NetApp Positioned to Capture Digital Transformation Opportunity with Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Data Services

Market Intelligence Firm IDC Identifies New IT Category of Data Services for Hybrid Cloud to Reflect Changing Needs, Recognizes NetApp as a Key Player

India, Bangalore:  June 12, 2017 — More than two-thirds of CEOs of the 2,000 largest global organizations have identified digital transformation as the centerpiece of their growth and profitability strategies (1) moving forward. To successfully transform, business leaders are recognizing the need for new ways to harness their most valuable asset — their data.

Becoming data-centric is no small undertaking. It requires new approaches to computing now that data is much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse. Customers also face data integration challenges as they adopt hybrid and multi cloud models for greater agility, scale and cost control. IDC has released a new report, “Worldwide Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Taxonomy, 2017“, that reflects the business opportunities and IT requirements for enterprises to maximize the value of data in a hybrid cloud world.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) ushered in the era of simplified data management at its founding 25 years ago. Today, it enables organizations to unleash the full value of their data for competitive advantage. NetApp is included as a key player by IDC for its ability to provide hybrid cloud data services. Specifically, IDC called out the NetApp Data Fabric strategy, which provides consistent and integrated services that deliver data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security.

“Data is the lifeblood of every organization, and as technology gradually becomes a part of everyday lives organizations will need innovative solutions to create value from the increasing data generated. NetApp’s persistent attention to data will help solve these customer challenges, with approaches like the NetApp Data Fabric. We continue to provide real time data insight, access and control that gives our customers and partners the confidence to move into the future with NetApp.” said Anil Valluri, President, NetApp India & SAARC. 

“Successful digital organizations exploit data insights to deliver personalized value services, optimize the customer experience, explore new opportunities, and reduce the overall cost of doing business,” said Laura DuBois, group vice president, Enterprise Storage, Servers and Infrastructure Software, at IDC. “Hybrid/multi-cloud deployments are becoming the new norm for organizations looking to harness data’s potential, but siloed approaches to development are limiting effectiveness and slowing digital transformation.  What’s needed is a comprehensive hybrid cloud data services solution set that delivers a full range of capabilities, including data protection, security, compliance, integration, orchestration and data location optimization that span structured and unstructured data, on-premises and cloud.  NetApp, with its Data Fabric approach, is already innovating in these categories and is making the investments in hybrid cloud data services to attract new customers to its vision of a data-driven future.”

NetApp also unveiled a “Data Visionaries” awareness campaign to drive visibility of the strategic importance of data. The campaign connects to content that showcases how NetApp’s expertise and Data Fabric portfolio support customers in their transformation to data-centric organizations that will lead the future.

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NetApp Launches NetApp Excellerator, A Startup Accelerator Program For The Era Of Digital Transformation

Applications for NetApp Excellerator program are now open for start-ups from areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, data management and storage. 

INDIA, June 7, 2017:  NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the launch of the NetApp Excellerator program, the company’s first startup accelerator in Bangalore. NetApp is the leader in data insight, access, and control for hybrid cloud environments. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, the company wants to share its unique perspective and experience around data with startups, and invest in solutions that will help enterprises through this era of digital transformation.

The program was launched today at the new 15-acre NetApp campus at Bangalore in the presence of Mr. Mohandas Pai, guest of honour and keynote speaker, partners, venture capitalists, startups, and customers.

With the launch of this program, applications for the four-month-long program are now open for startups. Selected startups will receive technology and business mentorship as well as access to markets and investors to realize the full potential of their ideas and products in the global market place. Applications are invited from startups working in the areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, storage and data management, and other adjacent areas.

Commenting on the launch Deepak Visweswaraiah, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, NetApp India said, “The tech industry is going through a transformational shift with data right at the center. Given NetApp’s rich legacy of innovation in the data management space, and the fact that we were once a startup ourselves, we recognize that some of the most creative, breakthrough ideas will happen within India’s thriving startup ecosystem. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we would like to encourage and support these start-ups and provide them with an opportunity to graduate to their next phase of growth.”

The NetApp Excellerator program will provide startups with access to collaboration and productivity tools, co-working space out of the company’s global center of excellence in Bangalore as well as networking opportunities with potential investors, partners, and customers. Selected startups will have access to NetApp platforms and technologies, tools, co-working space, HR, marketing, legal and tech support. NetApp will provide an equity free grant of USD 15,000 to these startups upon completion of the program. What is more is that the startups can own their IP (Intellectual Property) and NetApp would not seek a stake in the same.

Ajeya Motaganahalli, Director NetApp India, who will be driving the program said, “Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we seek to engage with promising entrepreneurs contributing to diverse set of tech areas. We will assist these startups with guidance on building business relevance, exposure to our technology, partners and customers, as well as venture capitalists, and explore opportunities where we can take them to market. Our goal is to simply foster innovation and push these brilliant ideas forward.”

