Quality Assurance and Project Management

November 13, 2018  11:42 PM

The world’s first facilities optimization software

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Artificial intelligence, Facility management, Internet of Things, Machine learning

This is the concluding post of insightful interaction with Prabhu Ramachandran, CEO, and Co-Founder, Facilio. To know more about Facilio, you need to read the previous three posts in the series. Let us understand the power of World’s first facilities optimization software.

The links to previous posts in this series are here:

Post 1
Post 2
Post 3

4. What will you say are the key features of the app?

Facilio is the world’s first facilities optimization software that harnesses IoT and AI to leverage existing automation data and provide superior facilities experience. We’re built from the ground up keeping in mind property owners and facility managers, to help them achieve real-time operational efficiency, sustainability, and smoother tenant experiences across building portfolios.

This is achieved through two suite offerings – Operations and Maintenance Suite and a Building Performance Suite.

The operations and maintenance suite comprises work order management, asset, and space management, preventive and predictive maintenance as well as safety and fire alarm management. One of the critical concerns for building owners is the effective utilization of their task force. Facilio helps by automating work orders and even creating contextual tickets. By integrating with existing building management systems, it is able to assign tasks to teams with a detailed description of the problem causing components, all in real-time. Its mobile-driven features mean that your taskforce can get assigned tickets on-the-go, saving time and increasing effectiveness.

Facilio also monitors the health of the assets and provides statistics on condition-based predictive maintenance. Its advanced fault warning systems mean lesser downtimes and quicker recovery. Similarly, its fire and safety management suite provides monitoring across multiple sites 24/7. It has inbuilt false alarm differentiation, notification capability across stakeholders and automatic work order creations in case of system faults.

Facilio’s building performance suite provides energy analytics, water monitoring, and management and HVAC monitoring. The energy analytics are normalized for weather, time and occupancy levels and provide consumption heatmaps and regression analysis. With portfolio-wide comparisons, facility owners can finally take stock of sustainability performance across the portfolio.

HVAC supervision allows predictive detection and diagnosis of equipment fault and performance inefficiency. Apart from trend and condition monitoring, the software also delves into root-causes of inefficiencies in the HVAC systems and integrates an automated workflow for immediate corrective action, creating a more solid resolution by maintenance teams backed by AI-driven contextual insights.

While all suites can be used independently, the combination provides much-needed value through efficiency, improved productivity and intelligent decision-making ability.

facilities optimization

Source – Facilio.com

Strengths of facilities optimization software

5. Can you give a case study on how Facilio offers analytics which helps buildings at the time of crisis?

Available here in https://facilio.com/resources/case-study/green-optima.html. You can take a synopsis from there.

November 13, 2018  10:08 PM

Real-Time Facilities Optimization IS The Ultimate Key

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
ai, Artificial intelligence, Facility management, IIoT, Internet of Things, iot, Machine learning, ml

We are interacting with the Founder and CEO of Facilio, Prabhu Ramachandran. This is the third post in the series. The first post talks about an overview of facility management in India. The previous post, Prabhu tells us what changes do Facilio’s solutions bring in the day-to-day operations in a facility considering facility management still continues to be a traditional industry in India. To gain in the earlier posts, you can access the first post here, and second post here. Organizations must now think about real-time facilities optimization and a unified software solution to stay ahead.

facilities optimization

Source: Facilio.com

Facilities optimization Is The Key To Success

3. Give a brief on how Facilio has helped bring down operational costs and increase manpower efficiency for buildings.

Facilio’s goal is to empower CREs and FMs (Corporate Real Estate and Facility Management) to be efficient value-partners and help them deliver exceptional services and experience. By providing a centralized IoT and AI-driven solution, Facilio puts them in the driver’s seat to proactively control operations rather than firefighting issues reactively.

Facilio’s unified software solution rationalizes the asset-intensive buildings ecosystems and reduces functional complexity. It seamlessly integrates with existing building systems and predictively improves efficiency, through centralized and real-time facilities optimization.

The global annual spend on facilities services stands at close to $1+ trillion dollars today, with the spend on buildings energy management almost close to that number. Any value that can be added to economies of such scale is itself enormous in potential. The advantage in technology adoption to unify operations and centrally manage portfolio performance in real-time is multi-fold and it helps to concurrently optimize the lifespan of assets and improve sustainability savings. Operating costs have always been a primary outlay for CREs and this software-led approach directly benefits the net operating income for property owners, while significantly enhancing the amenity value of the property.

At Facilio we are extremely upbeat about the market because of our familiarity with projected enhancement in technology, as well as the response we have received so far. As a rule, even before savings are realized by our clients, the efficiencies generated by our solution results in their highly enthusiastic approval.

We will have the concluding discussion with Prabhu in the next post. Continued »

November 13, 2018  9:53 PM

Organizations Need Smart Facility Management Solutions

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
ai, Artificial intelligence, Facilities management, IIoT, Internet of Things, iot, IT systems, Machine learning, SaaS

Facilio has its offices in Atlanta, the United States, and Chennai, India. We are in interaction with Prabhu Ramachandran, CEO, and Co-Founder, Facilio. This is the second post in the series. You can read the first post here. In the previous post, Prabhu presents an insight into India’s position in facility management. To survive in this competitive world, organizations need a smarter way of managing facilities.

Facility Management

Source: Facilio.com

Facility management needs a smarter way

2. What changes do Facilio’s solutions bring in the day-to-day operations in a facility considering facility management still continues to be a traditional industry in India?

As an industry by itself, facilities management largely involves people, process, and machines working together. This mandates huge operational spend and dealing with complex proprietary automation systems. With the emergence of IoT and AI, global facilities industry bolsters a significant disruption potential with the adoption of smart buildings technology fast reaping benefits.

The challenge, however, is to establish this evolution without replacing processes in the current eco-system itself. Facilio has been designed in such a way that the old system need not be replaced or additional installments of any kind. It’s powerful IoT technology focuses on real-time data acquisition that drives AI-based insights for efficient operations, better asset health, sustainability, and smoother experience across building portfolios. The advantage in technology adoption to centrally manage and operate portfolios in real-time is multifold and Facilio helps to concurrently optimize the lifespan of assets and improve sustainability savings, in addition to creating a smarter workforce. This approach directly benefits the net operating income for property owners, while significantly enhancing the amenity value of the property.

A recent analysis report by Verdantix, a leading global research consultancy specializing in energy, real estate, facilities, and maintenance, estimates that the global market for software and related IT services in buildings is currently estimated at $8 billion and is expected to reach $12 billion by 2022.

We continue interacting with Prabhu in our next post. Continued »

November 13, 2018  9:38 PM

An interaction with CEO and Co-Founder, Facilio

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Artificial intelligence, Facility management, Internet of Things, iot, IT systems, Machine learning, SaaS

We are interacting with Prabhu Ramachandran, CEO, and Co-Founder, Facilio. Facilio is World’s first IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artifical Intelligence) driven SaaS (Software as a Service) facilities management solution. In fact, this is first of its own kind AI driven facilities management SaaS start-up that is making waves in this particular segment. Prabhu is an ex-Zoho veteran with over 17 years of experience in IoT and headed WebNMS, IOT division of Zoho. Faclilio’s clients include SPI Cinemas India, Mazaya Business Avenue Dubai, and Universal Control Innovations USA. It shows the power of their unique solution and its universal demand across the globe.


Source: Facilio.com

1. In comparison to other countries, can you give an overview of where India is currently positioned in facility management?

Indian real estate, in terms of commercial facilities, is pretty much reflective of global trends. With the growing number of coworking spaces and the need for workplace tools, India is significantly contributing towards the RE revolution.

With facilities management – the industry is at the tipping point of disruption and we already see early adopters enjoying tech-enabled opportunities as a competitive edge to enhance their facility offerings and provide flexible benefits that improve both the bottom-line and the overall tenant experience. The next five years will most definitely see the effective adoption of IoT, AI, and Machine Learning by enterprises to manage facilities, just as customarily as their IT systems.

The current approach to facility management is clearly siloed, steered by hardware-automation over the years. Facilio wants to declutter this – we want to provide a complete end-to-end solution that helps customers easily provide value to their end-users ie. Occupants. Our goal is to facilitate a disruptive evolution led by IoT and AI-driven software in the facilities management space, similar to other category transformations in the Indian context like e-commerce, ride sharing and travel stay.

Siloed Approaches in Facility Management Will Not Work: Facilio

We would continue interacting with Prabhu in the next post. Continued »

November 9, 2018  10:42 PM

Is Object Storage The Ultimate Solution To Data Management Challenges?

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Data Management, Object storage

Do you think object storage is the ultimate solution to data management challenges? Well, some figures say so. A recent research says more than 35% of enterprises use object storage currently. The figure was 28% a year ago. We all know there is a phenomenal increment in unstructured data in most of the organizations. The volume is increasing exponentially at a faster pace. So, the point is, is object storage able to ease data management challenges in a substantial way? The reality is that the whole concept of data generation and data storage is changing for almost all enterprises. It is because of the amount of data an organization is producing. Higher production of data, of course, demands a higher storage capacity. The boundaries and limits are changing their definitions at a high speed. Thus, what is the ideal way for an organization to tackle this exploding situation?

Object Storage

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Question is not only about the humongous unstructured data that an organization is finding difficult to handle. More severe point is the type of data it contains that includes text, images, videos, audios, etc. that too in various formats. That is where the necessity of object storage emerges in a most relevant manner. Because all this data is quite complicated and equally challenging to store and manage in an effective manner. To address this challenge there needs to be an efficient way of using and managing storage infrastructure. In today’s scenario, any size of storage infrastructure is short and small. The question is not only of storage, which itself is a complex and challenging task. The requirement is to make this data accessible and visible to create a substantial business value out of it. Object storage is the only option for enterprises to handle data management challenges.

Object Storage is the Only Option

Generating more capacities to cater to fast increasing data volumes is not the right solution. It is, in fact, time to tap new technologies and strategies like object storage for data management.

November 9, 2018  10:08 PM

SIEM Is Only a subset of MSSP For Enterprise Security

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Enterprise Security

Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) doesn’t denote a complete spectrum of enterprise security. It is just a subset of Managed Security Services. In fact, looking at the increasing number of threats and vulnerabilities, enterprises are seriously looking for a suitable Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). Even to take care of enterprise security via SIEM, most of the organizations lack sufficient expertise having a thorough hands-on on deployment and management. That is where the need of an MSSP comes into the picture to take care of SIEM and additional security-related deployment and management services. This provides enterprises to leverage it as a service. For many industry segments like healthcare and finance, SIEM is mandatory. This can be achieved either as a service or having an in-house expertise. SIEM, as a matter of fact, ensures to take care of vulnerability management in the best possible manner.

Enterprise Security

Source: https://www.indiamart.com

For Enterprise Security, it is important for an organization to hunt a suitable MSSP that not only understand enterprise’s needs but is also has the expertise to deliver it timely, optimally, and efficiently. This need is creating a large scope for MSSPs. While enterprises keep leveraging different and newer technologies to safeguard their organizations, it is important for an MSSP to upgrade and upskill themselves with a consistent pace. Also, the important point is that it is difficult for organizations to keep all expertise in-house resulting in higher hiring and retention costs, in case of an MSSP it is easily attainable to hire multiple security expertise at multiple levels. As a matter of fact, most of the organizations don’t have a proper security division in place. Keeping in mind that network security and compliance management are getting complex day by day for an enterprise to handle.

Enterprise Security is getting complex day by day

Therefore, MSSPs have a greater scope in the coming time to address the challenges of enterprise security with managed SIEM and other services offerings.

November 9, 2018  9:40 PM

Cloud Readiness Comes Well Before Cloud Management

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Cloud management

We all know this. But how many organizations really assess their cloud readiness before taking initiatives about cloud management. Of course, enterprises are finding our different ideas and ways to prepare themselves for migrating to the cloud. Moving on the cloud is important to do away with a certain set of complexities, high capex, frequent disruptions, and lack of talent to handle the on-premise model. That is why in most of the on-premise cases, you will find the involvement of multiple third-party vendors to manage. While many enterprises are already having the taste of multi-cloud and hybrid architectures. They are successful in cases where the cloud service providers have significant strength in supporting this migration or transformation. Only such vendors, in fact, would be able to create a long-term relationship with their clients. What organizations need is a long-term management plan that includes proper execution and optimized cloud deployments.

Cloud Readiness

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Cloud Readiness involves a good preparation by enterprises for finding one of the best partners. Public clouds usage is increasing significantly. Even the highly organized and regulated sectors like banking and insurance are finding is safe. On the other hand, many enterprises hold themselves to use public clouds for some special projects and use private clouds for those. Vendors having expertise in managing multi-cloud environments and hybrid cloud architectures are high in demand. Enterprises prefer to partner with such third-party conversion experts right from the pre-flight stage with an arrangement to keep them aligned for boarding and in-flight stages. Cloud readiness and cloud governance are the two prominent factors to attain success in this matter. Voice of the Enterprise report states that more than 93% of enterprises are using cloud services in one form or the other. Interestingly, hardly 25% out of those have succeeded in IaaS implementation.

Cloud Readiness Includes Finding A Right Partner

Cloud Readiness includes many important factors such as Advisory, planning, and design as the first and foremost factor. Next come activities such as Operating model design, integration with existing resources, application refactoring, onboarding & migration, and creation of safe ‘landing zones’.

