Category — Information Technology

Google India Encourages Small Businesses to Go Online

A joint study by Google and KPMG titled Impact of internet and digitization on Small and Medium Businesses in India pointed out that 32% of digital businesses cater to customers outside their city, and employ five times as many people as do businesses that are offline; and profits of digitally engaged businesses grow twice as fast compared to offline small companies. The research also revealed that the rise of digital SMBs can help increase India’s GDP by 10 percentage points.

To address the offline 68% SMBs, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, announced the launch of Digital Unlocked, a training program for business owners in India that will empower them with essential digital skills to use the internet to grow their business. The program is offered as a combination of online, offline and mobile modes. The offline training will be conducted in partnership with industry body FICCI, and over the next three years 5,000 workshops will be held across 40 Indian cities. This training course is certified by Google, the Indian School of Business and FICCI, reports Mint.

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Additionally, Google launched Primer, a free mobile app designed to teach digital marketing skills in a quick, easy and interactive way. Available for download through the Google Play and iOS app store, Primer can work offline too, and is currently available in English and Hindi with Tamil, Telugu and Marathi versions coming shortly.

 

January 7, 2017   No Comments

India’s Messenger App ‘Hike’ challenges WhatsApp

India, with 160 million active daily users, is the biggest market for Mountain View, California’s WhatsApp that is available in 10 different languages prevalent in the country. However, Hike Messenger, founded in 2012 by Kavin Mittal,  is competing with  WhatsApp in India and has just  raised substantial venture capital.

In August 2016, Hike Messenger, raised $175 million in a fresh round of funding led by Tencent Holdings and Foxconn Technology Group, and it has become a part of the unicorn club of startups in India with a valuation of almost $1.4 billion.

Forbes says: This messaging app has been the fastest of the pack to reach the milestone, in just about three and half years after its launch. What it has, apart from the dizzy valuation, is a 100 million user base that sends more than 1 billion messages a day.

Hike’s salient features are:

  • the ability to send messages without an internet connection so that users can chat when offline
  • users can send messages to non-Hike numbers
  • a built-in camera  app that users can use to take photos and videos and share them
  • the app has over 15 live filters and 10,000+ stickers in 40 languages
  • an interactive AI bot, ” Natasha”Hike Messenger

January 1, 2017   No Comments

Lockheed Martin Launches Cyber Security Education in India

Lockheed Martin, in association with the Data Security Council of India, has launched CyberAware, an online portal with interactive content on cyber security. This initiative will increase cyber security awareness of those working in small and medium businesses, and students of vocational and technical training institutes, reports Defense World.

Cyber Crime

Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy, vice president of Technology Strategy and Innovation, Lockheed Martin said, “Online safety and security is vital to the growth of small and medium-sized businesses in India. CyberAware can help educate businesses on functioning in an ever-evolving digital landscape.”

 

December 31, 2016   No Comments

AMD to Grow R&D Team in India

In an interview with India’s Economic Times, Sunnyvale, California-based semiconductor company AMD‘s chief technology officer Mark Papermaster discussed the contribution of the company’s R&D facilities in India. These R&D centers are located in Hyderabad and Bangalore, housing over 1,000 of its 6,000-strong global tech team.

Mark Papermaster CTO of AMD

Mark Papermaster CTO of AMD

Excerpts of the interview:

On the role of the India centers
Papermaster: India is a key element of our development team and every aspect of product development. The AMD strategy is focused on three pillars: gaming and immersive apps, which is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, compute – which is data centers, high-performance computing and high performance graphics – and semi-custom solutions, where we work with partners on products like the Xbox 1or PS4. The India design center does a lot of key software and IP development with gaming and graphics, chip design and software as well as to create tailored solutions.

On the growth of technologies such as Virtual Reality

Papermaster: Just like in consumer goods, there are tech cycles. Every 12-18 months, we will see new product revisions … it could be better screens or a wireless headset. As it becomes more affordable, more content is likely to be created and apps will take off. All it takes is one killer app for something to become popular.

On areas of focus in the future

Papermaster: There are a couple of areas that we expect to be high growth. One is compute: AMD products are very well suited for machine learning applications as they need CPU and GPU. Immersive computing is another area. It’s a nascent industry and will see significant growth for AMD to develop and support products.

 

December 29, 2016   No Comments

Data Migration Resources Sets Up Product Development Center in India

Mission, Kansas-based Data Migration Resources (DMR), a company that deals in data conversion, data quality and data governance, inaugurated its product development center in the southern city of Hyderabad, India. Managing Director Vijay Garud said, “This is a leased facility and after two to three years, we might consider building our own office”

Data Management

The five-year-old, privately-held DMR helps companies migrate data when they implement SAP. Going ahead, DMR will also build competencies in data governance (which is mainly about ensuring data quality). The company has around 150 employees globally, reports the Times of India.

December 29, 2016   No Comments