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ThoughtSpot to Invest $25M in India to Accelerate Development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Platform

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming every business, in every industry, across the globe. Today, ThoughtSpot announced plans to invest $25M in its engineering center in Bangalore, India. The funds will be used to innovate the company’s industry leading search and AI-driven analytics platform and continue to recruit talent from top Indian universities. ThoughtSpot will also begin business operations in India to bring augmented analytics to enterprises throughout the region.

Creating the Future of AI in India

India has become a major global hub for analytics and AI professionals, providing a significant opportunity for companies who can tap into this talent pool to keep up with the pace of innovation in the industry. With the new funding, ThoughtSpot will be able to expand its rapidly growing AI engineering center in Bangalore, India to work on the company’s industry leading analytics and AI platform. These teams will directly collaborate with R&D centers in Sunnyvale and Seattle as part of ThoughtSpot’s globally distributed engineering team. Furthermore, ThoughtSpot will leverage the new funding to hire fully formed product teams in the Bangalore office, including product managers, engineers, and designers. The company will also use the new investment to continue to hire technical and engineering talent from top universities throughout the region.

Bringing ThoughtSpot to Indian Enterprises

Concurrent with the investment in the engineering center, ThoughtSpot will also be launching it’s business operations in India, serving both global customers with data analytics and engineering teams in India, as well as enterprises based in India. Currently, one in ten open data science and machine learning jobs can be found in India, indicating a disconnect between the demand for insights and the supply of technical professionals who can provide them.

ThoughtSpot will bring its technology to market through partnerships with the powerful ecosystem of global systems integrators in India. Businesses can empower their frontline employees with the ability to find data-driven insights on their own using a simple, natural language search, or find answers to questions they didn’t even know to ask by using SpotIQ, ThoughtSpot’s AI engine. This not only improves decision making and agility for frontline employees, but frees up time for data talent to work on strategic, long term data initiatives.

“As we drive the data-centric initiatives with our Business 4.0TM thought leadership framework in our enterprise customers to accelerate business growth and transformation, we thrive to get insights into the hands of every decision maker,” said DinanathKholkar, Vice President, Global Head of Analytics & Insights, Tata Consultancy Services. “By partnering with ThoughtSpot, we will be able to bring the power of search and AI-driven analytics to businesses throughout India and around the world, equipping every decision maker with the ability to find actionable insights, and make better decisions to drive business outcomes.”

Thoughts from the Top

“In a space as rapidly evolving as artificial intelligence and machine learning, the only way to keep up with the needs of enterprise customers is by hiring exceptional talent who can deliver innovation quickly,” said Sudheesh Nair. “With the new investment, we’ll not only be able to grow our team with this kind of talent from across India, but simultaneously bring our platform to Indian enterprises for the first time with a dedicated, local team.”

“Over the past two years, the Bangalore engineering center has become one of our key R&D centers, working hand in hand with our teams in Sunnyvale and Seattle to create a more fact-driven world through technology,” said Puneet Agarwal, ThoughtSpot VP and Head of India Engineering. “We’re looking for the best and brightest minds in product, engineering, and design who share our passion for delivering real value to our customers, while bettering the world through artificial intelligence, distributed systems, databases, and UI/UX.”

“I’m incredibly excited by today’s news. Not only will the investment will help ThoughtSpot bring innovations to our customers more quickly than ever before, but for the first time, we’ll have a dedicated business team to bring search and AI-driven analytics to enterprises throughout India,” said Sunil Mahale, ThoughtSpot VP of APJ. “Enterprises who want to compete on a global stage require a better way to arm their entire organization with insights to transform how they operate. With a dedicated local team in place and a growing ecosystem of partners and SIs, we’re primed and ready to help them with this transformation.”

