Friday, May 22, 2015
The Swedish major, Blueair, a leading provider of indoor air purifying technologies and appliances, today officially launched its lung disease battling products in Karnataka state. The foray comes just days after a Blueair-supported study revealed 36 percent of Bengaluru’s school-going kids suffer poor lung health as a result of air pollution. The full range can enhance health and wellbeing at home and work by removing most known airborne contaminants hazardous dust particles such as PM2.5, chemicals, smoke and bad odours. The air purifiers are also known to remove deadly viruses that include the deadly H1N1, commonly known as swine flu.
Erik afUgglas, a senior member of the Blueair Board of Directors since the company was founded in 1996 said: “Our entry into India is a very important milestone in Blueair’s global growth strategy. India is a critical market where we expect to acquire a significant market share as a result of our superior technology, outstanding design and advanced air cleaning appliances. Our entry reflects both our strength as the leading global player in the air purifying category and our confidence in the ability to meet the opportunities that the highly-evolved Indian market offers.
He added: “Blueair air purifiers have enjoyed huge success in many countries such as China, Japan and the USA, thanks to innovative, high quality air purifying technologies designed to improve human health and wellbeing. We are committed to introduce many more life enhancing, indoor air cleaning products from the Blueair stable that will cater to the various domestic and business segments of Indian society in the future.”
Vijay Kannan, Blueair business head in India commented on the launch and said, “Blueair’s indoor air purifiers have won global recognition and awards for their ability to clean the air in a room every 12 minutes of practically all known contaminants, including allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, and bacteria. He further averred that the aim behind Blueair’s launch in India is to provide exceptional indoor air cleaning performance and enhanced user experience for consumers and business buyers, at competitive prices. He added that as an internationally favourite health-technology brand, Blueair symbolises the new India where young, aspirational consumers favour brands that create a stir by doing good by being good.
Whisper quiet and using little energy, Blueair air purifiers add a global Scandinavian design ethos to the modern life-enhancement home appliance choices available to Indian consumers. Since being launched in 1986 in Stockholm, Blueair air purifiers have been honored with a host of international design and new technology awards, including iconic Red Dot Awards, handed out by Germany’s Design ZentrumNordrheinWestfalen, and Good Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
In addition to being a favourite choice of consumers around the world, Blueair air purifiers are also used by a vast array of international institutions, businesses and government agencies. Recently US embassies in Beijing, China, and Delhi, India have purchased thousands of Blueair air purifiers to protect staff in offices and homes against indoor air pollutants.
In the lead up to its official launch, Bluair has already managed to stir up excitement around India with the launch two weeks ago of its Clean Air India Movement (CLAIM) campaign. A core element of the maiden campaign has been a nationwide study by Blueair under the auspices of the HEAL Foundation that revealed 36 percent of Bengalaru’s’s school-going kids suffer poor lung health as a result of air pollution, for example.
“The CLAIM campaign reflects the belief of Blueair’s founder, BengtRittri, that clean air is a basic human right, which is a core value entrenched in everything Blueair does as a company,” said. Kannan. “We believe that in the near future, indoor air cleaners will become as common as vacuum cleaners are today due to consumer concerns about the air they are breathing.”
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Eka Software Solutions, the leading global provider of Smart Commodity Management software solutions, announced today the general availability of Commodity Analytics Cloud, an advanced analytics solution for commodities companies in the agriculture, manufacturing, energy, and metals industries. With Commodity Analytics Cloud, traders, risk managers, analysts, supply chain/logistics managers, IT specialists, back office personnel, and executives gain previously unavailable insights into key business areas and can take action before competitors.
“Commodities markets are characterized by risk, volatility, and complexity,” said Manav Garg, CEO at Eka. “Business users can no longer afford to wait days and weeks to understand market changes, analyze the alternatives, and make decisions. Every business user needs the power to analyze data the way they want, and that’s exactly what they get with Commodity Analytics Cloud.”
Harnessing data from internal systems, such as ETRM, CTRM, ERP, CRM, and spreadsheets, and external sources, such as market curves and weather data, Commodity Analytics Cloud brings all the data together in one place to answer the most important questions. Information is displayed in an easy-to-understand way that facilitates deeper inquiry. Business users can focus on data analysis, not data collection.
