So When Is That Elusive Apple Store Coming To India?

India’s wait for its first Apple-owned store is not going to end soon. In June, the Narendra Modi government had paved the way for Apple to open direct stores in the country—almost a decade after iPhones first started selling here. And while Apple’s Indian fans rejoiced at the decision, it now appears that they may have celebrated too soon.

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Keynote: Who Owns Digital Transformation?

Below are excerpts of a recent Keynote by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Who Owns Digital Transformation?

Indian IT Firms Face Uphill Task For New Contracts Up For Rebid

India’s software exporters seem to be the new incumbents in the global technology outsourcing space. In the next two years, clients such as BNP Paribas, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Citigroup and DuPont will look at their existing contracts and ask global information technology (IT) services firms to bid for them.

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Impact Of Flipkart’s Devaluation On Indian Startups: Insights By Greyhound Research On CNBC TV18

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Tweet-Up on Digital Transformation

Join Greyhound Research (@Greyhound_R) and Sanchit Vir Gogia (@s_v_g) along with other esteemed panelists for a tweet-up on #DigitalTransformation.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2016. 2:00 PM (IST) onwards

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Omega Healthcare Bets On Trump Presidency To Bring Growth, Offshoring

India’s large outsourcing firms may be hesitant to give a verdict on policies of President-Elect Donald Trump when he gets into office, thanks to his anti-immigration and anti-outsourcing rhetoric that helped him win elections. But Gopi Natarajan, chief executive of Omega Healthcare is betting on Trump’s policies would increase outsourcing and offshoring to countries such as India.

SAP Launches Solution To Help Firms Make Real-Time Decisions

SAP has launched new technology solution for corporates, which gives analytical information to C-suite executives that can help make decisions in real time. Taking the help of Amazon’s Alexa, a voice service that helps humans interact with machines, the solution has been christened “Digital Boardroom”.

Demonetisation: How TCS, Which Counts RBI & Other Banks As Clients, Changed Back-End Systems Overnight

Late on the evening of November 8, 10 executives at Tata Consultancy Services got on a conference call to discuss how to ensure that their banking customers will be able to comply with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement.

From $15.5 Billion To $5.5 Billion: It’s The Year Of Devaluations But Flipkart’s Not Losing Sleep

India’s most valued internet company has been devalued—yet again. In one of the most drastic markdowns for Flipkart so far, one of its investors, a mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley, slashed the Bengaluru-based e-commerce major’s value to just $5.54 billion (Rs38,030 crore). At its peak in May 2015, Flipkart was valued at $15.5 billion.

#ONTrigger with Rajesh Janey, Dell EMC

Catch Rajesh Janey, President and Managing Director, Dell Enterprise India, Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on our executive dialogue series, #ONTrigger.

In this dialogue, Rajesh chats with Sanchit about the recent merger of Dell and EMC, how it will pan out globally and what can the customers expect in India.

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GreyhoundTV Teaser: Greyhound Research #ONTrigger with Rajesh Janey

Catch Rajesh Janey, President and Managing Director, Dell Enterprise India, Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Greyhound Research on our executive dialogue series, #ONTrigger.

Tata-Mistry Spat Unlikely To Hit TCS Operations: Analysts

The bitter boardroom battle at Tata Sons is unlikely to impact operations of the USD 100-billion conglomerate’s crown jewel TCS, but if its chief N Chandrasekaran is elevated to the top at the group level, it could be a blip on the firm’s business, say analysts.

Greyhound Radio with Amandeep Singh Sarna, Starwood Hotels

Catch Amandeep Singh Sarna, Regional Director IT for Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide, in a conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Research on Greyhound Research’s knowledge sharing initiative, Greyhound Radio.

HCL Technologies June Quarter Profit Rises 14.8% To Rs2,047 Crore

HCL Technologies Ltd, the country’s fourth largest IT firm, saw its June quarter consolidated net profit rise by 14.8% to Rs.2,047 crore on account of broad-based growth across service offerings, and it expects 12-14% revenue growth in the ongoing fiscal.

