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India@70: Use inventory management to fight hunger and food wastage in India

India@70: Use inventory management to fight hunger and food wastage in India

People may think insufficient food production as the reason for chronic hunger issues plaguing India. In India, 40 percent fruits and vegetables and 20 percent grains are destroyed due to insufficient infrastructure as well as inefficient supply chains. Rs. 50,000 crore worth food wasted per year Food doesn’t reach consumers. Food worth Rs. 50,000 crore goes waste every year. The wastage has other ramifications as well. It results in release of methane gas from garbage dumps; polluting the environment. Millions of gallons of water used to cultivate that food also goes waste. It is a huge loss. India fares badly…
Cloud computing fueling data center boom in India and South-East Asia

Cloud computing fueling data center boom in India and South-East Asia

Internet services major Amazon built its first data centers in India. It said it was spending “millions of dollars” to set up datacenters. “Data center will help accelerate growth,” says Shane Owenby, the managing director-APAC, Amazon Web Services (AWS). While Microsoft has three data centers, IBM has two. There are others too such as Japan’s NTT that have data center operations. According to reports, Chinese giant Alibaba is planning to set up a datacenter. Growth of datacenters in South-East Asia Asia-Pacific has become a sought after destination for data centers. According to an APAC Reach report, there is increase in…
Use blockchain against corruption-ridden accounting systems in India and the world

Use blockchain against corruption-ridden accounting systems in India and the world

Blockchain is termed by World Economic Forum as Technology Pioneer; financial experts call it “the next best thing after Internet.” Industry thinks impact of the accounting technology could be significant like use of double entry. Besides faster than existing systems, blockchain allows transparency as every transaction gets captured on real-time basis. Governments are looking at the technology for eGovernance. India fares lowly on global corruption rankings India stands at 76 position out of 175 countries on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index. India has poor ranking on ease-of-doing-business world rankings, published by World Bank. India stands at 130 out of 189…
Big Data and Predictive Analytics helping hepatitis management

Big Data and Predictive Analytics helping hepatitis management

Hepatitis is a leading causes of deaths, globally—it accounts for 1.34 million deaths per year. That is equal in number to the deaths caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, or malaria. Acting together, hepatitis B and hepatitis C cause 80 percent of liver cancer cases in the entire world. The viral variety of hepatitis is not restricted to a location or a set of people. The epidemic is global—it affects millions of people who do not even realize that they are infected—in fact, my father was suffering from hepatitis which was discovered very late. At present, 90 percent of people infected with…
Data security: India’s standing calls for robust systems after GST rollout

Data security: India’s standing calls for robust systems after GST rollout

India ranks 23rd among 165 countries on Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), released by International Telecommunication Union (ITU)—telecommunications agency of the United Nations (UN). The body says greater effort is needed in such a critical area. The GCI measures factors like organizational, technical and legal, and international cooperation. Moreover, India’s biggest data breach was reported recently in which data of 100 million customers got compromised. Leaked information included customer details like names, date of activation, phone numbers, emails. At times, the Aadhaar or Unique Identification Number was also leaked. Plus, there have been reports of personal details getting published online. The…
How GST rollout impacts India’s common man: A pictorial representation

How GST rollout impacts India’s common man: A pictorial representation

The Goods and Services Tax (GST), India's biggest indirect tax reform brings in radical tax reform that affects all, particularly Indian businesses of all sizes. Big corporates will be as much affected by the GST rollout as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) or startups—backbone of the Indian economy. India has a total of 36 million SMEs and, globally, the country can boast of 3,100 startups—one of the highest in the world. No doubt, all businesses will be affected. Therefore, the change is huge and the canvas extensive. The GST Network (GSTN) is expected to throw up 5 billion invoices a…
Shashank Dixit of Deskera: Riding the GST wave in Asean

Shashank Dixit of Deskera: Riding the GST wave in Asean

For Shashank Dixit, founder and chief executive of cloud-based business software provider Deskera, the India opportunity in 2017 will mark the second big instance in the company’s short history where the goods and services tax (GST) roll-out is set to be a game changer. The first such instance was in 2012, when GST had brought about a paradigm shift in the fortunes of Singapore-based Deskera, then a fledgling start-up. The Singapore government had approved the company’s offerings as GST compliant, and the year saw it sign up Google as a client and rake in over 800,000 downloads, with revenues crossing…
Enterprise software firm Deskera to expand India operations

Enterprise software firm Deskera to expand India operations

Enterprise software firm Deskera plans to expand its presence in India with a data centre in Andhra Pradesh, and offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai. Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera told ET that the company planned to invest about 25 million SGD (Rs 125 crore) towards this proposed data centre. The company had launched its India operations last year and had been growing rapidly, he said. "We are currently present in five cities and will expand to 20 over the next 6-9 months. We currently employ 350 people and would be adding another 1,000 over the next 12-18 months," he said.…
How Deskera is helping SMBs get GST ready

How Deskera is helping SMBs get GST ready

Deskera Featured in ETCIO In an interview with ETCIO.COM, Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera talks about the market opportunity that GST is creating for Deskera and how the company is gearing up to serve its SMB customer base. Talk to us about the opportunity in this market and what Deskera has set out to do? The Cloud model essentially means getting your application on the internet. Deskera brings the SMBs on the cloud. We get their accounts, finances and business processes on the cloud. We help them run their entire business processes from any device or form factor. With the current…