20 minutes | Mar 21, 2023
Unleashing the power of AI across industries
In March 2023, just 5 months after it launched, ChatGPT cleared the GRE and LSAT exams. Microsoft’s move to integrated ChatGPT into its search engine, Bing, is a bold, strategic move with far-reaching effects on the technology ecosystem. This will not only be a new technology to reckon with, but businesses are now thinking about how to incorporate Generative AI in their workstreams – to save time, optimize costs, and ensure precision. Generative AI has been in the works for years, but only now are we seeing its widespread applicability across use cases and industry verticals. In this conversation between Matthew Jennings, Vice President of Customer Success, Microsoft, and Rajat Kohli, Partner at Zinnov, the two leaders explore the uses of Generative AI across Agriculture, Healthcare, and how it is poised to make a difference to businesses, teams, and the world at large. Alongside its rapid growth, Matt also talks about how Microsoft is making a conscious effort to ensure that the data used in its Generative AI applications is inclusive, diverse, and caters to all parts of the society. Listen to this episode about all things Data and Responsibility in today’s age of Generative AI.
19 minutes | Mar 17, 2023
The upside of the downturn - Accelerated Innovation
In this new episode of the Business Resilience Series, Sandeep Kalra, CEO & Executive Director of Persistent, talks about how software enterprises are coping with recessionary scenarios with Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov. Sandeep and Pari explore how various companies - right from mature companies to nascent start-ups, are making their existing funding work for them. Using observations of industry trends, they discuss strategies and coping mechanisms for keeping innovation constant, with the least compromise. Are enterprises equipped to take on new projects? How business propositions remain relevan to augmenting end-user experiences? Listen to this episode on deeper insights on enterprise software industry trends, and business strategies during a slowdown.
27 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
The Globalization Resurgence - The India Story
The Indian GCC ecosystem has grown, evolved, and unlocked newer dimensions of business value over the last couple of decades. GCCs in India have definitively moved beyond the common trope of cost, to drive product, technology, process, and people excellence. This is what is making the India ecosystem a preferred destination for setting up, scaling, and driving significant value through centers of excellence. This excellence however, hasn’t been serendipitous. It ss the result of a community forged from belief and persistence, a key player of which has been NASSCOM. As the macro-economic environment gets more interconnected and complex, and a probable recession on the horizon, offshoring is increasingly becoming a key theme in business decisions. Our next conversation unravels the India Story and its fabrication into a globalization hub. In this episode, Nitika Goel, Chief Marketing Officer, Zinnov speaks to KS Viswanathan, Vice President (Industry Initiatives) at NASSCOM, about India’s evolution into a GCC hub and the influence it has begun to wield in global decision-making and engineering initiatives. Whether it’s India-initiated technology like UPI or creating ADAS systems that power Automotive companies across the world, India has become a force to reckon with. Corporate-led innovation and conducive government decisions have gone hand in hand to grow the technology talent landscape to new levels. Today, a bulk of the conversation on technology strategy takes place either in Bangalore, or other parts of India. KS Viswanathan also talks about how leaders are becoming strategic about what operations are run out of India and how in spite of excellent talent, leadership still falls short. This rich conversation is filled with anecdotes, advice, and observations from a veteran who has watched the industry evolve over the last couple of decades. Breaking down the progression of technology services and trends, he provides detailed insights on how the GCC ecosystem has changed, and what this can mean.
18 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Engineered In India, Made For The World
In this episode, BVR Mohan Reddy, Founder Chairman of CYIENT, sits down with Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov to discuss the nuances of his incredible entrepreneurial journey, how he built the billion-dollar CYIENT to provide Engineering Services to the world, from India, and how leaders like him can help further the start-up ecosystem by paying it forward for future entrepreneurs. They also delve into how employee, investor, and customer relationships are crucial to running a successful company and how today’s entrepreneurs must carve our their niche categories with care and foresight. Delicately balancing employees and customers is the key to bringing about a harmonious business environment. How CYIENT was able to build a global company with this balance has been a phenomenal, impactful journey. Catch these two leaders in conversation about building Engineering Services for the world, from India.
20 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Fearless - Against the Odds
How can a leader thrive when faced with overwhelming odds and uncertainty? This episode with D Sivanandhan, the former DGP of Mumbai Police, explores how leadership is a combination of time management, leading without fear, and prioritizing the well-being of others. Nitika Goel, Chief Marketing Officer at Zinnov, unpacks the concept of fearlessness with the former DGP about how a leader can chart a practical risk-taking strategy. The conversation breaks down how innovation and change are constants and why adapting to current times and scenarios is imperative for a forward-thinking leader. Humility is an essential trait in leadership, but how does a humble person exhibit leadership qualities? How can a role model inspire people, positively and negatively? Watch this episode to understand how leadership is a combination of hard work and fearlessness.
