Jet Airways Conferred ‘International Cargo Airline of the Year’ at 4th GMR-IGI Airport Awards 2016

Airline receives honour for fourth consecutive year

Newsvoir | June 24, 2016
New Delhi, Delhi, India

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, has been adjudged the ‘International Cargo Airline of the Year’ at the fourth GMR – IGI Airport Awards 2016 held in New Delhi to recognise airline’s excellence in cargo sales.

To receive the prestigious award, Ms. Pom Warakorn Komutanont, Vice President – Customer Service, Airport Services, Jet Airways, Mr. Ranjeet Rana – Manager, Cargo, Jet Airways and Mr. Rakesh Chawla, General Manager – North India, Airport Services, Jet Airways were present at the ceremony held recently at the Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon. The certificate of excellence and award were presented to Jet Airways by Mr. G.R.K. Babu, CFO, Delhi International (Pvt.) Ltd. and Mr. Indana Prabhakara Rao, CEO, Delhi International (Pvt.) Ltd.

Rated on various parameters such as cargo tonnage handled, transfer cargo handled and revenue generated from cargo operations at IGI Airport in the financial year 2016, Jet Airways consistently achieved the highest rating amongst its peers.

Standing from Left: Mr. G.R.K. Babu – C.F.O., Delhi International (Pvt.) Ltd. – DIAL, Mr. Indana Prabhakara Rao – C.E.O., Delhi International (Pvt.) Ltd. – DIAL, Ms. Pom Warakorn Komutanont, Vice President – Customer Service, Airport Services, Jet Airways, Mr. Ranjeet Rana – Manager Cargo, Jet Airways, Mr. Rakesh Chawla, General Manager – North India, Airport Services, Jet Airways
Standing from Left: Mr. G.R.K. Babu – C.F.O., Delhi International (Pvt.) Ltd. – DIAL, Mr. Indana Prabhakara Rao – C.E.O., Delhi International (Pvt.) Ltd. – DIAL, Ms. Pom Warakorn Komutanont, Vice President – Customer Service, Airport Services, Jet Airways, Mr. Ranjeet Rana – Manager Cargo, Jet Airways, Mr. Rakesh Chawla, General Manager – North India, Airport Services, Jet Airways

Commenting on the honour, Gaurang Shetty, Whole-time Director, Jet Airways, said “This award recognises the efforts undertaken by Jet Airways in expanding our cargo operations – both in India and abroad. We will further keep striving to improve the quality of our offerings in the fields of customer service, products and network of service. With India emerging as a flourishing trade destination, Jet Airways aims to be the preferred choice for traders to ship their cargo.”

Pradeep Kumar, Senior Vice President, Cargo, Jet Airways, added, “We are delighted to receive this award since it is a glowing testament of our consistent initiatives towards offering excellent cargo services. This honour will further motivate the team to go beyond the traditional approach and find new means to improve services so that it benefits our customers. Seamless cargo operations also ensure that customers continue to put their trust in us and therefore it augments long term profitability of the business.”

The GMR – IGI Awards is an annual event held by Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, which recognises the best performers in the aviation industry for the past year and awards partnerships between airlines and airports. These awards help develop IGI Airport as an important global air hub.

The IGI Airport Awards, first held in 2012, has become one of the most important aviation events in India recognising the efforts of Indian airlines in categories such as Operations, Commercial, Cargo and Innovation of the Year.

About Jet Airways
Jet Airways is India’s premier international airline operating flights to 68 destinations, including India and across the world. Jet Airways’ robust domestic network in India spans the length and breadth of the country covering metro cities, state capitals and emerging destinations. Beyond India, Jet Airways operates flights to key international destinations in South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.

The Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 116 aircraft, comprising Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s. With an average age of 7.07 years, this is one of the youngest fleets in the region.

JetPrivilege, the airline’s award-winning loyalty and rewards programme offers exclusive privileges to members when they travel Jet Airways and any of its partner airlines and on transacting with any of the 150+ programme partners.

Jet Airways, together with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline, and NIKI, participates in Etihad Airways Partners. Etihad Airways is part of the Etihad Aviation Group, which also holds minority investments in each of these airlines.

TCS’ Talent Management Platform CHROMA™ to Power Bajaj Finance

CHROMA™to help consolidate and standardize HR processes through digital technologies

Newsvoir | June 23, 2016
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), the leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced that CHROMA™ – the TCS’ cloud based HR solution platform will implemented at the Bajaj Finance Limited (BFL), a leading non-banking financial company in India.

