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Firstbiz and Greyhound Knowledge Group Release Survey on Indian SME Challenges and Expectations on Eve of Union Budget #Press #SMESurvey #UnionBudget

In a first-of-its-kind initiative Firstbiz, the business portal that is part of Firstpost, one of India’s largest news and views portals, has released an insightful small and medium enterprises (SME) survey in the run-up to the Union Budget 2014-15. Firstpost/Firstbiz are part of Network18, the same media group that owns CNBC-TV18, CNN-IBN, CNBC Awaaz and several regional news channels in Hindi and other languages.

This survey was conducted in association with Greyhound Knowledge Group, a corporate group delivering Business, Technology and Talent research and strategy services across Emerging Markets.

The Indian SME Survey: Analysing Indian SME Perceptions Around Union Budget 2014-15 was commissioned to closely analyse the key challenges faced by SMEs, which is India’s most important sector from the perspective of employment and growth. This is line with Firstbiz’s commitment to provide insightful content for every sector and especially focus on the sectors that really matter to India.  The Survey was conducted across 9 Indian cities, carefully selected to represent a balanced mix of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, and saw more than 540 SME respondents providing detailed answers.

SMEs are important to India because India currently has more than 48 million SMEs who contribute more than 45% of India’s industrial output, 40% of total exports and create 1.3 million jobs every year. Yet, SMEs continue to struggle on multiple accounts. While some are challenged by credit and finance issues, others are struggling to cope with stringent regulatory environments. This report dwells deeper into these challenges and also highlights what these SMEs expect from the upcoming Union Budget, set to be released on July 10.

Further explaining the rationale behind conducting the survey, R Jagannathan, Editor-in-chief, Firstpost & Firstbiz said, “India’s new central government, headed by Narendra Modi, has promised to make business a less traumatic process for entrepreneurs. We hope the results of this survey, when conveyed to the topmost political leaders, will help improve the business climate and enthuse more entrepreneurs to create new businesses and jobs.”

Stressing the point that SMEs are critical for innovation and growth in India, Sanchit Vir Gogia, Founder & CEO, Greyhound Knowledge Group said, “Indian SMEs today are the undisputed powerhouse of the economy. Not only are they generating millions of employment opportunities but are significantly contributing to our country’s industrial output. Greyhound Knowledge Group believes that there is need to bridge the challenge and expectation gap that exists today. Hence our decision to partner with Firstbiz and reach out to SMEs across India to gather sentiments from the ground and map them around the upcoming Union Budget 2014-15.”

Some of the key SME challenges highlighted by The Indian SME Survey: Analysing Indian SME Perceptions Around Union Budget 2014-15 include:

  • Dearth of easy finance and credit instruments
  • Limiting regulatory polices
  • Unavailability of modern, affordable technology
  • Lack of basic infrastructure facilities
  • Absence of exclusive marketing platforms and distribution networks
  • Inflexible labour laws and availability of affordable skilled labour

The Survey report analyses each of these challenges in detail and also throws up many other interesting insights, besides explaining how the Union Budget 2014-15 could provide solutions.

The findings of the survey have been compiled in a comprehensive report and it is available as a free download at http://firstbiz.firstpost.com/sme-report/

Media Contact:
Mithun Kidambi, Firstbiz, +91 (22) 43484593, mithun.kidambi@network18online.com

Manav Juneja, Greyhound Knowledge Group,
+91-9967686163, mjuneja@greyhoundgroup.com

 

Greyhound Research Partners With Kea Company for ‘Analyst Relations Forum’ in London #Media #Press #KEA #Analyst #Forum #London #GreyhoundResearch

August 23, 2013: Greyhound Research, the independent IT & Telecom Research & Advisory arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group has announced a strategic partnership with Kea Company for their upcoming ‘Analyst Relations Forum’ being held on 3rd October 2013 in London.

The Analyst Relations Forum is an initiative to bring together analyst relations professionals, analysts and technology vendors from across the globe and provide one platform for interaction and growth.

Speaking on the partnership, Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and Group CEO, Greyhound Research says, “We are honoured to partner with Kea Company for one of their most prestigious events. Being an independent analyst firm ourselves, we value the importance of such events aimed at bringing together the analyst and vendor fraternity. We commit to adding significant value to this partnership and extend our support to the team at Kea Company. ”

This year’s forum will feature sessions on sales enablement, selling Analyst Relations in your company, career progression for analysts. The Analyst Value Survey results 2013 will also be announced at the event. Speakers at the event are from Symantec, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Accenture, BT Group, ARInsights and Kea Company.

