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Kiran Karnik on the Future of Technology

When Kiran Karnik took over as NASSCOM President in 2001, there were only 15 employees in the organization. A few would recollect that Devang Mehta’s untimely demise had left a huge void and cast doubts about the association’s future. An iconic legacy was transferred almost overnight onto the very able Mr Karnik, who had spent several decades at ISRO & Discovery Channel earlier, and brought in a wholly different perspective from that of an industry insider. Besides his stellar career, he is also a prolific writer, and his NASSCOM journey is very well documented in the book, The Coalition of Competitors: The Story of NASSCOM and the IT Industry. His other book, Crooked Minds – a rather unusual name – spotlights on the Indian innovation journey which he has posited – doesn’t follow...

Innovation led Disruption: The Reality

by Sangeeta Gupta, Snr. VP, NASSCOM for NTLF 2019 If we were to describe current times in the shortest possible way, we would do so by saying “Future is Closer.” All thanks to the tech advancements today due to which future events seem closer and quite accessible. For instance, watching Sophia – the first humanoid citizen – spoke at the Nasscom India Leadership forum 2018 and other such events. it is not just enthralling but it also brings back vivid memories of the casual discussions that most of us had about Robots going mainstream, not very long ago. The business community finally seems to have embraced the technological revolution and has begun adapting to a new era of emerging technologies. These range from artificial intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) to ...

Design Talk Episode No. 3: Andrew Spitz, a Podcast/Webinar hosted & moderated by Gerard J Rego

Design Talk Episode No. 3 with Andrew Spitz, a Podcast/Webinar hosted & moderated by Gerard J Rego on 14th December 2018. Andrew Spitz is the founder of FROLIC studio, an innovative product design, and development studio in Amsterdam. Before this, he co-founded and was the creative director of Flying, an iPhone app for frequent flyers. In his early days, he was a sound designer and sound FX recordist/editor where he worked on feature films, commercials, and documentaries. From there, he discovered the world of interactivity and made interactive installations, software, prototypes, and fun randomness. He also teaches workshops in interaction design, innovation, and prototyping. Connect with us and learn more about our initiative at: www.design4india.in Instagram – @design4india Tw...

Three Best Online Business Ideas in India for 2019

India’s ecommerce market is growing at CAGR of 23%. According to a stat, Indian online shoppers spent an average of $224 in 2017, which was less than a tenth of what the average user spent online in the US at $2,237 in the same year. It shows how much potential India’s online ecommerce industry has, and starting an online business in India in 2019 or in the coming years will be profitable thing. Here is the list of online businesses that you can start in India: Online Food Ordering and Delivery: The online food delivery industry has grown unprecedentedly in India in the last 3-4 years. India’s online food ordering sector is growing at 15 percent every quarter. This growth has resulted in the increase of online orders on a daily basis, i.e. nearly 400,000 during September quarte...

Leadership Next

By C P Gurnani – MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra Whenever we talk of transformation, we often reference it back to the ‘forces’ that made the transition possible. While there is always a product or service related innovation backing that transition, the real credit goes to the vision of the person who first saw the opportunity. I believe that our life is a manifestation of the choices we make. The craft of saying ‘yes’ to some possibilities truly define how impactful we are going to be in our life. I believe that good leadership requires not just the right knowledge and skills, but also critical thinking and foresight, to be a cut above the rest. Steering the company on a high-growth trajectory and rallying people behind requires an energetic and charismatic leadership. One look around u...

‘Bringing people to the core of digital transformation’

By Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer & Member of the Board, Wipro Limited and Chairman, NASSCOM Jeff Bezos recently told a gathering of all Amazon employees that the demise of Amazon is inevitable. He said large companies, and Amazon certainly fits the definition of large, tend to have life spans that run for thirty odd years, not a hundred. He said Amazon could actually go bankrupt someday! Ironically, the occasion was the bankruptcy of Sears, a storied American retailer which filed for bankruptcy last month, thanks, in part, to Amazon eroding the traditional retail business model. Never known to pull his punches, Jeff’s point was just not about humility, he also wanted Amazon employees to know that they could postpone the company’s inevitable demise by focusing on the...

The Changing World and what is Next for Businesses

This blog is authored by Ms. Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM The headwinds of change are incredibly powerful and unless negotiated well, they can disrupt businesses or even whole industries to the point of extinction. It doesn’t have to sound this ominous of course and for those who are prepared to change, the direction of the wind can work to their great advantage even. First and foremost, what’s required is a talent overhaul. This is a global challenge which has to be addressed and is not restricted to India alone. In 2014, the share of digital revenue (Indian IT) was about 4 per cent, today it’s nearly twenty and by 2030 it’s estimated to be ~ 40%. On the one hand, there’s a phenomenal increase in digital and on the other, there’s a decoupling of incremental revenue and net additions ...

What’s Driving Digital Transformation in ER&D

This was the tenth anniversary of the NASSCOM Engineering & Design Summit which introduced several changes in approach. It was themed on, Innovate, Create & Scale: Making Digital Real. As you are aware, this event had a long run before we decided to introduce the word “design” to lay emphasis on this aspect being an inherent part of engineering, particularly of the digital kind. The ER&D sector is on a high upward trajectory – both globally and in India. In 2017, the global ER&D spend was 1.7 trillion USD; by 2022, it’s expected to touch 2.1 trillion dollars. Corporate spend will be a major chunk which means the top 2000 companies globally will spend 900 – 1000 billion dollars which is about 5 – 6 times the size of the Indian IT BPM industry, just to put things in perspecti...

Key Takeaways from CIOs at the Gartner Symposium

The AnZ (Aus & NZ) IT market opportunity is one of high growth and attractive for Indian IT providers. The Gartner Symposium, Gold Coast is a large scale programme in which we participate every year and is a veritable part of our market strategy for the region. The end users’ participation is impressive, spanning across the sectors of BFSI, Retail, Healthcare, Education, Govt. Automotive, Real Estate & Utilities. It posits a great opportunity for our member companies to network, understand market trends from global CIOs and establish future partnerships. While in the midst of impressive statistical evidence to success, it is equally noteworthy the kind of trends that we were privy to while interacting with CIOs and particularly at the  NASSCOM Exclusive CIO Roundtable on “Smart Par...

Why Analog Still Matters

We had a Pye radio set in our home when I was a child [this is only an indicative image], and being ‘techno-savvy’, I was often asked to set radio stations. I still recall the tactile pleasure of turning the serrated ‘tuning’ and ‘fine tuning’ knobs, pressing the MW, SW, etc. band buttons, and of course the volume and bass/treble knobs. The physical act made me vividly realize I was tuning into various radio signals of different frequencies that literally travelled around the world without much loss of quality. When we design digital product experiences today, we draw on a myriad such instances of physical manipulation, to bring the same tactile experience to digital interactions. Here is an instance from the ‘culture on audio’ app Raedhun, where one of the design challenges was to make co...