Transforming the Value Chain in Manufacturing

Sponsored : It is often believed in manufacturing industry, no matter how great your business strategy is, if the production operations function can’t deliver, then you’ve lost the battle even before it has started. Today, supply chains have to be more agile & flexible than ever before in order to respond quickly to the slightest deviation in external factors.

Transforming the value chain in manufacturing
Transforming the value chain in manufacturing

With businesses becoming more global, adding newer products everyday to the production cycle, it is simply impossible to achieve the goals without an efficient and increasingly productive supply chain management at lower costs in a ferociously competitive global environment.

Inventory is one of the most dreaded term for most of the manufacturing outfits. Although having inventory on the balance sheet is an asset for the finance team, but it can also be a liability for several reasons.

The risk of inventory becoming damaged or obsolete due to a new product design or customer changing their requirement puts severe pressure on the cash flows of smaller manufacturing companies due to limited financial resources. Excess inventory costs money, takes up valuable warehouse and plant space and can cause deeper problems in demand planning, manufacturing and sourcing processes. In this scenario, Supply-chain management is arguably the most critical piece of the puzzle for every manufacturing unit. It’s a balancing act which is vastly complicated to manage, because there are a lot of moving parts, that can gobble up their cash resources very fast. Successful inventory management can help companies increase their inventory turnover, reduce inventory levels and increase on-time program deliveries.

In addition, the ability to track inventory throughout its life cycle allows companies to know at all times what is available-to-promise at all locations and therefore improve customer service. Better Collaboration with partners, suppliers and the all?important customer is vital, for the sole purpose of understanding the customer’s needs and wants. Organizations that stay in touch with partners and suppliers are much more likely to receive products in time to produce and/or fill the customer orders in real?time.

The success of any manufacturing organization will also depend on its competitive advantage. Manufacturers that successfully increase their customers’ success by addressing the key factors of affordability, service and customer management challenges, can in turn, increase service revenue growth, improve customer loyalty, and reduce costs through improved/common processes.

HP supply chain management solutions enable any manufacturing organisation to keep a strong focus on the building a lean and agile operation at an affordable cost. Its services are customised to enable any manufacturing business make better and faster decisions to respond quickly to changes in customer demand. These solutions are designed to handle key pain points of any manufacturing outfit including cost and price pressures, globalization of the supply base, overcapacity, diversification and operational complexity.

HP delivers an integrated package of business consulting, data management, and SAP support that encompasses logistics and business intelligence. HP solutions allows you to build a stronger & cost effective value chain for your customer by inserting automation into your key IT processes throughout the product lifecycle.

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Can Tablets Transform your Business?

Sponsored: Businesses around the globe, are in a transitionary phase, where on one side, organisations & IT departments are trying to save every inch of physical space in order to build a lean & agile operation. While, on the other side, employees are giving up their desks to stay mobile at work. Incidentally, both these are two sides of the same coin and if handled effectively, can turn into an advantage for the organisation.

According to a recently conducted research by Cybermedia, 3 out of every 4 users claim portability or mobility as the major trigger to purchase a Tablet, accessing social networking sites and entertainment ‘on the go’ being their preferred activities. There is no doubt, that time has come when IT departments have to brace themselves for an influx of mobile devices, which will put a strain on the corporate Wi-Fi network and potentially open up companies to data security issues.
Can tablets tranform your business

Tablets have been suited more to the consumption of media than as devices for the enterprise. But recently launched Windows tablets could bridge the gap between Windows-based desktop computing and tablet computing, which has previously been limited, mainly due to Android and iOS devices.

Tablets are a technology that’s changing the ways in which people communicate. Inevitably ,this embraces the way we work together and interact. Wherever in the world you are linked to the web, you can email, browse and research customers. You can build, edit and share data efficiently and use your tablet to create, schedule and manage projects, people and resources.