The platform will enable and enhance the new generation HR experience to over 6000 employees in BFL.With integrated processes on a single platform, Bajaj Finance Limited can automate talent management process with consistent, real-time, and crossfunctional view.Through CHROMA™ platform BFL will be able to manage recruitment, on-boarding, employee lifecycle processes, performance management, leave management, payroll, and performance appraisal.

For the first time BFL will also able to set up the competency catalogueandtrack the required, held and aspirational competencies of its employees under competency management. The platform also has modules to track career development, learning, succession planning, leave management, compensation, employee surveys as well as recognition and rewards of the employees.

Deepak Reddy, Chief – Human Resources, Administration & Group Learning Academy, Bajaj Finance Limited, said, “At Bajaj Finserv, we are constantly looking at innovative solutions which can make our processes and systems more efficient and yet be user friendly. By deploying CHROMA™,an integrated HR Solution, we will be able to manage our HR processes more efficiently and thereby reducing administrative efforts involved in transactional HR activities. We are looking forward to a long term relationship with a single accountable partner, TCS.”

Raj Agrawal, Global Head, TCS Platform Solutions, said, “Attracting, nurturing and retaining the right talent is of paramount importance to financial services companies. TCS’ capabilities and experience managing a large employee base has culminated in creation of CHROMA™ which will enable Bajaj Finance and its associated companies to deliver an enhanced experience to their multi-generational employee base. By leveraging digital technologies in a most efficient way, CHROMA™ is testimony of our commitment to cater to the dynamic needs of the HR community by providing extremely simple to use User Interface yet feature rich Talent Management Solution.”

CHROMA™ is TCS’ talent management platform that enables enterprises to drive next generation employee experience, establish a collaborative work culture and effectively manage organization’s talent base. It enables enterprises with an integrated competency based talent management approach across the hire to retire employee lifecycle events. The solution enables enterprises to drive innovative strategies for multi-channel sourcing, continuous feedback based appraisals, collaborative learning and insight based leadership development. It has intuitive user interface, self-services, social collaboration features, and mobile enablement. CHROMA™ can be deployed as an integrated HR platform to replace existing systems or as a modular platform in one or more talent management functions. CHROMA™ can be bundled with HR administrative services and delivered as an integrated as-a- service offering on a Pay per use model.

About Bajaj Finance Limited
Bajaj Finance Limited, the lending arm of Bajaj Finserv group, is one of the most diversified NBFCs in Indian market, catering to more than 6 million customers across the country. Headquartered in Pune, the company’s product offering includes Consumer Durable Loans, Home Loans, Credit Cards, Two-wheeler and Three-wheeler Loans, Construction Equipment Loans, Loans against Securities, and Rural Finance, which includes Gold Loans and Vehicle Refinancing loans. Bajaj Finance Limited prides itself for holding the highest credit rating of FAAA/Stable for any NBFC in the country today.

To know more, please visit www.bajajfinserv.in

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 45 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers Industry First Converged System for IoT

New IoT solutions, services and ecosystem provide device security and enables decision making at the edge

Business Wire India | June 23, 2016
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled the Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000, the industry’s first converged systems for the Internet of Things (IoT). These systems integrate data capture, control, compute and storage to deliver heavy-duty analytics and insights at the edge to enable real-time decision making. In addition, HPE announced enhanced IoT security capabilities, new services and an industry-leading partner ecosystem to advance the adoption and impact of the Internet of Things.

With the proliferation of IoT devices, or “things” generating petabytes of data every day, organizations have an opportunity to quickly capture, process and analyze that data to enable real-time control and decision making. Oil and gas, manufacturing and telecommunications industries face specific IoT challenges – they need to harness data in remote environments, from windmills in the desert to smart energy grids and manufacturing plants, to drive timely business decisions. Until now, the remote data would have to be transported to a data center or cloud for analysis, which can be a slow, risky and inefficient process. HPE today introduced new IoT solutions that enable organizations to harness the power of their data by delivering real-time analytics and machine learning at the edge, where the “things” are.

“Organizations that take advantage of the vast amount of data and run deep analytics at the edge can become digital disruptors within their industries,” said Vikram K, Director, Servers, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India. “HPE has built machine learning andreal-timee analytics into its IoT platforms, and provides services that help customers understand how data can best be leveraged, enabling them to optimize maintenance management, improve operations efficiency and ultimately, drive significant cost savings.”

