September

IT Vendors gear up for the Digital transformation era!

“Digital is the new normal,” says Nishikant Nigam, EVP & Chief Delivery Officer, CSS Corp. “Digital is prompting organizations across industries to reimagine their customer engagement strategies for better business success and outcomes. To survive in this digital age, companies must view digital as an opportunity, rather than as a threat Instead of fearing away from digital transformation, embracing it will help one evolve. Companies must invest in advanced data analytics solutions that aggregates customer interaction data from various touchpoints, converts that into recognizable patterns and recommends actionable insights resulting in faster issue resolution”.

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CSS Corp Ranked 7th in HFS Research Global TOP 10 Cognitive Assistant Service Providers Report

CSS Corp, a new-age IT services and technology support company, today announced that it has been named amongst the Global Top 10 Cognitive Assistant Service Providers by HFS Research in its latest Cognitive Assistant Service Providers Report for 2018. The report has been compiled based on interviews with 300 enterprise clients of IT services from the Global 2000 on the innovation and execution performance of service providers.

CSS Corp has been featured for strategically blending domain centric customer service capabilities with their technology prowess in customer engagements.  HFS Research has recognized CSS Corp’s cognitive assistant platform Cognitive CX Platform for its modular ability to be integrated easily with contact center channels and with voice platforms like Amazon Echo.

Cognitive CX Platform provides an omnichannel customer experience and offers context-driven, real-time support with a human-like interaction to resolve customers’ needs. The platform also impacts business results outside of cost savings, such as creating new revenue streams and improving content discovery for marketing.

Speaking on the occasion, Manish Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, CSS Corp said, “The future of business is being sharply re-defined by greater personalization for the digital customer. To deliver value, brands are increasingly reimagining customer engagement through intelligent technology. At CSS Corp, innovation in emerging technologies and service delivery excellence defines our pinpoint focus on customer centricity. We are attuned to the needs of our customers, and are striving to exceed their expectations along with their business transformation journeys.”

“As we continue to pursue meaningful engagements with customers and partners, this recognition is another endorsement of our strategy and focus to help our clients digitally transform,” he further added.

Sunil Mittal, EVP & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer said, “We are delighted to be recognized amongst the top 10 service providers for cognitive assistants globally by HFS Research. With our digital-focused strategy, we have been driving innovation and fresh thinking to open up new growth and revenue streams, both for our customers, as well as for us. This recognition positions us favorably to move up the value chain and leverage Cognitive CX Platform’s versatile and modular solutions to drive tangible impact for our customers. ”

“As personalization becomes a critical business differentiator in CX, we will continue to innovate and invest in new tech to stay ahead of the curve and move with greater agility,” he further added.

 

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How ITeS firms in India are reskilling for the cloud

For many workers, their homes have become their offices and all enterprise applications are now accessed remotely, driving IT companies across India to face up to an unprecedented level of cloud adoption.

Cloud adoption in enterprises has hit new heights during the pandemic as it has become the catalyst for digital transformation. Many organizations have moved towards remote working in response to COVID-19, making the cloud an immediate priority rather than a future project. That’s led to a need for internal reskilling and upskilling of teams. Cloud has enabled IT staff to be frontline supporters as it eliminates the complexities of a hardware-based IT infrastructure.

ComputerWorld takes a look at the cloud skills in demand across India, and how IT/ITes companies are going about reskilling and upskilling the workforce.

Cloud skills in demand
Some businesses are looking for cloud expertise in a narrow field; others want it across the board. We took a small but representative sample of what’s hot at tech companies operating in India.

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For Sandeep Soni at data protection service provider Clumio, the needs are technical. Soni, the GM and VP of Engineering for the company’s Indian operations based in Bengaluru, says a basic understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in cloud development and serverless applications is the most important skill for a developer these days.

There’s a big difference between database programming for the cloud and on-premises, he says: “Engineers need to have cloud automation skills to build, test, deploy, and manage especially when there are rapid releases. Devops is another important skill that is needed. A good cloud developer needs to enable a smooth running of a software (in the cloud) for operations.”

At business process management specialist Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS), CIO Natarajan Radhakrishnan is looking for cloud skills across the board. The company is in the business of helping its customers migrate to the cloud, provide managed services, and also develop cloud-native applications, he says: “For us, the most sought-after cloud skills are sales, migration, application development, and administrative skills.”