Your tablet is ready for action at any time and it comes to life with just a tap of your finger. When introducing tablets, it is important to first consider the benefits and risks and what tablets will make possible. Next, give thought to security and administration policies as well as user rules and work processes to devise the best possible solution. Focus on the balance between business and IT.

In the last 3 years, there is a steep rise in the C-level adoption of smartphones & tablets for business use. Tablets based on Windows Operating System, like HP Elite Pad 1000 G2 provide enough tools to the decision makers to cover every aspect of business, and sufficient power and storage to summon up and use vast numbers of files in microseconds.

HP Elite Pad 1000 G2 is more than just a tablet through which business users can multitask on the move and get busy in places where laptops, keyboards, cables and flip-up screens are

awkward. So whether they are in a train, in the cab, or waiting in an airport, a bar or a shopping mall you now have the power to make dead time into productive time. It blends with your current IT environment with ease using HP Custom Integration Services.

Also, you no longer need to worry about the security issues as HP BIOS Protection2 offers enhanced protection against virus attacks to the BIOS and other security threats, and is designed to help prevent data loss and reduce downtime.

With a powerful 64-Bit Intel Processor in its heart, HP Elite Pad 1000 G2 comes with a range of productivity features like
wireless connection, dual camera, touch,voice or pen based input options to make a truly elegant computing experience.

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Future proofing media with cloud

Sponsored : With high definition & blu ray becoming the latest de facto in the consumer entertainment  industry, media production has become a lot more complex today than it has ever been, with  media data increasing in complexity and size to a level that would have been hard to imagine  just a few years ago. Incidentally, traditional infrastructure provisioning strategies no longer  provide enough flexibility and scalable options.

Today, entertainment companies are reeling under pressure to automate manual processes and  make their digital supply chain more integrated and efficient. The cloud presents an important  opportunity for them to do so.

Future proofing media with cloud
Future proofing media with cloud

As the broadcasting industry embraces the concept of “Entertainment Everywhere”, it is also a  critical need for media companies to migrate from their current dedicated infrastructures to cloud  based IT platforms which are better suited to delivering digital video content to a vast array of  devices, rather than just conventional TV sets.

In a multiple stakeholder environment, cloud is the biggest blessing for a production house  (or content owner) as it can provide economies of scale in distribution by serving multiple  distributors, which may be broadcasters or pay-TV operators, avoiding the need to deal with  each one in turn.

Cloud computing can also improve an organisation’s agility and responsiveness. While  hardware acquisition can be a lengthy and complex process, the cloud can instantly provide the  resources required to deal with spikes in content demand. A key success factor for broadcast  companies will be identifying processes in the digital supply chain that can leverage the cloud.

A major benefit of cloud computing technology is that the creative industries are alleviated of the need to invest heavily in technology that would rapidly become  obsolete. Cloud computing allows the media production industry to provision  only the technology they need, when they need it, avoiding excessive capital expenditure(CAPEX) .

In the last few years every trend that we’ve seen (from BYOD, mobile working and big data through to business intelligence and analytics) has all been made possible thanks to the flexible and reliable environments offered through resilient clouds. The cloud represents a fundamental shift in the way businesses have to operate and it is something that every media organisation  must embrace in order to stay competitive.

With its years of integrated expertise across telecom, media and IT, HP promises to  deliver solutions that are tailor made for the dynamic business requirements of media  consumers, creators and distributors.HP Cloud Solutions offers flexible computing services with scalable options for  processing & storage of data combined with enterprise class security services. Its
high speed processing front end technology removes the latency & helps bring overall  efficiency to the media IT.

For a creatively dynamic industry such as media entertainment, HP is continuously  driving innovation and customer engagement. HP’s media and entertainment solutions  are built to transform and monetize media processing & delivery through their  customised cloud solutions for media, enable unparalleled actionable intelligence  through its analytics services & Interactive Media Command Center and deliver world  class operational excellence through their Data Center, Business Process & Enterprise Cloud Services.

