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#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr. Karan Yaramada, CEO of Jade Global

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How did a trusted Digital Transformation Partner fare during the crisis? To find out we got an opportunity to speak to Jade Global’s CEO and he shared some valuable insights. Please share your thoughts on how you are managing productivity and employee morale during this crisis? It’s the most extraordinary situation we have entered in recent history. A catastrophe and a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude has overwhelmed mankind and crippled global supply chains. The lockdown in March in India was an unexpected move, and if we hadn’t prepared in advance, we would have been in a heap of trouble in ensuring BCP for some of the mission-critical processes that we handle for our clients. In the Bay Area, where we have our HQ, we went into lockdown by the 15th of March – at the time when Stay A...

Update: STPI clarifies to NASSCOM that there are no restrictions on work from home (WFH)

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Last month, NASSCOM made a detailed representation (see here) to STPI authorities, highlighting industry requirements related to enabling work from home on a permanent basis. Pursuant to our submission, STPI has shared its response with NASSCOM clarifying that there are no restrictions on work from home (WFH) on a long term basis. Given below are the recommendations which NASSCOM made and STPI response against each of them: Enable facility of working from a place outside the unit permanent: STPI response: WFH is nowadays a common practice in the IT/ITeS industry. Earlier, in order to facilitate units enabling them to avail WFH facility and also to secure regulatory compliances, STPI had taken up the matter at appropriate level and ensure that necessary provisions were introduced in Foreign...

Executive Summary

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With successful launches, new collaborations and events, the CoE DS&AI witnessed a busy quarter.  AsterQuanta, one of the CoE DS&AI incubated startups, received funding approval of £100,000 from the Foreign Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom Government.  It was the only Indian startup to win this approval and one of the eight applicants who were selected from a hundreds who applied. This quarter also saw Government of Telangana launch T-AIM (Telangana AI Mission) in partnership with NASSCOM with the first Governing Council meet convened. Attended by senior leaders across Government, Industry, Academia and Not-for-profit, the launch of T-AIM is another feather in NASSCOM’s cap. It has been a quarter of collaborations, as we choose to term it, wherein CoE DS&AI collaborated wi...

Role of Technology in the Government & Public Sector Undertakings

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Technology has become a critical facilitator for today’s businesses.  It has a highly profound role in driving optimization and efficiency across all sectors today, including the public and private sectors. CIOs from Government & PSU’s have adopted niche technologies to drive innovation and transformation within the country. Tech-adoption is seen as an investment in keeping the country competitive in an ever-evolving global economy. Reliance on progressive technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality, and machine learning has helped drive sustained growth within the public sector. This constant strive via automation, and the digitalization of services has led to significant social, economic, technological, & environmental outcome...

CoE DS&AI launches new properties to develop a dynamic DS&AI Community

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CoE DS&AI launched a series of programs and events to foster community-connect within the AI Community Masterclass/AI Dialogue Series – Aimed at connecting the AI Community with senior industry leaders and Subject Matter Experts, these series help start-ups enhance their abilities to successfully navigate through a wide range of business topics beyond core DS & AI technologies. In this quarter CoE DS & AI conducted twelve sessions with topics ranging from Go-To-Market strategy to fund-raising to Innovation using AI and around three thousand professionals attending thes AI Parley – A two-panel virtual mini-conference aimed at bringing together senior industry leaders together to discuss contemporary themes related to data sciences and artificial intelligence. In this quarter CoE...

CoE DS&AI a collaborates with INDIAai on Investor Connect series “RaiSE” and with NASSCOM Reserach on Enterprise Adoption of AI

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CoE DS&AI a collaborates with INDIAai on Investor Connect series “RaiSE” and with NASSCOM Reserach on Enterprise Adoption of AI CoE DS&AI a collaborates with INDIAai on Investor Connect series “RaiSE” As the COVID-19 crisis thrust the global economy into mayhem and uncertainty, businesses big or small struggled to sustain themselves.  And AI startups were no different.  Despite the advantage of a renewed interest in technology for solutions, the lack of funding opportunities hit the AI startups harder. However, this situation provided an opportunity for investors – to back the startups that show promise. In light of this, CoE-DS&AI and INDIAai collaborated to launch an online Investor-Connect series for AI startups, called ‘RaiSE’.  This series focused on seed...

AsterQuanta – Made in India, for the world!

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AsterQuanta receives funding approval of £100,000 from the Foreign Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom Government AsterQuanta, incubated at CoE DS&AI, received this approval under the UK government’s “Global Innovation Fund” initiative.  Out of hundreds of applications received globally AsterQuanta made it to final eight and was the only Indian Startup to receive this approval. This approval will help AsterQuanta to expand in other Commonwealth countries. Commenting on this achievement Pradeep Pydah, Founder of AsterQuanta said “CoE DSAI has been instrumental in opening a variety of connections that turned out to be game-changers for AsterQuanta. This relationship with NASSCOM has definitely been a catalyst of our growth”. AsterQuanta’s suite of AI solutions provides dynamic insights...

CoE DS&AI forms a working group on Innovation

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CoE DS&AI forms a working group on Innovation Innovation is no longer a buzzword but a necessity for organizations, big or small.  With the changing business landscape, a lot of value goes untapped because of lack of strategic direction. To address this issue CoE DS&AI has created an industry working group on innovation called the Strategic Innovation Group or SIG.  It is an advisory body for the CoE – DS & AI, set up to help the CoE achieve its objective of making India AI positive by creating value for its stakeholders through awareness, ability and adoption of data science & AI solutions. The SIG focuses on six pillars, which are to; Drive AI Adoption by enterprises Promote research in AI Become the sounding board of AI community Create an open data platform Develop know...

Government of Telangana launches T-AIM (Telangana AI Mission) in partnership with NASSCOM with the first Governing Council meet convened

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Government of Telangana launches T-AIM (Telangana AI Mission) in partnership with NASSCOM with the first Governing Council meet convened Government of Telangana State launched Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) in partnership with NASSCOM, as a part of its “2020 Year of AI” initiative. The vision is to establish Telangana as a global hub for Artificial Intelligence and leverage it for societal good. The first Governing council meeting was convened on 2nd July and was attended by the council members comprising of; Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana* Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM P. Anandan, CEO, Wadhwani AI Purushottam Kaushik, Head, C4IR-WEF Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director, South Asia, nVIDIA Nivruti Rai, Country Head – India, Intel Prof BS Murthy, Direct...

CoE DS&AI develops a platform to enable Enterprises augment and accelerate their AI capabilities by partnering with appropriate Innovators and Academia

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CoE DS&AI develops a platform to enable Enterprises augment and accelerate their AI capabilities by partnering with appropriate Innovators and Academia 1. CoE DS&AI and PMI collaborate on creating new framework for the DS&AI projects Increased automation of jobs driven by Artificial intelligence has created a sense of insecurity amongst the Project Management professionals.  Additionally, the lack of standardization of Project Management practice in DS & AI projects has posed a challenge for organizations across the world. To address this concern, CoE DS & AI and PMI have partnered to create a playbook which will provide a perspective on how tasks are being prioritized and optimized by project managers.  This playbook will also recommend a best fit approach that will ad...