HPE Edgeline IoT Systems: Deep Data Capture and Analytics at the Edge

HPE is unveiling the Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000, the industry’s first converged systems for the IoT, integrating compute, storage, data capture, control and enterprise-class systems and device management built to thrive in hardened environments and handle shock, vibration and extreme temperatures. The EL1000 and EL4000 are optimized to deliver heavy-duty data analytics and insights, graphically intense data visualization, and real time response at the edge.

In addition, HPE announced today that the HPE Vertica Analytics Platform runs on the Edgeline EL4000, delivering historical and predictive analytic insights from in-database machine learning algorithms across a broad range of IoT analytic use cases. Vertica on Edgeline brings applied machine learning to the edge to deliver closed-loop analytics that enable organizations to derive immediate insights from their IoT initiatives. In addition, to easily secure traffic back to the data center, the EL1000 and EL4000 support Aruba’s Virtual Intranet AccessTM (VIA) VPN client. Aruba’s VIATM provides organizations an automated, zero-touch, secure VPN, and is available for both commercial and high-security government IoT applications.

Dynamic IoT Security

Securing enterprise networks for the onslaught of IoT devices is also a primary concern for IT professionals today. Networks need to automatically add, detect, profile and secure new and unknown IoT devices without manual intervention. With enhancements to Aruba ClearPass, IT can profile new IoT devices, enforce security policies, and exchange policy status with other security systems including mobile device management systems. ClearPass integrates with existing network infrastructures from any vendor enabling IT teams to easily automate and scale rather than become an inhibitor for new digital transformation initiatives.

IoT Expertise – Helping Customers Transform, Design and Run IoT

HPE also introduced the HPE IoT Transformation workshop (TW), an interactive HPE facilitated workshop that helps customers to define their IoT vision and strategy and gain business technology alignment. This structured discussion takes a fact-based, analytical approach to help customers achieve alignment on their vision, identify current and future states, and determine a set of specific transformational IoT projects. The IoT TW is the first step in a full suite of services designed to help customers successfully implement IoT solutions based on business needs and industry parameters. In addition, HPE’s Analytic Consulting and Predictive Maintenance Services deliver advanced analytics to business processes to achieve objectives, reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

Partnerships

HPE is partnering with industrial IoT leaders like GE Digital, National Instruments and PTC as part of its go to market plan to deliver joint solutions to customers. These solutions address industrial use cases to combine the very best of Operational Technology (OT) and IT to support the aerospace, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and energy industries.

HPE also announced four IoT Innovation Labs and expertise across the globe. HPE and Intel® operate these labs to help customers envision how IoT can be applied in their industry, build and test IoT applications, and access technical expertise. In addition, partners and customers are able to engage, interact, assess and collaborate on solutions development and their applications. The labs are now open and located at HPE facilities in Houston, Texas, Grenoble, France, Bangalore, India and Singapore.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Converged and Hyperconverged Solutions for Virtualization and Cloud Environments

Newest members of Hitachi unified compute platform allow enterprises to start small, deploy quickly and scale infrastructure on their path to digital transformation

Newsvoir | June 22, 2016
India

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 2000 (UCP 2000) converged system and UCP HC V240, which is the first member of the new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) line of hyper-converged solutions. Both systems are flexible, agile and scalable for enterprises on their digital transformation journey. Built on proven Hitachi technology, these solutions reduce cost and risk to data availability while alleviating complexity and accelerating time to value.

As digital transformation puts data at the center of business strategy, converged infrastructures become a more critical element of corporate success. They provide the fastest way to deploy infrastructure that supports virtualized environments, giving IT leaders the flexibility to manage costs, enhance service delivery, meet evolving business expectations and increase revenue.The Hitachi UCP family of converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions span from the core of the data center to the edge of the network to meet anyenterprise IT requirement.

The new Hitachi UCP 2000 simplifies and expedites deployment of private and hybrid clouds through the delivery of a pre-tested, pre-built converged infrastructure platform. With support for all-flash configurations, the UCP 2000 provides flexibility and scale with modular building blocks of compute, storage and networking that scale independently to run different application workloads.Designed and tested to support multiple virtualization environments, including VMware as certified hardware in the VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node program, Microsoft® and OpenStack, UCP 2000 provides a flexible, low-risk path to converged infrastructure and is ideal for general-purpose applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), databases, and test and development environments. UCP 2000 is a value-based, entry-level system that is easy to deploy and manage, and features tight integration with VMware vRealize and VMware vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) along with Hitachi Data Systems data protection technologies.

