Thursday, 27 November 2014

INDIA IS A "STRATEGIC MARKET"

"India is a strategic market to invest in solutions that cater to the needs of SMBs in India. "India has over 48 million small medium businesses and out of this, 10 million SMBs can immediately embrace internet and these are urban business, mom and pop stores, retail stores etc. SMBs in India have been slow to adopt the internet and out of the 48 million SMBs, only 5 to 6 percent businesses have a website. 

With mobile internet users growing by leaps and bounds, India is a "strategic market" for offering solutions to small medium businesses (SMB) to help them grow.  Globally, over 2 million businesses use Google's advertising platform to find potential buyers on internet. Speaking about the scale of internet penetration in country, "India is growing very fast in terms of internet and most of growth is coming from mobile phones." India has over 100 million smart phones users with 5 million new users being added every month. Out of 1.25 billion queries, 50 percent of searches are coming from mobiles.

Mobile apps are now integral part of almost every business, irrespective of their size and industry. Several small industries too have profited from developing mobile apps. While most small businesses have their own Website, it is indeed more profitable for them to also develop a mobile app.

 If you have a SMB or are working with a SMB client, do not count out the importance of having a mobile app (and/or a mobile-optimized website). So many SMBs are making the mistake of not tapping into this market, mistakenly thinking it’s too expensive, or too complicated.

It’s not – mobile apps are easy to design and they are shockingly affordable these days. There’s nothing stopping your SMB from reaching for the stars in the mobile industry.
With the mobile industry booming like it is right now, it is most advisable for any and every business to develop mobile apps to promote their products and services. Mobile is indeed the way all communication is headed today and so, embracing this technology is guaranteed to produce the right results for your business.



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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

INSURANCE INNOVATION: CHANGING WITH THE TIMES

Price flexibility, telematics, and micro - segmentation are among the trends influencing business transformation in the insurance industry.

Given the current trends and the certainty that the future will bring more, insurance companies evaluating new systems are encouraged to ask some key questions:

  • How adaptable and flexible is this software?
  • How nimble will it make my business, so that it can quickly adapt to future growth opportunities?
  • Will the system continue to perform as contexts change around us?
There is no escaping the rapid pace of innovation. New business models, advancement in telematics technology, and the service expectations of the hyper-connected customer will soon be yesterday's news as leading insurance companies embrace and adapt to these changes. What will tomorrow's headline bring -- and will you be ready for it?



Keys to Balancing Goals in Insurance Digitalization

Micro-segmentation
Savvy insurers recognize a particular group whose members show a similar appetite for coverage. One company provides a great example of micro-segmentation with its peer-to-peer (P2P) segmentation, in which drivers are grouped together according to risk. Premiums for each group are pooled, and any unused money at the end of the year goes toward lowering renewals for the next year. P2P segmentation is particularly interesting because it's a brand-new spin on segments, which have historically been defined by members' demographics.

Omnichannel customer interaction
Today's customers likely engage with their insurance companies via a number of avenues. The expectations for customer service and usable information are high, regardless of which touchpoint (online, home phone, mobile device) is used.


Nonfinancial reparation
Traditional insurance typically reimburses insured's rupee for rupee for their losses. Increasingly, however, customers are pushing for nonfinancial reparation. In Australia and certain European markets, for example, when insureds are faced with loss of personal property -- from, say, a kitchen fire -- it is standard for them to request a brand-new kitchen, rather than a check.


Most insurers recognize that innovation is required to keep pace with our changing world and ever-changing customer expectations. They know that, if they wait too long, they will fall farther behind. One of the challenges they face, though, is trying to initiate this transformation amid the change they see around them with systems that hold them back. Legacy systems were built to do a particular thing in a particular way; they address a problem only in the context that it was known.