About Greyhound Research

Greyhound Research is an independent IT & Telecom research & advisory firm that helps clients with fact-based insights, relevant perspectives and realistic opinions. With focus on all things emerging – business themes, roles, technologies, geographies and verticals – Greyhound Research works closely with a variety of audience including end-users, IT & Telecom vendors, channel partners, venture capitalists & private equity, start-ups and the Government sector.

About Greyhound Knowledge Group

Greyhound Knowledge Group is built on the ethos of a research – led approach. Our mission is to be the most trusted group in the research & advisory business. We believe in challenging conventions and are committed to change the way research is executed and consumed. This, we believe, will help our customers make decisions that add value to their routine tasks.

Apart from Greyhound Research, Greyhound Knowledge Group also operates the following companies -

Greyhound Sculpt: Greyhound Sculpt is a boutique Consumer Research & Innovation firm focused on delivering fact-based and relevant insights for complex assignments like brand personification, positioning studies, market entry strategies among others.

Greyhound Technocrat: Greyhound Technocrat is an executive search firm focused on the technology and telecom sector in emerging markets. With focus on three verticals – CIO & Team, Vendors & Channel Partners, KPO & Analytics – the company aligns the best of both functional and sector expertise.

Connect with us at:

Greyhound Sculpt | W greyhoundsculpt.com | T @GreyhoundSculpt

Greyhound Research | W greyhoundresearch.com | T @Greyhound_R

Greyhound Technocrat | W greyhoundtechsearch.com | T @Greyhound_T

For media queries, please contact:  media@greyhoundgroup.com

50% Women in India Are Happy Being Entrepreneurs : Greyhound Sculpt #Media #Press #Women #Entrepreneurs #India #GreyhoundSculpt

August 20, 2013, New Delhi: Traditionally seen as the family bulwark, women are now emerging as a force in the enterprise. In fact, multiple examples like Jaswantiben Jamnadas Popat (Lijjat Papad), Rajni Bector (Cremica Foods) speaks of the entrepreneurial success of women in many fields.  And now, the regular working woman is also fast metamorphosing into the entrepreneur woman.

Greyhound Sculpt, the Consumer Research & Innovation arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group undertook a study to better understand the issues faced by women entrepreneurs in India. Titled ‘Women Entrepreneurs: Sweating It Out’, the study interviewed over 1000 women (among SEC A2B1) running their own ventures spread across NCR, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad.

Below are some of the key outcomes of the study:

  • Women are happy entrepreneurs. 50% respondents stated they are happy being an entrepreneur as it gives them a sense of freedom. However, 20% women claimed they started their own business to follow their passion and satiate their need for creative satisfaction. For example, makeup artists opening their own salon, housewives starting home cooked food delivery services for the office goers among others. On the other hand, 20% respondents have started their own business for a better standard of living.
  • Challenge of balancing work and family: More than 40% women claimed that they either work from home or near their homes to look after their family and completing regular chores. 45% of women stress on the fact that being an entrepreneur gives them the flexibility of time.
  •  A constant struggle to be taken seriously: A major part of the women surveyed – 68% faced the challenge of not being taken seriously. In addition, 40% claimed that their family members did not approve or were not confident of them being entrepreneurs. This re-enforces that family approval (especially elders and husbands) play a decisive role for women in business matters.
  • Some sectors are perceived as ‘No Entry’ for women entrepreneurs: Self imposed barriers do exist. Women claimed that there are some sectors where there are strong entry barriers. Sectors like transport; Real Estate, Automobiles, etc are identified as sectors with very strong entry barriers to women entrepreneurs.

“Women entrepreneurs are a brave new breed and soon, with technology, finances and other business support on their side, may be a significant sector of enterprise,” says Sanchit Vir Gogia, Founder and Group CEO, Greyhound Knowledge Group. “Despite business styles that may be different from their male counterparts, their business skills are just as sharp” he adds.

According to Debashish Kundu, Co-Founder & Chief Sculptor, Greyhound Sculpt, “Women are now embracing the entrepreneurial spirit in a big way. Not afraid to take risks, they are now taking leaps into converting their passions into viable business models. This new breed of enterprises will need as much technology and marketing support, which could be an interesting market opportunity”.

