Category Archives: Globalization views

Why LinkedIn was bought by Microsoft


microsoft-linkedinMicrosoftand LinkedIn sure have a lot of synergies.

Let me put forth some of the ways MS can leverage LinkedIn

1. Business Intelligence- MS can use LinkedIn’s rich 433 million data (although only 105 million are actual active users) for its’ CRM viz. MS Dynamics. A Dynamics user can now pull up LinkedIn information of his customers on the fly.

2. Microsoft products integration – It has 1.2 billion MS Office users.

a) LinkedIn profiles can now be integrated in MS Outlook email client. The next time you are emailing some one, you would be briefed shortly about the person’s professional profile. No need to lookup the person separately on LinkedIn.

b) LinkedIn news feed can now show articles based on the project you are working on; since you are connected to MS Office suite ( Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project) or Office 365

c) MS Office can suggest an industry expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you are currently working on or suggest to enroll you for a Lynda online training course (Lynda was with LinkedIn).

Needless to say, through this acquisition new opportunities will be created for monetization through individual and organization subscriptions and targeted advertising as well

Indis vs China


 

  • i got my GD PI on 17th..so preparing for the same. and i reckon that INDia Vs CHINA is indeed a hot topic

    Here it goes…

     

    Why did the price of oil and other commodities rise in the last five years? Why is the US able to fund a massive external deficit without an increase in interest rates? Why have global prices of manufactured products declined in the past decade relative to other products and services? The answer, in part, to all of these questions is simple: China.

     

    Its emergence as a global power via its integration into the global economy has had significant implications. China’s strong growth has contributed to higher oil prices. Its policy of maintaining a low valued currency has meant accumulating dollars and thereby funding the US external deficit. And its massive investment in manufacturing capacity has put downward pressure on global prices and margins. It has become conventional wisdom that China is the biggest story of our time. Now, as India goes through a similar process characterized by historically high rates of growth and further integration into the global economy, it appears that the path that China and India follow will influence the global economy and business environment. Perhaps, then, India is the next big story.

     

    Yet China and India, despite their massive populations and growing importance, are quite different. Their economic structures, sources of growth, areas of competitive advantage, and the impact they have will remain different in the coming years. Today, many global business leaders believe that they must have a strategy for China and India. For many, China is seen as the place to produce or procure goods while India is the place to procure business and IT services. Yet in the future this discrete division of labor might not be so clear, or even relevant. Moreover, both countries are increasingly seen as burgeoning markets in their own right, although only China has attracted significant investment in this regard. After a long chill, China and India are developing a significant economic relationship with one another. Trade and investment are booming, potentially creating competitive challenges and opportunities for global companies based in developed countries. Moreover, this relationship will likely contribute to the rapid emergence of global companies based in India and China. The question, then, for global companies is what to do in each country. And the answer will depend on the circumstances of each company. But surely neither country can be ignored.

     

    Yet should they be compared? Is there any basis other than the fact that they are both big and growing rapidly? Perhaps not. If comparisons were made on the basis of a true symbiosis between countries then China might best be compared with the US, Russia, or Japan, but not necessarily India. Still, the size and sudden importance of China and India is reason enough to make a comparison. Moreover, the integration of more than one billion Chinese and Indian workers into the global economy in the past quarter century was one of the most important economic events ever. Indeed it can be argued that their addition to the global economy was, in part, responsible for the spectacular rise in productivity growth in the West. And as incomes in China and India rise, the addition of more than two billion consumers to the global economy will contribute to global growth as well. This post offers some thoughts on the future direction of India and China, the risks and opportunities of doing business in each country, and the likely impact they will have on global business.

    Source : Indo – china reality

  • Global Voices Round-Up: What do bloggers have to say about India?


    So far this month the major topic of discussion in virtual India was the world cup cricket match in the West Indies. Now that India is unceremoniously bowled out of the world cup, bloggers have turned their attention to other issues.

    Yesterday the Indian Supreme Court temporarily stopped the implementation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota or affirmative action in higher educational institutions. The Supreme Court basically said that there was insufficient data available about the OBC demographics.

