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April 26, 2017

Could Intellectual Property Be A Mass Movement for Innovation?

Posted by Sanjay Nambiar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:10 AM



Apis Cor prints a 3D house in as little as 24 hours [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xktwDfasPGQ]

26th April, is Intellectual Property Day. The theme for this year according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is 'Innovation - Improving Lives'. As an IT professional, this resonates deeply with me and contextualizes the effort of millions of people, who work with intangible software code to create tangible, positively beautiful products that improve human life.

IP is fundamental to the emerging digital world. Many technologies are required to create a product, and companies often outsource the development of components, or share technologies through licensing arrangements. IP is especially core to the e-commerce economy, which depends on companies working together to share the opportunities and risks of business through licensing.

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April 24, 2017

What's 'Next-gen' About Next-gen Services

Posted by Srikantan Moorthy (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:52 AM

What's 'Next-gen' About Next-gen Services

Recently, Infosys was acknowledged for its application services leadership in NelsonHall's Vendor Evaluation & Assessment Tool (NEAT). While the rating, at one level, is a reflection of our ability to deliver compelling immediate benefits to clients, what's equally relevant is that it's an indicator of our preparedness to fulfil their future needs. Although the report itself acknowledges this, it's my conversations with clients from across the world that strengthens my conviction. It is clear that leaders at the helm of every kind of business are grappling with the same dual agenda - to make problem-solving of well-defined, current challenges more efficient, and simultaneously to also focus on problem-finding and explorations to uncover new avenues of value creation that can serve the enterprise's future. Next-generation services - like the ones referenced in NelsonHall's Evaluation of Infosys - power this duality. And here's how.

These services rely on automation to bring breakthrough productivity to problem-solving endeavors. In fact, the very core of next-gen IT services is based on automation and a people+software delivery model with efficiency benefits that can then be shared with the businesses that commission these services. From bringing automation to IT operations, building process automation, scripting test automation and frameworks for automated knowledge curation, the point then is to focus on doing more, with less for more. Using agile and DevOps capabilities to deliver modern applications in a shorter timeframe is integral to the game plan. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can also be harnessed to bring productivity improvements to work. Advanced AI technologies, when combined with in-depth understanding of the business and the IT landscape, can give businesses the edge of automation while also using critical knowledge locked inside source code, application silos, maintenance logs, exception tickets, and even individual employees, to solve tough business challenges. It can enable systems to predict problems and automate the solving of these problems otherwise requiring skilled people to invest time and effort.

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April 19, 2017

This Earth Day, Putting the Spotlight on Environmental and Climate Literacy

Posted by Aruna C. Newton (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:41 PM

This Earth Day, Putting the Spotlight on Environmental and Climate Literacy
Volunteers taking pictures of spots located behind the whale sharks' gills

22nd April is World Earth Day, and each year on this widely commemorated day, millions of us pause to review the state of our fragile earth and what more can be done to protect it. Even with the recent Paris Agreement - the treaty to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions- action on conservation and protection is still wanting. Thus I feel that this year's theme, 'Environmental and Climate Literacy', calls on citizens, corporations and governments to continue efforts to build awareness and protect the planet in quantifiable ways.

A study by scientists of the UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and the Natural History Museum, London found that there is a significant increase in citizen science around the world. In 1970, there were just 20 ecological and environmental projects that were undertaken by citizens. By 2014 that number had shot off to 509. It seems there has been a year-on-year increase of 10 percent during the 1990s and 2000s, in the number of citizen science projects that were undertaken. What is even more heartening is that technology powered this citizen's intervention in ecology. More specifically, the increasing availability and innovative use of online databases, digital cameras and smartphones spurred this spike.

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