About Greyhound Sculpt

Greyhound Sculpt is a boutique Consumer Research & Innovation firm focused on delivering fact-based and relevant insights for complex assignments like brand personification, positioning studies, market entry strategies among others.

About Greyhound Knowledge Group

Greyhound Knowledge Group is built on the ethos of a research – led approach. Our mission is to be the most trusted group in the research advisory business. We believe in challenging conventions and are committed to change the way research is executed and consumed.

Apart from Greyhound Sculpt, Greyhound Knowledge Group also operates the following companies -

  • Greyhound Research: Greyhound Research is an independent IT & Telecom research & advisory firm that helps clients with fact-based insights, relevant perspectives and realistic opinions. With focus on all things emerging – business themes, roles, technologies, geographies and verticals – Greyhound Research works closely with a variety of audience including end-users, IT & Telecom vendors, channel partners, venture capitalists & private equity, start-ups and the Government sector.
  • Greyhound Technocrat: Greyhound Technocrat is an executive search firm focused on the technology and telecom sector in emerging markets. With focus on three verticals – CIO & Team, Vendors & Channel Partners, KPO & Analytics – the company aligns the best of both functional and sector expertise.

For further details, contact: media@greyhoundgroup.com

Enterprises In Emerging Markets Increase Support For Apple Devices in 2013 and 2014: Greyhound Research #Media #Press #Emerging #Apple #GreyhoundResearch

Times have changed, and so has the use of smartphones. From the earlier simplistic use of fetching email and contacts, smartphones are now the powerhouse for consumers and business users who use mobile gadgets for accessing applications and surf the web. This change in consumer behaviour away from traditional devices and platforms to richer operating systems and form factors is significantly impacting the enterprises.

To better understand this change, Greyhound Research, the IT research and advisory arm of Greyhound Knowledge Group conducted a survey of 300 senior IT decision makers in the APJ and MEA regions. The study covered seven key verticals including Manufacturing, Retail, Professional Services, Media & Entertainment among others.

Some of the key trends that emerged from this study are:

  • In emerging markets, Apple products are making their presence felt in the enterprise. 39% of respondents reported using one or more apple products at the workplace – this includes personally owned devices. Interestingly, while iPhone and iPad continue to be the most used apple product, Mac is increasingly gaining traction.
  • So who’s using Apple products? Survey tells us apple users are spread across multiple types – while the younger population in APJ and MEA continues to lead adoption, the senior, well paid executives are the next biggest base of users for Apple’s products.
  • IT teams now support the Apple family of products, with iPhone and iPad as key priority. While enterprise IT teams continue to use and support windows as the primary platform, they are increasingly supporting (or planning) to support Apple’s products. 41% organizations in emerging markets are currently or planning to support iPhone and 37% for iPad. While more than 35% stated to have or working on policies to allow Mac personal computers to replace Windows PC, currently only 25% actively support them.
  • Google Android is not a platform of choice for enterprises in emerging markets. While Google’s Android platform continues to be well received by consumers, decision makers remain unsure about supporting Android fully in the enterprise. Many reasons contribute to this including irregularity of support for OS upgrades, bigger base of end-users demanding iPhone and iPad support, a weak app marketplace strategy among others.

“Enterprises in APJ and MEA regions are clearly beginning to bite the apple! While this definitely raises a question on the dominance of Windows, Greyhound Research believes Windows continues to be the platform of choice for enterprises for the foreseeable future”, says Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and Group CEO of Greyhound Research. “However, with increasing need to support Apple’s products, IT decision makers must watch out for potential areas of pitfall”, he added.

The survey identified the following areas that every enterprise considering supporting Apple products should keep in mind before launching a support policy for Apple’s products:

  • A policy that supports and fills Apple’s weak links for the enterprise.
  • Commitment from senior executives and dedicated budget to invest in skills, tools and best practices to better manage devices and PCs.
  • Crafting a BYOD policy that allows users to use their personal Apple products (or others like Google) and yet adhere to security.
  • A policy for using iCloud and similar cloud storage services in the enterprise.
  • Building corporate app stores given the current unavailability of Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) in emerging countries except Australia and New Zealand.

About Greyhound Research

Greyhound Research is an independent IT research & advisory firm that helps clients with fact-based insights, relevant perspectives and realistic opinions. With key focus on all things emerging – business themes, roles, technologies, geographies and verticals – Greyhound Research works with both end-users and vendors. Greyhound Research is a division of Greyhound Knowledge Group.

