Technology meets Business

The Evolution of the “Millennial Enterprise” and the Role of Technology Innovation

In any era, innovation has been at the center of enterprise growth and success. The same thought process applies to this millennium too. The only change is that today we have IT at our disposal to drive innovation. The question uppermost in the minds of today’s CIO is how to use IT to drive the 

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Why Businesses Should Think about Going ‘Social’

‘Social’ is clearly at the top of the hyper curve. What does this really mean to businesses? Why should an organization think about social? There are a few fundamental shifts that are making a significant impact in the way businesses are run today. First is the growing Gen Y workforce that is highly active on 

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The Age of an Empowered Consumer – Crystal Ball Gazing for IT and Business

The last few years have seen tremendous changes in the business world; particularly the way customers, employees and partners are interacting and collaborating to conduct their business. Customers are making decisions to buy or discontinue a service with a click of a button. The “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend involves employees bringing their own 

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Enterprise Mobility – Key Things to Consider When Pursuing Mobility Implementation

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with Jeffrey Hammond, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and Rohit Sharma, Global Head of Mobility at Virtusa.  The topic was “Overcoming Challenges in Early Stage Enterprise Mobility Programs”.  This post is a short synopsis of the webinar.  For those who were not able to attend 

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Accelerated Innovation – Going beyond Conventional Wisdom

Depending on who you read, we are in the fourth or fifth wave of computer technology development.  In 2005, Om Malik and Michael Copeland published The Fifth Wave in Business 2.0 Magazine.  They defined their waves as the eras of mainframe, mid-range, PC, Internet and networked computing. Written six years ago, their premonition preceded smartphones 

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Launching Enterprise Mobility Services – A Primer for Product Managers

Over the past year, few technology developments have challenged IT staffs more than the mobility wave.  Two years ago it was the social phenomenon.  Now it’s mobile computing.  Virtusa’s BFS business unit has seen a surge in the number of inquiries regarding mobile.  And now, the questions are not about “if”, they are about “how”.  

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Optimizing Your Business with Pervasive Business Intelligence

Recently, I was accompanied by Boris Evelson of Forrester Research and Ajoy Kumar, leader of Virtusa’s data warehousing and business intelligence practice for a webinar on Pervasive Business Intelligence.  In the webinar, with attendees from industry and blogging community, Boris and Ajoy discussed the issues associated with pervasive business intelligence as well as best practices 

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Driving Value for Clients in the age of Enterprise 2.0

The last few years of the millennium have seen old business models giving way to new ones. Customer needs are transitioning from those of pure consumption-oriented to those of convenience-oriented with the coming of age of the digital native. Organizations big and small are being affected by the onslaught of myriad of factors including enlightened 

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Next Generation Social Media: Aligning Business Processes to Social Intelligence – Part 2

In the first part of this series of post, we had discussed on how social media is rapidly gaining ground and extending its influence sphere. In continuation to the earlier post, this post will delve on the deepening influence of social media in an enterprise value chain, by aligning business process for social intelligence. Evolving 

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Next Generation Social Media: Aligning Business Processes to Social Intelligence – Part 1

The topic of social media is going through a major hype. There is so much buzz around social tools that everyone wants to be a part of this bandwagon. As enterprises try to catch up with the buzz, many companies are starting to realize that it is difficult to define tangible business outcomes around social 

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2011: Advantage Enterprise 2.0

This post marks Virtusa’s fiftieth blog posting.  Starting in April of 2010, Virtusan’s have offered their insights into a wide variety of technology issues, trends and business challenges.  It seems fitting that our half century mark should come at the end of calendar year 2010. The year 2010 saw the arrival of the mobile app 

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Process Patterns for Innovation – Enabling Innovation through a repeatable approach

Innovation is ingrained in all aspects of business and needs to be promoted, prompted and nurtured as a culture and a conscious activity. Most enterprises are facing the question of how do we bring a discipline around innovation and facilitate the process so that it does not remain as a branding or R&D activity. As 

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Actionable Web Analytics! Part-1

Web analytics has evolved to become a serious business now. Gone are the days when web analytics was something you just added on to your application as an afterthought but today, it is considered a major feature that gets discussed up front in business circles when planning for a Web application and building a business 

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The 20th Century Application is Dead

Last week’s ITxpo Symposium in Cannes drew more than three thousand attendees, over half of which were senior level IT executives.  The conference agenda offered insights into future trends in typical Gartner fashion – high impact, broad sweeping trends combined with business imperatives.  There were three themes that were repeated many times – application retirement, 

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BPM and Enterprise 2.0: Seize your Destiny

Now that the US mid term elections are over, it is time to get back to work.  This week is Gartner’s ITxpo in Cannes, France.  Two weeks ago, they held the sister event in Orlando, Florida.  The Florida event was heavily attended, with some veterans comparing it to 1999 or 2000.  Any conference or event 

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Application Rationalization – is it rational?

One would certainly categorize predictably ill-fated ventures as irrational.  Why would a rational individual undertake an initiative that is almost guaranteed to fail?  Is application rationalization one of those initiatives?  Perhaps it is and that is the reason John McCarthy used the word “courage” to describe the emotional trait necessary to pursue its goals. Recently, 

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“Consumerization” of IT: Power in the hands of End User

Ever wondered why so many application development projects have much longer than planned user acceptance testing phase? For a very long time developers focused on completing the functionality, with limited focus on usability. For the last few years, there has been a distinct trend towards a “consumerization” of IT. To a great extent Enterprise 2.0 

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Financing the Rationalization Renaissance

The exercise of application rationalization is certainly complex.  Reconciling the needs of many constituencies within an organization and reconciling those needs against a large and byzantine IT portfolio is a daunting task.  In an effort to eliminate waste, streamline the IT estate and create a more “lean” environment to support, this kind of software engineering 

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The Invasion of Social

Virtusa has participated in quite a few conferences lately.  At each one, I noticed a pending mash up of whatever core technology was covered with all things social.  Right now, social looks like the Blob consuming everything in its path. On the one hand, social is terrifying to many IT professionals.  It reeks of teenage 

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