Backed by years of deep domain experience, Eka has created a series of apps specifically designed for the commodities markets that address high value business issues. Providing an end-to-end analysis of the entire enterprise, these apps span multiple categories including positions, P&L, trading, risk, credit, finance, supply chain, reconciliation, counterparties, and more. Users can download the specific apps needed for their area of the business, and even customize apps for their individual needs. Analytics are no longer restricted to the realm of the IT department or other specialists. Commodity Analytics Cloud opens analytics to everyone.
“Commodity Analytics Cloud is very different from other generic business intelligence tools,” said Michael Schwartz, Executive VP and CMO at Eka. “We’ve leveraged our vast experience in the commodities markets and built it into the platform and the specific apps, providing unique value to our customers.”
Eka’s revolutionary next-generation technology, Pace, processes millions of data entities in seconds which enables users of Commodity Analytics Cloud the ability to move through data at unprecedented speed. Users can mix and match different data sets and perform real-time analysis on extremely large volumes of data. Available on both smartphones and tablets as well as desktops and laptops, Commodities Analytics Cloud can be deployed on-premise in an internal company network or externally on a public cloud. Learn more about Commodity Analytics Cloud at www.commodity-analytics-cloud.com.
Commodities Analytics Cloud is part of Eka’s Smart Commodity Management suite and can be used stand-alone or combined with Eka’s InSight CM platform, which supports the entire commodity transaction lifecycle including trading, risk, compliance, procurement, supply chain, operations, logistics, bulk handling, and processing. InSight CM is Eka’s next-generation integrated system for managing commodity transactions end-to-end throughout the value chain.
Microsoft and ZNetLive, a leading technology provider have come together to empower SMBs in Rajasthan to take their business online, for as low as Rs 199. With this offering they aim to help over 20,000 SMBs in Rajasthan reach more customers globally, while making the business more discoverable, keeping the identity secure and enabling collaboration. This partnership will enable all small and big businesses to host and publish their website in less than 45 seconds, and enhance their sales output by connecting with more customers digitally.
“Our association with Microsoft will help SMBs take their businesses online at an affordable price of Rs 199 per month. Our offer will not just provide them with website solutions, but also make them more collaborative and productive. We want businesses today, to recognize the power of web and cloud, and translate it to growth,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNetLive.
Present at the event to talk about the success of ZNetLive and Microsoft’s efforts to enable organizations get online and increase productivity, were customers of ZNetLive, Rajasthan Four Wheel Drive and Orchid Consultancy Services.
Anil Sinha, Director, Rajasthan Four Wheel Drive, said, “We are in Tours and Travel business and as per today’s business scenario we need powerful collaboration and communication tools to enhance our employees productivity and engage better with our customers, suppliers and vendors across locations. Adoption of Office 365 has enabled us to access the most advanced technologies for our business that is always on, always available, always secure is scalable on demand and is accessible no matter where our employees are at just Rs. 199 month.”
Saurabh Raut, Director, Orchid Consultancy Services, said, “By adopting Microsoft Office 365, we have successfully solved our business needs in an affordable, per-user model. Our concerns over reliability, security and availability of our IT needs are a thing of the past, allowing us to focus our precious resources on our core competencies and servicing our customers.”
Manohar Hotchandani, Director, Business Development, Microsoft India said, “Technology has made the world a smaller place with businesses transacting and exchanging ideas globally, and our engagement with ZNetLive is aimed at achieving just that for the SMB community. This offer provides them with opportunities to connect and engage with their existing and prospective customers more seamlessly. This will even help them strengthen their engagement with global customers leveraging secured communication channels through Microsoft Office 365.”
As per a recent report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy, small and medium businesses who adopt IT solutions, grow faster than the ones who are lagging behind. The report also shows that SMEs that adopted IT created more new jobs and drove more revenue growth over the past three years compared to SMEs using little technology. The BCG report, Ahead of the Curve: Lessons on Technology and Growth from Small Business Leaders, found that if more SMEs in India adopted the latest IT tools, there is potential for SME to grow their revenues by $56 billion and create 1.1 million new jobs.
UNICEF and ARM have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. The partnership’s first action is to collaborate with global product strategy and design firm frog on a ‘Wearables for Good’ challenge to generate ideas for new and innovative devices that tackle maternal and child health needs in emerging economies.
The partnership will focus on enabling UNICEF to provide faster and more comprehensive help to children coping with the effects of mass urbanization and increased social and economic divides. Together, UNICEF and ARM will use their influence to encourage the tech sector to innovate for impact.
