Monday, April 27, 2015

Carriers Advance Initiative to Scale Ethernet Service Interconnectivity

Following its GEN14 announcement of the project launch in November, the MEF has now approved the next phase of the MEF Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project to standardize guidelines for current and future Ethernet Carriers around the globe.  In a first for the MEF, the organization has assembled some of the largest Ethernet Operators, all under one roof, for the purpose of streamlining how they interconnect their Carrier Ethernet services. The EIP project complements a separate, newly introduced MEF initiative – the Services Interconnect Program (MEF-SI) – that will give hundreds of small wholesale Carrier Ethernet Operators the opportunity to offer standards-compliant Carrier Ethernet services quickly for their customers.

The EIP project will provide rapid feedback from prototyping to help the project participants agree on a common approach to interconnecting by using MEF specifications. EIPs comprise all aspects of Ethernet interconnect – including all the requirements needed to provide a customer with an end-to–end Ethernet service spanning multiple operators. Specific aspects include: location selection, External Network-to-Network Interface (ENNI) parameters, and alignment of business processes.

With more than 50 current MEF specifications for Carrier Ethernet architectures, connectivity services, and service lifecycles – and many more in the pipeline to cover the emerging area of Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) – demand for implementation guidelines for multi-carrier environments is growing rapidly. The EIP project is developing use cases representing topologies and service characteristics typically used by carriers that interconnect their Carrier Ethernet services with one another to create end-to-end Carrier Ethernet services.    

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BT’s Cloud of Clouds Helps Customers With Diversified IT Environments

BT has announced a new generation of cloud services that allow large organisations around the world to connect easily and securely to the applications and the data they need, independently of where they are hosted. They will empower customers to integrate and orchestrate the IT resources hosted on their own private clouds as well as on BT’s global cloud platform and on the platforms of other leading cloud providers. The new services take advantage of BT’s global network infrastructure and build on BT’s long standing expertise in the delivery of enterprise-grade cloud services. They rely on innovative technology developed by BT and its partners in the fields of diversified infrastructure management, service management, global network optimisation, application performance acceleration and security.

BT’s ‘cloud of clouds’ vision builds on a roadmap for future service delivery and is underpinned by a wide range of services and industry sector solutions, delivered over BT’s global network infrastructure. The services are managed by customers through a single user-friendly service catalogue, using BT’s new Cloud Management System. They include:
* IT infrastructure and applications delivered “as a service” to customers across BT’s global network; 
Seamless provision and integration of cloud and non-cloud services;
* Integration of private, public and hybrid cloud services to support all the IT needs of customers;
* Freedom of choice for customers by bringing together the best services in the cloud from BT and from world class partners such as Amazon Web ServicesCiscoEquinixHPInterxionMicrosoft and Salesforce;
* Transition to the cloud and a great user experience through globalnetwork optimisation, application performance acceleration and management capabilities leveraging proven technology from BearingPointDynatrace,IpanemaRiverbed and others;
*  Apps from BT allowing the deployment of applications on the cloud and supporting the development of new cloud services;
* Control and security of customer data to protect information and meet global and local regulations based on the BT Assure portfolio;
*  Support through a globally distributed operations model to deliver the required service level agreement wherever customers operate; and
* Accelerated transition to the cloud-enabled economy using BT Advise professional services expertise to get the benefits faster.

Melanie Posey, Research Vice President at IDC said: “ ’One size fits all’ does not apply to cloud services. Enterprises will be operating in diversified IT environments and consuming more and more cloud-based services from a range of providers. Therefore, enterprise customers need heterogeneous cloud frameworks that support a range of solutions tailored to different business requirements. They will want a provider that can serve as a trusted broker -- a partner capable of integrating and managing ‘multi-cloud’ IT estates in a secure fashion.  Global network infrastructure and broad ecosystems of third-party solutions are key components of diversified IT environments.  As such, BT with its ‘cloud of clouds’ vision is well positioned to guide enterprises into the next-generation of federated cloud IT.”

Luis Alvarez, CEO, BT Global Services, said: “In the future digital age, no business will be successful unless it makes the most of the cloud. CIOs ask for choice and flexibility, trusted security and the best know-how in the industry to meet their business challenges. This matches perfectly with our network-centric vision of the ‘cloud of clouds’ and leverages the experience gained through the cloud ecosystems we have already built for the global financial services and life sciences sectors. We’re investing with our partners to bring the widest possible range of options to connect our customers’ critical applications and data, wherever those are hosted, whenever they need them, on whatever device they use. We also aim to provide our customers with a strong end-to-end service level agreement guaranteeing performance, predictability and flexibility. And we have the expertise and capabilities required to defend and protect our customers, providing trust and confidence in the cloud. We aim to be the leading global cloud services integrator.”    