Continued Business Momentum

Throughout its last fiscal year, ThoughtSpot has made progress in all major parts of the business, such as:

  • Product and Partner Expansions: in the last twelve months, ThoughtSpot has delivered new innovations to market, such as voice-driven analyticswith SearchIQ, predictive analytics and machine learning through partnerships with DataRobot and Alteryx, and multi-cloud analytics through a partnership with Google Cloud Platform
  • Growing Executive Team: Cindi Howson recently joined ThoughtSpot as Chief Data Strategy Officer, while Marta Molina Paul joined as VP of Global People Operations
  • Securing Market and Industry Recognition: leading business and technology organizations have recognized ThoughtSpot’s contributions changing the way the world uses data, including Gartner, who named ThoughtSpot a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Analytics & BI Platforms, Forbes, who named ThoughtSpot one of the 100 most important cloud companies, and the World Economic Forum, who named ThoughtSpot a Technology Pioneer.

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Tata Tele business service hosts a Successful discussion with CXOs for resilience & business growth in Post COVID world

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Tata Tele Business Services (TTBS), hosted CXO Round Table Discussion with industry leaders on building a new mindset for business resilience and growth. The discussion centered around Respond, Reboot and Reinvent as key imperatives; with large Enterprises reinventing their business models as they continue to respond effectively to the aftershocks of the crisis.

 While the potential requirement for many organizations is to build digital competency, the larger goal is to be data-driven and leveraging the cloud capabilities. Moreover, witnessing variable cost structures, agile operations, and automation which could create stronger capabilities with digital presence and security.

According to an IDC report, ‘By 2022, 70% of all organizations will have accelerated use of digital technologies, transforming existing business processes to drive customer engagement, employee productivity, and business resiliency.’

Industry representatives such asUpkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd., Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan, Yogesh Kothari – Sr. Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions shared their expertise upon business agility, examples from their professional career and how they are successfully driving the digital transformation journey for their organization.

Addressing the session, Mr. Shibhu Davies, Sales Head – North and East, Tata Communications Ltd. said, “There is a plethora of technology available in the market, understanding the most suitable one for a particular business is the key factor. To thrive in the next normal, companies must be data driven to make critical and timely decisions. While there is an uptick in the businesses investing in data and nimble technologies like cloud and AI, many are still struggling to maintain momentum. Businesses need to get out of cultural obstacles, address data privacy and governance challenges to enhance their degree of business transformation.” 

Elaborating further on increasing adoption of Cloud communication, Mr. Shibhu Davies explained, “Cloud Communication suite like Smartflo being offered by Tata Teleservices are inherently designed for a digital or hybrid environment and is well-equipped to deal with the growing overlap between digital technology and enterprise operations. Besides enhanced efficiency and operational flexibility, it offers more robust security to your business with a pre-configured unified threat management system.”

Mr. Upkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd said “Covid has created an unprecedented impact across all regions – organizations that are flexible both from technology and operational perspective have been able to RESPOND in time, REBOOT their functions and are now REINVENTING result oriented approach”

Mr. Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan said, “During times of catastrophes, leadership plays a very important role in adoption to change. Composure, calmness, honoring and supporting every internal and external stakeholder through thick and thin helps revive business and defines leadership by example.” 

Mr. Yogesh Kothari – Sr Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions said, “Challenges that enterprises are facing in the current times is resistance to change. There is a lack of vision for creating a digital journey for the customer and technology know how for their business” 

Highlights of discussion: 

Challenges in Technology Adoption 

The key challenges faced by enterprises for adopting new technologies extend both towards the changing customer experience along with employee pushback. Merely purchasing and implementing a solution in response to a localized issue does not equate to technology adoption and agility. Organizations are considering two key points, recognizing and responding to the shifting trends in consumer behavior and avoiding the initiatives that target specific issues.

The post-covid world has led to unexpectedly increased customer readiness towards trying new channels for interacting with businesses. 

Organizations adopting to technology, lead to driving changes strategically through an ongoing process where being receptive to changing consumer trends helps in the formulation of effective roadmaps. These roadmaps can then be used to build better value propositions by leveraging the right technological advancements, leading to business growth and benefits.

Role of Leadership In Bringing Organizational Change

Leadership plays a very critical role while dealing with catastrophes. From healthcare solutions to virtual classrooms, from facilitating remote work and learning, from re-imagining online business models and digital revenue lines, to stepping up the cyber security, organizations are working on new challenges.

The pandemic has accelerated transformation multifariously for businesses in India. Organizations are re-imagining their business models, relooking at talent management strategies, and fast-tracking digitalization efforts to be more resilient to disruption. 

