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October 25, 2016

AT&T's Business Transformation: From Connectivity, to Services, to Experiences

Posted by Anurag Vardhan Sinha (View Profile | View All Posts) at 12:46 PM

AT&T's Business Transformation: From Connectivity, to Services to Experiences

Last Saturday AT&T's CEO Randall L. Stephenson announced that AT&T Inc. has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion, including the Time Warner Inc's debt and cash, the purchase is valued at $108.7 billion. AT&T has agreed to pay $107.50 a share, evenly split between cash and stock and when the deal finally closes, Time Warner shareholders will own 14.4 % - 15.7% of AT&T shares.

This is a landmark in the history of AT&T, as with this announcement, they have transitioned from a communications company to a media conglomerate. This will result in the largest vertically integrated media company, with a combined market capital of over $300 billion (AT&T has a current market capital of $230.64 billion and Time Warner Inc. has a current market capital of $69.7 billion). With this acquisition, AT&T will be able to combine content from Time Warner, a vast library of TV and movie properties, including HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and the Warner Bros. film studio, home to the Harry Potter and DC Comics franchises entertainment, with AT&T's distribution network of mobile services, broadband and TV in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America.

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October 11, 2016

Creativity May Lie Outside the Workstation

Posted by Krishnamurthy Shankar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:59 AM

What happened when we asked Infosys employees to connect two dots on a sheet of paper [Source:]

Many of you would have heard about how Google came up with a bold experiment for increasing innovation. The management encouraged employees "not to do their job" daily for about 20 percent of the time they were at work. The idea was to increase the overall health and happiness of employees, who often felt overwhelmed by emails and, more specifically, the demand that they respond to those mails immediately. The reason behind this move, according to the company management, was that sometimes just being not connected for a while could be a way to encourage employees to relax and innovate.

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October 5, 2016

Why India May be at its 'Good to Great' Moment Today

Posted by C. N. Raghupathi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:13 AM

Why India May be at its 'Good to Great' Moment Today

The World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2016 is scheduled to be held on 6th & 7th October this year in Delhi, and Infosys is proud to be a strategic partner of the Forum. The theme of the event is 'Fostering an Inclusive India through Digital Transformation', clearly articulating the inflection point that India is at now. To explain our situation, I would like to borrow from the well-known book by Jim C. Collins, 'Good to Great', in which he describes the example of an egg. By itself, an egg may seem rather ordinary, until a chicken is hatched. And that is the wonder of nature, because there were some complex growth and developments happening in the background, before we witnessed the transformation.

As a large diverse country, the elaborate changes underway in India may similarly not be obvious. I wanted to share a couple of examples of how I believe India is becoming inclusive through digital transformation. One big launchpad is education. VJTI Engineering College, Mumbai is doing some innovative work through their smart grid CoE Lab, where they are building the intellectual capital around smart grids. The recently launched PSLV satellite had equipment designed by engineering students from PESU, Bangalore. In this, we get a glimpse of a growing population of youth who are almost literally aspiring, and can aspire, for the moon. The digital revolution sweeping across the country is making this and so many other things possible. The 19,000 startups in India, as of 2016, is yet another testimony to India's potential of becoming 'good to great'.

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