November 9, 2018  8:48 PM

Innovation in Retail Banking Led By Digital Commerce and Tech Giants

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Infosys, innovation, Retail banking

Infosys along with Efma launches the 10th Annual Research Study of Innovation in Retail Banking. Efma is a global not-for-profit organization. Jim Marous, author of this report is also the publisher of the Digital Banking Report and Co-Publisher of The Financial Brand. The 10th anniversary of the research focuses on banking innovations by 2022. The report also explores the significant innovations in the banking sector during the last 10 years and their impact on banking and financing sector in India. EdgeServe Systems is a product subsidiary of Infosys. Infosys Finacle is one of the products of EdgeServe Systems. The pace of innovations has significantly increased over a period. And it is going to increase exponentially in the coming years. This is because of the focus and importance being put on innovations. Because innovations are resulting in substantial transformations thus helping in leveraging technology to a large extent.

Innovation in Retail Banking

Source: https://www.nppa.com.au/the-platform/how-it-works/

The Annual Study of Innovation in Retail Banking had a good participation of more than 300 banks. The outcome finds banks prefer Open Banking APIs as one of the key factors for the future of innovations. The other areas of interest are Machine Learning (ML), Chatbots, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to leverage the power of Open Banking APIs. In fact, in short term, the report ascertains, banks will focus on automation of various compliances like Payment Service Directive (PSD) (Europe), Unified Payments Interface (UPI) (India), and New Payments Platform (Australia). The research also concludes that organizations are taking innovations as an integral process in an objective manner by calculating innovation ROI. In fact, in 2018, 63% of the organizations had a target of achieving ROI in 1-3 years in comparison to 54% in 2017. This shows the confidence of organizations in innovations and its significant returns.

Innovation in Retail Banking is Heading Towards Major Breakthroughs

The participating banks in this research on Innovation in Retail Banking confirm that digital commerce platforms like Alibaba, Uber, Amazon, etc. and technology giants will collaborate to be the innovation leaders for 2022. They also ascertain that the major innovations will happen in the areas like payments, mobile wallets, paperless transactions, and lending in the next 2-3 years.

November 5, 2018  9:37 PM

Want to Eliminate Data Breaches? Time to Deploy A Zero Trust Architecture

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
architecture, data breaches, DH2i

It is no secret that perimeter security is one of the greatest challenges facing today’s security and network admins. Conventional methods for connecting and protecting on-premises sites and/or multi-cloud environments, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), have proven to be ineffective. In addition, outdated methods and technologies have presented other problems as well. For instance, outdated technology and methods lead to complex configurations needing dedicated routers, ACLs and FW policies which greatly increase risk. Users only get a small slice of the network, which generates a dangerously vulnerable lateral network attack surface. At the same time, the inbound connection creates attack surfaces as well (e.g., DDoS). And, there is simply no ability to reduce attack surfaces with application-level segmentation.

There are a number of vendors that have introduced solutions promising to overcome some or all of these problems, with minimal success. However, DH2i has launched a new software platform called DxOdyssey, that appears quite promising. Now generally available, DxOdyssey software dynamically deploys perimeter security where needed in order to isolate services for fine-grained user access, creating a Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP). The new DH2i SDP ensures the perimeter security model needed to achieve a “Zero Trust Network” also known as a “Zero Trust Architecture.” This concept was first introduced by Forrester and basically says that organizations should not automatically trust anything – inside or outside its perimeters – and must always verify everything trying to connect to its systems before granting access.

Zero Trust Architecture

“A ‘zero-trust’ methodology assumes that assets, users and resources are untrusted.  To achieve a zero-trust architecture takes an extremely focused and dedicated effort, but can strengthen most organizations’ risk posture,” said Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst, 451 Research. “IT professionals seeking to secure today’s more complex hybrid and multi-cloud environments and build highly available, application-aware capabilities should consider offerings such as DH2i’s DxOdyssey to move beyond the complexity and limitations of traditional VPNs.”

According to DH2i, DxOdyssey cross-platform SDP software overcomes the previously mentioned issues without the use and security risks of conventional networking connectivity approaches. DxOdyssey SDP software delivers:

  • – Micro-Perimeters –

Application-level micro-tunnels give network admins the ability to deep segment by application, not by network. Limits remote users to fine-grained access to specific services. No ACLs or FW policies to manage. Eliminates lateral network attacks.

  • – Discrete Invisibility –

Randomly generated non-standard UDP ports for dynamic on-demand micro-tunnel communications. Servers are cloaked and secured with no open ports. Virtually eliminates network attack surfaces.

  • – Multi-Cloud Secure –

Designed to enable secure communications “from any host, to any host, anywhere” with application-level DTLS encrypted micro-tunnels and Public Key Authentication. Scales across environments to build a secure hybrid/multi-cloud distributed application infrastructure. No cloud vendor lock-in.

  • – Smart Availability –

the Dynamic movement of micro-tunnel gateways and application workloads with self-healing automatic fault detection and failover. The perimeter can be orchestrated to change dynamically so that micro-tunnels and workloads always find their best execution venue (BEV). The entire application infrastructure is “always-secure and always-on.”

  • – Lightweight software –

Software-Defined-Perimeter solution. Just install on any host and connect. Integrates into existing network infrastructure. No network reconfiguration. No appliances to deploy, configure or maintain.

“Traditional perimeter security solutions are obsolete for the new IT reality of hybrid and multi-cloud. They weren’t designed for them. They create too large of an attack surface. One need only open today’s paper to confirm this fact. Customers need a new perimeter security model to support hybrid and multi-cloud computing,” said Don Boxley, CEO, and Co-Founder, DH2i. “DH2i’s SDP solution, DxOdyssey, is purpose-built for this new perimeter security reality and is going to disrupt the multi-billion cloud VPN market* because it enables organizations to move away from using a traditional VPN and all of the associated issues for perimeter security. Instead, with DxOdyssey customers can build lightweight dynamic security perimeters to secure application- and workload-centric connections between on-premises and/or multi-cloud environments, with virtually no attack surface.”

DH2i is entering into a market space that is rich with opportunity. Overall, the global VPN market is valued at $45 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 and forecast for $70 billion U.S. dollars in 2019 (Statista 2018).

October 31, 2018  5:06 PM

5 Game Winning Strategies In A Global Environment

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Recently there has been a phenomenal partnership or collaboration between two companies from two different parts of the world. These two organizations are VEECON ROK and BSNL. Both are leaders in their own areas. While BSNL in India owns the largest network and user base. VEECON ROK has recently launched the world’s first 3D smartphones. The collaboration is a kind of strategic tie-up where the manufacturing, quality control, and design will happen in China. For India, its marketing and support will be handled by BSNL. There are few game-winning tactics in this collaboration that makes a lot of sense to have high success rate and low risk. Here are those

  • Chose Right Partners:

Choosing right partners makes it a win-win preposition right before the beginning of the game. It plays the vital role in inculcating a right mix of confidence and conviction. These two are very important factors to win a game in any conditions. BSNL has the deepest penetration in remotest of the population in India. That makes it possible to gain maximum possible leverage that no other player in the country has.

  • Most Economical Production:

Setting up a production unit in China makes it possible to produce the product in best possible controlled processes and lowest cost. That will help in getting more and more buyers in the international market.

  • Best Possible Design Facility:

The design center is in London that ensures highest quality of design.

  • Double Layer of Quality:

There is a full team in China factory premise to ensure best of the quality in terms of quality assurance and quality control. On top of it there is another quality team in Portugal and London that oversees the quality team working in China factory. This creates a double layer of quality ensuring least leakages during and after production.

  • Best Possible Collaborations:

The global technology tie-up with NASA is one of its own kind. NASA definitely would not collaborate with anything less than it in terms of technological depth. Similarly distribution tie-up with BSNL for India is another great example.

These kind of strategies and decisions definitely win half of the game even before it has begun.

October 31, 2018  2:37 PM

VEECON ROK and BSNL announce Connecting India – 4

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

This is the fourth and concluding post in the series. Here are the links to the previous posts:
First post
Second Post
Third Post

We continue here from the third post.

Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman, and Managing Director, BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) said, “I am pleased to be here at the launch of City Wide WiFi project for 25 cities. This is indeed going to be a landmark initiative towards providing internet to every Indian, quite in sync with the government of India’s Digital India programme. In the wake of arguably cutting edge technology and government initiatives, we are also pleased to associate with an emerging player like VEECON ROKiT and roll out this new range of mobile handsets.”

This Veecon ROKiT range of mobile phones will be available from the first quarter of 2019. The sale and support will through the BSNL outlets cities.

VEECON ROK CORPORATION PVT LTD and ROK.Corporation USA. Former is a diversified international conglomerate with business interests in Energy and Power, Technology, Security & Surveillance, Media and Broadcasting, Music and Entertainment, and Tourism. ROK Corporation USA, on the other hand, comes into existence with the purpose of providing WIFI and other telecom related services to different smart cities of India and other neighboring countries. ROK Corporation us actually the company that manufactures 3D mobile phones. These phones now are going to be introduced for the first time in the world.

We all are familiar with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) that is an Indian state-owned telecommunications company having its headquarter in New Delhi. It was formed on 15 September 2000 for the purpose of providing telecom services to the country and network management. As a matter of fact, it is the largest provider of fixed telephony and broadband services. In fact, it has more than 60% market share and is the fifth largest mobile telephony provider in India.

October 31, 2018  2:30 PM

VEECON ROK and BSNL announce Connecting India – 3

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

This is the third post in the series. Previous posts you can read by clicking on the respective links. Here is the link to the first post in the series. Here is the link to the second post in the series.

“The City Wide Wi-Fi Network of 25 cities is in sync with our smart city Initiative and would be taken ahead with our Superior technology to drive this. We believe public and private partnerships affect serious positive change and we could not have found a better partner than BSNL to take this initiative ahead. The amalgamation of BSNL’s reach across the country and our cutting-edge technology is certain to be a game changer in the business of running a city. For this project, we plan to invest $5 bn in the next three to five years.” Srivastava adds further.

When we talk of a smart city, some of the things need to be part of that ecosystem by default. Availability of high bandwidth without any disruption is something that becomes a basic necessity in that scenario.

Jonathan Kendrick says, “We are glad to have introduced the first glasses-free 3D mobile phone here in India. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a huge consumer base for mobile handsets and we see a huge potential in the country for our products.”

John Paul DeJoria, says, “In line with the Government of India’s digitization drive, the City Wide Wi-Fi Network in 25 cities across India will bring the world closer to the people. We are thankful to BSNL for partnering with us to drive this ambitious project forward. We are positive about the success of the pilot project and looking forward to embarking on the next phase soon.”

We will continue this interesting series about a phenomenal global collaboration in the next post.

October 31, 2018  2:25 PM

VEECON ROK and BSNL announce Connecting India – 2

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

This post is in continuation of the previous post. You can visit the previous post by clicking here. This includes India’s first 3D mobile phone that runs 3D videos perfectly without any requirement of wearing 3D glasses. In fact, this mobile brings a new spectrum in the field of design, hospitality, education, architecture, and medicine. The cities covered in this City Wide Wi-Fi Network project include Vijayawada, Navi Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Panaji, Pune, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Jaipur, Patna, Cochin, Guwahati, Tirupati, Shimla, Chandigarh, Noida, Gurugram, Dehradun, Indore and Agra. Five models of VEECON ROKiT mobile phones cover all segments of the price and technology range. All the five handsets were there on display to explore and experience. Next day the company had to display the same technology at Mobile Congress 3-day event at Aerocity.

It was quite hopeful to attract a large amount of audience and create a good level of excitement and enthusiasm among media and visitors. The ROKiT One and ROKiT F-One are entry level classic calling devices featuring WiFii calling. The next level phone in the hierarchy is ROKiT IO Light. As its name suggests, this is a lightweight smartphone yet with impressive processing power. The top two models are the ROKiT IO 3D and ROKiT IO Pro 3D. These two, in fact, are the first glasses-free 3D-smartphones being offered for sale in India. All the ROKiT mobile phones will be available for sale from early next year. These will be bundled with BSNL SIMs and support.

Gaurav Kumar Srivastava says, “We believe technology should improve everyone’s quality of life. The ROKiT range of phones are going to revolutionize the smartphone business the country as these are backed by the rich technological prowetech-savvy Engineering. The unique feature of the 3D mobile phone is you don’t need to wear 3D eyeglasses to use it. Indian consumers today are well read, tech savvy and expect new technologies to come their way to surprise them. We are upbeat about the brand’s prospect in India as we believe with our ROKiT range we will be able to strike the right chord with them.”

Continued »

October 31, 2018  2:20 PM

VEECON ROK and BSNL announce Connecting India – 1

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VEECON ROKiT 3D mobile phones were unveiled recently in New Delhi. Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL was present on the occasion. A project in which BSNL gets involves ensures its grand success on the basis of various rich legacies it carries. Firstly, it is the oldest and largest network in the country with the highest number of subscribers and customers. Secondly, it has deep penetration to remotest of the locations in India. Gaurav K.Srivastava, Chairman, VEECON ROK Corporation was also there at the event to announce BSNL’s unique, most ambitious, and easy to attain mission in collaboration with VEECON ROK Corporation. Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and Co-founder, ROK Group of Companies along with John Paul DeJoria, Co-founder, ROK Group of Companies and many other top officials from their London, China, and Portugal offices were also present. When it comes to BSNL, it ensures low risk and high success.

The mission is to Connect India with the help of 25 City Wide Wireless Networks and to declare the onus of representing the world’s first ever 3D mobile phone in India. VEECON ROK Corporation would be investing more than $5 bn in India for this WiFi project. The target is to complete this deployment and connect 25 chosen cities in the next three to five years. VEECON ROK Corporation Pvt. Ltd. is a joint venture between the two legendary companies of global repute viz VEECON Group and ROK Corporation. The project comes rightly in the wake of Government of India’s digitization call. Its sole aim is to provide internet access to every Indian. The City-Wide Wi-Fi Network, therefore, will provide internet access across large segments of India. The City Wide Network will be operated jointly by VEECON ROK in association with BSNL.

