Top Things to Consider While Buying a Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Celebrations are an integral part of our lives and in the absence of sensational music to pump up the enthusiasm, the whole essence of celebration may turn into a bland affair. Even if it is a house party, a family get together, or a relaxed evening at home, you need the company of good euphonious music by your side for an intriguing experience. A wireless Bluetooth speaker is certainly a handy accessory to have while celebrating but with a plethora of options available in the market, one is certain to come across the daunting task of choosing the right Bluetooth speaker that fits their demands. So to clear up this impasse, here is a list of top things to consider while buying a portable Bluetooth speaker: Mighty And Potent Sound Output Quality sound output with optimum bass is the most essential attribute that one should look out for before making their investment in a wireless Bluetooth speaker. If you are someone who likes deep base then you should look out for a speaker that comes with bass radiators and dual drivers. While the bass radiators enhances the bass response, dual drivers produce more powerful sound for elevated performance. There are many parameters that you can check while buying a wireless Bluetooth speaker, mainly the output power (watts) and the frequency of the product. The core feature that has to be taken into account is that the sound quality shall stay stable while on different ranges. Lag-free connectivity Apart from wireless connectivity, if the portable speaker provides you with the option for wired connectivity then it is certainly an icing on the cake. In order to connect with devices which do not have Bluetooth connectivity, availability of the 3.5 mm auxiliary input will enable you to connect via an AUX cable. While the Bluetooth connectivity should provide stable connectivity without any lags, one should look out for a wireless speaker that comes with Bluetooth version 4.1 or above. A built-in microphone is another smart feature that one must look out for in a Bluetooth speaker as it enables you to accept/reject calls hands-free. Sturdy Built with Interactive Design While buying a wireless Bluetooth speaker, another major factor that has to be taken into account is the built quality and portability. While the wireless speakers should be snug and easy to carry, they must feature a new age and intuitive design that should blend with the current trend and must engage with your active lifestyle. If you are someone who is always on the move and likes to carry your Bluetooth speaker wherever you go, then you must opt for a Bluetooth speaker that is lightweight and compact in order to avoid facing the issue of space management while complementing your thriving routine. Battery that works as long as you do Long lasting battery is also another essential attribute of Bluetooth speakers that one must certainly take into consideration. In case of a portable device the battery life is always the top priority because a speaker with low battery backup is certain to hamper your music listening experience and if it takes a long while to get fully charged then it turns into an issue of similar calibre. True Wireless Connectivity Feature: Another innovative yet handy feature that a Bluetooth speaker must have is the convenience for pairing multiple speakers together for consolidated powerful performance. While in outdoor locations or in halls where a single speaker is not sufficient for playing music, pairing two of the same type of speaker poses a strikingly efficient advantage. Enhanced Features like Google and Siri assistant, Alexa compatibility are preferred: Nowadays the usage of Bluetooth speakers is not just limited to playing music. If the concerned Bluetooth speaker can also support Google Assistant and SIRI, then it can be a lot more functional than usual. A wireless Bluetooth speaker should be easy to control while being operational for a longer range. Splash and Water Resistance: With accidental water spills getting more frequent, it is important to look out for a portable speaker that is splash and water resistant. Also if the wireless speaker is water resistant then it can easily be used to play near a swimming pool or ocean and can easily withstand mild water splashes. With multiple options available in the market, it is not easy to zero in upon a Bluetooth speaker that is best suited for your needs. After taking into account and analysing all the above-mentioned factors and observing the dilemma that a person faces while buying a wireless Bluetooth speaker, TAGG, a new age company in the consumer electronic segment has recently released its most efficient and powerful Bluetooth speaker, TAGG Sonic Angle 1. Sonic Angle 1 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that can easily be called the modern music maestro. Boasting an amazingly imaginative design and incredible sound quality, this product has been designed for those who don't compromise on their music listening experience while flaunting their trendy devices. Meeting the needs of modern lifestyle, Sonic Angle 1 keeps you ahead while ticking all the major boxes people look for while intending to buy the best Bluetooth speaker that not only performs well but also complements their fast-moving lifestyle.
Sep 21, 2018 - TAGG
Tier II cities lead talent demand in May 2018: TimesJobs RecruiteX
Hiring sentiments in the first four months of 2018 were on an upswing but remained subdued in May 2018. Vadodara and Ahmedabad recorded the highest talent demand with 13% and 11% respectively. June 15, 2018, New Delhi: The May 2018 edition of RecruiteX recorded a drop of 4% in talent demand in comparison to April 2018. This was largely due to market consolidation and an uncertain political environment in one of the key states in India. The employment market witnessed hiring for critical positions only and the legal industry, fashion and export and import sectors emerged as the top hiring sectors. Although the IT/ Telecom sector also recruited professionals, but the numbers were not significant enough to impact the overall talent demand in May 2018. Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur were top three cities to witness an upsurge in the recruitment numbers. Industry-wise analysis: Legal industry registered 26% rise in hiring The legal sector in India saw a significant rise of 26% in hiring, followed by the fashion industry and export and import sector which posted a rise of 1% each during May 2018. Functional area analysis: Legal professionals reported 34% rise in demand In May 2018, legal professionals saw a rise in demand of 34%, followed by retail service professionals which posted a rise of 7% in hiring. Professionals in finance domain recorded a rise of 2% in the hiring sentiment during the month. Location-wise analysis: Vadodara records highest talent demand of 13% Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur were the top three locations to post a maximum rise in demand with 13%, 11% and 5% respectively. Talent demand did not witness a positive hiring momentum in most major locations during the month of May 2018. Among states, Gujarat (except Ahmedabad and Vadodara) posted a 22% rise in the talent demand. Experience-wise analysis: Freshers lead the talent demand with 8% rise Hiring picked up for freshers, while it dropped for experienced professionals. Candidates with less than 2 years of experience posted the highest rise of 8% in talent demand in May 2018. Key highlights of the report are: • Top hiring sectors Legal/ Law Fashion Export/Import • Top hiring locations Vadodara Ahmedabad Jaipur • Top hiring profiles Legal Retail Services Financial Services Complete report is available @ http://content.timesjobs.com/photo/64556458.cms
Jun 15, 2018 - TimesJobs
Sixt: Premium mobility provider sets-up its R&D facility in Bengaluru
