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Suzlon's Rajasthan Project Gets Nod From CLP India

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Suzlon Group, a wind turbine manufacturer, has announced that it has received the Notice to Proceed (NTP) from CLP India, a leading investor-owned power business in Asia and one of the largest foreign investors in the Indian power sector, for a 100.8 MW wind power project.

The project, located at Tejuva in Rajasthan, will comprise 48 units of Suzlon's robust S97- 2.1 MW wind turbines featuring Doubly Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) technology.  This is the latest addition to Suzlon's wind portfolio of over 8000MW projects across eight states. Upon completion, this project will boost CLP India's wind power portfolio to close to 1000 MW, reinforcing its position as the leading independent power producer in the wind sector in India, foreign or domestic.

Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon Group said: "This contract is another milestone for our business in India. Through our comprehensive capabilities across wind energy value chain and end-to-end solutions, we will assist CLP India in further expanding their wind energy footprint in India. We appreciate the trust they have in our technology and look forward to a long-term collaboration."

Lay’s Launches Football Favourite Flavours
Lay’s, a potato chip brand from PepsiCo India has launched of its Football Favourite flavors. Lay’s has added local flavor to the global Leo Messi campaign by launching these three new limited edition offerings of Apple Chilli, Cheesy Jalapeno, Tangy Herb, to delight consumers.

As part of the Football Favourite program, consumers are invited to taste these limited edition flavors and get a chance to watch Messi play live by voting for their favourite flavour.  All that consumers need to do is to give a missed call on the unique numbers provided on the respective packs. The Lay’s flavor which gets the highest number of missed calls shall be the Winning flavor and one lucky Winner will be selected from the Winning flavor entries who will get a chance to watch Messi play live.                                                                                                                          

Gaurav Mehta, Category Director – Western Snacks, PepsiCo India said, “With the Football Favourites campaign we plan to take the excitement to a new platform by engaging with the fans and adding fun to TV watching time. Our global campaign with international football superstar Leo Messi in India offers our consumers a chance of seeing the international football superstar play live. At Lay’s we believe in bringing in Global flavours to India that add to magical moments for consumers. The brand is about youthful optimism and carefree fun, and this is exactly what we have tried to represent in the campaign.”

DDI Named Among Top 20 Leadership Training Company

Development Dimensions International (DDI) has been adjudged as one among the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies by Training Industry.com. A bench marking authority to continuously monitor the training marketplace for the best providers and services across globe.The “Top 20” list includes those leaders in the training industry that have demonstrated experience and excellence in providing leadership training services to a variety of clients.

The selection of ‘2014Top 20 Leadership Training Companies’ List - just released by Training industry.com were based on the following criteria: thought leadership and influence within the leadership training industry, industry recognition and innovation, breadth of programs and range of audiences served, delivery methods offered, company size and growth potential, strength of clients, geographic reach and experience serving the market

Harley-Davidson India Launches iOS & Android App
Building on their initiatives to develop deeper and meaningful connections with customers that go beyond the motorcycle, Harley-Davidson India is bringing Harley owners closer together through the launch of a new H-D India app. With World Ride 2014 just around the corner the application provides the perfect platform for Harley-Davidson owners to create and share content around their rides.

The application will give Harley-Davidson owners the ability to create, share and plan rides, stay connected with their H.O.G. Chapters, follow events, share experiences, receive up to date information about their motorcycle, access road side assistance and information on new products from the company. The application also enables riders to look for other riders in the vicinity when they are on the move. A custom social network has been built which allows riders to follow each other’s updates.

Over 50% Real Estate Buying Decision Now Influenced By Internet: Google

Google India today released a study to understand the influence of Internet on real estate purchase decisions in India. The study compiled by Google, basis a pan India offline research conducted by Zinnov and real estate related search query trends on Google revealed that over fifty percent of real estate buyers decisions are influenced by Internet research. The phenomenon, of researching online for real estate information was not limited to metros but also extended to buyers in tier two cities. The study revealed, that the overall influence of Internet today on real estate transaction value of both residential and commercial property including rentals amounted to $43 billion, with $31 billion for residential and $12 billion for commercial properties.

