NEC launches Center of Excellence for Analytics Platform & Solutions in India

NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NEC Technologies India Private Limited (NTI) today announced the launch of a “Center of Excellence for Analytics Platform & Solutions” (COE-APS), for promoting solutions and services of NEC’s Big Data & Analytics Platform, “Data Platform for Hadoop (DPH)”. The COE-APS will simplify digital transformation and act as a one stop shop for both customers and partners in the Telecom, Retail, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and Manufacturing sectors, as well as Government organizations. NEC aims to achieve revenue of more than $100M USD within 3 years of the COE-APS’ establishment, which is being set-up with an overall investment of $10M USD over the same period.


The COE-APS will initially focus on markets that include Japan, India, Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong, then gradually expand services throughout APAC and other regions. In order to support these growing operations, NEC plans to organize a team of 100 professionals within the first few years, as the Global Big Data & Analytics market is expected to reach $210B USD by 2020 (*1). Hadoop alone is expected to reach $50.2B USD by 2020 (*2). With the industry already facing a shortage in talent, specifically in Hadoop and analytics areas, the establishment of the COE-APS will help NEC to leverage India’s strong talent base.


In recent years, the exponential growth in data processing is straining the capabilities of conventional databases and data warehouse solutions. With the advent of Big Data & Analytics solutions, customers can be reassured that data is comprehensively and reliably analyzed, thereby enabling them to make well-informed decisions at the right time.


Moreover, the COE-APS will leverage the computational power and scalability of NEC’s specialized Hardware for Big Data & Analytics in order to flexibly handle the ever increasing demand for storage and computation by Hadoop.


The DPH features open source Hadoop from Hortonworks, as well as an analytics and Business Intelligence layer, making it a first-of-its-kind (*3) solution-in-a-box that frees customers from the burden of searching for the individual building blocks of big data analytics, and enables them to generate value from the enormous pools of data.



NEC has an accomplished record of contributing to national projects in India, including the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is aligned with the Government’s “Digital India” initiative. For the DMIC, NEC established a Logistics Data Bank (LDB) that tracks almost 70% of container in India (*4). In terms of the UIDAI, NEC provides a large-scale biometrics identification system which registered more than 1 billion people since its deployment.


“The key to success for organizations today is to make fast and informed decisions by extracting insights out of the huge volumes of data that are available to them. The new Center of Excellence is an important step towards utilizing big data analytics and NEC’s Data Platform for Hadoop to provide benefits for government bodies and enterprises in India and across the world,” said Tomoyasu Nishimura, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation. “Going forward, we aim to continue driving digital transformation for industries of all sizes and markets.”


Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas appoint Alistair Anderson as general manager of Six Senses Krabey Island

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has appointed Alistair Anderson as general manager of Six Senses Krabey Island. The resort, scheduled to open in 2018, is located on a private island and is comprised of 40 pool villas set on a 30-acre site and is served by watercraft transfers from a mainland reception facility.

Alistair brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role, having worked with international and independent hotel groups. These include Rooms and GM assignments with Hyatt International in Sydney and Canberra, Aman Resorts in London, Bali and Australia plus the Merrivale Group in Sydney. He also includes the Commonwealth Club in Canberra and Sir Stamford at Circular Quay in Sydney in his career highlights. Alistair also spent time as a lecturer at William Blue International Hotel School, Sydney.

Alistair joins Six Senses Krabey Island from his previous role as operations manager at Two Wolves Community Cantina, a social enterprise of The Cardoner Project, Sydney.

An Australian, Alistair is a keen participant in the sport of road cycling and swimming.  He is deeply interested in all things related to food and beverages, as he believes sharing great meals can be some of life’s most memorable moments. He also has a dream to one day master snow skiing and surfing.

Alistair will be accompanied by his wife, Anna on his newest adventure.

DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance felicitated as Marketeer of the Year 2017 at 2nd Annual Insurance India Summit and Awards 2017

DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance was felicitated as the Marketeer of the Year 2017 at the 2nd Annual Insurance India Summit and Awards 2017 for delivering a full mix Marketing program for Dengue Shield. The award recognizes DPLI’s performance on key parameters such as creativity, strategy and financial Gains. The awards were adjudicated by a panel of esteemed veterans from the Industry, regulator, institutes and industry bodies. Nomination and selection process was managed by KPMG and witnessed participation from organizations across life and non life players.

Dengue Shield is DPLI’s first foray into a fully online,digitally enabled offering that covers Dengue Hospitalization expenses starting at a premium of as low as Re. 1/day. Dengue Shield can be bought online without any documents in under five minutes. Even at the time of claim, no detailed bills are sought.

The sharply segmented Marketing approach covered Social, digital & traditional media platforms to create awareness & address differentiated consumer mindsets towards Dengue Shield. The product campaign had an eclectic a mix of print, outdoors & social media targeting tools to reach out to digitally savvy customers in the age band of 30-45 years in top 30 targeted cities.

To amplify Dengue Shield in its launch year, DPLI had also conceptualized #HumvsDengue campaign – a joint initiative between The District Administration, The Health Department, The Education Department, MCG, HUDA, The Corporate Sector, The Indian Red Cross Society, Hospitals, Academic Institutions and Citizens to keep Gurgaon safe from the menace of dengue. The entire initiative was also driven online through

Mr. Anoop Pabby, MD & CEO, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance said, “We are honored to be recognized as the Marketeer of the Year 2017 in the Insurance domain. The marketing campaign to create awareness for DHFL Pramerica Dengue Shield policy has been one of our biggest, well rounded, sharply segmented and well positioned efforts till date.”

The Company currently protects over 12 million lives and now has 102 branch offices across India. It has 28 life insurance products and six riders in its products basket, fulfilling a gamut of life insurance needs from child’s future protection to retirement in its portfolio.

BBC TopGear in association with The World Towers and Maserati hosted a Grand Show

BBC TopGear India, the most credible name in the automotive-lifestyle segment, associated with The World Towers by the Lodha Group, the premium real estate brand that aims to redefine the art of luxury living and Maserati, the Italian luxury car manufacturer to put up a grand show last night. Arvind Subramanian, Regional CEO, Lodha Group was the speaker for the event and Girish Karkera, Editor, BBC TopGear presided over the evening. Maserati was represented by Mr Sukhbir Bagga – Managing Director, Petal Group, dealer partner for Maserati in India in the western region.


The essence of the luxurious lifestyle offered by The World Towers was brought to life last night as these iconic brands put forth an exceptional night of visual art extravaganza, organized exclusively for art connoisseurs and automobile experts. Attended by the city’s elitist, the highlight of the eventful evening was the Ghibli’s first ever appearance in the form of a gorgeous paper installation which enthralled the audiences. The guests also witnessed an exciting auto display of the latest Ghibli by Maserati around the grand dancing fountains at The World Towers entrance.


The first Maserati Ghibli, the mark “I”, was launched in 1967 as a two door, two-seater grand tourer with a V8 engine, exemplified by the paper art installation. Today’s Maserati Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a thrilling yet comfortable drive in an eye-catching four-door sports executive sedan.


Commenting on the successful event Girish Karkera, Editor BBC TopGear said, “It’s not every day that we see two iconic brands coming together. For every auto enthusiast, we have our favourites and the Maserati Ghibli is one such name that exudes a unique aura. To unveil an art installation that celebrates the name we had to come to this exclusive venue that is the World Towers by Lodha. It’s a moment that’s going to be etched in my memory for sure.”


The capacious arena also displayed an exhibit of BBC TopGear’s records of the amazing Maserati cars from the past. Later in the evening there was a soulful live performance by the exceptional Luke Kenny, where his band paid a tribute to the iconic brands and their customers. As entertainment for the audience, this was followed by a stand-up comedy act by the comic star, Rahul Subramanian.