19 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Money and the Metaverse: A New Frontier for Banking
Metaverse has almost been synonymous with gaming, with its ability to create avatars and simulate detailed virtual environments. But what could it mean for the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sectors? In this chat with Girish Narasimha Raghavan, Vice President of Global Services at Fiserv, Atul Srivastava, Engagement Manager at Zinnov, unravels how Metaverse has the power to transform financial transactions, lending patterns, and currencies. With its arrival as a technology with a plethora of possibilities across verticals and use cases, banking in the Metaverse can give rise to a new economy, spending patterns, and a wide range of virtual products and services. The power of this technology to transform traditional banks will reveal itself over the next few years. With enterprises looking to capitalize on Metaverse and its potential, there is a scramble for experimenting with newer use cases. What will Metaverse in Banking look like? This insightful discussion will dive into what problems the Metaverse can solve, and how banking can transform over the next decades.
17 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Data – The Capstone of Business Resilience
In this episode of the Zinnov Podcast - Business Resilience series, Sanaz Namdar, Vice President, Research, Analytics and Perspectives at Dell Technologies talks to Rajat Kohli, Partner, Zinnov about the role of data, and how it can shape business strategies for companies in different industries. Data is a crucial component in directing how a company can run, and leaders can take informed decisions with the best insights. Oftentimes, companies tend to have goldmines of data accessible to them that can be very useful. Analytics have been able to shift needles for companies, and looking at the right data correctly, is imperative. Across industries, data has the power not only to understand what could have gone wrong, but to make predictions and forecast strategies going forward. Which comes first – data strategy or business strategy? How can a data scientist unlock the best foresight into markets to create the best blueprint? Find out in this engaging conversation.
20 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
Metaverse — The New Disruption On The Block
The search for the term 'metaverse' skyrocketed during the tail end of 2021, with October alone registering over 2.62 million searches of the word. With the advent of Web 3.0, we are at a crucial juncture of redefining what entirely virtual experiences could look like. The Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality markets are expected to grow to nearly USD 600 Bn by 2025 according to industry research. In this episode of Zinnov podcast Business Resiliencies Series, Edo Segal, Founder and CEO of Touchcast talks to Atul Srivastava, Engagement Manager, Zinnov about what the Metaverse is all about, and how organizations can make themselves future-ready to successfully leverage Metaverse.
16 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
The Digital Takeover - How Asset Heavy Industries Are Upgrading To Digital
Digital Transformation and organizations' accelerated adoption of the digital technologies dictate how future-ready companies across industries are. The Asset Heavy industries are no exception to this, and are quickly catching up with their counterparts in staying digitally fresh and relevant. Where will asset heavy industries spend on digital technologies? What are the challenges that they need to overcome in doing do? How do companies get some of the top talent to work for them - especially in this volatile talent market? This conversation between Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov, and Hari Sadarahalli, Corporate Vice President, Engineering and R&D Services, HCL Technologies, gives you an insider's view of how asset heavy industries are gearing themselves up to become digital-ready.
22 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
SAP On Cloud: Hyperscaling Business Success
In this episode of the Zinnov Podcast - Business Resilience series, Joao Couto, Vice President, SAP Business Unit, Microsoft, talks to Rajat Kohli, Partner at Zinnov about how SAP has become more and more prominent after the pandemic, especially with the world shifting to remote working models. Today, transitioning SAP environments on Cloud has become a key ingredient to drive enterprise-wide transformation and improving business functions. Microsoft's SAP business unit is at the forefront of digital transformation, optimizing environments to meet the rising demand and empowering employees to achieve more with increased process efficiency. To get a better sense of what SAP on Cloud means in today's world and what kind of mindset is necessary to drive such massive enterprise transformations, Joao spills the beans on catapulting business growth with SAP, and how enterprises can transition into SAP on Cloud.
23 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Accelerating Digital in a Data-driven World
In this episode of the Business Resilience Series, Sanjay Srivastava, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Strategist, Genpact talks to Praveen Bhadada, Managing Partner, Zinnov about how digital is changing its face with time. Through innovation, renewed business strategy and a novel approach to talent, digital has the power to transform industries, cultures and business. The role of a CIO has evolved drastically as more and more verticals have adopted technology in their everyday functions. How does this CIO bring a fresh perspective with the correct business context? How does a diverse people strategy contribute to better business model innovations, and optimal outcomes? This podcast episode delves into the deeper nuance of talent, technology, cultures and the role of data. As we see AI take centerstage, Sanjay also tries to unpack the climate problem, and how technology can help solve for some of the roadblocks, in the pursuit to net zero.
26 minutes | May 16, 2022
How A ‘Job’ In AI Could Be Replaceable, But Not A ‘Career’
Having spent more than a decade and a half growing and leading Data Science and Analytics Teams, Ranjani Mani joins us for a conversation to talk about the future of Data Science jobs, leadership etiquette, and more.
