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Special ReportsMay 2013
According to, “The State of Food and Agriculture Report 2012”, “world agriculture needs to feed a projected population of more than 9 billion people by 2050, some 2 billion...
ENNOVENT-Empowering Low-Income Markets
Ennovent is a company focused on accelerating innovations for sustainability in low-income markets, currently focused in India. For Ennovent \'innovations\' refers to for example any product, services, technology or process that has a positive impact on low-income communities – from low-cost education models to solar energy lamps that live at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
For much of modern history, innovation – especially of the truly radical kind – was largely seen as the domain of the so-called Triad nations: US, Western Europe, and Japan. This changed – in a big way – in the last few years. In industry after industry, from mobile banking to alternate energy to electric vehicles, firms in emerging markets are now at the leading edge of innovation. Moreover, many of these emerging market firms are well poised for future innovation. Recent research by Gerry Tellis, Jaideep Prabhu, and Rajesh Chandy finds that the top companies in India, China, and other emerging markets share a culture of innovation that is remarkably similar to that in top companies in the US and Europe.
The Evolving Enterprise
Over the last few decades, enterprises grew by increasing efficiency, scale and execution capabilities. Emerging economies still have a large scope for applying these levers to extract further growth. But most of the enterprises in developed economies have reached the limits of cost cutting and productivity improvements. Increase in spending by consumers and businesses is the only source of growth and it does not look very promising in the near to medium term.
Digital Influence' to Reach $150 Billion by 2016
This digital influence, currently affecting $30 billion of urban consumer spending, is expected to greatly accelerate over the next four years, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, titled From Buzz to Bucks: Capitalizing on India\'s “Digitally Influenced” Consumers, asserts that the number of Internet users in India is expected to nearly triple from 125 million in 2011 to 330 million by 2016. This surge of Internet penetration will cause the digital influence on purchase decisions to explode.
ODigMa Outlines Key Social Media Trends for 2013
ODigMa, India's leading online marketing firm which offers innovative solutions for companies to connect with their consumers on the web has outlined six trends that are expected to define the social media landscape in India in 2013.
What Makes Your Phone Ring?
Coupons Contributing in Indian - eCommerce Growth
Let's take a look at the e-commerce landscape in India which is shaping up to be one of the global powerhouses in terms of traffic. In November last year, 27.2 million users above the age of 15 years - or 59% of the 46.4 million Internet audience in the country - engaged in retail activity compared with 23.02 million - or 56% of the 41.2 million users in 2010. This is data collected by LiveMint.com. Plus.com Score, the most trusted site for statistics related to all things digital, reported in December 2011 that, “with Online Shopping Taking Off in India: Retail Web Audience Grows 18 Percent in the Past Year as Nearly 3 of Every 5 Internet Users Now Shop Online.
Google's 'India Get Your Business Online' campaign
As part of its unique initiative to offer free websites and domains to small & medium businesses in India through the 'India Get Your Business Online' campaign launched a year ago, Google India today unveiled a special initiative that was carried out to make the oldest and India's biggest wholesale and iconic Chandni Chowk market of old Delhi easily accessible to users worldwide. As part of this special project, Google India & HostGator went to each shop in Chandni Chowk and built over 2,500 free websites for businesses operating from the market.
Mcube X Your Cloud Receptionist
VMC MCube X, the cloud receptionist solution, is built around the VMC MCube platform, and offers a unified, adaptive communication service that can be setup, provisioned and managed on demand for smooth communication, higher business productivity and excellent service delivery. For its exceptionally low cost operations, it most suits the small entrepreneurs.
Increasing Productivity of Tally
Tally software has a dominant presence in many SMEs in India. Initially it was used solely for the purpose of accounting but off late it is giving a serious competition to ERP applications with the launch of the comprehensive Tally.ERP 9. Today it provides all the essential accounting, inventory and MIS reports with limited graphical presentation. Tally.ERP 9 provides Bar Charts in few of the reports. However, for presenting complex financial data, customers are forced to use Excel to generate graphs/charts. This is a drawback that is being dynamically addressed by Tally Partner EAI Square Technologies LLP. This Bangalore based company is committed to develop tools that will help in simplifying complex business tasks. Their focus is to provide tools for existing customers of Tally.ERP 9 for enhanced business management. All the tools are designed to be self-serving to the users with the help of manual, videos and demo installer.
