Business Issues

Case Study

How Polaris saved 1.3 million unproductive hours by going social

UnMail, earlier known as Octopus, is the newest ESN in town. A product of IDAL of the Polaris Group, it helped the company reduce attrition and support calls, and increase productivity.

How Mobility Solution Helps Magma Fincorp Get Leaner and Reduce the Turnaround Time for Loans and Insurance

Magma Fincorp had a curious challenge: The field force needed to spend a lot of time carrying the hard copy forms commuting from  customer base, dealer locations, and Magma offices, hence a technological solution was developed to put all problems to rest and allow the field force spend more time with customers.

Ashok Leyland Uses Gamification to Bring Business Closer to IT

Ashok Leyland's IT-head found an innovative approach in the guise of gamification to bring business closer to IT-and it was no child's play.

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Feature

CIOs embrace hybrid cloud and software-defined data centers

CIOs say they are purchasing VMware virtualization software to support mobile applications and content for rapidly scaling computing environments.

How NextDrop is solving urban India’s water woes

NextDrop’s smart solution informs users of water supply in their area and takes water management to the next level.

At what point do white hat hackers cross the ethical line?

In recent months the news of Chris Roberts alleged hacking of an inflight entertainment system and possibly other parts of the Boeing 737 have sparked a wave of controversy. Public opinion was originally on Roberts' side, but the recent publication of the FBI affidavit changed that drastically.

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How-To

How to Tell if a Company's Culture is Right for You

Choosing an organisation without figuring out how to fit into it is a formula for disaster. Here's how to find out if a company's culture is right for you.

How to Prepare Your Small Business for Tech Success

Take some time in the early days of 2014 to improve the computer setup in your home office or small business. These security, networking, storage and productivity tips will help you work faster once you get back to business as usual.

Wanted: IT Staffers with Vertical Industry Chops

Fast-changing business processes and ever-mounting government and industry regulations are complicating day-to-day operations -- and making deep vertical industry expertise a must-have.

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Interview

Excessive changes in existing systems a perfect recipe for ERP failure

Jay Sappidi, founder and CEO, Plumsoft Solutions talks about how their ERP solution helped Telangana and Andhra Pradesh State Police Intelligence Departments streamline the process of employee background check.

Building secure APIs will remain a challenge around enterprise applications

Aamir Lakhani, senior security strategist at Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs, talks about few instances of security breaches that occurred recently and why they are worth keeping in mind while planning a security strategy. Lakhani also highlights how lack of proper training is making organizations vulnerable to advanced security threats. 

Theft of devices having patient data remains a major security threat in healthcare

Nandkishor Dhomne, CIO, Manipal Health Enterprises, highlights the challenges surrounding security and how to enlighten business about its significance. 

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Video

Chetan Kulkarni–CEO, Vizury reveals the key to unleashing the full potential of Big Data

The boy wonder of digital marketing, Vizury harnesses big data to achieve five times higher sales conversions compared to the brands’ own websites. The man at the helm, Chetan Kulkarni shares the recipe to his secret sauce. 

Video: Budget 2014 Expectations

Indian CIOs from a diverse set of industries tell us what they expect from budget 2014. Their views range from the implementation of GST, to infrastructure development, and from tax incentives to digital governance.

Video: Interview with Sri Karumbati, CIO, Stumpp, Schuele and Somappa Springs

In the latest edition of "Boss Knows Best" series, we speak to Sri Karumbati, CIO, Stumpp, Schuele and Somappa Springs who offers his take on what goals techies should be focussing on to help their organization.

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News

Amazon snaps up Elemental to boost video on AWS

New offerings will follow for media and entertainment companies, Amazon said

Microsoft acquires organizational analytics company VoloMetrix

The acquisition will be used to improve Microsoft's Office 365 productivity tools

Intel promises $50M for quantum computing research

Intel is funding quantum computing research in the Netherlands, hoping to make fully functional quantum computers a reality in a dozen years or so

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Opinion

How to work with the Board and be effective at the top table

It is important to accommodate all learning styles into any group dialogue and manage expectations accordingly. Mastering this approach is key to successfully engaging senior stakeholders.

8 must-have tools if you work from home

I've been working from home for well over a decade now. Take it from me, these work.

Why Must IT Companies Inculcate A Great Work Culture

"Companies should work hard to ‘curate’ talented people with varying life experiences and disciplines," says Sameer Soman, MD at ThoughtWorks India.

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Slide-Show

The math behind e-commerce getting appified

With Myntra being the latest e-commerce company to join the ‘app-only’ brigade, let’s take a look at the rationale behind the trend. 

How Not to Anger a CIO

What pleases a CIO? Well, it is team work and backing him when in choppy waters. Here are the takeaways. 

What Quarterly Earnings Reveal About Top IT Companies

As top companies reported their quarterly earnings, we find out what strategy worked best for them and the causes of concern in the future.

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