At URS Systems we blend our industry-leading expertise in consulting, technology and sourcing to enable the creation of the next generation insurance carrier and solve business challenges in three ways – business transformation, accelerating innovation, and efficient operations. URS’s solutions accelerators, insurance IP, end-to-end consulting services and flexible global delivery models have been instrumental in delivering project success.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

3D CITIES: ENVISIONING COMMUNITIES OF THE FUTURE

Cities worldwide are charged with the same challenge: that of creating or retrofitting sustainable, intelligent infrastructure. Cities need the best in design, geospatial, visualization and analytical tools to realize a viable and intelligent city design. 3D City design is architectural design times thousands, plus it must have the ability to be interwoven with other surrounding infrastructure and foster an urban conversation.

Urban data must be managed, visualized and analyzed, taking into account all legal, code regulations, utility and site planning as well as legacy data and geography. City GML provides an open data model and XML-based format for the storage and exchange of virtual 3D city models from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and ISO TC211. A plethora of companies are providing products for 3D cityscape technology, and providing GIS to be able to manage, visualize and analyze all the information that makes up an entire metropolis.

Not Just GIS Anymore

3D cities take advantage of a lot of available data in the form of 2D, 3D and 4D (temporal) data, satellite imagery, sensor systems and processing devices both wired and wireless. The primary function of CityGML is “to easily share semantically rich, georegistered 3D content to be used for many applications such as visualization, integration with gaming simulators, energy modeling, emergency response, etc.”


Other forms of data important to 3D cities include civil engineering data as well as architectural CAD data and Building Information Modeling (BIM) data. Data encoded using the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) an ISO standard for BIM issued by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) can also be incorporated into CityGML.

Challenges & Solutions

3D buildings and cities have been part of Google Earth for nearly two years. Google starts with 3D maps, generated via stereo photogrammetry from aerial imagery then converts city data to full 3D that was automatically generated. Google’s way of being able to provide visualizations of new cities quickly in 3D, gives users the immediate, rich experience of a city. Even though resolution isn’t always as sharp as you would find in an application whose business it is to model buildings and terrain, this is accessible to a great many people who are non-traditional GIS or CAD users. The combination of Google Earth and Google SketchUp however, allows users to use the SketchUp tool for preliminary drawings of buildings and the cities they populate. Google’s influence on the world of 3D has fueled a movement among technology providers to provide tools that are easier to use and can be used by many non-technical people. Google also updates their satellite imagery twice a month.

Another challenge is underground utilities mapping. For that Bentley offers Subsurface Utility Engineer (SUE) software that allows people to take the 2D GIS presentation and represent it in 3D for engineering purposes. “When they make a new design they need to bring that data back to the 2D GIS.

A key technology in making 3D modeling of urban environments affordable is the power of cloud computing. That, combined with more affordable software access options, make the management of 3D city models possible on more devices, making the technology far more mobile and facile. 

Hopefully the new collaborative climate will foster a shift in people’s thinking and create not only more livable cities but also create more collaborative working environments for those responsible for building the projects.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

TELECOM OPERATORS EXPECTED TO MAKE BANKING EASIER: NEW LOOK FOR BANKING

Mobile banking will soon be possible with a basic handset and without accessing the internet. The telecom regulator will soon ask telcos — many of which have been resisting for years — to enable bank-authorized mobile payment companies to offer such service. Telecom companies are expected to fall in line with local and international payment companies, including an associate company of Visa, lobbying with the regulator and the government for permitting them to tap the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) channel of telcos.

The USSD channel is a simple interactive text messaging system that can be used by a mobile phone subscriber to reach out to her bank for anything -- transfer funds, check balance amount, pay bills, cancel a cheque, request for a cheque book, obtain an account statement, and even buy books and music using debit or credit cards. Customers - without 2G or 3G connectivity or a smartphone - have to simply key in something like *67# -- or any other number a telco provides - to 'talk' to her bank.

According to a government official, "The Telecommunication tariff (fifty Sixth Amendment) Order, 2013 states that all telecom operators are 'obliged' to provide connectivity to any payment aggregator who has set up a USSD gateway. Therefore, Trai will ask the telecom operators to comply with it."

Given the growth in mobile subscriber base and that 75 per cent of users do not have a smartphone, the decision could increase bank penetration and customer convenience while lower cost for banks. Even though NPCI has the code and is ready to provide USSS based banking in Hindi and other languages, its non-profit character and limited budget has held it back from launching a large ad campaign and striking joint promotion deals with banks.