Initial deliverables in the multi-year partnership include:
* UNICEF and ARM have partnered with frog to launch the ‘Wearables for Good’ design challenge. The challenge asks: Could wearable and sensor technology be the next mobile revolution? Running over six months, the challenge invites developers, designers, community partners and problem-solvers to design a wearable device that offers a cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable solution to pressing maternal, newborn or child health problems.
* ARM will work alongside UNICEF’s network of Innovation Labs and country offices to identify and scale up pilot projects that demonstrate the potential to be used at a national level. Over the next year, UNICEF and ARM will uncover the most impactful solutions being used or in trials across the UNICEF network and invest to deliver them wherever they are needed.
* Longer term, the UNICEF/ARM partnership will conduct research to evaluate and promote market opportunities in developing countries. With the findings, UNICEF and ARM will outline the business case for investing in solutions for mobile financial services, identity, transportation, learning and wearable/sensor technology. The joint goal is to build momentum for globally co-created and scalable technologies that attract commercial investment.
“We need to innovate with social purpose in order to overcome the barriers of time, distance and lack of information that prevent millions of children from surviving and realizing their potential,” said Erica Kochi, Co-lead, UNICEF Innovation. “By working together with ARM we improve our ability to develop new technologies that impact children and help them grow up healthy, educated and able to positively contribute to their families, communities and wider economies.”
“Technology should be used to create opportunity for all; improving child health, education and prospects, and access to it should not be governed by economic status or geography,” said Simon Segars, CEO, ARM. “We have spent 25 years enabling life-changing technologies and together with UNICEF’s innovation experts we believe this partnership can deliver a positive social impact for children all-around the world.”
Today’s partnership announcement has evolved from a growing understanding between UNICEF and ARM that technology can have a defining impact on children’s lives. With that shared view, UNICEF and ARM aim to drive sector-wide change, creating an ecosystem of technology companies that explore the potential social impact of new technologies they develop.
Monday, May 18, 2015
myNoticePeriod.com, the company that pioneered just-in-time hiring and revolutionized recruitment in India, has rebranded itself as Hiree.com. The company has acquired 800+ paid customers in less than a year. The company counts world’s largest IT companies and India’s highest valued startups in its customer list. The portal is adding thousands of new jobseekers daily and has already crossed 170,000 profiles. Hiree.com is the world’s first and only destination that has jobseekers who are actively changing jobs. The company had recently raised INR 18 Crore in series A funding from IDG Ventures India.
Having only serious jobseekers gives an unparalleled advantage to recruiters using Hiree. The portal’s customers gain 20x efficiency improvement in their candidate search. With the rebrand and accompanying technology changes, the company now extends beyond candidates in their notice period and expands to a larger base of job seekers. Customers have liked the expansion and are happy to connect with active jobseekers in all stages of job change.
The company is at the forefront of innovation in the recruitment space. It has leapt ahead of competition by constantly adding benefits like smart matching algorithms, real-time alerts and a unique private messaging system. The recently launched powerful Android App for recruiters has allowed them to connect with candidates through call, whatsapp, SMS, e-mail or schedule meetings in real-time for future discussion. These have given tremendous benefits to all categories of jobseekers and employers.
“When we started myNoticePeriod, our aim was to reduce the hiring lead time for employers and give better offers to jobseekers. We started with smaller target group of notice period candidates. Given the success and customer feedback, we are now expanding the benefits of the powerful hiring platform to all categories of job seekers. Hence the need for a new name which is ‘Hiree’. With hiree.com we will grow even more faster, add innovative features and deliver further efficiency gains for our users.” says Manjunath Talwar, Co-founder at Hiree.
“We are not going after building a database of millions of candidates, we want to identify the most suitable candidates, who are very actively looking for opportunities and can join fast, including candidates who are on notice period. The core technology built to get most active candidates high within search results will further improve hiring efficiencies. This takes us closer to our vision of being the fastest technology driven hiring platform.” says Abhijit Khasnis, Co-founder at Hiree.
“We are very convinced with the vision of Hiree.com, to improve the productivity in hiring and believe that their unique positioning of focusing on only active job seekers, has a huge potential. More than 12,000 employers have registered on the portal in a very short time, an early indication of the huge opportunity”, says, Venkatesh Peddi, Partner and Executive Director at IDG Ventures India.
"The Hiree.com platform delivers unprecedented speed and pinpoint targeting. The outstanding Hiree.com team has from the ground up designed the next generation recruiting platform specifically for the on-demand ecosystem and generation." says Ravi Gururaj, Co-Founder of HBS Alumni Angels India.