IS THE CIO ROLE PASSÉ?
Picture this: Two decades ago, when the inaugural issue of CIO hit the streets, successful CIOs (or Vice President, Information Management as it was called earlier) were mostly seen as strong technologists. Most of the technologies of the time - the DOS, IBMs, Windows - were standalone technologies that were converted into IT functions that reported to finance or to a unique line of business, with limited cross functional interaction. CIOs were merely the custodians of these systems responsible for making it work.
Integrated IT and Networking Technologies NEC Committed to Provide World Class Solutions to SMEs
NEC India is one of the leading brands in the Projectors market and the company has clearly defined plans to expand and further strengthen its footprint for all its product and solution offerings throughout India.
Librarywala.com – A successful online library e-commerce venture
The beauty of entrepreneurship is the amazing ways in which it can touch our lives without letting us feel that it is a business. Observation of those little niches which needs to be filled can convert an opportunity to a good business proposition. And if it can be a socially impactful offering that can reach out to children as well as adults then it would be remarkable.
How Important is Task Management to any SMB ?
Internationally, task management is a way of working for any business but here in our country, the concept is still breeding. Seemingly, it will take time to change the mindset of entrepreneurs to adopt task management tools and solutions to their benefit but provided there is awareness about its use, applicability, pricing and competition. What is it?
Fostering Entrepreneurial Development through Incubation - iAccelerator powered By Tata Communications
Tata's are traditional known for their nurturing approach to business and never visualized as focused persistent capitalists out to make only money. As part of its continuous endeavor to support innovation and play a crucial role in development of enterprises, entrepreneurial ventures and growth of industries, Tata Communications announced its support of iAccelerator on the 8th of December 2001 at Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), New Campus, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad.
A New Business Technology Paradigm: The New Promise of IT
With business happening at the speed of thought, which is much higher than the speed of light, scale of business has been replaced by speed in every gamut, every sphere, and every function of business. The information era we live in, only way we can grow big is by growing small. That is, making smaller mobiles, smaller cars, smaller gadgets, that contain more data, have more applications, and more utility. Today, our mantra is: Get more from less. This is how Information Technology has changed our lives, our business, and our industry. This is how IT makes the world go round. This is how IT has changed the way Small & Medium Enterprises Sector function in industry.
BigRock Offers Dot com Websites at Rs. 499
BigRock unveiled a complete dot com website-in-a-box' package for small businesses, professionals, and individuals. This complete website package includes a premium .com domain name, email hosting, and web hosting integrated with an easy-to-use interactive website builder. The package has everything needed for a small business to get their own .com website set up in a few easy steps. The entire package costs only Rs. 499 for a .com website and Rs. 399 for a .net website, making it easy and affordable for anyone to get their website setup immediately.
Game Changer: A Low-cost DNASequencing Technology
If innovation is the name of the game, Life Technologies has introduced a game changer. At its Innovation Update Forum in NCR, the company that operates in India as Invitrogen BioServices India Pvt Ltd, unveiled its next generation sequencing product – Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM).
SaaS for SMBs and Its Relevance - An Indian Perspective
The market is ripe for more widespread adoption of SaaS to help SMBs reach greater levels of profitability in India. Security SaaS allows SMBs to focus on their business while leaving the security of their endpoints, email, web and vulnerability management to the security experts.
100CRORES presents Learning Management System for SMEs
In today's technology oriented world even small and medium enterprises can participate in the growth evolution in Learning Management Systems. This platform for e-learning can help in managing courses and training through administration, documentation, reporting and tracking of training programs. Learning Management Systems can reduce training costs, cross geographical divides and provide anytime anywhere training and result in increased productivity. This can be achieved without investing in expensive technology systems and huge price tags.
