Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s leading real-time development platform, released a sneak peek at ‘Book of the Dead’, which demonstrates the power of real-time rendering on Unity. Making extensive use of Unity’s powerful new rendering system, the Scriptable Render Pipeline, ‘Book of the Dead’ shows how developers can take total control of the rendering process to achieve a level of detail and visual fidelity made possible by Unity in 2018.

Veselin Efremov, Creative Director, Unity Technologies, said

Forests are amazing; they can be mysterious, dangerous, and breathtakingly beautiful. Achieving the feelings a forest evokes is one of the hardest challenges when working within real-time graphics. We set out to tackle this with ‘Book of the Dead’ to see how much a small team like ours could accomplish working within Unity.

Seeking out challenges like this helps Unity to evolve and advance. We use new features when they are introduced early in their development cycle, and we partner closely with our tech teams to push new features to their limits, so that the innovations we uncover together will make a better product for our developers. When a demo is done, we know that the engine has achieved new functionality; and we are excited to see developers use this tech for their next creations.

Built using Unity 2018’s Scriptable Render Pipeline, Progressive Lightmapper, and Post-Processing Stack, the sneak peek at ‘Book of the Dead’ gives viewers a look at the first-person interactive experience being played in real-time, targeting the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system. The story unfolds in two parallel timelines, and as the audience views the scattered memories of our protagonist, they discover there’s more to her story than she is willing to tell. More information on how ‘Book of the Dead’ came to life can be found on the website

Sneak Peek at Unity 2018 – Delivering New Innovations to Advanced Developers

The release of Unity 2017.3 in December completed a year-long cycle which delivered tools such as Timeline and Cinemachine, empowering teams of artists and developers to do more together. Unity 2018 will build on this foundation to give advanced developers and engineers control of new features such as the Scriptable Render Pipeline and the C# Job System, the first versions of two major features that will continue to evolve to help unlock beautiful graphics and increase runtime performance on Unity. Key highlights include the following:

  • Scriptable Render Pipeline: Unleash the Power of Modern Hardware Without the Burden of Building a New Engine – Unity 2018 places total control of a powerful new rendering process in the hands of advanced developers. The Scriptable Render Pipeline is a combination of power and ease – developers now have the freedom to control the rendering engine at a fine-grained level without the complexities of writing a complete rendering pipeline – leading to an increase in graphics quality and gameplay performance in AAA console, PC, and mobile.
  • C# Job System – A New Coding System That Unlocks Major Performance Increases – The C# Job System is a new high-performance multithreaded system that makes it possible to take advantage of multi-core processors without the heavy programming headache. Combined with a new programming model [Entity Component System], it enables developers to optimize creations for major increases in performance. Developers can add more effects and complexity to their games, or use that horsepower to add complex AI, to make rich worlds that immerse gamers.

Unity brings the world’s best talent together with the goal of making Unity 2018 the best choice for all creators – from AAA studios and solo developers to indie studios and more. Unity has hired engineers and artists from renowned studios such as Insomniac, Bungie, and Naughty Dog are building the foundation alongside a team of more than 1,000 engineers that are making their breakthroughs available to all developers around the world. Games and experiences made with Unity have reached more than 3 billion devices worldwide in 2017 and were installed more than 20 billion times in the last 12 months. For more information, please visit Unity Store

The premium ad tech network, Apps Discover Technologies Pvt. Ltd, now becomes India’s one of the biggest player in APK [Android Package Kit] campaigns marketing. Apps Discover was founded in the year 2013 and since then the company has worked on over 300 APK campaigns. The campaigns reflect company’s sturdy and efficacious bond with its clients like Alibaba, Amazon, Paytm, Baidu, Flipkart, etc.

These APK campaigns have been a major player in company’s phenomenal growth rate and have created a benchmark in Indian Digital Ad Network Industry. The Company’s APK marketing campaigns are running in India and international geographies like China, Thailand, Russia, UK, and Australia.

Commenting on company’s achievement, Ashish Bahukhandi, Founder & CEO said

At Apps Discover, we embrace every aspect of technology to make digital evolution more augmented for our clients and this accomplishment is a resounding validation of our work by our fellow associates and clients.

After it’s strong base in South Asian Countries the company is now seeking for funding to foster its growth in other continents.

