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Recovery Plan for MSMEs Post the Pandemic Situation

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By Mr. Vikram Kumar, Co-Founder and Managing Director, SRV Media Pvt. Ltd. The current COVID outbreak has left a lasting impact on the economy. Global supply chains are down, imports and exports are stalled, and unemployment is surging in. Across the world and India, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) have been impacted the most.  Thousands of stranded and jobless migrant workers across the country are proof of how MSMEs have seen the worst casualty of Covid-19. According to the Annual Report of the Department of MSME published in September 2019, there are 6.34 crore MSMEs in the country (urban and rural India). They employ over 11 crore people. 55% of the employment happens in urban MSMEs. Further, the report says that seven Indian states account for 50% of all MSMEs. These are Ut...

Don’t Get Phished in the Rising Tide of Phishing

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Phishing is one of the escalating and hard-to-detect threats for all Internet users as it does not seem malicious at first look. Over the last few months, it’s frequency and intensity has increased significantly. Researchers from Barracuda Networks reported that COVID-19 related phishing attacks have increased by 667% since the end of February 2020. The cybercriminals are leveraging the amplified focus on COVID-19 to deliver malware and scam victims out of money. They are also using the renowned brands to trick people and steal sensitive information like personal data and login credentials. As per the Q1 2020 Phishing Report from Check Point – Apple, Netflix, Yahoo, WhatsApp & PayPal are the top 5 mimicked brands for phishing attempts. This tremendous growth in phishing attempts ...

Repaint the dynamics: Post COVID-19 Workplaces

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The economy cannot survive a lockdown mode forever and the vaccine for COVID-19 may take years to develop and market, ‘unlock 1.0’ had become the necessary evil. This puts the responsibility on organizations, irrespective of their size, to focus on making the workplace safer for employees. This pandemic has changed the fundamental aspects of professional lives — from the daily commute to work environment to interactions amongst colleagues and peers. Hygiene and safety concerns are here to stay and will probably remain for at least a year from now or even more. Consequently, businesses are re-accessing their business models and working on best practices to follow on restarting operations. Thus, they are looking at: Ensuring compliance: what will be the best practices for floor management in...

Simple Solutions to Save Your Phone Expenses with Cloud Contact Center

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Simple Ways to Save Expenses with Cloud Contact Center’s Unlimited Plans Businesses are embracing cloud-based solutions to ensure a streamlined customer communication. The reason behind this are mainly three factors: Flexibility, Efficiency and Scalability. Configuration of a cloud contact center enables businesses to create a seamless business operation. The added benefit of a contact center is accompanied by unlimited calling which will help businesses to save their expenses while generating quality leads.  The contact center by Knowlarity enables a secured and reliable customer communication to manage the entire workforce on a single platform. At the same time businesses are looking for innovative and economical plans to strive in the existing competitive scenario. Thus, it can be achie...

Cloud Computing: Empowering Businesses in Covid- 19

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The Covid-19 (coronavirus) contagion has led to a worldwide lockdown putting the governments in an emergency mode. With the total number of positive cases across the globe surpassing the 8.5 million mark, social distancing seems to be the only effective strategy at the moment to contain the virus. As a result, businesses- big or small, are facing challenges and are finding it difficult to adapt to this new challenge of remote working. In these trying times, a great business leader is one who efficiently faces the crisis by following the business compliance along with ensuring the safety of the workforce. Cloud Computing- The Need of the Hour While many organizations are finding it difficult to run smoothly, the companies who opted for cloud computing infrastructure are functioning well. Go...

Here’s how techies can manage their time while working from home

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By V. Padmanabhan, Vice President – Engineering, GlobalLogic With the COVID-19 virus outbreak mounting globally, it has disrupted the way we work at a breakneck speed. Organisations across the world are pushed to work remotely and have instituted robust remote-work policies for their employees. In this uncertain time, where the lines of work and life get blurry, it is essential to maintain work-life balance. Here are five tips that can help techies to manage time during quarantine: Prioritise and plan your day While you are remotely working from home and this keeps us productive & safe from the current COVID-19 situation, time and boundaries seems to blur easily between work and home. It’s important that we plan and schedule our day well and have a clear “ME TIME”. Self-Disciplin...

Inviting industry leaders, mentors, donors & investors to register for Demo Days by GoI Task Force

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Demo Days By GoI Task Force Showcasing startups with innovative solutions to combat COVID-19 Inviting industry leaders, mentors, donors & investors to register In response to the pandemic COVID-19, the Government of India Inter-Ministerial Working Group has been set up to identify promising startups that can offer innovative solutions to address the current crisis. The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and NITI Aayog are managing this initiative in partnership with Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT); Department of Science and Technology – Government of India (GOI), Startup India, AGNIi, MyGov and other relevant ministries, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to GOI and Member Health ...

How remote working can help the travel industry revive from COVID-19

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The travel and tourism industry is one of the worst-hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreaks due to worldwide curbs on flights, trains, and other modes of getting around. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) recently stated that the pandemic will ravage up to 50 million jobs globally, affecting both white and blue-collar jobs. However, in this very dark period, technology has emerged as a veritable ray of hope. Across sectors, organizations are embracing innovative digital technologies to bridge the gaps that have been created by the pandemic. The foremost technology that is helping companies thrive in this challenging time is remote working. Organizations shifted to work-from-home models almost overnight – and the credit of such a fast transformation goes to remote working techn...

COVID 19 and Indian consumer behavior

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Across the globe, COVID-19 has hit us at the primal level. The 3 things which we had understood i.e. protect me and my family, my livelihood, and my way of life. The Indian consumer is grappling with this immediate effect of this outbreak. Below are some of the recent observations in Indian consumer behavior. Social Distancing Lockdown living Panic buying Restricted services Digital Consumption Reaction to rumors and fake news During this pandemic period, most of the consumers have adopted the digital way of living therefore there is an increase in digital penetration in the nation. According to Nielsen, the time spent on mobile has increased towards more than 5 hours per day. Also, Internet users have started revisiting their broadband plan as internet usage has surged 4 times since April...

Remote Working: The new normal amid COVID-19

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By Rohit Madhok, Vice President Engineering, GlobalLogic In a matter of months, the world around us has changed at an unimaginable speed. Such drastic changes were witnessed earlier when the human race at large was exposed to global crises like World War II and Spanish Flu during the last century. As of today, the COVID-19 outbreak has intensified globally, and has surpassed the threat level by gigantic proportions. A thriving tech industry (like all the other industries, their businesses and the rest of the world) is coping with this threat and finding ways to sustain, recover and hopefully emerge stronger with more opportunities for a brighter and hopeful future once the pandemic is over. Business Continuity Planning While traditional BCP across sites & regions has proven to be a wor...