Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Enterprises Increasing Investment in Datacenter Facilities; Focus on Upgrades and Retrofits


451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise (VotE): Datacenters Q2 2015 quarterly survey on datacenter trends indicates that, despite increased investment in cloud and colocation providers, 87% of datacenter operators surveyed from North America and Europe are maintaining or increasing their datacenter facility spending, with 25% expecting to increase spending over the next 90 days.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Petabyte-scale ETERNUS LT260 Tape Library Combines High Data Capacity

Fujitsu claims to extend by a further 350 percent the capacity of its petabyte-scale expandable edition of the ETERNUS LT tape library, and adds additional security enhancements. First launched in November 2014, the FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS LT260, claims the company, combines the flexible scalability and excellent automated and remote management capabilities that mid-sized companies and large data centers need for highly efficient handling of fast-growing backup and archive volumes. This also makes it the first choice as a storage backend solution to Fujitsu’s ETERNUS CS8000 Unified Data Protection Appliance.

Dell infrastructure chosen to support SAP HANA ERP for Prestige Estates Projects

Dell affirms that Prestige Estates Projects Ltd., leading Real Estate Company in India, has chosen an end-to-end solution comprising of SAP HANA ERP solution backed by Dell servers, storage and networking infrastructure. The company chose Dell as the preferred solution provider because of its expertise in SAP solutions and in providing end-to-end support to the company. 

National Weather Service graphics developed with NCAR research

New online graphics being rolled out this summer by the National Weather Service (NWS) are based on research by a team of risk communication experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) who focused on how to better convey forecast information visually.

Texas Instruments conducts the TI MCU design contest 2014-2015

Texas Instruments (TI) India concluded the second edition of its MCU (Micro Controller Unit) Design Contest, a unique event which looks at expanding the technical knowledge of hardware design engineers across the country. Through this platform, TI has once again facilitated creators to showcase the top engineering projects from across India displaying innovation, design proficiency and technical adeptness. The contest running in three different phases enabled contestants develop designs using any one of TI’s microcontrollers - MSP430, C2000, TIVA or the Hercules.

African online social marketplace, MOBOfree, launches ID Verification program in Nigeria and Uganda

MOBOfree, a leading African social marketplace, today announced the launch of the first-of-a-kind ID verification program in Nigeria and Uganda, further strengthening its position as Africa’s safest social marketplace for both buyers and sellers alike.

Fed-up with Amar Babu, Lenovo names Rahul Agarwal as India Managing Director

Lenovo has finally moved Amar Babu aside of the India business given he has not been able to deliver to the opportunity in Indian market. However, Lenovo has pretended to elevate Amar Babu to a bigger role. The company appointed Rahul Agarwal as the Managing Director for Lenovo India, effective June 29, 2015.  

Infosys Finacle launches Financial and Business Management Solution


Infosys announced the launch of the Finacle SME Enable to help banks enhance support and service for their small and medium business enterprise (SME) customers. The first-of-its-kind, mobile-based financial and business management solution is exclusively designed to help SMEs not only experience banking services on the move, but also manage their business operations efficiently.  

Clovia appoints CEO and CTO to drive accelerated growth

Clovia, a lingerie and sleepwear brand in India, and previously known as Cloe, has announced a new leadership team that will lead the company into its next stage of hyper growth. Pankaj Vermani joins Clovia as its Chief Executive Officer and Aditya Chaturvedi joins as its Chief Technology Officer. Clovia’s current CEO & Founder, Neha Kant will continue to sit on the company’s board and take on the role of Chief Revenue Officer. She will be responsible for driving the company’s sales and operations across channels and geographies.

Truecaller announces Truedialer 3.0 for Android and Windows Phone

Truecaller is announcing the redesign of its popular dialpad app Truedialer, available for free on Google Play and Windows Phone Store. Truedialer aims to replace your old dialer apps with multiple improvements on design and features to make your communications experience smarter, so you can confidently take calls and identify trusted contacts.