About Apps Discover Technologies Pvt. Ltd

Apps Discover Technologies Pvt. Ltd is a premium Digital Ad Network Marketing Company offering the most preferred online affiliate programs & affiliate marketing products which help advertisers across multiple industrial backgrounds to advertise their brands [products/services] and track mobile ad campaigns in the easiest way possible. Started with an office in Gurgaon, Haryana the company’s operations have now extended far and wide in the South-East Asia market with a strong base in Singapore and Indonesia. For more information, please visit Apps Discover

India is in prime position to become a Robotic Process Automation [RPA] powerhouse because of its growing talent pool and cost advantage. It is estimated that around 2 lakh RPA-led jobs will be created in the country by 2021. RPA has been gaining traction as a way of automating repetitive, tedious tasks to handle higher-value analysis and decision-making.

Daniel Dines, CEO and Co-Founder of UiPath, the leading enterprise Robotic Process Automation [RPA] software company, said

India is reaping the benefits of a new genre of jobs created from RPA. The Indian mind is apt for this technology; Indians have the right ability for workarounds and out-of-the-box thinking that works well for RPA. So we see a great pool of RPA talent emerging from the country.

He was speaking at the #UiPathForward, the RPA India summit hosted by UiPath on Wednesday in Bengaluru. The event saw participation from more than 650 business leaders, experts and executives and also discussed concepts and presented work done by major UiPath customers and partners such as HCL, KPMG, IBM, Robert Bosch Engineering and many more.

Daniel Dines, CEO & Co-Founder, UiPath

Daniel Dines, CEO and Co-Founder of UiPath, added

RPA will help build India’s middle class. Currently only 1% of the Indian population earns above $20,000 a year. RPA is right now creating jobs that will push a higher percentage of the population into this segment.

Also present at the summit, Sarah Burnett – Vice President of global research company Everest Group, said that automation is the way to go. He said

It will create incredible opportunities in the IT sector. In a recent study by Everest Group, 80% of companies that we surveyed rated RPA to meet expectations and even exceed them. RPA addresses many areas including regulatory compliance, process automation and more. Also it is secure and most importantly, it is scalable.

Manish Bharti, Country Sales Leader – UiPath India, said

RPA provides new pathways for job opportunities. These could range from process engineers and robot managers to implementation and infrastructure staff and complex management positions. The scope is limitless. Around 2 lakh RPA-led jobs will be created in India in the next three years.

Raghu Subramanian, UiPath India’s Chief Customer Success Officer, said

The company will be a part of this job-creation journey not only by providing best-in-class technical support, but also by way of knowledge sharing through the UiPath Academy. Two self-led MOOCs are being delivered free of charge though the academy, allowing people to train as RPA Developers at beginner and advanced levels.

Amitava Sharma, Vice President, Global Automation – Cloud Application Innovation, IBM, said

It is important for all IT companies to evolve as the market changes. RPA is a game-changing technology that facilitates this change. However, RPA product companies need to integrate cognitive solutions to harness the true power of the technology.

About UiPath

Built for both business and IT, UiPath is the leading platform for Enterprise Robotic Process Automation [RPA]. The company is at the forefront of the digital business revolution achieving more than 500% yearly revenue growth since 2015. A global community exceeding 30,000 users and over 500 enterprise customers and government agencies use UiPath’s Enterprise RPA platform to deploy attended and unattended software robots quickly and accurately resulting in better business outcomes, stronger security and compliance, and higher job satisfaction. Based in New York City, US, UiPath also maintains offices in Australia, France, India, Japan, Romania and the United Kingdom with an employee base of more than 500 people. For more information, please visit UiPath

The main goal of any financial plan is to attain financial independence. There are numerous investment schemes available in the market such as shares, commodities, and mutual funds, among others. One of the most attractive financial vehicles is a Unit Linked Insurance Plan [ULIP].

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Understanding ULIPs

As the name suggests, ULIPs are market-linked products that offer dual benefit of insurance as well as investment. Such plans offer a high degree of flexibility as you may choose to invest in equity or debt funds as per your risk appetite. Due to this dual benefit and a high degree of flexibility, ULIPs have become a popular investment option among the masses.

ULIPs: a good choice for financial planning, investing, and future savings

The first step in planning your finances is identifying the various modes of investments and choosing the one best-suited to your needs. You may consider investing in a ULIP due to the numerous benefits it has to offer. Following are six ways a ULIP helps in attaining financial independence.

