Perot Systems was an information technology services provider founded in 1988 by a group of investors led by Ross Perot and based in Plano, Texas, United States. A Fortune 1000 corporation with offices in more than 25 countries, Perot Systems employed more than 23,000 people and had an annual revenue of $2.8 billion before its acquisition in 2009 by Dell, Inc. for $3.9 Billion. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 8, 2017
BELMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, today announced the increasing demand and continued growth of its professional services organization. The demand is fueled by increasing requests from mid-market and enterprise customers who want to replace legacy on-premise systems with RingCentral’s cloud solutions. To meet this demand, RingCentral has also expanded its professional services capabilities, including the appointment of Derrell James as senior vice president of professional services. Derrell brings more than 30 years of services experience at major technology companies and has held many senior leadership positions at various companies including Perot Systems, EMC, ACS, and most recently Avaya. At Avaya, James served as SVP of global strategic services, where he was responsible for a nearly $2 billion line of business. “We’re thrilled to have Derrell James join the RingCentral team. The goal of our professional services team is to be there at every phase of deployment and integration, including: initial planning, strategic consultations, comprehensive implementation, integration designs, and ongoing support and system training,” said Ryan Azus, senior vice president of global sales at RingCentral. “Our team is deeply committed to helping enterprises through a seamless and non-disruptive transition so they can get the best value out of RingCentral’s cloud-based business communications and collaboration solutions.” Professional services attach rates have increased as enterprise customers demand advanced services to ensure successful deployment and ongoing management. In addition to expanding the RingCentral professional services portfolio, the company has invested in these key areas: For additional information on RingCentral professional services, please visit http://www.ringcentral.com/solutions/professional-services.html. RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG) is a leading provider of cloud-based global collaborative communications solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premise systems, RingCentral empowers today’s mobile and distributed workforce to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere, on any device. RingCentral unifies voice, video, team messaging and collaboration, conferencing, online meetings, and integrated contact center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading business apps and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California and has offices around the world. ©2017 RingCentral, Inc. All rights reserved. RingCentral and the RingCentral Professional Services and the RingCentral logo are trademarks of RingCentral, Inc.
News Article | December 22, 2016
Newly declassified passages from a highly critical House Intelligence Committee report on Edward Snowden assert that since arriving in Moscow the former NSA contractor “has had, and continues to have, contact with Russian intelligence services.” Minutes after the report was released Thursday, Snowden’s chief lawyer, Ben Wizner, tweeted that the report was “petulant nonsense.” Snowden has adamantly denied such contacts, most recently this month in an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. Snowden told Couric he gave Russian officials “the stiff-arm” when they first approached him in 2013, and that since then, while living with President Vladimir Putin’s approval as a fugitive in Moscow, “they have left me alone, for the most part.” The panel’s newly declassified 33-page report, which is being released this morning, cites classified U.S. intelligence reporting to support its assertion of continuous contacts with Russian intelligence — an especially explosive charge in light of the current uproar in Washington over Russian interference in the U.S. election. But all details of that intelligence reporting are still classified and blacked out in the report, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the public to assess. The charge comes at a time when Snowden’s defenders — who portray him as a courageous whistleblower who exposed U.S. surveillance abuses — are making their final, uphill pitch for a pardon before President Obama leaves office. His lawyers have also repeatedly pointed out he has also criticized Russian surveillance practices; in his interview with Couric, Snowden said these “severe” criticisms have made him a “liability” to the Russians. “The House committee spent three years and millions of dollars in a failed attempt to discredit Edward Snowden, whose actions led to the most significant intelligence reforms in a generation,” Wizner said in a statement after the committee’s release. “The report wholly ignores Snowden’s repeated and courageous criticism of Russian surveillance and censorship laws. It combines demonstrable falsehoods with deceptive inferences to paint an entirely fictional portrait of an American whistleblower. “For all of its harsh rhetoric, the report contains no evidence whatsoever that Snowden’s intentions were anything other than public-minded, that his actions caused harm, or that he is under foreign influence — because no such evidence exists,” he added. “In fact, the NSA’s former deputy director has stated publicly that he does not believe that Snowden acted under the influence of a foreign power.” A U.S. government official told Yahoo News the committee’s characterization of continuing contacts between Snowden and Russian intelligence reflects “the current thinking” of the U.S. intelligence community. But U.S. officials do not have evidence that Snowden has actually shared NSA documents with the Russians, said the official, who