Salesforce has chipped in $15 mn into HR tech platform Darwinbox. The round saw participation from Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed India, Endiya Partners and 3one4 Capital. The company, including the latest round, has raised $35 mn. Darwinbox, the third-largest HR cloud provider after SAP and Oracle in India, wants to become the leader in the next two years. The platform services 500 firms globally, touching 1 mn employees in 60 countries.
Larsen & Toubro Infotech will expand its alliance with IBM to help businesses transform ops using open hybrid cloud adoption. They also plan to establish a CoE in Bengaluru to help clients migrate and modernise core business apps. The CoE will offer a suite of IBM’s Cloud, Automation, Integration, Data & AI solutions to foster innovation. LTI is a part of the IBM Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem and has developed industry-ready solutions using hybrid cloud capabilities.
Nokia has partnered with Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and let clients offer services like smart retail, automated manufacturing etc. Nokia will bring its expertise in 5G network, while Google Cloud will provide the platform for launching apps. Cloud computing units of big tech firms are partnering with telcos ahead of the deployment of 5G network to corner a share in new businesses the new tech might enable.
Microsoft has introduced the private preview of “Cloud for Retail” which aims to connect experiences across the end-to-end shopper journey with integrated and intelligent capabilities. The retail-specific cloud service will centre around driving accelerated time to value by unlocking the power of various Microsoft Platforms. Microsoft aims to give the retailer the flexibility to adopt the capabilities they need to address their most pressing business needs.
SAP will invest Rs 500 cr in India for localisation and multi-cloud strategy, making its solutions available in India data centres. The software giant aims to accelerate the nation’s digital agenda and support the vision of self-reliant India by leveraging the cloud to help enterprises recalibrate businesses to run better. The integrated cloud tech to enterprises would be data compliant under the upcoming Personal Data Protection Bill.
Google Cloud has elevated Karan Bajwa as chief of Google’s Asia Pacific Cloud division. He will be based out of Singapore and continue as the interim leader for Google Cloud in India until a new appointment is made. The position got vacant after the former Asia Pacific head, Rick Harshman has moved on. Bajwa will lead all regional revenue and go-to-market ops for Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace. He will report to Rob Enslin, President of Sales, Google Cloud.
1. One should have a well-defined reason and goal to move to the cloud. The transformation journey shall begin with an evaluation of readiness. 2) A new approach to cybersecurity 3. During the cloud migration process, one should not lose focus on business’ needs and asks. 4.Migration should be done keeping strictly business goal in mind. 5. Once ready don’t forget to research and learn from similar migrations within the industry.
Subram Natarajan, CTO, IBM India/South Asia lists six priorities cloud will fuel for Indian firms 1) A clear drive by the customers’ IT teams, to standardise on the tech enablers. 2) Addressing roadblocks regarding security, compliance and regulatory requirement. 3) Edge and satellite computing. 4) Intelligent automation to go mainstream 5 ) The fortification of core security wall 6) AI adoption to help predict outages and facilitate the timely resolution of issues.