Flipkart and Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

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Bangalore, February 27th, 2017: Today Microsoft and Flipkart, India’s leading marketplace, announced a strategic partnership to provide consumers in India with the best online shopping service. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the news today at an event in Bangalore.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization with technology and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with innovative companies like Flipkart,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Combining Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI capabilities with Flipkart’s existing services and data assets, will enable Flipkart to accelerate its digital transformation in e-commerce and deliver new customer experiences.”

“Flipkart has always been committed to its vision of transforming commerce in India through technology. Given Microsoft’s strong reputation in cloud computing, coupled with scale and reliability, this partnership allows us to leverage our combined strength and knowledge of technology, e-commerce and markets to make online shopping more relevant and enriching for customers,” said Binny Bansal, Group CEO and Co-Founder, Flipkart.

Launched in 2007, Flipkart has amassed unparalleled scale in India through customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping a seamless, accessible and affordable experience for over 100 million Indians. Its innovative disruptions like cash on delivery, No cost EMI, Product Exchange, easy returns, same day delivery and instant refunds have paved the way for the e-commerce market in India.

Starting with computing infrastructure, Microsoft Azure will ultimately add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart’s existing data centres. Microsoft’s strong presence in India along with its global scale allows for continued growth and expansion, setting the stage for the long-term partnership.

Flipkart plans to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities in Azure, such as Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI, to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, advertising, marketing and customer service. With powerful insights about its business and new, intelligent services, Flipkart can deliver increasingly relevant and personalized experiences to its customers.

IESA announces four MoUs to bridge ESDM Talent Gap at Vision 2017

  • Partners with Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and launches NETRA (National ESDM Technology Research Academy)
  • MoU with IIT Kharagpur to jointly create a comprehensive platform for pursuing advanced research works
  • Collaboration with Infineon to work & nurture the start-ups incubated by Electropreneur Park
  • MoU with SID (Society for Information Display) for creation of a display industry eco system

Bangalore, India: February 21, 2017: Promoting the vision of making India the ESDM product innovation hub, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) industry today at their annual flagship event, Vision Summit announced their association with India’s leading engineering institutes and associations to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem amongst the students; industry academia and the ESDM ecosystem. Four major MoUs were launched; with ESSCI (Electronics Sector Skills Council of India), SID (Society for Information Display), IIT Kharagpur (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur) and Infineon to build a robust talent pipeline in the ESDM space, by strengthening industry-academia relations.

Speaking about these initiatives, K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA, said “We see the year ahead as a year where the ESDM industry will scale up in value addition and value proposition. With the ongoing digital revolution in the country and the thrust from the government to use technology to improve governance delivery to the people, the requirement for developing new and better innovative products and solutions are growing by the day. This has opened up a number of opportunities to promote both product and solutions development and manufacturing them in our country. Our efforts in recent years to make India grow in different spheres of the ESDM eco system has brought out the need for a continuous development of high quality talent as well as a sustainable model to support start-up culture through focused mentoring so that a higher number of start-ups succeed. We strongly believe that this vision of ours can only be turned into reality by bridging the talent gap between industry and academia in our country. The other need is for us to bring to the front table some of the technology vectors like the Industrial displays. Our association with these prominent institutions and industry mentors and sub vertical associations have encouraged us to spread our vision amongst the ESDM industry and academia and preparing them to be future ready,” said K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA, highlighting the importance of the MoUs.

Commenting on the collaborations, M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA said India has already stepped into an era where it has become the default destination for design-led ESDM manufacturing which is opening new gates of opportunities for the economic growth of the nation. Our alliance with State and Government is to bring us closer to our vision of making India the manufacturing hub in the years to come.

We believe that with support from industry, academia and associations, the young workforce of our country, will be able to fulfill the dream of India as the ESDM innovation hub very soon.”

India’s ESDM sector to optimistically reach US$228 billion by 2020 says IESA and EY report announced at Vision Summit 2017

“Design led manufacturing to amplify growth of India’s ESDM industry” said IESA

The IESA Technovation Sarabhai Award went to Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman – Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 

Bangalore, India: February 21, 2017: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body, representing the Indian electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) today commenced IESA Vision Summit 2017. This is the 12th edition of Vision Summit focused on the central theme of Design led Manufacturing- Redefining the future of India’s ESDM. This edition will feature large and medium sized IT companies as well as the starts ups. IESA is working along with the Central/State Government in developing policies and taking measures to scale up indigenous production in India to meet the rising demand for electronics.

