Posted by Anurag Vardhan Sinha (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:40 AM
On 31st October, within 10 days of the mega- merger announcement by AT&T and Time Warner Inc, CenturyLink announced its decision to buy Level 3 Communications in a massive $34 billion cash-and-stock deal. The equity value of the deal, excluding debt, is about $24 billion. CenturyLink, offered $26.50 in cash and 1.4286 of its shares for each Level 3 share, there by valuing Level 3 at $66.50 a share. Post the acquisition, CenturyLink shareholders will own about 51% of the combined company.
CenturyLink, services 6 million residential Internet customers, mainly in rural areas and Level 3 operates mainly in cities on the East and West Coasts. Both companies have been facing immense competition from larger rivals and through this merger, believe that they can consolidate and stand up to the might of AT&T and Verizon. CenturyLink and Level 3 is expecting the combined company to save over $900 million in cost-cutting synergies, according to the press release announcing the deal.
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Posted by Dennis Gada (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:43 AM
Investment banks need big data to thrive
Your enterprise doesn't have to be intimidated by Big Data if you know how to chop it down to size. Then that data becomes all the more manageable and potent to revving up your business processes. That's just one of several insights that chief information officers often share with me whenever we chat about optimizing their organizations.
One of the key challenges for all banks - no matter at what stage of their IT journey - is how to deal with the promise of Big Data against a backdrop of enormous and often ungainly legacy mainframes that your company might have a difficult time retiring. Part of the issue for large corporations is real estate. Mainframe computers take up enormous amounts of space both off-site and in expensive corporate offices. It's difficult to convince a CEO to dismantle decades-worth of computer hardware because of the promises inherent in the Cloud. Still, it's worth being proactive in convincing your organization to become more nimble and embrace modern technological infrastructure.
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Posted by Dr. Ashutosh Saxena (View Profile | View All Posts) at 8:23 AM
Strong authentication is the first pillar of trusted networks
Weren't computers supposed to save us time and add convenience to our lives? Technology was supposed to liberate us. Rather, it appears as though we're becoming beholden to the devices around us because of the pesky password.
Recent findings about passwords and online security certainly indicate that we're trapped in our own devices. Consider these sobering statistics: The average computer user has 25 accounts, uses 6.5 passwords, and logs in eight times a day. So say researchers at Microsoft. Add to this rosy scenario the fact that these days there are so many
new types of gadgets. From the perspective of storing and remembering
passwords, things aren't so rosy.
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Posted by Sanjay Jalona (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:18 AM
8 Manufacturing Trends for 2014 by Infosys
"Made in China." During the second half of the 20th century, these three words represented a seismic economic shift that would last for decades, involve hundreds of millions of laborers, and account for untold trillions of dollars.
Indeed, after World War II, Western companies discovered that the world was a big place, and the first thing they did was to take advantage of cheap labor way beyond their shores. It became far more efficient for, say, an American company to manufacturer its goods in China and then ship them all the way back to its home market, where it would put them up for sale.
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Posted by Saju Sankarankutty (View Profile | View All Posts) at 11:41 AM
9 Cloud Trends for 2014 by Infosys [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuumIUXt8wU]
We know the old adage: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. It seems that global enterprises are overwhelmingly using this maxim when it comes to adopting a robust cloud strategy.
They are accomplishing what I like to call a cloud 'freedom of choice.' That is, first adopting the appropriate hybrid clouds for their organizations and then choosing multiple clouds among those hybrid models. Such a multi-faceted strategy is not surprising when you consider the fact that spreading your enterprise's data and operations exposure to multiple sources reduces risk and creates many lucrative business opportunities.
Beware of fragmentation, however. Imagine storing your eggs in various baskets, but the different basket owners won't let you transfer eggs between the baskets. They're cajoling you into using one, overarching Cloud service (their service, of course!). Well, that defeats the point of enjoying Cloud diversity and freedom of choice. The dangers of fragmentation are why organizations need the right Cloud Ecosystem Integrator. That way they can leverage multiple, hybrid Clouds and maintain compatibility between all of them, regardless of the Cloud provider.
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Posted by Vishnu Bhat (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:57 AM
ODCA Forecast 2013 Trailer [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
In September 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology - under the U.S. Department of Commerce - put out their 16th definition of Cloud Computing, with the declaration that it would be the last. It met with a divided house. On one side there were those who hailed this definition as the "gold standard"; at the other extreme, experts who pronounced it suitable for humble government objectives, but not for lofty business ambitions. Forget formal definitions, even the simple question of what constitutes Cloud Computing, and what does not, elicits an equally ambiguous answer. Look beyond SaaS, IaaS and PaaS at Storage, Database, Information, Process, Application, Integration, Security, Management and Testing-as-a-Service. Seriously?