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Where Are the Profits in Omni-Channel Selling?

A new JDA study reveals an enormous amount of money, energy and time retailers and consumer goods manufacturers are spending to improve their omni-channel sales capabilities. While this may not be surprising given the current business environment, the JDA report reveals an unexpected and disturbing fact: despite these significant investments, only 16 percent of companies say they can fulfill omni-channel demand profitably today.

This finding, and others are highlighted in The Omni-Channel Fulfillment Imperative, a new report prepared for JDA Software Group, Inc. by PwC. This study is based on a global survey of more than 400 retail and consumer goods CEOs from around the world, conducted in late 2014.

What is eroding retailers’ margins as they sell and deliver products across multiple channels? It’s simple: the high cost of fulfilling orders. A full 67 percent of respondents reported that these costs are growing as they increase their focus on selling across channels. Survey respondents reported their highest costs associated with omni-channel selling as:
* Handling returns from online and store orders (cited by 71 percent of respondents) 
* Shipping directly to the customer (67 percent)
* Shipping to the store for customer pick-up (59 percent)

The CEOs in the JDA study recognize that they need to continue investing in business improvements to enhance their omni-channel performance. However, reducing the associated logistics costs is not their primary focus. When asked to rank their top initiatives for improving business operations, CEOs’ number-one choice (57 percent) was spending capital on creating new customer experience. Similarly, when asked to rank strategic growth enablers for the year, reducing/reformatting physical store footprints to focus on expanding the ecommerce business was the top choice at 53 percent.

“Every time retailers receive an online order, they have a number of options to fulfill that demand. They can pull the product from a local store, send it from a centralized warehouse or ship it directly from the supplier. JDA’s new study demonstrates that most retailers lack the insight to make these decisions in a profitable manner — and are not sufficiently focused on this critical capability gap,” said Kevin Iaquinto, chief marketing officer at JDA. “They need intelligent logistics and fulfillment solutions that can reveal the hidden costs, and the customer service trade-offs, associated with every delivery option. In addition, to truly win in the omni-channel marketplace, retailers need the upfront demand forecasting tools to make sure products are already distributed across all locations in a manner that supports profitable delivery.”

While they might not be focused on actions today to create profitable fulfillment and delivery schemes, the JDA study leaves no doubt that CEOs are aware of the importance of profitable omni-channel fulfillment to their future survival. Seventy-one percent of respondents said omni-channel fulfillment is either a high or a top priority. And these CEOs are planning to invest an average of 29 percent of their total capital expenditures for 2015 on improving their omni-channel fulfillment performance.

The fulfillment capability most cited as needing attention was transportation and logistics, named by 88 percent of CEOs as a priority for the future. The second capability CEOs will focus on is improving inventory availability to fill orders, cited by 85 percent.

“Having products available, then finding the most profitable way to deliver them —are critical activities that lie at the heart of supply chain excellence,” noted Iaquinto. “The CEOs in the JDA survey clearly understand the challenges they have ahead of them with regard to fulfillment, and they know they will have to innovate if they are to be profitable while meeting customer expectations across channels. The good news is that advanced technology can help retailers and consumer goods manufacturers master omni-channel fulfillment. However, until companies fully leverage these solutions, they will fail to realize positive financial returns on their omni-channel investments.” 


In the first-ever live flash sale for Lenovo A7000 held at Flipkart office in Bangalore on April 15, 2015, Lenovo claims to have sold 30,000 units in 4 seconds.

Launched on April 07, 2015 in India, the A7000 being the world’s first Dolby Atmos equipped smartphone, has created a lot of stir in the smartphone market and has received overwhelming response from the consumers.

The Lenovo A7000 sale began today at 2 PM on Flipkart. The next sale of A7000 will be on April 22, 2015. The registrations for the next sale will start on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

VMware's New Campus To House 1300 R&D Engineers

VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today inaugurated its state-of-the-art campus in Bangalore, representing a total investment of $120 million. With the addition of the new 438,000 square foot facility in South Bangalore, the IT major will house about 1300 engineers for its R&D from the new campuses.

