Indian cos realise hybrid Cloud is their best bet NISHANT ARORA G AP tops in ease of doing biz, but needs to do more Telangana, despite one-notch slip in EoDB ranking to 3rd in 2019 tally, has been attracting a steady flow of investments Today, multi-cloud and hybrid Cloud provide the freedom to control and manage data sovereignty combined with the ﬂexibility to leverage extended cloud oﬀerings like desktop as a service, disaster recovery as a service or even expand to the public cloud, when required The second set of enterprises is looking for application modernisation so their users and customers can run/use their applications anywhere, in a location agnostic manner with just a single/few clicks. "The need of the hour is a ﬂuid Infrastructure with a feel of inﬁnity in terms of elasticity but with ﬁnite costs. For example, banks have had to scale up their applications to help their customers as the number of digital transactions shot up during the pandemic," Anantharaman explained. In order to successfully reach its customers across the country, Nutanix has also built strong alliances and seen a 51 per cent growth in its partner ecosystem. Today, multi-cloud and Hybrid Cloud provide the freedom to control and manage data sovereignty combined with the ﬂexibility to leverage extended cloud offerings like desktop as a service, disaster recovery as a service or even expand to the public cloud, when required. According to the company executive, forward-looking businesses have been, in some sense, already using multiple clouds. tier-2 markets, and increasing the presence in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. (IANS) P MADHUSUDHAN REDDY A ndhra Pradesh did it again. For the third time in a row, the residual State retained the top slot in ease of doing business (EoBD) rankings for 2019. Political slugfest over the ownership of the latest rare feat apart, it's no small achievement for a State which is yet to settle its capital city conundrum and which lacks a revenue-churning metropolis. AP shared the top ranking with Telangana in 2016 before emerging as sole leader in 2017-18. Telangana was at second place in that edition. In the inaugural edition of the rankings in 2015, Andhra Pradesh was at 2nd place while Telangana came at distant 13th. AP retained the top ranking in the latest edition even though the assessment was based on a survey among industrialists and industries, while Telangana slipped by one spot to third position. A close look at the latest rankings reveals that several key States have suffered drastic decline in their rankings. Gujarat, the home State of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slipped to 10th place now from ﬁfth position in the last edition. It topped the rankings in the inaugural 2015 edition. Karnataka, the country's other major growth engine, came at 17th position this time. It stood at a decent eighth place last time. Same is with Haryana as its rank fell from third rank last time to a low 16th now. Odisha's rank dropped to 29th from 14th. However, some States did extremely well. Most importantly, Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous State, improved its ranking by 10 spots to second place. Delhi also improved its ranking by 11 positions to 12th spot. But, there is no direct link between the rankings and the investments that States get. Telangana, despite one-position drop in EoDB ranking in the latest tally, has been attracting a steady ﬂow of investments. It AP's New Industrial Development Policy for 2020-2023 announced recently, may not support the growth of the key MSME sector on expected lines. The drastic change in the land allocation norms from the existing lease and buy to composite leasecum-sale will certainly discourage MSME entrepreneurs has received several decent investments during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis too. The State will continue to do so as it ticks right boxes when it comes to industrial ecosystem and infrastructure. It has a mega metropolis in Hyderabad which is home to one of the country's leading IT hubs. Interestingly, the IT sector in Hyderabad has been logging the highest upswing in the country in recent years. Real estate sector in the city is also on a strong-footing even though the situation in this space is getting worse by the day in other major cities thanks to Covid-19 spread. But Andhra Pradesh will have to sweat it out to attract new investments even after securing the numero uno position in the rankings. The State has a long way to go when it comes to industrial infrastructure, connectivity and other ecosystems. Furthermore, it has to bring the capital city conundrum to a logical conclusion as early as possible. However, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government has taken a laudable step by focusing on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which are always in the forefront when it comes to generating jobs, both skilled and unskilled. But AP's New Industrial Development Policy for 2020-2023 announced recently, may not support the growth of the key MSME sector on expected lines. The drastic change in the land allocation norms QUIZ NO. A big opportunity awaits India With 'Made in China' losing steam, Indian government needs to foster an environment that incentivizes manufacturing VIIVECK VERMA T he narrative a r o u n d Covid-19 in the