Are you geared-up for 2012Rule of thumb is, when the economy is bad, that’s whendevelopment occurs; and you’ll see a lot of new innovations, notonly from the big players, but from new small startups.2012 would be a trend setter in the area of EnterpriseMobility, Cloud Offering and Retail Automation in India.Cost Reduction is the primary area of importance for CXO’s of allorganizations
IT Cost Components Hardware Support & Software SustenanceImplementation Consulting& Customization Resources
Market InsightsApprox 47 per cent of Indias 1 + billion people were under the age of 20, and teenagers amongthem numbered about 160 million.Together, they wielded INR 14000 Cr worth of discretionary income, and their families spent anadditional INR 18500 Cr on them every year.By 2015, Indians under 20 are estimated to make up 55% of the population - and wieldproportionately higher spending power.Means, companies that are able to influence and excite such consumers would be those that winin the market place.Indias Rs.460 billion FMCG marketIndia is home to six million retail outlets, including 2 million in 5,160 towns and four million in627,000 villages.More than 1.1 Million Distributors/Wholesale Traders
Enterprise MobilityA survey of around 500 Jaspersoft business intelligence users found that two thirds of them havealready deployed or now have concrete plans to deploy BI tools on mobile phones in theirorganisationAccording to Gartners Predicts 2011 report, more than 33 percent of BI functionality will beconsumed by handheld devices by 2013.To date, says Gartner, mobile BI has largely consisted of existing reports and dashboards portedto mobile devices. But the analyst house predicts that this year organisations and vendors willdevelop mobile analytic applications for specific tasks or domains.All told, 71 percent of respondents were discussing custom applications for smartphones andtablets, a survey commissioned by Symantec reveals. The research also found that 59 percent ofrespondents were running line-of-business applications on mobile devices, and 66 percent wereconsidering development of corporate app stores for internal application distribution.
Enterprise MobilityForrester studied 61 companies and found a range of approaches to delivering orexpanding mobile services. Some enterprises have their eyes on mobile self-service apps;others envision an IT group focused on how people engage with smart phones and tablets.Forrester - The consultancy expects business spending on mobile projects to grow by 100%by 2015, and it expects spending on mobile apps to hit $55 billion in 2016.Forrester also suggested that companies allot more money to mobile projects. The averageamount spent on a typical mobile app for customers -- $50,000 to $150,000 -- turns out tobe just 35% of the true two-year cost.The surveys principle recommendations are to enable broadly, think strategically, manageefficiently, enforce appropriately, and secure comprehensively.The BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon, in which employees utilize the device oftheir own choice for work instead of just for personal use is also picking up significantly.
Emergence of SaaSGetronics Report - 17% of corporate financial decision-makers in a recent UK pollbelieve the position of chief information officer will disappear from the businesslandscape in the next five years.Of the 203 CFOs and finance directors who participated in the Januarysurvey, part of a report titled "The Changing Role of the CFO," just released byGetronics UK,Another 43% say that the CIOs role eventually will be subsumed within finance.Further, 31% believe those in a CIO role will be coming from a non-technicalbackground in the futureMore than half (56%) of the CFOs and financial directors surveyed believe that alack of integration between finance and IT limits the impact on cost savingsachievable from IT projects within their business
Emergence of SaaSMaintaining IT infrastructure is a key concern among64% of respondents, while 48% say they are concernedby the level of expenditure paid to consultancies, and47% list license payments for software.Respondents indicate that they believe their own techunderstanding is increasing, with only 2% saying theyare "not aware of the term cloud computing." Mostwere able to provide a meaningful description of its use.
Gartner Report - 2012SaaS is forecast to have a 23.8% compoundannual growth rate through 2012 for theaggregate enterprise application markets, farexceeding the total market CAGR of 11.4%.Adoption is strong in select markets, but haslimited potential in other markets and subsegments.
