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Are we likely to see a new VMware soon, post the plethora of announcements at VMworld 2020 and the directions that they demonstrated? If you are a confirmed VMware supporter, this question would look...
Oct 07, 2020
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Just 4-5 years back, there was an intense debate about who would be the best fit for the then emerging Chief Digital Officer roles – CIOs or CMOs? There was some basis for this debate. Digitization...
Oct 05, 2020
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A recent Google search of “COVID-19 Information Technology” produced 6,100 million results. This column is not going to add to the clutter of ideas, thoughts, opinions and models. Instead we will...
Sep 28, 2020
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Any cyclic economic slowdown impacts businesses negatively and forces them to be cautious—and forces efficiency. The way COVID-19 situation differs is that it started impacting each one of us from...
Aug 25, 2020
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This column not a treatise to support or refute the contention that internet is the next best thing after sliced bread. In addition to the two being incomparable and thus not belonging in the same...
Aug 12, 2020
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Recently, one of the most prolific social media networks in the world, Twitter was hacked. Hackers who used what is called as a "coordinated social engineering attack" on some of the most high-...
Jul 30, 2020
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Julius Caesar is a play by William Shakespeare; in it, there is a famous phrase that is often quoted, "Beware of the Ides of March." Apparently, Caesar was warned about the Ides, which falls on March...
Jul 30, 2020
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Risk Management is undergoing an evolution as we respond, reimagine and reform the operating model. At the forefront of enabling the new ways of operating, lie employee safety and ability to provide...
Jul 21, 2020
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Organizations are increasingly realizing that the management of cybersecurity risk in complex environments needs to be addressed using suitable decision-making techniques. They are slowly embarking...
Jul 21, 2020
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By now, all of you must have come across the joke that it is Corona, not CEO or CIO, that has been the biggest driver of digital transformation in the enterprise. In essence, it is not untrue. Many...
Jul 20, 2020
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Media and entertainment industry are continuously transforming with new types of content being created, new subscription models in vogue as well as new ways to fund entertainment projects. For...
Jun 24, 2020
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A lot of us (almost derisively) call technology a toy; and one does sometimes see techies running around with stars in their eyes. We will discount them and the opinions on them for the current...
Jun 23, 2020
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Till a few months back, ‘disruption’ was essentially a biztech jargon that everyone used liberally, to talk about even some small changes in a business process.  And then…we got to taste what...
Jun 22, 2020
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There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic—the way it came and impacted our daily lives, business and economy—is unprecedented; we have never seen something like that in our lifetime. But...
May 21, 2020
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We have never experienced a situation like this in our lifetime. COVID-19 has made all our previous planning and risk management look grossly inadequate. The world economy is going through...
May 12, 2020
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A lot of businesses are pursuing the dream of a “singular view” of their customer; it is widely believed to give “competitive” / “first-mover” advantage in the marketing arena. The IT departments are...
May 11, 2020
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Like the private sector, the government or public sector worldwide is looking at greater speed in delivering citizen services with greater transparency and scalability. Governments are rapidly...
May 08, 2020
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There is no doubt about the fact that we need to retain more women in corporate. I have said this before as well. As we all know retaining more women means helping them maintain a work-life-balance,...
May 07, 2020
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Lockdown is the word we never thought would suddenly become so popular in our corporate and social lives. There is hardly anyone across the world who has not heard this word now and is probably not...
Apr 30, 2020
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One of the industries that are in a state of disruption has been the travel and hospitality industry. At the core of this disruption are themes of mobility, flexibility and easy availability of...
Apr 02, 2020
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is surrounding us in many ways. We will look at some of the uses, with extra focus on ‘Business’. But first, let us consider the industry evangelists like Bill Gates,...
Apr 01, 2020
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I do not need to tell you that these are extraordinary times. There is just one thought that is dominating the minds of all of us—the now global Corona epidemic. At the time of writing, India is...
Mar 31, 2020
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Even today, I get this question—if women are capable—why do they need that extra treatment? I do not want to waste the entire space answering that question—which many have answered during all these...
Mar 12, 2020
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According to Monster’s Salary Index Survey 2019 released a year back, women in India earn 19% less than men. The gap was 20% a year before.  In a 2018 study, Georgetown University Center on...
Mar 12, 2020
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At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, the Industrial Revolution transformed the manufacturing industry. With the advent of digital technologies, a new revolution is...
