event was a harbinger for bigger and better things to come for everyone associated with Oriflame. They underlined how with the new facility, Oriflame would be in a more effective position to extend its 50-year legacy of making the world a more fulfilling and beautiful place.

Speaking on the same, Deshpande said, “Oriflame is driven by an emphatic focus on empowering its consultants and offering them the most effective platform to convert their dreams into reality. We have witnessed a tremendous response from the Bengaluru market and from South India overall. The launch of the new centre is a means to support our business leaders to tap into the wealth of opportunity that this region offers.”    

Verma added, “As a part of our 50-year celebrations, the launch of the new facility is yet another important milestone event. It represents Oriflame’s renewed focus on the South India market and its commitment to facilitate its consultants with the best success plans possible. We are certain that the new facility will translate into more growth for them, greater mindshare for Oriflame and easier access to our superlative range of products to the customers in the region.”

Netcore Solutions Secures #1 Position In Asia For Transactional/Triggered Emails

Netcore Solutions, India’s first and largest marketing technology solution provider, achieved a new benchmark by sending an average 150 (1.5Bn) crore transactional emails and 400 (4Bn) crore (promotional emails) per month in the last quarter for their clients across Asia. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing markets for transactional/triggered emails today, which grew by 220% in FY 2016-17.

The volumes have witnessed an upward growth trajectory buoyed by the transformation in the consumption habits and patterns among all consumers preference to access real time information on multiple platforms and channels simultaneously.

This transformation in the consumption habits and patterns among all consumers is what Netcore broadly terms as the rapidly growing age of ‘consumer parallelism’. Owing to this, the company expects transactional/triggered email volumes to double by FY17-18 in Asia.

Commenting on the market scenario, Kalpit Jain, CEO, Netcore Solutions, said, “Netcore Solutions serves more than 300 brands in Asia from across sectors to disseminate transactional/ triggered emails.

Earlier organisations in India used their in-house transactional platforms to disseminate information to their customers. But lately due to the surge in the volumes of customer base, demonetization and GST, organisations are outsourcing their transactional/ triggered emails to experts.  With a surge in the e-commerce portals and platforms and the upcoming festive season, we anticipate the transactional/triggered email volumes to grow further by 100% YoY.”

Opportunity Galore: India and Asian market
The Indian government’s thrust towards digitization has provided a fillip to the email marketing business. In addition, GST and demonetization provided an added thrust to the volumes of transactional/triggered emails. The company currently holds around 50-60% of the organized email solutions market in the country. The company serves marquee clients such as Yes Bank, Axis Bank, Religare, India Infoline, Ola Cabs, Vodafone,, etc.

Netcore is Asia’s leading transactional/ triggered email solution provider. The company handles 33% of Indonesia traffic, 40% of Philippines's traffic, 25% of Malaysia's traffic, 20% of UAE's transactional/triggered email traffic and 66% of India's [organized] triggered/transactional email traffic, all routed through Netcore. Consequently, Netcore has been witnessing a quarter on quarter revenue growth of 30% from its transactional/triggered emails solution.

Transactional/ triggered emails have 8x open rate as compared to traditional promotional emails.  They also generate 6x more –ROI as compared to age-old practice of “batch & blast”. Using Falconide, India’s largest taxi aggregator attained 0.01 milli sec email latency-- which means the customers received the transactional/triggered response from the brand in real-time.

“Structured email marketing tactics to reduce cart abandonment rates, re-engage and retain customers, and derive more from assessing the customer life value of the customer will gather momentum as it offers a direct measurable impact on the bottom-line and ROIs for the brands. These trends will also give rise to increased use of trans-promotional emails in the future,” Jain concluded.

ThoughtWorks Re-Launches Vapasi to Bring Technical Women Back to Work

ThoughtWorks, a global technology company, announced the re-launch of Vapasi, today. Vapasi is a ThoughtWorks India initiative that addresses the gender gap within the senior developer community. The program will enable experienced women developers who are currently on a career break, to re-enter the world of programming.