AWS Vs Microsoft

From bringing in big guns to run enterprise sales in the country and running full-page ads to counter each other’s data centre launches to attempting to poach clients, these American giants are leaving no stone unturned to win in India.

After China Sellout, Uber May Now Sharpen Its Focus On India, Look For Buyouts

Uber has created a bump in its tracks with Didi Chuxing, the global giant’s arch rival in China buying out its operations there. The combined entity is now valued at $35 billion, according to news reports. The buyout is a jolt in the smooth travel of Uber operating in several countries across the world. It is also in keeping with the rumblings that Uber has managed to create with its caring two hoots for local regulations in some of the countries it has a presence in.

All Eyes On Microsoft India: Will Anant Help Turn The Page?

It takes one brain to dream of change but many a handful to turn it into a reality.

Satya Nadella has done exceptionally well to dream up a new and improved Microsoft and steer the company strategy accordingly. However, the company’s ability to actualise this on the ground still remains to be largely work-in-progress and in many ways a distant dream. Albeit this applies to nearly all Global markets, it is particularly true for India.

Google Continues To Ride High On Advertising In June Quarter

Advertising powered Internet giant Alphabet Inc.’s revenue growth in the second quarter, as it has for years now. Revenue at Alphabet—Google’s parent firm, formed in 2015—rose 21% to $21.5 billion in April-June from a year ago. Advertising revenue reached $19.14 billion, a 19% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase.

Layoffs Are In Line With Industry Practices: Flipkart

Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, which has asked around 400 of its 33,000-strong workforce to leave the company on grounds of non-performance, said the move was in line with industry practices.

Amid E-retail Crisis, Flipkart Puts 300-600 Employees On Road To Layoffs

Amid concerns of Indian startups’ financial health, Flipkart – the country’s largest e-commerce firm – put 300-600 employees on a performance improvement plan that might result in layoffs.

1 Billion iPhones Sold: For The Next Billion, Apple Must Catch India’s Eye

Nine years after Steve Jobs unveiled it before the world, Apple on Thursday said it had sold a billion of its iconic iPhones. Launched in 2007, the iPhone reinvented the mobile phone market, which, until then, was mostly dominated by bulky, non-intuitive devices.

Facebook Results Deliver More Bad News For Newspapers

Sure, Facebook increasing its quarterly profit to over $2 billion in the three months ended 30 June, a mere six months after it hit $1 billion is significant, but there’s something even more important in the numbers presented by the company’s founder-chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday. And that’s an inflection point that highlights even more troubled days for print media companies.

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Going, Going…Jabong The Rise, Fall, And Sale Of Jabong Is The Future For Many Other Indian Startups

There was a time when Jabong was such a sought-after startup that some were even willing to pay $1.2 billion for it. On July 26, e-commerce major Flipkart acquired Jabong for $70 million—lesser than any of the bids reportedly made for it in the last two years.

“The World Better Be Ready For Automation”: Ganesh Ayyar Of Mphasis

About two years ago, Ganesh Ayyar, CEO of Mphasis Ltd, began interacting with his younger, digitally-native employees to understand the moorings of a new generation. In his interactions he noticed deep underlying currents that could completely change the way these kids worked towards their future goals and also perceived their employer’s ability to meet those goals.

How Jabong Dropped The Ball In Its Battle With Myntra

On July 26th, Gaurav Alagh, a former journalist turned entrepreneur, was having a bit of a bad day and he was getting rilled up on Twitter. His navy blue polo T-shirt hadn’t come in, which he had ordered from fashion e-commerce start-up Jabong on July 17th. This happened to be the very same day Flipkart’s subsidiary Myntra had announced that it had acquired the start up, it once trailed for an undisclosed amount.