Enhanced Wi-Fi System to Support User Demand of Smartphones and other Wireless Devices
Ruckus Wireless™, headquartered in Silicon Valley, the industry's fastest growing Wi-Fi equipment like advanced wireless systems for the mobile networking market supplier, unveiled new products and technology to address critical scalability and reliability issues faced by enterprise that are now dealing with a deluge of smartphone and other wireless-only devices hitting their networks.
ICT Enables you to Move to the Next Level
Over the last few decades, ICT has taken on a significant support role for business activities. In most cases, it has become a key enabler for competitiveness, achiever of better quality of service, lower processing costs or even better support for MIS. In some cases, ICT has been at the heart of the business model, offering new ways of doing business or even being incorporated into the very nature of the business itself. Making the right choices and investing in the right technologies, in proper domains, requires a good understanding of the opportunities offered.
SMEs Need to be Alert about War-driving
SMBs that have insecure or open wireless access points are at risk of falling victim to war-driving tactics, they fail to understand that anyone without accessing the internet can still access lot of sensitive information. War-driving hardware can detect a wireless network from up to five miles away and there are programs that search out and automatically attempt to gain access and catalog wireless networks. It's not just open/insecure wireless access points that are vulnerable. Many small businesses have older wireless access points that use an inferior encryption technology called WEP, which war-driving software programs can crack in seconds.
Location Based Services from TATA Teleservices: Track Real-time Information Availability
Tata Teleservices will be offering its targetted customers a host of applications leveraging its LBS Platform. These applications will broadly include vehicle tracking services, fleet management, taxi management, asset tracking services, cargo management. Consignment tracking, ATM finder, workforce management solutions, employee safety, sales force automation, service ticket allocation etc.
Information Technology Offering: 'PC as a Service' for SMEs
Cloud computing is delivered through 'Pay as you go' model which helps enterprises and SMEs alike ramp up or scale down project infrastructure depending on project needs. One of the leading players in cloud computing services and pioneers in PC as a service (PCaaS) in India is Novatium Solutions (P) Ltd.
Technology that Empowers Local Businesses
These smart entrepreneurs are adopting the Internet to grow their business in a much better way than some of the savviest marketers in the country. Internet has completely transformed the way we communicate with our friends, share pictures and find almost anything online.
Network & Direct Attached Storage for SMEs: Iomega Offers Broadest Portfolio on Lucrative Prices
For customers of any size, they have data, bills, book keeping, IT returns and financial data for monthly/ yearly expense management – what if all this data gets lost just because it was kept on the computer which did not have a back up and it crashed.
Sl1000 Launched for Unified Communication: NEC focuses on Indian SMEs Market with IP-enabled Communication Solutions
The SL1000 is an intelligent cost-effective telecommunication system, which packs affordability, efficiency and IP-telephony all into one system. This cutting edge solution caters to the communication needs of SMEs, small offices and home offices (SOHOs).
Easing Communication: Anywhere, Anytime Information Sharing with Nokia Tej
Nokia Tej, a unique mobile productivity service, leverages the fact that mobile penetration in the country is much higher than IT penetration and therefore uses the mobile device as the medium to deliver service. Nokia Tej is targeted at companies operating in a heterogeneous, network-based environment particularly those with complex and lengthy supply chains.
Managing Information Explosion: Data Management in SMEs in the Era of Information Explosion
Symantec Backup Exec 2010 offers a flexible approach to eliminating duplicate data without adding complexity. Backup Exec offers integrated deduplication technology at the client/source and media server, in addition to integrating with third-party deduplication appliances through the Symantec OpenStorage Technology (OST) program.
Satellite Makes You Stay Connected Now Have Zero-failure Internet
To focus on the small and medium business segment in India, especially in the terrestrially under-served and un-served areas, i.e. those locations where terrestrial broadband is not available or if available, not reliable, Hughes India is focusing on a strong consumer outreach to educate potential customers of the significance of assured broadband reliability.
SonicWALL Launches SuperMassive E10000 Series: The Next Gen Firewall for Medium Enterprises
SuperMassive E10000 series delivers industry-leading application control, intrusion prevention, malware protection and SSL inspection at multi-gigabit speeds. It is built to meet the needs of enterprise, government, university, and service provider like financial institutions.