Data Security Council of India appoints Mr. Nandkumar Saravade as new Chief Executive Officer

Data Security Council of India (DSCI) announced the appointment of Mr. Nandkumar Saravade as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization. He will be join as a full-time CEO on July 1, 2015 and will be based in the DSCI New Delhi office. He will take over from the current officiating CEO, Ms. Rama Vedashree, VP NASSCOM.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Palm Beach County School Board Gives OpenText Capture Center High Marks

OpenText announced Palm Beach County School Board has implemented OpenText Capture Center to automate its invoicing process to reduce costs and improve productivity. With OpenText Capture Center, the board has transformed its Accounts Payable (AP) department for the digital world.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

UN Foundation joins hands with Shoto


Tech startup Shoto has announced a collaboration with the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter Signing on June 26. Shoto is a new mobile experience for exchanging, organizing, and discovering photos from the moments people have shared together. Shoto aggregates all the photos you and your friends took together, allowing you to request the ones you may have missed and share them easily among friends.

Friday, 26 June 2015

RCTC imports five new high-capacity servers from Singapore

In yet another initiative to speed up e-ticketing operations, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has imported five new servers from Singapore that will phenomenally change the way passengers book tickets on its digital platform.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tap and Pay terminal from iKaaz launched


Enthused by the success of the MOWA mobile app aimed at simplifying the mobile payment process for customers, through their smart phone, iKaaz now announces the launch of the MOWA Tap and Pay terminal coined as “MOWA Wave” for merchants. The leading mobile payments company, iKaaz, providing innovative Tap & Pay solutions, presents this stand-alone terminal to enable merchants to accept payments without the need to install any additional hardware or software.  The biggest advantage of MOWA Wave is that consumers who have the MOWA app can start paying using their phone by simply tapping at these terminals.

MapR 5.0 Extends Hadoop for New Class of Real-Time Applications


MapR Technologies unveiled at Hadoop Summit version 5.0 of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, extending its lead in real-time Hadoop, security, and self-service data exploration and agility. 

Nokia India Innovation Day showcases its technologies


Nokia Networks hosted the India Innovation Day 2015 and showcased some of its futuristic and cutting edge global technologies in the mobile broadband segment. The technologies showcased are aimed at empowering operators in their journey of evolution in order to effectively manage and monetize the surging mobile broadband growth. Nokia’s real time live demos highlighted company’s innovations in Telco Cloud (VoLTE/ VoWiFi), 5G, Security solutions, Predictive marketing, etc.

Tech Mahindra and Circle Health sign 10-year strategic deal


Tech Mahindra announced that it has been selected by Circle Health after a competitive procurement process to become their chosen technology partner for the next 10 years. The project will be delivered by nth Dimension, a newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Mahindra in the United Kingdom.

NASSCOM and Hansa Cequity release research report on Analytic Maturity in India

To showcase how organisations are creating value by leveraging analytics across industries, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Hansa Cequity announced the release of a report on “Application, Innovation and Maturity of Indian Analytics”. The report was released as part of the Big Data & Analytics Summit organised by NASSCOM at Hyderabad.

AngelPrime Announces Winners of the Biggest Online Aadhaar Hackathon

AngelPrime, a seed-stage Venture Capital Fund based in Bangalore today announced the winners of the biggest ever-online Aadhaar Hackathon held on June 6 – June 7 2015. The hugely popular competition attracted more than 5269 developers from across India and also from Indians living abroad. The two-day coding marathon saw 1677 registered teams who built products around the themes of payments, productivity, government benefits, financial services, FMCG, healthcare and online to offline.

CEAT Tyres launches Mobile App for iOS and Android Users

Leading Indian tyre manufacturer CEAT recently launched an easy to use interactive mobile application for its users providing firsthand information anywhere, anytime for users aimed at making their journey safe and speedy. The free app is currently available on iOS and android platforms offering variety of features and assistance on a fingertip of users during travelling.

Monsanto named a Best Place To Work in Information Technology

Computerworld has named Monsanto Company one of its Best Places to Work in IT. Monsanto ranks No. 24 on the 2015 list of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, its fourth appearance on the list.

Lenovo launches the K3 Note


Lenovo launched in India its smartphone, the Lenovo K3 Note that boasts together smooth performance, a brilliant display and true color cameras.  A meticulously crafted device flaunting a 13.97 cms (5.5) full HD display (1920 x 1080) the K3 Note also boasts of an impressive, 13MegaPixel auto-focus rear camera with Dual LED flash and a 5MP front camera for sharp, vibrant images.

Wipro Organizes Hackathon - ‘CodeStorm Apphack’

Wipro announced the conclusion of ‘CodeStorm AppHack’, a two-month long internal virtual hackathon for Wipro employees, to develop mobile and web-based applications. Aimed at fueling innovation and igniting the creativity of employees, CodeStorm AppHack encouraged them to develop their dream app for both the B2B and B2C segments, using cutting-edge technologies.