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Unlocking productivity in a Public Sector Enterprise

Sponsored: Being a mixed economy for decades where the role of CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprise) is at par with the private sector companies in terms of their GDP contribution, India always had an edge over other developing nations. The status of Maharatna, Navratna, Miniratna to CPSEs is conferred by the Department of Public Enterprises, to various Public Sector Undertakings. These prestigious titles provide them greater autonomy to compete in the global market.

Unlocking productivity in Public Sector Enterprise [1]

Arguably, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have laid a strong foundation for the industrial development of the country. Over the years, different governments have made efforts to raise the level of CPSE’s (or PSU’s) by allocating huge portion of their strategic investments in the annual budget & various five yearly plans towards building massive infrastructural upgradations & other technological advancements.

Despite these huge investments in the PSUs, the Indian economy failed to take off as expected, among other reasons, because of the laid back effect caused by the inefficiency within these public enterprises.

To realise their original goals through these CPSEs, Indian economic planners will have to reconstruct their development strategies. They will have to move from a policy that emphasises the creation of more public enterprises to one that emphasises better utilisation of existing public enterprises through continuous performance & efficiency enhancement.

It would not be an aberration to call any public enterprise an instrument of national public policy. As with any other public policy instrument, the core objective behind any public enterprise is to enhance social welfare. While the PSU’s have shown significant improvement with respect to the performance and market share across industries, there are few indicators like the target for disinvestment went down from 57% in FY11 to 35% in FY12 which could be attributed to uncertain global economic condition, primarily due the fall-out of euro zone crisis.

In order to deal with such situations, it is absolutely vital for all central PSUs to continuously mobilise their internal assets & improve operational efficiency by investing in innovation, service delivery & technology oriented business transformation.

With so much financial investment by the government, it is truly a surprise that a lot of PSUs are still operating on decentralised IT systems with legacy applications which are working in silos due to which critical business data is not in sync with each other. Presence of significant amount of manual processing during entire business cycle is causing lack of scalability to meet current & future business and statutory requirements within the PSUs.

Over the years, HP has been delivering tremendous business value through various productivity solutions by helping global governments address strategic objectives & key priorities & challenges related to public policy and administration.

HP’s enterprise mobility services offers necessary strategy & support infrastructure to various public sector units for managing & integrate their operations and control operational and cost challenges.

HP has been a trusted partner to various governments banks & public companies for building, integrating, operating, and securing some of the most demanding & complex environments in the world while enabling productivity, securing information exchange, and ensuring citizen privacy.

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Managing Growing IT Challenges in Financial Services

Sponsored: In financial services domain, technology is no longer an enabler, but a business driver. From a business standpoint, Financial Services is a world of superlatives and extremes: the largest data centers, most transactions, greatest monetary values, in effect huge amount of risk management.

Managing Growing IT challenges in Financial Services[1]

With over five billion mobile phones coupled with internet connectivity and powered by cloud based applications, each day of our digital life is more & more vulnerable to cyber threats and digital disruptions. According to Arbour Networks recent report on cyber crimes, there is 126% increase in attacks against financial services organizations in India. The estimated price tag in India is US $ 8 billion whereas the global bill is US $ 110 billion. Eightyfive per cent of the total financial cost of the cyber crimes are the result of fraud, theft and loss. Fraud constitutes 42 per cent of the total financial loss.

With every bank, broker or insurance company wanting to engage with their customers online or through their mobile phones, financial networks are laying themselves open to a greater range of information security challenges and threats. A single instance of data loss or theft can compromise the trust built over decades—a major breach can potentially bring down a company.

With the consumer demand going up vis-a-vis data security and privacy laws getting more stern by various government compliance bodies, there is a tremendous pressure on financial organizations to reduce the cost involved in the management of their IT infrastructure.

Given the proliferation of mobile workforce, new applications and organisational data stored on multiple devices, Financial IT have truly entered a highly mobile, increasingly dynamic and risky world of IT Asset Management.