Verizon Inks Deal To Acquire Yahoo For $4.83 bn

by Yahoo! Inc. has agreed to sell its core operations to US telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.83 billion in a transaction that marks the end of the Internet pioneer as an independent company after a two-decade-long journey.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo For $4.8 billion In All-Cash Deal

Yahoo, one of the biggest Internet services companies of yesteryears, has been acquired by US telecom major Verizon for $4.83 billion in an all-cash deal. While the acquisition is being seen by many analysts as the end of the road for the Internet pioneer, users and fans are hoping for a magical revival of its glorious past.

Verizon Buys Yahoo, Puts It In Competition With Facebook, Microsoft And Google: Analyst

Yahoo, that has been restructuring its business for year now, finally sold out to Verizon. Verizon sealed the deal for $4.83 billion, all in cash. This acquisition gives Verizon access to Yahoo’s advertising technology tools such as BrightRoll and Flurry, assets such as Search, Mail, Messenger as well as real estate, among others. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2017.

Apple Reaffirms India Retail Store Plans As iPhone Sales Stay Strong

Apple Inc.’s chief executive Tim Cook has reaffirmed the iPhone-maker’s plans to open its own retail stores in India, which he described as one of its fastest-growing markets.

Building A Company Is Larger Than Just Raising Money And Cashing Out

20 Quotes From Indian Startup Journeys…

The future is in platforms Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Futurist, Founder and CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group.

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Technology @ Hotels: Time For Big Change

Use of technology at hotels has evolved over the last 3 decades from being a simple billing system to now facilitating the entire booking to checkout cycle. 

Despite seeping into all functional areas, technology has never been at the forefront of hotel business until today. Hotel business is certainly a one which requires a high level of personal human touch but moving on with times, guests today look for a more lifestyle oriented experience rather than a conventional hotel experience.

India’s Tech Center Underdog Fights Back

Considered to be one of India’s most developed cities, Pune is making a name for itself as a go-to tech hub in the country. In recent years, the city has seen an exponential growth of its startup community and may be on its way to taking the country’s startup capital top spot.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo, Aspires To Compete With Google & Facebook

On 25 July 2016, Verizon Communications confirmed its plans of acquiring Yahoo’s operating business for USD 4.83 billion.

The sale includes Yahoo’s content offerings in News, Sports, Finance, Yahoo Mail, Brightroll (programmatic advertising technology), Flurry (mobile application analytics solution) and Gemini (search and native advertising solution) among others.

Google, FB And Battle For Offline Internet In India

It is a Monday afternoon in early July. Kumar and his friends, who work at an eating joint in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park area, have just finished their afternoon chores. Kumar’s friends huddle around him, though the centre of their attraction, Kumar’s mobile phone, is not connected to the internet at the moment. Turns out Kumar is playing a video he had downloaded the previous night from YouTube, Google’s video sharing and streaming service.

Why AWS Announcement Heralds Public Cloud War In India

On 28 June, when Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its sixth Asia Pacific (APAC) Region in Mumbai, India, it did nothing short of telling its competitors firmly, especially Microsoft and IBM, that it was stepping up its no holds barred campaign to dominate the public cloud space.

It was hardly any surprise then, that Microsoft was forced to follow up with an aggressive cloud campaign the very next day.

AWS now has a total of 35 Availability Zones across 13 geographic regions. As AWS points out, these zones comprise one or more discrete data centres, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity, housed in separate facilities.

Indian startups witness a sharp 59% fall in funding in Q2 2016: Report

Startup firms in India raised $583 million (about Rs 3,915 crore) in the second quarter this year, a sharp fall from the $2333 million (about Rs 15,666 crore) they raised a year ago, indicating falling valuation and a bearish signal from investors.

On Top Of Cloud

As oracle programmers rewrite fresh codes for its cloud services, the company is scripting a new history. It is transforming itself into a cloud-first company. Some industry watchers might argue that it is a tad late in entering the realm of cloud, but Oracle will tell you it doesn’t matter; it is scaling up faster than all others.