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Enhancing the need for facial recognition based attendance says Vedpal Singh, Founder CEO of CamfyVision

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When a friend approached Vedpal Singh to develop a solution that could address unseen & unreported incidents in boarding schools, he thought facial recognition aided by AI was the best bet. That was two years ago. Today, he looks poised to take on the new wave of opportunities that will likely present themselves after the lockdown period ends in India, and companies begin to resume work per usual. But one thing will likely change, and probably stay changed for a long time to come – biometric attendance tracking. COVID19 hit us in full force by early March. Based on news reports and findings by researchers, it became evident that this virus can spread and multiply rapidly in many ways. While it is relatively simpler to isolate infected individuals, the worldwide fight against COVID19 be...

#LeaderTalk: In Conversation with Mr. Jaya Jayakumar, VP & Managing Director, Sabre GDC, Bangalore

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1. How is Sabre re-imagining the business of travel? Sabre’s model is B2B. In the travel value chain, we have positioned ourselves within the traveler and travel supplier construct, which primarily comprises of the railways, airlines, hotels, etc. Our software and technology solutions enable seamless travel experiences for travelers, through bespoke offerings that are personalized to meet the traveler’s needs. In keeping with IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) program, we provide several solutions to travel suppliers to help them develop new airline retailing capabilities, which delivers more Intelligent and personalized offers to travelers. For instance, airlines can create smart offers based on the ancillary services availed by the traveler, thinking beyond the basic seat pricing. ...

Tips to Stay Resilient during Crisis

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With what we are surrounded by right now, it is quite likely to cause a mental and an emotional wear. We all must stay resilient. With the panic that has struck the workforce due to #coronavirus outbreak; it is now upon the leadership to really lead with example. Here is how I deal with situations: Talking to a friendly face: Talking always helps. Conversations help build a sense of purpose. The mind can’t really focus when panicked. Make leisure time a priority: Sometimes, it becomes very important to take a step back and just relax. Leisure time is not a privilege, but a necessity. Take up relaxation practice: Relaxation techniques help reduce the stress and administer a sense of calm. A calm mind is active and creative. Sleep – The best medicine that cures all: Skipping even a few...

TechVoice: Can Stemcell Therapy Be The Answer To Minimising Fatalities Caused By COVID19?

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The world is passing through quite a rough phase. The global economy is crashing, healthcare systems worldover are under immense strain, the price of crude oil has fallen below zero for the first time, companies are slashing jobs and scaling back operations, people are holed up at home working remotely, countries are in lockdown; fully aware of the economic slide this is causing. All this because of a virus. So what is happening around the world? Do you really need to take a deep dive into the data and the calculus generated so far? Do you really have the time to analyze the same and take action accordingly? Experts are suggesting, if you really start doing that, other nations will soon slip into the nightmare currently is being faced by USA, Italy, Spain, China – all of which are gr...

Leader Talk: Thoughts and insights from L C Singh, Director and Executive Vice Chairman, Nihilent

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My Early Years  The company that dominated the industry until 1980s was IBM. The whole world moved around IBM’s vision of computing power, of faster computers. And when I joined TCS in 1981, the world of computing also changed, with the advent of the likes of Apple, IBM PC, and Microsoft. I was fortunate to have a leader like Dr. F. C. Kohli at TCS. We will all agree that he set the defining tone and context, not just for TCS but for the entire Indian IT industry. Under the leadership of Mr Kohli, we were able to experiment with multiple business models, and even developed successful products that could build huge consumer connect. Examples like Masterkey in the 1980s stand in testimony. While products empowered the consumers, the only problem we discovered, later on, was that the developm...

TechVoice: Business Continuity – Breaking through Disruptions

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    As history can testify, disruption has been at the heart of every great innovation. It has laid waste to established norms, while simultaneously birthing new ones. As I write this, we are in the midst of an unprecedented disruption on a global scale. But, over the last few years, everyone, from small businesses to state enterprises, has been preparing for large-scale digital disruption. And while the current crisis is a disruption that the world wasn’t expecting, we have been able to respond and adapt quickly, owing to our preparedness in anticipation of a digital disruption. As I see it, our preparedness comes, in part, from the government’s Digital India program, which has served as an impetus for everyone to embrace technology. Today, the government is once again leading t...

#LeaderTalk: Helen Brand, CEO, ACCA Global talks about qualities, skills, and values to take lead in a highly disrupted world

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Helen Brand talks about the tech-enabled change that is upon us and where do professional accountants stand in this – highlighting the skills, values that are required. She also touches upon diverse areas such as the future organization, learnability and leading in a highly disrupted business environment. She signs off by adding a word of advice for parents which will help them to guide their children to be future-ready.   In what ways will “work” change in this decade? It has already changed significantly in the last few years and as digital propagates, what are some of the major shifts that you foresee? The changes that we continue to see are on multiple fronts. They extend tothe way we work, collaborate, empower, channel resources and even the way we have begun to understand custom...

TechVoice: How Industry 4.0 Is Transforming Businesses in the IoT Space

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Industry 4.0 refers to a new phase in the Industrial Revolution that focuses heavily on inter connectivity, automation, machine learning, and real-time data. Anil Pandey, AVP & Head – IoT Solutions, LTI – talks about how Industry 4.0 is playing a pivotal role in transforming business and fostering innovation in the IoT and IIoT space. You can listen to the interview on LTI’s Sound Ideas podcast on Accelerating Industry 4.0 & Business Transformation  What is the Industry 4.0 the world is talking about? Industry 4.0 is the most talked about concept nowadays. It starts with the convergence of physical and digital, which was the fundamental ideology behind how can we converge physical and digital together. The challenges, the world was facing was, when it was product, plant and a...

Want to learn Business Transformation from Shiv Shivakumar or Managing Business during crises from Aditya Ghosh? Now You Can.

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Often, we hear about how important it is to meet industry leaders in our fields to gain insights and valuable advice. But odds are you’ll find it super tough get a meeting on the books with Dr. Ashwani Lohani, former Chairman and MD of Air India to chat about businessturnaround or build a financial business with Former CEO of TATA AIA Mr. Suresh Mahalingam to chat about climbing the career ladder. The next best option is to virtually meet them — or Aditya Ghosh, Richard Rekhy, or one of 15,000 other top industry leaders globally — through SpeakIn. SpeakIn is an online platform that is bringing together some of today’s most famous and influential professionals as Experts and Advisors on one single forum. And there’s probably never been a better time to give it a try as we try to make the be...

#ManagingChange with Saurabh Srivastava – COVID, Entrepreneurs and Investors

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Deepshikha, SpeakIn’s Founder speaks to Shri. Saurabh Srivastava who is one of India’s leading entrepreneurs, investors and institution builders. He has worked extensively in the US, UK, Singapore and India. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has presented him an award for contribution to the Indian IT Industry and the President of India has awarded him the Padma Shri. He co-founded and Chaired key institutions of modern India focused on IT and entrepreneurship: NASSCOM, Indian Venture Capital Association; TiE; Indian Angel Network, world’s largest angel investor group with over 100 portfolio companies, 470 investor members globally. His public service commitments: National Innovation Council, PM’s Empowered Committee on Excellence in Public Administration, SEBI Committee on VC/PE Fun...