Showing posts from March, 2018

25: 20: 10 - So many reasons for Red Hat (and me) to say thank you

By Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat
2018 is a year of milestones: today marks Red Hat’s 25th anniversary; the term open source was coined 20 years ago in February; I just passed my 10th anniversary with this amazing company.
For all of these milestones, I have two simple words: thank you. Thank you to our customers, partners, the open source communities in which we participate, and Red Hat’s associates.
When Marc Ewing and Bob Young founded Red Hat in 1993, it’s hard to believe that even they could have imagined all of the ways open source - and Red Hat - would transform the technology industry. We continue to be awed by all of the incredible ways our customers are using open source solutions to grow and succeed and are looking forward to many more years of working with them to do this. We continue to be inspired by the innovations emerging from open source communities that are shaping the future of technology and are looking forward to continuing the contributions and colla…

BlazeClan Speaking and Exhibiting at AWS Summit 2018

BlazeClan Technologies, a cloud consulting company, will be participating in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Summit 2018 to unfold how architectures in the cloud era should follow "four commandments"- highly available, resilient, adaptive, and must be data-driven.

BlazeClan will be showcasing its cloud offerings at Booth D4 and would be extensively talking about AWS infrastructure that best-fits today's cloud era. Also, they will be explaining how to control multiple complex DevOps cases with a unique discovery "adaptive-based methodology".

Being excited for AWS Summit, Varoon Rajani, CEO at BlazeClan said, "It's a privilege to be a part of such a huge event and get a chance to connect with industry veterans, experts and professionals and able to share views on cloud architecture in the 21st century. Today, Cloud is fundamentally changing the way organizations approach IT."

"Cloud has brought the promise of financial and business benefits i…

Jio extends PRIME membership for 1 year at NO additional fee

After enabling an enriched Digital Life experience for over 175 million Jio Prime Members, Jio now brings another bonanza for its existing PRIME members.
All Jio PRIME members who have subscribed to the exclusive membership benefits till 31st March 2018 will get another year of complimentary PRIME benefits at NO additional fee (LIMITED PERIOD OFFER). Jio deeply values its loyal PRIME members and will continue to deliver additional benefits and superior value to these founding members.
For new Jio users, the Jio Prime Membership continues to be available at an annual membership fees of Rs 99.
The continued availability of the Jio Prime Membership to new subscribers reiterates Jio’s commitment to deliver a differentiated Digital Life experience to Indians and will propel this into the world’s largest loyalty programme.
In the past year, PRIME customers have experienced:
a.     Highest quality service at the best rates in the industry
b.     Everyday …

Kotak Mahindra Bank, NASSCOM Announce Winners of its Maiden Payment Co-creation Programme

Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak) and NASSCOM announced the winners of its maiden payment co-creation programme for start-ups and fintechs. Of the 133 entries received for the programme, 12 fintechs were shortlisted after a rigorous evaluation process. The jury* has finalised 6 winners – Automaxis, Dairy Plus, Nukkad Shops Technology, MyCarIQ, Highway Delight and FTL Technology.
The twin objectives of the Kotak Payment Co-creation Programme are to provide an impetus to fintech-bank partnerships and build an ecosystem of collaboration and innovation for start-ups and fintechs in the digital payments space.
Deepak Sharma, Chief Digital Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank said, “With the Kotak Payment Co-creation Programme, our aim is to create a robust platform for fintech-bank collaboration. We have concluded the first edition of the programme focused on digital payments and are delighted to have found some unique, best-in-class ideas. The winners will receive mentorship, and also an opportunity to…

SHRM India to host Asia’s biggest HR Tech Conference in April 2018 in Hyderabad

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), world’s largest association for human resource (HR) management will be organizing the HR Technology Conference & Exposition. Being the 4th of its kind, #SHRMTech18 is set to transform Hyderabad into a melting pot of revolutionized HR Tech trends.

