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How Tech is Helping Greaves Take the Next Leaps

Greaves Cotton Ltd is a diversified engineering company that manufactures diesel/petrol engines, generators, pump sets and farm equipment, among others. Established way back in 1859, the company today has 11 manufacturing plants across India and offices in UAE, Tanzania and China. In its recent most June quarter, the company ...

Fix Software or Replace It?

The system had gone live after a bit of delay; everyone sighed in relief and believed that the best is yet to come with the long awaited solution that should deliver a competitive edge before others caught up. The system automated processes that were thus far manual and in a ...

Are custom solutions really a viable option in the current state of IT applications ?

Being a market leader has its advantages; you can get away with a lot of things, customers tolerate a lot more than they would with startups or mid players. The market looks up to you for direction and whatever you do gets imitated quickly. Even if you are not innovating ...

IT Project Success are Business Success Too, Learning from Disasters - Part 3

With the CEO's ratification the challenged implementation was turned around by the CIO along with the business teams; the project eventually delivered more than the original expectation becoming a first in the industry. The big name consultant wisely stayed mum on the episode and focused on discussing other projects they ...

Secrets to Big Data Success?

Last week I was asked whether there were any 'secrets' that companies can follow to ensure success with big data.  My short answer was "Nope." My longer answer was something along the lines of "there aren't any secrets, just lots of work and a little bit of luck....

With Planning, the Cloud brings Agility and Portability

When I speak to organizations about the cloud, I find the majority of them are using the cloud in some form or fashion today. Many have opted to build a private cloud to allow cloud-based systems while maintaining total control over the applications and security of the cloud. Others are ...

A New Way to Work: Securing Today's Mobile Workforce

Small devices have become extremely powerful. The idea of giving employees the ability to exchange information with corporate servers no matter where they are, using a device that fits in their hand is now important for business to grow. They can use it to optimize business processes. At the same ...

Analyze Role of SMAC to Create a Digital Enterprise

CIOs understand how SMAC is changing their organizations and must continue to evolve to meet the inevitable demands that this transformation will bring. The strategic implication of SMAC must be broken down and understood for the CIO to continue providing corporate guidance in all its aspects, or they will risk ...

Consultants (Don't) Add Value

I was at this social gathering organized by one of the top global consulting companies for their current and potential customers. It had attendance from veteran industry leaders, founders of companies, CEOs and CFOs, sprinkled with a few Venture Capital heads and off-course partners from the sponsoring consulting company. I ...

The 80 Percent Solution: Make the Decision to Be Decisive

It had been a long project with missed timelines and scope creep, the kind of projects that everyone dreads as they create difficult conversations in every review meeting while meetings are being conducted. The vendor was as frustrated as IT; the management wanted to stop funding to the project and ...