Vapasi will provide female developers, who have chosen to go on a break, an intensive deep dive into object-oriented programming through a customized designed four week boot camp that will also involve sharpening participants’ programming skills through hands-on sessions. This will ensure that, the returning technologists can keep track of changes, in the ever dynamic IT space. Post the boot camp, participants are encouraged to apply for a 3 or 6 month internship with the company. After the internship, participants who are interested in joining ThoughtWorks, full time, can opt for a specially designed recruitment procedure.

The program’s intention is to also provide female IT professionals with a platform, to define/re-define career paths, connect and identify with role models, exchange experiences and support each other in becoming an active member of the IT community.

Commenting on the Vapasi program, Savita Hortikar, Head of Recruitment, ThoughtWorks India said, “ThoughtWorks has always been passionate about diversity. We realize that an inclusive working environment of passionate and driven women technologists leads to collective and sustainable organizational growth. We are happy to provide a platform in the form of the Vapasi program, for women professionals to continue strong technical careers.”

This program is part of #TalkTechToHer, a ThoughtWorks campaign directed towards women in technology who have more than 6 years of work experience. The campaign wants to elevate the conversation around inclusivity and drive an important message that women can achieve as much as men, or more, when they are presented with the opportunities, without the biases.

This year, Vapasi will be held in Hyderabad, launching in the third week of August. Log on to to find out more about the program.

BPCL Awards Microsites Design & Implementation Contract to Octaware Technologies

Octaware Technologies Limited, a leading software and business solutions development company, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious contract from BPCL for the design and implementation of their loyalty and brand microsites. Octaware was one of the bidders and was awarded the contract, post evaluation and presentation of efficient solutions and capabilities to the evaluation committee.

The scope of work under the contract includes design and implementation of microsites for BPCL’s loyalty programs – SmartFleet & PetroBonus and other brands - Speed and In & Out. The engagement includes a period of 3 months for implementation of microsites and an additional three years of support and maintenance. Octaware Technology Limited’s expertise in the areas of online portals & enterprise systems helped them win the contract.

Commenting on the development, Aslam Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Octaware Technologies Limited, said, “We are extremely delighted to have won the prestigious contract from BPCL, our first major win in the Indian PSU sector, post our IPO in April 2017. The fact that it falls under one of Octaware’s key focus verticals of governance, demonstrates our consistent and steady inroads in the Indian market, surpassing some of the strong players in the region. We look forward to a long-term business association with BPCL”.

Tata Elxsi Wins Supplier Excellence Award from Jaguar Land Rover

Tata Elxsi, a leading global design and technology services company, has received the prestigious Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award for 2017.

This award recognizes companies who consistently demonstrate excellent on-time delivery, continuous quality, technical innovation and consistently meet production and design challenges with a complete understanding of Jaguar Land Rover‘s standards.

Tata Elxsi has been working with Jaguar Land Rover for over 16 years now, and set up an Offshore Development Center for Jaguar Land Rover in 2008, to provide design, technology and engineering services, right from advanced R&D to software and engineering for production programs and complete vehicle program management.

Tata Elxsi was recognized this year for its contribution to an innovative industry-first feature, which is now available in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.  Tata Elxsi was responsible for the development of this module, including the application, base software, integration and testing. The design delivers a scalable common architecture, which can be used across multiple variants and programs, resulting in not only a differentiated feature for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, but also significant cost and weight savings along with the benefits of complete ownership of the software.

Speaking about the award, Anil Sondur, Executive Vice President, Tata Elxsi, said, “Winning the Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award is a great moment for us, and, reaffirms the fact that we are strategically aligned to Jaguar Land Rover’s vision and roadmap, and understand their commitment to design & technology. We take pride in supporting Jaguar Land Rover to achieve its goals of building  cars that combine distinctive design and superlative technology

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Panasonic Eyes Rs. 2,000 Cr Revenue from Smartphone Business Across India

Japanese tech major Panasonic expects a revenue of Rs. 2,000 crore from its smartphone business this year as it revamps operations by launching new devices and undertakes aggressive marketing.

The company plans to launch as many as 28 devices this year, priced in the range of Rs. 6,000 to Rs.20,000.

“We ended our partnership with Jaina in April and are now pursuing the smartphone business on our own. Last few months have been spent on preparing for the launch and now we are ready to bring in the best products for Indian customers,” Pankaj Rana, Panasonic India Business Head, Mobility Division, told PTI. He added that the company is targeting the youth with its smartphone offerings so as to convert them into buyers of its consumer durables range also.