With financial firms today competing on milliseconds of comparative advantage advantage, improving performance in IT operations spanning across multiple locations—without compromising information security and availability is a major challenge. Distributed operations compromise visibility and control, thereby creating highrisk blind spots. The scale, complexity, and intense competitiveness of Financial Services demand a constant search for costeffective ways to improve performance.

The banking industry in India has been leveraging IT for its business for the past twentyfive years. However, the technology adoption and therefore the creation of IT infrastructure have not been uniform across all the banks. There are few leaders who are on par with any international enterprise organization in terms of Core Banking IT infrastructure buildup and usage and there are laggards who are still rudimentary in terms of approach, magnitude and coverage. Their Core Banking environments are antiquated and inflexible, and business processes are fixed.

In order to serve the growing needs of enterprise class financial IT, HP provides 360 degree ITO, BPO and Applications services for the Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance segments. Their business intelligence, analytics, security, cloud services and client solutions helps Financial organisations to adopt an agile, secured, scalable and flexible operating model to manage their growing IT needs.

HP’s industry unique ultra low powered Enterprise Tablet Management bundled with Multi Layered Security Options, Client Automation & Mobile Printing Solutions integrate with ease within any existing financial IT infrastructure without compromising on business efficiency.

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Opening the doors of Business Efficiency with IT

Sponsored: Today’s business environment continues to shift, expand and evolve as employees are often expected to achieve more in the hours available, sometimes with fewer or outdated resources, while living with increasing workplace distractions. The result, as illustrated in countless research findings, is that the employees become increasingly non productive because most of the time they are trying to cope with higher stress levels than ever before, and their work-life balance suffers as they struggle to stay on top of things.

Opening the doors of Business Efficiency with IT[1]

It is no longer a rocket science, in order to stay competitive, businesses must focus on improving every ounce in their operational efficiency wherever possible. It’s particularly important for smaller businesses to keep a lean & agile operation, because they often have limited resources (both monetary and otherwise) than larger enterprises.
Increased business productivity can also be traced to the automation of processes allowing for faster collaboration, increased time spent on strategic priorities and greater project completion rates.

With mobility & BYOD gaining huge popularity across organisations, employees choose the most appropriate access method, whether a phone, computer, or mobile device, without being restricted by their work location or the capabilities of the system to which they are connected. In order to manage business IT for today’s mobile workforce without compromising on efficiency, IT managers have to consider various managed, hosted and virtual solutions for saving time on the overall IT management.

It is absolutely vital for any growth oriented business to give employees access to the information, people and resources they need to make better, faster decisions and build strong customer and partner relationships. Improved productivity through information management & mobility drive better inter & intra team collaboration along with increased effectiveness of your workforce and eventually lead to increased profitability for any organisation.

Using IT to maximize your business efficiency creates the platform to realize your true business success. Efficiency ready IT ensures organizations have the tools to overcome the challenges of executing on strategy every day and flourishing in volatile economic conditions. For an IT enabled business transformation, your processes needs to continuously evolve to match the rising demand for better service by your customers & partners.

With better uptime & productivity, streamlined IT management & effective collaboration, your employees would be able to focus on generating additional revenue rather than handling repetitive, internal processes.

Over the years, HP has played a massive role in Indian IT landscape by driving product & market innovation with their continuously evolving style of IT services. Packed with latest technology & features, HP’s hardware comes with space saving form factors that meet the needs of modern day work styles. A leader in mobile printing solutions, HP printers comes with built in productivity, security & management services.

HP products allow Indian businesses to attain agility through effective tools that promote collaboration and interaction with applications that drive higher business efficiency without compromising on data security or increased costs.

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Building a Connected & Secured Small Business Enterprise

The concept of a connected enterprise is no longer a pipe dream but has become a reality for so many small medium business organisations. As more & more SMEs are expanding their footprint and entering geographically diverse destinations, they need to ensure that there IT infrastructure is capable of supporting this expansion.

