IT & Telecom

Adoption of Digital Technologies to Take Enterprises by Storm in 2017

The emergence and adoption of new, innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), 3-D printing and blockchain could have far-reaching impact on the global socioeconomic environment, thereby transforming the way companies operate worldwide.

Is Hyperconvergence About to Transform the Enterprise Data Center?

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) builds on the concepts of virtualization by converging not only computer resources, but also networking and storage resources onto shared, generally available and lower-cost industry-standard servers. In this way, hyperconvergence yields a high-performance infrastructure that’s extremely scalable and cost-effective. HCI is set to become the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems, with a forecasted market size of up to USD 14bn by 2024, as estimated by Grand View Research, a U.S.-based market research firm. Although the overall integrated systems market is growing, other segments of the market will face cannibalization from hyperconverged systems.

Lab Asset Management Software: Procurement Purview

In the past, pharmaceutical organizations used spreadsheet or pen and paper-based and/or homegrown solutions for laboratory asset management, and faced complex scientific and business challenges. Recently, however, they began migrating to professional asset management software solutions to quickly identify what equipment is in the laboratory, where it is and how often that equipment is being used.

H1B Program Overhaul Will Boomerang on the United States

The Democrats, and not the Republicans (Donald Trump) tabled the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017. Zoe Lofgren, a Congressman and a Democrat, happened to introduce the bill on the 31st of January, 2017. So, while Trump’s election rhetoric involved an intent to hike H1B visa fees, the actual ‘credit’ for tabling the bill to the US Congress needs to be attributed to his opposition. And, considering the opinion of the Democrats and Trump have happened to coalesce on the H1B visa issue, the proposed bill seems likely to sail through.

Lofgren’s latest bill seeks to overhaul the H1B work visa program by near-doubling the minimum salary to $130K (from the existing $70K). Clearly, the intent is to make it difficult to replace US employees with offshore FTEs. I notice a stream of quasi-experts and analyst firms (with contorted research agendas and questionable opinion) stating this as a “body blow” and the “beginning of the end” for the Indian IT Services sector. And they can’t be more wrong.

IT Platforms, Models That Will Transform Technology Procurement in 2017

Changes in the IT and Telecom space are happening at breakneck speed, and forestalling developments in the sector can be challenging. With huge investments being pumped into research by the industry, we could be witnessing the advent of new platforms that deliver a whole new level of value and opportunities.

Drones - The Supply Chain Disruptor

Drones speed up and reduce costs associated with traditional supply chains, deliver an additional source of data gathering and provide added convenience because they are not restricted to postcodes. From a technology perspective, the capabilities of drones are improving day by day – advancements in autonomous piloting, “sense and aware” technologies and increased battery life all mean that delivery drones have real future potential.

Infrastructure Transformations – Optimizing Capex and Opex in Telecom

The predictions are in – leading market research and analyst firms reveal the expected investment pattern of the global telecom sector. Following an initial dip in 2017, capex in this segment is set to increase at 0.8 percent CAGR and touch the $353 billion mark in 2020.

Shift of United Communications from Premise-Based to a Service Model

The new realm for IT sourcing managers is that they must update their Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) solutions to support the changing workplace or be left behind. Legacy products not originally designed to support mobile workers need to be removed, as they do not easily accommodate the multitude of measures in which people need to work together today. This means sourcing managers must focus on solutions that connect across platforms, increase user participation, improve the quality of meetings, support mobility, ensure security and drive enhancements in total cost of ownership (TCO) – and the answer to all this is Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS).

Impact of U.S. Elections on the Indian Outsourcing Sector

The results of the U.S. Presidential elections have elicited nervous and unsure responses in the last few weeks from IT outsourcing major players. The Indian-dominated offshore IT services market has already been in the doldrums due to weak quarterly results and rather pessimistic forecasts issued by most Indian IT services – the rising ‘threat’ of Robotics Process Automation and intense competitive rivalry on new contracts/renewals, where an increased propensity to multi-source while shortening contract duration has challenged top and bottom lines of the outsourcing markets. And Trump’s victory isn’t likely to elevate their spirits, at least in the shorter term.

AT&T and Time Warner Deal - The Roadblock Ahead

U.S. corporate dealmakers are likely to put major merger plans on hold as they assess whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will follow through on his populist promises and threat to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, or if he will have a more traditional, business-friendly Republican administration.

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