Organizations are simplifying and enhancing their IT landscape, architecting systems for integration, balancing operational and capital expenses using the cloud. Investments are being made towards intelligent systems that provide incremental learning abilities. 

Technology Investments for a Digital Future

Over the last couple of months, it has become increasingly evident that digital adoption is not negotiable. Having the right technology to power up digital strategies is fundamental in today’s business world. It is a business requirement without which organizations are not able to grow in a rapidly evolving market landscape.

A good business continuity solution that delivers digital workspaces to access critical applications, have accelerated the performance of organizational applications on remote connections. With right platform and solutions clubbed with excessive trainings, organizations have managed to continue with their operations without major loss in productivity or efficiency.

Digital technologies have caused a shift in customer expectations, resulting in a new kind of modern buyer. Today’s consumers are constantly connected and aware of what they can do with technology. Bringing the employees up to speed to cater to the new age customers has been one of the key form of investments for various organizations. 

Respond, Reboot and Reinvent – The New Mindset for Growth

Organizations have taken immediate actions focused on keeping people safe and essential business functions operating. This has been relatively marked with high effort and possibly chaotic activity.

Organizations are adopting to the wholistic approach, recognizing evolving customer demand, channels of information consumption, building continued incremental intelligence including technology that provides agility. Agile decision making and strategy setting by enterprises have outsized performance and established a lead over the competition that sustains long after the initial disruption. By reinventing themselves, organizations have learnt to conduct operational processes and workflows in new, repeatable, and scalable ways.

Key Takeaways

  • Gaining New perspectives, relooking at business models and embracing new models of harnessing technology have become business priorities.  
  • Reinvent on an ongoing basis to build an agile, adaptive & resilient enterprise for a sustainable future. 
  • Uninterrupted connectivity between all stakeholders, internally within employees and externally with customers and vendors across platforms and touch points is of critical importance.

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Bharti Airtel Announces 5G Ready Network

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In a major landmark, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) announced that it has become the country’s first telco to successfully demonstrate & orchestrate LIVE 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

Airtel did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology. Using a first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel seamlessly operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block. This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport. 

Airtel 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone. This demonstration has underlined the company’s technology capabilities. The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to our customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said: “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future proofed as this game changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.” 

“We believe India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation. To make that happen we need the eco system to come together – applications, devices and network innovation. We are more than ready to do our bit.” added Gopal Vittal.                  

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Airtel Xstream Fiber Rolls Out Gigabit Wi-Fi Experience

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Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) has kicked off the New Year with some exciting news for customers with the launch of hyper-fast Wi-Fi experience. 

Airtel Xstream Fiber customers can now enjoy 1 Gbps data speeds over Wi-Fi and no longer have to be constrained by a dedicated LAN cable. The Airtel Xstream Fiber Rs 3999 plan now comes with a complimentary 1 Gbps Wi-Fi router to go with unlimited data quota and massive bundled content.  

The highly advanced 4×4 Wi-Fi router, will enable seamless 1 Gbps Wi-Fi coverage across Homes and Small Offices. This will unlock a great experience for online gaming and animation and for work or study from home with large number of concurrently connected devices. Small Offices will be able to deploy multiple high speed connections for applications such as stock trading and online collaboration that requires reliable high speed connectivity with zero downtime.      

Says Vir Inder Nath, CEO – Homes, Bharti Airtel: “Reliable high speed connectivity is a lifeline in today’s digital first world and Airtel is proud to be at the forefront of India’s broadband revolution. A key ask from our customers was liberation from the LAN cable to enjoy the 1Gbps experience and we are delighted to make that happen.”        

Airtel Xstream Fiber’s 1 Gbps broadband plan at Rs 3999 also comes with a complimentary Airtel Xstream Box that offers 550 TV channels and OTT content from the Airtel Xstream app library that includes over 10,000 movies & shows aggregated across 7 OTT apps and 5 studios. It offers subscription to premier video streaming apps such as Amazon Prime Video and ZEE5, all accessible through the Airtel Xstream Box.

Airtel is India’s largest private sector broadband service provider with presence in over 150 cities. 

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