Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Accenture Opens Innovation Hub in Pune to House It’s Second Nano Lab in Asia Pacific

Accenture has opened its third Innovation Hub in India, expanding its innovation capabilities for clients. The Accenture Innovation Hub in Pune provides an immersive environment for clients to co-innovate with Accenture experts in a variety of industries and across a range of advanced technologies, including extended reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, blockchain and quantum computing, among others.

Part of Accenture’s global innovation network, the Innovation Hub in Pune will seamlessly integrate with the Innovation Hub in Bengaluru and the Innovation Hub in Hyderabad, and will bring best of innovations and capabilities from India using state-of-the-art collaboration technologies.

“Rapid technology innovations are increasing the competitive pressure on businesses across the globe. At Accenture, we are focused on helping our clients predict and prepare for these changes by applying advanced technologies to shape their future,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “Our new Innovation Hub in Pune will bring together the best of Accenture’s technology and innovation capabilities from around the world, enable our clients to scale their technology investments and boost their business outcomes across the enterprise, and create new opportunities for local talent.”

Located in SP Infocity in Pune, the new innovation hub will have more than 1,200 people working out of it and will feature Accenture’s second Nano Lab in the Asia-Pacific region. The Nano Lab will showcase the latest breakthroughs in applied research from Accenture Labs worldwide, featuring uses for advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, extended reality and quantum computing. It will allow clients to connect with researchers in Accenture Labs globally through immersive sessions and workshops.

Some of the focus areas of the innovation hub include helping clients develop new customer experiences using digital technologies to address the growing complexity of brand-customer interaction, and using the Industry X.0 framework and resources to help clients accelerate innovation outcomes and recast business models.

Accenture Innovation Hubs are an integral part of the Accenture Innovation Architecture, which brings together capabilities needed to ideate, prototype, build and scale disruptive solutions for clients across geographies and industries. The Innovation Hub in Pune will join others in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, India; Recife and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Shenzhen, China; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; Zurich; Perth, Australia; Singapore; and 11 Innovation Hubs in the United States, including Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Detroit; Houston; New York; San Francisco; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

McAfee Offers Managed Threat Detection and Response Platform Collaborating With DXC Technology

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, has announced that it is launching a global Managed Detection and Response (MDR) platform. DXC Technology will be McAfee’s first strategic MDR partner to leverage McAfee’s MVISION EDR solution to proactively detect cyber threats faced by customers and resolve security incidents faster.

With a rapidly evolving threat landscape, cybersecurity talent has been unable to keep up with demand. A report from (ISC)2 estimates the global IT security skills shortage to exceed four million unfilled positions up from nearly three million in 2018, putting acute pressure on skilled security operations personnel. MVISION EDR’s AI-guided investigations help DXC alleviate these challenges for its customers by proactively identifying threats that matter, and by shortening the investigation time.

“We recognized that while MVISION EDR enables security teams to act faster and with higher precision than was previously possible, it was important to find a partner that could help deliver a fully managed threat detection and response service for organizations that needed it,” said Ash Kulkarni, executive vice president and chief product officer of the enterprise business group at McAfee. “DXC was selected due to their proven security expertise in threat hunting and forensic investigation, as well as their deep knowledge of endpoint security. We are excited to see our partnership expand into new areas of growth that support these vital customer needs.”

“As threats continue to grow and become more sophisticated, it’s important to understand that not all organizations have the time nor resources to manage a modern security operations center,” said Mark Hughes, senior vice president and general manager, Security, DXC Technology. “With MVISION EDR, MVISION ePO and McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, we will be able to deliver a leading managed Endpoint Security solution that will benefit from cloud-based analytics with automated AI-guided investigations for efficient triage and investigations, to enable faster response times.”

DXC will deliver the following MDR services:

Threat Hunting – This service, which augments MVISION EDR with DXC’s Threat Intelligence and hunting expertise, will proactively uncover advanced attacks and stop breaches to minimize impact.
Forensics and Investigations – Using MVISION EDR’s automated AI-guided investigations, this service will immediately conduct in-depth investigations of endpoint security alerts and incidents to identify the origin of compromise, extent of the breach, and malicious actor attribution and intent. DXC will provide specific recommendations to contain the ongoing incident, minimize potential damage, develop or enhance security capabilities to prevent future breaches, and finally, assist in remediation coordination.
Complete Managed Endpoint Threat Detection and Response Service – Upon availability, this service will provide a 24x7 end-to-end Managed Endpoint Threat Detection and Response service that will address the needs of organizations with limited to no security staff.
This announcement enhances the collaboration between McAfee and DXC to accompany the Managed Endpoint Protection (MEP) service.

Trend Micro Blocks Over 61 Million Ransomware Attacks in 2019

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today released its 2019 security roundup report. The report details the most important issues and changes in the threat landscape to provide businesses with insights into best practices and strategies for protecting their infrastructures from current and emerging threats.

Ransomware continued to be a mainstay cyber threat last year. Overall, Trend Micro discovered a 10% increase in ransomware detections, despite a 57% decrease in the number of new ransomware families. The healthcare sector remained the most targeted industry, with more than 700 providers affected in 2019. Additionally, at least 110 US state and municipal governments and agencies fell victim to ransomware.

“Digital transformation has been a business buzzword for decades, and the concept has yielded very positive results over time. But security is often an afterthought, which leaves digital doors wide open for cybercriminals,” said Jon Clay, director of global threat communications for Trend Micro. “Despite the prevalent ideals of digital transformation, lack of basic security hygiene, legacy systems with outdated operating systems and unpatched vulnerabilities are still a reality. This scenario is ideal for ransomware actors looking for a quick return on investment. As long as the ransom scheme continues to be profitable, criminals will continue to leverage it.”

Known vulnerabilities remain key to successful cyber attacks, including ransomware. In 2019, Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) disclosed 171% more high severity vulnerabilities than in 2018. The criticality score reflects the likelihood of these flaws being leveraged by attackers, so high severity bugs are more likely to be weaponized and the patches should be prioritized.

To protect against today’s threat landscape, Trend Micro recommends a connected threat defense across gateways, networks, servers and endpoints. Additionally, these best practices can increase a company’s security posture:

Mitigate ransomware with network segmentation, regular back-ups and continuous network monitoring.
Update and patch systems and software to protect against known vulnerabilities.
Enable virtual patching, especially for operating systems that are no longer supported by the vendor.
Implement multi-factor authentication and least privilege access policies to prevent abuse of tools that can be accessed via admin credentials, like remote desktop protocol, PowerShell and developer tools.

Land Rover Begins Bookings of the New Defender at Price from Rs 69.99 Lakh Onwards


* The icon reimagined for the 21st century ready to make its entry into India
* New Defender to be offered in both 90 and 110 body styles; powered by 2.0 l, 221 kW (300 PS) petrol powertrain
* Bookings are now open for the world-class expert off-road and on, with deliveries to begin from August 2020

Jaguar Land Rover India, today announced that it has opened bookings of the New Land Rover Defender in India. Offered with a 2.0 l, 221 kW (300PS) petrol powertrain with 400 Nm of torque, the New Defender will be available in two distinct body styles, the elegant 90 (3 door) and the versatile 110 (5 door) as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and is priced from ₹ 69.99 Lakh (ex-showroom India).

Rohit Suri, President & Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), said:

“The New Defender embraces its rich lineage in a modern, 21st century package that makes it extremely capable, on and off-road. With the entry of this icon to India, we are extremely proud to offer to our customers, the most capable and durable product in the Land Rover portfolio, while still retaining the authenticity and character of the original.”

The New Defender will be offered in five different variants across both 90 and 110; Base, S, SE, HSE and First Edition. Built for adventurous hearts and curious minds, the New Land Rover Defender is highly customisable with a multitude of seating options, accessory packs and features to choose from. For India, the New Defender will come with 360° Surround Camera, Wade Sensing, Electronic Air Suspension (Standard on 110), Smartphone Pack, Connected Navigation Pro, Off-Road tyres, Centre Console with refrigerated compartment (optional) and more.

More details on the New Land Rover Defender are available on

Land Rover Product Portfolio in India

The Land Rover range in India includes the Range Rover Evoque (starting at ₹ 54.94 Lakh),  Discovery Sport (starting at ₹ 57.06 Lakh), the Range Rover Velar (priced at ₹ 71.87 Lakh),  Discovery (starting at ₹ 75.60 Lakh), Range Rover Sport (starting at ₹ 87.02 Lakh) and Range Rover (starting at ₹ 182.25 Lakh). All prices mentioned are ex-showroom prices in India.

Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Network in India

Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are available in India in 24 cities, through 27 authorized outlets in Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Karnal, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai , Noida, Pune, Raipur, Surat and Vijayawada.

Brigade Partners with Oakter to Unveil Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Automation

Brigade Group, a leading real estate developer, has partnered with home automation company Oakter to provide smart home solutions to its future residents. As part of its Brigade Plus Easy Home packages, a one stop solution for customized home offerings, Brigade customers will now be able to leverage the benefits of Amazon Alexa. With the help of Alexa, residents will be able to control their home devices such as lights, fans, ACs, TVs, cameras, geysers, listen to the music of their choice, get news updates, make shopping lists and much more, just through voice.

Brigade Plus Easy Home packages offers customers a host of interior solutions such as modular kitchens, electrical fittings, and now the newly announced Alexa-enabled smart home solutions to help them conveniently move into their new homes without the hassle of dealing with various contractors and vendors.

Since 1986, Brigade has been at the forefront of pioneering new trends across sectors – be it establishing the first serviced apartments in Bengaluru, designing large-scale integrated enclaves, introducing the iconic World Trade Center brand to South India and founding the acclaimed Indian Music Experience Museum. With this latest association, Brigade provides customers with tech-enabled designer interior solutions that literally speak their mind!

On this occasion, Ms. Pavitra Shankar, Executive Director, Brigade Enterprises Ltd., said, “There is a shift in customer preferences for homes that have security, convenience and optimised energy consumption to conserve resources. It makes sense that our offerings are updated to accommodate these new devices and technological advancements.”

According to Dilip R.S, Country Manager, Alexa Skills and Voice Services, Amazon India, “With nearly a 5X increase in Alexa-enabled Smart Home users in 2019, customers love the convenience of voice controlling their world. We are excited to see Brigade Group offer this delight of voice-controlled smart home devices with the Brigade Plus Easy Home packages.”

Smart home has become one of the most popular Alexa features and customers are increasingly experimenting with home automation, starting with something as simple as light bulbs. Alexa can seamlessly bring the smart home experience to life. The convenience of controlling smart home devices with simple commands such as “Alexa, turn on the lights”, set timers, ask for information, listen to the news or favourite music, set up quick reminders, add items to their to do list/ shopping list and much more is gaining momentum among customers.

Launched in 2015, Oakter manufactures smart-home appliances compatible with Amazon Alexa, and will be implementing these solutions across Brigade Plus Easy Home Packages. As per Varun Gupta, CTO of Oakter, “Software features are becoming more important in homes. We are delighted to partner with Brigade Group to bring in delightful experience of automation and voice control.”

Brigade has set up multiple model apartments showcasing furnishing options along with the Alexa enabled home automation systems, at the following locations across Bengaluru.

* Brigade Buena Vista, Budigere Cross
* Plumeria at Brigade Meadows, Kanakapura Road
* Brigade Panorama, Mysore Road
* Deodar at Brigade Orchards, Devanahalli
* Brigade El Dorado model unit, World Trade Center Bengaluru

Global Aggregator of Coworking Spaces - CoFynd Flags Off Operations in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida

CoFynd, the emerging aggregation platform for the booking of coworking spaces, have commenced its operations in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida. With the launch of their platform, CoFynd aims to offer event spaces, training rooms, meeting rooms, conference rooms along with the co-working spaces.  They provide these spaces and work environment for start-ups, young/small-medium sized enterprises, and professionals.

Launching a company all on your own can be thrilling, but also quite tough. One may feel isolated in the home office, but hesitant to look for permanent traditional office space because of the high rates. For those sailing in these uncharted waters, CoFynd, a global aggregator for workspaces, will act as an anchor. Whether you are a solopreneur, freelancer or a young team of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, a CoFynd is a perfect place to start and grow.

Coworking is a global phenomenon and it has completely changed the way we work forever. Almost, 2 million people are reported to be working out of Co-working spaces in 2019.  This industry has been growing at 23% since 2010 and number of co-working spaces is expected to double till the year 2022.

However, there are still a lot of challenges in this sector. For instance, there is a lack of a user-friendly platform that can provide standardized information on all co-working spaces.

There is still inability to book spaces online with ease and there is an absence of neutral customer mechanism support. Also, there is absolutely no presence of reviews on spaces to aid correct decisions.

CoFynd recognised all those loopholes and has come up to address and solve those challenges. CoFynd created unbiased platform with standardises listings. It provides the facility to book spaces online with super-ease. The user has the complete support and also has the access to the detailed reviews on co-working spaces.

Putting his thoughts on the same, Atul Gupta, Founder & CEO, CoFynd, said, " CoFynd has been launched to give startups and enterprises a platform where they can find the spaces according to their needs. We provide customised solutions as per their needs. Coworking spaces have become the lifeline of millennials and startups today. The growing demand from freelancers, consultants, and corporates has led to a growth in the co-working sector like never before. The workspaces to be future-ready should be networked, flexible, integrated and innovative, and CoFynd helps you to find one.”

Recently, CoFynd has also raised 1.25 crores of seed funding from some reputed corporates. The funds raised round will be invested across territory expansion plans, technology and marketing strategies.

Speaking about the funding, Atul said, “We are extremely excited to raise the seed funding round. The funds raised by the company will further accelerate the growth of our network and will allow us to broaden our reach and expand our services”.

The strategically located spaces at CoFynd offer access to nearby business centres, provides competitive corporate culture and opportunities to its members for sustained growth. The space is designed to cater to businesses of any size and form to boast diverse working environments having both private offices, cubicles, spacious cabins, meeting rooms, training rooms, and event spaces enabling the clients to choose as per their needs.

This unbiased and unified platform of listing coworking spaces strives to offer ease of discovery and bookings to the user along with 100% offline support for visits, negotiations and closure. It endeavours to give access to like-minded, close-knit, and success-focused professionals who are all driving towards the same goal.

Currently, CoFynd has its presence in Gurugram, Delhi and Noida and are planning to expand in other metro cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai.

About CoFynd

CoFynd, founded in 2019 by Mr Atul Gupta, is into aggregation and booking of coworking spaces. It is a global network and community to find Shared Office Spaces, Coworking Spaces, Private Offices, Business Centers and Meeting Rooms, Training Rooms, for Startups, Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, and Small/Medium Businesses. 

Harmony Expands to India, Bolsters Growth of DeFin the Rapidly Growing FinTech Sector

Harmony, a Silicon Valley-based scalable blockchain protocol, announced their entry into the Indian market. They are looking towards establishing partnerships in India’s startup ecosystem and foster the development of blockchain solutions in the Fintech space. With Fintech in India already booming, blockchain protocols are looking for meaningful integrations with startups and enterprises in the space to solve real pain-points.

Harmony is looking to partner, invest in, incubate and offer grants to developers and fintech startups looking to solve problems across cross-border transactions, trade finance, commodities finance, gaming, and virtual goods and many other industries. Entrepreneurs will be able to use Harmony’s open-source platform and tools, leveraging the native ONE token to power utility across a variety of use cases. In the first phase, Harmony will pick 5 partners/developers to work on the cross-fi and de-fi use cases.

According to the EY Global FinTech Adoption Index 2019, the adoption of FinTech in India has grown by 87% which is 64% higher than the average global rate. This growth has been attributed to several factors such as government initiatives, ease in access to innovative products and onboarding of users, and the willingness of the consumer market to adopt non-financial services brands if they are partnered with their existing banks.

A report by Invest India states that the overall transaction value in the Indian FinTech market is estimated to jump from approximately $65 bn in 2019 to $140 bn in 2023, overtaking China as Asia’s top FinTech funding target market. Additionally, a report by Gartner stipulated that blockchain technology has the potential to generate 3 trillion USD per year by 2034. With the present trends, the adoption of blockchain in the fintech space is going to open up several opportunities for India’s startup ecosystem. With the two areas of blockchain and FinTech set to grow in tandem, Indian startups and up-and-coming projects can really use the support via collaborations from experienced players like Harmony.