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Friday, 21 November 2014

THE ONLINE RETAIL BOOM: E-COMMERCE INDUSTRY TALKS

India’s e-commerce market is likely to have a whopping 100-million customer base, with women being the major contributors, and would be valued at USD15 billion by 2016, according to a report released by Google. From a customer base of mere eight million in 2012, it has climbed to 35 million in 2014, according to the report, which also claims that by 2016 India’s customer base will be 100 million — a phenomenal growth of over 12 times in just four years.

Browsing trends, which have broadly shifted from the desktop to mobile devices in India, online shopping is also expected to follow suit, as one out of three customers currently makes transactions through mobiles in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities. The number in Tier-3 cities is even higher, with every second person shopping online through their mobile. In 2014, 50 percent of shopping queries were made through mobile devices, compared to 24 percent in 2012.

 “Mobiles are driving the growth in every single Internet product entity. In other markets, Internet took off on the desktop; in India, it's happening on mobiles.”

Identifying the gender contribution to the shopping debate, the report states that women would be the most significant contributors to this growth comprising almost 40 percent of the projected customer base. Although men account for the majority of the customer base as of now, in Tier-1 cities, women spend almost double the amount men spend on online retail. In terms of frequency as well, women outnumber men, shopping more number of times.




The online retail boom, however, has been plagued by a series of unfortunate events with some of the major e-commerce giants receiving flak from consumers during the bumper sale days. 

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

ENTERPRISE MOBILITY MANAGEMENT (EMM) SEGMENT IN INDIA

Refocusing on the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) segment in India, banking on its recently launched solutions and value-added services. Indian EMM market, has an addressable market size of USD 1.8 billion. “India’s EMM market is still under penetrated from the solutions point of view, and we see a huge opportunity out there,”  EMM is the set of processes and technology to manage mobile devices and wireless networks to enable mobile computing in a business environment.

The rising affluence of younger, hyper-connected investors across Asia is disrupting the staid wealth management market, pushing traditional players to build captivating and useful mobile experiences that strengthen client-advisor relationships, reduce operational costs and improve internal productivity.

To start on the path to mobility, managers should develop a holistic strategy that aligns their mobility offerings with clearly defined key performance indicators (KPIs). Firms need to decide early on whether to implement mobil-ity on their own or hire a third-party partner with a focus on improving the client experience and advisor productivity.

Firms should also glean insights from the use of mobile technology among clients and advisors to plan and then extend their mobility services. Other requirements include a well-integrated operating infrastructure and a robust data strategy capable of providing a rich, seamless and consistent client experience. Lastly, mobility services also require effective security policies that offer robust protection of client data from unauthorized usage.



URS offers a portfolio of tools and services to develop enterprise mobility strategies so you can create a mobile enterprise that capitalizes on new business models, innovate products and services, and unlocks workforce productivity. With technology expertise and industry knowledge, our mobility consultants will work with you to develop your organization’s mobile blueprint and implement across a diverse range of mobile platforms and devices. URS will work with companies throughout their mobility journey to enable them to maximize the potential of their mobile implementation. We help in business transformation creating solutions tailored to your needs whether its location based services or mobile wallets. Our mobility services will change the ways your employees work by automating the processes and boost productivity which helps in measurable business value.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

ERA OF SMARTPHONES AND MOBILE INTERNET

"The Internet has changed the digital economy in India". Earlier, VAS customers used to be charged by carriers. Now, consumers are charged by the app makers. The revenue share proportion between VAS providers and Telcos has changed dramatically. It's gone from being skewed towards the Telcos to favoring the app makers or content providers, creating a flutter among mobile phone operators, which are demanding a greater share, citing their investments in telecom networks. 

The relationship between Telcos and content providers has changed in the process to the off-net model. Telcos have begun to offer billing, collection and customer care to Internet companies that provide technology and platforms.