Panasonic has also roped in actor Taapsee Pannu as brand ambassador, along with Varun Dhawan, for the smartphone vertical.

“We will launch 28 smartphones this year. About 20 will be offline and rest will be online. In the next 30–40 days, we will bring in 11 of these into the offline market,” Rana said. The companyhas been trying to make inroads into the hyper competitive Indian smartphone market but has not met much success.

India is one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets. Driven by increasing data consumption and falling data prices, a huge number of feature phone users are also migrating to smartphones and seek affordable devices.

According to research firm IDC, 27 million smartphones were shipped to India in the January–March quarter of 2017.

Samsung led the market with 28.1 per cent share, Xiaomi and Vivo had 14.2 per cent and 10.5 per cent share respectively. Lenovo had 9.5 per cent, while Oppo had 9.3 per cent share in the said quarter.

“We are not running after market share. We are working on strengthening our brand presence and delivering quality products to customers. This year, we hope to get Rs. 2,000 crore in revenue from the smartphone business,” Rana said. He added that last year, the smartphone business had revenue of about Rs. 1,400 crore.

He said the company expects tier II and III cities to account for major chunk of the sales, especially states like Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

Panasonic will also use its 250 exclusive retail counters that sell its other products to showcase its handsets. “Apart from the exclusive counters, we are working with distributors across states and large format retail stores to reach customers,” he said.

Mahindra Unveils Superior Tech Tractor Jivo for South Indian Market

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES), a part of the US$19 billion Mahindra Group today announced the launch of the Mahindra JIVO in Bengaluru. A new age, superior technology small tractor platform in the sub 25HP category, the Mahindra JIVO is suitable for row crop and horticulture farming. The tractor is available in the 4WD version with engine power of 24HP and PTO power of 22HP. It will be sold in Karnataka with immediate effect at a starting price of Rs. 4.00 lacs for the 4WD model, ex-showroom Karnataka.

With the launch of JIVO, Mahindra entered the growing segment of Horticulture and Row crop farming. Mahindra JIVO has been designed keeping in mind the latent needs of this specialized farming segment and is an ideal choice for the farmers owing to its narrow and compact build and high power.  

Developed ground up, the Mahindra JIVO is a highly versatile tractor that can be used across multiple applications including crop care, land preparation and inter culture activities. Mahindra’s first sub 25HP 4WD tractor, it is a high performance tractor that leads the segment with best-in-class torque and fuel efficiency. Further, its highest PTO HP and narrow turning radius make it ideal for spraying in vineyard applications.

With Innovation and Technology as its bedrock, Mahindra is working on redefining the face of farming in the future. The company embarked on various initiatives towards this end and the recently launched Farming 3.0 platform will help in taking farm mechanization to the next level.

Speaking at the Mahindra JIVO launch in Bengaluru, Ravindra Shahane, Vice President – Marketing, Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. “We are happy to present Indian farmers with the Mahindra JIVO that will help in small farm mechanisation with its multi-application suitability. With its compact size, stylish and comfortable design, class leading power, attractive price, best in class PTO HP and high fuel efficiency, I am sure that the Mahindra JIVO will be an instant hit in this specialized farming segment”.

The tractor is specially designed for operator comfort. Its small steering wheel, easy to operate pedals, gear shift lever located on fenders and suspension seat make the JIVO extremely comfortable to operate over long hours.

The Mahindra JIVO also comes with modern styling. With its wrap around head lamps, silver add on, attractive decals and sculpted bonnet this stylish tractor is sure to catch the attention of the farmer.

The new Mahindra JIVO is equipped with key features for more benefits:
-       Fuel efficient Mahindra DI engine – Best-in-class fuel efficiency
-       Automatic Depth & Draft Control (ADDC) – Ideal for land preparation activities
-       8 Forward + 4 Reverse transmission – More speed options to choose from
-       Side shift gears – Open floor space & comfortable gear shifting
-       High ground clearance – Useful in crop care applications
-       4WD – More traction even on wet fields
-       2 Speed PTO – Improves rotavator application
-       750 KG lift capacity – Best in class lift allows the farmer to operate bigger implements
-       High top speed of 25 KMPH – More trips to move farm produce
-       Highest PTO power – For continuous spraying in Vineyard applications

The Mahindra JIVO 245 4WD will also be available in unique two tone red & silver sheet metal and will be equipped with Mahindra DiGiSENSE technology which will enable farmers to get updates on their tractors’ performance as well alerts on a real time basis.