Harmony Protocol is one of the leading blockchain protocols that has made significant strides in solving one of the biggest problems in space - linear scalability. Due to this, Harmony is one of the top seven decentralised networks in the world alongside Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Ripple’s XRP. They already have a live mainnet and their native ONE token is listed on several cryptocurrency exchanges. 

The Harmony team is excited to collaborate with  FinTech startups and developers in India that are looking to solve and scale their products and use-cases by leveraging a fast, secure and decentralized blockchain platform. In order to facilitate this, Harmony is partnering with IBC Media - a startup that connects innovators with enterprises to solve real-world problem statements, to facilitate their vision in India.

“We’re excited to enable next-gen Fin-tech products & use cases in India that leverage a fast & secure blockchain . Given that India’s consumer base is adept with using sophisticated intra-country payment options like the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and several digital wallets, we see an opportunity to support the growth of this sector and are excited to collaborate with IBC Media to chart out this journey in India. Harmony will definitely enable the creation and innovation of highly-scalable, secure, FinTech solutions.”Sahil Dewan, Co-Founder, Harmony said.

With respect to India’s growing need for business solutions in the field of cross-border finance, (person) also expressed that Harmony can enable the creation of solutions to reduce the time consumed with faster, transparent, and secure, products.

“We are very happy that Harmony protocol is looking at India as a serious market and believe that they will be a big proponent in driving the growth of the fintech sector in India” said Raghu Mohan, CEO of IBC Media, “At IBC Media, we resonate with Harmony’s vision to scale trust for billions of people and create a fair economy. We are excited to partner with them to create better opportunities and innovate in the Fintech space in India. While it is still early days for blockchain in the country’s fintech sector, such collaborative efforts will explore more widespread adoption going forward.”

About Harmony:

The Harmony Protocol is a proof-of-stake blockchain that uses sharding to reach extremely fast, large-scale settlement for millions of users and helps businesses build marketplaces with fungible and non-fungible tokens. They facilitate the creation of blockchain solutions with zero-knowledge proof-enabled privacy and security. With their entry into the Indian market, Harmony will focus on leveraging India’s rich startup ecosystem and increase blockchain adoption through Decentralized finance (DeFi) and Cross border Finance (CrossFi).

MoneyTap Appoints Barindra Dutta as Director of Data Sciences

A veteran in the lending and financial industry, Barindra joins MoneyTap from Indiabulls, a leading financial services group in housing and consumer finance, where he was the Head of Advanced Analytics. At Indiabulls, he led the development of a scalable, cost-effective sourcing solution. Previously, he has worked at CLIX Capital Pvt Ltd as the Head of Data Science and held multiple leadership positions at American Express and GE Capital, bringing more than 15 years of experience in the consumer lending and analytics space.

Barindra is an Indian Statistical Institute and IIT Kharagpur alumnus, where he did a Masters in Computer Science and a Masters in Mathematics respectively.

“We are thrilled to have Barindra on board at the focal point of our growth story. He brings to the table an in-depth knowledge of scaling data-driven decisioning platforms. We look forward to his astute guidance as we scale to the next level while maintaining our industry edge in innovation and our strong credit discipline, said Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder, MoneyTap, Kunal Varma.

“MoneyTap will give me an opportunity to build the next-gen, data-driven decisioning platform across the lending lifecycle. I’m looking forward to working with the amazing tech team to scale businesses in India and international markets,” said Barindra Dutta on his appointment.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Quantum Celebrates 40 Years of Leading-Edge Data Storage and Management Solutions

Quantum Corp. has marked the company’s 40-year anniversary as an innovator in data storage and management with celebrations at its San Jose, California headquarters and its other global offices, honoring the company’s founders. The milestone highlights Quantum’s heritage of innovation in data storage and management solutions, as the company embarks on a new phase of growth with a series of new product introductions that have expanded the company’s portfolio of offerings for storing and managing video and other unstructured data. The anniversary celebration follows Quantum’s new listing to the NASDAQ stock exchange, as well as its announced plans to acquire the ActiveScale object storage business.

A Company Built on Innovation

Quantum got its start February of 1980 when executives and designers from Shugart Associates, IBM and Memorex designed an 8-inch hard drive that could achieve high performance without the cost or complexity of using a full closed-loop servo system – a major innovation at that time. The company went public in 1982 and continued expanding its product portfolio. Quantum acquired the DEC data storage division in 1994, adding tape automation products to its offerings.

Quantum sold its hard disk drive business in 2001, and in 2006 acquired Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC), including the company’s Scalar® tape libraries, StorNext® filesystem software, and deduplication technology which served as the foundation for DXi backup appliances.

Today, Quantum is an industry leader in the storage and management of video and other unstructured data. According to industry analyst IDC, by 2025 80% of the world’s data will be video or video-like data*, positioning Quantum for growth with its leading video infrastructure portfolio. The company continues to innovate, with six new major product launches in the last year alone, extending the company’s multi-tiered storage for demanding workflows. The StorNext file system has been widely adopted by the media and entertainment industry and was recently recognized with a Technical Emmy award for its pioneering Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) technology. Quantum Scalar tape products have been adopted as the backbone of some of the world’s largest hyperscale archive environments. Entertainment companies, sports franchises, researchers, government agencies, enterprises, and cloud providers turn to Quantum to preserve, protect and manage their most vital data assets.

Supporting Quotes

“Quantum’s heritage goes back to Silicon Valley’s earliest days when the area first captured the world’s attention as a center of innovation,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO, Quantum. “Today we’re applying technology to enrich people’s lives in ways they could scarcely imagine four decades ago.

Microsoft Fuels Tech Intensity in India - Showcases Innovation Across Sectors at Future Decoded: Tech Summit

At Future Decoded : Tech Summit, a conclave for Indian developers, technologists and industry leaders, Microsoft today showcased how innovative use of technology is driving stories of success across businesses and communities across the country.

Indian businesses and startups are emerging as innovation leaders, signaling how state-of-the-art technology can drive growth, enhance customer experience and tackle some of India’s most pressing societal and environmental issues, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Currently visiting India, Nadella said that Microsoft’s mission was to help organizations jump-start their growth through transformational tech intensity  -  which results from enterprises adopting best-in-class  technology rapidly, building their own digital capability, and having trust both in the technology they use and the companies they partner with.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to apply technology to drive economic growth that is inclusive, trusted and sustainable everywhere, including in India,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “That’s why we are partnering with leaders in every industry across the country to help them build their own digital capability, transform their organizations and achieve more in this new era.”

Addressing Future Decoded: Tech Summit, Nadella outlined examples of tech intensity from Indian organizations.

Azure – the preferred cloud platform for unicorns

MYNTRA:  Myntra, India’s leading destination for fashion and lifestyle, is using Azure to focus on innovation, speed and agility and strengthen their leadership position even further. The elasticity of Azure is helping Myntra scale rapidly for big spikes that occur routinely during festive seasons. Since the deployment of Azure, Myntra, has recorded a 50 percent rise in orders in the latest edition of its biennial End of Reason Sale.

UDAAN:   Udaan, the fastest Indian startup to become a unicorn, is a born on Azure company, With a lean technology engineering team, Udaan leverages Azure for all their infrastructure and cloud needs that span business functions, like lending credit, logistics and e-commerce. Azure provides the tech platform that enables Udaan to be agile in building out technologies that help them rapidly increase their coverage and scale.

Dynamics 365 - helping to deliver business outcomes as a service

ROYAL ENFIELD: Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production in the world, had multiple IT systems that were unable to provide a single view of customers. This led to higher turnaround times, as well employee and customer dissatisfaction. They integrated reporting capabilities across departments, deploying D365 across its operations – specifically D365 Sales, Service, Field Service, Retail, Finance and Operations. This has improved customer experience/touchpoints across the sales journey – from the sale itself to post-sales service. They are now able to follow up after a test ride and capture customer feedback, and also seek services appointments actively. Moreover, they are also able to generate new insights across operations, for example they can identify the most frequent reasons for repeat repairs. The solution is now live at 120 dealers & distributors.

EUREKA FORBES: Eureka Forbes has a 6000+ strong door to door sales team – one of the largest direct sales forces in India. Their sales model needed to be modernized for an era in which customer expectations are changing and behaviors are changing, such as checking products online. Moreover, there is new friction in the buying process, such as gated communities restricting access. Eureka Forbes has consolidated seven different CRM systems onto Dynamics 365, Salespeople can access customer info directly on their smartphones, including granular insights like water quality and the right product to sell in real time.