Rackspace, a managed cloud company, today announced that it will offer Fanatical Support and premium managed services for Microsoft Office 365, a leading cloud business productivity solution. With two new offerings, Fanatical Support for Office 365 and Rackspace Managed Services for Office 365, customers can purchase multiple Office 365 services from Rackspace including migration assistance and tier-one support, as well as premium managed services for Office 365 licenses not originally purchased from Rackspace.
Rackspace support for Office 365 is the newest addition to the Cloud Office at Rackspace portfolio, which offers customers the flexibility to choose from a broad set of fully-managed business productivity tools delivered on a variety of technology platforms to help meet customers’ communication and collaboration needs. Rackspace will resell and support six Office 365 plans with management services for SMB and mid-market customers including deployment and migration assistance, tier-one troubleshooting and prioritized Microsoft support escalations. Additionally, Rackspace will offer managed services for Office 365, including a dedicated support team, on Office 365 licenses purchased through Rackspace or directly from Microsoft for mid-market and enterprise customers.
Rackspace has supported Microsoft Exchange for more than eight years. This new announcement extends the relationship with Microsoft to support customers across the Office 365 suite who are looking for an increased level of support. According to Gartner, “as of 2Q14, only 10% of users (67 million) in the overall enterprise office market have moved to cloud office systems and most have focused on email, not the broad range of capabilities.” However, “after slow growth from 2007 to 2013, cloud office system adoption is accelerating. It will reach 25% of the market's total potential by the end of 2017, 50% by 2020 and 90% by the market's 20th birthday in 2027.
Rackspace support for Office 365 will include two solution offerings:
- Fanatical Support for Office 365 – Rackspace will sell and offer tier-one support for six Office 365 business and enterprise plans including Office 365 Business Essentials, Business, Business Premium, ProPlus, Enterprise E1 and Enterprise E3. Customers will receive free Microsoft Exchange migrations and Fanatical Support from a team of Cloud Office specialists.
- Rackspace Managed Services for Office 365 – Rackspace will offer a premium level of support and advisory services for mid-market and enterprise-level customers on top of Office 365 plans through either Rackspace or Microsoft. This level of managed support includes Exchange migrations, onboarding and deployment assistance and tier-one troubleshooting, plus Advisory Services from a dedicated account team to help configure Office 365 to best fit customers’ unique business IT needs.
“Microsoft Office 365 is one of the world’s most popular email and productivity solutions in the cloud, with a run rate of over $2.5 billion in 2014,” said Aziz Benmalek, vice president, Hosting Service Provider business at Microsoft. “As a leading managed cloud company, Rackspace is well positioned to offer premium support for Office 365 so customers have more variety when deciding on the support level that best suits their business needs. We are pleased to see Rackspace continue to expand our longstanding collaboration following them joining the Microsoft Cloud OS Network in November and now adopting Office 365 into their Cloud Office suite.”
SAP India, a subsidiary of SAP SE reaffirmed its assurance to its customers and partners with regard to Goods and Service Tax (GST) reform in the country at the SAP GST India Forum in Delhi today. SAP will offer a range of localized solutions which have the Indian tax functionalities integrated within the business process to help companies transition to GST. At the forum SAP laid out its plan to address GST legislation and showcased solutions that will equip Indian enterprises to provide greater transparency and effective management practices to support their tax compliance requirements.
The corporate landscape for GST is rapidly evolving with the proposed amendments and is expected to impact the Tax Structure, Tax Incidence, Tax Computation, Utilization and Reporting leading to a complete overhaul of the current indirect tax system. The SAP GST India Forum which was designed to assess the impact GST would have on the business processes across various industries, brought together an ecosystem that included decision makers, partners, customers and consultants. Over 450 organizations and 1500 participants were present at the event.
Globalization Services (GS), the localization wing of SAP SE, has initiated a working model with customers by setting up individual workgroups, each of which focus on GST scenarios (including legal aspects) with respect to various industries, to ensure a smooth transition to GST.
The localized SAP GST solutions are designed to provide organizations with transformational opportunity by
· Providing common infrastructure and services including document and file management as per Central and State Government guidelines
· Building efficient and convenient interfaces with tax payers and tax administrators by leveraging SAP’s global experience
· Facilitating, implementing and setting standards for providing common GST solution for corporates
· Enriching and enabling the SAP ecosystem in India to manage the transition effectively
As a technology pioneer SAP is playing a key role in the transition and enablement to the new taxation regime. With SAP solutions, Indian enterprises can now embrace GST with minimal disruption to their businesses.