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Softline India : Recognized as one of the Top Azure Solution providers in India!
Check out the latest interview of Mr. Atul Ahuja | MD, Softline Group | on "Role of IT in Indian Healthcare"
Continuing the legacy of Softline Group´s core competencies, Softline India is a proud recipient of this year´s Cloud Partner of the year* with the highest cloud mix category. Such awards not only endorses our focus & purpose towards enabling clients through their journey on Cloud & mobility but also demonstrates the trust that OEM´s and clients have placed in our capabilities today.
We at Softline feel that clients today across all segments are bludgeoned with this whole cloud & mobility phenomena and they need a partner who would take time to understand the real needs of their business, provide a simplified solution and make them productive from Day 1 and we try to do that with every client of ours across Retail & Etail, Manufacturing, BFSI, Pharma segments! Atul Ahuja – MD Softline India.
Igor Borovikov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Softline, has become a member of TOP-3 of the rating of TOP Russian Managers in the Information Technology category, which is presented by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House.
This rating, which is prepared by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House, is the main management quality standard in the professional community of managers. The most important objective of the rating is to assess the professional reputation of the leading Russian top managers. Several criteria, including the business proficiency and the achievements of their companies and structural units, have been used to assess the contenders. The list of business leaders includes the most successful businesspersons and the directors of the enterprises having strategic importance for Russian economy. The winners of the rating include the best Russian top managers, which have made a large contribution to the success of their business and market development.
Indian enterprises are graduating to cloud and mobile solutions. While a number of them already have, others are still facing challenges with regards to their legacy infrastructure. Though most of them have tasted cloud for a few of their applications but are still in dilemma of moving their business critical applications to cloud. Factors such as cost, uncertainty, security and control, etc, have affected their decisions. To discuss the opportunities and challenges for adopting these growing trends in the Indian scenario, Dataquest recently hosted a cloud-focused roundtable on how organizations can harness mobility and cloud for business growth. This roundtable was organized in association with MicrosoftÂ´s partner Softline at the DQ Live conference held in Mumbai.
The discussion was moderated by Onkar Sharma, Senior Assistant Editor, CyberMedia, who highlighted the benefits and concerns attached with cloud and mobility platform.
Moving in Tandem
Just a few years ago, it was difficult for a technology like cloud computing to make its way in the Indian organizations because many of them was not comfortable in moving their workloads out of their secured IT premises. Every vendor was struggling hard to convince CIOs/IT-heads to move out of the convention thought.
The panelists were in consensus that the scenario is changing now. Today industry after industry is dipping their toe in cloud plunge. One can see cloud computing initiatives are becoming one of the major part of IT departments today and are expected to cause the most disruption in the future. IDG predicts the majority of cloud computingÂ´s disruption will be focused on improving service and generating new revenue streams.
Â´While cloud and mobility are becoming a reality, it is obvious that business complexities at your end might force you to think whether you need cloud or not. But it is not a choice today. It is required if you need to compete with your competitors. Partners like us do have a role in guiding you the best possible way to implement and deploy cloud,Â´ says Atul Ahuja, Managing Director, Softline Services.
At the roundtable most of the CIOs, however, agreed on the benefits related to cloud and mobile solutions. But existing infrastructure that involved a lot of investment to move to the cloud barred them from adopting next-gen cloud solutions. Â´Our existing infrastructure coupled with complex business processes sometimes bars us from embarking the cloud solutions. While we have used cloud solutions for many of our departments, doubts with regards to legacy continue to haunt us,Â´ says V Sendil Kumar, vice presidnet of IT, Shriram Value Services.
Most of the CIOs present in the discussion felt that mobility and cloud are a step further in achieving organizational goals. Â´Cloud and mobility not only help in staying productive but also helps them stay competitive and relevant.Â´ said Prakash Shah, CIO OF Deepak Industries.
Many CIOs believed that flexibility of cloud makes it an affordable for mid size companies as they can pay according to its usage. If their business expands they do not have to invest on additional hardware and can scale up their IT workloads without incurring huge cost.
The other major trend that has changed the rules of the game is Mobility. Enterprises across the country are now waking to the true business value that mobility can bring to them. However, still a lot of people believe it to be a nascent concept and surrounded by a lot of myths and skepticism.
Security remains an unabated challenges
Security continues to haunt CIOs from each vertical when it comes to adopting cloud and mobility solutions. Â´We are still concerned about the security of enterprise data when we move to cloud. The pressure on us is to make sure that the enterprise network is not hacked as we deal with sensitive data. How can solutions providers ensure security to us on the cloud? We do not get satisfactory response from solutions providers on this,Â´ said Ashish Desai, CIO â€“ Chemical Sector for Aditya Birla Group. There were other CIOs who shared their concerns about security of cloud solutions and sought answers from Softline and other colleagues in the industry.