Hitachi UCP HC V240is an automated, versatile and policy-driven, hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. The system features virtual machine (VM) centric pools of capacity that are flexibly consumed based on VM-level policies that can be changed on demand. UCP HC V240 delivers high performance and scale without compromising simplicity and cost-effectiveness. The systems help customers build a foundation for business applications and next-generation solutions with a hyper-converged infrastructure based on Intel x86 hardware and Hitachi Data Systems value-added software. Hitachi UCP HC V240 is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is jointly certified as a VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node platform and is powered by VMware’s market-leading Hyper-Converged Software stack.

Designed for simplicity, UCP HC V240 is an all-in-one solution that accelerates time to value with rapid deployment that enables customers to go from power-on to virtual machine creation in minutes. UCP HC automates provisioning and orchestration, simplifies installation, management, patches and upgrades, and provides linear scale-out that grows in small increments to meet business needs.

“We are seeing increasing demand to provide integrated systems that are reliable, trusted, and certified cost-optimal, from core to edge across the enterprise,” said Thomas Trela, senior director, solutions and cloud, Hitachi Data Systems. “UCP HC V240 and UCP 2000 systems provide architectural options that can scale compute and storage resources while still offering simplified management for virtualization specialists.”

“We are excited to partner with Hitachi through the Virtual SAN Ready Node program to bring a broad range of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to market. The combination of Hitachi’s hardware platforms and VMware Hyper-Converged Software offers radically simple, cost-effective path to digital transformation and helps customers meet ever-changing business needs,” said Fadi Azhari, director of product marketing, VMware.

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., builds information management and social innovation solutions that help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. We focus on big data that offers real value – what we call the Internet of Things that matter. Our IT infrastructure, analytics, content and cloud solutions and services drive strategic management and analysis of the world’s data. Only Hitachi Data Systems integrates the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies to deliver the exceptional insight that business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.

About Hitachi Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.7 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Visa payWave Leads to Drive Contactless Payments in India

Newsvoir | June 22, 2016
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

– Over one million Visa payWave contactless cards issued in the market
– Visa payWave contactless cards accepted at more than 100,000 merchant locations
– Growing adoption of electronic payments and contactless technology contributing to India’s cashless vision

Visa crosses a major milestone in India with over one million Visa payWave contactless cards issued in the market and acceptance at more than 100,000 merchant locations across the country. Visa is working with leading banks across the country to develop a robust ecosystem allowing consumers to make payments faster, more conveniently and securely.

Mr. TR Ramachandran
Mr. TR Ramachandran

“Contactless is the future of payments in India. Since its launch, Visa payWave has gained strong momentum and wide merchant acceptance and we have now reached critical mass to serve as a building block for creating the payment system of the future. With Visa payWave technology we have set a foundation for expansion into other form factors like smartphones, wearable devices and stickers as also into new payment categories such as mass transit, tolls, parking etc.” said Mr. TR Ramachandran, Visa Group Country Manager for India and South Asia.

For transactions upto INR 2,000, Visa payWave cardholders can use their contactless cards without having to enter the pin or sign transaction receipts. With eight banks currently issuing contactless cards, Indian consumers are now enjoying a new and faster way to pay at supermarkets, dining, entertainment venues and retailers such as Big Bazaar, Future Bazaar, Dominos, Vishal Mega Mart, etc.

Mr. Kishore Biyani, Founder and Group CEO, Future Group, said “Accepting Visa payWave has helped us reduce our check-out times, which means busy customers are spending shorter time in queues, enabling us to provide a more streamlined and enjoyable customer experience.”

Visa payWave contactless will contribute to greater use of debit cards on POS terminals that were long used for cash withdrawals on ATMs and provide customers with a new payment solution by a simple wave of the card on a contactless reader.

Visa payWave contactless cards have an embedded antenna and microchip, enabling “contactless” communication with a reader at the checkout. The transaction is then processed through Visa’s global, secure network, VisaNet, which processes all Visa transactions. Cardholders simply wave their Visa payWave card over a secure reader to pay.

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About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead of time with prepaid or pay later with credit products.

YES BANK Launches YES TRANSACT – ON THE GO

Newsvoir | June 22, 2016

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

  • Digital Working Capital Management for SMEs and Mid-Sized Corporates
  • Provides easy access to transaction requests for improved efficiencies and productivity

YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private sector bank, launched YES TRANSACT – ON THE GO, a unique Digital Working Capital Management solution that will enable decision makers to view and approve transaction requests even when they are travelling or are out of office.