PRESS RELEASE Sixt: Premium mobility provider sets-up its R&D facility in Bengaluru · New facility is an important building block in developing AI first, next generation mobility. · Development of latest technology softwares enables High Quality Services for all customers with every car sharing or rental or leasing. Bengaluru / Munich, April 25 2018 - The leading international mobility provider Sixt SE has arrived in India. The company with revenues in excess of 2.4bn EUR (2016) has set-up its R&D facility in Bengaluru. Sixt R&D enables technology development with different focus areas and will constantly be working to make vehicle rental, leasing and accompanying services more flexible and comfortable. Focus areas of the Sixt R&D facility are software services, cloud infrastructure services, data science, mobile app development, product management, project management and quality management. In the course of the international expansion of Sixt, the R&D facility will be building AI first and highly scalable distributed systems for European and US markets across all Sixt business products like car sharing, ride hailing, MaaS (Mobility as a Service) platform, fleet operations, fleet management platform, logistic management, customer experience, consumer mobile and web applications. Vinayak Vijayakumar, CEO & MD of Sixt India, said: "The new facility will help make greater contribution towards AI centric software innovations, new product developments and will be our centre of excellence for our engineering products worldwide." Christian Ludwig, Senior Director - CPO Sixt Mobility Platform, added: "The new facility in Bengaluru is a catalyst for the most energetic and productive workforce that will propel the mobility products of Sixt to the next level of excellence and disrupt a whole industry." Boyan Dimitrov, Director Platform Development, said: "We are all very excited with our brand new development center in Bangalore as it allows us to tap into one of the most unique and vibrant tech scenes in the world. Enabling the most talented engineers and product managers to implement their bold ideas is what creates this unmatchable fusion of premium service and innovative technology and allows us to shape the future of mobility." Sumanth B.S, Head of Human Resources of Sixt India, said: "Sixt has its base located in RMZ EcoWorld with most modern amenities and has the capacity to comfortably house more than 100 engineers for now. We have plans to double the count by end of 2018 and embrace the DNA of Sixt". About Sixt: Sixt SE has its registered headquarters in Pullach near Munich and is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services for business and corporate customers as well as private travelers. With representations in over 100 countries worldwide Sixt is continually expanding its presence. The Company's strengths lie in the high proportion of premium cars in the vehicle fleet, its employees' consistent service orientation and a good price-performance ratio. Taken together these strengths have given Company an excellent market position. Sixt was founded in 1912 and maintains alliances with renowned brands in the hotel industry, well-known airlines and numerous prominent service providers in the tourism sector. The Sixt Group generates revenues of EUR 2.4 billion (2016). www.sixt.com Further information Sixt India email@example.com
Apr 25, 2018 - SIXT R&D
Hiring up 4% in May 2017; ITeS and BFSI top hiring sectors: TimesJobs
Hiring activities increased by 4% in May 2017 compared to the previous month. BPO/ITeS and BFSI were the top hiring sectors, according to the latest TimesJobs RecruiteX report. Overall talent demand grew by 4% in May 2017 with BPO/ITeS and BFSI sectors posting a rise of 24% and 14% in talent demand, respectively. Automobiles and consulting services sectors also posted considerable rise in talent demand during the month. Senior professionals also posted a 5% rise in demand, reports the latest RecruiteX, the recruitment index by TimesJobs. "While there is no doubt that automation has led to job cuts in certain areas of the IT/ITeS sectors, we must not lose sight of the fact that new jobs are also being created by the economic growth that is fueled by this technology revolution. Nasscom has confirmed that there was a net creation of 1,70,000 jobs in the IT sector in FY 2017. In addition, Fintech is transforming the BFSI sector leading to its rapid development and growth. Further, the Ministry of Electronics & IT has launched the India BPO promotion scheme to provide 1,45,000 jobs in the BPO/ITeS sector as well," said Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs. Key takeaways from TimesJobs RecruiteX Overall, hiring was quick paced during May 2017. Key employment sectors and functional areas contributed to the rise in recruitment activities. · BPO/ITeS sector posted a 24% rise in talent demand · Customer service and tele-calling professionals also reported over 20% rise in demand · Tier II locations witnessed the maximum hiring; Jaipur saw the most growth, with over 20% rise in demand · Senior professionals posted a 5% rise in demand, while freshers & professionals with less than 2 years of experience saw a 4% rise in demand. RecruiteX trends by Industry TimesJobs RecruiteX reports a rise across most key industry segments. BPO/ITeS and BFSI were the best performing sectors during May 2017. BPO/ITeS registered highest rise of 24% in hiring during May 2017. BFSI sector posted a 14% rise in demand. Consulting services sector reported a rise of 13% in talent demand. Automobiles sectors saw a 12% rise in demand. The Real estate sector posted a 9% rise in demand. Consumer durables/FMCG industry saw a 7% rise in talent demand. Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals posted a 5% rise in demand. RecruiteX trends by Function During May 2017, talent demand grew across key functional areas. Reflecting the demand in the BPO sector - customer service and tele-calling professionals were the most in-demand profiles during the month. · Customer service professionals reported over 20% rise in demand. · Doctors, nurse and medical professionals witnessed a 19% rise in demand. · Quality control profiles witnessed a 5% rise · Content, editors and journalists posted a 4% rise in demand. RecruiteX trends by Location Talent demand grew significantly in tier II locations and there was positive hiring momentum in most major locations during May 2017. Jaipur was the best performing location during the month. Jaipur posting over 20% rise in talent demand, in May 2017. Among Metros, Delhi NCR reported a 10% rise in hiring activity, followed by Bengaluru with a 7% rise, during the month. Rajasthan (except Jaipur) was the best performing state and reported over 20% rise in demand during May 2017. · Gujarat (except Ahmedabad and Vadodara) saw a 14% rise. · West Bengal also saw a 7% rise in demand. RecruiteX trends by Experience Talent demand was upbeat across all experience categories, with candidates having 10-20 years of experience posting the maximum rise in demand of 5% in May 2017. The category has reported an average 8% rise in demand since March 2017. Freshers & professionals with less than 2 years of experience saw a 4% rise in demand during May 2017. > Candidates with 10-20 years of experience reported highest rise (5%) in demand during May 2017. > Professionals with less than 2 years of experience posted a 4% rise in talent demand, followed by candidates with 5-10 years of experience with 3% rise. > Candidates with 2-5 years of experience witnessed stable demand, while candidates with over 20 years of experience reported 11% drop. Click Here to Download the complete Report - http://bit.ly/2r8lrW0 About RecruiteX: India's leading e-recruitment jobs portal, TimesJobs presents the ‘RecruiteX’, to provide a reliable snapshot of the hiring activity in India with a complete analysis of demand in relation to major industries, functional areas, locations and experience.