Telcos now want a share of the revenue from over-the-top (OTT) players, or app makers- Facebook, Google, Whatsapp - that use their networks to reach consumers. Telecom operators the world over have been pushing for a regulatory framework around OTT players or a mechanism for differential pricing - pay for better access to a Telco’s network. However, Internet companies globally have opposed such moves, saying that it would lean toward censorship. The Internet should be free for all, they reason, saying Telcos anyway charge consumers for using data. India's telecom regulator has said that while it continues to watch developments in this area, it has no intention of regulating OTT players as of now. 

"There has to be something more than data usage that customers are paying for, since it is in their interest too that customers experience is always optimum.


In our portfolio for telecom operators and CSP’s, we have the know-how, the skills and the solutions you need to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. We are a platform and product agnostic services company comfortable working with a wide range of vendors and technology environments. At the heart of everything we do is a drive to deliver tangible business results to our clients. 

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

FOCUS ON CREATING AND LEVERAGING IT SOLUTIONS ACROSS SECTORS LIKE HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION AND FINANCIAL INCLUSION

With technology solutions at the core of Digital India plan, there is huge opportunity for IT players to use disruptive technologies to redefine paradigms for delivery of services like health, education and financial inclusion. IT will partner with the Government/s to restructure and refocus several existing schemes and implement them in a synchronized fashion. Transforming India into an IT-enabled society, ties in well with vision of 'Connect, Collaborate and Co-create', which advocates the empowerment of the Indian economy through large scale IT adoption across horizontals such as healthcare, education, agriculture and others.

Moving ahead with its aim keeping in mind two important stakeholders – Government, the enabler of technology solutions and end-user, the one consuming the solutions. With the expected outcome of not only bridging the digital divide but also empowering the citizens of the country, IT will play an important role in transforming the existing Public Service Delivery system, improve productivity, create jobs and induce economic activity in areas which were not digital connected. 




At URS Systems, we have extensive experience with IT transformation programs, and have helped many leading organizations use our approach to achieve results more quickly than they could have on their own. IT transformation services including service activation, service delivery platform, catalog-driven order management and inventory consistently based on leading products, assets and accelerators that streamline the transformation experience and improve business outcomes.

For more details visit us @www.urssystems.com 

Monday, 17 November 2014

URS Systems-Spearheading your Business Progress through Innovative Technology

Technology is the truth of today’s era as everything grows with technology and the major benefit is that this technological support is available easily. Important is to find the right kind of help and solution at the right time because business is growing every second and this growth is going to take your name to another level only if you put the right kind of efforts to it. Business Intelligence Solution India is provided by the leaders of IT solutions. We understand the need of your business and the solutions are decided according to that.
Billing and Revenue Management Solutions India are easily available with the help of our expert team and our never ending efforts to provide the best to their customers. Established in 2010 we are dedicated in providing you the finest IT solutions that will help you grow and expand as a business leader. Every business has different requirements and according to that the solutions are provided to the people. All you need to do is follow their lead and get feasible solutions to all your complications. ERP Solution is also one of our major specializations.
URS technology group and consulting group play their individual roles which are different from each other. We have maintained a proper work ethic which makes us a better choice than any other IT group. Network Fault Management Solutions India is provided for companies who want to get their networks corrected and managed properly. Also, the Network Performance Management Solution India is managed for their valuable clients. They understand the value of timely and proper services that is why they are dedicated in providing both.
Customer Experience Management Services Company like URS System has gained the confidence of its customers with its valuable services. All the services are designed according to the needs of the clients and once they are approved they work on improving them every second so as to provide better results. Being the Value Added Services Company in India URS System has always given quality services to its clients. IT is a never ending field and every sector uses this particular field as it simplifies the day to day official working. For that matter URS System will do their best to give you excellent support and to help you climb the ladder of success. 


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Friday, 14 November 2014

THE WAY FORWARD: IT ADOPTION IN A MAJOR WAY TO MOVE TO A PAPERLESS ENVIRONMENT

Information and Communication Technology has played a crucial role in speeding up the flow of information from the government to citizens, transforming the way the two parties interact and communicate. Government bodies have shifted or are in the process of shifting from a traditional paper-based system to a fully automated set-up, with the aim of enhancing transparency and accountability. Telecom tools are being increasingly used in the governance process, not only to perform key functions, but also to provide information in a structured manner. The most important aspect in this regard is e-governance, an IT-enabled route to achieve good governance, as it integrates people, processes, information and technology to enhance the delivery of basic services. For utilities, IT brings resource efficiency gains by managing information flows and analyzing data. Thus, utilities involved in the water, power, piped gas, liquefied natural gas and waste disposal segments are banking on telecom for the effective delivery of services.