did not provide any further details about the nature of the alleged contacts. A congressional staffer familiar with the matter said the committee and the intelligence community have “high confidence” in the reports of continuous contacts and that “you don’t have high confidence based on a single [intelligence] report.” House Intelligence Chair Rep. Devin Nunes said in a statement Thursday the newly declassified report shows Snowden’s “reckless disregard” for U.S. national security, adding, “I look forward to the day when he returns to the United States to face justice.” California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel’s ranking minority member, added: “Snowden and his defenders claim that he is a whistleblower, but he isn’t, as the committee’s review shows.” The House report fleshes out a three-page executive summary that was released in September and was approved on a bipartisan basis by all members of the intelligence committee. That summary — denounced as “aggressively dishonest” by one of the journalists who received documents from Snowden — labeled him a “serial exaggerator and fabricator” as well as a disgruntled employee who did “tremendous damage to national security” by disclosing classified material about U.S. surveillance practices. (The summary did not include the allegation about Snowden’s contacts with Russian intelligence, which was declassified by the U.S. intelligence community only this week.) After the release of the executive summary, the committee asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to declassify the panel’s full report (much of which is based on secret U.S. intelligence reports and interviews with officials at the National Security Agency and other U.S. agencies). Many key sections of the document remain classified and blacked out — including 20 specific examples of damage that U.S. officials believe was caused by Snowden’s disclosures. Also still classified are estimates about the cost to the U.S. government — believed to be in the billions of dollars — to rebuild and repair U.S. signals intelligence systems capabilities as a result of his disclosures. Still, the newly declassified version cites a wealth of previously undisclosed internal emails, memos and interviews to draw a highly unflattering portrait of Snowden as an intelligence community misfit driven as much by personal grievances as by his publicly stated concerns about invasions of U.S. privacy. It also reveals a glaring internal screwup by U.S. intelligence officials that allowed documented concerns about Snowden’s conduct by the CIA to go undetected when he landed a job as an NSA contractor. — Snowden had a troubled work history within the U.S. intelligence community. He’d raised multiple complaints about his treatment that had nothing to do with U.S. surveillance practices. Less than three months after obtaining his first job with the CIA as a telecommunications information system officer (TISO) in 2006, he sent an email to the agency’s inspector general complaining that he was being “unfairly targeted” by his supervisor because he had raised concerns about “morale and retention issues” including the pay of TISOs compared with contractors doing similar work. Snowden, then 23, had surveyed other TISOs in his office and then written up his findings, sending them directly to the CIA’s deputy director for support, one of the 10 most senior executives in the agency. What prompted Snowden to complain to the inspector general, according to the report, was that his supervisors — after learning that he had gone over their heads — had pulled him into their offices for unscheduled “counseling,” during which, he asserted to the IG, they were “extremely hostile” and “seemed to believe I have trouble bonding with my classmates.” Snowden asked the IG to help protect him from “reprisal for speaking truth to power.” Notably, the report said, this was the only record of Snowden contacting the inspector general during his tenure at the CIA. — Snowden later landed a CIA TISO post overseas — in Geneva, it has been publicly reported, although the city is blacked out in the report — despite the concerns of his previous supervisor, recorded in a Sept. 8, 2008, internal memo, that Snowden “often does not positively respond to advice from more senior officers … does not recognize the chain of command, often demonstrates a lack of maturity, and does not appear to be embracing the CIA culture.” Snowden later modified the software for his performance review “by manipulating the font,” the report says. (Snowden has said that while writing his annual self-evaluation he discovered flaws in the software of the CIA’s personnel Web applications that would make them vulnerable to hacking. With his supervisor’s approval, he asserted, he wrote some code and text in his personnel evaluation, but a more senior manager grew furious and wrote a critical comment in his personnel file.) His behavior caused him to be recalled for “professional consultations” with the chief of all CIA technical officers in Europe, according to the committee report. His supervisor called him in for six counseling sessions between October 2007 and April 2008. When he flew home to Washington with his girlfriend in September 2008 for medical appointments — “disobeying orders,” the report says — his supervisors recommended that he not return to his position. Although Snowden has since asserted that he had ethical qualms about working for the CIA in Geneva — the Oliver Stone movie “Snowden” depicts him recoiling at being asked to blackmail a potential Pakistani asset over sexual misconduct — the report says records of Snowden’s multiple counseling sessions show no evidence he ever raised such issues at the time. — When Snowden applied for a new position with an NSA contractor (Perot Systems, later purchased by Dell) in March 2009, NSA Security checked with an intelligence community-wide database known as “Scattered Castles” to verify his security clearance and, seeing no red flags, approved his hiring on April 7 of