How innovation improves outcomes for everyone, everywhere

Microsoft is committed to empower individuals, organizations and society towards fulfilling the promise of holistic growth. The company believes that it has an enormous opportunity and responsibility to ensure that its always benefits everyone on the planet, including the planet itself.

HAMS: Road safety is a major public health issue in India and across the world. The HAMS (Harnessing Automobiles for Safety) solution, developed by Microsoft Research, aims to mitigate this. In pilots underway. a smartphone attached to the car’s windshield authenticates the driver is the same as the license applicant. It also monitors the driving test to ensure that the test is fool-proof and objective.  At the end of the driving test, HAMS generate the result to show whether the driver has passed the test or not. The implementation has increased the number of driving tests, reduced the time a candidate has to wait to do a test, and also made the tests completely objective both for the evaluator and the candidate.

NARAYANA HEALTH: Narayana Health has used Power BI to improve efficiency across 6,000 beds in its network of  hospitals – from a 60 percent improvement in lab turnaround times to reduction of wastage of blood in the blood banks to  better predicting surgery costs. Power BI dashboards are key to Narayana Health’s vision of offering low cost, world-class healthcare. They are used to track both financial and operational metrics offering real-time insights across all hospitals at Narayana – a process that earlier took as many as two to three weeks to complete. The solutions also measure real-time data of more than 3,000 doctors across 30 comparable parameters.

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft is in India for a three-day tour. For more details about Nadella’s India visit please refer to  and follow #FutureDecoded to join the conversation on Twitter.

Honda Unveils All New BS-VI Dio Price Starts Rs. 64,584 in Bangalore


* 110cc HET BSVI PGM-FI engine powered by eSP (Enhanced Smart Power) technology
* As many as 20 new patent applications
* NEW Silent Start System: Patented ACG starter motor ensures quick, silent, jolt-free start every time
* New Fully Digital Meter: Interactive fully digital meter to share real-time informatics
* NEW Side Stand Indicator with Engine Cut-off* prevents engine start while the side stand is engaged enabling a convenient and carefree ride
* Fresh Sporty & Aggressive look: Redefined signature LED position lamp, NEW Logo & Graphics and NEW Rear Split Grab Rail
* Get an enhanced convenience & comfort with NEW Telescopic Suspension, NEW 12-inch Front Wheel, NEW Integrated Dual Function Switch & NEW DC LED Head Lamp**
* Special 6-year warranty package NEW (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty)
* Dio BSVI available in 2 variants (Standard & Deluxe), price starts Rs. 64,584(ex-showroom Bangalore)

Taking another step towards #AQuietRevolution, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today celebrated 18 years of India’s 1st moto-scooter with the launch of all new BSVI Dio in Bangalore. On the launch day itself, Honda 2Wheelers India delivered 301 units of Dio BSVI across Bangalore!

Speaking on Dio BSVI, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “South has always been an important market for Honda 2Wheelers India and Honda is the leading 2Wheeler brand in the region with 34% market share. Dio has grown today to become the second highest selling two-wheeler in the south region. We are confident that with its new sporty aggressive design and advanced technology; the new Dio BSVI will create yet another excitement among fun-seeking youngsters.”

Innovation in Technology

With as many as 20 new patent applications, Honda the all new Dio is developed with a revolutionizing style for youth.  At the heart of Dio BSVI ticks Bharat Stage VI compliant Honda’s trusted 110cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, boosted by Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) NEW technology.

The eSP technology integrates Honda’s unique ACG starter (for a quick, jolt free engine start), reduced friction (for an improved fuel efficiency) and Programmed Fuel Injection (6 intelligent sensors result in smoother and linear output).

Honda’s NEW Enhanced Smart Tumble Flow technology (eSTT) improves combustion using reverse flow phenomenon and optimizing inlet port shape. NEW Full digital meter with 3 new real time informatics like Range (displays distance one can travel with existing fuel in tank), Average fuel efficiency (for overall fuel efficiency display) & Real-time Fuel Efficiency for a rich riding experience.

Side Stand Indicator with Engine Cut-off* NEW prevents engine start while the side stand is engaged giving a convenient and safe ride.

Fresh Style Revolution

Honda Dio’s fresh design language with redesigned front ribs and new signature LED Position Lamp provide an aggressive stance to the moto-scooter. The modern tail lamp design, sport split grab rail, sharper ‘Dio’ logo NEW & Striking Graphics NEW make it an irresistible choice for fun seeking young customers.

Enhanced Convenience & Comfort

Eliminating all the hassle of rough roads is the NEWTelescopic Suspension and NEWDC LED headlamp. Making every ride on new BSVI Dio comfortable and convenient is the Combi-Brake System (CBS) with equalizer and 3-step adjustable rear suspension NEW along with increased wheelbase (+22mm).

A dual-functioning Engine Start/Stop switch NEW to start over the engine with a flick of finger. Integrated Dual Function Switch NEW provides single switch access to under seat storage space as well as External Fuel Lid NEW.

Passing Switch NEW provides the convenience of controlling high beam/low beam & passing signal from one single switch. Store more while on the go with the premium quality NEW Front Pocket.

New meter design comes with 3-Step Eco Indicator to help achieve the best fuel efficiency and On-Board Diagnostic feature of Malfunction light NEW which automatically detects any malfunction in the engine with the help of sensors.

Essential Reliability

As another industry first, Honda will also be offering a special 6-year warranty package NEW (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on Dio BSVI.

Price, variants & colors

New Dio BSVI will be available in two variants - Standard & Deluxe. The Standard variant will be offered in 4 color options - Mat Axis Grey Metallic, Candy Jazzy Blue, Sports Red & Vibrant Orange. The Deluxe variant will be offered in 3 color options - Mat Sangria Red Metallic, Dazzle Yellow Metallic & Mat Axis Grey Metallic.

The all new Dio BSVI is priced attractively starting from Rs. 64,584 (Ex-showroom, Bangalore).

IBM and NASSCOM Foundation Make 2500+ Students Employment Ready Across India

IBM and NASSCOM Foundation today jointly announced the culmination of the first year of its New-collar Employability Skills Program. Under the program, more than 2500 students from 23 colleges across various regions of Karnataka, NCR and Haryana completed IBM certified courses on Data Science and Cloud computing.

IBM has been progressing technical, soft and life-skills development in youth to prepare them for the ‘new collar’ jobs.  This unique CSR intervention by IBM engaged students through an on-campus approach in a 204 hour-long blended training model that uses online and face-face training imersions to build skills in new-age technologies like Data Science and Cloud Computing.  Students from 23 Tier-2 and Tier-3 non-technical institutions were trained by training partners TMI and iPrimed. The colleges chosen for the program included Vijaya Evening College, East Point College, Vidya Vahini College, Vivekanand Degree College, Karnataka college Dharwad, Siddaganga College, Siddhaganga Women's College* and several colleges in Dharwar, Bhagalkot, Gadag, Koppal, Nargund, and Bangalore, and Tumkur.

Speaking at the occasion, Manoj Balachandran, Leader, Corporate Social Responsibility, IBM India Pvt. Ltd said, ‘Today technology forces are creating new ecosystems that are transforming operating models- including learning and skills development.  We are extremely proud to see that these new-age learners, many who are not from urban Bangalore, are adapting to digital platform learning and becoming adaptive leaders. The skills development collaboration with education institutions and our program partners; the response we received from new age employers – with over 750 students receiving new collar employment offers - more than 60%  of these students being girls – indicating that the ecosystem is gearing up for the skills and jobs of the future.”

Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “Today, India enjoys a demographic dividend where more than 50% of its population is in working age group and the youth surge presents an opportunity for our country to enhance its growth as well as source skills to the rest of the world. Most of these youth study in non-technical degree colleges, and the IBM new collar program focuses on making these students employable in the tech industry. We are delighted to see this new and unique initiative succeed and we are happy to share that we will be continuing this partnership for the second year as well and make 2500 more students from non-tech  institutes employable.”

Post the training, NASSCOM Foundation, IBM, with its training partners, has been conducting various placement drives and has already placed 800+ students from the program in organizations like HGS, HCL Technologies, Mphasis, among others.