Building a Connected and Secured Small Business Enterprise[1]

As communication blurs the geographical boundaries, organization needs the reliability of a service that can help manage the exchange of intensive communication and large data volumes efficiently in a secured manner. Proliferation of mobile devices has created a perfect storm of latency and performance issues that are simply overwhelming old deployment models. If a large part of an organization’s workforce is mobile, a comprehensive mobile IT ecosystem needs to be built for efficient data usage and connectivity needs.

In this scenario, a CIO must adopt “Anywhere Anytime Access” model to corporate resources that enables & streamline connectivity between their geographically distributed workforce. One of the most critical challenge faced by almost every small business IT team, is to provide an integrated solution that matches the needs of different kind of audiences in the company. For instance, a Clevel would be looking for latest devices, applications, social media & unmatched flexibility which is at par with the enterprise quality, that too without compromising on the design factor.

A business manager would be looking for the right blend of performance & productivity with positive employee feedback and satisfaction. The IT head however, has to marry the design with performance, productivity with security, and keeping a close check on return on company’s investment.

In a world where yesterday’s IT practices can no longer affordably cope with the new realities of growth and pace of business, modular IT systems enables you to capitalize on new opportunities, get to market faster, innovate, and get out in front of your competition. It helps you make your customers happier by delivering better, higher quality IT services faster.

A business decision maker of a small enterprise would obviously want his IT to have a measurable impact by aligning to the business needs, accelerating business, and driving revenue while reducing costs. For the growing complex needs of small business, HP offers a comprehensive and modular mobile IT ecosystem with user inspired design in devices, secure & managed mobile environment and global solutions & services.

HP elitepad 1000 device forms a perfect blend of design, performance & security to help the employees work seamlessly, even when they are on the move. It offers multi layered enterprise class security features for the complete data, device & identity protection.

Its ePrint services offers secure printing from mobile device to any networked printer installed anywhere on the planet by integrating seamlessly with other IT devices, policies & tools. For your connected small enterprise, HP also provides industry unique Enterprise Tablet Management with leading tools like Landesk & Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

HP builds a comprehensive business mobility environment by integrating the devices, network, applications, cloud data, integrations, remote printing and adding a layer of security services that cuts across your IT infrastructure.

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Take your media content into a fast lane

Sponsored: In an industry synonymous with creativity and innovation, the bar for business excellence is always set on the higher side. With more and more audience turning to the web for consuming their daily content, digital transformation is the only option for every sub-sector of the media and entertainment industry.

Take your media content into fast lane [1]

Today, a reality, which every media CEO has started to accept, is where there was once a dearth of content, now there is a practically unlimited content supply coming from all possible sources including the traditional & new media which gets further amplified via social media.

According to a CII report, our Indian media and Entertainment industry is growing at 20%, and despite the economic slowdown, the industry is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18%. The industry is arguably going through a phase of evolution, as it faces the challenge of continuously emerging technologies.

With the entrance of digital & social media ecosystems, the very idea of ‘ content’ has turned upside down due to which the industry has to introduce certain changes to their business processes which can merge creativity & technology seamlessly, in order to retain the current growth momentum.

While the Government of India is trying their bit to bring innovations through policy making, one such example is where Ministry of Information & Broadcasting wants to build last mile data connectivity by providing broadcasting content through the National Optical Fibre Network (a network of cables) that will help connect 2.5 lac gram panchayats via broadband.

With demand for digital content getting into the fast lane, media companies need to embrace newer technology, develop new scalable distribution models and satisfy the demands of a content hungry consumer, and keeping the operating cost impact to bare minimum.

There is a wise saying, “If content is king, audience is the king maker”, and rightly so, with so many content choices around, media companies are finding it tough to grow their loyal audience base. At the same time, production costs needs to be continuously optimised for better operating margins, efficiencies need to be found in content production, management, and distribution.