that year. This happened because CIA Security had yet to update Scattered Castles with the issues raised about Snowden’s employment in Geneva. Thirteen days later, on April 20, the CIA did, entering negative information about Snowden that was unknown to NSA and was apparently never detected. “Because NSA had checked the database three weeks earlier, NSA Security did not learn of the (blacked out) in his record at that time,” the report states. In the fall of 2010, a government contractor, U.S. Information Services, did a periodic background investigation of Snowden and cleared him in a report that never verified his CIA employment or checked with any of his supervisors. Nor did it request any character references beyond the two Snowden had provided: his mother and his girlfriend. — In early 2012, Snowden took a new position with Dell as a systems administrator at the NSA’s Hawaii Cryptologic Center. Some co-workers recall him expressing strong political opinions, complaining about bills in Congress that he believed would be harmful to online privacy and — according to one co-worker’s account — indicating sympathy for China. (He claimed that, based on his meeting with Chinese hackers at a conference, “the United States caused problems for China but China never caused problems for the United States,” the report states, citing a committee interview with a co-worker.) He soon got into an email dispute with his supervisor over an issue that is blacked out in the report. But, much like he did at the CIA, Snowden went outside channels, according to the committee: He copied a deputy head of NSA’s technical services directorate in one of his replies during which he accused one of his middle managers of “evasion and finger-pointing.” This earned him a rebuke from an NSA civilian employee in Washington who, on June 22, 2012, wrote him in an email that his response was “totally UNACCEPTABLE” because “under no circumstances will any contractor call out or point fingers at any government manager whether you agree with their handling of an issue or not.” — Snowden has publicly claimed that his “breaking point” for disclosing classified documents was Director of National Intelligence Clapper’s March 13, 2013, testimony before Congress in which he (falsely) denied that the NSA collected data on Americans. But the report states that Snowden began his mass downloading of documents from NSA networks on July 12, 2012, barely three weeks after his rebuke from the NSA official. (Snowden has asserted that, while he had already begun his downloading and had reached out to journalist Glenn Greenwald in December 2012, he didn’t actually disclose any documents until after Clapper’s testimony.) He used blunt “scraping” tools to download the material and used his systems administrator privileges to search across other NSA employees personal network drives and copy what he found, the report states. He also asked several of his unwitting co-workers for their security credentials so he could obtain information he could not access, causing at least one NSA co-worker to lose his security clearance and resign. Snowden’s searches “quickly expanded beyond surveillance programs” and included searches for “human resource files” and files relating to promotion and hiring decisions, as well as the personal network drives of individuals belonging to individuals involved in the hiring decision for a job for which Snowden had applied, the report states.
News Article | December 12, 2016
Founding Team to Help Organizations Succeed in Value-Based Contracting and Risk Management, Including Government Beneficiary Management WAYNE, PA--(Marketwired - December 12, 2016) - Medecision, the leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, today launched consulting services to help healthcare organizations succeed in value-based contracting, risk management and optimizing management of the populations they serve, including Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare beneficiaries. Nationally recognized consultants with extensive experience transforming the clinical and financial future of healthcare through population health management have joined the Company as founding members of the practice. Even with potential changes to the Affordable Care Act, many organizations are committed to accountable care and to reimbursing physicians for value delivery, not just volume of services. Yet, they are saddled with legacy, siloed systems and traditional care models that are not effective in understanding and serving those who need services the most -- frail, elderly patients; consumers with complex, chronic disease; and patients with mental illness, for example. Medecision's Consulting Services team will focus on the important work to be done in aligning healthcare enterprise stakeholders and governance; making sense of massive, disparate data sets; targeting meaningful opportunities for cost reduction; and measuring, monitoring and reporting on quality and performance. "Thirty years of experience helping payers and providers map out and implement successful population health and risk management initiatives qualifies Medecision as a trusted consultant for those pursuing value-based contracting and assuming risk," said Deborah M. Gage, president and CEO, Medecision. "In fact, our clients are already pioneering population health initiatives that provide significant advantages -- capturing new market share, reducing care variation and improving efficiencies. Today, with their success driving our momentum, we're proud to introduce consulting services aimed at helping others like them move in the right direction toward improving quality of care, advancing outcomes and containing costs for the populations they serve." Founding Team Appointed Veteran healthcare strategist Cory Courtney, formerly an Accenture partner and Alere executive vice president, has joined the company to lead the new consulting practice. Credentialed principals Jackie Luchsinger, RN, MS, MBA, PMP, formerly with Dearborn Advisors, McKesson and Perot