Micromax Chairman Sanjay Kapoor has quit the company, just 15 months after he had joined the mobile phone company with a grand vision. The exit, therefore, comes as a big surprise because Kapoor had readied a blueprint for taking Micromax beyond India and beyond just mobile phones.
After getting a fresh look from NOFN to BharatNet, the project is once again seeing some light of day but having already missed two earlier deadlines and still so many complexities around, it will not be surprising if the large-scale project consumes over five years just to start delivering any benefits. However, is it prudent to deprive the rural folks from high-speed Internet for the next five years? Can’t we explore some alternatives to make it accessible to the hinterlands in the next 6-12 months? or in other words, can’t we see a Digital India dream sans NOFN?
Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of Google may want to introduce more products revolving around Android One devices. But, for India, he may have to rework his strategy as his earlier attempt with the product has not seen much success. Also, competition is now tougher from the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus. According to analysts and industry veterans, the Android One devices which were launched by Pichai in India last year along with partners such as Micromax, Spice Mobiles and Karbonn Mobiles has not seen much acceptance.
Dell’s latest research on PC user trends of emerging India in partnership with Greyhound Research has revealed useful insights about the preferences of youth. Youth from tier 2 and 3 cities are heavily focused on creating content on PCs. PCs are a clear priority for them.The youth is still turning to laptops as their go-to computing device. The study reiterates the importance of PCs in a market flooded with smartphones.In the midst of this environment is Dell, which is banking on its expanding retail network and versatile product portfolio to satisfy the demands of consumers with respect to the personal computing device. Rashi Bisaria spoke to Ritu Gupta, Director, Marketing, Consumer & Small Business, Dell India to gain more insights about consumer preferences and Dell’s role in it. Edited excerpts:
Can’t Afford to Hire a Full-Time CISO? Then Rent One
Challenged by rising cybersecurity threats and a deficit of qualified security leaders, many organizations are now opting for “CISO as a service” – virtual CISOs who will step in and provide critical strategic leadership. In some cases, the virtual CISOs are short-term to fill a tactical need. Other times they sign long-term contracts to, say, develop a security road map for an organization. Whatever the end goal, for organizations that cannot find or afford a full-time CISO, the virtual leader fills a vital security gap.