On the revenue side, many companies own huge archives of non-digital content and are eager to find ways to generate income from this huge repository of intellectual property. To do this, media companies may have to do massive investments into digital infrastructure & an equal amount in building key resources. Incidentally, HP offers scalable solutions for the Communications, Media and Entertainment industry with a full range of infrastructure IT, software solutions and enterprise services.

HP services & solutions completely optimises your IT and Turn on Innovation for better Business Efficiency. Its low-cost and easy-to-operate network-attached storage solutions helps in building a robust digital supply chain (powered by cloud), which is also a perfect blueprint for enjoying innovation, faster time to market with the potential to reduce your capex & opex.

With aesthetics & visual packaging a huge factor in the media entertainment industry, HP’s world class enterprise devices have surprised many with their stunning looks and performance.

These devices not just enhance general office productivity but also enable specialised media companies to save time with their color corrected display devices & intelligent printing solutions.
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Data Security – a threat to e-Governance?

Sponsored: According to recently released Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR), there is a drastic increase in Reported Attacks on Government and Financial Services Organizations in India.

The global headlines of past 2 quarters were not only peppered by the revelations about how governments were keeping track of their citizens online, but also increasingly dominated by the large number of data breaches and even larger volume of digital identities being leaked. Investing in data security solutions is an important step for government organizations, as hackers and hostile nations pose an increasing threat to the integrity of critical national infrastructure.

Data Security - A Threat to eGovernance[1]
Data Security – A Threat to eGovernance[1]

India is also setting up its own ‘cyber security architecture’ that will comprise the National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) for threat assessment and information sharing among stakeholders, the Cyber Operation Centre that will be jointly run by the NTRO (the National Technical Research Organisation) and the armed forces for threat management and mitigation for identified critical sectors and defence, and the National Critical Information Infrastructure

Protection Centre (NCIIPC) under the NTRO for providing cover to ‘critical information infrastructure’. The government is also coming up with a legal framework to deal with cyber security.

The use of mobile devices and applications is one of the key reason why IT & data security has become the talking point in the Government.

Today, everything is mobile, connected, interactive, immediate, and fluid. According to a report by IDC, almost 37% of the workforce would be mobile by year 2015. BYOD (Bring your own device) strategies that have been implemented in various government institutions have led to increased productivity but can also lead to increased security vulnerabilities.

Lets accept, our age old “one solution fits all” philosophy won’t work anymore for any modern day government enterprise to tackle the security risks. Basic legacy security applications, like antivirus and malware protection, do not even exist for the majority of mobile devices that are currently in use, and common security practices such acceptable use policies and password protection are ignored by the average users.

Being able to remotely access the servers has so many benefits for government agencies, but these benefits come with increased risks, like being hacked or loss of critical data due to a lost tablet or mobile device.

Government enterprises have to think beyond their current status of risk avoidance & rather manage the risks posed by newer technologies. Just like HP does it with their market leading security solutions. Keeping in mind the security needs of modern enterprises and governments, HP’s has made some unique desktop devices like Elite Desk 800 G1 Desktop Mini Business PC that comes with with integrated enterprise class performance, security and manageability features which are tailor made for governments to manage risks by securing their communications and information seamlessly.

Features like HP BIOSphere boosts security and keeps missioncritical data and systems under lock and key with customizable authentication and BIOSlevel passwords. HP Secure Erase10 removes the contents of a hard drive for repurposing or reassignment. HP Device Access Manager with JITA (Just in Time Authentication) prevents leaks in secret & confidential IT, research & financial data.

Research shows that the public sector has taken a large step in the right direction. But there is still work to do. Clearly, some public sector organisations are still not taking the risks seriously or understanding the consequences of not introducing adequate measures in place. But with the new government in power, we can surely hope that soon IT security would be on top priority of all the PSU organisations.