Established in the technology neighborhood of Bengaluru at close quarters with the best industry ecosystem, the NetApp Excellerator program will be hosted at the company’s center of excellence in Bangalore. Working in close proximity with one of NetApp’s largest R&D teams and best engineering talent will also help the startups draw inspiration and realise their full potential. For more information on this program, please visit http://startup.netapp.in .

 

Philips is working with the ecosystem on disruptive digital healthcare innovations to address challenges of the healthcare industry in India

Bangalore, November 23, 2016: Philips innovation Campus,successfully organized their second digital healthcare conclave. The conclave was graced by industry stalwarts like Rajesh Batra,CIO of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, and government officials like Rajendra Pratap, advisor to Union Minister of Health, healthcare providers and a few ambitious start-ups. These stalwarts highlighted how can we leverage digital India for providing better healthcare solutions and that IOT and AI are a powerful combination in redefining healthcare. This comes as an addition to the breakthrough of Big Data in healthcare sector, where the healthcare providers have access to better and relevant data, in turn rendering them capable to offer better care to the healthcare seekers.

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As on date our country needs additional 1.5million beds and 3 million doctors by 2034, to be able to render effective healthcare to the ones in need. However, according to a survey conducted by McKinsey, India has only 1.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people-significantly lower than the guideline of 3.5 beds defined by WHO (World Health Organization). The sector needs to focus on the quality, affordability and the reach of healthcare. The only answer to bridge the gap between the problem and the solution is innovative technology.

One such solution provided by Philips innovation Campusin their IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) solution service. The state of the art hardware and software products that are provided as part of the solution enables clinicians connect to and monitor multiple intensive care units from a central location. Trained healthcare providers and intensive care nurses stationed at the command center can monitor the patients in the peripheral ICUs on a 24/7 basis. This saves costs for the patients and gets best care to them, even at remote locations.

Philips Innovation Campus now plans to make a significant reduction in the maternal mortality rate, with their latest innovation-Mobile Obstetrical Monitoring (MoM). High fetal and maternal mortality rates continue to remain one of the major concerns in the healthcare space. The project will monitor pregnant women for early high risk identification via a new telehealth solution. This will enhance the performance of India’s Frontline Health Workersas they are the first point of contact with the healthcare system in the developing areas, allowing them to save many lives. The project will be a great step towards improved healthcare for the newborn and the mothers.

While cardiovascular diseases have quadrupled in the last 40 years, 50% of the affected patients arrive too late for appropriate treatment. If the patient receives treatment within one hour of the attack- called ‘the golden hour’, possibilities of saving his/her life increase manifold. Philips Innovation Campus has developed the chest pain clinics to answer the problem. The Chest Pain Clinics are aimed at enabling small hospitals and nursing homes to provide timely and quality, ”Emergency Cardiac Care” and thus save lives.Each Chest Pain Clinic will be a clinic or a small healthcare facility equipped with Philips Efficia ECG-100 systems which will wirelessly transmit ECGs of patients in real time from the spokes(Chest Pain Clinics) to the hub. Once a patient is confirmed as suffering from a Myocardial Infarction, known as a Heart Attack, he/she is immediately transported via an ambulance from the Chest Pain Clinic, for primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) within the golden hour.

Apart from addressing the healthcare gaps though technology, Philips Innovation Campus also organized aStart-up Alley, where they chose the best Start-Up, who addressed the common healthcare gaps with utmost precision. The Start-up was chosen in association with NASSCOM and Philips innovation Campus would be mentoring them to better their chosen project.

Philips digital solutions are focused at improved workflow in hospitals, reduction of infrastructure costs by leveraging the cloud, point of care devices to help in faster and early diagnosis, appropriate applications and remote monitoring that can help in extending the reach of doctors and specialists to areas where care was not available before. Our mission is to touch more than 3 billion lives by 2025. So our aim is to create meaningful innovations that will achieve healthcare that is accessible to all.

“Co-Innovtion key to Digital India” – IBM

Bangalore, August 30th,2016 – IBM emphasized the significance of ‘Co-innovation’ in building a Digital India, at IBM India Labs Engage 2016, the two day annual innovation summit hosted by IBM in Bangalore. Out of many Indian startups who have leveraged IBM’s cloud platform and/or cognitive solutions, five select start-ups demonstrated their innovative, industry specific offerings at the event. In addition to adopting IBM technology, these start-ups have benefitted by getting access to various IBM initiatives including IBM GEP/ SmartCamp India – programs that allow them to build, launch and scale their business.

Speaking at the event, Kaushik Bhaskar, Vice President, IBM India Software Labs said, ‘With Cognitive technologies becoming a key differentiator in the global technology landscape, India need cognitive business models to leapfrog into the lead innovator ranks. There is also a fundamental shift required from ‘siloed’ innovation to ‘co-innovation’ to rapidly drive this transformation. IBM is increasingly focused on nurturing the ecosystem to drive this change. By providing start-ups with access to technical expertise, executive mentoring, software infrastructure credits, co-marketing programs, sales and VC leads – IBM is committed to working with new age, born-on-the cloud companiesto drive innovation that will build a Digital India.’’