On this occasion, VEECON ROK Corporation also announced a new range of five Veecon ROKiT mobile handsets.

Continued »

October 30, 2018  11:56 PM

DST-CII India Italy Technology Summit 2018

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, Ecommerce, India, Italy, Mobility, Renewable energy

DST-CII India Italy Technology Summit, a 2-day event was on 29 and 30 October this month at Taj Diplomatic Enclave. DST is Department of Science & Technology coming under the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. CII is Confederation of Indian Industry. The valedictory session on the 30th afternoon was the key attraction that included speeches by Italian Prime Minister H. E. Giuseppe Conte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In fact, both the prime ministers sharing the same dais shows the gravity and intensity of the matter. It is practically important to collaborate in today’s world to achieve success faster rather than reinventing the wheel in isolation and waster the energies. Indian space scientists have given a superb technology to the world recently by using which the countries across the globe have to spend peanuts equivalent of money now to launch their satellites in the space.

Technology Summit

That is a phenomenal achievement indeed as mentioned at the Technology Summit 2018. And of course, besides other countries, Italy also is one of the countries to avail this technology and lower down its launch cost for satellites. On the same grounds, there are a lot of technological advancements happening in Italy that India can leverage to strengthen in those fields. These fields are basically Digital Innovations, Robotics, Bionics, Automated Vehicles, Design, Renewable Energy, Education, Aviation, Airport Infrastructure, Commercial Satellites, etc. As a matter of fact, Convergence and Innovation is the need of the hour from both the ends. Business collaboration in the field of data and machine learning is one such area where both countries together can do wonders. Similarly, in the field of ICT (Information Communication Technology), 5G and Fibre are the areas that both can explore together the achieve new heights and benefit together.

DST-CII India Italy Technology Summit was a great success

As mentioned during the Valedictory session at DST-CII India Italy Technology Summit 2018, Italy’s manufacturing strengths are world known and Indian manufacturing has a lot to learn from there. Promotion and collaboration in Fintech is another such field that is important to explore for both the countries. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, Research, Mobility, eCommerce, Academics, Startups, Social Challenges, and competencies are the areas where both countries have achieves substantial achievements. Collaboration in these fields will definitely benefit both.

October 26, 2018  9:50 PM

InterraIT Conclave Mulls The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence

AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning), and VR (Virtual Reality) are the newer areas in technology that need deep penetration and faster adoption. Organizations worldwide are just talking about these technologies. But how many of them, in reality, are moving forward to adopt these technologies. Ultimately, if there is something there that can do wonders for an organization and its stakeholders including customers, then why not do it now rather than waiting for others to adopt, succeed or fail, and then take a call. Probably, by then, those organizations those just wait and watch will fall so behind the race that it will be difficult for them to cope up and get back to their leadership position in the market. Keeping that in mind at the InterraIT conclave, the organization decides to take a step forward and embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI). This will help to reorient India’s IT ecosystem.

Prominent experts and industry leaders were present at InterraIT conclave last week. InterraIT has recently partnered with a global firm that is a pioneer in autonomous testing. The organization is already having a good reputation and wide presence in India to take it ahead and leverage it to its full strength. The plans are quite aggressive to lead the technological changes. In fact, there would be more such alliances taking place soon. Asoke K Laha, Founder, President, and CEO of InterraIT says, “We need to look inward at domestic markets with a view to bringing to the table sophisticated new technologies like open-source software, cloud computing, data analytics, and now artificial intelligence.” There were many other prominent experts present at the conclave to suggest the right strategies to stay ahead in competition on a global frame. After all, profitability is the key to success.

InterraIT Conclave Brings Forth Various Ideologies on AI

Present at the InterraIT Conclave, Dr. Prabhat Kumar, E-Governance, and AI expert says, “These technologies are already available and we need to adapt them to our needs. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.”. In the same context, Puneet Jindal, Founder Data Science Delhi, and Lead Data Scientist at RateGain said, “AI has been around for decades; it’s just that new programming has come into play and is easy to adopt. We must focus on the basics and build simple things to excite the market.”. Aniruddha Guha Sarkar, Senior Vice President, InterraIT says, “We need to align them with customer demands in order to say ahead of the challenges we face in the area of customer satisfaction.”

October 17, 2018  9:54 PM

Archive360 Announces Full Support For Microsoft Azure Data Box – 2

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Azure, Azure Backup, Cloud azure, Microsoft

This is the concluding post of the previous post. The Microsoft Azure Data Box facilitates its customers with a more secure method for faster, more reliable and simple transfer of any volume of data to Azure. Customers only need to connect it to their network first. Next, they are required to load data onto the Data Box using standard NAS protocols. Data is completely safe using 256-AES encryption. After loading all the data, this Data Box is then couriered/sent back to the Microsoft Azure Data Center for the purpose of uploading of all the data to Azure. Thereafter, the device is securely erased which then gets ready for the next use. As a matter of fact, Archive2Azure is an intelligent information management and archiving platform that enables organizations to capture, extend, onboard and manage numerous types of structured and unstructured data into their Microsoft Cloud (Microsoft Office 365 and Azure).

Microsoft Azure Data Box

This holds true for organizations of all sizes across and every industry vertical, The solution works in a way that it adheres to all regulatory, legal and business requirements in a legally defensible and compliant manner. Archive2Azure has a unique way to addresses any organization’s key requirements, that include ensuring all their data is stored in its original format. It also ensures it is WORM compliant when needed in addition to addressing its security, fast retrieval, and availability concerns. The sole aim of Archive2Azure is to enable all customer data that its customer can maintain in its own Azure tenancy. While doing this, the customer can assign retention/disposition policies in a smooth, easy, and flawless manner. In this kind of jobs, it is very important for any such system to maintain a chain of custody. It should also ensure to provide a seamless mechanism of powerful audit and reporting.

Microsoft Azure Data Box

After all, it is important to know that your customer works with a complete peace of mind. Archive360 is a pioneer in intelligent information management for the customers on the Microsoft Cloud. Its rugged, well-tested, and fail-free platform helps organizations of any size having any volume of data to drive down the cost, uncertainty, and risk of digital transformation to and in the cloud. Through its solution, it onboard, validates, and manages all digital assets of an enterprise along with ensuring a meaningful predictability, data insights, analytics, and defensibility. It also ensures security-focused infrastructure independence by providing non-proprietary information management. Archive360 has a global presence via a reliable network of partners. The Archive2Azure Platform is Certified by Microsoft Azure.

October 17, 2018  9:43 PM

Archive360 Announces Full Support For Microsoft Azure Data Box – 1

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Azure, Azure Backup, Cloud azure, Microsoft

September 25th was another day of remarkable achievement when Archive360 announced full support for Microsoft Azure Data Box. And full support means a well tested rugged system in place with zero failure rate. Because this homegrown system comes as a result of thorough research, development, and testing. In fact, the solution was one of the highlights at recently concluded MS Ignite show. As a matter of fact, Archive360 is among the first to deliver full support for Microsoft Azure Data Box Family. This integration with Azure Data Box has multiple benefits for existing and new Archive360 clients. It enables them a more rapid and Cost-Effective solution to transfer large data volumes to Azure. This comes with an assurance that there will be no impact on bandwidth or network resources. The whole system works in a seamless mechanism. Archive360® is a pioneer in providing intelligent information management solutions.

Azure Data Box

With many firsts to its name already it is now among the first to deliver full support for Microsoft Azure Data Box. In addition, it is also among the first to be added to the Microsoft Azure Data Box Partner Program. That gesture itself indicates a high level of reliability and confidence. In fact, all existing clients of Archive360’s Archive2Azure™ will now be able to experience an altogether rich experience in easier and faster data migration to Azure. The best part is the whole solution is in highly cost-effective, completely secure, following all legal and regulatory compliances.

Archive360 is the first to deliver full support for Azure Data Box

Bill Tolson, Vice President of Marketing, Archive360 says, “Our Archive2Azure customers rely on us to onboard massive volumes of many different types of data as a critical element of their data estate modernization initiatives. The Microsoft Azure Data Box enables us to extend these capabilities with a new option that ensures absolutely no impact on bandwidth or network resources. By combining Archive360 with Azure Data Box, clients can complete migration initiatives in less time, and accelerate their time-to-value in Azure. We are delighted to extend our alignment with Microsoft and proud to be among the first to be approved and added to their Azure Partner Program.”

Dean Paron, Director Azure Data Box, Microsoft Corp. says, “We’re pleased to have Archive360 as a partner for Microsoft Azure Data Box. Working together, these solutions streamline large-scale data migration to the cloud and help customers accelerate their Azure investments.”

We shall continue in the next post. Continued »

October 2, 2018  5:57 PM

Data Accuracy Platform by Naveego Brings A Revolution – 3

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Big Data, Data Management, Master data management

In continuation to the post 1 (here) and post 2 (here), we continue with the concluding post on Data Accuracy Platform by Naveego that is no less than a revolution. Probably this is the only product in the world that promises an 800 percent ROI within 60 days of implementation. That is absolutely a phenomenal preposition for any organization to go for. We were discussing the losses organizations and governments are incurring due to poor quality or data and its handling. On an average, an organization is required to spend $100 for each incorrect record it carries.

That simply means it takes an investment of $10 million to maintain 100,000 incorrect records. There is another aspect to it. Organizations are hiring high-value scientists for creating valuable outcomes. Instead, more than 80 percent of their time goes in collecting and cleansing of this data. Data scientists, in fact, are performing “data janitor work”.

It is really unfortunate for organizations and Data scientists to not able to focus on actual data analysis. Data Accuracy Platform by Naveego brings a perfect solution to this. It provides organizations with a 360-degree assessment of information assets across traditional as well as new data. The source of traditional data would be CRM, ERP, and MDM systems. While the source of new data would be web searches, IoT sensors, social media, streaming data, clickstreams, and so on. The solution beautifully connects all sources of data into a single view. This way businesses can not only proactively attain global data health in one place but also utilize their high-salaried data scientists to perform accurate data analysis. Data accuracy, data consistency, information availability, accessibility by business decision makers thus doesn’t remain a bottleneck for the business.

Data Accuracy Platform by Naveego is easy to deploy and highly affordable

Above all, the Data Accuracy Platform by Naveego is easily affordable, easy to deploy, getting quick results. That too with 800% ROI in 60 days.

Katie Horvath, CEO of Naveego says,

“The race to drive competitive advantage through the better use of information assets is leading to demand efficiency – which means demand for reliable data. In order to monetize data and obtain ROI on data collection investment, efficiencies must be achieved to get clean and accurate data that businesses can rely on. This is why demand for Naveego’s Complete Data Accuracy platform is exploding. In the Hadoop world of big data, and the ‘new data’ from sources not managed by traditional master data management installations (such as IoT data), businesses need a solution that brings together and manages both new and traditional data from disparate sources, scrub it, and deliver it ready for consumption analysis and business productivity and profitability.”

Breitburn Energy Partners LP uses Data Accuracy Platform by Naveego. Mike Kasprzak, Data Administration Services Manager, Breitburn Energy Partners LP says,

“Traditional on-premises data quality solutions are expensive to deploy, require teams of specialists and take months before delivering any value to the business. Naveego stands apart with a seamless, affordable solution that empowers our analysts with quality data they can utilize immediately to more efficiently do their work. They can focus their skills and expertise on creating value based on reliable data – a huge advantage for both business and compliance reasons.”

October 2, 2018  5:12 PM

Data Accuracy Platform 2.0 by Naveego Brings A Revolution – 2

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Big Data

This is the second post in the series. To read the first post you can go here. As we see, Data Accuracy Platform 2.0 from Naveego tackles Big Data in a very intelligent manner. It manages it without getting into any complexity or a substantial cost of customized and time-consuming installation. In fact, the installation is quick and there is nothing like ongoing maintenance. How Naveego does it is interesting to know. It is a good amount of research that makes them arrive at a solution that uses API connections. Thus the solution simply connects with any kind of data that too at its point of origin without needing a push or pull of data. This, as a result, creates a win-win situation for any organization by getting an ROI of 800 percent. This ROI comes not in months or years but just in 60 days of implementation.

Data Accuracy Platform from Naveego

Definitely, data is increasing in organizations at an exponential. All this is happening due to the inclusion of projects related to AI (artificial intelligence), ML (Machine Learning), IoT (Internet of Things), mobility, intelligent devices, autonomous devices, etc. These are creating a tremendous array of data streams that is becoming difficult to handle. In fact, storage is not an issue. Because any organizations and just spend some money to buy storage space either on cloud or on-premise. It is actually the fruits that an organization must be able to reap out of this huge data that most of the organizations are not able to. That is where Naveego’s Data Accuracy Platform 2.0 with a unique and state of the art solution. There are various reports from reliable sources that prove how organizations are vetting losses on various fronts because of this data which needs immediate attention.

Data Accuracy Platform From Naveego

For instance, the U.S. economy is incurring a straight loss of over $3.1 million every year as poor data quality cost. Data cleansing is becoming a big pain for organizations. It was not there earlier because of a very few applications in the organization. Those all used to be in structured data form.