Interdependency of IOT and Cloud Computing

By: Maitri Vaghela, IEEE Member

Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing were the technologies that took the world by storm. But even more surprising was their interdependence for their working!!!

According to the Wikipedia, The Internet of Things (IoT, sometimes Internet of Everything) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors  and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices based on the infrastructure of International Telecommunication Union's Global Standards Initiative .Examples of IoT can be found almost everywhere ranging from applications to keep watch on your baby to applications to avoid disasters and many more on its way.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Simplilearn acquires leader in digital marketing training Market Motive

Simplilearn announced a $10 million deal to acquire Market Motive, a pioneering Silicon Valley-based digital marketing training company that counts Google’s Digital Marketing Evangelist, Avinash Kaushik as a co-founder. The merged company, which has already helped more than 400,000 professionals in over 150 countries see $4 billion worth of pay raises, is turning its attention to an expanded presence in the U.S. where it can offer a turnkey solution to working professionals and college graduates who are trying to advance in their careers.

SpiceJet Mobile App launched for Android and iPhones

SpiceJet unveiled its all-new SpiceJet mobile application today. With this app, customers on-the-go will find it more convenient than ever before to make and manage bookings, check flight status, and receive exclusive offers on their mobile devices with just a few taps on the screen. Booking and managing your flights and travel experience was never so easy!

Array Networks Launches India-Specific Partner Program 'Array Wings'

Array Networks announced its latest India-specific partner program, 'Array Wings' at a recent partner event 'Success Bridge 2015'. Array Wings partner incentive program will provide as an opportunity to bridge the gaps between the partners and the industry, to get to know each partner better and to embark on a journey towards mutual growth and success. This is an innovative sales initiative to connect and engage with partners to rise above business goals and celebrate the true spirit of partnership. 

Top Cyber Threat Trends in 2015 Financial Services


Websense announced the release of the Websense Security Labs 2015 Financial Services Drill-Down Report examining the current state of cyber threats and data-stealing attacks against financial services institutions (FS). The research reveals a high degree of specialization among criminals attacking financial services, a huge investment in the lure attack phase and the specific and anomalous attacks pointed at global targets dealing in finance.

Red Hat and Samsung to deliver Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise


Red Hat and Samsung Electronics America announced a strategic alliance to deliver the next generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise. The alliance draws upon the combined strengths of each company – the breadth of Samsung's mobile device portfolio fused with the depth of Red Hat's open source middleware, mobile and cloud technologies – to deliver mobile solutions that enable rapid development and integration of enterprise applications for organizations moving toward a mobile-first strategy.

New Security measurement trends in mobile banking

By: Jan Valcke, President and COO of VASCO Data Security

A clear and emerging new channel in the space of banking and payments is mobile.Mobile banking has the opportunity to become just as disruptive in the modern era as ATMs were back in the 1970s. From the convenience of our own homes, and with our own devices, we now have the opportunity to do just about everything except get cash from our bank. 

Fitbit sets shop in India


Fitbit announced it is launching in India, with availability through Amazon.in of its full line of top-selling activity and sleep-tracking products (Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale). The Fitbit platform empowers people with information, offering a fun and engaging experience, providing insights and guidance for users to get the most out of their devices and help them reach their health and fitness goals.

HP and FireEye enter into alliance for Incident Response and Advanced Threat Services

HP and FireEye announced partnership to make incident response, compromise assessment and threat detection offerings available to HP Enterprise Services’ most strategic clients globally.

Spice Mobiles introduces new ‘X Life’ series of smartphones

Spice Mobiles launched its new X Life series of smartphones, targeted at first time smartphone buyers in Tier II and Tier III cities. Under X Life series, the company has launched four smartphones – XLife 404, XLife 431q, XLife 431qLite and XLife 512 offering superior technology features at very attractive price points keeping in line with its brand promise of always offering the latest technology to its consumers at affordable prices. The X Life series is specially designed for consumers seeking an exciting combination of innovation and great design.

NetApp launches High-Performance All-Flash Arrays for the Mainstream


NetApp expanded its all-flash storage array line with new models tailored for enterprise buyers. The All Flash FAS (AFF) 8000 series packs world-class performance and the industry’s best data management in a single solution.  It ships with NetApp Data ONTAP FlashEssentials innovations, which increase flash performance and efficiency.   