IBM new collar skilling initiatives in India also include:

* Early last year, IBM announced a significant engagement in India to advance the skills and careers of more than 200,000 (2 lakh) female students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Today, IBM has collaborations with state governments including —Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Bihar, and Punjab. The program will enroll more schools across the country in the coming months

* A two-year Advanced Diploma Programme in emerging technologies have been created in collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, which will be available to 100 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), including 50 all-women ITIs, over the next three years. IBM also offered internships of up to five months to some students, presenting an opportunity for them to further deepen their skills and understanding in emerging fields such as Cloud and AI. Currently, 40 ITI’s have been enlisted to initiate the 2 years diploma program in this academic year

* IBM also announced the launch of Skills Build platform in collaboration with Directorate General of Training under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). As part of the program, a two-year advanced diploma in IT, networking and cloud computing, co-created and designed by IBM, will be offered at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) & National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs).

IMPACT in Numbers

·       Trained and Certified: 2537
·       Colleges: 27
·       Trainers: TMI and iPrimed
·       Placed: 810**

Xiaomi India Launches New Mi Dual Driver In-Ear Earphones

Xiaomi, India’s number one smartphone and smart TV brand, today, extended it’s line up of audio products with the launch of Mi Dual-Driver In-Ear Earphones. These earphones come equipped with 10mm and 8mm dynamic drivers delivering rich bass and crisp treble. Designed for an immersive sound experience, it ensures minimal sound distortion while offering extra bass, sparkling trebles and clear mids.

The earphones, conferred with the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 look elegant and are also built to last. The outer shell of the earphone features an elegant carbon look for effortless style. The anodized aluminium cavity perfected with a zircon sandblasting procedure makes the earphones lightweight, scratch proof and fingerprint resistant. The earphones also feature soft anti-slip earplugs that perfectly fit the contour of your ears offering exceptional comfort.

Mi Dual Driver In-Ear Earphones come with the convenience of a 3 button operation and supports voice assistants. The magnetic earbuds ensure that storing the earphones is simpler, and the tangle-free braided cable enhances the tensile resistance and durability of the wire, thus increasing the lifespan of the product.

Raghu Reddy, Chief Business Officer, Xiaomi India said, “Majority of Indians today lead a fast-paced life and consume most of their content on the go. While most earphones come with Single Dynamic Driver, Mi Dual Driver In-Ear Earphones segregate the range of different frequencies and deliver much fuller sound through the dual diaphragm drivers. This product has been designed to meet the exacting audio requirements of the new age consumer by providing a distinct sound signature with a focus on bass, treble and mids. It also features braided wires for additional durability and passive noise cancellation to make it an incredible value product in this category.”

Hiringplug, India’s First AI Enabled Recruitment Aggregator Witnesses 500% Growth Over Last Quarter

Hiringplug, India’s first AI enabled curated Marketplace of Recruiters that enables Employers to acquire Quality talent, faster has completed two years operational milestone in the industry, has witnessed an average growth of 500% over the last quarter. Established in 2016 and launching operations in February 2018, the AI enabled recruitment platform, foresees to revolutionize and fast track hiring process for organizations across sectors. 500 Recruitment firms on the Hiringplug’s platform have enabled this vision, by working on over 1000 job mandates from 150+ employers in India, across industries including Information Technology, Consulting, Real Estate, Retail, Pharmaceutical, BFSI and many more. Recognized as the “Best Resourcing Software” - 2019 by HR Association of India, Hiringplug foresees to have 5-7 fold growth over the last year

The platform allows Employers and specialist Recruitment firms to seamlessly discover and engage with each other to acquire quality talent. Hiringplug is free to join and has several integrated tools such as intelligent matching, Resume Parsing, Applicant Tracking system (ATS), Interview scheduler, Vendor Management System (VMS), Candidate Ratings and communication modules, etc. to boost recruitment efficiency. The platform uses Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning to calibrate better matching suppliers and candidates to help employers #hire5Xfaster.

Hiringplug helps organizations of all sizes to efficiently consolidate their permanent hiring and engage with multiple suppliers over a single platform. "Being a large firm, our talent acquisition requirements are diverse & targeting best of the talent in industry. hiringplug comes across as a reliable aggregator platform that easily aligns to our depth & scale of hiring with quick turnaround time. It is clearly simplicity at its best!" said Apurva Pundir, Associate Director at KPMG

Vikramjit Singh Sahaye, founder and CEO, HiringPlug said, “At Hiringplug, we are helping cutting down the 'Time to hire' substantially to 14 days by using technology to identify Top candidates, sourced on its recruiters' marketplace. Our unique, "RaaS 'Recruitment as a Service' Marketplace" democratizes the sector by empowering over 500 specialist recruitment agencies to seamlessly engage & fill a variety of job vacancies from a variety of employers, without any administrative or contractual hurdles. Employers get screened, highly relevant profiles with AI based matching, saving hours of productive time and reducing 'Time to fill' by nearly 70%. The estimated 65,000 recruitment service providers in India are pegged to grow by 15%, in line with the future of work and the expected global talent shortage”.

Sukhdeep Aurora, Chief People Officer at ANAROCK said that "hiringplug is a great agency aggregator that's helped us ramp-up our hiring requirements. They align well with our contingent hiring needs and the single point coordination system makes it very easy to manage vendor performance."

Internet has reduced the gap for innovation and providing scores of professionals to offer their services without boundaries. Hiringplug gives wings to such brilliance in the recruitment sector and connects them to highly qualified job vacancies, so they’re not dominated by large competitors.

“With hiringplug, it was almost effortless to become a recruitment entrepreneur after 20 years of corporate HR experience and quickly doubled our business. It required no initial investment and gave ample opportunity to work on job vacancies from diverse sectors” said Anjali, Founder of Careerways Executive search firm in Gurgaon.

Hiringplug also encourages entrepreneurship in Talent Acquisition by empowering Recruitment firms, Executive search consultants, independent recruiters and the fast growing “Gig recruiters” community,  to seamless work on jobs of their choice and expand business by focusing on their core strengths. An ideal platform for Niche hiring, head hunting, turnkey mandates, Diversity hiring, confidential leadership mandates and works across all sectors.

Signify Provides Indian Cricket Fans a Pitch Perfect View at World’s Largest Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad

Signify, the world leader in lighting, is providing cricket fans in India with a perfect view on the nation’s favorite sport as it illuminates the Sardar Patel Stadium (commonly known as Motera Stadium), the world’s largest cricket stadium located in Ahmedabad, in association with Larsen & Toubro. The newly constructed stadium was the venue for the public gathering addressed by the President of the United States, Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during the former’s visit to India.

Signify has equipped the Motera Stadium, which can host 110,000 spectators and is one of India’s premier cricket stadiums, with 580 luminaries of Philips ArenaVision LED Floodlighting system for day-and-night games. This installation complies with the ICC (International Cricket Council) Broadcasting standards for sports illumination. The stadium, owned by Gujarat Cricket Association, is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. It features two cricket grounds, a cricket academy, an Olympic size swimming pool, a gymnasium and 75 corporate boxes.

The lighting system has been designed exclusively for sports and multi-purpose venues, offering outstanding light quality, higher energy efficiency, effective thermal management and a long lifetime.

“We are very proud to illuminate the world’s largest cricket stadium using our Philips Arenavision LED Floodlighting system. It is also India’s first LED floodlit cricket stadium that meets the ICC Broadcasting standards. This system will offer an unparalleled sporting experience for cricket fans in the country,” said Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Market Leader of Signify’s operations in India. “At the same time, it will help the stadium in achieving its responsible and environmental goals enabling durability through longevity and significantly reduce maintenance costs.”

TECNO CAMON Series is Back in a New Indian Avatar to Transform Smartphone Photography


* Priced at INR 14,999, CAMON 15 pro sports a segment first 48 MP AI Quad rear cam & 32MP Pop-Up Selfie camera with Ultra Night lens
* Priced at INR 9,999, CAMON 15 becomes the first and only smartphone to feature 16MP 'Dot In-Selfie’camera along with 48MP rear AI Quad-cam under 10K

TECNO Mobile, the global premium smartphone brand, reaffirm its  ‘segment-first’ reputation by announcing the launch of CAMON 15 and CAMON 15Pro – 2020’s first dual offering from the company from its popular camera-cetric CAMON series. The two smartphones will reshape daytime, low-light and nighttime photography for India’s mid-budget consumers. The TECNO CAMON smartphones earmark the era of higher camera pixels, premium AI-enabled Ultra Night lens (powered by DSP technology) and pop-up selfie camera. And the incredibly affordable price points will set new standards for the competition and the industry at large.