We continue on the same topic in our next post… Continued »

October 2, 2018  4:42 PM

Data Accuracy Platform 2.0 by Naveego Brings A Revolution – 1

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Data Management, Data quality, Master data management

Naveego announces the Company’s Data Accuracy Platform 2.0. It brings a new revolution in providing a 360-degree view of information assets across all business data platforms. These include all business data like ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning, CRM (Customer Relations Management), and MDM (Master Data Management) systems. The real value comes from its power to support new data from web searches, IoT Sensors, clickstreams, streaming data, and social media. Now, that is what I call as a real revolution in terms of empowering a business to get a holistic view of all relevant data one place. Because only then it makes a real sense for businesses to proactively achieve global data health in a single view. That happens by connecting all source of business data into a single view. All this happens by taking care of the basic things in mind that are critical for any business in this regard.

Data Accuracy Platform

Data Accuracy Platform 2.0 ensures to be simple to use, keeping data accuracy and consistency across the enterprise, and is securely accessible for the key business decision makers. This is, in fact, next-generation data quality and master data management solution. Amazingly, it promises to deliver 800% ROI (Return On Investment) within 60 days versus years. Most of the enterprises keep accumulating their data and investing in storage and infra without actually transforming it into actionable information assets across multiple systems. That is what this new Data Accuracy Platform promises to deliver. In fact, it does this in a simple self-service implementation model. This model empowers customers to deploy the solution within a few hours thereby saving a huge cost of deployment and customization. Looking at the new requirements emerging because of big data and social media, organizations are not able to find a right solution to tackle this situation.

Data Accuracy Platform Brings A New Revolution

We shall continue in the next post… Continued »

September 30, 2018  9:38 PM

Cloud-to-Local Backup Puts You in Control of Your Cloud Data – 4

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Cloud Backup

Q: Yes, you mentioned that the solution can save as much as 75 percent in costs—how does it achieve these cost savings for customers? What is the pricing model?

LC: Cloud-to-cloud solutions require ongoing costs for cold-storing your data in the cloud or a C2C location where costs can scale very quickly. The local storage capability of BackupAssist 365 eliminates this need, so that’s where it can save up to 75 percent over cloud-to-cloud. We use yearly subscription licensing based on the number of unique user accounts or email addresses—so the more users subscribed, the larger the discount. Our pay-per-user-account pricing model begins at $1.00 per user per month for up to 24 users. Volume subscription pricing is also available. So if you have 25 to 49 users, the rate is 95 cents per month per user, and for 50 or more users, the price drops to 90 cents per month per user. So you can see that the solution puts the control back in the customer’s hands financially, as well as practically, through use of on-premise backups. Really, BackupAssist 365 gives SMBs the best of both worlds: the benefits and convenience of cloud storage for primary operations, plus gaining control of their data through local backups rather than being at the mercy of a third-party cloud vendor.

September 30, 2018  9:37 PM

Cloud-to-Local Backup Puts You in Control of Your Cloud Data – 3

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Cloud Backup

Q: How does this solution handle the types of problems you mentioned, such as when an organization’s data is lost by something as commonplace as an accidental deletion, or more sinister like a ransomware attack?

LC: Accidental deletion comes down to the risk of human error. Because BackupAssist 365 is fully automated, it removes the risk of human error while saving time and freeing up IT to focus on other priorities. The solution also provides ransomware protection, since it’s easy to create a local backup of cloud-based data that are “air-gapped” while facilitating quick recovery if and when it’s required. BackupAssist’s latest solution is a step ahead of anything currently on the market in that it’s the only solution that enables organizations to build what’s in essence a 360-degree shield against threats.

So in addition to the cloud file to local backup capability—where you can back up your files from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, SFTP, or WebDAV to a local destination—you can also backup all of your mailbox data from Office 365, Gmail, Outlook, Rackspace, Exchange, or IMAP to a local destination. What’s more, the solution offers automation for easy backup scheduling, plus the tools that SMBs need for data compliance, because it gives organizations a local and controlled copy of their own data for compliance purposes. BackupAssist 365 also helps enterprises manage legal and accounting requirements: simply place a copy of the backup in an archive, and this will help with compliance years down the road. Then there’s the ransomware defense that I mentioned earlier—since files are backed up to a local destination, they’re never lost even if you’re a victim of a ransomware attack. And last but not least, you save significantly on storage cost by storing locally.

September 30, 2018  9:32 PM

Cloud-to-Local Backup Puts You in Control of Your Cloud Data – 2

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Cloud Backup, Cloud data storage

This post is second in series – Cloud-to-Local Backup Puts You in Control of Your Cloud Data – An interview with Linus Chang, Co-Founder and CEO of BackupAssist.

Q: What’s different about this new solution that addresses the types of problems that you’ve mentioned?

LC: The biggest differentiator from competitive solutions is that BackupAssist 365 offers cloud-to-local backup, as opposed to the cloud-to-cloud model. This allows our solution to result in significant cost savings—up to 75 percent. It also makes long-term retention easy, and since the data is in hand, protection and rapid recovery provide a layer of assurance for clients. The second distinction is that BackupAssist 365 helps SME customers know exactly where the data is located, which is so important for compliance. With this solution, you can choose where your own data resides, without having to entrust these important decisions to an outside provider. Third, when you use BackupAssist 365, it doesn’t store your data in a proprietary format like many other backup products. So you truly regain the control over your own data.

Q: What kind of organizations are the target audience for this solution?

LC: Small and medium enterprises can really benefit from this cloud-to-local solution, and it’s also invaluable for companies in highly regulated industries with strict compliance requirements. It’s a great choice for MSPs to cost-effectively store large volumes of data, and it works with Windows 7 desktop or later, and Windows Server 2012 or later.

Q: How does this solution handle the types of problems you mentioned, such as when an organization’s data is lost by something as commonplace as an accidental deletion, or more sinister like a ransomware attack?

September 29, 2018  6:51 PM

Cloud-to-Local Backup Puts You in Control of Your Cloud Data – 1

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Cloud Backup, SMB

An Interview with Linus Chang, Co-Founder and CEO of BackupAssist

Q: What are the most common data protection and availability challenges that organizations face?

LC: Data storage and management today often involves the cloud, which while convenient, does have its challenges when it comes to keeping data secure and ensuring that it’s easily accessible from the archive—for example when you need it for e-discovery or regulations compliance. When you’re storing data in the cloud, that generally means that you’re relying on a third party cloud server. This goes hand-in-hand with quite a few risks, which include unintentional or intentional data deletion, ransomware or phishing attacks, and account hijacking or deletion. In addition, a large majority of cloud providers only store historical data (deleted or old versions) for a short period of time putting their clients at risk when the need to store data for years due to regulatory requirements.

Q: How important is it for SMBs to have a sound backup policy? What percentage of SMBs have or adhere to an effective backup policy today?

LC: To answer the first part of your question, it’s absolutely critical for organizations of all sizes to have a proper backup strategy in place, which includes backing up cloud data to an on-premise location. A common misperception is thinking that if your data is already in the cloud, simply using that storage provider takes care of your backup needs, but that’s absolutely false. When you’re storing your data on someone else’s server, you as the customer still ultimately have responsibility for safeguarding your own data. In terms of how many businesses are doing the right thing with their data protection and backup currently, my general answer is: not enough. One recent study on SMBs found that over half—58 percent—don’t have a solid backup plan in place.

We shall carry on with the rest of this interesting conversation in my next 3 posts. Continued »

September 29, 2018  4:54 PM

Browser Security Plus from ManageEngine For Enterprise Security

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Browser security, Endpoint security, manageengine

ManageEngine adds a new paradigm in enterprise security with the launch of Browser Security Plus. In fact, this was a missing component in the enterprise security ecosystem. As we all know ManageEngine is the real-time IT management division of Zoho Corp. This new security solution intends to help enterprises add a new security level to their corporate data whether lying in the cloud or is residing on-premise. The sole aim is to safeguard enterprise networks from any kind of web-based cyberattacks by mitigating all such threats, vulnerabilities, and risks. Thus this launch adds a greater value to Endpoint Security. In turn, it helps enterprises tackle all browser-based cyberattacks like the unanticipated surge in browsers. In fact, the solution becomes more important to deploy for all organizations in wake of increasing cloud adoption that opens many unwanted doors for intruders, spammers, and hackers.

Browser Security Plus

Mind you, Browser Security Plus is the only solution available for mitigating threats borne out of browser-based surges. As a universal policy of Zoho Corp., like any of their other products, Browser Security Plus Free edition is fully functional product for small businesses to manage up to 25 computers which is quite reasonable to taste the power of the product and leverage its features to add an important component to their endpoint security. It is always better to have an additional and missing layer for browsers to make their enterprise security ecosystem more robust. This add-on that resides on their existing layer of network security improves overall network health by means of ensuring prevention, detection, and fixing of all kinds of browser vulnerabilities. Actually, browsers have become silent gateways for external monsters to attack corporate network and data. Sometimes a minute infiltrator can destroy the whole empire.

Browser Security Plus Is A New Power For Endpoint Security

ManageEngine’s Browser Security Plus is a complete browser management solution having multi-browser handling capabilities. The browsers that it can control currently are Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer. More than 92% of users work on any of these 4 browsers. Mathivanan Venkatachalam, Vice President of ManageEngine says, “For the longest time, browsers have been considered just another application. With cloud applications pivoting the way business is done, browsers have become endpoints in and of themselves, capable of achieving functionalities of a number of native applications put together. By managing browsers the same way they manage endpoints like desktops and mobile devices, enterprises can seal their network from possible attacks at its most used threshold.”

Browser Security Plus adheres to many critical cyber hygiene practices like Compliance (with STIG and CIS Frameworks), Policy Deployment, Browsers add-on Management, Browser Isolation etc. The next immediate developments are happening at ManageEngine office to release Browser Security Plus for macOS.

A license of Browser Security Plus costs $12 a year. That is quite reasonable and affordable. A 30-day fully functional trial version is there. And a free edition for 25 users is always there.

For more information, please visit www.manageengine.com/secure-browser.

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September 29, 2018  1:13 PM

Dell Technologies Forum provided a new outlook to Cybersecurity

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The term ‘Cybersecurity’ is quite scary for most of the people, as they fear something dangerous. And when it comes to organizations, this fear is increased thousand times. Decades ago, digitalization drive was mainly restricted to the internal network and emails. So, the fear of information—more specifically data stolen—was confined to a company’s firewall. And almost all organizations did their best to control with supreme authority. Fast forward to the present time, the situation changed completely. With the going prevalence of the concept like ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD), employees are using their personal devices across different networks, including those of their organizations. Moreover, all boundaries on the digital highway were broken, thereby making organizations more vulnerable to threats, risks, and cyber-attacks.

Although organizations are deploying various security solutions in almost every single node of their networks, they aren’t fully confident of their organizations’ security. With the network evolving at a rapid pace, organizations are getting more concerned about security. And most of these threats, ransomware attacks are coming from various consumer devices, the firewall has now little role to play in addressing such attacks. According to the RSA 2018 Cybersecurity and Business Risk Survey, 70% of respondents accepted that their organizations had faced security breach over the past 2 years, while 85% of them indicated two or more breaches during the same timeframe. So, how grave the situation is? How should organizations prepare themselves to address the security issue?

Cybersecurity Requires A Continuous Evolution

The recently held security workshop at Dell Technologies Forum in Delhi provided me with great insights into all these factors. Conducted by Vikas Arora, VP-Global IT& Security, Toluna, this exclusive workshop on security transformation revolved around various aspects of the data breaches and how organizations should build an advanced security operations center (SOC) to keep all types of threats, vulnerabilities, and risks at bay. The best part of the workshop, for me, was the live demo of how easily AD can be hacked.

To put it in a nutshell, my key takeaways from the workshop are as follows:

  • For any organization, it can take days or even months to realize that somebody has broken into their security operations
  • A step-by-step insight into how hackers get domain access after messing up the system
  • Security Operations Centre (SOC) plays an important to reduce the risks of cyber-attacks, however, organizations should find out the right people for their SOC.
  • Legacy and redundant technology and infrastructure are inappropriate to identify all security loopholes, paving the way for hackers to attack
  • An updated infrastructure is a business necessity in the digital world not only to support modern application but also to prevent cyber-attacks.
  • Organizations should take stock of their digital portfolio constantly. By constantly taking care of their digital systems, organizations can rapidly deter a cyber-attack and address it before things get out of control
  • Another good part of the workshop was the interactive session with the audience, which helped me clear many of my doubts around security infrastructure and cyber-attacks

Cyberserucity Is All About Detering Cyber Attacks

Apart from this workshop, I also attended a few sessions on security transformation, including RSA’s Enabling Business-Driven Security, Cyber-Recovery: Protecting Business from a Destructive Ransomware, to name a few. These sessions, without any doubt, provided me with in-depth information about the security landscape. Besides, I got a good exposure to Dell family in combining its capabilities to stay ahead of fast-evolving threats and cyber risks.

No doubt, the time has come for organizations to devise an appropriate security strategy that caters to new IT trends, drives security transformation without any possibility of new threats and risks, and ultimately, accelerates the organization to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital landscape. I am quite upbeat that Dell Technologies, with its whole new range of security solutions, will play a critical role in initiating security transformation of organizations across industries.

Indeed, my first experience at the Dell Technologies Forum was extremely insightful and knowledge-driven. And it is definitely a great platform to know the changing technology landscape, which helps in staying abreast of new-age technologies.

September 29, 2018  12:05 PM

Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes By Keysight Set A New Benchmark

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Measurement, Testing

Keysight Technologies always bring key insights when it comes to technology, testing, and measurement. It is important to lead from the front when you a testing & measurement top global company. The launch of their latest Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes with Industry Leading Signal Integrity sets a new benchmark in the industry. Not only this, in fact, it opens thousands of new avenues of development and enhancements. It is like giving life to so many ideas to transform to reality. This launch will help businesses boost time-to-market their high-speed serial and optical designs. In fact, it creates a new spectrum of innovation for different enterprises, governments, and service providers to connect and secure the world. This new Infiniium UXR-Series of oscilloscope ensures industry-leading signal integrity, investment protection, with models that range from 13 to 110 GigaHertz (GHz) of true analog bandwidth.

Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes

Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes aim to cater to the requirements of technology developments not only of today but tomorrow. It is going to help high-speed serial and optical designers to generate newer designs with higher margins. They will have a now wider selection of bandwidth options to achieve unbeatable performance levels. The technologies it covers are DDR, PCIe, USB, or any other serial technologies including 5G, Radar, PAM4, Optical Designs, and Satellite Communications.

Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes Bring A Lot Of New Development Scope

Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director, Test & Measurement, Frost & Sullivan says, “Today’s electronic and communications systems have become more complex requiring next-generation test and measurement. Keysight’s deep heritage and extensive expertise in test and measurement are clearly reflected in the new UXR series of oscilloscopes, which deliver next-generation innovations to address the rapidly evolving measurement and compliance needs in the high-speed digital, terabit and optical research, 5G, RF, and aerospace and defense markets.”

As a matter of fact, the Infiniium UXR-Series promises to offer a low noise floor thereby a high vertical resolution thus ensuring measurements that no longer will be impacted by oscilloscope noise. What it does in return is it represents signals accurately and more realistically. This, in turn, results in eye diagrams becoming significantly more open thereby resulting in true margins and exponentially better performance. Imagine getting now 10-bit vertical resolution with industry-leading signal integrity thus resulting in a superior effective number of bits (ENOB). This would easily result in a faster compliance testing with higher margins. In fact, with the reconstruction of high-speed signals of high precision is easily possible now with Keysight’s Infiniium UXR-Series. As a matter of fact, now sampling rates of 128 GSa/s per channel on 13 to 33 GHz devices is conveniently achievable.

Infiniium UXR-Series Offer a Low Noise Floor

The same is true for 40 to 110 GHz models to attain sampling rates of 256 GSa/s per channel. How about getting the highly accurate timing and skew measurements? Less than 35 fs (rms) of intrinsic jitter is now a reality to achieve in up to four full-bandwidth channels. The bonus is a scalable full factory standard self-calibration module. Of course, it is optional but very useful. It ensures not only ongoing measurement accuracy but also reduces the headache of taking the unit out of premise for servicing. All this is possible to attain with the help of a chipset that is based on Keysight’s proprietary Indium Phosphide (InP) process. It actually ensures unimaginable wide bandwidth and substantially low noise floor. There are a couple of more interesting announcements along with this launch.

Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes

The two solutions that come along with Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes offering a complete end-to-end covering stimulus to analysis for PAM4 and 400G, 600G, and also terabit coherent optical interconnect designs. Thus N4391B OMA (Optical Modulation Analyzer) is a comprehensive and real-time oscilloscope that takes care of any kind of complex optical data transmission. It also addresses terabit measurement limitations. Keysight brings their fastest AWG (Arbitrary Waveform Generator) that ensures a greater level of stimulus-response to create challenging formats such as 64 GBaud 64 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) or any other wideband modulations. This is M8194A AWG.

Expandded Infiniium UXR-Series

Dave Cipriani, Keysight Vice President, Digital and Photonics Center of Excellence says, “High-speed serial and optical technologies are continually pushing speed and performance boundaries as the development of terabit and 5th generation serial technologies accelerate. The expanded UXR oscilloscope series, the UXR-based OMA, and Keysight’s fastest AWG, collectively offer high-speed designers an unprecedented end-to-end solution to rapidly advance their technology development today, while providing investment protection into the future.”

Useful Links:
more information www.keysight.com/find/UXR
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More information about the Keysight N4391B OMA is available at www.keysight.com/find/N4391B
More information about the Keysight M8194A AWG is available at www.keysight.com/find/M8194A

September 23, 2018  11:13 PM

DellTechForum Dell Technologies Forum 2018 #IndiaMakeItReal

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Dell, Dell EMC

At DellTechForum, people attending Workforce Transformation in Studio 1 had sessions like Workforce Transformation, Right-size technology for the modern workforce, and CIO Debate on “Digital will end the avatar of office spaces as we know it”. Probably the 3 CIOs talking in favor were completely missing the crux of the topic and thus presenting baseless theories like completely virtual offices which are practically not at all possible. The funniest part is all these three CIOs are regularly and physically going to their respective offices and running 90% of their meetings in person. The 3 CIOs talking against it were more on the ground and talking reality rather than fluke talks.

A similar kind of agenda at DellTechForum was at Security Transformation sessions with topics like RSA Overview: Enabling Business-Driven Security, Cyber-recovery: Protecting your Business From A Destructive Ransomware, Creating A Unified Endpoint Management Strategy, and GDPR: What is it? On a parallel note, the Hands-on Lab Zone in Studio 2 was having sessions like IDPA 2.2 Management, Isilon, OpenManage Enterprise, Dell EMC Networking OS10, and vSAN 6.6.1. The post-lunch sessions in IT Transformation – Data Platforms include Unlocking the Power of Digitisation, Unlocking your Data Capital, Multi-Cloud Strategy, VxRack SDCC & VMware Cloud Foundation, and Data Protection. In parallel in Computer Platforms hall, the sessions were The Power of Connectivity, The Dawn of New Era, Accelerate your IT Transformation, and Emergence of Multi-cloud.

DellTechForum Had Multiple Parallel Sessions

In Workforce Transformation hall of DellTechForum, we had interesting sessions like Applying Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Simplify your VDI solution planning, Modern Management of Windows 10, and Unity for Industrial. Finally, in Security Transformation section the sessions were Data Protection for Private & Public Cloud, Embrace Cloud Networking – Building the Business Fabric of the Digital Enterprise, Empowering Digital Workforce, and Security Workshop on “How to Build an Advanced Security Operations Centre (SOC)”. I am sure all those who attended the Dell Technologies Forum had got enough fuel and recharge to drive their respective organizations in the right direction to progress hand in hand with technology.

September 23, 2018  11:02 PM

Dell Technologies Forum 2018 #DellTechForum #IndiaMakeItReal

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Dell, Dell EMC

Dell Technologies Forum this year was more like a technology festival with a perfect mix of fun and technology. We had forums, panel discussions, talks, presentations, workshops, and hands-on lab zones. In addition, there was a Dell Technologies Expo Zone. There were two interesting keynote addresses after which the huge gathering of CIOs and CTOs was scattered in 4 halls. So it was, in fact, our choice to attend the session of our choice. The opening keynote session was by David Webster, President, Asia Pacific, and Japan, Dell EMC. The topic was Innovating for the Future. Interestingly the second keynote address was Innovating Today. Obviously what we innovate today will give a better shape to the future. It was by Alex Lei, Vice President of Data Protection Solutions, Asia Pacific and Japan, Dell EMC. Then the participants had some time to explore the expo.

Rest of the Dell Technologies Forum sessions were in 4 different halls with 4 different agendas. First was on IT Transformation and Compute Platforms. The second was on Security Transformation. The third was on IT Transformation Data Platforms. The fourth was on Workforce Transformation. One can easily see a clear overlap in all these separate spectrums of technology. Clearly distinct but closely knit. One spectrum can’t progress without the help of others. Besides these 4 halls, there was a Hands-on Lab Zone Powered by Dell EMC Demo Center. This was no less than any global technology event.

Dell Technologies Forum Was About Technology All Around

In IT Transformation – Data Platforms the important sessions were The Power of Modern: Dell EMC Storage & Data Protection Solutions, Dell IT Journey: Adopting a Multi-cloud Strategy, Dell EMC Unity & SC Series: Midrange Storage Portfolio Overview, and Dell EMC High End Storage: What’s new in PowerMax & Xterme IO X2. Similarly, in IT Transformation – Compute Platforms the sessions were The Power of Convergence: The DELL EMC Converged and Hyper-Converged Portfolio, The Power of the Compute Portfolio: DELL EMC PowerEdge, Moving to a Disaggregated Data Center with the New PowerEdge MX Kinetic infrastructure, and Developing & Running Ready Cloud Native Applications at Scale.

We will continue Dell Technologies Forum Walkthrough in the next post.

September 6, 2018  8:16 PM

HA Applications Ensure Business Operations – An Interview

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
High Availability, SIOS

We are in conversation with Jerry Melnick, President & CEO, SIOS Technology Corp. Jerry is responsible for directing the overall corporate strategy for SIOS Technology Corp. and leading the company’s ongoing growth and expansion. He has more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise and high availability software markets. Before joining SIOS, he was CTO at Marathon Technologies where he led business and product strategy for the company’s fault tolerant solutions. His experience also includes executive positions at PPGx, Inc. and Belmont Research, where he was responsible for building a leading-edge software product and consulting business focused on supplying data warehouse and analytical tools.

Jerry began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he led an entrepreneurial business unit that delivered highly scalable, mission-critical database platforms to support enterprise-computing environments in the medical, financial and telecommunication markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Beloit College with graduate work in Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Boston University.

What is the SIOS Technology survey and what is the objective of the survey?

SIOS Technology Corp. with ActualTech Media conducted a survey of IT staff to understand current trends and challenges related to the general state of HA (highly available) applications in organizations of all sizes. An organization’s HA applications are generally the ones that ensure that a business remains in operation. Such systems can range from order taking systems to CRM databases to anything that keeps employees, customers, and partners working together.

We’ve learned that the news is mixed when it comes to how well HA applications are supported.

Who responded to the survey?

For this survey, we gathered responses from 390 IT professionals and decision makers from a broad range of company sizes in the US. Respondents consisted of people that manage databases, infrastructure, architecture, systems, and software development as well as those in IT management roles.

What were some of the key findings uncovered in the survey results?

The following are key findings based on the survey results:

  • Most (86%), but not all, organizations are operating their HA applications with some kind of clustering or high availability mechanism in place.
  • A full 95% of respondents report that they have an occasional failure in the underlying HA services that support their applications.
  • Ninety-eight (98%) of respondents to our survey indicated that they see either regular or occasional application performance issues.
  • When such issues occur, for most organizations, it takes between three and five hours to identify the cause and correct the issue and it takes using between two and four tools to do so.
  • Small companies are leading the way by going all-in on operating their HA applications in the cloud and more than half (54%) of small companies intend to be running 50% or more of their HA applications in the cloud by the end of 2018.
  • For companies of all sizes, control of the application environment remains a key reason why workloads remain on premises, with 60% of respondents indicating that this has played a factor in retaining one or more HA application on-premises rather than moving it into the cloud.
  • Tell us about the Enterprise Application Landscape. Which applications are in use most; and which might we be surprised about?

    We focused on tier 1 mission critical applications, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP/HANA. For most organizations operating these kinds of services, they are the lifeblood. They hold the data that enables the organization to achieve its goals.

    56% of respondents to our survey are operating Oracle workloads while 49% are running Microsoft SQL Server. Rounding out the survey, 28% have SAP/HANA in production. These are all clearly critical workloads in most organizations, but there are others. For this survey, we provided respondents an opportunity to tell us what, beyond these three big applications, they are operating that can be considered mission critical. Respondents that availed themselves of this response option indicate that they’re also operating various web databases, primarily from Amazon, as well as MySQL and PostgresQL databases. To a lesser extent, organizations are also operating some NoSQL services that are considered mission critical.

    How often does an application performance issue affect end users?

    Application performance issues are critical for organizations with 98% of respondents indicating these issues impact end users in some way ranging from daily (experienced by 18% of respondents) to just one time per year (experience by 8% of respondents) and everywhere in between. Application performance issues lead to customer dissatisfaction and can lead to lost revenue and increased expenses. But, there appears to be some disagreement around such issues depending on your perspective in the organization. Respondents holding decision maker roles have a more positive view of the performance situation than others. Only 11% of decision makers report daily performance challenges compared to around 20% of other respondents.

    Is it easier to resolve cloud-based application performance issues?

    As much as most IT pros would like to fully eliminate the potential for application performance issues that operate in a cloud environment, the fact is that such situations can and will happen. There is a variety of tools available in the market to help IT understand and address application performance issues and IT departments have, over the years, cobbled together troubleshooting toolkits. In general, the fewer tools you need to work with to resolve a problem, the more quickly you can bring services back into full operation. That’s why it’s particularly disheartening to learn that only 19% of responses turn to a single tool to identify cloud application performance issues. This leaves 81% of respondents having to use two or more tools. But, it gets worse; 11% of respondents need to turn to five or more tools in order to identify performance issues with the cloud applications

    So now we know cloud-based application performance issues can’t be totally avoided, how long until we can expect a fix?

    The real test of an organization’s ability to handle such issues comes when measuring the time it takes to recover when something does go awry. 23% of respondents can typically recover in less than an hour. Fifty-six percent (56%) of respondents take somewhere between one and three hours to recover. After that 23% take 3 or more hours. This isn’t to say that these people are recovering from a complete failure somewhere; they are reacting to a performance fault somewhere in the application and it’s one that’s serious enough to warrant attention. A goal for most organizations is to reduce the amount of time that it takes to troubleshoot problems, which will reduce the amount of time it takes to correct them.

    Do future plans about moving HA applications to the cloud show stronger migration?

    We requested information from respondents around their future plans as they pertain to moving additional high availability applications to the cloud. Nine percent (9%) of respondents indicate that all of their most important applications are already in the cloud. By the end of 2018, one-half of respondents expect to have more than 50% of their HA applications migrated to the cloud, while 29% say that they will have less than half of the HA applications in such locations. Finally, 12% of respondents say that they will not be moving any more HA applications to the cloud in 2018.

    How would you sum up the SIOS Technology survey results?