Meanwhile, at software consultancy ThoughtWorks, capability development lead Jaydeep Chakrabarty says the latest technology trend becomes the new skill shortage for any organization. Currently, he sees the most in-demand cloud skills as cloud security, serverless architecture such as Google Cloud Platform or AWS, and ML and AI in the cloud.

Automation skills are among those in demand at CSS Corp., according to Phanikishore Burre, SVP and delivery head for network, cloud, infrastructure and security services. He sees a need for cloud skills in a number of roles, including administrator, devops, and security. Hands-on experience on Linux and Windows is important, he says, as are coding chops in Python, knowledge of automation platforms such as Ansible or Jenkins, and familiarity with Kubernetes and other container technologies, databases, and serverless and multi-cloud computing.

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Towards CX 2.0

Embracing innovative tech for a richer and seamless customer interaction

Smooth connectivity and the easy availability of digital tools these days have changed our lives to a great extent-including the ways we connect and interact with brands. Instant gratification has become the new norm in today’s world, which means if you don’t have your finger on the customers’ pulse, then chances are that your consumer will not hesitate a bit in turning his/her back on you as well. Customer-centricity, on the other hand, can get you loyalty, repeat business, profits and most importantly help you get an edge over your competitors.

A McKinsey study concluded that companies that can consistently deliver a high-quality customer experience(CX) can improve their customer satisfaction level by 33 percent while creating cost savings of around 25-30 perpent. On the other hand, disruption at any given point in a customer journey could impact the overall customer experience, and could further impact the revenue side of their business.

While, it’s not difficult to assume why CX has become a key focus of businesses today, but providing a seamless, consistent, and personalized experience can be challenging and CX solution providers are looking for new innovative ways to deal with it. There’s no doubt that the adoption of omni-channel services have been able to let customers connect seamlessly with the businesses. But the challenges are not limited to technology, disparate systems, and data only. We often miss the most critical element- the humans- who are entrusted with the task of interacting with the customers. Hence, when businesses look to embrace a customer-centric culture by putting customers front and centre of their business strategy, they need to strategize their CX-related investments carefully and understand how it affects the entire ecosystem.

The good news is that things are now changing faster with exciting new innovations and developments in this realm. Gartner predicts that more than 50pc of organizations will redirect their investments towards CX innovations by 2018, as they see value in using them to improve every customer interaction.

MAKING THE BUSINESS CASE

Superior customer experience is the holy grail for organizations focused on driving sustainable growth and competitive differentiation. But, it can get a bit tricky if they fail to contextualize and align their CX investments with customer pain points and with growth opportunities. Vivian Gomes, VP & Head of Marketing, CSS Corp said, In my view, organizations should adopt an agile and an incremental approach towards digitalizing processes involved in customer lifecycle management. This is not a big bang theory. Making the transformation towards digital enabled CX has to start with driving a strong data-driven culture in the organization. One can start with low hanging fruit and ensure the data from customer touch points is efficiently captured and leveraged across the customer journey. Organizations should create a credible mechanism to streamline data and build customer

“ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD ADOPT AN AGILE AND AN INCREMENTAL APPROACH TOWARDS DIGITALIZING PROCESSES INVOLVED IN CUSTOMER LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT. THIS IS NOT A BIG BANG THEORY”

– VIVIAN GOMES, VP & HEAD OF MARKETING, CSS CORP

 

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CSS Corp amplifies its technology portfolio with geospatial services

CSS Corp, a new-age IT services and technology support company today announced that it is bringing in end-to-end geospatial services to complement its digital offerings. The services will enable customers across industries like telecom, utilities, and navigation to gain deeper insights into geospatial data with advanced analytics and machine learning in order to drive powerful business outcomes.

CSS Corp’s geospatial technology services (GTS) encompass geographic information systems (GIS), geo-image processing, mapping, and geo-analytics services, delivering visualization of location or spatial data, insights on spatial relationships, and simplified data management. The company leverages hybrid mapping technologies including LiDAR (Aerial and Terrestrial), UAV, aerial technology with an aim of delivering visualization of location or spatial data, insights on spatial relationships, and simplified data management.

Using these solutions, organizations will be able to create and merge spatial data from multiple sources that allow for easy access, analysis, and utilization. GTS will help clients leverage contextual intelligence for faster decision-making and go-to-market while improving efficiency and productivity exponentially leading to scalable and sustainable development of businesses.

“Given our deep expertise in automation and analytics, CSS Corp is in a strong position to deliver compelling business outcomes through our GIS service line. Our extensive expertise in product design and development, coupled with our 360-degree geospatial content production and management capabilities, will enable us to add enhanced value to our customers while exploring new avenues of growth and performance,” said Chief Executive Officer, CSS Corp, Manish Tandon.