About Greyhound Knowledge Group

Greyhound Knowledge Group is built on the ethos of a research – led approach. Our mission is to be the most trusted group in the research & advisory business in emerging markets. We believe in challenging conventions and are committed to change the way research is executed and consumed. This, we believe, will help our customers make decisions that add value to their routine tasks.

In addition to Greyhound Research, the group also has interests in Consumer Research & Innovation and Technology & Telecom Executive Search:

  • Greyhound Sculpt: Greyhound Sculpt is a boutique consumer research firm focused on delivering fact-based and relevant insights for complex assignments like brand personification, positioning studies, market entry strategies among others.
  • Greyhound Technocrat Search: Greyhound Technocrat Search is an executive search firm focused on the technology and telecom sector in emerging markets. With focus on three verticals – CIO & Team, Vendors & Channel Partners, KPO & Analytics – the company aligns the best of both functional and sector expertise.

Connect with us at:

Greyhound Sculpt | W greyhoundsculpt.com | T @GreyhoundSculpt

Greyhound Research | W greyhoundresearch.com | T @GreyhoundR

Greyhound Technocrat Search | W greyhoundtechsearch.com | T @GreyhoundTS

For media queries, please contact: media@greyhoundgroup.com

Greyhound Knowledge Group partners with 2nd National Innovation Summit 2013 by ASSOCHAM #Media #Press #ASSOCHAM #Summit #Innovation #GreyhoundKnowledgeGroup

July 9, 2013, New Delhi: The 2nd National Innovation Summit and awards 2013 organized by ASSOCHAM  today saw government dignitaries, stalwarts from India’s corporate industry, key decision makers and influencers in full attendance. Greyhound Knowledge Group, a leading research and advisory firm with interests in IT research & advisory, consumer research & innovation and executive search, were the official partners of this prestigious event.

Speaking on the partnership, Sanchit Vir Gogia, Founder and Group CEO, Greyhound Knowledge Group says, “We are honoured to partner with ASSOCHAM for one of India’s most prestigious events on innovation. They have done stellar work to cater to the innovation needs of corporate India and create the right platform for businesses to come together. We commit to adding significant value to this partnership and extend our support to other members in the association. ”

The focus of this year’s summit was on innovation in Business Development, Science & Technology and Social Development. It was attended by the likes of Mr. Jaipal Reddy, Honorable Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Praveen Sinha, Co-founder and Managing Director, Jabong, Dr. Anil Wali, Managing Director, Foundation for Innovation & Technology, IIT Delhi and others.

During his Keynote, Sanchit said,” The National Innovation Summit creates a platform to foster the spirit of innovation for India Inc. India is witnessing a mindset change and organizations are now actively seeking newer tools and practices. The surge in the number of start up organizations in the country is an excellent proof point of India Inc willing to step out of the comfort zone and innovate in the traditional industries. While changing consumer habits are driving much of this change, emerging technologies are aiding to the growth and viability of such entrepreneurial ventures. This is also driving a need for organizations to revisit their hiring policies and re-skill employees to better prepare for the newer forces of the market.”

His session focussed on how technological innovation can help organizations differentiate their products and services. He also exemplified on the use of emerging technologies like cloud, mobility, big data and social that organizations can use to become more nimble and respond swiftly to the evolving market conditions.

Key highlights of the event are as follows:

Mr KC Mehta, Chairman National Quality Council of ASSOCHAM & Member of Jury, opened the summit saying that Innovation is typically associated with “Jugaad” in India, however, sustainability is critical for a successful Innovation.

“True Innovation needs to be path-breaking and scalable”, as per Hemendra Aran (CEO & Founder, Aranca). In Indian ecosystem, the importance of Innovation is being recognized, but in order to be really successful Indian outfits need to move from Knowledge-driven to Innovation-driven culture.

Sanchit Vir Gogia (Founder & Group CEO, Greyhound Knowledge Group), started his session titled “Method to the Madness of Innovation” from the back of the hall, with a key message that instead of looking at the proverbial podium, businesses need to look into the pockets and peripheries of the organization. “Customer Experience matters, all else is plumbing”, as per Sanchit, who believes that technology is the most critical leverage for the Innovation in this consumer-led era.