Targeting executives like CFOs, Directors, Finance Heads and Owners, who are pressed for time and availability,  this unique application would now enable accounts/finance team to raise transaction requests via the desktop application in office which will then be transmitted to the executives’ hand held device. This solution would allow decisions to be made on the move, eliminating process bottlenecks due to unavailability of the decision makers and facilitating faster lead times. As per the Bank, ON THE GO significantly reduces the Turn Around Time (TAT) by 50%, completing a 2-3 hour offline process within an hour.

Following are the salient features of YES TRANSACT ON THE GO, which is available on iOS and android app store:

  • Single user initiation supported by Maker Checker
  • Authorization via Mobile app with device biding facility
  • Invoices/payment requests that can be uploaded directly on desktop app
  • Bulk payments via NEFT, RTGS, Account to Account transfer
  • Multifactor authentication – Login ID, password, SMS and OTP
  • Faster lead times with solid audit trails
  • Secure sharing of documents for general trade and banking requests

YES BANK has on boarded more than 200 clients, a mix of midsized corporates and SMEs, on this mobile banking platform who are successfully using it for their business transactions. The Bank aims to shift the existing client processes (which are mostly depended on email /fax) to this mobile banking application by year end and curb cyber risks by providing enhanced security measures.

Speaking about the launch, Asit Oberoi, Group President and Global Head, Transaction Banking Group at YEBANK said, “In today’s fast paced, globalised business environment, decision makers need to persistently be on top of their game. With YES Transact ON THE GO, we are pioneering a paperless way of transaction banking that will usher in an era of seamless business processes and operational excellence”.

About YES BANK

YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private sector Bank with a pan India presence across all 29 states and 7 Union Territories of India, headquartered in the Lower Parel Innovation District (LPID) of Mumbai, is the outcome of the professional & entrepreneurial commitment of its Founder Rana Kapoor and its Top Management team, to establish a high quality, customer centric, service driven, private Indian Bank catering to the future businesses of India.

YES BANK has adopted international best practices, the highest standards of service quality and operational excellence, and offers comprehensive banking and financial solutions to all its valued customers.

YES BANK has a knowledge driven approach to banking, and offers a superior customer experience for its retail, corporate and emerging corporate banking clients. YES BANK is steadily evolving as the Professionals’ Bank of India with the long term mission of “Building the Finest Quality Bank of the world in India by 2020”.

Tata Consultancy Services Wins Achievers Award for 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for Fourth Consecutive Year

TCS honored for its benchmarked employee engagement, global internal social networking hub and extensive CSR initiatives

Business Wire India | June 21, 2016
New York | Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced that it has been recognized as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for the fourth consecutive year, achieving excellence in both the U.S. and Canada.

The annual Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces. The panel of judges, including various academics and thought leaders on employee engagement, evaluated each applicant based on the ‘Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™’: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

“TCS is honored to be recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for the fourth consecutive year,” said Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, TCS. “This award signifies TCS’ deep commitment and passion to providing its employees with an industry leading culture of teamwork, personal growth and great opportunities to make a difference in local communities.”

“Engaging employees and promoting positive workplace culture are now top priorities for business leaders in North America, and the elite companies on this list are already ahead of their peers and seeing positive effects from their programs,” added David Brennan, Achievers General Manager. “This award validates these companies’ commitments to creating a people-first focus and recognizes how having an engaged workplace has positive impacts across the business. Our sincere congratulations to all of the 2016 winners!”

TCS received this award in both the U.S. and Canada for its benchmarked employee engagement practices and ‘Employee Value Proposition,’ which enables its robust talent pool to constantly learn new skills and assume new roles, resulting in increased employee satisfaction and customer service levels. Furthermore, it was cited for its global internal social networking tool, Knome, which fosters a highly engaged workforce across levels, geographies, divisions, and roles, and its extensive corporate social responsibility initiatives, with 15,000 North American employees dedicating more than 42,000 hours in 2015 to address pressing societal needs in the areas of education, health and environment.

TCS will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at the awards gala on September 12, 2016 at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto, Ontario.

About Achievers
Achievers industry-leading Employee Recognition and Rewards solution provides companies with a robust foundation for their employee engagement initiatives that enables both social and rewards-based recognition. Designed for today’s workplace, Achievers’ innovative SaaS platform can increase employee engagement and drive business success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Delivering almost 6 million recognitions annually, the Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement and performance in 150 countries. Visit us at www.achievers.com. Achievers is a Blackhawk Network company and is headquartered in Toronto and San Francisco.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 45 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

Changing Landscape of MICE Business from India

Buyers attending the MILT Congress reveal some of the top trends & challenges in the MICE Industry.

