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The concept of new workplace, as it is being touted now, has been there for quite some time. While the rational of such a workplace is known—and clear—to all concerned, the actual shift had not...
Aug 12, 2021
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Suresh Shaw (name changed), CIO of a leading consulting firm, is in a state of a quandary these days. In a recent executive council meeting, in which he is also a member, it has been decided that his...
Aug 11, 2021
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The ability of any new technological innovation to be a game changer, is, in reality, less dependent on the technology itself. It is far more dependent on our ability to reimagine a future with the...
Jul 09, 2021
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The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, is expected to open a future of new and exciting possibilities for enterprises. With a speed that can reach up to 10Gbps, theoretically, 5G can be...
Jul 08, 2021
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This is the fourth in our series examining Data and its idiosyncrasies. In the last three instalments we looked at Data Visualization and Stories, Thick Data, and Data Confluence. We start this...
Jul 06, 2021
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The kind of trauma we have gone through in the wake of second wave of COVID will forever remain in our memory. Waking up every morning to find friends, relatives, and acquaintances succumbing to...
Jun 18, 2021
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The explosive resurgence of Coronavirus cases across India has put a severe strain on our healthcare management system. The second wave of the pandemic has flagged our frail emergency response...
Jun 15, 2021
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This is the third viewpoint in this series on data and its idiosyncrasies. We have looked at qualitative data and its pervasiveness. We will now look at what we may have and what we may not have...
Jun 09, 2021
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To say that the FinTech sector in India is among the fastest growing industries of the country would be a gross understatement. India has become Asia’s largest destination for FinTech investments,...
May 26, 2021
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The second big wave of COVID-19 pandemic is all around us. This round has proven far more fatal for those affected and far more challenging for the authorities – decision makers, civic authorities...
May 11, 2021
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On 25 April, security watcher Alon Gal (@UnderTheBreach) tweeted that infamous threat actor ‘ShinyHunters’ had just then leaked the database of Indian online grocery store, BigBasket. Gal, co-...
May 10, 2021
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Continuing with our series on interesting aspects of data, we will today look at the data of Human Insights; something missed by organizations. Almost universally. A majority of business and IT...
Apr 13, 2021
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After close to one and half years of announcing the 1st CIO&Leader Samman during the 20th annual CIO&Leader Conference, we announced the 2nd CIO&Leader Samman on our 21st annual...
Apr 12, 2021
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Ever since the onset of the pandemic COVID-19, the circumstances for working women related to work and living have changed drastically. Lockdowns and work from home scenarios have added to their...
Mar 07, 2021
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There is no single definition on the difference between change and transformation. But we all can describe the difference. We change our clothes, but our soul goes through a transformation. A bear...
Feb 08, 2021
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No matter how much we try to forget the last few months, it is no denying that the changes it brought about in such a small period of time has little parallel in history. We still don’t know if...
Feb 08, 2021
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Data, data, everywhere, not a drib to sniff. To say that there is data overload faced by almost every organization would be an understatement. The problem is so serious that multiple lines of careers...
Feb 04, 2021
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There is a popular couplet in Odia Bhagabata that every child in Odisha is taught. Roughly translated into English, it means the good and bad of (about) a creature (person) is known (remembered) at...
Jan 04, 2021
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As platforms set up control points and competitive bottlenecks to establish dominance in their ecosystem, they often act against the interests of other actors in their ecosystem. This leads to...
Jan 04, 2021
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Much has been written about the role of CIO since William Synnott and William Gruber introduced it in their 1981 book, “Information Resource Management: Opportunities and Strategies for the 1980s”....
Dec 24, 2020
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For last few years, a lot of our vision, plans and targets were being explicitly made for 2020. After the turn of the millennium in 2000, the year 2020 was the most awaited. And how it came! All...
Dec 03, 2020
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It was 2017. CIO&Leader Annual Conference was being held in Udaipur that year. It was themed Agenda 2020. Participating CIOs worked in groups to prepare the enterprise IT agenda for 2020, which...
Dec 03, 2020
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In a recent article, this columnist wrote about how COVD-19 has changed the speed of adoption of mature technologies that existed in niche industries. Here we will talk about how COVID-19 is pushing...
Dec 02, 2020
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In our CIO&Leader October Cover Story, we examined the rise of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) that has revolutionized digital payment. Monthly UPI transactions have grown 20 times in the past...
Nov 12, 2020
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On 22nd October, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mandated that only two existing and interoperable payment QR codes, UPI QR and Bharat QR - both developed by National Payment Corporation of India...
Nov 12, 2020
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We are in the midst of a global pandemic (COVID-19), unprecedented in scale as compared to any previous pandemics in last 50 years. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO...
Nov 10, 2020
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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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