Dates: 26 & 27 April, 2018

Venue: Hotel Novotel, Hyderabad

Technology has become an indispensable part of our everyday life and has greatly come to transform and enhance the way we live and work. The two-day conference allows you to witness the latest HR tech innovations where professionals and tech trend-experts gather to create a thriving tech-led HR to keep organizations future ready. With forecasted spikes in workforce, every organization must gear up with only the best HR tech trends, which enable quicker decision making, accurate predictions and equip professionals with the necessary tools to meet specific needs and goals. It’s time to talk about the best HR practices and unveil wha…

RSA helps organizations quantify financial risk exposure to cyber attacks

RSA, a cybersecurity leader delivering Business-Driven Security solutions to help manage digital risk, unveils the RSA Archer Cyber Risk Quantification use case that helps business users quantify their organizations’ financial risk exposure to cybersecurity events. It gives CISOs the ability to prioritize risk mitigation efforts using a quantification-based assessment of the business and financial impact that a breach or vulnerability would expose. The quantification of cyber risk will empower CISOs to better communicate the impact in financial terms at the Board and senior management levels of an organization.
Between the constant expansions of today’s technology infrastructures and the ever-growing number of cyber threats, organizations struggle to identify, understand and translate cyber risk into business risk. Many organizations’ current cyber risk management processes are manual, leading to disconnected efforts, ineffective controls, or piles of data with little actionable valu…

Lax implementation of security measures & poor employee awareness to blame for cyber frauds in BPOs: ASSOCHAM-Microsoft survey

Most cyber frauds in India’s booming business process outsourcing (BPO) sector occur due to lack of strict implementation of existing information security protocols together with poor employee awareness, noted a recent survey jointly conducted by apex industry body ASSOCHAM and global software giant Microsoft.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) along with Microsoft conducted a survey titled, ‘Understanding the perceptions and awareness around cyber security among employees working in BPOs,’ in Delhi-NCR and Kolkata to ascertain the level of awareness regarding cyber frauds among people employed in the sector.
The survey sample design comprised of four focus group discussions (FGDs) and 20 in-depth interviews (IDIs) held across Delhi-NCR and Kolkata.
It was noted that awareness about cyber frauds was low amid freshers and job applicants, but it was relatively higher in experienced employees.
“Both employees and customers are to be blamed for cyber fra…

Fino Payments Bank to deploy 10,000 Android-based mPOS to enhance doorstep banking service

Fino Payments Bank's parent company Fino Paytech pioneered tech-led doorstep banking on behalf of other banks more than a decade ago. Taking the legacy forward, Fino Payments Bank has further strengthened doorstep banking services by arming its access points with new age digital devices.
This initiative is in line with the bank's model based on deploying digital solutions to make banking paperless, simple and convenient for customers.
Fino Payments Bank plans to deploy multi-utility Android-based mPOS devices across 10,000 banking points in the country in a phased manner. This single device will gradually replace the combination of devices currently used to facilitate finger print authentication and digital transactions.
The key feature of the new Android-based mPOS is that it is a single device with in-built finger print scanner, card reader, camera, printer and tablet, in a portable form factor. This would eliminate the inconvenience of carrying multiple devices by Fino rep…

Garmin India Launches Ultra-Stylish Vivomove HR Analog Digital Smartwatch in the Indian Market

Garmin India has announced the launch of Vivomove HR. Vivomove HR is the perfect amalgamation of chic and technology. The fascinating thing about this stylish hybrid watch is that it features a crystal touchscreen with a discreet display, which means the precision hands show the time and dynamically move away when you swipe through your messages, heart rate, and other features.
This hybrid smartwatch can monitor your heart rate 24*7. It has wellness monitoring tools such as all-day stress tracking and relaxation timer to help you manage your stress levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This latest product by Garmin includes fitness monitoring tools and displays the steps taken, calories burnt, distance travelled, and heart rate.
Commenting on the launch of Vivomove HR, Mr. Ali Rizvi, National Sales Manager Garmin India said “We are very happy to announce the launch of Vivomove HR in India. A unique feature of Vivomove HR is that the watch hands dynamically move out when you intera…

650 partners to drive AI for all in India: Microsoft

At its AI for All conference in Bengaluru, Microsoft India showcased some of its most recent artificial intelligence (AI) solutions aimed at helping improve lives and transform businesses. Microsoft India said it is helping 650 India-based partners use the Microsoft cognitive services, IoT, AI and machine learning platforms to build solutions for India. Over the last year, Microsoft and its partners have deployed AI solutions in areas such as healthcare, education, agriculture, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing and financial services. Today Microsoft also announced a partnership with Forus Health, a Bengaluru-based technology company focusing on retinal imaging devices, to leverage AI capabilities for early detection of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma & macular degeneration, and help reduce avoidable blindness.
“We are working closely with our partners to bring AI to all sectors in India,” said Mr. Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India. “The intersection of AI with people a…