Business Wire India | June 21, 2016
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

India is the 10th largest business travel market in the world. With nearly 1.5 million Indians traveling only for MICE purposes, it is emerging as one of the strongest outbound MICE markets in the world.

With the inclination to organize such trips being on the rise, MICE requirements are growing for different sectors in the country ranging from industries such as FMCG, telecommunications and insurance to pharmaceuticals, healthcare and energy.

The MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT) organizers, QnA International, met with some of the leading corporate buyers from the country to understand the changing preferences and latest trends for MICE activities from the region.

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One of the key trends identified was the emergence of luxury destinations for MICE activities. There are more corporates who are focusing on the luxury element especially in the incentives and meetings segment when the projects are catering to the top management. “There is a growing segment of the ‘uber rich’, as a result of which, there has been and will be a significant increase in the percentage of premium travelers,” states Sanjay Wali, Senior Vice President Sales at Godfrey Philips.

Ajay Bhatt – AVP Admin and Facilities at Godrej Industries believes that, “Meeting sizes are getting bigger — the growing demand for meetings has resulted in hotels giving preference to larger meetings capable of paying more. Good venues have to be booked well in advance. The group sizes are increasing from 100-150 to 300-500 plus.”

Technology and social media are gaining increasing importance in the MICE landscape when it comes to the Indian market. “Corporates are being more cautious on the kind of spend and technology and social media are being used to create the connecting points as well as buzz which can be cost effective and more interactive,” points out Geetha Arekal – Regional Travel Head (APAC) at Unilever Industries.

Experiential travel’s popularity continues to grow in India with a lot of Indians focusing on experiencing a country or city by connecting to its people, culture and history. “The trend is more of a destination which is economic in nature and also can showcase the local culture, so the global players who can be one stop solution is what is being looked at,” she added.

Having established the strongest B2B platform in India that focuses on MICE travel from the country, these corporates represent the biggest contributors to the Indian outbound travel market and are all coming together at the 4th Annual MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress on the 28th and 29th of July 2016 at The St. Regis Mumbai, India. The MILT Congress is set to welcome decision makers from over 100 of the top and leading corporations in India, premium destination wedding planners and biggest film production houses to meet with over 60 travel suppliers from around the world, all under one roof.

It’s not just about the size of the groups anymore, the basis for a selection of a destination is hanging resulting in partners being sourced from a number of new destinations by Indian corporates. Subrato Sarkaar, Joint President – Corporate Administration at the Aditya Birla Group commented, “Our MICE events happen across the globe at some of the most common destinations like Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok etc. right to the upcoming venues like cities in Scandinavia, Russia, erstwhile Eastern bloc countries like Georgia etc.”

When it comes to the challenges, Ram Mehrotra – Vice President Sales & Decorative at Nerolac Paints stated, “Visa cancellations at the last moment are very difficult to handle as we land up with our dissatisfied customers. Getting bio-metrics for visa is also a hurdle due to which we shift destinations from one to another.” Flexibility from travel and hospitality partners was also identified as a major challenge for buyers who are looking for ballrooms that can accommodate large sizes of groups.

The trends occurring in the industry are affecting the way events are being conducted, causing the MICE industry to adapt the changes rapidly. “India has a rising travel potential with it being the third fastest growing economy in the world. The increase in demand for meetings has resulted in many foreign destinations implementing a focused strategy to target the Indian outbound MICE segment. Bringing forth the potential of this market, the MILT Congress provides a platform to the best destinations & suppliers from around the world to potentially do business with decision makers from leading corporations in India who are looking to source MICE partners for their upcoming projects.” According to Ackash Jain, Director at QnA International, the organizers of the event.

Gold Partner: Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

Silver Partners: Grecotel Hotels and Resorts, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Singapore Tourism board, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Travel Point – Tour Oman.

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NVIDIA Tesla P100 Supercharges HPC Applications by More than 30X

Powered by pascal architecture, Tesla P100 delivers massive leap in data center throughput

Newsvoir | June 20, 2016
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

To meet the unprecedented computational demands placed on modern data centers, NVIDIA today introduced the NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPU accelerator for PCIe servers, which delivers massive leaps in performance and value compared with CPU-based systems.

Demand for supercomputing cycles is higher than ever. The majority of scientists are unable to secure adequate time on super computing systems to conduct their research, based on National Science Foundation data1. In addition,high performance computing (HPC) technologies are increasingly required to power computationally intensive deep learning applications, while researchers are applying AI techniques to drive advances in traditional scientific fields.