Atul Ahuja from Softline tried to address the queries of the participants and welcomed the ideas and suggestions from CIOs.
Â´We are a law firm where security of customer cases is our business. We can not risk our data on cloud. While use it within the firewall, we make sure that it is secured and is not leaked through gaps,Â´ said Subroto Panda, CIO of Anand And Anand, a law firm.
In this regard, some of the CIOs believe that they had created a strong and robust security framework, but the moment employees started bringing their own devices security issues started to pose a challenge and it became difficult to create a balance between convenience and control of BYOD for the employees.
Unlike the other industries, financial services companies too first leveraged on mobility as communication and connectivity enabler. There have been interesting applications of mobility and social in the financial services sector, which are emerging at a rapid pace and have been seeing traction amongst customers and companies. For a bank it would be beneficial to provide mobile-based personalized services like opening of account, fund transfers, payment of bills, etc, as todayÂ´s customer is ready to pay premium for services which are available round the clock, anywhere and anytime.
THE LAST WORD
Echoing similar sentiments, CIOs agreed that mobility as a trend has also come a long way. Companies like Flipkart, WhatsApp etc have shown how mobility can help small companies emerge as powerful business houses. So it is important for IT-Heads to determine how to leverage cloud and mobility at their workplace and capture new forms of competitive advantage.
At the same time, instead of deploying robust security within the company, CIOs should engage with employees and provide them with latest technologies to make their work simpler and easy. Whereas vendors should try to strengthen their security architecture, so that enterprises can freely welcome these revolutionary technologies.
Softline India marks its first year of operations! Softline India is headquartered in Mumbai with offices in Bangalore and Delhi. The most important to Softline India is its passion to drive measurable business value to its customers and in the process create sustainable profits through each client engagement. We congratulate our colleagues and wish them prosperity! Let their experience be multiplied in the next year! We wish them successful and interesting projects, new ideas and achievements!
The Maharashtra government is planning to store citizen data on the public cloud platform. According to reports, the state government is working with software giant Microsoft on the proposed project. The data stored on Microsoft Azure will be linked to a UID number which will provide users a sharable space and easy access on a public cloud. Though the government aims to improve efficiency in government working, experts are quite apprehensive about the security of data stored on third party Cloud servers.
The new development has come after CM Devendra Fadanvis announced last month that Microsoft would be setting up South Asiaâ€™s largest data centers in Mumbai and Pune. The CM indicated that these data centers would be used to kick start a digital-locker project.
In a major step in Digital India initiative, Maharashtra government has introduced a pilot project â€œMaha Digital Lockerâ€ an online repository for important documents where citizens can upload their important certificates and documents like those related to birth, passport and education. This e-Locker has been linked with UID Number or Aadhar number.
â€œThis system will be linked with UID (Unique Identification Number, or Aadhaar); all information would be seeded with the digital identity and will help get public services. A digital ID will be created and a person will be able to use it everywhere. The digital information would be secure in digital lockers,â€ Devendra Fadanvis was quoted as saying.
According to reports, the Digital Locker is expected to go live by the end of 2015.
The DQ Week tried to contact the principal secretary of Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) department for information on the proposed project by the state government. However, his comment was unavailable till filing the story. When contacted, a Microsoft representative said that since the discussion was in the process, Microsoft would not like to comment on the topic at moment.
Suresh Ramani, CEO of Mumbai based Techgyan and Technology Consultant to Companies with expertise in Microsoft Technologies said that Microsoft has very strong privacy policies and the company is extra careful with data security.
â€œMicrosoft works with governments worldwide and provides exclusive Azure platforms to governments. It takes special efforts to safeguard sensitive information of government. Therefore, it would be wrong to have ambiguity on Microsoftâ€™s security policies.â€
In the query that the cloud is owned and operated by a third party (in this case Microsoft), it will be accessible to the vendor, Ramani said, â€œAs part of its corporate policy, Microsoft does not access the data. It does not mix up government data with other data. Therefore, the user gets full security of his sensitive information.â€
The government uses its own servers on National Informatics Center (NIC) network to store sensitive government information. However, this is probably the first time that the Maharashtra government is planning to implement third party Cloud servers for data storage. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how the government addresses a security aspect of putting private data on a public cloud.
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When Satya Nadella assumed the role of Microsoft CEO from the outgoing Steve Ballmer, the company had lost its way, especially in the operating system space. Its main cash cow was not exactly mooing and the company´s hardware division was practically non-existent. So Nadella´s job was a big one.
