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IT spending in India to reach $93 bn in 2021, says Gartner

India’s IT spending in 2021 will hit $93 bn, a 7.3 % rise from 2020, said Gartner. However, India’s growth will be lower than the global average as worldwide IT spending touch $4.1 tril, an 8.4% increase from 2020. “IT no longer just supports corporate operations as it traditionally has, but is fully participating in business value delivery,” said John-David Lovelock, Research VP at Gartner. The highest growth will come from devices (14%) and enterprise software (10.8%).

Digital payments will account for 71.7% of all transactions by 2025: Report

Digital payments will account for a 71.7 % share of all transactions in India by 2025, said a report by ACI Worldwide, a provider of payment solutions to enterprises. The rest (28.3%) will be by cash and cheques. The report claimed that in 2020 India was ahead of China with 25.5 bn real-time payments transactions, compared to Beijing’s 15.7 bn. In 2020, instant payments accounted for 15.6 %, electronic payments 22.9 % and cash and cheques 61.4 %, the report said.

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IBM launches ‘Call for Code Global Challenge’ with standalone award for India

IBM launched `Call for Code Global Challenge’ for the year 2021, inviting software developers and innovators across the globe to combat climate change with open source tech. This is the fourth year for the challenge which has grown to over 4 lakh developers participating from 179 countries to develop 15,000 apps. IBM, in recognition of the extraordinary engagement from Indian developers, has announced a standalone award of $ 5,000 for the country.

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Former Amazon Head Engineering Saurabh Chandra joins BCG India as MD

BCG India has appointed Saurabh Chandra as MD. BCG, founded in 1963, is a Boston headquartered American management consulting firm having offices around the world. Chandra has recently been appointed as a board member at Nepal-based E-com firm Sastodeal. He is having over 20 years of experience in managing tech and business. Chandra, in his last assigned at Amazon India as Head of Engineering, incubated the Data Analytics and ML platform.

India to ban cryptocurrency; penalising miners, traders, owners

India will table a bill to ban cryptocurrencies, fine traders or even holding such digital currencies. The bill is said to be one of the world’s strictest law against cryptocurrencies as it will criminalise possession, issuance, mining, trading and transferring of cryptocurrencies. India, when the bill become law, will be the first major country in the world to make even holding these digital currencies illegal. China has banned mining and trading but does not penalise possession.

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Salesforce appoints Sanket Atal as India MD

Salesforce has appointed Sanket Atal as Senior VP and MD, India. Atal will officially join the cloud computing firm on March 15 and will report to Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and Chairperson, Salesforce India. In his new role, Atal will be responsible for driving the next level of growth for Salesforce in the country having has the second-highest employees workforce outside of the US. The form has over 4,000 employees in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.

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India second-most targeted country by cyber attackers in Asia Pacific

IBM said India faced the second-highest number of cyberattacks in the Asia Pacific in 2020 after Japan, constituting about 7% of all attacks in the region. The finance and insurance sectors were the most targeted followed by manufacturing and professional services. According to IBM’s 2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, 40% of all attacks were ransomware attacks. The remote working and learning introduced due to pandemic have to lead to a surge in the number of cyberattacks.

WhatsApp to roll out in-app banner to explain the privacy update

WhatsApp delays enforcement of its new privacy policy, following a backlash from users which later led to a legal challenge in India. Following the outcry, WhatsApp attempted to explain that the privacy update was actually focused on optional business features, including advertising on FB. They will roll out a small, in-app banner that will ask users to re-review the privacy policies and will be shown a deeper summary of the changes.

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