Jun 20, 2017 - TimesJobs
This Platform proves Women are Dominating Tech: TechGig CodeGladiators
Female Participation in India’s Biggest Coding Contest increases 148% over last year Coding is moving out of its male dominated stereotype and into an all-encompassing field where gender, background or geography plays no role in determining the opportunities available to a person. This year’s TechGig Code Gladiators 2017 has set a new record of over 47,000 women coders registering for the event. What is even more inspiring is that, over 29,000 women were able take on, and complete, some of the toughest coding challenges in India’s biggest coding arena. This is a whopping 148% increase over last year, where about 11,000 were able to complete the first round. In addition, there were 130 women coders who scored over 90% in the first round, compared to just 42 in last year’s event – a massive 210% increase in success. “We are proud that Indian women coders are showing the world how inclusivity can be achieved in the Tech industry. Code Gladiators has become an institution in India, and we are delighted to be able to provide top coders such platforms to benchmark themselves against the best in the country and showcase their skills to the world.” said Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TechGig.com. In addition to coding, Code Gladiators is promoting a number of cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and BOT Technologies, where techies can explore their own readiness and benchmark their skills in these upcoming areas. Speaking of emerging technologies, Marie-Louise Elhabre, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Business Services said “India has seen great growth in the use of Artificial Intelligence and BOTS, an indication of the growing knowledge workers in this space. We are looking to fuel our digital transformation strategy by leveraging Robotic Process Automation capabilities to deliver on our customer-centric goals. TechGig gives us the platform to evaluate the AI BOT skill set in the country. We are also looking to further our culture of innovation internally at AXA and use TechGig’s platforms like Code Gladiators to bring together our employees and our external audiences to collaborate on designing niche solutions. We believe TechGig events boost our industry outreach program.” With the preliminary and semifinals being over, the best coders and techies from across India will converge for the Grand Finale in Bangalore to meet, network and compete for top honors – not to mention a whole lot of cash! More details of the finals are available on the website - https://www.techgig.com/codegladiators/
Jun 9, 2017 - TechGig
TechGig Virtual Campus League 2018 is back with more opportunities
TechGig Virtual Campus League is back with its second edition, offering multiple opportunities for technology students and IT graduates to assess and showcase their skills. Prizes worth Rs 2 Lakh are up for grabs, along with internship and job opportunities with global technology firms. Details here... August 17, 2018, New Delhi: In a VUCA world, where it is difficult for job seekers to reach top employers directly; it is equally difficult for employers to reach competent talent as most times they get swayed away by factors as educational pedigree, or campus placement commitments. It is more pertinent in the IT industry where time and again employers raise questions about employability of fresh talent. In such a scenario, it is important to have a platform where fresh talent can be assessed purely on merit basis not by pedigree, and which gives a fair chance for competent freshers to get in touch with recruiters. Sensing this, TechGig - India's leading IT learning platform, and brand behind world's biggest coding competition Code Gladiators - had launched Virtual Campus League (VCL) - a coding contest, exclusively for IT undergraduates. TechGig VCL is a platform to tackle talent assessment and benchmarking concerns, to bring talent and employers directly in touch with each other. Last year, 32,000 IT college students and freshers registered at the maiden edition of TechGig Virtual Campus League 2017. In the first edition itself, more than 1,200 colleges participated - all in a bid to benchmark their students' skills and job-readiness, in comparison to their peers. As TechGig Virtual Campus League announced its 2018 season, this competition is expected to become fiercer and tougher. In its second edition this year - TechGig's Virtual Campus League 2018 - is bigger, and promises more action. Announcing the launch of this year's edition, Ramathreya Kishnamurthy, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig said, "Our vision with TechGig Virtual Campus League (VCL) is to create a level-playing field for all engineering students and graduates, and offer them a fair chance to showcase their skills. We call it 'democratisation of the fresher hiring process'. At a time when the IT industry is grappling with scarcity of employable talent, TechGig VCL acts as the perfect platform for industry to find talent, and for graduates to benchmark themselves against the best talent". In the first edition 32,000 college students and freshers participated. Of these 1,550+ students belonged from Tier I institutes including prestigious organisations as IITs, NITs, IIITs, BITs, DCE, VIT & NSIT. Last year, the recruiting partners included Delhivery, Amadeus, Bizangels, Times Internet, CoHo, Caratlane, Yatra.com and alike companies. The participation is open for second, third and fourth year engineering students as well. The entire competition is online and have three skill tests - Score Booster, Chance Booster and Practice. Chance Booster is a unique opportunity to test and showcase essential work-skills like communication, value-structure, personality etc. VCL offers prizes worth Rs 2 Lakhs, along with numerous internship opportunities with leading IT companies. Participants will also get e-certificates citing their 'All India Rank', that will help get students get recognised by prospective employers. All details are available at https://www.techgig.com/virtualcampus
Aug 17, 2018 - TechGig
Credit Suisse India IT named a "Top 5 Coding Powerhouse in India"
Mumbai, August 16, 2018 - Credit Suisse's India IT team is recognised as the Top 5 Coding Powerhouse in India at the TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 grand finale challenge held in Mumbai last month. The bank is the only financial institution that made the Top 5 companies list, ranking 4th overall. TechGig's Code Gladiators 2018 is the world's biggest coding event, with more than 220,000 coders registered for this year's coding challenge, spanning 80 days and covering over 50 programming languages. This pan-India coding challenge currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the number of participants. Credit Suisse technologists (or coders) also secured a top two rank for best staff performance and were acknowledged as the "Best Talent Engagement Partner" for providing an engaging and unique platform of activities for the country's top technology talent to showcase their skills. Out of the 270 Credit Suisse coders participating in the challenge, 128 of them qualified for the semi-finals round and 36 qualified to the grand finale, accounting for 8% of the 450 finalists of this year's coding challenge. Among the bank's employees who made it to the final round, 15% were female coders, underscoring Credit Suisse's ongoing commitment in fostering gender diversity and skills development. John Burns, Head of IT India at Credit Suisse, said, "Credit Suisse is committed to fostering a culture