Going forward, a 20 HP 2WD product has been planned on the JIVO platform, which will be launched during October - December 2017 period.

Infosys Gurgaon Concludes its First Flagship SPARK Program

The Infosys Gurgaon Development Centre (DC) organized its flagship SPARK program, a special initiative driven by the recruitment team at Infosys, for students from top Engineering schools. This program aspires to enhance the skill levels and industry readiness of engineering graduates in the country. Over 200 students participated in the event.

The power packed day began with context setting and ice-breaking sessions, followed by a corporate presentation about Infosys. During the day, the students were introduced to ‘Project Think Approach’, where participants were divided into teams to complete a complex task with many moving parts and several constraints. The session helped students in understanding the importance of working together, managing time and dependencies, assigning responsibilities, critical path and deliverables.

The one-day program involved various fun activities including quizzes, group activities, exciting prizes and more, to enhance its interactive quotient. Students also got to witness the top-quality infrastructure and facilities at the Infosys Gurgaon DC.

FarEye Partners With BlurDart to Further Enhance Its Customers Experience & Reduce Carbon Footprint

FarEye, a Global Logistics Management Solution announces its partnership with Blue Dart to further enhance its customer experience and reduce its carbon footprint. Blue Dart is South Asia's premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, and a differentiated solution provider for all merchandise delivery offerings from e-tailing companies in the country. Today Blue Dart is the largest express courier company with a 46.5% market share in the organised air express segment in India and a 13.5% market share in the organised ground express market.

A leader in the express logistics industry in India, Blue Dart has been at the forefront of best-in-class technological innovations and continuously invests in technology to further improve its operational efficiency and enhance its superior customer experience. Being a SaaS platform, FarEye became an apt fit as it seamlessly integrated with the existing systems at Blue Dart, making the company’s IT infrastructure more flexible and agile.
Under the partnership, FarEye’s technology platform is managing deliveries for Blue Dart along with various unique and innovative features like caller ID functionality to identify customer call with docket number and other details, reattempt delivery option for undelivered products (increases workforce efficiency and delivers enhanced customer satisfaction), live monitoring of field executive on maps, click to call and SMS etc. FarEye’s platform can also work in offline environment.

FarEye has proved to be a partner of choice for Blue Dart in several ways:
Cost reduction: By using the right algorithms, FarEye optimises the work schedules and routes for each delivery personnel.

Value Creation: FarEye’s systems have helped Blue Dart to bridge this gap and provide personalised & seamless customer experience.

Reduced Carbon Footprint: Missing a package delivery impacts a worker’s efficiency but at the same time, the second or third trip, increases the carbon footprint of delivery. Besides this, by digitalising operations, most of the processes are now going paperless.

Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart said, “Blue Dart is delighted to partner with FarEye. We are a highly focused and insanely customer centric brand and this partnership will only enable to enhance the experience for our customers. FarEye’s platform is scalable, future-oriented and flexible and has enabled us to have complete visibility of each shipment and keep the customer informed at every step, ‘real-time’. It has also helped us in automating first mile pickups and last mile deliveries and going almost paperless, a small step in reinforcing our goal to have zero emissions by 2050”.

Kushal Nahata, Co-founder & CEO FarEye said, “The dawn of digitalization created the need for enterprises to adopt mobility solutions in order to overcome the operational complexities with the help of an added visibility layer. Our association with Blue Dart has been a massive learning for us and we have tried to put in our best and rolled out innovative solutions based on challenges faced by their team. The amount of learning we had working with Blue Dart is immense and has been our greatest reward. FarEye is an enterprise grade technology platform and we were lucky that Blue Dart evaluated us on capability as compared to other MNC IT companies. This motivates us to work even harder to be able to provideunbeatable innovative products which help our clients deliver their brand promise 'real-time’.”

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