The riveting inauguration of the summit was addressed by Sh. Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary, MeitY, Govt. of India, Ravi Gururaj, President, TiE Bangalore and K Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA.

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The Summit attracted thought provoking keynotes, panel sessions and workshops from CXO’s of global majors like Cypress Semiconductors, Rambus, Qualcomm, IBM, Tessolve, Seagate, Western Digital, MediaTek, Applied Materials and IMEC, Lam Research, Soitec and many others. The event also attracted delegations from Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and Philippines, France, Belgium and USA. The workshops on “Designing with Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FDSOI) technology for IOT products, Creating ESDM Product Innovation Hubs on Campus” and “India Digital Broadcast” was also well received by the attendees of Vision Summit 2017.

The Summit also marked the announcement of IESA – EY executive summary report highlights which stated India’s ESDM sector to optimistically reach about US$228 billion by 2020. It also added that, the $100+ billion opportunity in 2016-17 will grow further at a CAGR of 16- 23%. Apart from sector specific drivers, the forecasts are based upon overall GDP growth of India, currency movement, inflation, existing trade agreements, consumer sentiments, potential government consumption, existing government policies, investments (foreign and domestic), manufacturing entities (existing Indian players, foreign players, Indian conglomerates, start-ups) and type of value addition in India.

Other highlights pointed out that, the domestic manufacturing for Electronic Products has been growing at a CAGR of 17% which is expected to increase further over next 5 years. Electronic Manufacturing Services segment has seen a huge growth over the past two years and has grown from $0.5bn. in 2013 to $1.0 bn. in 2015. Indian EMS market is estimated to witness exponential growth of 42-68% over the next five years to reach US$6-13.2 billion.

Many IESA Member companies highlighted their commitment to Make in India through investments as a part of M-SIPS approvals. The total combined investment is envisaged to be more than Rs. 1,700 crores.

Senior officials from the state governments of Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand highlighted the formulation and implementation of ESDM policies in their respective states.

In a glittering Technovation awards event in the evening Sh. Umesh Prasad Sah, Director – IT, Govt. of Jharkhand, Sh. Shailendra Kumar Tyagi, Director, STPI – Bangalore, Sh. S V Rasal, Managing Director, Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring Instruments (IDEMI) , Sh. Santosh Kumar, President & MD, Texas Instruments and Shri K Krishna Moorthy, Chairman IESA presented the prestigious IESA Technovation Awards 2016 for excellence in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing across various categories.  The Prestigious IESA Technovation Sarabhai Award went to Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman – Indian Space Research Organisation.

In his inaugural speech, K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA said “We see the year ahead as a year where the ESDM industry will scale up in value addition and value proposition. With the ongoing digital revolution in the country and the thrust from the government to use technology to improve governance delivery to the people, the requirement for developing new and better innovative products and solutions are growing by the day. This has opened up a number of opportunities to promote both product and solutions development and manufacturing them in our country. IESA believes in an integrated approach which is sustainable over a long period of time and hence are focusing on Design and IP ownership as a significant component in our efforts to boost and sustain the manufacturing eco system. Our efforts in recent years to make India grow in different spheres of the ESDM eco system has brought out the need for a continuous development of four key aspects namely- Start up growth, Talent development, Technology exposure and design ownership. Our efforts in the recent years have been to set these pillars of growth and create sustainable growth engine in ESDM. Our close association with the central and state governments as well as prominent institutions and industry members have encouraged us to become future ready.” 

Highlighting the involvement of various state governments in the conclave, Mr. M. N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “We are a trusted advisory to the Government of India, and have been advocating India’s stance as an ESDM powerhouse. We believe that designing is a crucial component for the development of a successful innovation. At Vision 2017, we are not only promoting local manufacturing but also focusing on the relevance of design led manufacturing and its contribution towards the growth of India’s ESDM sector. With the allocation and incentives of schemes like M-SIPS and EDF to Rs745 crore in this year’s budget, we strongly believe that India will be the next manufacturing powerhouse of the globe.”