But his first year at the helm of one of Earth´s biggest tech companies has been rather successful.
Marking a year since he took the reins today, we roundup the most inspired, most important and most impressive announcements, acquisitions and decisions that Nadella had overseen in his first year as Captain Microsoft.
1. Polishing the company´s Google Docs competitor, Office 365
Coming from a cloud computing background, Nadella knew what was wrong with Microsoft´s stagnant philosophy - the company just did not embrace new technologies quickly enough.
While Apple and Google made headway into emerging technologies, Microsoft was still languishing behind, and this is no truer in the cloud computing space. It is true that Office 365 was conceived during Ballmer´s tenure as CEO, but under Nadella the product has matured into the enterprise and now household powerhouse it is today. It is still nowhere near as popular as Google´s offerings, but it is making headway into that previously monopolised space.
Why was this instrumental? Simply put, it allowed those who need Office to access it from any device, Mac OS X or Windows, and provided cloud storage space and free Skype minutes (and this is just for the consumer). It is a great deal cheaper than full-blown Office as well if you are not into paying for the entire suite once off.
What´s more, the Office for Windows 10 suite will be free on small tablets and smartphones running the company´s upcoming OS. Ballmer probably would have thought twice about that. Ultimately, it gives the end-user a reason to love Windows again, to paraphrase Nadella.
Read more: Microsoft Office for Android is now live, Outlook available for preview
2. Purchasing Mojang and subsequently Minecraft for US$2.5-billion Minecraft maps
Purchasing the creator of one of the world´s most successful games was a decision that seemed curious at first, but it has blossomed into one of 2014´s great coups. It is not all about Minecraft though.
Mojang´s cloud prowess brings a more sturdy base to the company branching out into the world, and Mojang´s established user base is a good start. Additionally, is not Minecraft the next big cultural phenomenon?
Read more: Mojang sells itself to Microsoft for $2.5-billion, and here is the reason why (besides money)
What was this instrumental? Well, appealing to the younger demographic is one of Microsoft´s goals with Windows 10 and the Xbox franchises - two of its most important platforms going forward. Associating with Minecraft might go a long way to solidifying that relationship with the youthful market. In essence, Microsoft is cool again. And hell, the infrastructure (and the foreign base) that Mojang brings to the table is not half bad either.
3. Purchasing Nokia´s Devices and Services division for a cool US$7.5-billion Lumia 625 rainbow
Another deal, another great deal.
Nokia´s Devices and Services division was not a healthy company when Microsoft swooped in and bought it last April. It was one of Nadella´s first moves, but the company had been taking an interest in the former phone giant for quite some time.
Nevertheless, the acquisition was an important one for both Nokia and Microsoft.
What was this instrumental? The acquisition introduced some much-needed mobile-first expertise into the company that focused primarily on PCs for much of its life. It also game Microsoft a platform on which it could build its own smartphone range, using the Lumia moniker. Think Apple´s iOS, Mac OS X and iDevice ecosystem, and you will have an interesting idea of what Microsoft could do with the Nokia acquisition.
Although the Nokia name lives on in cheaper phones, like the Nokia 215, Windows 10 should see that cross-device connectivity and ecosystem that we have been craving for quite some time.
Read more: It is official, Nokia has got a new daddy...I mean owner
4. The yet-to-be-released but heavily hyped introduction of Windows 10
Without a doubt, Windows 10 has been the standout announcement of Nadella´s first year. The operating system embodies the CEO´s mobile and cloud first visions for the company, and hell, it is a damn good OS too. For a Technical Preview, it is ridiculously stable and slick and can only get better.
Addressing the UI issues and the enterprise unfriendliness of Windows 8 is Windows 10´s trump cards, and when the company announced that it would be free, that pretty much changed everything.
Why was this instrumental? The question should really read Why will this be instrumental? For the reasons mentioned above, Windows 10 is the company´s apology for Windows 8. It is also a giant push into the mobile computing space without upsetting desktop or enterprise users. With its Xbox integration, it is also an OS for gamers and links the company´s two foremost products.
Additionally, the company is also branching out into markets and technologies that it has not explored before, including the Raspberry Pi and Internet of Things.
Read more: HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft´s Windows 10 playbook
5. Screw virtual reality, we introduce holographic reality with the HoloLens
And lastly, this roundup would not be complete without the most impressive and surprising announcement from the company in many years.
With the race to build augmented and virtual reality headsets infects the tech industry, companies like Sony, Facebook, Google and even Epson are all jumping on board. But Microsoft? It has leaped over all of them.