of innovation and delivering the technology capabilities and resources required to support the bank's business operations. Our IT team in India is a rapidly growing and vibrant community of some of the best tech minds in the country. We are proud to be at the forefront of developing solutions and applications that leverage cutting edge technologies - such as blockchain, cloud and open source initiatives, big data and analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence - to deliver value within the bank globally, and which in turn enable us to serve the corporate and personal needs of our clients across Investment Banking and Private Banking businesses." With its strong focus on technology and innovation, Credit Suisse was a proud sponsor of the Machine Learning track of the event, in which participants, including the bank's own technologists, devised complex models and algorithms to solve specific business challenges. Commenting on the sponsorship, Mr. Burns added: "At Credit Suisse, we always look for talent who are passionate about delivering innovative ideas and cutting edge solutions. Hackathons such as the TechGig Gladiators serves as an excellent platform to engage and attract top engineering talent with an "entrepreneurial mindset" and the drive to create a new future. We always strive to partner with leading tech communities that are on top of trends and serve as an ideal platform for like-minded talent to push the boundaries." On the Credit Suisse team's achievement at TechGig Code Gladiators 2018, Ramathreya Krishnamurthy, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig, noted, "TechGig Code Gladiators has been envisaged as a platform to promote and showcase IT talent to industry veterans. We registered more than 228,880 coders this year. Out of the 450 finalists that made it to the grand finale of this challenging competition, 8% came from Team Credit Suisse, making them one of the top 5 coding powerhouses of India and the only financial institution to achieve this milestone. We are very proud of Credit Suisses achievement and were delighted to partner with them in the TechGig Code Gladiators' 2018 journey."
Aug 16, 2018 - TechGig
39% Indian techies learn to code before they turn 20: TechGig survey
In an exclusive survey on Indian coders, TechGig found out that nearly 39% coders learned to code at the age of 15-20 years, and more than 45% programmers started coding between the age of 20-24 years. That means 84% coders learned to code before they turned 24 years of age! July 27, 2018, New Delhi: 14-year old Tanmay Bakshi's appointment as Artificial Intelligence scientist with IBM baffled many, and it outlined a major upcoming trend - youngsters are, raring to join the tech world, and the race to become super coders. Tanmay Bakshi is a child prodigy, like many others in the technology world. Nine-year-old Anvitha Vijay - who has several iOS applications to her credit - was the youngest participant at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. This list is growing every day and it points at a fact that technology is welcoming all aficionados and age is no bar. This fact was again verified by more than 2,000 coders who participated in TechGig's exclusive survey and stated that 84% of them learned to code before they turned 25 years of age! Of these, nearly 45% of programmers started coding between the age of 20-24 years, and more than 39% of coders learned to code at the age of 15-20 years. Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig added a pertinent point here, "With a growing millennial population, India is a hub of young professionals. Our survey states that 84% of programming professionals started coding between the age of 15-24 years! This is good news because, coding will be a major skill in demand in the future and the sooner you learn it, the better it is." IT professionals ditch startups for big companies Another surprising fact came up from this survey is that techies now prefer established companies to startups. This is a complete U-turn from some time ago when most technologists wanted to work in startups or turn entrepreneurs. TechGig's survey found that 30% of coders want to work in IT firms, another 30% want to work with established companies. Around 24% of coders would want to work with startups and 16% of respondents want to start their own venture. IT recruiters prefer on the job learners coding talent Digitisation is no more a choice, but a norm. Hence people with coding skills are sought after in every industry. TechGig also surveyed 2,000 hiring managers to understand their preference of tech talent. Nearly 33% of recruiters said they look for 'on the job learners' when hiring coders. Only 25% of recruiters look for university certified programming professionals and just 16% prefer short-term diploma holders. It's an indication that more than educational degrees, it's the attitude to learn and adapt to the job requirements that finds preference among the hiring managers. TechGig survey findings indicate that 33% of recruiters, assess skills before onboarding techies and this is indeed one of the biggest hiring challenges. Apart from this, finding good coders in a competitive market is also a certain challenge. Nearly 18% of recruiters found the interview process for coders to be exhausting. Complete report, with exhaustive findings is available @ http://content.timesjobs.com/photo/65128614.cms
Jul 27, 2018 - TechGig
New Technology Themes Grab Limelight at TechGig Code Gladiators 2018
Guinness World Record holder - TechGig Code Gladiators - hosted a hackathon in 9 different themes, apart from the core coding competition in the 2018 edition. Themes included new-age technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, and Blockchain. About 252 coders from these skills were shortlisted for the mega final from overall 2,28,880 entries! July 3rd, 2018, New Delhi: In today's age where 'disruption' is the buzzword, one is expected to be adept with new-age technologies to be able to provide cutting-edge business solutions. Acknowledging this fact, the world's biggest coding competition - TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 - had introduced 9 themes other than the core coding competition in the latest edition. The themes included some of the most in-demand skills like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Alexa, and Blockchain, allowing coders a fabulous opportunity to showcase their talent. Code Gladiators 2018 invited entries for 9 themes - Artificial Intelligence, Alexa Skills, Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, E-commerce, Mobility & Location Services, Internet of Things and Machine Learning. The coding marathon garnered overall 2,28,880 entries. After shortlisting, only 252 theme entries made it to the mega final held on June 7 and 8 at the Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai. These techies submitted their final projects and presentations after coding non-stop for over 24 hours! Theme winners were felicitated on June 9, 2018, in a grand ceremony at JioTalks Auditorium, Navi Mumbai along with the other code champions. Code Gladiators is an annual codeathon organised by TechGig - India's most popular tech learning platform. This contest witnessed enthusiastic participation from both tech professionals and technology companies. In 2017, TechGig Code Gladiators registered more than 2 lakh participants and created a Guinness World Record for maximum participation globally. Interestingly, the 2018 edition surpassed that record with overall 2,28,880 participants. "After bagging the Guinness World Record in 2017, we proved TechGig Code