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Driving Innovation

In the bygone era, people would flock to auto shows to see the latest car and engine designs. They were awed by how the latest technology could take a driver anywhere he wished to go in the blink of an eye. Today, if you visited an auto show, you will find that some of the most powerful personal computers now come with leather bucket seats. It's the idea that the automobile is yet another way to connect to the world via the Internet. Make no mistake: Car telephones have been around for decades. Satellite navigational systems are nothing new. But automotive internet connectivity is entering a new, exciting phase.

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Sidestepping pitfalls in the search for technology innovation

A very successful private equity investor once shared with delegates of a packed conference that he spends more time on the road than he does in his office. The reason, he said, is that he wants to see firsthand the types of companies in which his firm is considering investing. Not only that, but he would go to exotic lands during the worst times (weather-wise) of the year. Monsoons would hit the coasts, earthquakes would shake cities, and snowstorms would cripple roads and airports.

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The journey to technology intensity: From seeking IT investment to inspiring it

My friend's organization was spending upwards of 3% of its revenue on IT. The corresponding figure for its peers is approximately 1.8% to 2.3%. So, does that mean my friend’s business has got its math all wrong?

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Platformization of software for us. Business results for enterprise

N.R. Narayana Murthy, our Founder and Chairman Emeritus, visited Australia, recently, to announce a partnership with the country's premier information and communications technology organization, NICTA. The Infosys-NICTA program is a multifaceted partnership, which includes joint research, PhD student internships, professional exchange programs, and commercialization of intellectual property over the next five years.

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Big Data Grows Up

It's difficult for any of us to imagine just how revolutionary the concept of a public library was more than a century ago. It was a place where anyone could go and borrow a book with the promise that after you'd read it, you would return it so that someone else could enjoy it, too. Before the development of public and free libraries, vast collections of books and information were status symbols of the rich.

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Big Data: The Big Deal

While we all see its immense potential value for business, few of us business users have found the means to really harness Big Data. Curiously, this has only made us more resilient in our quest for answers. Everyone wants those elusive insights, better time-to-insight, with greater accuracy, and in a form that can be readily consumed and acted upon. Because there is no doubt that when we unlock the value inherent in our enterprise's Big Data we also uncover invaluable business advantage. And yet, this realization is of little value unless it also comes with the means to gather, process and act on this Big Data.

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The Year of Big Data in Banking

American retailer Target made a lot of headlines last year for figuring out that a teenager was pregnant, before her family did, simply based on her buying behavior. A poignant yet persuasive case for data analytics.

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Help! SoLoMo is changing my Customer Value Chain.What can I do?

First it went Digital, then Mobile, and now consumer behavior is trending towards the confluence of Social, Local and Mobile. The allure of SoLoMo lies in its ability to drive action: according to research, a high proportion of consumers searching for "nearby" products or services on their smartphones, follow through; one report says that 90% of such consumers acted within 24 hours; 70% called the service provider in question; and 66% visited the stores.

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How Does a CIO Think in a Las Vegas Show?

OK, I know what you're thinking: Who cares what an important technology executive thinks of Cirque Du Soleil or the Blue Man Group? So let me clarify what I mean by the term "Las Vegas show." I'm referring to the Consumer Electronics Show.

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Positioning your enterprise for the big data revolution

One of the great marketers of all time - Alfred Sloan, the management expert who built General Motors during the early 20th century, structured his stratagem so that consumers felt they were always aspiring up to the next brand from General Motors.

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Taming Big Data

I am fascinated by what an education policy expert said about the wonders of the Information Age - Students have greater and faster access to the world's repository of knowledge than at any point in history. Yet both standardized test scores and graduation rates continue to decline in America.

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Embracing what must pervade your business. And society.

What never gets old are photographs of some the earliest computers first leveraged by banks. Some of the first models were so big....they occupied entire rooms! Of course, the size of those machines belied their computational power.

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A fairytale on the Cloud

Most technology success stories come with a "tiger by the tail" moral. So there's Internet and violation of privacy; online banking and risk of fraud; social networking and loss of control... Now, what could it be for the Cloud?

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Technology, Mother Nature and lessons from hurricane Sandy

I spend lots of time in the New York metro region and have many friends and colleagues living in the area hit hard by hurricane Sandy several weeks ago. Millions were impacted directly by the storm with entire neighborhoods devastated, massive power outages and mile long queues for gasoline.