Feb 28, 2020
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There are certain commonsense rules that are frequently ignored or forgotten. Some of these are quite obvious in themselves, but get lost in the day-to-day noise. We will also look at common reasons...
Feb 25, 2020
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Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The cover story in January 2020 is about the somewhat misplaced belief that the IT infrastructure is somewhat mature and hence infallible and how we are...
Feb 07, 2020
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Should reliability be back on top of CIO agenda? We asked this question in a cover story in CIO&Leader, two-and-a-half years back—in May 2017 to be precise. This was in the aftermath of a...
Feb 07, 2020
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We live in truly disruptive times. In our hyper connected world, mobility is the key differentiator for customers. 52% of web browsing happens on mobile devices, and recent statistics show 77% of...
Feb 06, 2020
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“Data is King.” “We need data to back up this claim/strategy/hypothesis.” All this continues to be said despite sufficient instances warning us of relying too much on data. This is becoming more...
Feb 05, 2020
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2020 is all about executing on enterprise digital transformation. Early digital adopters are now beginning to show real traction and gains – particularly when it comes to customer, and more...
Jan 17, 2020
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Retail industry has been in a cusp of a silent revolution from a product centric model to a customer centric model. Disruptions in technology like the Internet in the 1990s, Mobile in the 2000s and...
Jan 14, 2020
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One of the perils of being an IT leader is facing a lot of “new technology” hype on a daily basis, not just from vendors (whose every version upgrade is an invention of the future) and consultants (...
Jan 14, 2020
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The much awaited, much prophesized 2020 is here. In the last few years, we have seen a lot of forecasts and advices for CIOs, that tell them how their job profile is changing, how the expectations...
Jan 14, 2020
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The much-awaited, much-predicted-about 2020 is here. The deluge of technology forecasts continue to be bombarded on the enterprise IT managers. RPA, AI, Hybrid, IoT, Analytics…the more you read...
Jan 14, 2020
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2019 was a year of rapid innovation – and disruption – for both the IT industry and the broader business community. With the widespread adoption of hybrid multicloud as the de-facto architecture for...
Dec 20, 2019
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Today, we live in a world where technology is redefining the way we work, live and play. Significantly, our future is quickly being reshaped by digital transformation technologies like Artificial...
Dec 17, 2019
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With digital transformation gaining traction and the acceleration of next-gen technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and others, organisations are...
Dec 16, 2019
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It’s that time of year again. When those of us entrenched in the world of digital transformation places our hands on the tech crystal ball and try to predict the top levers that will shape our future...
Dec 13, 2019
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Every new technology labels itself as “disruptive”, and the next claimant to business “transformation”. Before we address whether this is true or not, let us see what transformation means. It is a...
Dec 03, 2019
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The much-awaited, much-prophesized 2020 is finally round the corner. As you get ready for new predictions and examination of some of the old prophesies—you bet there were plenty—we do a somewhat...
Nov 27, 2019
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We—that could refer to as broad as the global economy to as narrow as the Indian enterprise IT community—entered 2010 with a lot of doubt, apprehension and even fear. The second half of 2008 and...
Nov 27, 2019
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As technology becomes more and more ingrained in business, a lot of areas hitherto managed by IT professionals are now being managed by other business executives. The marketing function has martech;...
Oct 10, 2019
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The theme for this year’s annual CIO&Leader was focused on the need for CIOs to reinvent—the way business is done, leveraging technology, but also, themselves. Today, businesses of all types and...
Sep 03, 2019
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The cover story of this issue is about a very old debate – should CISOs be part of IT team? The debate is certainly old but the whole proposition of the story is that it should be revisited in the...
Jul 03, 2019
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The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a position within an organization whose genesis lies in the IT department. Just as there are executives in the CIO’s team responsible for IT...
Jul 03, 2019
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The final eulogy to ‘Man is the Master of the Machine’ has been written. In the movie Terminator 3, the sequel delves into the takeover of earth by machines, until the very end, when the machine...
Jun 06, 2019
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The cloud which had initially been a cost-cutting and a reliable platform has transformed into a business innovation enabler. In recent times, as businesses are moving to the next phase of digital...
Jun 04, 2019
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is celebrating its first anniversary, and the new India Data Protection Bill, provides consumers with added protections to ensure their privacy is...
May 29, 2019
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Digital transformation is mainstream. Even if you ignore the extreme noise and noise makers, the number of businesses pursuing serious transformation leveraging emerging (digital) technologies is...
May 27, 2019
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