ERP Products for SMEs
ERP provides an integrated solution, to enhance operational efficiency and transparency. It allows departments, divisions and corporate-level representatives, to get process level information at the click of a button and to monitor operational level performance to gauge if targets will be met.
Risks and rewards of abandoning wired access for Wi-Fi in the enterprise
The installation of a wireless solution has shown to provide up to 88% cost savings on capital and support costs, the cost of moves/additions/changes is virtually eliminated with an all wireless edge as the network seamlessly supports users who are presumed to be moving continuously.
Infrastructural Devices - New Server, Storage, Networking Offerings for SMEs
To manage plus optimum excavation of all such kind solutions related to the information and communication technologies are based on the infrastructural solutions and devices like servers, data centers, data storage devices, etc.
CRM Products for SME
CRM as it is popularly known can be used as a combination of technology and personal touch, to develop a strategy for business success. With increasing competition every business, needs to be equipped technologically to increase and retain customer base. The essential business tool with dynamic online technology and is now affordable for small and medium sized enterprises.
Smoothing Business Operation in SMEs: 'TaskTrek' for Communication, Information, Document, Activity & Team Management
Using TaskTrek, SMEs can communicate seamlessly with their team (internal and clients) throughout the organization, document and track communication, organize data into standard folders and sub-folders linked to work related activities, manage activities and monitor team through nifty features like team schedule, calendar, timesheets, reports to name a few.
Time to Move from Analog to Digital: Unified Communications to Reduce Cost and Improve Productivity for SMEs
The escalating cost of the communication by unlimited phone calls, compromising with the faltered network providers and inefficient cheaper equipments are the problems that work to reduce your overall productivity.
India's & SE Asia first Modern Net Zero Energy Building
Net-zero energy buildings are the next generation environmentally responsible buildings. As they are self-contained no external resources are required to enable functioning of these building. This concept is likely grow more powerful as sustainable design continues to penetrate the mainstream of design and construction practices.
Lenovo Eyes on Growing Market of SMEs: Growth-Driven Adaptation of IT/ICT Solutions
SMEs in India are the maximum in the number and their gradual rise is opening up huge market, offering SMEs-dedicated products and services. IT and ICT are two major areas which are motivating various companies to develop products and services for SMEs.
Aruba Instant: Port Centric to Mobility Centric to Secure Access
Aruba Instant has many advanced security feature like device finger printing where in a network, device recognizes what type of mobile device connected and allows certain predefined access. For example the CEO of the company could have higher level of access while a lower level employee can be allowed to a limited access. The similar process can also be implemented in case of the head office and branch office, data device and mobile device.
Protection for Your Smartphones
A survey conducted by Norton reveals that 53 percent of adults in India have fallen victim to mobile phone loss or theft, but despite that, only two in five Indians currently have a password protecting their devices. The imminent need for mobile protection is increasingly important with Indians having their phones lost/stolen an average of 1.5 times over the past five years.
Complete Security Solution for SMEs now Available - Vineet Sood, Head, Channels and Alliances, Symantec India
Another important trend that survey revealed is that cyber attacks continue to plague Indian SMBs, but there was an overall decline. Sixty eight percent of SMBs were prone to few cyber attacks this year, while 22 percent of SMBs faced them on a regular basis.
Smart Cards The Smart Way to Track
The technological advancements help SMEs in many ways. In terms of printing experiences, I can say, they get real time experience. Zebra's tagline itself emphasizes on it. Every technological advancement, in case of printing, reduces the printing time and cost. If you have a card printer of your own, you need not to go a jobber for the card printing.
Jindal Intellicom Offers 'No Cost' CRM Solution for SMEs
SMEs have been a focus area of our international operations for a long time now and many solutions that we developed for those markets are portable to Indian SMEs. For example we have a state of the art, fully functional Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application that we developed in-house. We are aware that many SMEs do not want to invest in a high capex off the shelf CRM application that will also require extensive customization cost/time.