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Building High Performance Manufacturing Enterprise Through IT

SPONSORED : If we look into the history, the industrial revolution, in different parts of the world can be visualized as waves. For pre-independent India , its private sector , English and a number of American companies had already led the foundation of modern Indian manufacturing. Nehruvian era saw building of big public enterprises such as steel plants, dams, power hoses and like.

Over the last 5 decades, with its highly vibrant & dynamic private enterprise, manufacturing has emerged as one of the key jewels of the Indian economy. With its combined GDP contribution of 15.24% and 6 million strong employed workforce, manufacturing has shown huge potential and ability to take the Indian economy to higher growth trajectory.

Building High Performance Manufacturing through IT[1]

The Indian Government is taking actions on all fronts, either through policy making or by improving bilateral trade relations to promote the manufacturing industry. In 2011, Government of India launched its National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) to add wings to this sector. Clearly, the intent was to have manufacturing contribute at least 25% of the GDP by 2022 from the current 15-16%. The government also formed a Cabinet Committee on Investment in January 2013 and has cleared several big-ticket projects to give impetus to overall manufacturing growth.

However, despite various initiatives undertaken by the Government, the sector is suffering with various constraints of easy access to finance, technological upgradation, infrastructural support, complex regulatory system etc.

According to PWC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, CEOs in the industrial manufacturing sector are considering high-growth markets outside the BRICS over the next three to five years. For Indian manufacturing to stay competitive in global arena, they must sharpen their productivity & profitability by faster resolution of issues related to IT adoption.

With the rising price of raw materials, complex supply chain, fluctuating global demand and longer product life cycles, more and more companies are finding the idea of procuring from low cost manufacturing centers (like India & China) extremely lucrative. But without a virtualised platform, it’s difficult for multiple parties to stay on the same page with one another and there is a very high possibility of communication breakdowns.

While on one side cloud opened the front doors of scalability & growth for Indian manufacturing companies, it also opened back doors for the cybercriminals who are constantly attempting to gain proprietary information on inventory counts, production systems and company secrets.

Over the years, HP has done some pathbreaking work to drive IT optimisation for manufacturing industry. In order to help manufacturers deal with the challenges that comes with globalisation, HP offers unique solutions for their business transformation. HP’s Compliance Data Exchange (CDX) & International Material Data Systems (IMDS) allows manufacturer to comply with global environmental legislation by accessing hazardous material related information in real time for better global compliance data management.

HP’s enterprise class IT optimisation services significantly reduce the R&D, design, development & assembly costs by automating a lot of manual processes so that the focus is shifted from IT maintenance to product innovation.

With its innovative PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), HP enables shorten time to market while keeping the business efficiency & productivity intact for manufacturing IT. With fanless solid state design, HP’s Thin Client Solutions offers a reliable & secure virtualisation for manufacturing, oil and gas exploration segments who needs high performance, multimedia applications support.

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Driving business information in insurance

Sponsored: With the significant rise in demand for critical business data by key decision makers in every industry, role of IT managers has become painstakingly difficult and increasingly complex.

Having said that, Insurance IT has a much bigger challenge than their counterparts in many other industries. They are tasked with managing a complex ecosystem of business partnerships and external service providers, and keeping pace with the rapid increase in customer service expectations.

Driving Business Innovation in Insurance [1]

Insurance IT also interacts with a diverse applications and services from other industry segments, including data sensitive verticals like healthcare, government, finance, transportation, and telecommunications.

In addition, many insurance carriers have now shifted their operations online, to reach out to more potential customers and improve service to their existing client base. New applications are enabling policy holders to access personal account and billing information, submit claims, view quotes, and purchase new policies easily over the Internet.

But all of these components, partners, processes, and new IT services are combining together to make managing IT in the insurance industry, an extremely daunting task.

According to a joint report by CII and Ernst & Young, the Indian insurance industry seems to be in a state of flux. After a decade of strong growth, the Indian Insurance Industry is currently facing huge challenge in terms of slow growth, poor distribution structure, rising OPEX and lack of governmental reforms from IRDA – Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.