Systems, and Carolann Engler, RN, a senior consulting executive formerly with TriZetto, Booz Allen Hamilton and First Consulting Group, join Courtney on the founding team. Initial service offerings will include structured methodologies and models to support population health strategy, organizational readiness, program management and delivery, process and outcomes improvement, and optimization. In November, Medecision announced the company was named in Gartner's "Market Guide for Healthcare Provider Population Health Management Platforms" as one of the top-ranked population health management platforms for providers because of its technology that supports all 10 identified core areas of population health management programs, and that it has been recognized by IDC as a "major population health management player." About Medecision Leading healthcare organizations depend on Medecision's team of experienced professionals and buy-only-what-you-need suite of Aerial™ applications to power their value-based care management strategies, which allow sustainable and scalable risk management. Medecision focuses on delivering precise insights on population and individual risk for optimal, evidence-based interventions. www.medecision.com
News Article | November 21, 2016
Brown joins Unisys to head the Commercial division in EMEA, spanning clients in Travel & Transportation, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences London, 21st November 2016 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced a key leadership hire for its Enterprise Solutions organisation in EMEA, with the appointment of Bill Brown. Brown’s appointment will strengthen the company’s client relationships and regional capabilities in a number of key industries of focus for Unisys such as Travel & Transportation, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences. Brown joins Unisys from Dell Services as Head of Commercial Business in EMEA where he will report directly to Tom Higgins, Vice President and General Manager EMEA. Prior to Dell, Brown held multiple leadership positions at EDS and Perot Systems after starting his career in applications, systems and network programming and design. "Bill is a great addition to our team," said Higgins. “Throughout his career he has demonstrated the ability to lead businesses, win and implement significant projects for global clients and drive growth. Bill joins us to lead our commercial division in the region, which has a proud heritage in areas such as aviation, where 18 of the top 25 global airlines, and 25 percent of air passengers, rely on our technology every day.” In his new role, Brown will have responsibility for the overall P&L of the commercial division in EMEA and the delivery of solutions to our clients from service lines including security, application services, cloud and infrastructure and end user services. Brown will be located in Unisys’ Thalwil office in Switzerland. About Unisys Unisys is a global information technology company that specializes in providing industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security protocols to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure services, application services and application and server software. For more information, visit www.unisys.com. Unisys and other Unisys products and services mentioned herein, as well as their respective logos, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Unisys Corporation. Any other brand or product referenced herein is acknowledged to be a trademark or registered trademark of its respective holder.
News Article | December 19, 2016
Crowther joins Unisys to support cost management and modelling; financial planning and analysis; and corporate development activities in EMEA LONDON, December 19, 2016 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced the appointment of Bob Crowther as the Senior Finance Director for the company’s EMEA region. Crowther will report both to Inder M. Singh, chief financial officer (CFO) of Unisys, and to Grant Sheatsley, global VP of Financial Planning and Analysis. In this new role, Crowther will act as a financial partner to the region’s vice president and general manager, Tom Higgins, to support cost management and modelling; financial planning and analysis; and corporate development activities in EMEA. Crowther joins Unisys from Silent Circle (SC), a software technology start-up, where he served as CFO and oversaw the restructuring of the business to deliver improved cost management and overall operational efficiency. Previously, Crowther held the position of EMEA CFO for Dell Services, joining the organisation as a result of Dell’s acquisition of Perot Systems. Prior to the acquisition, Crowther held a number of key management roles – including CFO and CEO – throughout his tenure with Perot Systems’ Services business in the USA, Europe and India. “Bob brings with him an exceptional background in both financial and operational reporting, we are excited about the vision he brings to our organisation,” said Singh. “In his new role he will have a strong focus on cost management, as well as driving business development through the design and execution of new financial and commercial models that will support the acquisition of new logo growth and expansion of revenues across our core vertical industries – financial services, government and the commercial sector.” Crowther will be based at the company’s new EMEA headquarters at Chiswick Business Park in London. About Unisys Unisys is a global information technology company that specializes in providing industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure services, application services and application and server software. For more information, visit www.unisys.com. Unisys and other Unisys products and services mentioned herein, as well as their respective logos, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Unisys Corporation. Any other brand or product referenced herein is acknowledged to be a trademark or registered trademark of its respective holder.