After cementing its position in the top 5 rank in the entry-level segment,  TECNO is expected to consolidate its position in the mid-range smartphone segment (9-15K) as a leading camera-centric player in India. The new smartphones will go on sale on February 25 and will be available across 35,000+ offline retail stores.

Both smartphones flaunt many segment-first innovations: TECNO CAMON 15 Pro is the first in  the sub-15K segment to offer 48MP quad-cam, 32MP pop-up selfie & 6GB+128GB storage; while CAMON 15 becomes the first in under-10K segment to offer 48MP Quad rear camera, 16MP dot-in selfie camera, 5000mAh battery and a big 6.55” dot-in display. Morever both smartphones resolve a critical issue of clicking pictures in low light conditions with its Super Night Lens powered by DSP AI chip.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Arijeet Talapatra, CEO, TRANSSION India said: “At TECNO, we are continuously pushing boundaries to provide a first-in-class smartphone experience with our products, in keeping with our ‘ahead of the curve’ approach. With the new product offerings under the CAMON series portfolio, we are looking to transform the way photography has been experienced by the category consumers till now.  The fact that these smartphones are being launched in India first before other markets affirm our “For India” approach that seeks to disrupt the mid-budget segment with products customized to cater to Indian sensibilities in a better way.  With the launch of CAMON 15 and CAMON 15Pro, customers can enjoy superior photography and style in different price segments.”

Key Features of TECNO CAMON

I. See More See Clear with 48MP AI Quad Rear camera

The TECNO CAMON Series Duo comprising CAMON 15 & CAMON 15Pro comes with a multipurpose Quad Camera setup to provide the consumers with infinite creative possibilities.

* Ultra Clarity: Click outstandingly clear HDR pictures with 48MP AI Quad-cam setup  (48MP+2+5+QVGA). The 48MP primary lens improves image clarity with higher resolution, which helps to capture more detail and take clearer pictures. The 5MP 115° ultra-wide-angle lens brings more diversity in terms of picture composition and expression, making it easier to capture even a 2cm extreme close up shots. While the Portrait Lens allow users to click professional portraits.
* Super Night Shot: With the Ultra Night Lens supported by DSP chip, f1.79 large apertures, AI image synthesis, ½” Sensor and 4-in-1 technology, TECNO CAMON ensures efficient noise reduction, pixels correction, light optimization and provides users with night photography that highlights more details than the human eye can perceive. So enjoy all of your hangout places with dark light and click beautiful pictures without any worry.
* AI ASD (Auto Scene Detection) optimizer: Can automatically detect many common life scenarios like food, pet, flower, street, portraits, mall, night portraits etc.  So now you just focus on capturing memories and leave rest of the work to ASD feature.  There are no boundaries to fun. The CAMON 15 Pro lets you to be creative with its customized Indian style Stickers as well as DIY AR emoji that mimic your facial expression.

II. Incredible design and smart Selfie Camera:

* CAMON 15Pro features a 32 MP AI Pop-Up Selfie camera- making the screen  compeletely bezel-less. The camera on the CAMON 15 Pro pops out from the top edge with beautiful sound and light effect every time you wanted to take a selfie or start a video call. Also, with Ultra Night Clear Selfies, your night selfies will be the talk of your circle.
* CAMON 15 comes with 16MP Dot-in Selfie camera that seemly integrates the front camera, & light sensor that boasts a 90% screen-to-body ratio, super wide view, and a much more efficient display of information. the feature that is currently available in only higher priced flagship smartphones.
* AI Beauty 3.0 and Body Shaping Feature: comes with enhanced capabilities in addition to face it also optimizes the body parts with AI Body shaping feature for perfect body shape & customised beauty effects such as enlarge eye, slim face etc. to name a few.
* Short video for Face beauty in video mode, Quick sharing - CAMON 15 Pro allows you to shoot  15s/60s short videos with AI beauty with quick sharing button.

III. An Immersive Viewing Experience with no notch & no dot in CAMON 15 Pro:

* Gigantic FHD+ Real Full View - Give yourself the perfect visual experience with CAMON 15Pro that features FHD+ Real Full View with 2340 x 1080 FHD+ resolution, 91.2% screen body ratio.
* The new age display comes with 480 Nits peak brightness to give flagship level experience.
* Comes with futuristic look with an edge-to-edge display and fluidic corners to catch every eye.

IV.  Super-Fast Performance, Bigger Battery & Security:

●  CAMON 15Pro comes with a 2.35 GHz Octa-Core P35 Processor strengthens the multitasking without lagging and hanging. Enjoy fast and seamless processing experience.
●  Both the devices comes with Fingerprint sensor,  Face unlock & 3-in-1 multi card slot.
●  CAMON 15Pro comes with a 4000 mAh high-density large capacity battery, with AI power saving and Safe Charge mode. Once fully charged, it will run for the whole day. While the CAMON 15 is available with 5000mAh battery.

V.  An Evolving Operating System HiOS 6.0.1 based on Android 10

Camon 15Pro and Camon 15 are based on HiOS v6.0.1 which offers some localized innovative features such as Social Turbo to enhance WhatsApp experience with options like call recorder, status saver etc., a hassle free WiFi sharing option without password, Dial sound generator to add more fun. As well as many gaming related features like Game data analytics, Anti-addiction mode, Off-screen gaming, Game magic button etc.

Qlik Expands Partnership With Databricks by Joining its Data Ingestion Network

Qlik has announced it has expanded its partnership with Databricks, joining Databricks’ Data Ingestion Network. Qlik Data Integration simplifies loading data into Delta Lake, an open source project that provides reliable data lakes at scale, accelerating the creation of lakehouses for analytics and machine learning (ML). Lakehouse, a new data management paradigm, combines elements of data lakes and data warehouses, enabling business intelligence (BI) and ML on all of a business’s data.

“We’re excited to be one of the inaugural partners for the launch of Databricks’ Data Ingestion Network. This is the latest development in our growing relationship focused on helping enterprises accelerate time to value with data in the cloud,” said Itamar Ankorion, SVP of Technology Alliances at Qlik. “Our deeper integration provides Databricks’ customers with a more seamless on-ramp of data from any enterprise data source to their Delta Lake, with the best-fit modern data integration strategy to fuel future targets as their data platforms evolve.”

Qlik and Databricks have been jointly delivering integrated solutions and tremendous value to customers looking to accelerate their journey to the cloud. Deploying Qlik Data Integration with Delta Lake allows unparalleled ability to automate and stream data from any source, including mainframes, SAP, databases and data warehouses, into the cloud, in real time. Customers can quickly unlock the value of all their data for analysis and ML with analytics-ready data sets to maximize the efficiency, scalability and cost-savings in the cloud.

“Databricks is excited to have Qlik as a key partner in the launch of our Data Ingestion Network. The Qlik Data Integration platform will bring organizations a market leading data integration solution to move all their data into a lakehouse,” said Michael Hoff, SVP of Business Development and Partners at Databricks. “Customers will see benefit in easily bringing real-time and analytics-ready data directly into Delta Lake for their BI and ML use cases.”

Convert Co-Opportunity to Co-Creation to Give and Get More

The Business Roundtable and Davos both have stated the purpose of a company is to create value, not just shareholder wealth creation. Perhaps we should expand this to co-creation of value which makes more sense than just consume and dispose. Co-creation of value is implied in the Business Round Table and Davos’ New Purpose of a Company. The world has changed and sustainability is important and so we have to co-create more with our stakeholders such as employees, customers, and even competition, who in a skewed way is a stakeholder. They have an interest in our business just as we have in them.

Customer centric customer value creation is important and requires a relationship. Hence we should promote relationship through co-creation.

How many times have you missed an opportunity because you did not have the resources to take advantage of it? Resources could mean money, it could mean skills, it could mean reach etc. Thus when a friend wanted to buy a farm property in Delhi, he could barely afford the minimum 2 acres required by law. He came across an 11 acre parcel at a great price. He went to 3 other friends, and made them partners in buying the whole parcel. This was a co-opportunity which became a value co-creation opportunity when the friends actually divided the parcel into 4 pieces.