The offline survey conducted across 15 cities in India with over 6000 respondents revealed that 74% of real estate research online was focused on residential buying and 26% focused on residential renting. Almost half the respondents were indifferent to new or resale property (47%) as the criteria for research focused more on their space requirement, budget and location. 23% respondents were in the market for resale property only, and 30% were looking for new property under construction.

Amongst the top destinations on the Internet for real estate information, aggregator sites (62%) were rated as the top source for information, followed by builder and developers sites (52%). Online broker sites and real estate blogs and forums (~45%) were also rated as popularly used destinations for information.

In tier 1 cities over 57% buyers were influenced by online research and in tier 2 cities the impact was equally high with 48% buyers saying that they used Internet to research for real estate purchase decisions. The usage of mobile phones for accessing real estate information online was also significant with over 55% buyers using it to access the information. This finding was consistent with Google search, with mobile contributing to over 40% real estate queries on Google search. Mobile apps were preferred over websites by buyers with 73% respondents saying they prefer to use mobile apps.

NEC India To Increase Focus On The Retail Market

NEC India, a leading network and IT solutions provider, has announced its renewed focus on the retail market in India, and will showcase its state of the art technology solutions at the Retail Technology Conclave (ReTechCon), the largest retail technology conclave organised by Retail Association of India from 18 to 19 June 2014 at booth no R-71 at Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.

Reports suggested that the Indian retail segment is estimated at $520 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% to reach around US$950 billion by 2018. Organized retail penetration, currently estimated at 7.5% ($39 billion), is expected to clock a 19-20% p.a. growth to reach 10% ($95 billion) by 2018.

Koichiro Koide, Managing Director, NEC India said, “Technology is redefining the entire customer experience in retail, right from the point where the customer enters the store to the point of exit, and even beyond. IT solutions in retail therefore have a more strategic role to play today than ever before. We, at NEC India aim to strengthen its focus on the retail as well as the entertainment industry and assist its customers with end-to-end solutions right from the point of sale to payments. NEC’s NFC complemented with security solutions like NEC’s Face Recognition will empower retailers to acquire customer loyalty and enhance customer experience through its ease of use.”

Adobe Announces All New 2014 Release of Creative Cloud
Adobe, the leader in creative software, has continued to drive Creative Cloud innovation by announcing 14 new versions of CC desktop applications, including essential tools such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator® CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The biggest Adobe software release since CS6, it also includes four new mobile apps, updates to Creative Cloud services and new offerings for enterprise, education and photography customers. Yesterday, Adobe announced that there are now over 2.3 million Creative Cloud subscriptions, far exceeding original projections when it was unveiled two years ago.

The release serves a creative industry that is changing at a staggering pace: three in four creatives believe the industry has changed more in the past five years than the previous 50 and about two thirds believe their role will significantly change in the next 3 years (see The New Creative Report, surveying 1,000 U.S. creatives, issued June 16). Creatives cited new technologies as the top driving force behind the rapid change.

Anirban Dey, MD, SAP Labs India Exits SAP
SAP Labs India announced that Anirban Dey has left the organization for personal reasons. He was associated with SAP Labs since 2008 and was appointed as the Managing Director of SAP Labs India in January, 2013.

Additional information on Anirban’s replacement will be forthcoming. Mr. Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President and Global Head of the SAP Labs Network will work closely with the SAP Labs India leadership team to ensure a smooth transition till a new MD is appointed.

SAP Labs India is the third largest R&D center outside Germany for SAP and contributes to a wide spectrum of SAP’s product portfolio ranging from developing technology platform and enterprise software, to providing customer support, accelerating sales and partnering with a rich and vibrant SAP ecosystem in India.  SAP Labs India has facilities in Bangalore, Gurgaon and Pune.