Gladiators' massive reach in the tech community. In 2018, we wanted to leverage this reach to harness tech diversity and hence we introduced 9 niche themes. We saw teams presenting fabulous ideas like easing peer-to-peer financing using Blockchain or predicting the outcome of IPL Cricket matches by using Artificial Intelligence. It is heartening to see such ideas germinating from the Code Gladiators' floor," said Ramathreya Krishnamurthy, Business Head, TechGig and TimesJobs. Theme round finalists comprised of IT freshers and experienced professionals alike. One team from the E-commerce theme comprised of professionals working for more than a decade. When asked what motivated them to code again, they said that most companies now work on new technologies and hence Code Gladiators is an apt opportunity to work with new genres. "A decade ago most companies wanted professionals working on Java, Windows, etc. but today companies use Artificial Intelligence or Blockchain. It makes all the sense to start learning and using these technologies," said Bhavesh Jain, one of the team leaders at Code Gladiators 2018. Three winners were declared from each theme. Some teams had as interesting names as their projects. For instance, a team called '2StatesCoders' was the winner in E-commerce theme and comprised of a couple hailing from two different Indian states. Another team called '404Found' was second runners-up in the Blockchain theme. Complete name of winners is available at https://www.techgig.com/codegladiators Complementing the theme winners, Sanjay Goyal, Head-Product and Technology at TechGig and TimesJobs said, "All these 252 theme finalists are winners in the true sense because they beat the best of Indian coding minds to be here. These young coders are a proof that Indian techies are second to none. I am happy that TechGig Code Gladiators has been able to provide a platform to all these young, talented coders". Deloitte has been associated with TechGig Code Gladiators in 2017 and 2018 edition. Dr. Sandeep Sharma, Leader with Deloitte Consulting India Private Limited said, "Our professionals keep seeking newer opportunities that help them hone their skills in upcoming and new-age technologies, and utilize their capabilities to result in an enhanced delivery experience. Platforms like the recently concluded TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 championship, is just another example of how professionals can stay upbeat and challenge themselves to enrich their problem solving capabilities". Winners from theme rounds were awarded a cheque of Rs 1.5 Lakh, a trophy and merit certificates. A complete list of winners is available @ https://www.techgig.com/codegladiators
Jul 3, 2018 - TechGig
IT sector will become the largest employer of freelancers
June 20, 2018, New Delhi: TimesJobs, recently, conducted a survey to study the emergence of the gig economy in India. The survey analysed responses from 2,100 HR professionals across diverse industry verticals. These findings reveal a tectonic shift in the way businesses operate. According to the survey finding, 23% of respondents think that freelance jobs will capture 40% of the Indian job market in future. Organisations fuelling this gig economy are witnessing benefits not only in terms of cost savings but also gaining competitive advantages in the process. There is no denying the fact that the gig economy is finding favour among organisations, large or small. The increased dependency on a fluid workforce is disrupting the traditional model of permanent jobs. India is becoming one of the largest hubs for freelancers in the world. Embracing the open-talent economy is helping organisations blend full-time employees with short-term consultants, making them productive and efficient. Largest employers in this gig economy The resulting report, 'Gig economy: The rise of mobile workforce', reveals that 41% of HR professionals think IT and tech sectors will emerge as the largest employers of freelancers. Whereas, 21% of HR professionals think media and communication industry will be the second largest employer of a freelance workforce. However, 14% of respondents believe that the events sector could also be the largest employer of freelancers. Market size A consistent rise in freelancing jobs reveals that the demand for a fluid workforce is expected to grow by 30-40% in the future according to 25% of respondents. Whereas 29% of respondents believe that market size of freelancing jobs will only grow by 20-30%. However, what's interesting is that around 23% of HR personnel think that freelancing is going to capture more than 40% of the market, thereby replacing permanent jobs. Job profiles in demand More than 25% of HR professionals think that the demand for content writers and bloggers will continue to remain high among organisations at present, whereas 18% of HR professionals think that demand for social media and SEO experts will also rise in future. Approximately 22% of HR leaders think that companies will hire freelancers for Deep Learning and Blockchain technology in the next five years. Whereas 16% of HR professionals think that demand for social media and SEO experts will also grow in the next five years. Reasons for the rise of gig economy TimesJobs survey findings show that 41% of HR professionals think flexibility of work is one of the dominant factors in the rise of freelancing. 28% of HR professionals believe easy access to technology, followed by mobility and variety of work are some of the key factors contributing to the rise of the gig economy. Challenges for HR More than 31% of respondents think talent management will be one of the biggest challenges for HR managers in a gig economy. However, 29% of respondents think quality of work will be another big challenge for HR managers in the future. The rise of freelancers provides a wealth of opportunities for organisations and workers alike. Organisations want to cut costs and improve their agility to meet constantly changing consumer demands. Whereas, today's employees crave flexibility and control of work in their hands. Collaborating on ways to overcome the potential risks, organisations and freelancers can work towards economic prosperity and improved performance in the future. Download the complete report at:https://bit.ly/2ydqVCX
Jun 20, 2018 - TimesJobs
Embracing the mobile workforce
Organizations must exert trust as employees increasingly seek remote working opportunities. Steve Jobs once said, "Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have faith in people." Arguably, the Apple co-founder's words are more relevant to today's business leaders than they were when he made them a quarter of a century ago. Back then, in 1994, remote workers made up near-zero of the global workforce. Today, it is extended to about 40 percent of all roles, says Strategy Analytics, with half of the world's workforce likely to become mobile by 2028. While technology has played an important part in facilitating mobile working, the desire for more flexible work arrangements is driving today's agenda. A recent study by Mercer says that 51 percent of workers want more flexible employment terms and that 71 percent of high performers attribute their achievements to flexible working. "Having a job that's continuously on the move, working from home, or logging in while overseas - mobile working is a broad discipline that's becoming critical to the successes of companies," says Max Loh FCPA (Aust.), ASEAN and Singapore Managing Partner at EY. "Employers, large and small, must acknowledge the preferences of today's workforce, and provide flexible arrangements that are win-win for both parties." The