Indian media has been macabre. Videos of migrant labourers walking home in hoards, testimonies of working class persons fearing the worst to come, medical professionals pleading for better work conditions - the nation’s news media paints the picture of a dystopia. The question then is for how long does this ordeal last? When does normalcy return? The short answer is never. The preCovid world is a thing of the past and a post-Covid world is nowhere in sight. Much like the flu, the coronavirus can't be eliminated, only contained. Much like the flu, the global economy must learn to function in coexistence with Covid... a co-Covid world, if you must. Somewhere in the discourse around the uncertain future of a co-Covid world, India forgot that in uncertainty lies opportunity. That certainly the coming era is one of much hardship, but in my opinion also of more innovation. This could be India’s upsurge opportunity, should we choose to make hay. In the initial stages of the lockdown, the world saw a sudden global shift online. With an unplanned and almost universal stay on transport, businesses had few options but to figure as swiftly as possible an alternative to the ageold means of economic interactions. Thus, the most obvious solution - a digital economy - was mobilized. Webinars, Zoom, cashless transactions, virtual classrooms, all became the norm for a lack of an adequate competing solution. This got off to a rocky start, of course. After all, the lockdown was sudden and came without warning. However, I believe we are now seeing the acceptance phase of this jarring interruption in the established way of things. And for all its hardships and effort, we would be remiss to neglect the redeeming factors of this shift. Vehicular traffic and consequent air pollution levels are reduced, physically committed theft has reduced, and measures to make remote education feasible are underway. No doubt, there have been many challenges to having all society locked away in the home. Incidences of domestic violence are reportedly on the rise and the nation’s collective stress levels might soon constitute a health crisis. Notwithstanding these, the more constructive effects of a lockdown must not be forgotten. For example, the limits of geography no longer apply to business interactions. TiE Delhi i.e The Indus Entrepreneurs Delhi hosted 3000 participants at their annual summit last year. In organising this year’s programme, the members of the TiE Hyderabad core-team realised that with physical constraints lifted, we could operate at a much grander scale. In December 2020, the summit is scheduled to be attended virtually by 20,000 participants from around the world! Since a co-Covid world is here to stay, the question is now one of opportunity: How can India make the most of this new world? How can Indians capitalise on these changes to propel our economy? The answer lies in innovation. What we require now is for Indian individuals and organisations alike to capitalise on the present shifts. An upsurge in innovation is the only proactive approach to fill the gaps in the new world order. This is our bigger, better Y2K. One can say that an upside to a global pandemic is that it has proven an equalizer of sorts. Every single individual is affected, thus no group can be ignored. This is not an issue for a subset of the population, which would require campaigns and lobbying. Covid-19 has spared none. The virus is contagious - if the poor have it, the rich soon will. The prince and the pauper are both in danger. It follows that the princes of the world have no choice but to consider the well-being also of the paupers. Perhaps, for the ﬁrst time in modern history, the welfare of no one can be ignored. This social awareness, this empathy is the new basis for innovation, going forward. “I need you and you need me to be functional. How can I help make a co-Covid world such that we may all thrive?” - this is the new mantra of Indian innovation that will help us rebuild the supply chains, work processes, and delivery systems that were disrupted by the lockdown. No longer is the world’s focus on ﬂying cars and colonising Mars. BIZY LIFE from the existing lease and buy to composite lease-cum-sale will certainly discourage MSME entrepreneurs. Under the new policy, land is given to new industrial units on lease for 33 years with an option to buy it after operating the unit successfully for 10 years. MSME entrepreneurs who generally need small parcels of land prefer to buy the land for new units if they can afford it. They take loans on the land and operate units whenever they go through tough times. That will not be possible if the industries are set up on leased lands. Further, according to the new policy, some incentives will be paid only after three years of operations. These two new norms are likely to discourage MSME entrepreneurs from investing in Andhra Pradesh. The State government should alter these new policy norms and make them more MSME friendly if it wants the key sector to ﬂourish in the State. But excessive focus on MSMEs will send wrong signals to large investors. So, Andhra Pradesh should give equal importance to large industries as well. It's an undeniable truth that the MSME ecosystem will not ﬂourish in any State without the presence of large industries. But incentives offered by the previous TDP government to Kia Motors still