Vodafone Drives Digital Transformation to Boost Customer Experience

With great customer service at the core of its philosophy, Vodafone India has developed new age digital experiences for its 210 plus million customers. Vodafone has always been ‘Happy to Help’ but with the launch of its new digital transformation initiatives, Vodafone is bringing back the ZooZoos in a new Ninja avatar and communicating about “Happy to Help… IN A CLICK”.
Vodafone has always believed that Customer Service is a key differentiator for telecom services and has been known for its best-in-class customer experience in the industry. With the world going digital, customer service across categories has evolved from being a human led, call-centre-based query resolution mechanism to a more digitally evolved, self-care and 24/7/365 experience. Vodafone is leading this evolution, handholding customers to move from assisted only care to digital self-care and anytime and doorstep services.
With speed and efficiency at the core of its service philosophy, Vodafone focuses on convenienc…

Cyber Insurance - a way for risk mitigation

By Sanjeev Srinivasan, CEO & MD, Bharti AXA General Insurance 
The recent spike in occurrence of cybercrime across the globe has made it obvious that it is no more a question of “whether” but a question of “when”. The average cost to the organization of these breaches is estimated to be close to 5 million USD. Multiple analyst reports place the average cost per breached record between USD 78 and USD 277. This cost is attributed to investigation and remediation activities, notifications to be sent to customers and other stakeholders, change in credit worthiness, reputation management, legal fees and settlements and any regulatory fines arising from the breach. Add to this the intangible loss to the brand value and the change in customer behavior in response to the breaches.
Organizations no more have the luxury of imagining that they will not be targeted by malicious hackers. Remember that the hacks need not just target the data an organization holds - the compromised systems can al…

HGS acquires AxisPoint Health

Hinduja Global Solutions Limited (HGS) announced that its subsidiary, HGS Population Health LLC, USA, has today entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CMH Services Subsidiary LLC, USA, operating under the trade name of AxisPoint Health, a leading population health management company. The transaction is expected to close in the next 15 days.
AxisPoint Health offers industry-leading care management, nurse advice line and analytics services, including CarePoint, GuidePoint and Analytix. The company has around 400 employees including over 280 US registered nurses in the US providing condition and case management programs, a 24/7 nurse advice line, and powerful tools for member identification, stratification and reporting. HGS gains access to over 20 new clients across leading commercial plans, Blues plans and state Medicaid programs.
“The acquisition of AxisPoint adds a strategic capability to our Healthcare portfolio by strengthening our presence in the Clinical Services segment…

Huawei Technologies India sponsors innovation lab in IIIT-B

Huawei Technologies India, the research & development center of Huawei, and International Institute of Information Technology – Bengaluru (IIIT-B) inaugurated the Huawei SDN Innovation Lab at the IIIT-B campus in Bengaluru.
The innovation lab has been funded by Huawei as a part of its ICT industry ecosystem development initiative under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, and will focus on research activities in the area of software defined networks (SDN).
Equipped with complete SDN software stack and related network elements hardware, the SDN innovation lab will provide the students of IIIT-B a platform to learn traditional telecom network solution and understand key challenges in enabling agile services in the networks, learn SDN controllers and re-architect the traditional network, innovate and develop applications like BoD (Bandwidth on Demand), VPN (Virtual Private Network), IoT network provisioning, etc using SDN controller.
Apart from funding the lab, Huawei will …

ClearTax Launches year-end special LTCG Taxation Advisory & Filing Services

With a view to helping taxpayers make sense of the change in regime and how they can manage their equity holdings so as to continue on the path of wealth creation; ClearTax announced the launch of CA-assisted advisory and tax filing services specifically for those who have long term gains and plan to harvest some in the current financial year. Some taxpayers may benefit from tax gain harvesting until 31st March while others may have to choose a different strategy.
Archit Gupta, Founder & CEO, ClearTax, says “We want to help taxpayers understand and prepare for the change in law smoothly. By using this service taxpayers will have access to expert advisory on their long term holdings. They can take suitable decisions about their equity holdings based on the new tax regime.”
Capital gains under the income tax laws, refers to any profit or gain that arises from the sale of a ‘capital asset’ which has to be offered to tax in the year in which the assets get transferred and the capital…