Showing posts from May, 2018

3i Infotech unveils its first virtual IT engineer: Maggie

3i Infotech Limited has launched Maggie – Your Virtual IT Engineer. Maggie is part of cognitive service desk that will help contact centres to address hundreds of user requests simultaneously while successfully meeting the expectations of the digital-age users anytime, from anywhere. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, and combined with Natural Language Interface, which helps it understand user queries and learn from past experience, Maggie reduces human intervention in communication and operations.
Automating most of a company’s IT operations while being 100% risk free, Maggie is based on the framework that can be further customized with open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with technologies needed by enterprises of any size.
A simulated engineering environment provides a user-centered, first-person perspective that enables users to interact with an engineered system naturally and provides users with an extensive range of accessible tools. With Maggie, the firm aims to res…

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Returned to Growth in First Quarter of 2018

Global sales of smartphones to end users returned to growth in the first quarter of 2018 with a 1.3 percent increase over the same period in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. Compared to the first quarter of 2017 sales of total mobile phones stalled and reached 455 million units in the first quarter of 2018.
Nearly 384 million smartphones were sold in the first quarter of 2018, representing 84 percent of total mobile phones sold (see Table 1). "Demand for premium and high-end smartphones continued to suffer due to marginal incremental benefits during upgrade," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "Demand for entry-level smartphones (sub-$100) and low midtier smartphones (sub-$150) improved due to better-quality models."
Continued weakness in Greater China's mobile phone market also limited growth potential for the top global brands, including Chinese brands such as OPPO and Vivo, with over 70 percent of their sales coming from Greater China.
Table 1 W…

Employee retention and improving quality of work key areas of focus for organisations in India

Half (50%) of companies across India are expecting their workforce to grow by an incredible 6% or more this year, according to the inaugural India Employment Screening Benchmark Report from HireRight, a leading provider of global background checks.
The India spotlight is based on HireRight’s annual Employment Screening Benchmark Report, the largest, most comprehensive survey of its kind in the industry. Nearly 6,000 human resource professionals were surveyed globally this year.
It revealed that overall, an incredible 85% of organisations in India were looking to bolster their teams with increased hiring – a sentiment considerably more bullish than the wider APAC region, at 77%. Interestingly, the survey also revealed a significant decrease in organisational dependency on contingent workers compared to last year’s findings – almost half (43%) of companies had less than 10% of their workforce made up of non-employees. This suggests that planned recruitment drives in 2018 may focus on pe…

Building Better Data Protection and Steering Clear of GDPR Violations

By: Nilesh Jain, Vice President – South East Asia and India, Trend Micro

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in April 2016 after four years of deliberations, is now in force. The regulation made headlines around the globe with its stricter data protection standards, substantial fines, and most of all, extensive reach. The GDPR affects any organization that holds an EU citizen’s personal data, no matter the size or location. A company based in Asia is as accountable as a multinational enterprise with offices across Europe — as long as it collects and processes the data of EU citizens.

The regulation also delineated the data protection obligations of affected organizations — from adopting state-of-the-art security methods to providing people more access to and control of their data. Recognizing the sweeping changes required for compliance, the EU authorities granted member states and organizations two years to get ready and prepare. And today, the transition stage is …

Digital Consumers and ‘New-gen’ Technologies to Lead Virtual Healthcare into the future

By: Sanjay Pathak - Head Healthcare and Insurance Solutions, 3i Infotech
While ‘Telemedicine’ has been there for a while, it did not become mainstream the way it was expected mostly due to lack of right technology and business objectives. In the current context, virtual care would mean remote health monitoring, home health man­­­agement, telemedicine, kiosk and self-diagnosis based systems, wearables and the likes. Ideally, a collaborative environment leverages video, audio, mobile/portals, sensors/kiosk from where consumers can receive care with no constraints of location, time & in-person touch. The current virtual care drive is fueled by digital consumers, technology advancements, high cost of care, regulation driven better care mandates, and sparse density of physicians to name a few.

Let’s explore some of these in the current context -
Technology advancements: IoT, AI/Voice and Blockchain could pave the way forward for the connected health/virtual care. These technologies hav…

AI on the brink of revolutionising Banking and Insurance of the future

By Snehal Desai, Global Sales Head – Insurance, 3i Infotech

Mankind's quest for Artifical Intelligence (AI) has driven development from times immemorial. It dates back to the architectural astronomy instruments in India to Abacus of Mesopotamia; from mechanical triggering of medieval cannons in China to the emergence of the big World Wide Web; and finally to the 21st century when Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Robotics and AI are finally a reality. It’s a marvel to construe that machines of today can actually learn, improve over a period of time with an in-built self learning capability.