    Although this survey and report represent people’s thinking at a single point in time, there are some potentially important trends that emerge: first, it’s clear that organizations value their mission-critical applications, as they’re protecting them via clustering or other high availability technology. A second takeaway is that even with those safeguards in place, there’s more work to be done, as those apps can still suffer failures and performance issues. Companies need to look at the data and ask themselves, therefore, if they’re doing everything they can to protect their crucial assets. You can download the report here.

    September 4, 2018  11:30 PM

    MediaTek Introduces Technology Diaries In An Innovative Style

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    5G, ai, Artifical Intelligence, IIoT, Internet of Things, iot, MediaTek, Narrowband

    Technology has endless ways to help mankind. Mankind has endless reasons to leverage technology in its favor. These reasons include challenge, business, prosperity, and charity. One single factor out of these is good enough to lead in this world of competition. When all the four factors collaborate by chance in a single venture, it creates a big difference. Competition in today’s world is of production, delivery, and quality. When all tools like Kaizen, Agile, TQM, etc. reach to a saturation in helping a business to excel and stay ahead against competitors, then only one thing comes to rescue to get an edge over others. And that is nothing but innovation. MediaTek comes out with an innovative idea by introducing ‘Technology Diaries’. It is an interactive discussion series to happen in multiple cities with an aim to demystify next-generation technologies in common man’s life.


    These next-generation technologies include Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, and Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). The event was very lively and interactive thus becoming more informative. The format of this event was entirely different to the regular ones that are dull, one-sided, mechanical, and non interactive. Technology Diaries by MediaTek was launched in Delhi by inviting two celebrities from diverse fields of media and technology. It was one of the most popular Radio Jockeys (RJ) Naved interacting as a common man with two technical persons. The first tech guy on his right was the famous TechGuru Rajiv Makhni. The other was Kuldeep Malik, Director – Corporate Sales, MediaTek India. The company has a credit of being the world’s 4th largest global fabless semiconductor company. Fabless denotes or relates to a company that designs microchips but doesn’t manufactures it under their umbrella. Rather it contracts out or outsources its production.

    MediaTek is World’s 4th Largest Global Fabless Semiconductor Company

    MediaTek powers around 1.5 billion devices every year. It aims to make technology more accessible. That can happen only by means of making it more understandable for every common person of the country. Probably Technology Diaries series is the best way to achieve it. Because it is not only interactive and informative, it engages everyone equally making it a completely making it a fun and knowledge series. In fact, it is demystifying of newer technologies that can transform our daily lives. This was the inaugural session of Technology Diaries. While Naved was presenting a common man’s perspective on newer and upcoming technologies, it was done in a very light mode without using any technical jargons yet making it understandable for everyone. The whole concept gels well with MediTek’s philosophy of making all relevant technology available to everyone so as to empower them to connect easily to it.


    The philosophy says if a person understand the technology behind a concept easily, then it becomes easier to adopt it to use in everyday life. This will definitely enhance and enrich life by making everyone smarter and healthier. As a matter of fact, this commitment of MediaTek to deliver the latest technologies to most of the diversified products and solutions. Their solutions impact almost every industry. That includes mobile industry, automobile, health, entertainment, next-gen wearables, and so on. The sole purpose is to meet their consumers and businesses’ expectations and deliver more than that to them. In fact, you name the technology and you find MediaTek in it. For instance, in mobile segment, their Helio series chips are highly in demand by all mobile manufacturing companies. Those include Vivo, OPPO, Nokia, and so on. MediaTek is equally strong in digital television, optical storage, and DVD/Blu-ray segments.

    You won’t find a segment in technology without MediTek in it

    Kuldeep Malik, Director- Corporate Sales, MediaTek India, says, “Consumers may not know it, but our chips and technology are an integral part of daily lives. You will find us in 20 percent of homes globally and nearly 1 of every 3 mobile phones is powered by MediaTek. MediaTek chips power next-generation smartphones, tablets, TVs and voice assistants and all kinds of intelligent devices to transform how people interact with each other and the world around them. A new category of devices is driving features and consumer expectations forward with advancements in power, performance, AI, and connectivity. With the Technology Diaries we want to help the less savvy consumers understand and be comfortable using these technologies to their advantage.”

    Some of the prominent projects of MediaTek include Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT), NeuroPilot, Edge-AI technology, Edge-AI hardware processing, MiraVision, Self-Driving technology, Autus, and so on.

    September 4, 2018  12:02 AM

    Vizag Fintech Festival – Pre Event Info

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Fintech, India

    Vizag Fintech Festival is a five-day festival (22-26 Oct), focusing majorly on the Fintech Conference (which will happen from 23-24 Oct). Major themes for the Conference are BankTech (Future Of Banking, Investments And Payments), InsurTech (Technology Enablers In Insurance), GovTech (Technological Advances Fostering Invisible Government, Visible Governance), Financial Inclusion (Increased Access To Financial Services For The Underserved), EmergeTech (Emerging Technologies Including AI, Cyber Security, Blockchain, IoT And Big Data). Fintech Valley Vizag previously conducted Blockchain Business Conference in October 2017 and Fintech Spring Conference in March 2017.

    What are the objectives of this event?

    To position Andhra Pradesh & Vizag as a leading Fintech hub. Through the Innovation and Startup Policy, the Government intends to create an ecosystem that produces an entrepreneur in every family. The event intends to bring together industry, academia, and investors to innovate, co-create, and build the Fintech ecosystem, with the intent of making Visakhapatnam the Fintech Epicenter of the world.

    What top messages this event wants to spread?

    The event will be a hub for:

    Networking amongst the Hon’ble Chief Minister of AP, CXOs of the top Fintech & IT companies & other global stakeholders (CXO RoundTable)
    Exposure to industry trends & hot topics (Fintech Conference)
    75+ National & International Speakers (https://www.vizagfintechfestival.com/the-first-experts.php )
    Investor Connect
    Million Dollar Challenge
    – to enable startups to showcase their solutions and get a chance to win upto $1Mn in funding and set up their office in Vizag (https://www.vizagfintechfestival.com/million-dollar-challenge.php )

    Who are the target audiences?

    Global Corporates in Fintech ecosystem, Global Startups, Academia (Fintech), Financial Institutions, Investors, CXOs from Top Indian & International banks

    Who should attend this 5-day event and why?

    Investors – To interact with Startups (the fresh talent)

    Financial Institutions – For knowledge exchange, networking, collaboration, to grab business opportunities, to gauge market reaction.

    Government Agencies

    Startups – To learn from the experts of the industry, showcase their solutions. They stand a chance to win upto $1Mn in funding and set up their office in Vizag (On the Demo Day of the Million Dollar Challenge – 25th Oct)

    Fintech Professionals/ Experts – To lead the industry forward

    For more information, feel free to browse through our website, www.vizagfintechfestival.com

    August 30, 2018  11:06 PM

    IoT in Education – What Are the Possible Business Use Cases?

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    business case, Education, Internet of Things, iot, Use case

    Technology is an integral part of every business. In fact, it has become an integral part of everybody’s life on personal and professional fronts. When it comes to education, there is a huge amount of data in this vertical. With the help of new technologies, it is important to relook into the way of teaching. In fact, leveraging new technologies is important to create new ways. IoT is a promising factor for educators in terms of collaboration, communication, and operation. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of ways an education institute can adopt IoT and bring a transformation in the campus and the way education is imparted. IoT in education or teaching, in fact, has a number of meaningful use cases. A simple use case is connecting academia all over the world with the help of IoT.

    This can result in a stronger and deeper learning experience for students. This way they can gain knowledge in a more meaningful format. Not only this. As a matter of fact, it also becomes a strong collaborative and learning means for educators across the globe. When we talk about IoT in education, it becomes important to create a simple learning model for students where they can easily relate theory to practical applications. There are a number of resources and aggregators from where important information can come in a real-time environment. A lot can happen with the help of sensors which are very cost effective. Every student can get an education in a very personalized manner. In fact, each student can move at their own pace. Also, student-teacher communication can become highly structured and result oriented. Things can move beyond textbooks. There is a huge scope of IoT in education.

    IoT in Education Can Create A New Benchmark

    Obviously, if IoT in education is used in a right manner, it can result in better communication, stronger development, and a tremendous increase in creativity at both the ends.

    August 30, 2018  10:39 PM

    Quality control And Enterprise Should Be Synonym To Each Other

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Enterprise, Quality control

    Quality control and enterprise should be a synonym to each other. No enterprise can survive without quality control. In fact, quality control should be a habit that happens automatically. It should not be for other’s sake. It should be there in the blood of an enterprise.

    “Quality control is applicable to any kind of enterprise; in fact, it must be applied to every enterprise.”

    Kaoru Ishikawa

    “The biggest challenge in maintaining a quality management system is ensuring consistency in established practice, in a consistently changing business environment.”

    Sng Yang Seng, senior manager, quality assurance, LSG ST Electronics

    “Unless the problem is prevented from happening again, the root cause is just a theory.”

    Govind Ramu, Program Manager, Google, Mountain View, Calif.

    “Quality is when customer satisfaction goes far north and when scrap and rework rates go way south.”

    Paul Tang, quality and project manager

    “Preaching quality won’t help.”

    Hammer and Champy

    “Our reputation for quality is only as good as our last machine or our last customer call.”

    Frank Cary

    “Organizational excellence is not about the management of quality. It is about the quality of management.”

    Haim Berman

    “The price for ignoring the impact of design on service can be staggering.”

    Davidow and Uttal

    “The team concept conveys the message that PQI (Productivity and Quality Improvement) is everybody’s business.”

    John Hradesky

    “Despite what the textbooks say, most important decisions in corporate life are made by individuals, not by committees.”

    Lee Iacocca

    “High-quality companies treat their human resource as a resource, not a commodity.”

    Steven George

    “Compliance is an intended consequence of quality.”

    Paula Burdick Parsons, CMQ/OE

    “Quality is when the customer returns and the product does not.”

    Tim Robertson

    “We only get one chance to do it right the first time.”

    Jeffrey S. Schiopota, Aspire Brands

    Quality Control and Enterprise go hand in hand

    “Develop a healthy disrespect for the impossible.”

    Gene Hoffman, SuperValu Inc.

    August 30, 2018  10:21 PM

    Do You Set Customer As A Reference Point To Set Your Priorities?

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

    Any business that has set its customer as a reference point to set its priorities never fails. Any other priorities will lead to a disaster. The best way is to assess each activity that is done in the organization. If it is adding a value to the customer, it makes sense. Otherwise, it is a waste of effort and energy.

    “With the customer as a reference point, priorities become easier to set.”

    Mary Walton

    That means if you every business priority has the customer as a reference point in it, it leads to more customers, more business, and more profits.

    “‘What is our business?’ is not determined by the producer but by the customer.”

    Peter Drucker

    You keep on making a product that nobody wants in the market is of no sense. The real sense is to create the value of that product so that it attracts customers. The other way is to understand what your customer wants and then deliver the same to him. Apply your mind only if you are sure to add a certain value to a customer that he acknowledges.

    “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    In fact, in real life, people stop learning from their own mistakes. If you are at that stage, then move a step ahead and start learning from other’s mistakes.

    “Customer needs and satisfaction are constantly changing targets.”

    Juran Institute, Inc.

    Most important for any business is to understand customer needs. In fact, if you are able to understand customer needs, and you have capabilities to develop according to his needs, you will definitely be able to satisfy him. Another important point is to keep an eye on customer and set your targets according to that.

    Setting customer as a reference point is important for a business

    Above all, it is the customer that matters most. That is why setting a customer as a reference point is very important for any business.

    August 30, 2018  8:20 PM

    Some More Quotes on Quality To Enhance Business Results

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

    In my previous post, I listed a few quotes on quality. These quotes carry a lot of weightage in today’s business and professional life. In fact, these quotes are rather more relevant in today’s more competitive and stressful environment. I will continue with a few more in the same context in this post. Here we go.

    “The first job in decision making is to find the real problem and define it.”

    Peter Drucker

    Most of the times we are not aware of the real problem we are trying to address. That means the solution you are heading to is not leading to the resolution of the actual problem. As a result, all the efforts are a waste. On the other hand, this actual problem will keep widening. This, in return, will lead to a chaos.

    “Quality improvement is a fragile process. All major processes are.”

    Edward Sallis

    What it means is that quality improvement needs utmost importance. Logically, it should be the top agenda of every organization.

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


    It takes a lot of practice and a lot of effort to follow good practices. Once they become a habit, you don’t need to remember them. They automatically start happening.

    “Quality isn’t expensive; it’s priceless.”


    Of course. You can’t buy quality. You need to inculcate it. It has to be in the blood of every individual of an organization. Only then the whole organization excels. Otherwise, it remains limited to a few individuals and departments in the organization.

    “The market is never saturated with a good product but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.”

    Henry Ford

    Quotes on Quality

    How trues it is in the context of an organization, a product, or an individual. As long as you are delivering the best, you are in high demand. The moment you degrade, there is a steep fall in demand. Hope you like these quotes on quality.

    August 30, 2018  7:40 PM

    Some Important Quality Quotes That Apply Well In Today’s World

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    quality, Quality assurance, Quality control, Quotes

    The source of these beautiful quality quotes is ASQ. In fact, there are a plenty of quotes there. I am picking those I find relevant to today’s work life.

    “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”

    Theodore Levitt

    “Quality improvement at a revolutionary pace is now becoming simply good management.”

    A. Blanton Godfrey

    “Error is always in haste.”

    Thomas Fuller

    “We can be creative in our approach but never compromising in our quality.”

    Jim Nelson (Lonza)

    “Failure is simply a reason to strengthen resolve.”