“The GIS service line is aligned to CSS Corp’s digital vision and comes as a logical extension of our digital offerings. We are very excited to bring these services to our customers while driving meaningful impact for their businesses,” he added.

“Businesses are increasingly leveraging geospatial data, along with machine learning and advanced analytics to gain powerful insights into business operations and achieve greater results. Our GIS services unlock the true potential of the latest geospatial technologies by combining them with our award-winning machine learning capabilities,” said Nishikant Nigam, EVP & Chief Delivery Officer CSS Corp.

 

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#LiteracyDay: How companies are addressing skill gap in the current market

With the skill shortage becoming a major concern, companies are taking necessary measures to address such situations and helping employees to reskill and upskill.

The market has evolved over the decade making companies embrace technological advancements. However, the pandemic caused companies to shift from office life to remote working overnight. This is not the only change that we witnessed amid the pandemic.

Companies switched to the cloud model, started to work with Artificial Intelligence technology, and developed solutions for their clientele to survive the times. This increased the demand for skilled professionals in the market that made companies face the biggest challenge – skills shortage or skill gap.

Commenting on such a situation, Satyanarayanan Visvanathan, Senior Vice President, Head of HR (Global) and Corporate Quality, CSS Corp said, “With almost 18 months into the pandemic, we are already witnessing a paradigm shift in the way businesses operate. The pandemic has resulted in a greater demand for specialized skill sets to help enterprises evolve along with today’s myriad technological advancements.”

He added, “In the IT industry, with agility becoming imperative, custom development skills like JavaScript frameworks, AI/ML, cloud technologies like AWS, Azure and GCP, DevOps, AIOps, SecOps, and NoOps will go a long way.”

The employees were so comfortable in their skins that they stuck to a single technology or skillset without considering to upskill or upgrade themselves. Pandemic made employees and companies address it and work towards it to ensure that it can change.

To stay relevant in the market, the companies started to offer skilling programmes and employees also started to get courses or certifications to increase their chance of employment.

“As enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation journey, leaders have realised that providing current employees with regular opportunities to improve their existing skills and learn new ones is critical to business resilience,” said Smitha Hemmigae, Head of Marketing, ANSR.

Hemmigae added, “As part of their upskilling and reskilling efforts, tech companies are training engineers to become full-stack developers and attain skills in modern development technologies such as AngularJS and Python. This will not only help employees develop a great career path thus reducing attrition, but also keep the business competitive and forward-thinking.”

The company has grown its workforce by 2.5 times in the last two-and-a-half years in Costa Rica. It plans to add an additional 500 employees in the next one year to cater to the rising demand from global clients for multilingual tech support capabilities, especially in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.

CSS Corp remains committed to its global expansion strategy to address growing business needs while enhancing its nearshore capabilities. Costa Rica has been a strong growth engine for the company for delivering world-class services to global hi-tech clients. The services span across the sales and post-sales lifecycle for top enterprise and B2C brands. They include omnichannel sales and marketing support, product development and deployment, technical support, customer success, billing, renewals, and advanced infrastructure and application support.

Costa Rica’s rich and diverse talent pool, its robust infrastructure and favorable time zone make it an ideal nearshore outsourcing destination for CSS Corp’s North America and EU-based clients. With three established centers in the Greater Metropolitan Area, CSS Corp is now looking to open its fourth state-of-the-art facility to accommodate its growing headcount in the country.

The company’s delivery centers are located in hi-tech zones, with convenient access from the airport, and are surrounded by a serene environment, making them ideal locations to work and to co-innovate with customers effectively.

Sunil Mittal, CEO at CSS Corp, said, “This is an important milestone in our ongoing mission to leverage the best talent globally. Costa Rica is the third country where we have crossed a headcount of 1,000 after India and the Philippines. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved here in a short span of time, balancing seamless growth with customer delight. It is really encouraging to see how our employees have adapted to the challenging Covid-19 environment while maintaining the high levels of service that our clients deserve. I expect the rapid growth trajectory to continue in the coming years.”

Jayagopi Andhoor, LATAM Region Head, who has been recently promoted to Senior Vice President said, “We are delighted to have grown so fast to a family of over 1,000 CSS Corpians in Costa Rica. The teams have taken on challenging assignments and excelled at driving business outcomes for global clients through customer-centric solutions. We have comprehensive expansion plans laid out for this region as we expect this momentum to continue.”

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