Co-creation of babies is a natural example where two different people are needed. Shared resources are becoming common, like cloud storage, using rail tracks belonging to another company to run your trains. Or sharing a teacher in a class room to co-create learning. Or sharing knowledge.

Sharing, community thinking, co-creation are natural activities. Yet, in most corporate situations where winning, driving market share and profits become the goal, we forget these natural activities, and tend to go alone, go solo.

Competition is viewed as the enemy. Build defensive and offensive strategies to beat them.

Customers are often viewed as the adversary, (message often seems to be take advantage of them).

Remember, co-opportunity should lead to co-creation and conversely, co-creation should lead to co-opportunity.

In this new thinking competition are friends, they are enablers, and they are helpers.

Customers are friends, they need us, and we need them.

To do this, a mind-set change to Value creation is necessary for the CXOs, the employees, and must be communicated to customers. In a sense we need to build a co-creation community, and we need to do everything to build or better still co-create a community. What are our needs, what are the needs of the community and our competitors? What are the shared and emotional connects we have and what are the end results we seek? Can we share a joint passion, such as sustainability? Such as uniting for charitable purposes (in India on CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility).

Internally our strategy should be very clear on co-creation and co-opportunity creation. This should translate into a purpose we want to portray to our people, our customers, our partners and our competitors, and if need be the government. We should keep our focus on the members of the community, reminding them on the purpose and the need to co-create, the co- opportunities and the end results.

Then we look at this as a project with a start (the members and the purpose) and an end, which is co-creation improving the well-being of the members (which is value creation) and ourselves. Our decisions are to be driven deliberately by the strategy, the purpose and achieving the greater good of all through co-creation.

We must empower and involve members and the community with tools, with a culture of co-creation and partnership. We must find shared interests.

What improves a co-opportunity and co-creation program is a sense of belonging and fulfilment. Am I getting something worthwhile out of this? Can I connect to my customers and my competitors without making them antagonists, but by making them partners, working towards a common and shared good (or value). Examples include App Developers for Apple or Microsoft, people who go on a co-driving experience, people who build an association with members of typically competing companies, and customers and companies. Companies often buy raw materials from their competitors. Today, many companies share R&D programs. There are many examples. Apple, MS, Amazon all creates competitive advantage through co-creation.

But we forget these in the heat of our wanting to win and not think of win-win. If you are not doing this, maybe you will think differently after this.

ExxonMobil, IndianOil and Chart Industries to Pioneer Virtual Pipeline Initiative


* Leading companies innovating with virtual pipelines to accelerate gas access in India
* Focus on designing rapidly scalable mobile infrastructure for deployment
* Strong potential to stimulate localized manufacturing of essential equipment

ExxonMobil India LNG Limited has signed a Letter of Cooperation with Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc., to establish a system of transportation infrastructure to expand gas access in India. Virtual pipeline systems deliver liquefied natural gas by road, rail and waterways to areas not connected by physical pipelines.

This Letter of Cooperation brings together ExxonMobil, IndianOil, India’s largest state-owned oil refining and marketing company, and Chart, a leading global manufacturer of LNG equipment for use throughout the liquid gas supply chain. The parties will implement a gas infrastructure initiative that leverages LNG ISO intermodal containers to move gas as a reliable, cleaner and cost-effective fuel.

The initiative seeks to develop a pilot project and create a roadmap for mobile gas infrastructure expansion at scale, improving access to an abundant and cleaner fuel source.

“India is ready for the benefits of natural gas now,” said Alex Volkov, Chairman, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc. “By linking our global expertise with other leading players, we can create strong and reliable pathways for gas to move quickly and efficiently to where it is needed.”

As a major LNG supplier, ExxonMobil has been working closely with IndianOil to explore innovative supply-chain solutions for enhancing India’s gas access. Chart’s collaboration will accelerate this progress and create new opportunities for localized manufacturing of essential equipment, leveraging Chart’s main India facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.

“We believe this collaboration with ExxonMobil and IndianOil will accelerate India’s ability to offer cleaner energy within its growing cities,” said Jillian Evanko, Chief Executive Officer, Chart Industries, Inc. “We are excited to combine our international experience and local presence in Sri City to design the winning formula alongside two great collaborators.”

Abbott Launches New Four-Ftrain Flu Vaccine for Wide Protection Against Influenza

Abbott, the global healthcare company, recently launched a new inactivated quadrivalent vaccine for influenza, the first of its kind sub-unit vaccine offering protection against four virus strains, in India. It is the only 0.5 ml quadrivalent flu vaccine in India that has been approved for use in children below 3 years. In fact, it can be given to children from 6 months onwards, and to adults. A 0.5 ml vaccine could improve the immune response in children below 3 years.

A globally approved product, Abbott’s vaccine offers wide protection by immunizing against four different flu virus strains simultaneously. Hence, it is called a quadrivalent or tetravalent vaccine. It includes a second B-strain of influenza virus, compared to one B-strain included in trivalent vaccines. Recommending a vaccine can be complex for the health authorities. This is because there may be a mismatch in the vaccine strain and the circulating viral strain. Therefore, the inclusion of an additional B-strain in quadrivalent vaccines can help broaden protection.

As per a recently published study on this vaccine globally, in children, quadrivalent vaccines demonstrated superior immunogenicity or immune response compared with the alternate- lineage B-strains in trivalent vaccines, with comparable safety.   

This is the first 3rd generation, quadrivalent sub-unit flu vaccine in India. A sub-unit vaccine is the most advanced flu vaccine. The benefit of a sub-unit vaccine is that it undergoes a further step of purification as compared to split vaccines, and thus is more refined. This may lead to lesser side-effects. In clinical studies conducted globally across high-risk groups including children, the elderly, pregnant women, asthmatics and diabetics, sub-unit vaccines have shown better tolerability and a favourable safety profile compared to other flu vaccine types.”

An inactivated influenza vaccine is beneficial in high risk populations, since it can be given to a larger set of people, such as pregnant women, children below 2 years, older adults and immunocompromised patients.

Dr. Srirupa Das, Medical Director, Abbott India said, “We are excited with the launch of the quadrivalent version of our flu vaccine, which can be offered to both children above 6 months and adults.  This particular type of vaccine provides good immune response with less side-effects. This is yet another significant step in Abbott’s endeavor to protect as many people as possible against the flu. As part of its “Mothers Against Influenza” (MAI) campaign, which recognizes the potentially serious consequences that influenza can have, Abbott is raising awareness among people on the importance of protecting families against influenza so that they may live healthier, fuller lives.”

A respiratory infection that affects all ages, influenza is distinct from the common cold. An influenza infection typically results in high fever lasting for 3 to 4 days, including symptoms such as headache, myalgia or muscle pain, exhaustion and severe chest discomfort and cough. Moreover, influenza can cause serious complications in certain groups such as those with respiratory ailments, cardiac disease and diabetes, as well as young children and the elderly. Influenza A and B, the two viruses that cause human disease, are currently circulating globally and in India causing seasonal outbreaks. The disease burden of influenza is substantial, and B viruses have been estimated to be associated with 25% of all influenza related mortality.

Children are particularly vulnerable to influenza. One India study estimates over 16 million influenza cases occurred in 2016 in under-5-year-old patients, accounting for 10.9 million outpatient visits and 109,000 hospitalizations. Despite the proven benefits of influenza vaccination in children as well as adults and the elderly, immunization rates across all vaccine preventable diseases remain low.

Dr. Bhaskar Shenoy, Head Department of Pediatrics & Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore and Life Member, Infectious Disease Chapter, Indian Academy of Pediatrics said, “The National Center of Disease Control estimates show that influenza reported cases have increased 5-fold in India from 5,044 in 2012 to 28798 in 2019. And in Karnataka, influenza reported cases have increased almost 60% per annum from 122 in 2013 to 2,030 reported cases in India.

Monday, February 24, 2020

ColorOS 7 Trial Version Now Available on Flagship OPPO Devices Across Indian Market

OPPO is bringing the trial version of ColorOS 7, the latest iteration of its innovative, customized Android 10-based operating system, to its flagship devices currently available in India, introducing a smoother and more effortless experience to the country’s fast-growing number of OPPO users.

Users can now enjoy the trial version of ColorOS 7 on ten handsets - Reno, Reno 10X Zoom, Reno 2, F11, F11 Pro and R17, R17 Pro as well as Find X, Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition and Find X SuperVOOC Edition starting today, thus covering most of the OPPO flagship models available in the Indian market.