At present, government bodies as well as utilities are looking forward to the adoption of new technologies to achieve business goals more readily and cost effectively. They are focusing on strong broadband networks for supporting advanced applications and communication.  The announcement of the Digital India Initiative by the government reaffirms the government’s commitment to creating an enabling platform for the delivery of education, health care, entertainment and e-commerce services to citizens. Apart from connecting rural India through broadband services, the initiative will work towards building a digital governance framework to equip local governments to ensure improved administrative ability, as well as lend transparency to administrative work.

The telecom networks for the government and utility agencies are generally based on IP-wide area network (WAN) connections. Their triple-play service ability makes them a suitable choice for government agencies and utilities, as they provide access to voice, data and broadband on a single platform. They facilitate information flow, support the use of spatial and geospatial technologies, and facilitate the use of remote sensing satellite images for inventory and mapping of resources. They also support technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS). Of late, government organisations have also started deploying ISDN, IP-VPN, Ethernet WAN and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) services, aside from IP-WAN.

Further, many web-based applications, along with audio- and videoconferencing, are now being used by organisations. Various utilities depend on technologies like optic fibre cable and radio frequency in order to connect with their end-users. With the enhanced operation complexity of the utilities, the use of IT- and software-based applications has also increased. The most commonly used applications in public sector organisations include enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). 

Organization and government bodies are planning to expand or upgrade their IT infrastructure by investing in hardware and software applications. Many organisations have recently expanded their fleet of desktops and laptops, and many others plan to add to them in the near future. With most government organisations being based on the NIC, their decision to adopt IT is not independent. However, this has its upside, since their dependence on the NIC ensures continuous support from IT experts.


IT enablement helps utilities in the power, gas and water distribution sectors to move to a paperless environment, and ensure improved connectivity and increase operational efficiency.


URS Systems provides solutions that are tailor-made for the needs of manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality, and services, including customized business software for a comprehensive range of industries and vertical markets. One size does not fit all, which is why the unique “business layers” approach of URS allows our next-generation business software solutions to support the smallest start-up to the largest multinational, as well as the differing complexities in industries from metal fabricators to automotive distributors to general business services firms and cross-channel retailers. Identifying the need to leverage geographic diversity on both the revenue and cost sides of your business, comprehensive, industry-insightful business software solutions from URS enable you to outpace the competition with more effective operations and world-class customer service. 

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

GOOD NEWS FOR SMB'S..Mobility plays its role through "DIGITIZING INDIA" Mission

Google will soon launch a mobile app to help small and medium-size business get online. This will be part of the company’s “Digitizing India” mission to help SMBs establish an Internet presence and connect with potential customers online.
Most of the SMBs have ignored the potential of the Internet to grow.
Quoting a survey, out of the 48 million SMBs, only 5-6 percent businesses have a website. But nearly 40 percent of the SMB owners have a smartphone, which can be used to develop online presence.
The app will be made available next month, he said without giving any further details.
The US-based technology company is on a road show to help SMBs succeed online.
According to a latest research, only 8-10 percent of the total SMBs can immediately gain from adopting Internet technologies and grow their businesses by advertising online.
The challenge has been lack of awareness on the benefits of Internet and the know-how required to succeed online.
Google along with Confederation of India Industry has launched Google SME Heroes, which will showcase and celebrate local SMBs that have embraced the Internet to growth their business.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

TELECOM TRENDS: GROWING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES!

Taking advantage of the growing demand for broadband services by small and medium enterprises, financial institutions and defence forces in the underpenetrated areas, it's time to leverage on these opportunities. VSAT(Very Small Aperture Terminal) services are proving to be an important response solution for government agencies in ensuring telecom connectivity in the affected regions, thereby opening up a new area of opportunity.