News Article | November 1, 2016
DKBInnovative, a Dallas-based IT managed services company, was recently named as one of the “20 Most Promising Productivity Solutions Providers 2016” in the IT industry magazine CIOReview. CIOReview sees its mission in IT as being ‘The Navigator for Enterprise Solutions.’ “I congratulate DKBInnovative for its achievement in providing secure and highly reliable managed IT solutions for business,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. They have consistently provided comprehensive IT strategies that can boost levels of productivity and thus accelerate business objectives. We look for those IT companies who are positively impacting the marketplace." DKBInnovative began while its founder and CEO, Keith Barthold, was still advancing and enjoying his 10+ year career at Perot Systems/Dell Services. “IT managed services got real big, real fast,” said Barthold. “From the very beginning of our company we determined that, for us, service and solutions would mean the same thing. Because of the exploding pace of today’s technology, we started by not just thinking outside the box, but also ahead of the box.” Currently DKBInnovative has offices in Dallas and Frisco, Texas. Although their focus is regional, DKB also does work nationally and internationally on behalf of their larger clients. DKBInnovative offers with its state-or-the-art best practices for outsourced IT managed services the expertise of a virtual Chief Information Officer, or VCIO. The VCIO will participate in the planning, budgeting and implementation for all IT assets in a client’s business—a process that will transform IT for the company users, resulting in greater security and productivity. This has worked well for over 200 medical practices and hospitals, and for dozens of energy, technology, and professional services firms. “Our clients rely on technology as a competitive advantage and business enabler,” states Keith Barthold, “and no one can afford to be interrupted or have their data compromised. You have to think ahead, plan ahead, and be ready for whatever the world throws at you. Forward-thinking IT management is both your winning game plan and your depth on the bench, your most cost effective way to mitigate these company-killing risks. DKB is in this game to win it.” CIOReview helps organizations find the best-of-breed productivity tools. Their listing of the 20 Most Promising Productivity Solution Providers 2016 provides a look into how these solutions work in the real world and how they shape up against the competition. DKBInnovative is comprised of dedicated, passionate, and hard-working IT professionals committed to providing best-in-class IT services. Having served 60+ hospitals and hundreds of medical practices, plus dozens of energy, technology, and professional services firms, they partner with clients to navigate any and all IT needs including security, network, vendor selection and management, and comprehensive security including HIPAA compliance—with a focus on increased workforce productivity. Contact DKBInnovative at dkbinnovative.com or by phone at (429) 828-2468 for more information.
News Article | November 3, 2015
Reuters reports Dell is thinking of selling off non-core assets to clear the decks before the EMC acquisition and raise $10bn. Dell has refused to comment on this Reuters report. The four candidate products overlap EMC products or are relative failures. Thus SonicWall would be positioned against RSA security products from EMC. The Rapid recovery product overlaps with EMC's data protection portfolio with, for example, with Mozy doing the end-points and Networker looking after data centres along with Data Domain. Perot Systems doesn't have an EMC equivalent but it has struggled to fulfil its potential from when Dell bought it in 2009 for a then massive $3.9bn. Quest Software overlaps some of EMC's own management products. It was acquired by Dell in 2012 for $2.36bn. It, along with Rapid Recovery and SonicWall, is in Dell's Software Group which has been run by Jon Swainson since 2012. Suresh Vaswani runs the Services business for Dell. Dell is going to take on almost $50m in debt when the $67bn acquisition of EMC completes sometime next year. Dell and EMC have two executives, Rory Read from Dell and Howard Elias from EMC, looking at the overall portfolio and seeing what fits where – and, presumably, what doesn't fit at all. Possibly they have already been busy and this is one of the fruits, if that's the right term, of their labours. It's sad, if true, for the AppAssure/Rapid Recovery people as that product was given a major upgrade recently. ®
News Article | June 30, 2015
Top 50 Best Managed Outsourcing Vendors of 2009 or are they? Black Book of Outsourcing has been publishing the top outsourcing companies in world for a few years now and this year was no exception. They have recently published the list for 2009 as well. I am actually not a big fan of Black Book of Outsourcing list, simply because, if you compare 2007, 2008 and this years list, it will be very clear to you. I have been following this BBO best managed Outsourcing vendor list for 3 years in a row now, and the amount of changes in the ranking is just astonishing. I can understand 3-4 changes up and down, but if you compare all 3 years lists – they very different from each other ! I will give you a few examples: Here are the top 5 outsourcing companies for last 3 years from the list Have a closer look at all these 3 years and you will see that not one is same, infact, even all the companies are different. How can it be, that in one year they were at top and next year itself they are nowhere to be seen. Infact, if you will the 2008 top outsourcing list, Infosys does not even figure in top 50. I just cant fathom that ! In 2008 a company that was not at all on the list figures at number 4 this year ! and it is not just one company, most of them move up, down or even out of the list year on year – This is just not done… Anyways, I am still going ahead and publishing the 2009 best managed outsourcing companies list for your reference. I would seriously urge you to go through following and after comparing draw up your own conclusions. 2007- top 50 best managed global outsourcing vendors in the world 2008- Top 50 Best Managed Outsourcing Companies in the world What is your opinion, Do you think you can trust these lists?