millennial opportunity By embracing mobile working, organisations can significantly broaden their talent pool. Not only will they attract talent that favours more flexible terms within their locality, but they can also extend their reach to workers located overseas, bolstering diversity and inclusivity. Research by Cloverpop shows that inclusive teams make decisions twice as fast with 50 percent fewer meetings and that decisions made and executed by diverse teams deliver 60 percent better results. Mobile working is particularly favoured by millennials, who by 2025 will represent 75 percent of the global workforce, according to EY. For accountants currently entering the profession, expectations are vastly different from those preceding them. For Gen X and Baby Boomers, flexible working, if allowed, extends to flexible working hours and working from home, at most. Millennials, however, crave much more. According to Mercer, they desire short-term assignments over those more than a year in duration; they prefer to travel rather than stay in one place, and they also favour experiences over rewards. An added benefit is that the technologies needed to enable mobile working are inexpensive and easy to operate. Many of the tools used today, such as text, voice or video chat, and other business collaboration technologies, are either free of charge or are packaged with additional software. Combined with ubiquitous interconnectivity 24/7, accountancy has moved from a profession requiring office attendance during standard working hours, Monday to Friday, to one that can be performed anywhere in the world, and at any time. To help make this transition as smooth as possible, individuals can capitalize on the growing number of continuing professional development (CPD) programs that support remote working. Barriers to adoption Trust is the number one impediment to mobile working, Loh says. Executives are commonly concerned that mobile workers are not engaged in company activities - or worse, they are working for rival entities. Research by Mercer highlights that only half of senior leaders currently support flexible working. Such angst, explains Loh, stems from the fact that most organizations focus on inputs, such as hours worked or status updates, rather than targeting measurable outcomes such as key performance indicators, qualitative and quantitative results, deadlines, client satisfaction, and meeting stakeholder expectations. By focusing on outcomes, organizations will not only have a clearer idea of how individuals are performing, but they will also be able to set goals and objectives that meet the needs of both organizations and mobile workers and encourage greater buy-in from management. A further concern is a negative impact remote working might have on teamwork and collaboration. "Working remotely doesn't mean working alone," Loh clarifies. "Through technology and a commitment to collaboration, remote teams are able to co-create new ideas, which can rival those developed under one roof." Embracing change Flexible working presents the opportunity to rethink how organizations are structured. Traditionally, organizations have been divided by function, such as finance, HR, sales and marketing, and so forth. For some organizations, however, structuring around competencies, tasks or projects might be more productive. Organizations must also ensure they are forward-looking. "Millennials want to work for an entity that is progressive and has a sense of purpose, supports their personal development, and invests in the best technologies," Loh says. In keeping its members at the forefront of the accounting profession, CPA Australia presents thought-leadership on a range of topics, including workplace best practices. The association provides an international designation and a wide variety of learning programs that prepare members to work remotely and globally. "Mobile working will continue to accelerate in the future," says Loh. "Organisations that openly welcome it will reap its many rewards." Working from anywhere can work for your team At CPA Australia, we know the importance of balancing work, life, and study. The CPA Program offers your team the flexibility they need. Your employees can choose to study anytime, anywhere in the world, and with the level of support, they need to succeed. This article was created by BBC StoryWorks, the BBC's global commercial content division, on behalf of CPA Australia.
Dec 21, 2018 - CPA Australia
India Inc posts 5% growth in hiring:TimesJobs RecruiteX Oct2018 report
TimesJobs RecruiteX for October 2018 noted a 5% hike in talent demand on M-o-M comparison. Key highlights of this report include: • India Inc. recorded a notable growth of more than 30% in Y-o-Y comparison during October 2017-2018 • Automobiles and Infrastructure sectors saw the highest talent demand in October 2018 • Demand for professionals in Quality and Process Control functions saw a boost of 20% in October 2018. • Professionals from Medical, Sales/Business Development and Human Resources were among the top three profiles in terms of the job share. November 12, 2018, New Delhi: The Y-o-Y analysis of hiring trend report TimesJobs RecruiteX indicates a positive momentum in October 2018. In September 2018, although the monthly talent demand saw a decline, the hiring sentiment has improved a lot in October 2018 and registered more than 30% growth. Automobiles and Infrastructure sectors (with 8% growth each) generated most jobs; BFSI and IT/Telecom (6%) emerged as the second highest employment generators. Recruitment activities improved in the Retail sector, owing to the festive demand in October 2018. To meet the increased customer orders, there was a significant rise in talent demand in Logistics and Supply Chain Management professionals (20%) as well. Among key locations, Ahmedabad posted the highest talent demand of 8% in October 2018. Bengaluru along with Lucknow, Pune, Indore, Chandigarh and Hyderabad recorded a 3% growth in talent demand each. Chennai, Mumbai and Vadodara ranked third on the chart. In terms of experienced professionals, candidates with experience between 10-20 years were in most demand. Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig said, "Looking at the hiring activity of the past three months, October 2018 has by far been the best so far. The ongoing festive season has seen a surge in talent demand especially for industries like Automobiles and Retail. Since e-commerce is witnessing a boom during this festival sale, there was an increase in the demand for Logistics and Supply Chain Management professionals. This is a certain confidence booster for the economy as well.'' Top hiring industry: • Automobiles & Infrastructure both registered 8% rise in hiring • BFSI & IT/Telecom sectors both saw a 6% rise in talent demand • Retail recorded a 5% jump in hiring activity Top hiring job roles: • Quality and Process Control professionals reported an overall rise of 20% in demand • The demand for Logistics and Supply Chain Management professionals saw a 16% rise • Marketing & Advertising profiles saw a 14% rise in demand Top hiring cities: • Among the top ten locations, Ahmedabad reported an 8% rise in demand • Bengaluru posted a 3% rise in talent demand • Chennai saw a 2% rise in talent demand during October 2018
Nov 12, 2018 - TimesJobs
25%companies still apprehensive about using technology in HR:TimesJobs