As more banks and financial institutions expand their reach in underbanked areas in order to achieve their financial inclusion targets, the demand for VSAT services is bound to increase. Another major business driver for the VSAT segment is the educational services industry. Many educational institutes are demanding VSAT services to provide tele-classroom facilities to their students on campus.

Various government agencies are offering or planning to offer e-governance services in the fields of health care, finance and education in rural areas, creating significant demand for VSAT services. Apart from the rise in demand for VSAT services, the fall in VSAT prices by nearly 20 per cent over the past three years has helped the industry grow. Many small enterprises with limited budgets are now considering opting for VSAT services owing to the price reduction. Most of these enterprises are located in areas with poor or limited broadband connectivity. 


Going forward, the BFSI, government and defence sectors are likely to dominate the demand for these services. Leveraging its expertise in providing 24x7 broadband connectivity to financial institutions and government agencies, VSAT can help strengthen the market position.


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Monday, 10 November 2014

MONETIZE FROM M2M INITIATIVES

Simply selling more device units will not result in the massive spike in profits manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play to compete in the Internet of Things (IoT).
In addition to selling more Internet-connected devices, businesses will have to figure out how to make money from the software they develop that flexibly configures their devices and powers functionality — and they’ll also have to leverage software licensing and entitlement management as the mechanism to capture those additional revenues.
Simplify, differentiate, drive revenue, grow market and protect your IP are the five tips that can assist you to monetize from M2M initiatives.
5 tips to monetize from Internet of Things:
Simplify
You need to build a single device model that contains all capabilities and capacity then use licensing and entitlement management to configure.
Differentiate
You can drive more value from your device with software and monetize all aspects of your solution.
Drive revenue
Device + software + licensing will assist to drive new, recurring revenue streams.
Grow market
Move into new markets quickly by slicing and dicing your product by features, capacity and more.
Protect your IP
You can protect your devices and applications against IP theft with licensing.
Manufacturers will have to reinvent their business models to profit from the Internet of Things.
Monetizing the software powering Internet-connected devices via licensing and entitlement management is key.
The key to monetizing the IoT is to use licensing to turn on and off features and capacity in different combinations to create additional value in the devices themselves and in the software that runs on top of them.
For instance, device makers could provide different product tiers — e.g. basic, premium and platinum — using licensing to unlock the appropriate features — without having to manufacture separate models. They could then upsell customers later by leveraging software-driven control of the device and licensing to make it easy for customers to upgrade to more expensive models.
Device manufacturers can use different licensing models — like metered or pay per use — to create demand from new types of customers or in new markets. For example, a small community hospital previously unable to afford a million-dollar MRI machine might be able to acquire one using a pay-per-scan licensing model.

By using licensing and entitlement management to monetize the IoT, device manufacturers also open up new hardware- and software-related revenue by making it easier to sell new products and services to existing customers on a regular basis, and upsell them as new product features and software versions are released.

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Friday, 7 November 2014

IT “VERY STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT” TO THE BUSINESS:

Today’s challenging and hyper-competitive business environment offers CIOs a unique opportunity to assume an expanded role as a strategic technology expert collaborating with the business toward greater success, more revenue and happier customers.

It’s in IT’s hands at the moment, but the window of opportunity is closing as lines of business get tech-savvy, spending more of their budgets on IT projects and re-examining the role that IT plays in advising them. IT can either define a new role for itself which embraces this change, or ignore it and risk becoming increasingly irrelevant to the business.

The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders worldwide revealed 39% of respondents now see IT as a service broker or consultant to the line of business rather than a full-service provider of all IT services; and 35% of IT spending is occurring outside of the IT department today—and that number is expected to grow to 44% in three years. Other disturbing findings show that just 11% see the role of IT as a developer of new, innovative services and only 14% consider IT as a driver of new business initiatives.

IT should want more than to be the keeper of others’ IT investments, on call to fix problems as they arise. IT leaders should use their knowledge, experience and technology expertise to guide the business toward opportunities that otherwise would not exist if not for IT’s innovation.