The HoloLens is a fighter pilot-like optical device that lets the wearer interact with virtual objects in the real world. This means playing Minecraft for real with the goggles on is an entirely new possibility. It looks brilliant and boasts such a vast array of potential applications, that it could be Nadella´s party piece for years to come, just like the iPad and iPhone was for Jobs.
Why was this instrumental? It is a new genre of computing, if you will. It is also practical, powerful and personal. Users can watch television series in their living rooms without having television screens. But more importantly, it seems that it has a vast breadth of applications from manufacturing to personal amusement.
It will be an exciting addition to the Redmond family and its integration with Windows 10 also shows how important the upcoming operating system will really be.
Read more: Microsoft´s HoloLens looks better than Google Glass, but can it escape the same fate?
As year one comes to an end, it seems that Nadella has had a pretty great 365 days in charge, but things will only get more difficult. As investors grow a healthy garden of faith for the CEO, any slip up will be detrimental to the business. But for the most part, the future looks good. There is Microsoft´s push into all things mobile with Windows 10 and all things virtual with HoloLens. The Lumia range will expand too and who knows, Microsoft might be eying a few more high-profile acquisitions this year.
With Nadella´s cloud-first mindset, the company will become ever more accepting of the space while its offerings should consider both the enterprise and the end-user. And mobile will slowly become the company´s cash cow, but I would not bet on this happening overnight.
The future is looking good for Microsoft and Satya Nadella.
Complete article here.
Microsoft’s been buying up mobile app startups recently to go along with CEO Satya Nadella’s “mobile-first, mobile everywhere” mantra, and its latest purchase is calendar maker Sunrise for “north of $100 million,” according to TechCrunch.
Sunrise is a delightful calendar app to use, and it integrates with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange as well as apps like Evernote, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Github to fill out events with more information than other calendar apps. One of Sunrise’s main strengths is that it’s available on many platforms, including iOS, Android, Mac, and Chrome. Given Microsoft’s new cross-platform focus, it’s absolutely possible that those apps will continue to be developed, although I wouldn’t blame Sunrise users for being nervous.
In November, Microsoft bought email app Acompli for $200 million. It eventually became the core of a new Outlook app for iOS and Android, which has received rave reviews and strong downloads so far since its release last week. In the press release announcing that deal, Microsoft VP Rajesh Jha in charge of Outlook wrote, “Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more.”
Our Mark Crump wrote in his hands-on with Outlook for iOS that while the app “looks fantastic,” his “main complaints so far are limited to the calendar.” The calendar part of Outlook for mobile seems like an afterthought; it has a limited number of views, and it doesn’t even support a month view.
It would make sense that Microsoft has eyes to integrate Sunrise’s calendaring tools into Outlook in the same way it used Acompli to jumpstart the email side of the mobile app. Unfortunately, after Microsoft purchased it, Acompli was removed from both the Google Play and iOS app stores. Microsoft may be planning to sunset Sunrise, too.
Complete article here.
Softline Group, a Moscow-based software and services company, has ventured into India with a commitment to create 100 new jobs.
The $1-billion company aims to target small and medium businesses, large enterprises and government agencies, said Atul Ahuja, Managing Director of Softline Services India. It will provide solutions around technology consulting, licensing and Software Delivery, cloud and hardware services.
Ahuja was a Director with Citrix Systems before coming onboard Sotline.
â€œWe started operations last month. Already, we have already bagged a handful of customers in North India and West India for financial services and technology services businesses respectively,â€ Ahuja added.
By March-end, the company would have created 50 jobs across Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. Softline intends to double the size of its India team in the next 18-21 months as it will venture into other metro cities.
â€œOver the next three years, we will replicate all our successful business in the areas of cloud, mobility, productivity and business intelligence in India,â€ said Ahuja.
Softline, which has over 65 offices in 23 countries, is one of Microsoftâ€™s top globally managed partners. The company has reported a compounded annual growth rate of about 40 per cent in the last five years. Ahuja attributes this to its increasing play in the infrastructure and cloud-related services market globally.
In India, Softline sees a big opportunity in optimising clients IT infrastructure with private, public and hybrid â€œcloudâ€. â€œWe have a sizable number of consultants who can come in, configure cloud services in 4 hours and walk out of the project,â€ added Ahuja.
According to management consulting firm Zinnov, the cloud computing market within India is expected to reach $1.08 billion by 2015,
The company will also use India as a Centre of Excellence for the entire Softline group for services for back-office and cloud-related services.
Russian IT solutions and services company Softline Group has announced its foray into the Indian market. Softline Services India, a direct subsidiary of Softline Group, has partnered with Microsoft to deliver cloud services to Indian companies.