AI not only refers to a specific software algorithm but a broad spectrum of capabilities of machines that have cognitive functions, which include speech recognition, machine translation, file reading from a machine, fraud detection prediction, learning and predicting trends and natural language processing.  A recent report suggests that globally over $1 trillion of today’s financial service…

How Artificial Intelligence based Machine Learning will Affect IT Security

By: Rabih Itani, Regional Business Development Manager - Security, Middle East and Turkey at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic of discussion in many industries for a while now, with healthcare, retail and hospitality, to name but a few, starting to speculate on the massive opportunities its development could bring to how their business is run, and how customers interact with those businesses. Many articles are already predicting the demise of human workers as a result of AI making inroads into our lives because we are on the verge of true artificial intelligence. But when it comes to the biggest challenges facing business, these technologies are yet to have their big breakthrough.
This may all change as we progress into this information age, and for me, the first proof point will be IT security. Having grown into one of our biggest international threats of 2018 with attacks spanning the globe and affecting every country inclu…

USG Boral India appoints Sumit Bidani to fuel regional expansion

USG Boral, a leading innovator of plasterboards, manufacturing and supplying building solutions, today announced the appointment of Mr. Sumit Bidani as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its India market. In his new role, Sumit will be responsible for developing the growth strategies and expansion of USG Boral across South Asia.
India is a key market for USG Boral – the company recently shared its plan for a new plasterboard manufacturing plant to better meet the region’s needs. This expansion underscores USG Boral’s commitment in providing high quality and technologically advanced products for the market.
USG Boral India currently operates two other plants – a plasterboard and metal plant in Khushkhera, New Delhi, and a joint compound and putty plant, in Chennai.
On the appointment, Dan Casey, Senior Vice President, Asia & Middle East, USG Boral said, “We are delighted to have Sumit on board to share his insights and expertise to help grow our business in India. His diverse backgr…

Dell Technologies Announces Customer Award Winners

Dell Technologies announced the winners of its 2018 customer awards at Dell Technologies World, recognizing two extraordinary sets of its customers: the Innovators realizing significant business impacts from their innovative digital and IT transformations and Trailblazers in the early stages of their groundbreaking transformation journeys.
A panel of senior Dell executives reviewed all nominations against a range of criteria, and winners were deemed to be standout examples of forward-thinking companies making real progress in the areas of Digital Transformation, IT Transformation, Workforce Transformation and Security Transformation. Winners are collaborating with Dell Technologies and the family of businesses including: Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware to realize their digital future.
“As a global technology company with the most diverse portfolio from edge to core to cloud, we are best positioned to optimize the digital transformation opportunity in…

3i Infotech Services Forays into Retail

3i Infotech Limited, a global Information Technology company which had recently unveiled a new corporate identity for their services business unit, brand-named as Altiray™, has today announced plans to foray into ‘Retail’ as a new vertical this year. The Company also plans to expand into newer geographies like Canada and Kenya to increase their global footprint, which now encompasses North America, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South Asia.  Partnership-driven GTM, Cross-leveraging BU selling, Multi LOB deals, Solution-led sales and Digital transformation are some of the key themes that the Company has embarked on propagating this year, as part of their transformational journey.

With deep domain expertise across the Banking & Financial Services, Insurance & Healthcare and Government spectrum, the Company would gradually look to continue to focus on Digital Transformation as an overarching theme.  In the Government segment, the focus is on consulting and delivering …

Nokia and Subisu to deploy fiber-to-the-home network across Nepal

Nokia and Subisu, a leading Internet Service Provider in Nepal, will deploy a Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network across Province 2 of Nepal to provide enhanced, reliable and quality services to their subscribers. Nokia’s Gigabyte Passive Optical Network (GPON) solutions will help Subisu expand its network and reach new customers. Once deployed, the FTTH network will enable Subisu’s subscribers to enjoy new ultra-broadband applications and services.
Subisu was selected by the Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA) to build the FTTH network for eight districts in Province 2 of Nepal. Nokia’s GPON fiber solution will help Subisu deliver a better customer experience and support the government’s vision of providing a robust nationwide communication backbone capable of delivering ultra-broadband services to households across Nepal. The new network will enable Subisu to deliver Digital Television, IPTV and high-speed Internet services up to 1 Gbps.
Binaya Mohan Saud, CEO at Subisu, said: “We are proud…

LTI Ranks as the Top Service Provider in France

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd. ranked number one in the overall customer satisfaction, in the European IT outsourcing study conducted by Whitelane Research. The French study is part of Whitelane’s annual extensive IT outsourcing survey. LTI is positioned well above the industry average on several Key Performance Indices such as Service Delivery, Relationship, Commercial, and Transformation.
The study compared leading service providers on eight performance indicators viz. Service delivery, Account management, Proactivity, Price level, Contractual flexibility, Innovation, Transformation, & Business understanding. Based on client ratings, LTI scored an impressive average of 80% satisfaction. Whitelane’s IT Outsourcing study was conducted with senior-level executives that have an influence on corporate IT strategy and IT sourcing decisions. Both organizations with large IT budgets as well as organizations that have outsourced a significant amount of their IT processes, receive an …

SBI CARD collaborates with NSDC to support Skill India mission

SBI Card in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and NSDF formally launched their second skill development project today in the national capital region. Earlier this year, SBI Card had signed an MoU with NSDC for a project to train 1000 candidates in sectors such as BFSI, Retail and Green Jobs. The project has been formally launched today at Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra located on Mandir Marg, New Delhi. This training center will be dedicated to training 100 Solar PV installers. Candidates have already been mobilized from Karol Bagh, Sanjay Camp, Razabazar, Paharganj, Bapu Dham in Delhi for the program. Post the training, the candidates are expected to be placed in Kingson Solar, RITZ Enterprise, SRS Global, Solar Universe India, Ultimate Sun.
SBI Card had signed another MoU with NSDC last year to train 1000 candidates in key job roles such as Debt Recovery Agent, Mutual Fund Agent, Retail Sales Associate, BC, EMT & other healthcare sector job roles…