Today, VMware employs over 3,300 employees in India, a figure expected to grow by more than 16 percent by the end of 2015.  The new facility will play a strategic role in VMware’s global growth strategy for the mobile cloud era. This milestone is in line with the company’s commitment to invest $500 million in India by 2017.

The new campus features a world-class Executive Briefing Center (EBC) to showcase VMware’s entire portfolio of solutions, providing customers and partners across Asia Pacific with the opportunity to see the company’s products and services in action, and discuss them face to face with executives and engineers.

Speaking at the new campus, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said: “Today, India represents a substantial element of our global R+D operations in the U.S., and continues to play an important role in our global growth strategy. Our continued support of the India government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative illustrates the important role this nation plays in the company's long-term strategic global growth plans.”

He added: “India may be perceived as a late adopter of new technologies, but we are seeing rapid transformation here. Customers here are enthusiastically adopting our advanced cloud infrastructure and end-user computing technologies. Our customers are transitioning to a new model of IT that is fluid, instant and secure.”

With a growing preference for smartphone devices amongst end users in India, VMware is also witnessing a strong interest and success for AirWatch, the industry leading enterprise mobility management and content management solution. AirWatch by VMware was recognized by Gartner as a leader in its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management.

Since inception a decade ago, VMware India has grown to become a strategic contributor to the company’s global innovation engine. The R&D team in India plays a critical role in product development in all of VMware’s strategic imperatives – the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing.

Gelsinger said: “Innovation is central to our success, and our R&D teams in India have expanded rapidly in scale and capability to make a significant contribution to our global track record for innovation. This continues to be an important investment area, and we plan to grow the R&D team by 20% this year to build on our success so far, and also contribute to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”

R&D, Global Support Services, World Wide Customer Operations, IT and Sales & Marketing departments come together under one roof in an environment conducive to collaboration and innovation. VMware’s expanding operations in India are second in size only to those at the company’s Palo Alto headquarters in the U.S.

According to “Empowering Organizations in a Software Defined World”– an IDC report commissioned by VMware – customers in India are expected to save an estimated $4 billion between 2014 and 2020 by adopting a software-defined approach to managing IT. The corresponding figure for Asia Pacific and Japan is $92.4 billion. These figures reflect costs normally associated with servers, power consumption, cooling, real estate and server administration.

Leadership Playbook Prepares APAC Enterprises for New Style of Business

HP has announced a new Leadership Playbook in collaboration with IDC which outlines the key steps for enterprises across Asia Pacific (AP) to a successful transformation as they move to a new style of business. The Leadership Playbook asks the question: “Is your enterprise ready for the new style of business?”

Today’s enterprise is faced with challenges in dynamic and fast moving marketplaces as never experienced before. Organizations need to address relentless change, ceaseless information flow, radical collaboration, threats and uncertainty, total mobility, constant connectivity, instant gratification, new channels and new markets. Failure to do so risks growing customer irrelevance, market share loss to new disruptive competitors and shrinking profits.

“The enterprise that can move to a new style of business, one that embraces change, harnesses data, manages risk and stays connected, can turn those challenges into abundant opportunities” said Marshal Correia, vice president & general manager, Enterprise Services, HP India. “By combining the power of cloud, security, big data and mobility into solutions for a new style of IT the enterprise can make the complex simple, effectively bridge the old IT to new, resulting in business growth and transformation to new market dynamics.”

In the HP commissioned Leadership Playbook “Transformation Everywhere: Are You Ready for a New Style of Business”, IDC confirms that the marketplace in Asia Pacific has entered the “Innovation Stage” for the four pillars of 3rd Platform technologies: cloud, mobility, big data analytics and social. Enterprises in the region are accelerating adoption of mash-ups of the four pillars and starting to look at new innovation accelerators such as the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies.

“The most popular initiatives in the enterprise are currently mash-ups for cloud and mobility and all four-core pillar inclusive projects” said Sandra Ng, Group Vice President, Practice Group, IDC Asia/Pacific. “Delivering productivity-based automation is identified as the key business driver for tech CxOs, while the CEO’s top concern is adapting to the emergence of new business models.”