The Key Player: Hybrid Cloud ComputingThere will be a steep rise in the usage of hybrid clouds, which could satiate the company’s need to dealwith securing the data and privacy concerns associated with the Public cloud.Interestingly, the Hybrid cloud serves the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where the computingpowers are leveraged to its image processing tasks for celestial bodies.The dependence on mere Public clouds could prove fatal for more real-time processing tasks, whichcould also make the organization, a potential prospect for data thefts and increase the vulnerability.As a way of clear demarcation of business data, the critical and most valued data could be stored on thePrivate cloud premises, while the huge repertoire of less prominent information could go on to Publiccloud. Nevertheless, the regulations and curtailing factors across the demographics are ruled out in ahybrid model.
The Cloud Bursts as the Global Economic Crisis SwellAs more financial markets continue to rumble persistently, the Cloud gets luckier.Its necessity will be insurmountable as the need for Data Analytics and storage of colossalinformation by the public sectors will be in multiples.The scalable feature of public cloud could be a savior for business houses and otherestablishments at occasions such as IT system shutdowns and sudden outbursts in sales.The Cloud could play as backup computing device during such catastrophe and also to storesudden bursts of data.According to Ovum, the leading technology adviser, though there is a natural inclination towardsCloud during such times of uncertainty, it also underlines the call for prudent evaluation of theperils along with the merits.Research Director, Ovum, Dr Steve Hodgkinson said “Governments need to look beyond the hypeand see the reality of both the opportunities and risks of cloud computing and factor these intoboth their industry development policies and their internal IT strategies.”
The Rapid Demand for Cloud SecurityThe reliability factor is a decisive player in the success of a cloud implementation across corporate houses.People find it hard to transgress from the notion that Public clouds are less secure than the Private clouds.However, a further in-depth analysis has revealed that proper security mechanisms and designs, tools are of paramountsignificance, regardless of the data location.A security service such as Identity management is preeminent in multi-tenant cloud providers, where a single instance ofan Operating System runs on Cloud premises, delivering services to multiple clients, offering differentiated services.For security reasons, documenting the access of some of the key business data is quintessential along with the creationand maintaining logs; which aids the administrator in monitoring and audits.Furthermore, the service should be available for the stipulated or the agreed time.The masking of personal data using robust Cryptographic methods is an imperative task for a cloud implementation.In addition, the Cloud system should be well-provisioned to automatically generate warning messages and failurenotifications.
OpenStack: the Future of Open Source Cloud SolutionsOpenStack, the Open Source cloud project initiated by NASA and RackSpace, hasmassive support from IT big-wigs across the globe.The platform comprises of two components: OpenStack Compute and OpenStackStorage.True to its name, the former maintains a pool of servers for scheduling and assignjobs dynamically to cloud subscribers, while OpenStack Storage runs the task ofstoring huge chunks of data, which could be terabytes in length.The OpenStack makes full usage of the scalable feature of Cloud while constantlyreleasing the updates and patches for the software.
India’s cloud computing mkt to be worth $1 bn in five yearsThe country’s nascent cloud computing market, a platform where software applications and related resources can be shared online, is expected to touch USD 1 billion in the next five years, says a survey“India’s cloud computing market will be around USD 1 billion over the next five years,” consulting firm Zinnov Management Consulting said in a report.Cloud computing, which is Internet-based, facilitates sharing of technological resources, software and digital information. The emerging field would function on a pay-per-use model, helping technology companies to bring down cost Going by EMC estimates, the storage market in India will be over USD 1 billion in the next five years. Digital information in India will grow from 40,000 petabytes to 2.3 million petabytes (one petabyte equals 1,000 terabytes) over the next decade (2010 to 2020), twice as fast as the worldwide rate. Courtesy: The Economic Times
Mideast a boon for India ITThe Middle East has become more attractive for India’s exporters of electronic goods, ITand its related services as the sector’s exports increased by 40 per cent to $3 billion to theregion during 2010-11 over 2009-10, according to a top official of India’s largest electronicsand IT trade facilitation organisationThe sector contributed more than 26 per cent of the total exports of India across theworld. Total exports of the country reached $251 billion during 2010-11 while the sectorcontributed $66.48 billion in the same fiscal year.The exports of electronic goods, computer software and services includes IT-enabledservices to the Middle East jumped to more than $3 billion in 2010-11, compared to $2.15billion in the previous year, showing an increase of 39.5 per cent.Credit goes to Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council, or ESC, as ithelps facilitate companies for boosting their exports, Kamal Vachani, honourary regionaldirector of ESC for the UAE and Middle East, told Khaleej Times in an interview.
