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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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