Since its launch last November in New Delhi, India, OPPO’s ColorOS 7 has received high praise, thanks to the more unified and customized UI system, seamless and fast user experience, and other innovative features such as the system-wide Dark Mode, digital ID document manager DocVault, an advanced three-finger screenshot, and the Soloop video editor.

As a UI with over 45 million users in India, ColorOS is being used in multiple local languages - 72 in total - including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bangla and more. Following the launch of ColorOS 7 in India, OPPO became the first OEM to integrate Digi locker services as part of its efforts to ensure safety and security of user data.

As OPPO continues to focus on bringing the trial version of ColorOS 7 to more models and regions, it is calling on fans to become a part of the OS development process by providing user feedback. As such, OPPO is recruiting testers to try out the trial version and share their experiences in their community at This will allow OPPO to continue enhancing ColorOS 7 and delivering users a more seamless and effortless experience.

OPPO welcomes users and fans to join its growing pool of over 92,000 testers worldwide. You can apply manually through your OPPO handset by going to "Settings - Software Updates", tap the settings icon in the upper right corner, tap "Trial Version", fill in the information, select the must-know checkbox, and then tap "Apply Now". Apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out, since there’s a limit of 2,000 testers for the Find X series and another 4,000 for the R17 Series. Finally, please note that this trial version may not be completely stable, as its purpose is to allow OPPO engineers to further refine the final edition of the OS.

OPPO’s largest update to date, ColorOS 7 will eventually be rolled out across 20-plus phone models, covering the Reno, Find, F, K, and A series models and the regions of China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.

Tata Nexon EV Organises Experiential Drives of Tata Nexon EV at the Fourth Edition of Godrej L’Affaire

Tata Motors has partnered with Godrej L’Affaire, a luxury lifestyle experiential platform by the Godrej Group, to exhibit and demonstrate the capabilities of its recently launched Tata Nexon EV- India’s Own Electric SUV. The company will set-up an experience zone at the Godrej L'Affaire to deliver the audiences an immersive experience of the future of mobility. The show-stoppers at the L’Affaire event Karanvir Bohra, Teejay Sidhu, Sushant Divgikar, Shakti Arora, Neha Saxena, Riaan George etc. will be arriving in style in the Nexon EV – the official car partner for this edition.

Commenting on the association, Shailesh Chandra, President - Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors Ltd. Said "The focus of our marketing strategy is to participate in events that includes test-driving experiences, which brings word-of-mouth and referrals for the brand. Godrej L’Affaire is one such platform for us to augment the ultimate electric experience for those who appreciate finer things in life. Our aim is to introduce the future of mobility and proliferate a lifestyle change while providing a surreal experience towards being environmentally conscious. To further boost the experience, we have installed Tata Nexon EV virtual demo setup at select Tata Croma stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. We are eager for our guests to experience the various elements of driving a Tata Motors electric vehicle and behold the amazing!”

Located at Godrej One in Vikhroli - Mumbai, the potential customers as well as L’Affaire guests will be able to enjoy an extended driving experience that is not experienced on regular test drives. To extend this occasion to its fans, Tata Motors is running a social media contest across its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram offering 10 exclusive Godrej L’Affaire passes up for the grabs.

Launched earlier this year at an introductory price of Rs.13.99 Lakhs, the Tata Nexon EV is powered by the cutting-edge Ziptron technology, promising zippy performance. The vehicle is equipped with ARAI certified anxiety-free range of 312 km on a single charge, an efficient high voltage system, fast charging capability, extended battery life, class leading safety features and 35 connected features offered by Tata Motors Z-Connect app.

Manchester City and XYLEM Tackle Water and Education Issues in Bangalore with Fan Volunteers

Five Manchester City fans from across India were given an exciting volunteering opportunity to team up with the Club’s Official Water Technology Partner, Xylem, to increase access to safe water for primary schools in Bangalore. Despite being one of the world’s fastest growing cities, many of Bangalore’s 12.3 million residents still do not have access to clean drinking water and are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases.

As part of ‘Water Goals’, a project supported by Manchester City and Xylem Watermark, the fans worked with Xylem and their local partner Planet Water Foundation to install new clean water filtration towers in two new schools. The schools were also fitted with an AquaSan latrine sanitisation system, to sanitise school toilets, accessible to hundreds of schoolchildren. Club legend Paul Dickov was also involved in the trip, joining the fans to complete the builds.

Since January 2019, Water Goals has trained 100 Young Leaders and reached over 5000 participants and young people in 26 locations, with support from local partner Magic Bus.

The City fans also joined up with young leaders from the Cityzens Giving project to find out how they use football to educate young people about the importance of water sanitation and hygiene. This trips marks the second annual volunteering opportunity for City fans building on the first installation of two Xylem water towers in 2019 which now provide access to clean water for up to 1800 people each day.

Paul Dickov, Manchester City legend, said: “I was honoured to join this year’s volunteering trip alongside our partner, Xylem, and our amazing fan volunteers. To see first-hand the difference being made in these communities, and to be able to contribute to the building of the water towers, was an incredible experience.”

Tom Pitchon, Director of City Football Foundation, said: “We are inspired by the impact of this second fan volunteering trip in Bangalore, bringing together Xylem’s expertise in clean water with the passion of City fans across India to make a difference in local communities. This, coupled with the long-term impact of our existing Cityzens Giving project in Bangalore, continues to demonstrate that football can truly help tackle social issues around the world.”

Joe Vesey, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Xylem, said: “Many of Bangalore’s more than 12.3 million residents do not have access to clean drinking water and are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases. This affects their health and can also impact their education.

“Our business and our mission are all about bringing the best technology to bear on solving the world’s most challenging water issues. It’s so rewarding to do that in partnership with Manchester City fans, through Cityzens Giving we’re bringing safe water and sanitation to thousands of students across Bangalore. This will have a huge impact on their health, on their education, and on their futures. “

Konica Minolta Consolidates its Position as an Environmentally-Sustainable Organization


* Wins the prestigious Grand Prix award at the inaugural Nikkei SDGs Management Grand Prix
* The brand has already implemented a collection drive to help its India customers comply with the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, and achieve their sustainability objectives

In keeping with its vision for a sustainable future, Konica Minolta ensures that its solutions are aimed at tackling deep-rooted problems that have a direct impact on society and the world at large. With this broad outlook, the company identifies pressing problems within its purview to implement ethical business practices that raise awareness and drive positive change at the grassroots level.

Each of Konica Minolta’s products and policies is designed to reduce energy consumption and paper wastage. The production process for its proprietary polymerised toner technology, Simitri HDE, reduces the carbon footprint and sulphurous/nitrous emissions and consumes minimal energy.

Konica Minolta also engages in Green Supplier Activities, linked to its Green Factory Activities. Under the initiative, environmental experts from Konica Minolta visit supplier production sites to evaluate existing setups and propose suggestions for improving processes/workflows, as well as outlining cost reduction benefits, investment rationale, etc. They also provide assistance to suppliers to implement the relevant measures, thus helping them simultaneously reduce both the environmental impact and their operating costs.

For such consistent efforts, Konica Minolta Inc. has recently received the prestigious Grand Prix award at the first Nikkei SDGs Management Grand Prix. The platform recognizes businesses that are actively addressing environmental, societal, and economic challenges, and taking this a step further by integrating SDGs in their corporate practices to enhance corporate values. The assessment was made based on the company’s responses to the Nikkei SDGs Management Survey with questionnaires in four categories, viz. SDGs strategy and economic value, social value, environmental value and governance. Konica Minolta was rated highly across all four categories after a comprehensive evaluation of the initiatives it has implemented at multiple levels.

In line with the latest achievement, the company is now working towards furthering its vision and efforts towards achieving the SDGs by creating new values and developing solutions in association with its customers in India. As an ethical and environmentally conscious organization, Konica Minolta India has been compliant with the norms and guidelines mandated under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, by the Government of India. The brand has also initiated a collection drive to enable its production printing customers to achieve the same compliance with the rules pertaining to e-waste. To facilitate this, it is conducting a collection of empty toner bottles and used/defective spare parts from customers. The drive began on January 15th, 2020, and is being carried out in all metro cities to create an avenue for customers to do their part for the larger mission to build a greener, more sustainable future. 

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