seems to be haunting the present dispensation. CO-COVID WORLD The pre-Covid world is a thing of the past and a post-Covid world is nowhere in sight. Much like the flu, the coronavirus can't be eliminated, only contained. Much like the flu, the global economy must learn to function in coexistence with Covid. An upsurge in innovation is the only proactive approach to fill the gaps in the new co-Covid world order Today, we spend our energies making sure food still reaches our tables. This innovation can't come from a single sector alone. The public and private players in the economy must all come to the table to ﬁgure the best arrangement for the nation. This is India’s opportunity to break China’s hold as a manufacturing giant. With the reputation of ‘Made In China’ products dipping, it is up to our government to ensure manufacturers do not take their business to Vietnam, Thailand, or other countries that will also undoubtedly beneﬁt from China’s diminishing inﬂuence on global economic sphere. Wisdom would lie in the Indian government fostering an environment that incentivizes manufacturing in India. A good start would be to court stakeholders with a clean regulatory environment and to invest in high-quality business infrastructure. The wonderful thing about the coCovid agenda is that the big players now need local entities. The superficial divide between large corporations and smaller-scale local players is to a great extent nullified. The big shots of the world have no choice but to engage with any and every underdog that could help sustain their operations. International players are now humbled for indigenous knowledge which will prove key to their sustainability. They are desperate for the liaison of local players, and must thus get off their high horse. Be it developing a Covid vaccine or some other innovation, this is an upsurge moment for the underdog in business. Another interesting trend arising from this new world order is reverse migration. I am privy to dis- course in the NRI circles that leads me to believe that the brain-drain that India has been facing every year will now be reversed. Intellectuals and capable workers will return home. Moreover, rural-urban migration will also reverse, as we have already witnessed. I know of companies incentivizing their employees to work from home by promising compensation for WiFi, a work desk, and any other equipment the employee may need to set up a home office. TCS too declared that 75 per cent of their employees will now permanently work from home. Youth now entering the workforce needn’t choose between staying home with their families or moving to a metro city to work. Moreover, this frees up companies’ real estate for other lucrative projects. A win-win! The social sector too is primed for innovative processes to deliver social security. Education, healthcare, mental health, gender disparity and other causes now face a new host of challenges of access. Again, the State and private social sector must collaborate to improve tech penetration in ruralities and maintain the delivery of life-affirming services to already marginalised groups. The digital classroom is as inevitable as Netflix. And just as in the classroom, it is time for India to take notes, think quick, and deliver solutions to propel the nation head-on into the new co-Covid world. Opportunity lies ahead and someone will surely seize it. Will it be India? (The writer is Senior Advisor of Telangana State Innovation Cell and Founder, Upsurge Global. Views expressed in this article are his own) That's what we can gauge from the recent remarks of Industries Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy. But the presence of Kia's massive automobile plant in Anantapur district in backward Rayalaseema region will certainly beneﬁt the State if the administration there leverages it effectively. The fact of the matter is that Kia Motors has put Andhra Pradesh and its Anantapur district on the global automotive map. Sri City, a ﬂourishing integrated business city in neighbouring Chittoor district, is home to the automobile manufacturing plant of Japan's Isuzu Motors. Kobelco, another Japanese brand which makes construction equipment, also has its plant there. Homegrown Amara Raja Batteries has several plants in Chittoor district. The Andhra Pradesh government can use this decent automotive ecosystem to develop backward Rayalaseema region as a hub for the automotive industry. Electric vehicles, which are gaining traction these days, are expected to dominate the mobility space in future. Sooner or later, USbased Tesla Motors, a leading electric vehicle maker, will set up its plant in India. AP can use the existing ecosystem to attract such global automotive brands. But attracting investments is no cakewalk. A dogged perseverance is an essential strait to impress prospective investors. An able team is imperative. A proactive attitude is a must. Above all, governments and their leaders should not hesitate to walk an extra mile to support investors, provide the right infrastructure for new industries and create a comfort zone for new investors. States and countries which embody these qualities will succeed in attracting investments irrespective of the EoBD rankings. That's the reality. There are no free lunches in this world. That's more so in the business world, isn't it? Anyway, Andhra Pradesh needs