  1. Facilitates long-term investment

ULIP is a very common investment option for long-term savings. It helps you build a sizeable corpus over a period of time, thus helping you achieve your financial goals in the long run. As most ULIPs come with a five-year lock-in period, you get the benefit of an accumulated amount. You may use this corpus to fulfill your goals and dreams such as buying a new house, purchasing a new vehicle, or starting your own business venture, among others. You may also use the amount to protect your child’s future, secure capital for critical milestones such as marriage, or plan for your golden years.

  1. Provides life cover

ULIPs are offered by life insurance companies. Such plans provide life cover in case of an unfortunate event. Though ULIPs do not offer a very high level of coverage as compare to term life insurance plans, it serves the purpose of securing the future of your loved ones in your absence.

  1. Fulfills risk appetite

ULIPs offer investors an opportunity to invest in any asset class as per their choice. You may choose to invest in equity, debt, or money market instruments. In case you have a low appetite for risk, consider investing in debt funds. You may invest proportionately in debt funds as equity funds if you are a moderate-risk player. Invest in equity funds if your risk appetite is high.

  1. Offers flexibility to switch

In case you wish to change from one asset class to another, or wish to modify the proportion of funds, you may do so easily. This helps you control your losses in case the market fails to perform. Besides, you may also enjoy wealth appreciation if the market exhibits a good performance.

  1. Offers comprehensive cover

Most insurance providers offer riders with ULIPs. Such riders, also known as add-ons, enhance the coverage. You may opt for riders such as accidental death benefit rider or permanent disability benefit rider, based on your individual needs.

  1. Provides tax benefits

The good news is that you may avail of tax benefits on the premiums paid towards your ULIPs. Such deduction is allowed under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961, up to a limit of INR 1.5 lakh. You may, therefore, enjoy such benefits and lower your taxable income limit to a great extent. It is important to note that in order to avail of tax benefits, the premium amount must not exceed 10 percent of the sum assured.

ULIPs offer a plethora of benefits. You may, therefore, consider diversifying your portfolio by investing in such a financial instrument. It is imperative to understand what is a ULIP plan, what are its features, and what are its advantages before making an investment. By doing so, you may plan, invest, and save for your future successfully.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, surveyed nearly 9,000 recruiters, hiring managers from 39 countries and interviewed industry experts to analyse the state of hiring across the world. Four hot trends stand out – Diversity, New Interviewing Tools, Data, and Artificial Intelligence as the top ideas that will change how talent is hired in 2018.

The Global Recruiting Trends 2018 report offers detailed insights on how these trends will impact recruiters and organisations, as well as how they will create a shift in the recruitment process across industries. These hiring trends showcase how new ideas are putting an end to the transactional and tedious nature of recruitment, and are instead focusing on using strategic methods with a human touch to find high-potential talent.

Irfan Abdulla, Director of Talent and Learning Solutions, LinkedIn India & South Asia, said

Workplaces are evolving faster than ever before, and we are seeing an emergence of new jobs and skill sets in India. Therefore, the Indian recruiter too will undergo a transformation and use new tools to assess high-potential talent. Diversity will be key in how people hire this year, and a strong assessment of soft skills such as leadership and communication, along with digital skills will be imperative. To arrive at the right choice, companies in India are now using data, analytics and insights to make better decisions.

Here is a rundown of the 4 key global recruiting trends that will shape the future of talent acquisition and how companies will hire talent in the years to come:

Diversity: The new global mindset and the hot source of corporate growth

  • 81% of talent acquisition leaders and hiring managers in India say that diversity will be the top trend affecting how they hire, which is much higher than the global average of 78%
  • Companies are prioritizing diversity for a plethora of reasons, with growing evidence that diversity along with inclusion and belonging, enhances productivity, promotes innovation and a higher engagement
  • 78% of companies prioritize diversity to improve company culture; 62% do so to boost financial performance; and 49% to better represent customers
  • Gender [71%], Race [49%], and Age [48%] are the red-hot topics where companies are focusing their diversity efforts
  • Companies are focusing on all three – diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and looking ahead we will see more companies disentangling the concepts and measuring belonging

New Interviewing Models: Reinventing the interview with a blend of traditional with smart models

