Improving employee experience through engaging internal platforms

While most organizations are going overboard to engage their customers and offer services using social tools and technologies, they are being equally skeptical to using them internally assuming that it negatively affects the productivity of their employees. With the skyrocketing use of social and mobile tools amongst people, it is important to understand that employees 

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Why you should consider ‘Model Office’ for large transformation programmes

In most of the large transformation programmes, there are impacts on process, people and systems and the right business solution will require bringing these different elements together and form a solution which truly delivers the expected business outcomes. To bring the cross functional teams together and build the future business processes while technology supports the 

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JiveWorld 2012: Are You Ready for the Future of Work?

Un-stoppable. Power to the People. No, it wasn’t another presidential debate, it was JiveWorld 2012 — held earlier this month in Las Vegas, NV. JiveWorld is one of the industry’s key forums to gauge the pulse of how companies are embracing and leveraging the power of social computing. The event has grown steadily over the 

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Enterprise Gamification: Engaging the Millennials

Millennials are achievement-driven. They are exposed to myriad of online gaming environments where being in the game is all about fierce competition, deep collaboration and building a reputation. In any game, you have a clearly defined mission; you compete or collaborate to compete and your position depends solely on your achievements. This environment is exhilarating 

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Top Five Considerations to Keep in Mind while Building an Enterprise Social Strategy

‘Social’ is the buzz word that is driving enterprises crazy today. This leaves C-level executives of enterprises asking many questions: Should we go Social? How will it impact my organization? What do others perceive of it?  Will it impact my organization’s brand image? Below are some key points to consider while devising an organizational social 

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The Evolution of the “Millennial Enterprise” and the Role of Technology Innovation

In any era, innovation has been at the center of enterprise growth and success. The same thought process applies to this millennium too. The only change is that today we have IT at our disposal to drive innovation. The question uppermost in the minds of today’s CIO is how to use IT to drive the 

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The Key to Successful ECM Implementation: Defining ECM Governance

Enterprises are beginning to realize that an effective Enterprise Content Management (ECM) roadmap, if preceded by evaluation, strategy and goals, can lead to many enterprise-level business benefits. However, to prevent ECM oversight, it is imperative to have a governance body in place to help establish a strategy which in turn results in clear operating plans. 

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Why Businesses Should Think about Going ‘Social’

‘Social’ is clearly at the top of the hyper curve. What does this really mean to businesses? Why should an organization think about social? There are a few fundamental shifts that are making a significant impact in the way businesses are run today. First is the growing Gen Y workforce that is highly active on 

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Community Engagement: 6 Steps to an Effective Social Media Program

Social Media is causing a paradigm shift in the way customers interact with companies, given the evolution of direct communicative relationships between them. Customers today stay motivated to participate in ‘social’ forums, making it mutually beneficial. Does this mean that a company that has 25,000 likes on its Facebook page and 10,000 followers on its 

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Responsive Web Design Implementation – 6 Best Practices

Responsive layouts, adaptive layouts, media queries and viewports are terms that are no longer new to the tech savvy generation of today. There exists a burgeoning trend where websites are creating mobile friendly versions to adapt to the relatively smaller mobile screens. Responsive web design (RWD), thus proves to be an emerging user interface design 

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The Age of an Empowered Consumer – Crystal Ball Gazing for IT and Business

The last few years have seen tremendous changes in the business world; particularly the way customers, employees and partners are interacting and collaborating to conduct their business. Customers are making decisions to buy or discontinue a service with a click of a button. The “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend involves employees bringing their own 

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How Semantic Web Will Influence the Enterprise

How about a data Web that understands not only the meaning of data but also the relationships between them like humans do?  Something that ensures targeted and personalized content delivery to the user, delivering intelligent data in its true sense. A Web that anticipates and answers your questions even before you come up with them! 

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Social BPM: Gateway to Enhanced Process Efficiency

With the world getting more ‘social’, individuals are transforming the way they go about their daily lives. Businesses have recognized the need to rethink their strategies and reevaluate their operating models and have commenced to align them with customer expectations and customers’ perception of value. From focusing only on optimization of supply chains, penetration of 

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10 Tips to Effectively Plan Performance Testing for a New Website

It’s rare for any major application or website to go live without going through performance testing. It’s an extremely important activity that requires effective planning and execution.  Based on our experience in implementing web applications including websites for global clients, we believe a well-planned approach to testing new web applications goes a long way in 

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Managing Enterprise Product Line Content – From Operational Excellence to Marketing Nirvana

In my earlier post, I outlined the key reasons behind many organizations’ poor quality of product line content. The reasons, varying from unstructured content to proliferation of different media channels to operational issues, are resulting in marketing message dilution and inconsistencies.  It is important for organizations to get their content act together and come up with 

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Enterprise Mobility – Key Things to Consider When Pursuing Mobility Implementation

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with Jeffrey Hammond, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and Rohit Sharma, Global Head of Mobility at Virtusa.  The topic was “Overcoming Challenges in Early Stage Enterprise Mobility Programs”.  This post is a short synopsis of the webinar.  For those who were not able to attend 

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Accelerated Innovation – Going beyond Conventional Wisdom

Depending on who you read, we are in the fourth or fifth wave of computer technology development.  In 2005, Om Malik and Michael Copeland published The Fifth Wave in Business 2.0 Magazine.  They defined their waves as the eras of mainframe, mid-range, PC, Internet and networked computing. Written six years ago, their premonition preceded smartphones 

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Launching Enterprise Mobility Services – A Primer for Product Managers

Over the past year, few technology developments have challenged IT staffs more than the mobility wave.  Two years ago it was the social phenomenon.  Now it’s mobile computing.  Virtusa’s BFS business unit has seen a surge in the number of inquiries regarding mobile.  And now, the questions are not about “if”, they are about “how”.  

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The Fifth Element (Part II) – Short Term Benefits

This post is in continuation of the earlier post on HTML5. Before looking into the day-to-day benefits HTML5 will offer, let’s do a quick sanity check: HTML5 is monolithic, but browsers are not. It is misleading to divide browsers into “Supports Vs Not”.  Instead, individual HTML5 feature support should be evaluated in terms of browsers. 

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The Fifth Element (Part I) – Long Term Benefits

HTML5 is W3C’s shiny new offering promising interoperability, speed and maintainability – almost everything, it would appear, but vacations in the tropics! It is going to live in ‘Webville’ for a while so let’s really get to know it. Sure, we can break the ice talking about the weather worldwide, but then, let’s really dig 

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