Month: May 2014

12th VARINDIA IT FORUM – a convergence of Bureaucrats, Corporate and Policy Makers

A grand evening marked by the presence of luminaries from the ICT industry, distinguished government dignitariesand who’s who of public sector enterprises stood witness to the 12th VARINDIA IT Forum and the unveiling of the 3rd VARINDIA Brand Book. Built around the theme, ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development,’ the Forum succeeded in striking the right chord in exploring and discussing new evolving topics around it, thus setting the ball rolling for the evening.

The event started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp in the presence of the Chief Guest for the evening, Dr. B. K GAIROLA ,Mission Director,  NeGP, Government of India and other eminent guests, Shri. Savitur Prasad, Principal Integrated Financial Adviser (Army) – Govt. of India; Mr. Vinit Goenka, National Co-convener, BJP’s Information Technology (IT) Cell; Mr. Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director- MAIT; Mr. Mukul Mathur, Director – Channels & Marketing, IBM India/South Asia; Mr. Ajay Kaul, Geo Head North and Channel Leader- Dell India; Dr. Harold D’Costa (Cyber Expert-Law enforcement agencies – Cyber Crime; Mr. Ashish Kapahi- Regional Director-Distree, Mr. Rameesh Kailasam  Sr.Director- APCO Worldwide , Col. H.P.S. Bawa – CEO,Webel Technology LTD , Mr. sanjay Behl, Senior Consultant-CERT-IN, Col. Nayan Pani, CIO- Amtrak Technologies, Mr. S.N.Zindal, CTO- BITS Pilani, Mr.Vipin Tyagi, Director -C DOT, Government of India Mr. Jagannath Pattnaik, CEO- NNR IT solutions; besides Ms. S Mohini Ratna, Editor – VARINDIA and Mr. Deepak Kr. Sahu, Publisher – VARINDIA.

The keynote address given by Mr. Deepak Kr. Sahu, Publisher – VARINDIA stressed on the vital role SMB has played for the growth of the economy while congratulating the newly elected BJP government and Narendra Modi. “The SME today is exposed to greater opportunities for expansion and diversification across the sectors.The new Government should remove the ‘Policy Paralysis’ and accelerate reforms on priority basis with focus on growth-oriented governance. It should work towards removal of inter-state trade, taxation and travel barriers across states for holistic development of the various regions and also expedite implementation of GST…..See More
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Narendra Modi sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India

Narendra Modi sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India 

63-year-old Narendra Modi became India’s 15th Prime Minister. The glittering oath-taking ceremony attended by more than 4,000 guests and held at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan was graced by leaders from the SAARC nations, top politicians and bureaucrats of the country.Forty-five other members of the Council of Ministers were also sworn in. Among the senior leaders sworn in the cabinet ranks included formerBJP President Rajnath SinghSushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Top luminaries at the function included names like outgoing PM Dr Manmohan SinghMrs Sonia GandhiPakistan Prime Minister Nawaz SharifAfghanistan President Hamid KarzaiNepal PM Sushil Koirala, former Presidents of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil and formerPM H. D. Deve Gowda.

India Inc. bigwigs and industry leaders including Ambani brothers, Shashi Ruia, Gautam Adani, Gautam Hinduja, Bollywood celebrities Salman Khan, Dharmendra and cricketer Sunil Gavaskar were some of the other guests at the swearing-in ceremony.

Moments after he was sworn in as the new PM, the PMO website which was relaunched carried a message from Modi which read, “Together, we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development.”

Sticking to his policy of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”, Modi’s cabinet has been restricted to a few cabinet ministers, bringing down the number from 29 to 24 and the total size of ministers from 72 to 45.

INDUSTRY EXPECTATIONS FROM NEW GOVERNEMNT

MAIT

Amar Babu, President, MAIT said, “Although Narendra Modiji has actively spoken on manufacturing, we suggest his govt. put in place a manufacturing ecosystem immediately by ushering in policy reforms, regulatory frameworks and removing inverted duty structure to facilitate investments in the country.”

Debjani Ghosh, Vice President, MAIT remarked, “Since Modi has actively advocated technology penetration and digital literacy, we wish the government build an intelligent and confident India by fostering technology adoption, sprucing up infrastructure, ensuring last mile connectivity, reducing VAT and providing access to easy bank loans in the context of ICT”.

Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT commented, “As a first measure, BJP Government should provide a climate that can enable investment promotion and build on policy measures that would accelerate the growth of domestic manufacturing. Positive sentiments will also build if hurdles are removed in implementation of many existing policies”.

Progress Software

Ramesh Loganathan, VP and MD Progress Software, President ITsAP said, “A decisive verdict bodes very well.  The government can make some tough policy decisions without needing to worry about stability or coalition compulsions.  Given their plank was development, I am sure it will be pro-industry and pro-growth.  As we have represented to all political parties, a certainty in the business and administrative environment will significantly help the industry.  So a clear verdict here is very welcome. We look forward to working with the government and the new administration to take the IT industry to even stronger position and get Hyderabad and the state to leadership positioning the rapidly emerging technology startups space…….See More

BlackBerry helps businesses to derive value from IoT

BlackBerry helps businesses to derive value from IoT 

BlackBerry Limited(NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) has unveiled a series of initiatives, codenamed Project Ion, to help businesses easily connect people, devices and machines, and derive value from these connections. The project Ion is a cornerstone of BlackBerry’s vision to offer end-to-end solutions for the Internet of Things.