There has been some progress for IT, with more than 40% in 2013 (versus 35% in 2011) identifying IT as “very strategically important” to the business, but more must be done to solidify IT as the strategic technology leader within the business. The opportunity is now, and this research report will help IT leaders, including CIOs:

• Understand how their role is changing and how to plan for the future;

• Assess how the organization views IT and its contributions to the business;

• Set strategies for the investments required to re-position the role of IT;

• Use technology to measure, quantify and report on the value IT provides to the business;

• Provide guidance on disruptive technologies to drive competitive advantage;

• Evolve their position from IT support to technology strategist.

We’ll help you verify the functionality of standardized interfaces and identify what you need to do to get your multi-vendor network in the best possible shape. We help consolidate, transform and evolve your service delivery platforms into a strong asset that lets you grow, reduce operating expenditures and offer new end-user services.

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY of CSP's: CHANGE CONTINUOUSLY, PROACTIVELY AND REACTIVELY

Businesses today have become complex with technology-driven markets. To make this further complex, businesses face cut-throat competition & ever-increasing focus on service quality. Technology now-a-days plays a crucial role in driving business to success. 

In this fast paced Communication industry, Operators need to continuously change - proactively and reactively. These transformations could be a result of competition requiring business agility, digital disruption, need for Hyper-connected services, NGN transition requiring complete BSS/OSS transformation, M&A activity requiring operators to extract synergies of operations, regulatory mandates such as wholesale / retail splits requiring organizational and operational level transformations.

The Communication Service Providers Industry has moved away from its traditional nature of enabling only voice connectivity. The rapid developments in different technologies, convergence and growing subscriber base especially in the emerging markets, are boosting CSPs to transform into Communication Service Providers (CSPs).

CSPs are now moving beyond ‘voice’ and venturing into data, media and entertainment spaces. This transformational journey has opened new doors of opportunities. However, along with opportunities, new set of challenges also needs to be addressed, such as:

  • Reduced time to market
  • Innovation to stay ahead of the competition
  • Adherence to regulatory compliances
  • Improved revenue margins
  • Improved customer experience
  • Arrested customer churn
  • Arrested Revenue leakage
  • Improved operational efficiency
  • Scalability, reliability and robustness
  • IT Asset rationalization due to merger & acquisitions


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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

TRANSFORMING IT FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CHANGE

IT organizations face a number of  significant challenges, including rising stakeholder expectations of IT, flat or declining IT budgets, challenging  economic conditions, increased  globalization and the continual emergence of new technologies. To achieve high performance, IT organizations need to work differently and take advantage of technology in new ways. Companies must identify which IT capabilities are most critical to the success of the overall enterprise, and shape an IT organization and capability that supports the business in a cost-effective manner. 

IT transformation is an approach that can help improve the performance of the IT function via large-scale changes to culture, processes and technology. URS Systems has extensive experience with IT transformation programs, and we have helped many leading organizations use our approach to achieve results more quickly than they could have on their own. By targeting a number of quick wins early in the implementation stage, a company generally covers the cost of the entire transformation in the first year of the initiative.

Additional potential benefits of our IT transformation approach include

Closer business/IT alignment

• A reduction in IT costs of more than 30 percent

• Redirection of a significant portion of IT expenditures from non-strategic projects to strategic ones creating new capabilities and business value

• Increased IT efficiency and effectiveness

• Higher quality IT services

• Smoother post-merger integration

• Faster time to market

Done right, IT transformation enables a company’s IT organization to execute the right processes more efficiently and effectively, optimize its technology sourcing strategy, renew the company’s technology base, simplify the existing application architecture and develop new capabilities. Companies that can do all of this can not only achieve compelling short-term results, but also lay the groundwork for long-term high performance by creating IT organizations that are able to learn and change as the business evolves.




