Google Cloud Platform Launched in India

Google announced that its first Google Cloud Platform region in Mumbai, India, is now live. It offers several services including computing, big data, storage, and networking. Customers will be able to pay in Indian currency for the services. The launch marks Google’s entry into this domain in India where it trails Amazon and Microsoft.

Google Cloud Platform’s product manager Dave Stiver said that hosting applications in the new region can improve latency from 20-90 percent for end users in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and of course Mumbai, compared to hosting them in the other closest region, Singapore. Other cloud regions in Asia Pacific are hosted from Taiwan, Sydney and Tokyo, reports the Economic Times.
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Google said  it will have three such centers across the country, without spelling out the investment, though it has earmarked $30 billion of investments for the cloud offerings. Forbes says Google’s entry heats up the competition while opening up additional opportunities for the local ecosystem. The company can now join its competitors to bid for government projects. Many state governments and large public-sector enterprises are considering their move to the cloud.

November 9, 2017   No Comments

Indian and Foreign Companies commit to $11 billion in Food Sector

Speaking at World Food India 2017 in New Delhi,  India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Food processing is going to be one of the principal industries of India in the future. The farm to kitchen chain is going to change in India, like elsewhere, with increased agricultural production, better storage facilities, more food processing and changing consumer food preference.” Jaitley holds one of the most powerful posts in Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet and is considered part of his trusted inner circle.

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The three-day food fair ended with 50 memoranda of understanding  signed and an investment commitment of $19 billion of which $11.25 billion will be from the private sector.  For example, PepsiCo signed an MoU worth $2 billion  to set up a food and beverage plant, Coca Cola will invest $1.7 billion in juice bottling and fruit processing plants and equipment, while Indian companies ITC and Patanjali committed an investment of  $1.54 billion each in this sector. Amazon signed an MoU in the food retail sector.

The Indian food market was worth $193 billion in 2016 and is expected to cross $540 billion in 2020, reports India Retailing. The sector has been growing at the rate of 12 percent annually.

Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “100 percent foreign direct investment is   allowed in this sector through the “automatic” route and we have seen inflows increase 40 percent over the last year.” The industry enjoys many fiscal incentives, including preferential credit under priority sector lending, she added.

 

 

November 7, 2017   No Comments

Health Consciousness in India Boosts Dietary Supplements Market

BillionFit: Technology Redesigning Healthcare a joint study by Kalaari Capital and accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton says that with India’s consumers now invested in healthier lifestyles, the fitness technology segment will double to $250 million by 2023. Wearable fitness devices such as fitness trackers, and smart technology such as smart shoes, stride sensors, and clothes integrated with  wearable technology will account for 90% of this projected growth.

Additionally, this awareness for good health will boost India’s dietary supplements market which is projected to expand at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next four to five years. Online retailers such as Healthkart, Amazon, Medisys and Neulife are increasing their stocks of ‘super’ foods and supplements.

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Nutraingredients-asia quotes Vrinda Mathur partner at Grant Thornton who says, “The global realm of healthcare has radically shifted from ‘detect and manage’ to ‘predict and prevent.’ This change in mindset, combined with the rapid technological and socio-political impetus on improving health, is resulting in a fitness and health boom across the world.”

October 29, 2017   No Comments

U.S., India, China, Lead in Artificial Intelligence

Malcolm Frank, head of strategy at IT firm Cognizant, headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, told CNNMoney that the United States,  India, and China are far ahead of anyone else in artificial intelligence.

In America, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Tesla are investing billions of dollars to substitute for people in sectors such as agriculture, medicine, and driverless cars.

In China, Tencent and Baidu are competing with Silicon Valley to develop new uses for AI. Tech billionaire Jack Ma of Alibaba, has even said CEOs may eventually be obsolete. Unlike in the U.S., most of the push for AI in China comes from the government which has invested $150 billion, with the aim of making China the world’s “innovation center for AI” by 2030.

CNN Tech says: In India firms such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro, which provide technology services to big names including Deutsche Bank, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Microsoft and the U.S. Army, are increasingly relying on automation in their operations. In addition, India’s startup scene also makes him [Frank] “very optimistic” about the future of artificial intelligence there.

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“In India, you look at this remarkable platform that is in place now… of incredibly sophisticated skills that are focused on the needs of [global] companies,” said Frank. “I think it’s three horses in the race, and that’s probably the wrong metaphor because they are all going to win,” he said. “They are just going to win differently.”

 

August 30, 2017   No Comments

Multinationals Bullish on Warehousing in India

Due to growth in both the consumer sector and e-commerce in India, overseas investors and real estate players are increasingly investing in warehousing and logistics.

Key players such as Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge, Assetz Property Group, Ohio-based Logos Realty, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Everstone Group, among others, have made major investments in this segment.

Some quotes from senior management:

“We are seeing extensive demand from our existing and new customers for institutional grade logistics facilities in the region,” said Trent Iliffe, joint managing director, Logos.

“We have been in India for over two decades, developing iconic business and IT Parks… Entering the industrial and logistics sector is a natural progression,” Miguel Ko, group CEO Ascendas-Singbridge said.

Srinivas N, managing director, Industrial Services, of Chicago-based JLL India, said, “Thanks to fresh investments, supply and interest in this sector, the Indian logistics industry is set to reach the next level.”

“It is a good time for developers/investors to evaluate this sector to add to quality organized warehousing infrastructure keeping in perspective the latent demand and consolidation/expansion expected post-GST roll out,” said Shyam Arumugam, associate director, Office Services, of Canada-based Colliers International India.

Amazon and DHL announced plans to expand their warehouses, reports BusinessLine.

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August 21, 2017   No Comments