Rapid technological advancements in HR are making a wave globally but in India, almost one-fourth HR managers are still uneasy about this change. This and more related facts surfaced from a new survey conducted by TimesJobs. Here are some more findings: • Of the 25% HR managers who claimed that they are uneasy using technology in HR, 18% of respondents said that their company wasn't giving up on the traditional practices and hence the resistance • Among the 75% respondents who confirmed to using technology in HR, 30% said that technology has centralised HR processes • More than 62% of employers said that they extensively use social media to recruit employees Increased use of technology in HR, especially in the recruitment process, is helping Indian companies gain competitive advantages by hiring and retaining the right talent. A new study by TimesJobs reveals that nearly 75% of HR managers are using technology to improve HR practices, but a staggering 25% are still not keen to switch over to using technology in HR. Out of the 75% respondents who voted 'Yes', about 30% of respondents said that technology has centralised HR processes. Another 20% said that the use of technology has led to better data management and 19% said it has increased productivity. Approximately 26% of employers said that technology has improved their talent acquisition processes and 5% said that they reduced the cost of HR operations to a great degree by employing technology. Out of the 25% who confessed being uncomfortable to use technology in HR processes, about 18% said that their company wasn't giving up on the traditional practices. Another 22% hiring managers were hesitant to use technology in HR because they failed to adapt to new technologies earlier, and 11% respondents said that the reason for no interest in technology was because tech overhauling of HR process is expensive. As many as 48% of respondents considered all the above factors responsible. The adoption of technology and tools in HR From posting a job vacancy to sourcing candidates, several areas in the human resources function have become digitised. Participants in this TimesJobs survey were asked if they were using any specific tool for job postings and more than 63% respondents acknowledged to doing so. Only 37% respondents said they did not use any such tool. Approximately 61% hiring managers claimed that they were using specialised technology and tools for sourcing candidates. About 38% respondents were still not using any tools for their talent sourcing needs. Impact of tech in HR and the future To understand the impact of tech in HR, TimesJobs asked employers about the on-going changes in the hiring processes. 23% employers said that the use of technology in HR has increased profitability and made the HR processes less time-consuming. About 14% said that it has increased the productivity of their existing employees. TimesJobs survey respondents were asked about their vision of the HR domain in the coming years. According to 36% of respondents, the HR industry will become more 'pioneering and personalised' in the next five years. For 29% of respondents, the industry will become more 'reactive and procedural' in the future. About 19% envision the future years will be more 'cultivating and empowering'; because 16% perceive the future to be more 'functional and fragmented' for HR domain specifically. Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig said, "I'm excited to see that 75% of respondents in our survey have shown a keen interest in using technology in HR processes. Technology expedites the recruitment processes and delivers cost-saving advantages to a company. HR managers are now becoming partners in the overall business growth and hence are exploring new-age solutions to boost their work and operations."
Oct 18, 2018 - TimesJobs
Hiring in IT records highest growth in last 3years between Jan-Jun2018
The much awaited TimesJobs RecruiteX Biannual Jan-Jun 2018 Report is here. Almost all the ten industrial sectors covered in this report have witnessed an uptick in hiring activities. The IT industry has reported the highest growth in last three years in the January-June review period. Some of the key highlights from this report are: - Retail (19%), Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals (10%), BFSI (9%), FMCG (7%) and BPO/ITeS (5%) reported the highest demand for talent in the said review period - Automation is making low-end jobs redundant; Indian BPO/ITeS industry has started banking on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence - Steady hiring in the BFSI sector; recruitment activity up for Sales, Business Development and IT professionals - Rise in the demand for new roles like Big Data and Data Analytics; FMCG sector focusing on programs that cater to millennials - Job creation in the Automobiles industry saw an upswing; this is set to offer new job opportunities for both skilled and unskilled workers India Inc. recorded an upswing in hiring activities across ten major industries from January-June 2018. This fact comes courtesy the latest edition of the TimesJobs RecruiteX Biannual Jan-Jun 2018 Report- an exhaustive compilation of recruitment trends of various industries. Retail (19%), Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals (10%), BFSI (9%), FMCG (7%) and BPO/ITeS (5%) were the sectors that created the maximum demand for talent. The year-on-year comparison depicts that BFSI, BPO/ITeS, Consumer Durables, Automobiles and Infrastructure were the top sectors with most hiring during January-June in 2017 v/s January-June 2018. Although the IT industry did not feature among the top five in this list, it reported a significant overall growth in talent demand. This significant detail displaces a common notion that Indian IT industry is not hiring. Even the industry experts featured in the RecruiteX report are saying that that the sector has been hiring but the skills in demand presently aren't the same as in previous years. Recent news reports also suggest that the top five IT giants in India - TCS, Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro and HCL Technologies - have hired a significant number of employees in June 2018. This was the fastest growth recorded in past three years. Other than IT, the Retail industry is witnessing phenomenal growth in hiring and managed to surpass all other sectors. This is largely because of the growth spurred by the e-commerce sector. The advent of new players in the e-commerce arena has helped in the growth of the retail sector. Similarly, the Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals sector has also witnessed an upswing in the hiring trends due to government initiatives such as 'Ayushman Bharat'. The BFSI industry saw the introduction of several innovative banking initiatives in e-payments and small finance banks. This, as a result has surged the talent demand, creating significant job opportunities. The FMCG market is also on the recovery path this year. With growing awareness, easier access, and changing lifestyles, the consumer market is driving huge growth prospects. Growing on similar lines, the Manufacturing industry witnessed continuous growth in hiring sentiments due to consistent rise in domestic and export orders. Being endorsed by the growth of Manufacturing industry, the Logistics sector, which currently employs 16.74 million employees, is slated to employ more employees by the year 2022. "India Inc recorded a positive swing in talent demand on the charts. The momentum so far indicates a healthy market and steady recovery. In July 2018, the hiring activities recorded a huge rise of 16% in the Indian market after recording stable to slightly improved activities in last six months. Comparing the trends from previous year, we expect hiring activity to sustain the same growth in the coming months too," said Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig.