Xerox Outlook 2011: Business Solutions to Optimize Infrastructure, Improve Efficiency & Enhance Productivity of SMEs
Xerox is the market leader in the Document Management Services, offering an integrated range of products and solutions as well as consulting services to optimize office document management, improve productivity, reduce the output costs and create value by making smarter connections between people processes and technology.
'Cloud Computing' Natural for SMEs' - - 'Partha' S. Parthasarathy
An SME business owner, today, is hard pressed for time, and is constantly on the move and often single-handedly manages all aspects of his growing business. He needs information on his fingertips as to how his business is performing, on a set of key parameters very specific to his business. And he needs it anytime, anywhere, preferably on a mobile device.
Managing Resources Better: 'Infor Offers Solutions for SMBs to Improve Their Efficiency of Conducting Business'
Any company that has a complex supply chain to manage in today's business environment, needs a supply chain management software solution that utilizes specialized functionality tailored not only for the current climate, but for their business also.
Data Management in SMEs
Management decision making data and information like MIS reports on the other hand do not have such defined need for creation or period for preservation. The data used for statutory or management purpose both may and may not have similar origin but purpose and relevance differs.
SAP Solutions for Growth of SMEs
Seeing the rising demand for SAP based solutions, many companies have ventured in the market offering multiple and innovative SAP based solutions for the mid-size companies. Vital Wires is one such company that combines its passion to add business value with deep SAP platform knowledge, industry specific process expertise, and unique methodologies to amaze their clients in every interaction.
Streamline Your Communication with country's first Hosted Microsoft Office Communication Server
GlobalOutlook's hosted Microsoft office communication server includes comprehensive connective solutions to the enterprises. The key features includes secure instant messaging, group chat, voice and video conferencing, desktop sharing, missed conversation notifications and status indicators by IM integrated with Microsoft Office Outlook.
Shield against Online Risks & Threats
There are many IT companies which provide complete security to the SMBs. Symantec is one of them. Symantec helps consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Symantec solutions protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored.
Store the Future of Your Enterprise in Dell Storage
The research being done by the AMI partners also shows that sales and marketing, investment, customers are the factors affecting the ICT adaptation and expansion. Amongst the total number of small and medium enterprises, only 15% of the small enterprises are found to have branches while medium enterprises with branches number 85%. To handle these branches the SMEs need better solutions with improved options for the storage.
Infor Global Solution introduces Business Software to Suit SMEs
But there are some companies that provide complete software solutions on affordable prices. Infor Global Solutions is one of them. Infor, having presence in more than 100 countries, provides such solutions. Infor offers a full range of enterprise business software including customer relationship management, enterprise asset management, enterprise resource planning, financial management, human capital management, performance management, product lifecycle management, supplier relationship management, and supply chain management, including business specific inventory management, transportation logistics and warehouse management software.
3 Indian IT majors hire
With improving business conditions pushing their hiring plans, IT majors Infosys, TCS and Wipro hired over 20,000 employees in the January-March quarter. According to human resources experts, IT and IT-enabled services are expected to see a huge jump in hiring this year
Ten Things to Look for in Your Web Designer
Yet, quite often a small business finds that it got a raw deal or finds itself being arm twisted by the once seemingly perfect web design partner. So what goes wrong in these cases? If you talk to the smart SMBs who succeeded in finding the right design/IT partner in the first go, you will notice a common thread.
Embedded Technology is the Need of the hour: Mark Bhasm
“Toady almost seventy per cent of India's population is below thirty years of age. So explosion of media usage is remarkably high. Service industry is expanding and infotainment has made a break through in the life of present generation. The time line of past, present and future can be shifted. Wi-fi and Bluetooth are the landmarks in the advancement of technologies.
Green Fleet Technology and Fuels
We Will Educate Indian SMEs About the Power of the Internet
SMEs in India have a potential of great magnitude in the export segment which is largely untapped and unexplored. However, technology shift and lack of knowledge about web services are the principal impediments facing the sector, says Brian A. Wong, Senior Director, Strategic Business Development Division, Alibaba.com, the world's largest B2B portal, in a conversation with SME WORLD in Delhi recently.