URS Systems has applied its extensive experience and capabilities to create a unique IT transformation approach aimed at improving the performance of the IT function. Our approach relies on tested methodologies and tools to help companies quickly and cost-effectively surmount the challenges of IT transformation, unlocking its full potential for high performance. We take a collaborative approach to IT transformation—working with your team to jointly make fact-based decisions targeted at delivering business value.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

UNLEASH INNOVATION WITH OSS / BSS TOOLS


Software Defined Networking (SDN) is currently a widely discussed topic in the telecommunications industry. There are high expectations regarding the technology, including reducing network maintenance costs and unleashing innovation, thus opening the way to new revenue sources and better network monetization. SDN is a concept where the main principle is to separate the control plane from the data plane, and to move the controller function out from today’s routers.

At first this definition does not sound very exciting, but placing the controller function centrally should enable much more “intelligent” network traffic control and, as a result, efficiently deliver new, innovative services for customers. The problem is that for now SDN is still only a concept, and currently the only tangible specification is OpenFlow, but it only defines the protocol between a controller and a switch.

To make the promises of SDN technology come true, there is a need for a platform, enabling a business application that will help opening up telecom networks. The specifications and APIs for this kind of a business application need to be defined to shape the network according to what is required and make it “smarter”. In order for the latter to happen,  a controller needs a comprehensive end-to-end view of the network and all connected services. However, the SDN concept does not define, how to provide such an end-to-end view.

One idea is to leverage the operators’ existing assets like the BSS/OSS ecosystems and prove that SDN won’t make BSS/OSS investments obsolete. IT architecture, where BSS/OSS investments can not only be saved, but even act as a significant enabler for the SDN “revolution”. This means that telecom operators will be able to provide significant added value to the SDN ecosystem.

The Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology is very promising and expected to help operators in reducing costs and boosting service innovation. The cost reduction factor  derives naturally from centralizing the network control functions. Following the Network  Function Virtualization concept, it ensures that the control function can be implemented  on standard equipment (even PCs).

But the real strength of this technology is in its potential to speed up innovation and open up the network. The “smartness” of the SDN controllers comes from the ability to access a complete end-to-end view of the network. Instead of implementing a completely new infrastructure for an SDN controller, the end-to-end view can be delivered by the existing BSS/OSS systems.



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Monday, 3 November 2014

Cloud Computing: IT's Driving Again

If it was once true that non-IT departments led a company's decision-making on adopting cloud, that predominance of shadow IT is no longer the case. Not only has the enterprise spend on cloud grown by 38% over the last year, IT's share of that spending now reaches 80% of the total. 

Not only is spending on the cloud growing, but it represents a rapidly increasing part of the overall IT budget. Organizations adopting cloud services expect to spend "54% of their IT budget on cloud in the next two years.

The debate over public versus private cloud "is now moot, without necessarily making it clear exactly what the outcome had been. Debating the merits of one versus the other "is insufficient to describe the complex decisions that companies are facing when selecting a delivery model," it said. In other words, companies don't expect all their needs to be met by one or other. If anything, they're mapping out a future that will include both. 

While infrastructure-as-a-service is viewed as an implicitly efficient way of running computing, only 14% of those contacted said that saving money was a primary motive for using cloud computing. Rather, 32% said the primary perceived benefit of the cloud was agility, not cost savings.


Enterprise spending on cloud has grown 38% in 2014, and IT now controls 80% of that budget, finds Verizon study.

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

A step ahead to Connect Large IT Firms with Startups

Despite intentions to partner with software product start-ups, several large Indian IT services companies have failed to do so because of the differences in the structure and way of working of a services and product company. Many IT entities are now looking to act as venture capitalists for start-ups, where take a minority stake and allow the start-up to work at arms' length, to avoid any overlap of business.

With large information technology (IT) companies increasingly looking at partnering with innovative software product start-ups, industry body Nasscom plans to launch a Nasscom Industry Partner Programme, to enable this. It will also enable joint product developments and go-to-market activities and facilitate strategic investments into start-ups by larger companies.

Is it going to help devise a systematic way of helping large IT Firms connect with start-ups?

“It should have a combination of several different types of companies and will not be limited to IT services companies by looking at it in a different way and devising a systematic way of helping them engage.”

It should enable joint product developments and go-to-market activities. 

Facilitate strategic investments into start-ups by larger companies.


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