loads of private investments to put its ﬁnancial health in order. There is no other way out for the State. AP will be able to attract private investment only if it succeeds in leveraging its existing ecosystem and strengthens it further. It should also be able to leverage the top EoBD ranking. That's the bottom line. 139 HANS BIZ QUIZ Theme: ‘General Motors’ 1. On 16 September 1908, General Motors was formed as a holding company for Buick. General Motors was founded by William Billy Durant, who began as a manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles. Which brand was GM's first acquisition after Buick Motor Company? a) Oldsmobile b) Opel c) Cadillac d) Vauxhall 2. General Motors was the first car company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In which year General Motors was listed on NYSE? a) 1967 b) 1958 c) 1934 d) 1911 c) Saturn d) All of the above 7. Which models of General Motors helped set the tone for automotive styling and remembered as the automotive design industry's golden age? a) BelAir (1949) b) Buick Roadmaster (1949) c) Chevrolet Corvette (1949), Cadillac ElDorado (1959) d) All of the above 3. General Motors introduced the Oldsmobile diesel as the first diesel‐powered American passenger car? Which amongst the models were introduced as its diesel version? a) Oldsmobile Delta 88 b) Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight c) Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser d) All of the above 4. Ironically, Oliver Evans, a prolific inventor and best known as the inventor of the stationary high-pressure steam engine was born on September 13. When did the General Motors Corporation unveil the first diesel‐powered American passenger car? a) 11 September 1943 b) 12 September 1961 c) 13 September 1977 d) 13 September 1982 5. General Motors had filed for bankruptcy in June 2009, the value of its stock was wiped out, along with $27 billion in bond value. When did General Motors return to the US stock market after a $50bn government bailout? a) 18 November 2010 b) 25 July 2012 c) 13 September 2013 d) 13 September 2011 6. Bankruptcy fixed much of General Motors fixed cost and debt. General Motors closed 14 of its 47 plants. Which brands were sold off or shuttered to slash its debt from about $46 billion to about $8 billion? a) Pontiac b) Hummer, Saab 8. By 1971, General Motors pioneered the use of engines that could run on unleaded petrol and developed independent frontwheel suspension, unibody construction and the one-piece steel roof. In 1974 GM became the first automobile company to offer a car with? a) Airbag b) Automatic transmission c) Central locking or power door locks d) Power Steering 9. General Motors company helped develop the guidance and navigation system for the first Moon landing aboard Apollo 11. In 1932 which brand of General Motors was renamed as Pontiac? a) Holden b) Oakland c) McLaughlin d) La Salle 10. General Motor's most widely travelled 1971 model was built for the moon. Along with Boeing, GM co-developed the Lunar Roving Vehicle first used during which mission? a) Apollo 11 b) Apollo 15 c) Chandra d) Apollo 17 The Hans Biz Quiz has been compiled by Sunil Dhavala, CEO, The Third Umpire Media. He had held senior management roles at Bertelsmann, NGC, Fox Broadcasting, Star TV and others. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade KEY 1A 2D 3D 4C 5A 6D 7D 8A 9B 10B iven the macro-economic environment in the ongoing pandemic times, the Indian enterprises have realised that it is multi-cloud and Hybrid Cloud environments that achieve the best balance between cost, revenue, performance and risk management, a top executive from the enterprise Cloud computing ﬁrm Nutanix said on Saturday. As enterprises embark on their transformation journey, the Nutanix India business witnessed 42 per cent (year-on-year) growth in the FY20, with a 34 per cent customer growth in the same time period. According to Balakrishnan Anantharaman, VP and MD-Sales, India and SAARC, Nutanix, the pandemic has accelerated the realisation that cloud and softwaredeﬁned infrastructure are the new drivers of business outcomes, such as newer revenue streams, better cost efficiencies and lower risk. "Businesses will need to integrate and utilise the latest technologies and innovation across the entire enterprise in real time: changing resources, focus, verticals, or even industry at a moment's notice to stay up with, and ahead of competitors and the market," Anantharaman said. Nutanix last week partnered Microsoft to deliver a Hybrid Cloud solution with seamless application, data and license mobility. Both companies will focus on extending Nutanix Hybrid Cloud infrastructure to Azure. According to Anantharaman, the Indian ﬁrms want to invest in architectures which will help build resilience from both an infrastructure and application perspective. "The current needs of India's enterprises can be classiﬁed into two primary requirements - infrastructure modernisation and application modernisation," he said. The ﬁrst kind of enterprise is re-looking at their data centre for greater resiliency post the pandemic. "They are looking to navigate the shift from legacy systems to modern infrastructure, in a way that is efficient and seamless". 7 BIZ TRENDZ WARANGAL SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020
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