Application of ICT in Micro Finance Institutions
CT applications in Microfinance have been least understood, as most ICT application vendors do not fully appreciate the context of why ICT is needed in the first place, in this space. So, before we embark on understanding the applications of ICT in Micro finance, let us first quickly recap what Micro finance is all about and what are the challenges in this sector and how can ICT help to overcome them.
New SME technology to bring internet on cellphones
The people who cannot afford advanced cell phones have a reason to smile, a new technology will enable internet based services to the most basic handsets. The network protocol being built by Umesh Chandra from Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California, will get mobile phones connected to the web via SMS.
BFSI Technologies CXO Summit
Benefits of ICT for SME in Indonesia
Indonesia have more Small Medium Enterprises than others countries, we can make conclusion that Indonesian people have more entrepreneurship mindset than others countries. Unluckily SMEs seldom use Information Communication Technology (ICT), because of lack infrastructures, high cost Internet connection and lack of skill on ICT use.
Energy efficiency for SMEs
With industries growing at a rapid pace in India, it's the Small and Medium sector which accounts to a major part of Indian Industrial sector but are majorly unorganized. Therefore, it is time that the SMEs are made more aware about the issues prevailing at global levels and are made to adopt energy efficiency.
SME use Twitter to cut Costs
Twitter can be very effectively used for reaching out the marketing communications of an SME to the following prospect base of friends, customers or channel partners. SME World discusses this and more.
ICT Indispensable for SMEs: Experts
ICT can help the SMEs climb up the e-adoption ladder, by adapting their business processes to the digital world; they can lead in the implementation of breakthrough technologies; and by the use of ICT, SMEs can improve their performances, and realize their full potential as agents of change.
Digital marketing offers advantage for SME to reach out globally
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Capacity building for sustainable growth through ICT initiatives in the SME sector
The development of human capital is an essential element of ICT enabled development. A disconnect exists in many countries between ICT for education/learning and ICT for employment at both the systemic and personal levels. E-learning offers a panacea for both the levels, if applied correctly.
SMEs MUST TAKE TO BAR CODING
'The Bad Guys are a Step Ahead of the Good Guys'
India has witnessed an unprecedented index of Cyber crimes whether they pertain to Trojan attacks, salami attacks, e-mail bombing, DOS attacks, information theft, or the most common offence of hacking. Despite technological measures being adopted by corporate organizations and individuals.
TIPS FROM CYBER EXPERTS
Technology Upgradation a Must for SMEs
The quality of indigenous products manufactured by many SMEs is not upto the mark, thus leading to buyers turning their backs towards SMEs. Many buyers have cited technology upgradation as one effective solution in order to turn SMEs into good vendors.
Time for SMEs to adopt ICT
SMEs therefore try to focus their resources on their core business and on daily operations, the ICT requirements that can support their core business, work well, are user-friendly, easy to upgrade and at as low a cost as possible.
Get on Board World wide web-Internet can do you wonder
Internet has made it easy to reach out to far flung markets like never before. It has made communication way cheaper than what it used to be in the olden days. Skype phone calls, IM conversations with clients are a norm now. And a website provides you with a 24x7x365 office reachable anytime, anywhere. That is the beauty of the internet.
HCL digilife, the retail chain of tomorrow
HCL Digilife stores houses a comprehensive range of digital lifestyle and entertainment products ranging from PCs and notebooks, digital cameras and music players, mobile phones, gaming consoles and office automation devices from world renowned brands like, Apple, Nokia, Toshiba, Kodak, Kingston, plantronics, Casio, HCL etc. with the assurance of HCLs best assured service and support.
- Winner of appreciation award for promoting SMEs in India.
- 1st ever Indian magazine to penetrate tier II, III cities & the rural belt.
- Industry Partnerships include CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHDCC, AIMA, ITPO, SME Network, Federation of Indian Micro Small Enterprises (FISME)
- Official Magazine Partners for several national & international MSME events.
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