    Bloggers have been busy writing about this hot button topic.

    Rahul Gaitonde of 2 Paisa worth writes that the celebration about the SC verdict is premature and writes:

    They say the Communists have the best brains in Parliament. Well, Prakash Karat made a very valid point today when he opposed the Supreme Court’s judgment staying the 27% reservation in institutes of higher education.

    The Communist Party of India-Marxist also had strong words on the judgment with party general secretary Prakash Karat calling it ‘ unfortunate and uncalled for.’ He said that already several states had implemented reservation on the basis of OBC lists even in Central services and wondered what the problem in extending it to educational institutions was. Karat’s right.

    Over at a legal blog called Law and Other Things they write:

    Its still a bit early to comment on what the Court has said – we may have to wait a while before informed analysis of the Court’s decision starts pouring in, after people have had a chance to read the actual text of the order issued by the Court.

    Nipon at BongBuzz is skeptical of the Supreme Court’s order and writes:

    So much for the Supreme Court! So much for India! Living in India, how can we expect justice? This is the land where caste-based reservation will continue and Lalu Prasads and all will continue to rip political benefits out of that. There is only one way out – leave the country!

    From an action packed Supreme Court blogs, we move to Bollywood and Bombay and how does one make sense of it all?  Maybe Mark Emmert, President, University of Washington has the answer. He is currently visiting India and writes:

    I now have a better sense of why Bollywood movies are so immensely popular. They fit the pace, the rhythms, even the melodrama of Mumbai. One factoid puts the bustle and scurry into perspective: Seven million people ride the train into Mumbai daily. Think of moving all of greater Chicago by train each morning and evening. New York is actually calming compared to the constant movement of Mumbai.

    Have you ever heard of Communist peanuts and Congress peanuts? Well, there is a store in Bangalore that sells peanuts named after the Communist and Congress (India’s oldest political party) that sells them. Watch the video clip and find out how they got their names.

    How does Google make money?


    Recently Google held a press day, which has been widely covered by MSM, bloggers and others. There exists reams and reams of data on Google from non-Googlers to find out more about this great little start-up that has become increasingly tight-lipped on many things. We know all kinds of fluff data about Google, but that is it…

    The LA Times in an article titled The One Bit of Google Withholds: How it Works (May 22, 2006) makes some interesting points. This is what it says/asks:

    “Google’s unwillingness to disclose little more than the legally required basics of how it does what it does — and where it’s headed — has left advertisers puzzled, partners confused, competitors nervous and investors frustrated… All search companies are secretive. But as the largest and most idiosyncratic, Google has drawn the most scrutiny…So Google has kept its ranking formula — which the company says includes more than 200 signals — more secret than the recipe for Coca-Cola….All that depends on imponderably complex mathematical formulas, a sophisticated accounting system, an aloof corporate culture and a growth strategy secret to all but the upper echelon of the company — making Google one of the most mysterious companies of this century or last.”

    I guess the pressure is mounting on Google to become more transparent, and as the LA Times article points out people  want to know on how it made over $6 billion in revenue last year.

    What do you say?

    Tech Mahindra Gets $1 Billion Outsourcing Deal From British Telecom


    Tech Mahindra (TECHM), which earlier this year went IPO has bagged the largest outsourcing deal by an Indian IT company. It bagged a $1 billion outsourcing deal from British Telecom. The deal is spread over five years and is reportedly for strategic outsourcing. Tech Mahindra’s biggest client is BT.

    There are reports that Tech Mahindra will be expanding its operations and might be in a M&A (merger and acquisition) mode. According to DNA Tech Mahindra might bid for Tiscali’s UK operations. Tiscali is an Italian Internet company that looking to shed its UK operation.

    Tech Mahindra has some pretty aggressive growth plans in the telecom sector. Earlier this year it announced that It is partnering with Motorola to set up a mobile application company called CanvasM in Noida. Tech Mahindra has invested $10 million in this venture.

    Tech Mahindra is headquartered in Pune and was founded in 1986.