19 minutes | May 13, 2022
Finding the Pulse – Rethinking Healthcare and How it is delivered
In this episode of the Zinnov Podcast – Business Resilience series, Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov talks to Girish Venkatachaliah, Chief Technology Officer, agilon health, about building healthcare companies with purpose and lasting impact. They also discuss how can technology solve the world’s most challenging healthcare problems, how can we empower all parts of the healthcare ecosystem to use technology and provides solutions. Girish discusses how agilon has been a frontrunner in enabling some of these challenges in the healthtech industry. At a time when attrition is at its highest across the world, and accessing the right talent globally is becoming a challenge, Girish speaks about how agilon has been able to retain its workforce through a compelling Employee Value Proposition. He also touches upon how the company’s policies have evolved to keep pace with the changes brought about in the past couple of years of remote working in a globalized world. Listen to Pari and Girish in this episode to gain perspectives about impact-led, value-based healthcare.
25 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
What The Heck Do I Do With My Life?
If you have ever wondered what your doing with your life - personal or professional, this episode is for you. Catch Ravi Venkatesan, Founder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship in conversation with Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov about why some people are more likely to succeed in life, building a portfolio life, and much more.
25 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Teamwork Makes The Dream Work: The Partnership Paradigm
For a technology giant like Microsoft that works with partners all around the world, partner success is ingrained in the organizational DNA. Partnerships and alliances become critical to accelerate the digital transformation agenda. In this episode, Eduardo Kassner, Chief Technology Officer, Partner Success Organization at Microsoft, talks to Praveen Bhadada, Managing Partner, Zinnov about partnerships, alliances, and the best practices to profit from them.
20 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
The 3Ps of Direct to Consumer Business Models: Personalization, Proximity, and Product Presentation
With the pandemic changing the way we consume, the Direct-to-Consumer business model has become a trend-setting bandwagon that most businesses want to hop onto. However, the D2C model isn’t an easy one to crack, and involves being cognizant of numerous factors. Personalization, customer proximity, and product presentation are some of the integral aspects that companies should consider. What are the other aspects that can help companies successfully ride the D2C model? What are some of the challenges that companies will face in their transition into a D2C model? In this conversation with Rajat Kohli, Partner at Zinnov, Sid Jatia, General Manager, Global Retail & Consumer Goods, Microsoft, shares his perspectives on how D2C models differ from B2B models, and what makes them vulnerable to change, and failure.
19 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Making Organizational Culture Count
In this episode, these two technology industry veterans, discuss to build organizational culture with data at its core. Tune in now to listen to it.
50 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Built to Last: The Story of Ambition, Humility, and Triumph
“When you are building something revolutionary, you may look delusional to those around you.” – Lauris Liberts The oldest company in the world, Kongo Gumi, has been in existence since about 578 AD – around 1500+ years or so – based in Osaka, Japan. Now, that’s a company built to last. And one of the other companies that has been on the right track and withstood the test of time is Reliance Jio. It has revolutionized the Indian technology and business landscape, brought the Internet to pretty much every household in the country, and has been on an exponential growth journey to leaving its indelible mark on India for generations to come. In this special episode of the Zinnov Podcast – Business Resilience series, two luminaries from one of the most diverse, multinational Indian origin conglomerates, Reliance Industries – Anish Shah, President, Jio Platforms and Kiran Thomas, President, Jio Platforms, converse with Praveen Bhadada, Managing Partner, Zinnov, and discuss the nuances of building such a massive platform, the struggles they have encountered, the leadership lessons that anyone can take note of, and what the future holds for Reliance Jio and beyond. Tune in to find out all about it from the two leaders who work closely with Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance, day in and day out.
18 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Redefining The Culture Code
In the last 20 months or so, these are the questions many leaders have had to grapple with as they paved through the realities of fostering a culture in a remote or hybrid scenario – understanding what their employees want, what are the things that their employees have had to come to terms with, both personally and professionally. What makes a company's culture sticky? What makes it exceptional? How do organizations decide which parts of their culture to preserve and which parts to transform as things evolve? In this episode, Nitika Goel, CMO at Zinnov, and Ruchi Bhalla, VP Human Resources (Asia Pacific), Country Head-Delivery Centers, India at Pitney Bowes, talk about how an organization's culture is its immune system and how to redefine the cultural code in this post-COVID era.
18 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
A Sign of the Times — The Work, Worker, and Workplace Revolution
The global pandemic has accelerated the work, worker, and workplace (W3) transformation exponentially, and has altered the way businesses function. The work, worker, and the workplace are now governed by the latest advancements in technology and Automation, forcing companies to adopt the latest tools to optimize processes and make remote working successful, while not losing focus on employee well-being and experience. A Zinnov survey of 100+ global CXOs has revealed that the hybrid working model is going to be the organizational strategy even in the post-pandemic era. In this episode of the Business Resilience series, Sarv Saravanan, Vice President, Modern Work Solutions & Telco Service Line, Industry Solutions at Microsoft, talks to Praveen Bhadada, Managing Partner & Global Head, Zinnov, about how Microsoft has been helping their customers enable the future models of hybrid work. He shares valuable insights and statistics around the processes and challenges in the area, and what they could mean as organizations gear themselves and their workforces to thrive in the new and evolving normal.