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In Conversation with Manu Dangi, Country Head Evalueserve

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Evalueserve has two offices in Guragon, and as luck would have it, we reached the “other” office only to do an instantaneous about-turn and reach the “right” office. A bit more research on the venue on our part, should have been par for the course. Nevertheless, Manu Dangi, the Country Head of Evalueserve was extremely accommodative about time, and we got down to scripting a really good story. The Journey Ms Manu Dangi joined Evalueserve way back in 2002, when the firm was a year old. In the earlier years, the company witnessed a whopping 100% y-o-y growth in a near monopoly-like situation. Her growth story is archetypal, one of rising up the ranks to reach the top in a matter of 14 years; embracing and heralding change in process. In 2005, as the footprints spread across the regions of AP...

In Conversation With Sanjay K Goyal, Founder and CEO, ACL Mobile

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A proficient leader and expert in the industry, Sanjay is a technology entrepreneur. His vast exposure and experience in building international businesses, start-ups and his love for tech-innovation were instrumental in the inception of ACL Mobile in 2000. He graduated with honours in mechanical engineering in 1992 from the University of Texas, Austin, USA. Having found his first company in 1993, Sanjay is also a prominent angel investor. He enjoys exploring new gadgets, cars and is a yoga enthusiast. It was a rather warm afternoon (if not decidedly hot!) when we reached the ACL Mobile office in Noida and struck up an interesting conversation with its Founder & CEO, Mr Sanjay Krishna Goyal & the Head of Marketing & Communications, Ms Anjali Srivastava. ACL Mobile, a NASSCOM mem...

5 things Cloud has changed for Indian IT

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The pace of change and disruption in the technology industry has always been faster than other industries. It is very easy for companies to fail – Compaq, Novell, Nortel, and Nokia were all great companies which got disrupted and collapsed in a fairly short duration. The fast pace of evolution means that the threshold for failure has gone down and capital/ scale can no longer defend an untenable business model.  In order to ride this wave of change and not be disrupted, current Indian IT-BPM players have evaluated what “CLOUD†means to their business and prepared for this disruption. The implications of cloud is felt across the value chain, though to varying degrees. While there is no one-size fits all solution and players have developed strategy specific to their market place and int...

Payments Banks – Convenience Weds Technology

On August 19 last year, India took a revolutionary step in the arena of banking – the RBI kicked off the long-awaited differentiated banking regime by issuing in-principle approvals to 11 entities to set up payments banks. This was followed by the issuance of 10 more licences for small finance banks in September.  From all accounts, this will be a game-changer in India’s banking landscape and could well usher an even bigger storm than the one triggered in the early years of the decade of 1990 when private banks were given licences.  So, what are payment banks all about?  In order to gauge the importance of this move, it is essential to understand what payments banks can and cannot do. Simply put, a payments bank can do everything a full service bank or a universal bank can do &#...

Driving a Software-Defined Machine

The concept of ‘software-defined machine’ is still a bit abstract for many in the industrial space.  Software for control or optimization of assets is not new, of course.  And opportunities to improve asset performance by monitoring machine health with software are increasingly part of the dialog.  But ‘software-defined’ remains elusive.  What if it were possible to have a machine that could do something tomorrow that it’s not capable of doing today?  What if a software update added new machine behaviors that an operator could opt to use?  That’s exactly what happened a few months ago when Tesla Version 7.0 software  for Model S was released.  Suddenly, the car had Autopilot.  By incorporating a range of new active safety and convenience feat...

The Significant Ways Tech Will Transform 5 Airport Checkpoints in the Coming Years

For most people, the thought of going to the airport for an upcoming trip is usually associated with stress and frustration. Long lines, weather delays, and missed connections are just some of the common anxieties facing everyday travelers. Recently though, technology has started to tilt the landscape in airports’ favour. Airports have seen early positive returns from things like passenger processing and bag-tracking applications, data analytics and integrated system dashboards. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg.  Further innovation is underway that has the potential to not only help airports optimise passenger dwell time and drive further revenue, but also to simplify their processes, transform their infrastructure and save them money on operational expenses.  Here ar...

Evolving Screen Sizes of Our Flagship Smartphones

It’s 2016! It’s been more than 2 decades since the first touchscreen phone was launched. In case you did not know, it was named as Simon which was manufactured by IBM in 1992. This was way before the term ‘smartphone’ was coined. Simon was outrageously expensive and big. Looking at what a current smartphone offers, we have come a long way and progressed immensely.  Let us have a look at how the touchscreen technology has progressed. Touchscreen smartphones during that age used Resistive touchscreen technology to register inputs. Popular phones like the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music, N97 and other phones around that time used this technology. Because of resistive touchscreens, the screens only responded to the stylus and not to the bare fingertip. The resistive touchs...

Top 5 digital bets for Indian IT industry

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Driven by technology megatrends and ensuing changes in corporate priorities, the global total addressable market presented to technology, communications and business services providers could grow by almost 50 per cent within the next decade. The global technology spend is likely to increase from USD 2.7 trillion in 2014 to USD 3.5 trillion by 2020 and to USD 4 trillion by 2025, at a CAGR of 3.6 per cent. While there is early evidence of this growth fueled by digital, the quantum and timeframe of this growth will vary depending on the rate of adoption of digital technologies by end customers as well as the technology savviness of enterprises.  But the texture of the growth will likely be much different than that seen in the past as digital investments become a high priority for top executiv...

Apps are Designed to Capture Mind Share

The theory of shopping as ‘retail therapy’ is far more pronounced in a world dominated with the ubiquity of mobile. The portability of such devices makes them compelling windows into experiences that were never possible previously. Ease of access, superior user experience and ultimately a way to kill time for many millennials; retailing is indeed a therapy. Mobile users, who window-shop on e-commerce apps to kill boredom, end up purchasing products. Push-notifications, offers, a customised feed for each individual are all ancillary functions that help personalise experiences for a user. In all, apps and mobile browsers are growing rapaciously to capture mind share. To personalise these experiences, e-commerce companies are hungry for data. Are you a male, female? How often do...

Desi card games rule the digital gaming industry in India

Indian games industry has come of age. Earlier, most game developers developed games for the US and European markets and later brought them to India. It no longer works that way!  Traditional Indian games are now redefining the digital games industry in India. In fact, Indian game developers are dominating the gaming segment with their local offerings. By introducing popular games like Rummy and free to play Teen Patti to the digital games world, Indian gaming companies are building a connect with the common man.  Bhavin Pandya, CEO, Play Games 24×7 says, “Our approach is embedded in our belief that people like playing games they grew up playing. Localization is the key to success in India and user trends have confirmed the same. We are focusing heavily on the localization of games...