Praveen Sinha (Co-founder & MD, Jabong) drove the point on relationship between Kaizen and Innovation. The Process innovation through Kaizen should aim at customer delight, when it becomes true Innovation.

About Greyhound Knowledge Group

Greyhound Knowledge Group is built on the ethos of a research – led approach. Our mission is to be the most trusted group in the research & advisory business. We believe in challenging conventions and are committed to change the way research is executed and consumed. This, we believe, will help our customers make decisions that add value to their routine tasks.

Greyhound Knowledge Group operates under three brands –

Greyhound Research: Greyhound Research is an independent IT research & advisory firm that helps clients with fact-based insights, relevant perspectives and realistic opinions. With key focus on all things emerging – business themes, roles, technologies, geographies and verticals – Greyhound Research works closely with both end-users and vendors across multiple domains.

Greyhound Sculpt: Greyhound Sculpt is a boutique consumer research firm focused on delivering fact-based and relevant insights for complex assignments like brand personification, positioning studies, market entry strategies among others.

Greyhound Technocrat Search: Greyhound Technocrat Search is an executive search firm focused on the technology and telecom sector in emerging markets. With focus on three verticals – CIO & Team, Vendors & Channel Partners, KPO & Analytics – the company aligns the best of both functional and sector expertise.

Connect with us at:

Greyhound Sculpt | W greyhoundsculpt.com | T @GreyhoundSculpt

Greyhound Research | W greyhoundresearch.com | T @GreyhoundR

Greyhound Technocrat Search | W greyhoundtechsearch.com | T @GreyhoundTS

For media queries, please contact:  media@greyhoundgroup.com

Greyhound Research appoints Ashish Bhagwat as Principal Analyst to Strengthen Its Research Organization #Media #Press #GreyhoundResearch

India, 28th May 2013: Greyhound Research, a division of Greyhound Knowledge Group, today announced the appointment of Ashish Bhagwat as Principal Analyst. This appointment of Ashish, a veteran in business technology space, re-emphasizes Greyhound Research’s focus on practitioner-based and customer-focused insights. Ashish will focus on Business Process Management (BPM), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Social Technologies, Digital Marketing among other things.

Known for his rich experience in leadership positions across diverse business markets and geographies, Ashish has been focused on impactful and strategic contributions in his previous stints – at OrangeScape as Vice President, and at Wipro as BPM Practice Head. With specialty in Business Transformation and Strategic Marketing, Ashish has been a sought after thought leader in business technology space.

Commenting on his appointment, Ashish Bhagwat stated, “I have always been looking for ways to create a broader and sustainable impact. My decision to join Greyhound Research was fuelled by the group’s vision to deliver fact-based insights to its clients and establish Greyhound Research as the leading research and advisory firm in emerging markets. These are exciting times in the Technology space, and with ever-increasing pace of change, businesses are looking for more practical insights. There’s a lot to be done, and I’m excited at the prospects of Greyhound Research playing a crucial role in the research and advisory space. I can’t wait to get started!”

Greyhound Research is strengthening its research and advisory team and adding hands-on experts in the team. Chief Analyst and CEO of Greyhound Research – Sanchit Gogia– stated, “I am delighted with Ashish’s decision to join us. He comes in with wealth of experience in the business technology space and has been well-known for his insights and thought leadership. His diverse experience during successful stints at Wipro and OrangeScape will add rigour and depth to our research. I look forward to his contributions across multiple business themes and technology areas here at Greyhound Research as we transform how IT research is delivered and consumed by end-user organizations. I am sure his experience and vision will be a great asset to Greyhound Research. I wish him all the luck, and look forward to work together to realize our vision!”

ABOUT GREYHOUND RESEARCH

Greyhound Research is an independent IT research & advisory firm that helps clients with fact-based insights, relevant perspectives and realistic opinions. With key focus on all things emerging – business themes, roles, technologies, geographies and verticals – Greyhound Research works closely with both end-users and vendors. You can learn more about Greyhound Research by visiting http://greyhoundresearch.com/.

Greyhound Research is the IT Research & Advisory division of Greyhound Knowledge Group that operates under three brands – Greyhound Research, Greyhound Sculpt and Greyhound Technocrat Search. The group employs experts with experience in IT Research & Advisory, Consumer Research & Innovation and Executive Search.

For further details, contact:

media@greyhoundgroup.com / connect@greyhoundgroup.com