Analysts tag mobile, BI as hot SAP trends in 2012• With 2011 now in the rearview mirror, we turned to a number of analysts to ask them what SAP trends they see coming in 2012. Here’s what they had to say, on everything from SAP’s recent acquisition of SuccessFactors, to SAP Business ByDesign and SAP’s cloud strategy.• SAP’s mobile strategy: This year proved to be a big year for SAP mobility; next year needs to be bigger. They’ve showcased some really good developments this year at the various Sapphire conferences and what they’ve put to market, and what they’re partner ecosystem is doing. But next year’s going to have to be a higher magnitude of intensity to convince people they’ve cracked mobility.
Analysts tag mobile, BI as hot SAP trends in 2012• Business ByDesign: I think this is really going to be a really big year in terms of SAP’s cloud strategy. It obviously doesn’t take a genius to see some of that, in terms of the SuccessFactors acquisition. But I think this is sort of a make-or-break year for Business ByDesign. Some people have speculated that the acquisition of SuccessFactors means the end of ByDesign because they assume SuccessFactors will become SAPs dominant SaaS [Software as a Service] platform and subsume ByDesign within it. I don’t really see that myself. *At the same time,] they set a goal of 1,000 Business ByDesign customers by the end of this year. They say they’re going to make that goal. But 1,000 is really kind of a drop in the bucket in terms of the balance sheet. It’s a nice year if it had happened four years ago. But the markets move awful fast. They’re going to need more like 5,000 or 10,000 customers next year. So that’s going to be interesting.
Analysts tag mobile, BI as hot SAP trends in 2012• HANA and business intelligence: SAP’s BI *business intelligence] market presence will continue to grow, mostly because SAP is doing a pretty job of convincing SAP ERP customers that they should consider [SAP] BusinessObjects. That trend will continue. *And with SAP’s in-memory analytics appliance] HANA, we’re just beginning to see the cusp of client interest. But I think in 2012, they’ll make progress with that appliance in terms of adoption and interest. It is a very unique appliance that can do things that other tools can’t, but it’s expensive. I think adoption will increase, but I think it will be slow.
Analysts tag mobile, BI as hot SAP trends in 2012• The convergence of cloud and mobility: I see a lot around cloud computing and mobility converging, and starting to have a major impact in the coming year. SAP has a good cloud strategy now, and the SuccessFactors acquisition is only going to accelerate that [move to cloud] just as the Sybase acquisition accelerated mobility.
Symantec - Better security, business case for mobile I think one of the hurdles for some companies is security. We’re seeing new technologies, but also the device companies and the mobile applications continue to improve on their security to address the buyers concern in those areas. So we’ll see *more of features such as+ the ability to shut down the devices if they go missing or better tracking of the devices themselves.
CRM on SaaSAccording to a Gartner Group estimate, SaaS sales in 2010 reached $10b, and were projected to increase to $12.1b in 2011, up 20.7% from 2010. Gartner Group estimates that SaaS revenue will be more than double its 2010 numbers by 2015 and reach a projected $21.3b. Customer relationship management (CRM)continues to be the largest market for SaaS. SaaS revenue within the CRM market was forecast to reach $3.8b in 2011, up from $3.2b in 2010.
Recommendations• Solutions cutting down the cost would be the mindshare and huge IT spends would be curtailed as much as possible. – Infrastructure on Long Lease • Hardware • Software • Maintenance & Bandwidth • Resources • Consulting – Productivity tools on SaaS • Enterprise Mobility • BI • CRM • Distribution & Retail Management
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