News Article | June 10, 2015
In today’s digital world, there are marketplaces for everything; even for marketplaces! (Online fashion stores). However, in India, one sector that is yet to join this is driving schools. To bridge this gap, Drivekool was established. “Drivekool is an online marketplace between driving schools and their customers,” Mahesh Gidwani, Founder and CEO, says, “You can book driving classes online, request for other RTO services like driving licenses, international driving licenses, commercial driving licenses, an address change, NOC and road tax.” It also provides free mock tests to help customers prepare for their learner’s license. Like most of us looking for professional driving services, Mahesh and his wife too were looking for a credible driving school, one that could deliver services with a professional touch. However, they found the quality of training questionable. After discussing this with a couple of friends, the couple realized that it was a big pain point for many and there needed to be a solution for the same. Mahesh had returned from the US in 2009, and had joined Perot Systems, and later Dell, where he met his Co-founders Saumitra Kayal and Kumar Gaurav. When Mahesh came up with the idea, he discussed it with his colleagues and the trio decided to do something about the problem. “Market-wise, almost every individual who is above the age of 16 is our customer, as they might want to learn driving and apply for a license,” says Mahesh. Apart from this, Drivekool also targets businesses that need drivers. “There is more demand for drivers than supply, so these businesses could be taxi aggregators, bus operators, e-commerce companies and food chain companies, among many others,” adds Mahesh. He further adds that this shortage of drivers creates a huge opportunity for driving training. Drivekool, currently is operational only in Bengaluru, and has over 100 driving schools, with over 400 vehicles. The platform has over 2500 bookings and 1500 customers. However, the journey has been wrought with several challenges. Mahesh says that they were creating something that had never existed before, either as a technology platform, or as a business model. One of the biggest challenges the team faced was convincing driving schools to come on board and later pay for the services. Another challenge was finding driving schools that are reliable and offer good quality services. “Driving school owners and their staff members don’t understand technology; that makes adoption slightly slower than we thought,” adds Mahesh. “We definitely are looking to expand. In short to medium terms, we look to grow faster in Bangalore and then take it pan-Indian. This solution will have a huge social impact, as we aim to increase driving literacy and make driving safe on the roads in India. As per reports, we have accidents every minute and a death every 3.7 minutes on the road. This also causes national loss of over $20 billion. We definitely can’t take pride on these figures,” concludes Mahesh. As of 2013, India was the sixth-largest vehicle manufacturer in the world. As of 2014, reports suggest that over 3.22 million passenger vehicles were rolled out. India also is the eighth-largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, and the second-largest motorcycle manufacturer. The total turnover of the automobile industry has been estimated close to $35 billion. Since the manufacture of vehicles is on the rise, the need for skilled drivers too is increasing. Reports suggest that by the end of this year, the country’s road freight segment would need close to 51 million skilled truck drivers. With an increasing need for drivers, across various sectors like food, e-commerce, transport and delivery, these numbers are steadily increasing with each passing month. Will Drivekool be able to help streamline the unorganised and highly skewed marketplace? This is something we need to wait and watch for.
News Article | March 28, 2016
Dell had purchased the business for $3.9 billion in 2009 when it was Perot Systems, founded by billionaire and onetime presidential candidate Ross Perot. The sale comes as privately-held Dell prepares to buy data storage provider EMC for $67 billion and tries to reinvent itself as more than just a personal computer company. That deal was announced in October and was initially targeted to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year ending Feb. 3, 2017. Japan-based NTT Data focuses on information technology in the medical field, including medical records and billing. In a statement, NTT Data said the acquisition will help "strengthen its leadership position" in the services market, while also initiating a relationship with Dell. The company has been expanding its services globally, recently making deals that give it greater reach into the Philippines, Taiwan, and Costa Rica, among other initiatives.