The Leadership Playbook recognizes that the transformation journey from old to new can be complex and lengthy, and recommends building strong partnerships between IT and CxOs. It identified that a strategy scorecard is needed with five key areas critical for success:

* Intent – a measure of the organization’s maturity for 3rd Platform transformation, to establish justification and secure executive sponsorship

* Process – measures capability to manage key processes such as tracking and analysis, vendor/service management, architecture, decision making and workflows

* Technology – measures attributes for tools and functionality, adoption, performance, management and business adaptability

* People – defines maturity of technology skills, cultural readiness, organizational structure and recruitment/training

* Metrics/measurement – the organization’s ability to develop key performance indicators, measure innovation and align to business outcomes

Combining a strategy scorecard with HP Advisory Services, an organization can navigate the complex process of IT transformation and develop a robust strategy to take advantage of these new dynamics for services and processes that drive innovation and growth. The services include end-to-end consulting, assessments and interactive workshops for IT strategy planning, enterprise architecture, IT governance, organizational change management, applications modernization and executable roadmaps.

For enterprises to thrive in 2020, transformation to digital business using solutions for the new style of IT will be critical to their success and will enable them to unlock the potential of new customers and new markets, and fight off disruptive competitors.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Smallest & Fastest HP LaserJets Saves Time, Space and Energy

HP has announced a re-engineered, sleek new series of LaserJet printers designed to make businesses more efficient. Built around the latest in toner formulation -- new Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence -- the HP LaserJets use up to 53 percent less energy, take up to 40 percent less space and wake up, print and duplex in a fraction of the time. 

Today’s announcement represents our most significant laser printing re-engineering since the introduction of the first LaserJet in 1984. 

Business customers are looking for smart, affordable solutions that seamlessly integrate into today’s smaller, more communal work spaces” saidParikshet Singh Tomar, Country Category Leader, Printing & Personal Systems, HP India. “We started with the customer and designed the new LaserJet platform from the inside out to be leaner, faster and smarter than ever before to help meet the demands of the modern office.”  

More Pages, More Performance, More Protection

Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence deliver up to 33 percent more professional-quality prints, 2 peak printing performance, and protection against counterfeits with innovative anti-fraud technology. 

With its durable shell and soft core, ColorSphere 3 toner offers consistently glossy, professional-quality results and is specifically designed to keep up with the high-speed performance of HP LaserJet printers and MFPs. Despite having a more durable shell, the new toner’s soft core melts at a much lower temperature requiring far less heat to melt. The result is higher page yields from a more compact and energy-efficient printer.

The toner cartridge has been re-engineered to work smarter than ever before, delivering more pages with fewer interventions. Page maximizer technology delivers more pages per cartridge than previous generations with less internal wear. In addition, print gauge technology intelligently predicts toner levels, helping IT managers get the most out of each toner cartridge. 

With anti-fraud technology built into every JetIntelligence toner cartridge customers have more protection that easily identifies counterfeit cartridges and enforces customer-initiated anti-theft and office-wide printing policies to manage cost and quality standards. HP also makes cartridge installation easier than ever with the new auto seal removal. 

Leaner, Faster, Smarter – the New HP Color LaserJets  

New HP LaserJet printers and MFPs feature a smaller footprint, easier set up and installation as well as up to 40 percent faster printing from sleep versus competitors.1   New products include:

·   HP Color LaserJet Pro M252 series is compact and energy efficient. Up to 33 percent smaller than competitive devices, the new series is built to meet the needs of a small workgroup, streamlining workflow with mobile printing options and fastest first page out in its class.HP Color LaserJet Pro M252 series is available in two models; HP Color LaserJet Pro M252n and HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw priced at an MRP of INR 29,565 and INR 36,855 respectively.

·   The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277 series is the smallest laser MFP and offers the fastest 2-sided printing in its class, 1 enabling a growing team to speed through tasks with a range of productivity and workflow features. HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277 series is available in two models; HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277n and HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw priced at an MRP of INR 60,588 and INR 67,635 respectively. The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277 series also comes with standard two years warranty & free installation.

·   The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M552dn and M553 series is ideal for larger workgroups of five to 15 users printing up to 6,000 pages per month. Helping save IT managers time and money, the series prints at high speed while achieving the lowest total energy consumption and fastest double-sided printing speeds in its class.1 They are also the first to include Google Cloud Print 2.0 supporting Google’s new local printing standard for Chromebooks and Chrome OS applications. HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553 series is available in three models; HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553n, HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn and HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x priced at an MRP of Rs 74,129, INR 84,150 and Rs 108,120 respectively. HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M552dn is available at an MRP of Rs 78,030.