    John W. Gardner

    “The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.”

    Thomas Carlyle

    “Great things are not done by impulse…but by a series of small things brought together.”

    Vincent Van Gogh

    “The best way to understand your customer is to become your customer and walk a mile in his shoes.”

    Ian D. Littman

    “Effective statistical process control is 10% statistics and 90% management action.”

    John Hradesky

    “If there is one consistent lesson from those who have led this effort [toward continuous improvement], it is that there is no universal strategy for success.”

    V. Daniel Hunt

    “Changing the culture of an institution is a slow process, and one that is best not rushed. If the effects of TQM are to be lasting, people have to want to be on board.”

    Edward Sallis

    “The key is to get into the stores and listen.”

    Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart

    “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “A ‘problem’ is the distance between where you are now and where you could be, no matter how good you are now.”

    Townsend and Gebhardt

    “If you cannot solve the real problem, change it into one you can solve.”

    Mark Kac, mathematician

    Hope you agree that these quotes make a lot of sense in today’s world of high competition.

    August 30, 2018  7:23 PM

    IoT and IIoT Have A Lot To Do For Mass Adoption in Real Life

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    IIoT, Internet of Things, iot

    IoT and IIoT are yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Especially when we talk about adoption among masses or availability for them. For the last few years, a lot is happening on IoT. But mostly it is limited to trial, pilot, proof of concept, or conceptualization. A lot of solution companies claim to have multiple solutions in this regard but most of these are far from acceptability by industries. These are based on just few use cases without any assessment whether there is any return value. In fact, solution providers create solutions according to their visibility and thought process. Without even understanding the real needs of industry and their relevant pain areas to address. Definitely, such efforts are only limited to presentations and discussions in forums. Nothing beyond that. In fact, if these solutions are really meaningful, they should have a quick adoption rate.

    Any solution has to be feasible, acceptable, and commercially viable. There are many IoT and IIoT projects that talk too much but when it comes to these three scales, they vanish. On top of it, security is a big concern rising at an exponential rate worldwide. The more sockets you open, the more is the risk and vulnerabilities. IoT solution providers are either not aware of it or have not enough capabilities to handle it. Again, it comes to the involvement of multiple patch providers in such cases. Now, these patch providers are strong only in their respective areas. They are not having a business or practical knowledge of other areas. None of these are having their exclusive research division to carry out viability, security, vulnerability, and feasibility assessment facilities. Without these, it makes no sense to go for a big investment.

    IoT and IIoT projects are becoming a rate race

    Actually, if you see, there are many investors ready for real worthy solutions in the field of IoT and IIoT. It all depends on what all parameters these solutions will qualify to have a mass acceptance.

    August 12, 2018  5:37 PM

    Zoho One Customers Talk Abouts Its Power, Versatiity, and Integrity

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Business management, Data centres, Project management, Startup

    About Zoho Backstage, Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corp. says, “Planning and running an event is a complex operation that has traditionally required different tools for each stage of the process—a website builder, a mass emailing solution, scanners for checking in attendees, and a stand-alone app for audience engagement. Backstage embraces event management from start to finish by offering a unified online platform that allows organizers to market the event, fill seats, and engage audience all from within one product. Rather than getting bogged down in the complexities of the tools being used, this holistic event management system lets organizers focus on what matters: putting on a great event.”

    Ramesh C Pathak – PMP, VP Technology. PMI Bangalore, India says, “With Backstage, we were able to save time and money planning our annual conference which was attended by 700+ delegates. All it took was a few clicks to get our event website up and running. We were also able to provide our attendees with an engaging and memorable event experience through a custom branded mobile app. Backstage will surely be part of our future events.”

    Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub says, “For an ecosystem player like us, managing tens of projects for hundreds of business requirements to meet the expectations of our stakeholders runs into thousands of requirements that could potentially take as many hours of operating bandwidth and spend. An integrated product suite like Zoho One has truly helped ease our ever-changing requirement list. It has been an enterprise-class product from a world-class player. A big thank you on behalf of the 300+ startups that make up our community.”

    Shayak Mazumder, CEO, Eunimart says, “When we started Eunimart, just like any other early stage business, we searched the entire market for any software that could help tie all my different customer-facing and internal functions into one seamless flow. Unfortunately, all the different solutions we came across either did not have the breadth of solutions needed for a complex business model like Eunimart or were built for large businesses and were too expensive for us. Zoho was a lifesaver as our business processes were becoming unmanageable with the growing number of customers. The easily manageable workflows, the ability to build custom models and create custom solutions was exactly what we needed. Our internal team, with the help of a Zoho partner, has managed to automate almost all of our business, enabling us to achieve a 30% increase in productivity and largely increased customer satisfaction.”

    “I am grateful to Zoho One for the large suite of solutions that are built just for startups such as ours. I have recommended a lot of different startups on how to implement Zoho and scale their businesses in a more efficient manner,” concludes Shayak.

    Zoho Data Centers in Mumbai and Chennai will be operational from August 2018. All Indian users who are running their apps on zoho.in will be catered through these data centers. Rest of the worldwide customers will run as it is from www.zoho.com/

    August 12, 2018  5:29 PM

    Zoho Celebrates First Anniversary of Zoho One with 12000 Customers

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

    By the first anniversary of Zoho One, the organization has now more than 12,000 customers worldwide. Out of this, around 36% of users are from India. There has been a tremendous increase in the average number of Zoho One applications that a customer uses for its business. It has increased to 16 from 9. In fact, with so many features Zoho One offers to a business, they don’t need to buy different products from different vendors. The whole business can depend on Zoho One from a single cloud platform. In the last one, year, as a matter of fact, five new apps have been added to Zoho One.


    The new apps in Zoho One are Zoho Sprints, Cliq, Zoho PageSense, Zoho Backstage, and Zoho Flow. Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corp. says, “The adoption of Zoho One has exceeded our expectations, and we hope to continue this momentum into its second year. The stats clearly show that customers will use multiple apps from a single suite if those apps work together more deeply than a patchwork of products from different vendors. We see customers combining data from different Zoho and third-party apps—like email campaigns, CRM, customer support, and accounting—to generate new insights and make better decisions. Zoho One has already replaced more than 650 different products, and that number will only grow as we release even more new apps.” As a matter of fact, all new features and applications come to the existing customers as a bonus without spending an additional single penny.

    Zoho Adds Around 5 New Apps To Zoho One Every Year

    Vembu adds, “Zia for Zoho One, the new Dashboard, and Zia Search are organization-wide tools designed to give our customers deeper understanding of their businesses. This kind of unified data ecosystem is only possible because all of Zoho’s 40+ applications have been built from scratch, over the last two decades, on the same technology base.”

    August 12, 2018  5:19 PM

    Zoho Backstage – A Strong Event Management Application

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Event management

    Generally, organizations have to buy additional third-party products on top of their mainstream business apps to cater to such needs. Thus Zoho One becomes one of the most economical and strong product in that regard. In addition, Zoho is about to launch its own data centers. Zoho Backstage is another boon in the form of an event management software application for the event management industry segment. The beauty of this product is its capability of having a feature of multi-lingual. That makes it one of the most versatile product in this category. Also, there is a mobile app to enhance audience engagement. All these features are embedded in Zoho One which is the flagship suite of applications by Zoho. The whole bunch of applications runs completely in the cloud.

    Zoho Backstage

    In fact, with the addition of these new features in Zoho One (including Zoho Backstage), the product brings a complete synchronization between different departments and roles within an organization thus leaving no void or gap. Like, Zia, which is Zoho’s new AI companion communicates internally to all Zoho applications to gather enough information to respond quickly to user queries with the right combination of information and intelligence. That empowers key users to get the information without writing any queries and thus getting the information much faster and more reliable. Similarly, Zoho One’s Analytics gets a perfect blend of business operations information thereby resulting in more contextual outcomes.

    In addition, the new unified Search capability can quickly access data from multiple applications and bring back useful information in lesser time and with lesser efforts or technical skills. The suite becomes a right weapon for potential business users without requiring technical know-how or support.

    Zoho Backstage Empowers Event Organizers, Enterprises

    Zoho Backstage is a complete end-to-end solution for event management. It empowers organizers, enterprises, and non-profit organizations in many ways. They can plan, promote, and execute enterprise events of any kind. Such as large-scale meetings, conferences, and large-sized trade shows.

    August 12, 2018  5:01 PM

    Zoho One Becomes More Powerful With AI, Analytics, and Search

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    ai, Analytics, Artificial intelligence, Search

    Zoho One has become more powerful with the induction of AI, Analytics, and Search. In fact, it is now a complete enterprise solution with a beauty that it fits in any business vertical. On top of it, it is not carrying a hefty pricing model. The pricing is as simple as the product. In fact, it can deliver more than what a business can expect. In addition, there is a regular and substantial value addition in terms of updates and upgrades on a regular basis. That comes to the customers free of cost. Best thing is, now Zoho One has become a 360 Degree product. That means it is capable of catering to every business need. In an integrated manner, if the business needs. Or in a modular form, if the business wants to integrate it with any third party application in use.

    Zoho One

    As I repeat, Zoho One is an international level product with very competitive costing model. In fact, it is a big disruption for all big business/ERP brands because of its flat and very low-cost model for any size of users. On top of it, it fits all business sizes. So whether you are a startup, a one-man company, or a multi-trillion turnover organization, it is strong and capable enough to cater to all segments with the same perfection, precision, and speed. Otherwise, why world-class organizations like Hyatt, KPMG, L’Oreal, Mahindra, Tata Projects, Sodexo, Bata, Renault, Facebook, Edureka, Times Internet, HDFC Life, Royal Sundaram, and Apollo Hospitals will run their business on Zoho One. That, in fact, is alarming for the organizations using hefty white elephant business applications spending a huge amount on their purchase, deployment, upkeep, and training. It is a high time for all.

    Zoho One becomes enterprise operating system

    The already powerful Zoho One becomes more powerful with added features like AI, Analytics, and Search.

    August 8, 2018  10:05 PM

    Category leaders partner to offer data management, HA and DR solutions

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Data Management, Disaster Recovery

    Category Leaders Partner to Offer End-to-End Data Management, High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions

    You need not be in tech to recognize that the answer for achieving all of an organization’s goals will likely not be found in one box. What is required is a comprehensive plan, supported by individual solutions that when united, meet each user’s unique IT, business and budgetary requirements. Today, I speak with Connor Cox, Director of Business Development for DH2i on this important topic, as well as about DH2i’s existing and newly announced partnerships, and the value they deliver to end users and the channel.

    Q: What types of challenges are you most commonly seeing around data management, availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) in Windows, Linux, Oracle and Docker environments Do these differ from environment to environment, or are the challenges consistent regardless of the underlying platform?

    A: While some of the specifics and idiosyncrasies vary, I keep seeing many of the same general challenges regarding data management, high availability and DR across the different OS, database and container environments that organizations manage. Although there are many data management and HA/DR approaches available in the marketplace, IT professionals I speak with still find it challenging to maintain reliable high availability and disaster recovery for their systems. Traditional HA/DR solutions are typically cumbersome and brittle to configure and maintain, and almost always cost more than the value they provide. These HA/DR challenges grow exponentially with each different platform under management, as each platform requires different solutions. I have also seen a growing trend of IT departments moving more workloads to the cloud, further complicating the HA/DR story. Across all different platforms, it all really comes down to cost and complexity as the biggest hurdles I see customers face for data management and HA/DR.

    Q: DH2i recently announced it had extended its Partnership Program to include additional technology collaborations. Could you talk about the benefits of DH2i’s Partnership Program for its vendor partners, and how the partnerships help end users to address the above-mentioned challenges?

    A: Absolutely. DH2i’s Technology Partner Program is all about creating alliances with the industry’s key players for product certifications and resources. By partnering with DH2i, our Technology Partners are able to offer their customers a more straightforward and cost-effective solution for the HA and DR needs that they have. Rather than running into the issues we just spoke about—whereby customers have disparate, expensive and complex HA/DR solutions for each environment—they can use DH2i solutions to unify these environments under a single optimized framework. Even though our software is infrastructure agnostic, these relationships also help end-users have the confidence to use the infrastructure, cloud, and/or software vendor of their choice in conjunction with DH2i, without having to worry about compatibility.

    Q: In the announcement, you advise you are working with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware – could you describe how you are working with each partner – and the benefits to end users of the partnerships?

    A: That’s right, our latest round of Technology Partnerships we’ve added include AWS, Docker, Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware. We just joined with AWS to become an APN Technology Partner, which means we are now collaborating with AWS because our solution runs on their cloud servers (or any on-premises or cloud server, for that matter). This gives us access to trainings, technical enablement content, and the ability to work towards the next tiers of partnership which will bring even further collaboration such as technical validations and case studies.

    Our Docker alliance sets us up as a member of the Docker Technology Partner Program. This gives us access to the Docker technical alliances team to ensure we have support identifying opportunities and Docker best practices as well as certification support. DH2i software can manage Docker containers for stateful HA, making this a critical relationship.

    With Microsoft, DH2i has certified our software on a variety of their platforms and software including Windows Server, SQL Server, Azure, and Hyper-V. This gives customers the confidence that we have Microsoft-certified solutions for their datacenter. Additionally, we are listed on the SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery partners on Microsoft Docs. This gives visibility of DH2i to Microsoft customers who need industry-leading solutions for their SQL Server high availability challenges.