The event provided an opportunity for start-ups, ecosystem leaders, enterprises and investors to discover ideas that would breach technology frontiers and build disruptive applications for the Cloud and Cognitive Era. By participating in an immersive Design Thinking and Garage experience, participants also had a unique opportunity to unearth emerging client needs and rapidly create market- focused solutions.

The IBM India Labs Engage 2016 is part of IBM’s continuing commitment to support the Indian startup ecosystem by orchestrating the collaboration between enterprises, investors and start-up companies through various digital and physical platforms through the year. IBM engages with startups across sectors including fin-tech, health-tech and retail and provides access to key IBM programs and investments including IBM Global Entrepreneurship program; IBM physical and virtual Garages; IBM Labs; Digital Communities (Watson, Bluemix, IoT, Cloud etc.) to fuel ecosystem innovation.

The top five Start-ups who demonstrated their solutions at the event included:

1. AllizHealth: This Pune based preventive health start-up, has built a consumer focused health and wellness platform for early identification, tracking and management of health risk and conditions. It leverages IBM cloud platform to enable users to track various health risks and parameters, store digitized medical documents and also connect with doctors, caregivers etc.

Gaurav Vij, Founder and Chief Architect: “There is an increasing challenge of non -communicable and lifestyle related diseases in India. At AllizHealth, we are trying to address this problem by working on an innovative Health Management Platform. The goal of this platform is to make people aware of their health risks early and help them with various resources to track and manage such risks. Through our efforts, we are now managing the health of over 500,000 users and working with some of the leading insurance and healthcare groups in India. In this journey, we are fortunate to have a partner in IBM cloud. Harnessing the power of cloud is central to our plans and the support, help and guidance we have received from IBM team, has been quite remarkable. We hope to continue with this association and make it a win-win.”

2. Tagalys : This Chennai based start-up has developed an e-commerce personalization engine on IBM cloud to help online retailers improve visitor-product engagement and revenues. The platform studies visitor and segment shopping behavior, to deliver products most relevant to that visitor(s) across product discovery channels like Site Search, Merchandising, and Recommendations within the online retailer.

Antony Kattukaran, Co-founder and CEO: ‘Personalization of the complete visitor experience across category pages, recommendations widgets and search results is a requirement in today’s digital commerce experience. IBM’s cloud infrastructure is a secure, scalable, and helps us meet the most rigorous demands for our online business. Our partnership with IBM has helped a team like ours focus on product innovation instead of infrastructure and compete on merit with the best in the world.’’

3. Signzy : Recently awarded as the most innovative solution by RBI, this Bangalore –based start-up, uses IBM’s cognitive and cloud solutions to make the digital regulatory processes simpler, secure and more compliant. Their unique online contracting solution uses the latest technology like biometric signature and blockchain to complete the entire online digital trust system.

Ankit Ratan, Co-founder and CEO: “Digital On-boarding is a painful problem for the financial sector and the broader industry. Signzy is using a Cloud API based approach to make this simple, yet secure and compliant. Using IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities we have ensured that our AI technology is enterprise-ready from day one, accelerating our go to market and delighting clients.”

4. Artifacia: Erstwhile called Snapshopr, this Silicon Valley and Bangalore based start-up provides an AI based visua discovery platform designed for retailers that helps them improve engagement and conversions on their apps and websites. Using IBM cloud technology, the platform helps their partners provide unique product discovery and personalization experiences to their customers.

Navneet Sharma, Co-founder and CEO: ‘Artifacia is a visual discovery platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. We enable developers and retailers to build and deliver unique product discovery and personalization experiences for their customers in India and the US. We have relied on IBM cloud technology to build a deep learning technology infrastructure. As the winners of IBM’s SmartCamp program in 2015, we garnered a lot of visibility and look forward to the IBM partnership to their support as we expand globally.’

5. Talview : This Bangalore-based start-up is a leading HR technology solution provider which leverages cutting-edge tech like neuro-linguistic programming, machine learning, and psycho-linguistics built leveraging IBM’s cognitive and cloud solutions. The solution provides mobile-video hiring and helps companies to accept applications, conduct automated and live interviews, video supervised written & code tests and complete on boarding formalities remotely on mobile/tablet and PC.

Jobin Jose, Cofounder and COO: ‘Talview is in pursuit of disrupting the USD 500 billion global recruitment industry and had identified a strong market need for a cognitive solution. Talview Talent Insights which leverages multiple IBM Watson APIs and IBM Cloud Service is the world’s first hiring solution that harnesses the power of advanced data science and machine learning algorithms, video-audio analysis, social media analytics, psycholinguistics and speech recognition to help companies build better teams and gain competitive advantage. Using IBM services helped us to go to market faster with a secure, scalable solution.