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It's time to rethink that data center

What Ricoh achieved was no mean feat - removing more than 1000 servers across their Europe-Middle East-Africa operations and reducing their carbon footprint by nearly 17K tons of CO2 - the equivalent of emissions from 3350 cars.

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The potential pitfalls of data mining

When it comes to sharing personal information with retailers, consumers are behaving a little wary - even testy -- of late. Let me share a story with you. A friend of mine received a $10 gift card from Starbucks as a reward for filling out a marketing survey.

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Unclog the IT traffic jam. And no casualties.

There are many who believe that the technology organization has relapsed from driving or enabling business to being an impediment to it. This judgment, undoubtedly, stems from their frustration of being stonewalled by the tech -powers-that-be whenever they approach them with a challenging request.

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Infosys edge

It's a world of growing complexity and changing dynamics. And, I often find many vexing challenges, that businesses face, stem from the fact that they must, on the one hand, add on new capabilities to adapt to change, and on the other rationalize these add-ons in the interests of organizational efficiency and operational simplicity.

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Cloud: Through the complexity. To the promise

A study of Cloud economics conducted, a year ago, concluded that by switching to Cloud computing, organizations could save half to two thirds of the total cost incurred on a 1,000 server setup across its lifecycle. But to view the Cloud as one more cost reduction mechanism is to miss the forest for the trees.

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Text mining: Digging for gold within the syntax

Data mining is so yesterday. Today, we're engulfed in text mining - the use of computer processing to understand patterns and trends in text - is becoming a more valuable business tool every day. Text mining technologies have developed at a rapid pace in the past decade and have become relatively sophisticated, but there is still no "out-of-the-box" text mining solution that plugs into existing business intelligence (BI) systems.

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Digital goes pervasive - are you following?

The game of information empowerment is at half-time now. The first half clearly was about organizing information and democratizing access. What a game that was - the world wide web is almost a zetta byte now!

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Ok everyone, become a couch potato!

Sometimes, innovation can also mean more people sitting in front of the TV and for longer. We kid around with jokes about "mean butt time" and creating the next generation of couch potatoes. However, if you're a cable operator, this is what keeps you up at night.

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Cloud integration and governance: Getting it all together

As the Cloud business matures, its biggest opportunity might also present its greatest challenge. Today, corporate Cloud users are looking at outsourcing different components of infrastructure to different suppliers to optimize their costs. But managing multiple deployments means managing multiple vendor relationships (maybe even multiple technologies and delivery models) and the attendant complexities.

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Virtual reality takes a major leap forward

A sea change in computing - perhaps one of the biggest ever - occurred 17 months ago when Microsoft introduced Kinect as an interface with the Xbox game console. By introducing the concept of using gestures and spoken commands to navigate screens and direct the actions of characters, Kinect truly ushered in the world of virtual reality to the casual gamer.

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Why you need to befriend the Laplace Demon?

Computers are everywhere. We are entering an age where computing will be embedded everywhere - in products, in places, in things and in people. Pharma companies are testing programmable biodegradable sensors that will be embedded in medicines and will alert you on your iPhone, as per doctor's prescription.

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The Cloud has a silver lining

Sometime last year, the National Science Center moved its flagship program - called Learning Logic - to the Cloud to enhance its IT staff and optimize infrastructure efficiencies. Learning Logic went from its earlier server-based avatar to serving a much broader audience. In migrating to the Cloud, the cost savings were significant. But the additional audience was a direct outcome of Cloud-led innovation.

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It's What We Can't See That Matters in IT

In 1963, Ted Nelson, a futurist, coined the phrase "hypertext," and a decade later, he predicted that we would exchange ideas through a series of connected terminals. Today, HTML

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Data – structured or unstructured – means business

It's estimated that last year, the world created four exabytes of data - that's four quintillion bytes, or more than the combined knowledge base of the last 5,000 years. I don't know how much an exabyte is. But it seems like a lot of information to me. So what do we make of it? Here's one story:

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How to make shopping more fun

Industries facing competitive pressures need to differentiate user experience, expand consumer reach, improve conversion rates and sustain customer loyalty. The definitive mandate calls for support from robust design methods. Emerging interactive technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), are engaged in such instances to create a smooth blend of physical and virtual world. SONAR (Social Networking and Augmented Reality), from Infosys helps enterprises build interactive communication systems that combines the best of three worlds - physical, virtual and social.

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