â€œOur revenue so far has been concentrated on Europe and Latin America region. In our last strategic meeting, we identified that the growth now has to come from emerging markets. And, Softlineâ€™s India foray is part of our growth strategy,â€ said Atul Ahuja, Managing Director, Softline Services India.
The company, which is now present in Brazil, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, serves over 3000 clients globally on cloud and plans to extend its capabilities to Microsoft in India in line with its growth plans. Softline is working with Microsoft in 27+ countries, and also in India.
As Microsoft cloud partner, Softline India will provide businesses with a full spectrum of IT services including technology consulting, licensing and software delivery, cloud services and hardware solutions.
The company said mobility, cloud, and data centre manageability are its key focus areas for the Indian market.
â€œAccording to Management consulting firm Zinnov, the cloud computing market within India is expected to reach $1.08 billion by 2015, and Softline with its strength of more than 300 cloud experts and proven deployment capabilities has entered the market to realise the expectation. Among the BRIC countries and the US, India has the second largest concentration of SMBs and it also contributes more than 60 percent to the Indian GDP. With a growing demand to migrate to top of the line IT products and services, Softline along with Microsoft sees this as a vast business opportunity,â€ Ahuja added.
Softlineâ€™s cloud expertise will offer the development and implementation of cloud strategy or its individual elements, for companies in the private and public sectors. Besides classification of resources, services and business processes, it will also offer other services such as development of options for optimising the IT infrastructure with private, public and hybrid cloud.
In large enterprises, Softline India will look to collaborate with larger system integrators for project implementation, while in SMBs the company plans to take the complete ownership of projects.
Commenting on the expansion plans, Ahuja said, â€œWe are already in three cities Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi. We plan to expand to four more metros, and then to Tier-II cities.â€
By March 2015, Softline India said it plans to hire about 50 people with sales and services capabilities.
Ahuja further added Softline will make India as its centre of excellence and use the talent to service other geographies. â€œWe do not see India just from a sales perspective, but we see it more from services perspective.â€
Softline Group, a USD 1 billion Global IT services and Solutions Company based in Russia, announced that it has appointed Atul Ahuja as Managing Director of its operations in India. Atul was formerly with Citrix, as Director Desktop and Apps, Microsoft Alliance, India Subcontinent.
An extremely successful business professional, Atul comes with more than 20 years of rich work experience in organizations as Citrix, Tata InfoTech and Microsoft. At Microsoft, where he worked for 10 years, he rose through the ranks from being a Regional Sales leader to Director Sales – BFSI (ATU Manager for BFSI vertical). Atul spent his last 4 years at Citrix India and managed the country business for Desktop and Application virtualization, working closely with internal and external stakeholders (Microsoft, Cisco, DaaS partners) and led the business successfully competing with large global companies in the Indian Sub-Continent.
“We are extremely excited to have a brilliant business leader like Atul who understands the complexity of our business model at scale,” said Igor Petlyakov, VP – International Business, Softline. According to Igor, India offers a huge market with enormous potential with a set of very dynamic buyer audiences. “We at Softline utilize our global experience to serve clients across the world. We can bring in a very distinctive, personal service experience for our Indian clients”, he added.
Successful businesses not only respond to their current customer or organizational needs, but often anticipate future trends and develop an idea, product or service that allows them to meet this future demand rapidly and effectively. Softline takes this approach seriously and therefore services, investments and Venture Capital unit focuses on innovation as the central theme.
“Mr. Ahuja’s proven track record as an innovation agent in the Indian Market made him a natural candidate to lead the Indian Subsidiary. Both Atul and Softline are all about finding innovative ways to help our customers grow their businesses by leveraging IT Solutions. We are positive that Atul will enable Softline to make a difference in the community, with our customers, and in the Indian Market”, said Sergio Klarreich, CTO – Softline International.
Russia based global IT services and Solutions Company, Softline Group announced that it has appointed Atul Ahuja as Managing Director of its operations in India. Atul was formerly with Citrix, as Director Desktop and Apps, Microsoft Alliance, India Subcontinent.
Atul comes with more than 20 years of rich work experience in organizations as Citrix, Tata InfoTech and Microsoft. Atul spent his last 4 years at Citrix India and managed the country business for Desktop and Application virtualization, working closely with internal and external stakeholders (Microsoft, Cisco, DaaS partners) and led the business successfully competing with large global companies in the Indian Sub-Continent.
“We are extremely excited to have a brilliant business leader like Atul who understands the complexity of our business model at scale,” said Igor Petlyakov, VP – International Business, Softline.