    We also recently joined the Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners Program, which gives DH2i access to NFR licenses to ensure compatibility as well other technical and marketing resources from Red Hat to ensure end users get the most comprehensive HA/DR solutions for their Red Hat systems. We have also certified that DH2i solutions run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

    Finally, with VMware we have validated our solutions as being VMware Ready, which ensures reliable operation under fully loaded conditions and confirms the solutions are optimized for VMware vSphere. Additionally, DH2i is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP). The VMware TAP program works with technology partners to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

    Where can readers go to learn more about partnering with DH2i?

    Information about all of the DH2i partnership programs and information about how to join can be found here.

    August 7, 2018  12:22 AM

    NAKIVO v7.5 Supports vSphere 6.7, Cross-Platform Recovery, And More

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Backup, Backup and Recovery, Cloud Backup, Cross Platform, Data virtualization, Dell EMC, Nakivo, ReadyNAS, VMware vSphere, vSphere, vsphere vmware

    NAKIVO v7.5 is released with many new features in virtualization and cloud backup space. With the launch of NAKIVO Backup & Replication c7.5, NAKIO creates a new landmark in this domain. The new version includes support for vSphere 6.7, NETGEAR ReadyNAS Support, EMC Data Domain Boost Support, and other features. The product becomes a necessary tool for any kind of heterogeneous as well as homogeneous environments. The new version comes with several amazing features. Those include Cross-Platform Recovery, Support for the latest version of vSphere, Advanced Bandwidth Throttling, and a lot more. NAKIVO Inc. has been gaining a tremendous momentum in virtualization and cloud backup software field. It comes up fast with any new technology, hardware, or software that emerges in the market to bring out a solution that aims to make enterprise technology usage more meaningful, safe, secure, and useful.

    NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 or as we call it NAKIVO v7.5 not only supports vSphere 6.7 but also integrates with key storage vendors like DELL EMC Data Domain and NETGEAR ReadyNAS. Let us look at it in a little more detail below.

    VMware vSphere 6.7 Support: NAKIVO v7.5 Backup & Replication now officially supports the latest version of VMware that is vSphere 6.7. This enables users to use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to seamlessly manage their latest VMware setups and get the full leverage of new features and thus enhance their backup and recovery mechanisms.

    Advanced Bandwidth Throttling: This allows presetting of speed limits for data protection processes in order to avoid choking of the network during peak hours. The manageability becomes easier using NAKIVO v7.5. Since it is completely customizable depending on your needs and adjustment with business hours, etc.

    Cross-Platform Recovery: NAKIVO Backup & Recovery v7.5 has come out with new features to manage VM data recovery across various platforms. Cross-Platform Recovery feature, in fact, enables users to export VM Data from VMware and Hyper-V backups into various formats like VMDK, VHDX, and VHD. These exported files can be used for recovery across various hypervisors, longterm archival, sandbox testing, or cross-platform VM data migration.

    Support for EMC Data Domain Boost: The latest version NAKIVO v7.5 is now officially able to integrate with the BoostFS plugin. This helps in combining features of the VM backup software with the source-side deduplication feature of Dell EMC Data Domain Boost or Dell EMC DD Boost. This integration, in fact, reduces VM backup size by up to 17X while the speed enhances by as much as 50%.

    NAKIVO v7.5 can directly integrate with NETGEAR ReadyNAS devices thus creating a NETGEAR ReadyNAS-based VM Backup appliance environment. This, in fact, results in a cost-effective VM backup appliance. As a matter of fact, the ReadyNAS-based appliance is a 5-in-1 solution that includes backup hardware, storage, software, data deduplication, and backup-to-cloud feature.

    Launching NAKIVO Backup & Recovery v7.5 Bruce Talley, CEO of NAKIVO Inc. said, “Here at NAKIVO, we are looking to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations while staying on top of developments in the industry,” said “We are continuously working on new versions of the product, adding new features and enhancing the existing ones according to customer feedback and the ever-evolving technological landscape.”

    A fully-functional free trial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 is available at www.nakivo.com.
    Trial Download: /resources/download/trial-
    Success Stories: /customers/success-stories/
    Datasheet: nakivo-vm-backup-datasheet.pdf

    July 29, 2018  1:56 PM

    Some Interesting Project Management and Quality Assurance Quotes

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, quality, Quality assurance

    Project management and quality assurance go hand in hand. Without quality, a project has no sanity. without sanity, a product or service has no value for the customer. Here are few interesting project management and quality assurance quotes from the masters of the respective fields.

    “As test documentation goes, test plans have the briefest actual lifespan of any test artifact. Early in a project, there is a push to write a test plan […]. Indeed, there is often an insistence among project managers that a test plan must exist and that writing it is a milestone of some importance. But, once such a plan is written, it is often hard to get any of those same managers to take reviewing and updating it seriously. The test plan becomes a beloved stuffed animal in the hands of a distracted child. We want it to be there at all times. We drag it around from place to place without ever giving it any real attention. We only scream when it gets taken away.”
    ― James A. Whittaker, How Google Tests Software

    “Recommended Reading The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Budget Approved by Johannes Ritter and Frank Röttgers provides a systematic guide for creating a financial business case. The book includes examples as well as the methods for using Monte Carlo simulation and sensitivity analysis to create the business case. The methods described in the book can also be used for quantifying risks and project costs. Mary and Tom Poppendieck in their book Lean Software Development: describe the lean principles and the types of waste in software projects.”
    ― Gloria J. Miller, Going Agile Project Management Practices

    Liking Project Management and Quality Assurance Quotes?

    Project Management and Quality Assurance Quotes

    “There was no escape: The entire Elliott 503 Mark II software project had to be abandoned, and with it, over thirty man-years of programming effort, equivalent to nearly one man’s active working life, and I was responsible, both as a designer and as manager, for wasting it. …

    How did we recover from the catastrophe? First, we classified our 503 customers into groups, according to the nature and size of the hardware configurations which they had bought … We assigned to each group of customers a small team of programmers and told the team leader to visit the customers to find out what they wanted; to select the easiest request to fulfill, and to make plans (but no promises) to implement it. In no case would we consider a request for a feature that would take more than three months to implement and deliver. The project leader would then have to convince me that the customers’ request was reasonable, that the design of the new feature was appropriate, and that the plans and schedules for implementation were realistic.

    Above all, I did not allow anything to be done which I did not myself understand. It worked! The software requested began to be delivered on the promised dates. With an increase in our confidence and that of our customers, we were able to undertake to fulfill slightly more ambitious requests. Within a year we had recovered from the disaster. Within two years, we even had some moderately satisfied customers.”
    C.A.R. Hoare

    July 29, 2018  1:43 PM

    Some Excellent Project Management Quotes

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management

    Following is a very old and well-known quote on the project management lifecycle. We sometimes forget and try to deliver something in so less time that calls for a lot of compromises. Any product that has to compromise with its quality for whatever reason is no less than a crime. In fact, it is a forgery against the customer. Someone who trusts you and places an order for a delivery doesn’t expect a breach in trust. Keeping that in mind, here are some fabulous project management quotes.

    “The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.”
    Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

    “The conclusion is simple: if a 200-man project has 25 managers who are the most competent and experienced programmers,
    fire the 175 troops and put the managers back to programming.”
    ― Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

    There is a lot of learning from these Project Management Quotes

    Project Management Quotes

    “The key is to take a larger project or goal and break it down into smaller problems to be solved, constraining the scope of work to solving a key problem, and then another key problem.
    This strategy, of breaking a project down into discrete, relatively small problems to be resolved, is what Bing Gordon, a cofounder and the former chief creative officer of the video game company Electronic Arts, calls smallifying. Now a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Gordon has deep experience leading and working with software development teams. He’s also currently on the board of directors of Amazon and Zynga. At Electronic Arts, Gordon found that when software teams worked on longer-term projects, they were inefficient and took unnecessary paths. However, when job tasks were broken down into particular problems to be solved, which were manageable and could be tackled within one or two weeks, developers were more creative and effective.”
    ― Peter Sims, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

    July 29, 2018  1:30 PM

    Some Excellent Quality Control Quotes

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    quality, Quality control

    Life without quality has no meaning. The same applies to a product or service. Enterprises that keep quality on top strive to deliver best to their customers. That always helps in growing fast and gaining a sustainable environment. Here are some excellent quality control quotes to refer to.

    “No marshmallows. “I don’t believe this! I’m going to write the president of General Mills! Don’t they have any quality control?”
    “I’m sure it’s just a fluke”
    “Doesn’t make any difference whether it’s a fluke or not. It shouldn’t have happened. When a person buys a box of lucky charms he’s got expectations”
    ― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nobody’s Baby But Mine

    “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
    H. James Harrington

    “If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve. You need to set and live by these standards no matter what happens in your life.”
    ― Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

    I hope you are enjoying reading these quality control quotes.

    “I worry whoever thought up the term ‘quality control’ thought if we didn’t control it, it would get out of hand.”
    ― Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

    A collection of some fabulous software quality control quotes

    “I’m a Marketer, I don’t believe in Brands, but I believe in Quality and quality has different definitions” ― ياسمين يوسف

    Quality Control Quotes

    “The idea that schedules can be shortened in order to reduce cost or speed up delivery is a very common misconception. You‘ll commonly see attempts to require overtime or sacrifice ―less important scheduled tasks (like unit-testing) as a way to reduce delivery dates or increase functionality while keeping the delivery dates as is. Avoid this scenario at all costs. Remind those requesting the changes of the following facts:

    – A rushed design schedule leads to poor design, bad documentation and probable Quality Assurance or User Acceptance problems.
    – A rushed coding or delivery schedule has a direct relationship to the number of bugs delivered to the users.
    – A rushed test schedule leads to poorly tested code and has a direct relationship to the number of testing issues encountered.
    – All of the above lead to Production issues which are much more expensive to fix.”
    ― Richard Monson-Haefel, 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts

    July 29, 2018  9:16 AM

    Some Remarkable Quality Assurance Quotes

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    quality, Quality assurance

    When I tried to search quality assurance quotes on Google, I found some very excellent ones that I thought, I should share with my readers here. In fact, in a way, I am doing a compilation of these quotes for some reference later on requirements. The same you can also do. Comments and remarks welcome. Let’s start:

    “Judge us on the quality of our products, and not the quantity of our paperwork.”
    Michel Van Mellaerts

    This makes a lot of sense. Fools are the people who judge a company by the amount of paperwork they do. Rather, the focus should be on the quality of the product. Because at the end of the day, the customer needs quality in the product. He has nothing to do with what all kind of bulky paperwork you perform at the cost of the quality.

    “I write them to improve my productivity as a programmer. Making the quality assurance department happy is just a side effect. Unit tests are highly localized. Each test class works within a single package. It tests the interfaces to other packages, but beyond that, it assumes the rest just works.

    Functional tests are a different animal. They are written to ensure the software, as a whole, works. They provide quality assurance to the customer and don’t care about programmer productivity. Rather, they should be developed by a different team, one who delights in finding bugs.”
    ― Martin Fowler, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

    I think this is the only way to improve the design and quality of the existing code. In fact, the focus has to shift completely on the wholesome approach rather than having a piecemeal approach.

    Some Thoughtful and Mindful Quality Assurance Quotes

    “Quality takes time and reduces quantity, so it makes you, in a sense, less efficient. The efficiency-optimized organization recognizes quality as its enemy. That’s why many corporate Quality Programs are really Quality Reduction Programs in disguise.”
    ― Tom DeMarco, Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency

    That is a huge thing for corporates to digest it.

    Another set of quality assurance quotes:

    “To have a man whose name is on the label showing such interest, commitment, and determination for the best is a wonderful thing. This is someone who will throw money at the quality, who believes in being the best. Never knock it. Would you prefer to have a bean counter in corporate headquarters, someone who never comes near the brewery, making decisions solely on the basis of the bottom line and profit margins?”
    ― Charles W. Bamforth, Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: The Craft, Culture, and Ethos of Brewing, Portable Documents

    “Software testing is a sport like hunting. It’s bughunting.”
    Amit Kalantri

    And finally the best of Quality Assurance Quotes:

    Quality Assurance Quotes

    Photo credit: IsaacMao on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

    “What’s measured improves”
    Peter F. Drucker

    Hope you enjoyed these quotes.

    July 28, 2018  10:47 PM

    Is Cloud An Important Part Of Your Enterprise IT Strategy?

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    cloud, DataCenter

    If the cloud is not an important part of your enterprise IT strategy this year, there is something wrong. Actually, not necessarily. It might be a decision taken by the think tank of the organization after a thorough assessment and evaluation. Cloud or no cloud is another point. The technology has already raised a big question mark on large datacenters on premise. And a large number of experts managing these datacenters. Plus, a very high-cost infrastructure in place to cater to the needs. Enterprises are thinking whether investing so much and keeping a white elephant on-premise is a wise decision or going public is better? Whether data security is more on-premise or on the cloud?

    Slightly less than 50% of enterprises participating in a recent survey acknowledged using public cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). While 35% are using hosted private clouds, a little lesser than that (32%) are using PaaS (Platform as a Service). Less than 10% of the IT heads agree that cloud is not critical. More than 90% IT Managers acknowledging that cloud is an important part of their IT strategy for 2018 means something significant. The key benefits that everybody thinks, the cloud brings are Smooth migration, Speedy deployment, cutting down of running and one time expenses, increase in IT agility, security enhancement, and a significant rise in workload performance. To a large extent, this is absolutely right. Actually, cloud and Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are purely a hardware game. It includes storage, networking, and compute. All this deployment takes place in an automated manner.

    More than 90% IT Managers agree on Cloud A Part of Their Enterprise IT Strategy

    In fact, in most of the cases, Enterprise IT Strategy includes Cloud, Security, Mobility, Automation, AI, etc. It is interesting to note the key differentiators between IaaS and PaaS. PaaS, in fact, has become a little fluid in nature these days.

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