IT & Telecom

NFV - Reshaping the Paradigm of the Telecom Industry

Lately, communication service providers (CSPs) have been continuously battling around costs related to equipment, associated assets, labor and power. In coming years, however, CSPs are expected to begin focusing on reducing CAPEX and OPEX by transforming their infrastructure. They plan to achieve this via investments in IT systems, cloud migration/adoption, operating support system (OSS)/business support system (BSS) and network function virtualization (NFV), which will help CSPs achieve efficiency, reduce costs and improve service offerings. Among these investments, NFVs are expected to play a major role in shaping the CSPs infrastructure.

WannaCry Malware Attack: An Eye-Opener for Businesses

The outbreak of the “WannaCry” malware attack on May 12, 2017 was an eye-opener for governments, public sector institutions, businesses and individuals around the globe. The scale, reach, pace of spread and impact of the attack was unlike any other cyber-attack before. This may only be the beginning and possibly a wakeup call for organizations and netizens across the globe.

The Future of Networking: White, Brite, or Otherwise?

Back in 2011, when the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) had just come to the fore, I had a discussion with the senior leadership of a premier networking organization. I specifically happened to ask them about the likely impact on their product portfolio, margins and GTM strategies given that enterprise buyers had a possible choice emerging to do away with something they had been long complaining about − vendor lock-ins and high CAPEX. The reaction from leadership was among expected lines. They didn’t want to admit that the open source community had any business in the enterprise networking domain, which was considered a sacred arena for the closed-platform behemoths such as Cisco, HP, Juniper and Huawei, among others. Fast-forward six years later, and they will hardly be able to sport the same attitude towards the concept. Thanks to ONF and Open Compute Projects (OCPs), the enterprise hardware landscape will never be the same again!

HRMS - An Essential Component of Day-to-Day Running of an Organization

Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) is a foundational application suite used by organizations of all sizes across industry verticals. The need for a HRMS application is driven by several critical and potentially important business needs, including compliance and risk management, employee performance and cost management, operating efficient business processes, better retention, and higher workforce productivity.

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.

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