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IESA Vision Summit 2017 included a workshop on Designing with Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FDSOI) technology for IOT products. It was led by Paul Boudre, Chairman of the Board & CEO, SOITEC (a world leader in designing and manufacturing innovative semiconductor materials); Max Mirgoli, Executive Vice President of World Wide Strategic Partnerships, IMEC; Thomas Piliszczuk, Executive Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, SOITEC and Dr. Ajit Manocha, Executive Chairman of the Board, POET Technologies. An intensive and exhaustive session with industry leaders delineating the newest technology in semiconductor manufacturing, i.e., fully depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI). FDSOI is touted to be an alternative to bulk silicon as a substrate for building CMOS devices. The panelists will discuss and debate whether FDSOI gives major competitive advantages at 28 nm and 20 nm due to its lower power consumption and higher performance compared to planar bulk CMOS. Will the ultra-low voltage capability be a boon for IoT applications that get their energy perhaps from harvesting vibrations, solar, etc.? Be a part of this interesting workshop if you would like your doubts clarified on the suitability of FDSOI technology and architectural solutions for IoT applications. 

Vision Summit 2017 is aptly titled “Design-Led Manufacturing- Redefining the future of India’s ESDM” since ESDM has already been established as the sunrise sector where the next manufacturing boom is happening. At this conference, we bring you thought leaders from all verticals associated with this sector to discuss, debate and figure out ways to make IP creation happen in India. Let’s put our heads together to plan on solutions to make India the global manufacturing hub for ESDM.

ZTE launches the much anticipated Blade A2 Plus in an exclusive partnership with Flipkart

3 February 2017, Bangalore – ZTE, the leading global mobile device maker, officially launched its Blade A2 Plus mid-range premium smartphone device in India in an exclusive partnership with Flipkart. Designed to meet the needs of today’s smartphone users, Blade A2 Plus focuses on what matters most to users today, eye catching design, vivid full HD display and a high quality camera, all in the palm of one’s hand. Flipkart being India’s largest e-commerce firm, brings the best-in-class devices to the users and gives them a comprehensive experience.

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 “ZTE has established high-trust and credibility of consumers and clients globally through its path breaking innovation, customization and high-quality services. We are committed to establish ZTE in the Indian market by launching innovative products at disruptive prices to connect with the consumers,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal.

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Blade A2 Plus

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The Blade A2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel main camera sensor, which will produce high quality photos and it can capture 1080p high definition video. Its 8-megapixel front camera makes it a great choice for selfies. The device runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system out of the box and is fueled by a 5000 mAh capacity battery inside, which has talk time of 22 hours, significantly longer than 12 hours. Mi-Favor, by ZTE, runs on top of Android on this device, offering a customized experience.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels resolution) LCD capacitive touch screen display with a pixels density of 404PPI. Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor clocked at a speed of 1.5GHz. It comes equipped with 4GB RAM and Mali T860 GPU for the graphics. With VoLTE integrated, Blade A2 Plus will support higher quality calls and will connect calls much faster than a traditional GSM or CDMA call. It has a built-in 32GB internal memory storage, which can be expanded via dedicated microSD card slot. The device is available at Rs. 11,999/-

“With a young, tech-savvy audience, about 69 million consumers purchased their products online and it is expected to cross 100 million by 2017. Our Blade-series smartphone, ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes with 4G LTE, VoLTE support and host of other features at an effective price. Through this phone, we take the first step to reach millions of Indians who are going digital. By eliminating multiple external factors, we want to bring the best phones that industry has to offer and at an effective price,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal. “Our partnership with Flipkart is in line with our growth strategy for this market and we hope to leverage Flipkart’s strength and widen the reach for our products.”

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Speaking on the partnership, Mr. Ajay Yadav, VP – Mobiles at Flipkart, said, “Flipkart has been continuously redefining the smartphones segment by partnering and launching products with innovative offerings. Our association with ZTE is another step in that direction.

The Blade A2 is a product that checks all the right boxes when it comes to customer expectations – a good camera, long battery life, great looks and aggressive pricing. We are sure this new phone will be well received by our customers.”