Though standing at the threshold of consistent growth, there is a inherent need for Insurance companies to reassess their entire business model from product, pricing, risk management, acquiring rural customers, distribution, claims and fraud management. Modernization of applications and IT systems will enable them to improve operational efficiency and dramatically lower costs. Areas that needs immediate attention of Insurance IT decisions makers include billing systems consolidation, platform updates, and improving end-user interfaces.

Automation of daily tasks can kick start the business transformation for Insurance IT but care must be taken to ensure that automation does not degrade the end-user experience. With government regulatory bodies making continuous change to the laws, Insurance IT needs needs better visibility and analytics, to build the agility and responsiveness into their IT environments, and ultimately adapt to all of the changes that are coming down the pipeline.

HP’s wide range of customised solutions & services are strategically focussed on cutting costs, driving revenue growth, and improving customer satisfaction to retain good relationship for Insurance companies. Its digital workflow document solutions automate and accelerate the flow of claims forms and support documents.

Like any other enterprise business, Insurance also needs a business reboot from time to time to transform their processes & IT environments. HP’s enterprise class products & services like Radience Administration, ProductXPress & Ingenium drives major business innovation and deliver flexibility to the core Insurance processes without compromising on their security & business efficiency.

With regulatory compliance forming one of the key hurdles for Insurance IT, HP Compliant Document Capture Solution helps in responding to regulatory needs in a timely and cost-effective manner. It empowers Insurance IT managers to effectively manage enterprise information, thereby enabling system agility and better compliance.

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Using Mobility to Reboot Your Small Business

Sponsored: With the rise in the number of employees working from home or away from the office, Mobility has become an increasingly vital factor to the growth of any business. A lot of workforce, especially the sales, are constantly on the move and there is a inherent need to access critical business data for faster decision making. Any time that your workforce spends in the field, without any connectivity, is extremely unproductive and wasteful.

Today, productivity both in and out of the office, is imperative for any small medium business, to not just run their day-to-day operations, but to maximise the potential in a fast paced business environment in order to have a competitive edge.

As a small business, you still need to look at all your mobility investments strategically but implement them with great amount of caution & tactic. You need to adopt solutions that can help you bring Seamless Mobility with scale across relevant teams within the organisation.

Using Mobility to Reboot your Small Business
Using Mobility to Reboot your Small Business

As a key decision maker, you must know the reasons for adopting any Mobility Solution beforehand, especially knowing how it would add value to your company?

As a small business owner, you can start with the very basic like building positive Employee Experiences through better Mobile Work Styles. As a growth oriented organisation, you must create a perfect blend of mobility in your work culture so that your business relates better with employees & customers.

Often it is seen, companies who have tried & failed at implementing Mobility for their workforce have blamed their failures on not having the right devices. If your business teams are operating in a collaborative environment, where sales & operations are remotely connected & sharing files & data on the move through cloud, this kind of mobile workforce needs a customised hardware & applications.

In this scenario, Tablet PCs could well be the solution for all your employee productivity related issues. Devices like HP Elitepad 1000 offers maximum mobility, durability, higher performance & seamless connectivity with all other devices in the organization. These devices offer a perfect mix of Mobility with Style which further maximises your employee experience & morale.

While tablet PCs like HP Elitepad 1000 could bring your data on the go, but it would be futile if your mobile workforce could not print the documents on the go as well. This is where you would need a complete Mobility solution partner who could add the mobility layer across all your IT processes without compromising on the data security.

Incidentally, HP’s Print Mobility solutions are tailor made for all small medium enterprise companies whose workforce are on the move & collaborating across multiple offices. HP’s Mopria Certified LaserJet Pro MFPs enables easy mobile printing of documents from any device without any need for separate application or software.

There is absolutely no doubt, investing in Mobility solutions can fetch large monetary & non monetary gains to the small business in the form of higher employee & customer satisfaction, better productivity, enhanced communication & better collaboration.

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