The Tesla P100 GPU acceleratorfor PCIe meets these computational demands through the unmatched performance and efficiency of the NVIDIA Pascal™ GPU architecture. It enables the creation of “super nodes” that providethe throughput of more than 32 commodity CPU-based nodes and deliver up to 70 percent lower capital and operational costs2.

“Accelerated computing is the only path forward to keep up with researchers’ insatiable demand for HPC and AI supercomputing,” said Ian Buck, vice president of accelerated computing at NVIDIA. “Deploying CPU-only systems to meet this demand would require large numbers of commodity compute nodes, leading to substantially increased costs without proportional performance gains. Dramatically scaling performance with fewer, more powerful Tesla P100-powered nodes puts more dollars into computing instead of vast infrastructure overhead.”

The Tesla P100 for PCIe is available in a standard PCIe form factor and is compatible with today’s GPU-accelerated servers.It is optimized to power the most computationally intensive AI and HPC data center applications. A single Tesla P100-powered server delivers higher performance than 50 CPU-only server nodes when running the AMBER molecular dynamics code3, and is faster than 32 CPU-only nodes when running the VASP material science application4.

Later this year, Tesla P100 accelerators for PCIe will power an upgraded version of Europe’s fastest supercomputer, the Piz Daint system at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center in Lugano, Switzerland.

“Tesla P100 accelerators deliver new levels of performance and efficiency to address some of the most important computational challenges of our time,” said Thomas Schulthess, professor of computational physics at ETH Zurich and director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center. “The upgrade of 4,500 GPU accelerated nodes on Piz Daint to Tesla P100 GPUs will more than double the system’s performance, enabling researchers to achieve breakthroughs in a range of fields, including cosmology, materials science, seismology and climatology.”

The Tesla P100 for PCIe is the latest addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform. Key features include:

Unmatched application performance for mixed-HPC workloads—Delivering 4.7 teraflops and 9.3 teraflops of double-precision and single-precision peak performance, respectively, a single Pascal-based Tesla P100 node provides the equivalent performance of more than 32 commodity CPU-only servers.
CoWoS with HBM2 for unprecedented efficiency —The Tesla P100 unifies processor and data into a single package to deliver unprecedented compute efficiency. An innovative approach to memory design —chip on wafer on substrate (CoWoS) with HBM2 — provides a 3x boost in memory bandwidth performance, or 720GB/sec, compared to the NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture.
PageMigration Engine for simplified parallel programming— Frees developers to focus on tuning for higher performance and less on managing data movement, and allows applications to scale beyond the GPU physical memory size with support for virtual memory paging. Unified memory technology dramatically improves productivity by enabling developers to see a single memory space for the entire node.
Unmatched application support— With 410 GPU-accelerated applications, including nine of the top 10 HPC applications, the Tesla platform is the world’s leading HPC computing platform.

Tesla P100 for PCIe Specifications
4.7 teraflops double-precision performance, 9.3 teraflops single-precision performance and 18.7teraflops half-precision performance with NVIDIA GPU BOOST™ technology
Support for PCIe Gen 3 interconnect (32GB/sec bi-directional bandwidth)
Enhanced programmability with Page Migration Engine and unified memory
ECC protection for increased reliability
Server-optimized for highest data center throughput and reliability
Available in two configurations:
16GB of CoWoS HBM2 stacked memory, delivering 720GB/sec of memory bandwidth
12GB of CoWoS HBM2 stacked memory, delivering 540GB/sec of memory bandwidth

Availability
NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator for PCIe-based systems is expected to be available beginning in Q4 2016 from NVIDIA reseller partners and server manufacturers, including Cray, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and SGI.

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NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a computer technology company that has pioneered GPU-accelerated computing. It targets the world’s most demanding users — gamers, designers and scientists — with products, services and software that power amazing experiences in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, professional visualization and autonomous cars.

Freudenberg Offers Sustainable Solutions

Higher efficiency and reduced emissions for Indian industries

Business Wire India | June 17, 2016
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Freudenberg, the values-based technology group, is continuously working on fulfilling the promise of its global brand positioning statement: Freudenberg best serves its customers and society. This describes all the distinguishing characteristics of Freudenberg which set the company apart from other organizations. “We constantly strive for technological leadership and to deliver best-quality products, processes and services for the success of our customers”, said Dr. Mohsen Sohi, CEO of the Freudenberg Group. In addition, this highlights the company’s value orientation by seeking to improve living conditions all over the world through its products and services and fostering social interaction.