AppDynamics Introduces Application Intelligence Platform


AppDynamics, an application intelligence company, introduced its Summer ’15 Release (version 4.1), a feature-packed update that brings powerful new capabilities to its Application Intelligence Platform. Headlining the new release is Unified Monitoring, the industry-first, application-centric solution that traces and monitors transactions from the end user through the entire application and infrastructure environment to help quickly and proactively solve performance issues and ensure excellent user experience. Supporting the Unified Monitoring solution are the new general betas of Browser Synthetic Monitoring and Server Monitoring Pro, as well as the general availability of Apache Web Server Monitoring and Python application language support. 

TAKE Solutions awarded patent by USPTO

TAKE Solutions was awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its “Method for Optimizing Clinical Data Standardization”. This process leverages TAKE Solutions’ Clinical Accelerators to reduce the time taken to standardize trial data by over 50% (when compared to standardization without the accelerators), thus reducing time to market.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

New Avaya Collaboration Pod focused at midsize enterprises


Avaya announced a new model of the Avaya Collaboration Pod, built specifically to serve the needs of midsize enterprises. Designed for rapid implementation and streamlined management of Avaya Engagement Solutions, the Collaboration Pod 2400 Series combines applications, servers, storage, networking and management components in an easy-to-deploy, ready-to-operate package. Avaya is also launching a fast-track Collaboration Pod on boarding program for qualified Avaya channel partners to help them quickly and successfully deliver the new Collaboration Pod 2400 to customers, as well as a demo program for customers and channel partners.

Oracle rolls out Comprehensive Enterprise Cloud Portfolio

Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications.  With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform extends Oracle’s leadership with the world’s broadest and deepest portfolio of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud.

ISACA Webinar, Securing Smart Devices, Focuses on Protecting Enterprises


For security practitioners around the world, the proliferation of the Internet of Things introduces many complexities that can strain enterprise security and infrastructures. To help professionals ensure their enterprises are protected, global IT association ISACA is offering a free webinar, Securing Smart Devices: Cybersecurity in the Age of the Internet of Things, on Thursday, 25 June, at 09:30 PM IST.

Pharma outsourcing accounts for 75% of India’s healthcare BPO market: study

At $2.5-3.1 billion, pharmaceutical outsourcing market (excluding contract manufacturing services) accounts for about 75 per cent of the India’s medical process outsourcing (MPO) segment which is currently estimated at $3.3–4.2 billion, according to a just concluded study by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and global professional services organization EY. While the payer outsourcing market constitutes $700-900 million of India's MPO market, the provider market accounts for the remaining share of about $100-200 million, noted the study titled ‘Medical Process Outsourcing in India’.

Bangalore has invested the most in smart buildings (57%)

A new survey of 2,000 buildings across India by Honeywell and research-specialist IMRB International shows that government, building owners and service providers need to invest more in smart building technologies to better serve India’s rapidly urbanizing population and help create sustainable cities and infrastructure.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Nokia appoints Rupa Santosh to head Nokia Networks’ Technology Center at Bangalore

Nokia appointed Rupa Santosh as head of Nokia Networks’ Technology Center, Bangalore, effective 1 June 2015. In this role, Rupa will continue to manage the centre as amongst the leading research and development site for Nokia Networks globally, as well as an employer of choice within the local ecosystem.  The Bangalore Technology Center is one of the largest R&D centers for Nokia Networks contributing to key product development in telecommunications networks. Working as an integral part of Nokia global R&D, the Bangalore center plays a key role in development of several major products.  The center located at Manyata Tech Park, Bangalore has nearly 4000 workforce. 

Hero Group acquires ‘MYBOX’ and makes investment of Rs 500 Crore in Electronics

The US$5 billion Brijmohan Lall Munjal - led Hero Group, with presence in over a dozen business verticals, today announced its foray into the rapidly growing electronics sector of the country, with the formation of a new company, ‘Hero Electronix’.  The decision aligns with the ‘Make in India’ vision of the government and will help the growth of the sector, further.

Indian Cellular Association joins hands with the Taiwan

Indian Cellular Association has signed a MoU with the Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan to give further boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Smart Bharat’. Institute for Information Industry (III) Taiwan – the global leader in digital technology deployment and information society programs - will provide its expertise to ICA’s ongoing digital India initiative - ‘Action Centre for Smart and Broadband Bharat (ACSBB)’.