According to Forrester Research, Inc., “New smart products and the systems that connect them will eventually provide users with more personalized experiences. By collecting and combining both personal data and contextual information from the surrounding environment in real time, these products will give individuals experiences that serve them in their immediate moment of need.”

“As connectivity costs continue to fall and connected technologies become pervasive, a new market is emerging – the Internet of Things. Billions of connections, generating trillions of transactions and exabytes of data daily, will require platforms that can operate securely on a global scale. No other company is in a better position than BlackBerry to provide the technological building blocks, applications and services needed to enhance productivity, improve real-time decision-making and deliver on the vision of the Internet of Things,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry.

Project Ion was announced at the O’Reilly Solid Conference (May 21-22, San Francisco). It will offer the resources necessary to access massive amounts of data from multiple disparate sources and distill it into meaningful, actionable information using open-source and third-party analytic tools……See More

SAP brings Cloud-based learning to University Students

SAP brings Cloud-based learning to University Students 

To incorporate the study of SAP solutions into university coursework, SAP AG(NYSE:SAP) has announced a cloud-based offering designed specifically for students. The student edition of SAP Learning Hub offers a comprehensive library of electronic content that universities can provide to students for self-study covering close-to 150 SAP solutions. It also includes access to e-learning courses, handbooks and other training materials from the SAP Education organization tailored for students’ needs. Through the student edition of SAP Learning Hub, students can prepare for future employment on their chosen career path or prepare for SAP certification exams. This is the latest edition of the new and expanded version of the cloud-based SAP Learning Hub site announced earlier this year.

Universities can purchase access to the student edition of SAP Learning Hub on behalf of students who then receive access to the site. With a wide range of high-quality content and optional live access to training systems from SAP, students will be set up to train when and where they choose. Students can also access social learning rooms to collaborate with peers and interact with SAP subject-matter experts. The student edition is offered at a lower entry price point for the academic sector, with optional access to live SAP training systems for select courses.

“The generation currently enrolled in universities around the world represents the workforce of the future and both SAP and our ecosystem stand to gain from this impending influx of talent. With social collaboration features and interactive learning rooms, the student edition of SAP Learning Hub meets the learning needs and habits of today’s students and gives them a firm foundation for pursuing an SAP certification, thereby opening up additional career paths,” said Markus Schwarz, Senior Vice-President & Global Head of SAP Education.

SAP University Alliances and SAP Education will be on-site at SAPPHIRE NOW………..See More

IDC perceives a slow start for Indian PC Market in Q1’14

IDC perceives a slow start for Indian PC Market in Q1'14 

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013. The overall India PC market continued to decline in Q1 2014, largely owing to poor end-user demand. The overall Commercial PC segment recorded total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1% sequentially over Q4 2013.

Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices, IDC India, comments, “The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the Banking and Government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.”

The top 3 vendors include Dell, HP and Lenovo. IDC India anticipates the overall sentiments to get a boost amid hopes of a business-friendly and stable administration in the centre……See More

Panasonic unveils P81 Smartphone with Octa-Core Processor

Panasonic unveils P81 Smartphone with Octa-Core Processor

Delivering on its promise of presenting its consumers with the most innovative and advanced products, Panasonic has unveiled its latest smartphone – P81. This latest offering from the company showcases its proficiency to innovate and offer its customers with unique software and design-based features specifically designed for the Indian market.

P81 is Panasonic’s first flagship device of the year and the latest addition to the “P” series. The newly-launched Panasonic P81 is 13.97cm (5.5) IPS HD (720×1280), 1.7GHz true octa-core smartphone, running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with 13MP Full HD capable Autofocus camera & 2500 mAh battery. The 7.9mm thin Leatherette smartphone will be available to consumers in India from the third week of May 2014, at the best price of Rs.18,990.

Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India, said “With the launch of the Panasonic P81, we have reached yet another milestone as this is the first model of the ‘P’ series featured with octa-core processor. The introduction of this model reiterates our commitment to keep innovating as we believe that it is a direct result of the consumers’ needs, and customer centricity has to be at the core of developing products for the Indian consumer.”….See More

Wipro partners with NetSuite over PaaS Solution for Enterprises

Wipro partners with NetSuite over PaaS Solution for Enterprises

Wipro(NYSE:WIT) has announced the launch of its “Finance and Accounting Business-Process-as-a-Service” (F&A BPaaS) solution for enterprises. Developed in partnership with NetSuite (NYSE:N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, Wipro’s F&A BPaaS is a comprehensive, end-to-end business process solution that can help improve business agility, user experience and process efficiency.

Wipro’s F&A BPaaS is built on the industry-leading NetSuite platform, along with best-in-class Wipro process capabilities in finance and accounting. The solution empowers customers to selectively manage and control their finance and accounting processes on a standardized platform, in a 100% variabilized cost model. It also enables rapid implementation of business processes, improves compliance standards, and provides operational readiness, leading to significant cost savings.

“As enterprises renew their focus on agile finance and accounting processes, there is an intensifying need in the market for a platform that can provide end-to-end F&A solutions in an ‘as-a-service’ model. As a result, enterprises are increasingly moving to innovative cloud-based models. Leveraging Wipro’s comprehensive cloud services proficiency and business process expertise, the F&A BPaaS solution helps organizations in process harmonization, optimal organization design and change management, offering transformational benefits to our customers,” said Jeff Heenan-Jalil, Senior Vice-President & Global Head, Advanced Technologies & Solutions, Wipro……..See More