One target is higher efficiency and reduced emissions for Indian industries as the automotive industry. Currently Freudenberg supplies chemical specialties, filtration products, nonwovens, vibration control technology and seals to all major OEMs in India through its subsidiaries with a presence of four R&D centers and fourteen production sites. With more than 300 different product groups, Freudenberg is a key-partner for the global and the local automotive industry. In 2015, the Group’s total global sales amounted to 7.57 billion euros or Rs. 53,730 crore, of which more than 40 percent were generated in the automotive business.

In India, the group has a similar sales share. “The Indian car manufacturing market has evolved over the last few years with a wide range of cars on offer – including electric and premium segments. As an international technology company, supplying leading edge products and solutions, we believe we are the right partner for a multitude of automotive requirements,” said Dr. Jörg Matthias Großmann, Regional Representative India for the Freudenberg Group. “Our expanded portfolio of products are as per ‘Make in India’ and are customized to suit Indian conditions,” added Dr. Großmann.

Freudenberg on India roads

From the product portfolio offerings Freudenberg Performance Materials (FPM) has launched speciality printed nonwoven headliner roofing along with nonwovens for auto interiors. FPM has launched Evolon®, a lightweight microfilament nonwoven which is also suitable for a diversified range of applications: anti–mite bedding, printing media for signs and advertising, cleaning cloths, sound absorption, technical packaging, sun protection and window treatment, coating and synthetic leather, and many more.

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) has a range of micronAir filters which are used by many major OEMs throughout India, help keep polluted air from entering the car interior. The business also has on offer Combi filters that are designed to eliminate pollutant particles as well as harmful gases and odors. These filters are also used by major OEMs worldwide and in India. The demand for Cabin air filters in passenger cars is set to become a necessity as pollution in cities increase and people spend more time commuting on Indian roads.

From its chemical specialty business, Klüber Lubrication offers state-of-the art solutions including new damping greases for smoother interior quality and noise reduction.

Through the joint venture company Vibracoustic, the leader in automotive vibration control technology, Freudenberg and its partner Trelleborg AB, Sweden, offer innovative anti-vibration solutions for chassis systems such as light-weight solutions made of aluminium or plastic, hydro bushes, dual-rubber bushes or dual-path strut mounts. They protect the vehicle from the sudden shock input caused by driving over bumps, obstacles and pot-holes. With dual-path strut mounts, two force paths can be tuned separately. They perform a damping function and are essential for vehicle stability and road holding.

Best serving the society

The automotive industry is not the only one getting benefits from Freudenberg`s promise of its global brand positioning statement. Freudenberg Gala has launched the high-end Vileda Professional CE 3 Bucket Trolley for cleanroom applications in India. The professional cleaning trolley is designed for major pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers and hospitals, where controlled environments play a key role in the organization’s operations. Controlled environments, such as an intensive care unit in a hospital or production and microbiological areas of a pharmaceutical company, are highly-sanitized due to the nature of the work involved. Any contamination is an expensive proposition for an organization, with significant consequences for people’s health, as well as financial implications. Therefore, cleaning in such areas must be consistently meticulous and thorough.

The cleaning solutions market is growing. With the Indian government’s initiative of “Clean India” also known as “Swachh Bharat,” attitudes with regard to cleanliness are also changing within the country. India is one of the fastest-growing cleanroom technology markets with demand for cleanrooms coming from the flourishing pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, an increase in the use of cleanrooms in the medical services industry, stringent healthcare regulations as well as the emergence of biotechnology.

About Freudenberg in India

Freudenberg has held business ties with companies in India for more than 90 years. The Group employs some 2,800 associates at 50 locations. Freudenberg in India recorded sales of Rs. 1,553 crore in 2015. For further information please go to www.freudenberg.in.

About the Freudenberg Group

Freudenberg is a global technology group that strengthens its customers and society long-term through forward-looking innovations. Together with its partners, customers and the world of science, the Freudenberg Group develops leading-edge technologies, and excellent products, solutions and services for more than 30 market segments and for thousands of applications: seals, vibration control components, nonwovens, filters, specialty chemicals, medical products, IT services and the most modern cleaning products.

Innovation strength, strong customer orientation, diversity and team spirit are the cornerstones of our Group. Commitment to excellence, reliability and pro-active, responsible action belong to the company’s core values lived for more than 165 years. In 2015, the Freudenberg Group employed over 40,000 people in some 60 countries worldwide and generated sales of more than 7.5 billion Euros (including pro-rata consolidation of 50:50 joint ventures). For more information, please visit www.freudenberg.com.