Sep 17, 2018 - TimesJobs
TAGG Advocates on Making Quality Audio Products
There probably isn't a living soul on this planet who is not in love with music. No matter how it is perceived or which genre you actually listen to, music provides people with sacred moments of solace and internal peace that eventually leads to a calmer and healthier routine and supports their actively functioning lifestyle. However, when it comes to music listening, people often get confused with which device to buy as there are a wide range of gadgets available in the market for the purpose. The biggest dilemma is that even if a person zeros down on something, the question of whether or not the product will suit their needs still prevails. The features that are usually the core of this dilemma are the sound quality, bass response, built material and the design of the product. These features are also subjective in nature and vary from person to person, as the requirement of music gadget for an athlete, a corporate professional and a music audiophile are certain to be different in tonality. However, one common factor is that the product shall never slow them down. Taking all the aforementioned scenarios in consideration, TAGG, a new age company in the consumer electronics segment that commenced its operations in 2016 has gained reputation of continually striving towards making quality audio products. TAGG believes in hustling towards elevating people's lifestyle. The Indian mobile and accessories market has witnessed a significant growth potential in the past decade, owing to the bend towards an active lifestyle. Earlier, consumers had limited options either to go for international brands, which were high in cost, or low-quality Chinese products with no assurance of product performance. There was a dire need for a home-grown Indian brand to step in the market and provide consumers with what they actually desire. "TAGG's agenda is to invariably immerse in perennial innovation and incorporating latest technology while providing people with products that become an epitome of design and elegance. Making wide ranges of inventive audio products that includes usage of cutting edge technology like Qualcomm chipset etc. have become the flag bearers in fulfilling our goals and building for the future" says Saurav Prakash, TAGG's CTO and Co-founder. He continues "All TAGG products are manufactured with superior quality materials combined with expert engineering in an endeavor to produce top-shelf products that are incredibly convenient to operate despite being ultra-sleek and exceptionally classy." TAGG believes that audio products need a personalized touch that people can emulate to showcase their internal instincts and personality. All of their products, that includes wired/wireless earphones, Bluetooth speakers etc. are the result of their on point vision. "Our products are designed in manner that it keeps you ahead, something we have always believed in." acknowledges Rohit Dhingra, TAGG's CEO and Co-founder. The world of audio products is filled with multiple options, however it is important to find the right product that not only suits your lifestyle but also keeps you ahead, something TAGG has realized and is sure to incorporate in their future endeavors that includes a whole lot of exciting products. It's not just about electronics, it's about elevating people's lifestyle and keeping them ahead.
Sep 14, 2018 - TAGG
Rethinking digital security in the age of cybercrimes
Rethinking Security Most organizations have likely already experienced a data breach involving network-connected printers - whether they know it or not Digitization has changed the face of business and society as we know it, infusing a level of dynamism as never seen before. However, the conveniences born of digitization are in reality a double edged sword. A spate of recent incidents across the globe, such as ransomware and swift attacks, have drawn attention to information security risks associated with electronic and digital financial transactions, and organizations are now increasingly focusing on recovering from cyber breaches that threaten to undermine organizational cybersecurity. Cybercrime, internal breaches, compliance infringement and more can hurt your business. Expensive fines and lawsuits are just one part of the equation to worry about, for a security breach can result in damaged reputation, revenue losses and leaks of lucrative proprietary data that could hurt businesses where it hurts most. As cyber-attacks spring forth from all corners of the web, it's easier than ever for businesses to be vulnerable in a game of tag where they're suddenly and unknowingly tagged "it". Fraud, phishing, malware, adware, spam, blended threats and DoS attacks are just of the attacks organizations guard against watchfully. But hitherto innocuous endpoint devices such as printers are not recognized as a large enough threat. Due to the growing sophistication and perseverance of cybercriminals, network firewalls are proving to be insufficient security measures. Organisations need to fortify their endpoints behind the firewall, including network printers, against the persistent threats of ransomware and newer, more malicious forms of malware. Enterprise-level multifunction printers (MFPs) can be complicated creatures, boasting more than 250 security settings. This calls for specialized knowledge for keeping devices, data, and documents secure across the fleet, which can be a time-consuming affair. Unfortunately, that printer sitting in the corner of your office is a silent, prime target for attackers to leapfrog into a private network and wreak havoc. The numbers bear it out too; just 16% of respondents think printers are at high risk for a security threat/breach, according to a Spiceworks survey. The truth of the matter remains that whether known or not, the ubiquitous printer is fast acquiring the dubious distinction of being the unwitting mule ferrying attackers into your backyard. The Economic Times CIO Roundtable powered by HP, held at Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, saw approx. 60 CIOs deliberate with security experts from KPMG as they sought to unravel solutions to this oft-ignored security issue. The CIOs moved from one set of challengers to another, as they converged to catch all the cricketing action at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai; M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore and Feroz Shah Kolta, New Delhi in India's favorite cricket carnival. HP Secure Managed Print Services (MPS) manage security so you can focus on your core business. You can count on HP Secure MPS to help assess your risks, secure and manage your fleet, maintain printer security compliance, and keep everything up to date with the latest protections through printers that are self-healing and cyber-resilient. HP has taken the lead to provide technologies and services that reduce the burden on IT while improving security across your print environment. HP print security offers real-time threat detection, automated monitoring, run-time intrusion detection, self-healing through HP Sure Start and built-in software validation, comprehensively infusing security into every aspect of HP Managed Print Services, which makes it the ultimate one-stop destination for printer security. India's blossoming IT industry is hugely dependent on the symbiotic relationship between hardware and the internet, which makes staying secure against cyber-attacks a monumental task. Existing organizational infrastructure is deceptively susceptible to espionage, cybercrime, and systemic digital assaults attacks. With so much at stake, it's a no-brainer to secure critical installations before they're exploited. 81% of companies say security is an important or very important driver to move to managed print services 61% of organisations reported at least a single print-related data breach in the past year 43% of companies ignore printers in their endpoint security practices
May 15, 2018 - ET Edge
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