One thing's for sure though. The Cloud is indeed living up to its name - it's amorphous, gigantic, awe inspiring, ever changing. And takes a variety of forms. Consequently, practically no two organizations have taken the same approach to the Cloud. It's doubtful if they even see it in the same perspective.
At the beginning of this month, the world's leading IT research and advisory firm announced that nearly one in two large enterprises would have moved to a hybrid Cloud environment by 2017. With the market for public Cloud services expected to top US$ 131 billion this year itself, the lack of standardization is serious cause for concern.
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Posted by Suman Sasmal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:58 AM
The Most Innovative Company of the Future
As a seasoned technology professional, you've been part of its dramatic evolution. You've also witnessed the changes in IT outsourcing paradigm - from "your mess for less" to business value creation to business transformation. Accordingly, you probably started out outsourcing a monolith of IT operations, until you discovered a better, modular way. Over the years, you have disaggregated your organization's portfolio, sliced it perhaps along a three dimensional grid, with Business Processes, Applications and Infrastructure forming the first axis, Execution Processes the second, and Functions or Lines of Business the third. This has enabled you to hand out logical, manageable parts of your business to the right partner, picked out from a global landscape of service providers. The result - services sourced in modules, which are optimized for efficiency, innovation and flexibility. In other words, you have not just cut cost through outsourcing, but more importantly, you have also served holistic enterprise goals.
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Posted by Raghavan Subramanian (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:01 AM
View from Infosys Office at the Rockefeller Center in New York,USA
Pick any great city of the world. Perhaps you live and work in one of them. Now picture the skyline, filled with beautiful buildings, bridges, and infrastructure.
A while ago,I happened to be in the company's New York City office for a string of meetings. And I clearly recollect the skyline - the view as I looked out the window of historic Rockefeller Center to see soaring skyscrapers of every conceivable shape and size. What's most amazing about the taking in of this spectacular view is something a civil engineer once told me: That what you see above ground in any city is only half the picture. There's as much infrastructure below the ground as there is above it.
What we can see from street level and up is quite beautiful. But it's the guts of a city - things like transit tunnels, foundations, and power lines - that really make it tick. These elements may not always be pretty, but they're the type of things that ensure everyone who is in the city (mostly above ground) can lead productive lives. They are the systems that deliver power and people and water. And they are structures that form the firm foundations on which tall skyscrapers can sit.
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Posted by Simon Towers (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:46 AM
(Top) Jeffrey Dean, Sanjay Ghemawat(bottom) - The recipients of the 2012 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
Google had a challenge. Granted, it's one most companies would like to have: So many people were using its search engine that Google was trying to keep up with the skyrocketing demand. When they found they couldn't deploy machines fast enough to handle the unprecedented amounts of data driven by their popular service, Google pursued software solutions to what initially appeared to be hardware problems.
Enter Jeffrey Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat. These Google developers recently won the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award
in the Computing Sciences for designing a significant part of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure. The work of these two Google Fellows resulted in the foundations of Google's Web search and indexing platforms as well as numerous Google applications. Indeed, their accomplishments have helped unleash the potential of both big data and Cloud computing.
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Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:04 AM
(From left) The Hon Greg Combet, Minister for Innovation and Industry; The Hon Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment and Work Relations; Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys; The Hon Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia; Mr. Neville Stevens AO, Chairman of NICTA and Dr. Terence Percival, NICTA Director Broadband and the Digital Economy. [Photo courtesy: NICTA]
N.R. Narayana Murthy
, our founder and chairman emeritus, visited Australia, recently, to announce a partnership with the country's premier information & communications technology organization, NICTA. The Infosys-NICTA program
is a multi-faceted partnership which includes joint research, Ph.D. student internships, professional exchange programs, and commercialization of intellectual property over the next five years.
I am going to take the lid off on one of the main focus areas of the collaborative research - Platformization of Software. Although an unglamorous phrase, Platformization of Software is redefining the rules of software engineering. The term broadly refers to the engineering techniques and methods needed to enable traditional standalone software applications to be offered on the Cloud.
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Posted by Rajashekara V. Maiya (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:48 AM
Sometimes a literary or musical movement can define a generation. Bobbysoxers danced to Big Band music. The Beatniks wrote about people who came of age in the early 1950s. Then came rock and roll. By the 1990s, the author Douglas Copeland captured the concerns of the generation born in the late 1960s and '70s in a terrific book called "Generation X." Remember how corporations were suddenly referring to "Xers" in their marketing initiatives?
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Posted by Vishnu Bhat (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:02 AM
Most technology success stories come with a "tiger by the tail" moral. So there's Internet and violation of privacy; online banking and risk of fraud; social networking and loss of control... Now, what could it be for the Cloud?