Thinspace Simplifies Desktop Virtualization & Application Delivery with integrated Device Management

Thinspace announced the launch of new skySpace solution suite, providing desktop virtualization and application delivery in a simple, effective, and affordable end-to-end solution with integrated device management. Thinspace's skySpace is a complete solution comprising of hardware endpoint devices and management software designed to work together for the delivery of centralized desktops and applications. It eliminates the complexity of dealing with multiple vendors and provides a centralized single vendor platform for all the desktop computing needs of an organization.

Mphasis Next Labs launches HyperGraf for Big Data analytics

Mphasis announced the launch of the first Mphasis Next Labs solution ‘HyperGraf’ for enabling real-time decision making. An Omni-channel Digital 360 solution, HyperGraf provides the most comprehensive, accurate, real-time and actionable customer engagement insights across millions of data points spread over multiple customer engagement channels.

Companies say employer-branding works but employees differ: TimesJobs survey

"I have 5 pre-placement offers, offering seven figure salaries – Why should I join you?" a final year student at a top tech institute quipped at a job interview. Companies are in a competitive battle not just for sales but also for recruiting high-end talent well.

CA Technologies API Management Helps Drive Business Growt

A recent study shows CA API Management helps drive business growth by improving the time-to-market for revenue-generating applications that depend on APIs. Results show a 97 percent time improvement to deploy apps that require integration with multiple data sets—going from 90 days to three days using CA’s API solutions. The study, “The Total Economic Impact of CA Technologies CA API Management,”1 conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by CA Technologies, provides analysis from Forrester based on in-depth interviews with CA API Management customers. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

How to tackle the recently found security threats

Exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities has always been the primary choice for hackers. It is just obvious that they will be looking for new weaknesses within the layers and misuse them before anyone knows about it. The Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys of FREAK was one such instance. This Secure Sockets Layer vulnerability was discovered this year in March, but was surprisingly present from the early 90s. It posed man-in-the-middle threat to around 33% of all the website and servers along with major browsers.

Eurotech Technologies Launches Standalone HD DVR Series

Eurotech Technologies, a Bangalore based technology solutions company, announced the launch of 4,8,16 & 32 Channel standalone HD – DVRs. Equipped with HDMI port to offer adequate and advanced surveillance solution at affordable costs, these DVRs feature powerful network software, accommodates SATA HDDs, offers high resolution mobile surveillance and consumes less power. Ideal for a wide range of verticals, the DVR series allows enhance video recording, while delivering true high definition.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

HPB Croatia Selects Infosys Finacle

Infosys announced that Hrvatska Postanska Banka (HPB),a leading state-owned financial institution in Croatia, has selected the Finacle Payments solution to deliver bespoke epayment offerings and superior customer experience. The new solution will enable HPB to streamline its payments operations and simultaneously serve its target markets in a cost-effective and flexible manner. The Finacle solution will also help HPB to comply with Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) requirements and support Croatia’s harmonization process with European Union regulations and Payment Service Directive.

AngelPrime invests 500,000 USD in Marketing Tech Start-up Vidgyor

AngelPrime announced an investment of USD 500,000 in Vidgyor - a targeted video advertisement platform for Internet TV, at Next Big What’s “Unpluggd” summer edition. The Bangalore-based start-up enables broadcasters to monetize live TV streaming on the Internet by replacing standard TV advertisements with personalized video ads. The funding will help Vidgyor to expand their target user base, increase marketing efforts and further develop their technology.

Sify launches Cloud Solutions for the Kerala Market

Sify Technologies Limited  announced the launch of the company’s Cloud services targeted at the Enterprise and SMB market in Kerala. Sify has tested the Kerala market and has received encouraging response. As a special offer, Sify’s Cloud services will be made available to customers in Kerala for a trial period 15-day. Sify has chosen a mix of internal promotions and Channel partners to maximize its go-to-market strategy.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Ricoh launches fully integrated cloud-enabled PACS solution

Ricoh India announced the launch of its fully integrated cloud-enabled PACS solution ‘Picasso’ in Hyderabad. The new solution from Ricoh will not only provide access of medical images to patients and clinicians, reduce cost of providing medical care but also help us in saving environment.

Dell Software Extends Analytics Momentum with Datawatch Partnership

Dell Software announced a new partnership with Datawatch Corporation, continuing the growing momentum of its analytics business by integrating highly interactive visualization and dashboarding capabilities directly into its Statistica advanced analytics platform. Already known for its robust offering of more than 16,000 analytical options, Statistica now will empower line of business users to stream data into compelling and interactive visual representations to better facilitate the sharing of information and discovery of hidden patterns.