I'm inclined to believe that as an increasing number of organizations go hybrid between private, public and on-premise they will face big challenges from the resulting multivendor environment. Should they work with the best vendor of each application, or pare down the supplier list to a manageable number? How can they issue and enforce homogenous performance standards among vendors of vastly different services? And above all, how can they get disparate Clouds to integrate and get that elusive 'enterprise-one-view'? Really, enterprises don't need such distractions. What they need is to be free to run and innovate on their core business full time. And, they're hoping that the Cloud can make this happen.
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Posted by Suryaprakash K. (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:52 AM
In the wild, elephants play a critical role - come floods or drought. When there is excessive rainfall, elephant-paths create drainage trenches for the gushing waters. During dry summers, these same elephants dig up much-needed waterholes in dry riverbeds. Those leading the technology organization, for global enterprises, often subscribe to this "elephant philosophy"; Even as they maintain a vast and varied portfolio of applications, running seamlessly, they look to create 'trenches' to divert technology support exactly into those areas that business needs it most. On the other hand, when the application environment is fragmented - not unlike a drought situation - they seek to dig-up 'common reservoirs of resources' to leverage savings.
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Posted by Chandra Shekar Kakal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:16 AM
What Ricoh achieved was no mean feat - removing more than 1000 servers across their Europe-Middle East-Africa operations and reducing their carbon footprint by nearly 17K tons of CO2 - the equivalent of emissions from 3350 cars. Ricoh, for whom Infosys implemented a private Cloud infrastructure, was recognized with a Green IT award
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Posted by Vishnu Bhat (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:15 AM
Innovation@Infosys : Cloud ecosystem hub
There are many who believe that the technology organization has relapsed from driving or enabling business to being an impediment to it. This judgment, undoubtedly, stems from their frustration of being stonewalled by the tech -powers-that-be whenever they approach them with a challenging request. After all, which driven business leader can wait 6 weeks for let's say - an analytics program - however justified the timeline - when a product promo campaign is a less than a month away?
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Posted by Vishnu Bhat (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:44 AM
A study of Cloud economics conducted, a year ago, concluded that by switching to Cloud computing, organizations could save half to two thirds of the total cost incurred on a 1,000 server setup across its lifecycle. But to view the Cloud as one more cost reduction mechanism is to miss the forest for the trees. Because, I believe, the really big leverage that the Cloud brings to enterprises is innovation acceleration - driving the execution of viable ideas. With the Cloud's promise of capacity, application and infrastructure delivery-on-demand, all enterprises need do is dream up innovative ideas for new offerings or improved processes, assured in the knowledge that the Cloud has all it takes to turn these into tangible products or delightful customer experiences. Freed from the shackles of long drawn process-cramped purchases of capex-heavy technology investments, enterprises can conveniently access capacity in incremental denominations, and then scale up (or down), at will, in response to a need - even as the business itself transforms into an infinitely smarter, and more agile entity that races to market leaving the competition behind.
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Posted by Chandra Shekar Kakal (View Profile | View All Posts) at 8:34 AM
I am talking of ensuring 100% reliability and efficiency of the enterprise IT infrastructure. This is to make sure there's minimal - or better still - no outage.
While on the subject of outage, the adage 'first things first' comes to my mind. When I was all set to move in to my new home, everyone in the family wanted to ensure that their stuff worked fine. My wife was concerned about the refrigerator, the washing machine and the microwave having made the shift in good shape. For the kids, the TV, computer and Internet connectivity were top priorities. My builder checked the fans and air conditioners. My own focus was on something else and distracted for a minute I shut off the main power supply. In the next minute, all hell broke loose...there was pandemonium!
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Posted by Mitrankur Majumdar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:02 AM
Sometimes, innovation can also mean more people sitting in front of the TV and for longer. We kid around with jokes about "mean butt time" and creating the next generation of couch potatoes. However, if you're a cable operator, this is what keeps you up at night. That's why, I was excited to be at the National Cable and Telecommunications (NCTA) show held recently in Boston. The upside is that there's so much innovation - even a few game changers - in the industry ecosystem. But then again, I'll probably end up putting on a few more pounds enjoying the end result - a television experience tailored to my needs and preferences. This year the Show had so many ideas that caught my attention.
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Posted by Arun Raghavapudi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 12:21 PM
As the Cloud business matures, its biggest opportunity might also present its greatest challenge. Today, corporate Cloud users are looking at outsourcing different components of infrastructure to different suppliers to optimize their costs. But managing multiple deployments means managing multiple vendor relationships (maybe even multiple technologies and delivery models) and the attendant complexities. Things get worse when different vendors are somehow dependent on each other, or have parallel relationships with end users.
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Posted by Vishnu Bhat (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:47 AM
Sometime last year, the National Science Center moved its flagship
program - called Learning Logic - to the Cloud to enhance its IT staff
and optimize infrastructure efficiencies. Learning Logic went from its
earlier server-based avatar to serving a much broader audience. In
migrating to the Cloud, the cost savings were significant. But the
additional audience was a direct outcome of Cloud-led innovation.
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