  • Higher than the global average of 56%, 61% of Indian respondents say that interviewing innovations are extremely important to the future of hiring
  • According to the survey, companies continue to believe in the popularity and effectiveness of traditional interview techniques with giving maximum emphasis to structured interviews [88%] and behavioral interviews [89%]
  • Talent leaders find interviewer bias [42%] and limited ability to assess soft skills [63%] and weaknesses [57%] as the most prevalent shortcomings of traditional interviews
  • To overcome this, hiring managers are increasingly looking at smarter interview models and 5 techniques have come on the scene to improve the old model: Soft skills assessments [59%], job auditions [54%], meeting in casual settings [53%], virtual reality assessments [28%] and video interviews [18%] are considered the most useful interview innovations
  • Online soft skills assessments measure traits like teamwork and curiosity and give a more holistic picture of candidates earlier in the process. In job auditions, companies pay candidates to do real work so that they can observe skills in action. Casual interviews typically take place over a meal and can offer a unique look into candidate character. With Virtual Reality [VR], companies immerse candidates in simulated 3-D environments to test their skills in a standardized way. Video interviews can be recorded or live and help by tapping a broader talent pool in far less time.

Data: The new corporate superpower

  • Mexico [61%], Brazil [59%], India [56%] and China [56%] are the 4 countries with the highest number of respondents who believe that using data is the top trend affecting how they hire; The global average is 50%.
  • The survey shows that 64% of the talent acquisition professionals use data now, and 79% are even more likely to use it in the next two years.
  • 69% of talent professionals believe using data can elevate their careers.
  •  Currently, the 5 most common uses of data in talent acquisition are to increase retention [56%], evaluate skills gap [50%], build better offers [50%], understand candidate wants [46%], and do workforce planning [41%]. For example, If you’re trying to grasp why employees are leaving, you might look to employee surveys, 360-degree reviews, compensation history, and promotion history to start triangulating an answer.
  • The two greatest barriers to using data include poor data quality [42%] and figuring out where to find the data [20%].

Artificial Intelligence [AI]: The secret workhorse

  • [76%] of respondents said that AI’s impact on recruiting will be significant and will help them work faster by automating administrative tasks, and smarter by generating insights they wouldn’t think of alone
  • Areas where AI will impact recruiting the most include, sourcing candidates [58%], screening candidates [56%] and nurturing candidates [55%].
  • 67% of respondents said that AI helps save time and 43% believe that it removes human bias
  • AI is the future, but so is human touch. Moreover, research shows that AI is least likely to replace top 5 skills that require personal and emotional engagement like building relationships with candidates, seeing candidate’s potential beyond credentials, judging culture add or culture fit, gauging candidate interpersonal skills, and convincing candidates to accept offers. AI doesn’t replace you; it empowers you.

Survey Methodology

LinkedIn surveyed 8,815 talent acquisition professionals and hiring managers.

  • Talent acquisition professionals work in a corporate HR department and must have some responsibility for the hiring process.
  • Hiring managers must have some authority over hiring decisions for their team.

There is a very famous quote – The only thing that is constant in life is Change. This applies to every aspect of life including business. Any sector that a business operates in, it has transformed itself to stay relevant with the changing times. This even applies to the real-estate industry that has witnessed positive changes like usage of Precast technology in residential real-estate projects, the introduction of Real Estate Regulator Bill [RERA] that is a boon for consumers and much more. Technology is also evolving at a very rapid pace, with technologies like Machine Learning, AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence [AI], etc. acting as change-agents for the real-estate industry.

Though there are many positive changes in the sector, the realty industry still faces trust issues owing to market conditions and other factors. Urban Housing is also facing challenges like rising inflation, average construction quality offered by many builders, increasing manpower costs, etc. Hence, when customers are planning to invest their hard-earned money in real-estate projects, the first thing they look out for is ‘trust’ in the real-estate brand which can only be earned by continuously delivering quality at a consistent pace. One such company is SOBHA Limited that has been a torch-bearer in the real-estate sector with their exceptional quality RERA approved projects, technology adoption, affordable price, etc.

SOBHA Limited has projects that cater to a diverse set of customers, whether they are interested in buying flats, villa, plots, etc. SOBHA Limited was the very first real-estate developer in India to use the Precast Technology for development of their project SOBHA Dream Acres. With precast technology, SOBHA Dream Acres has been able to reduce the overall cost without compromising on quality. SOBHA Limited has managed to complete the first 200 homes of SOBHA Dream Acres, 20 months prior to its completion date, which is way #AheadOfTime. In Bengaluru, they also have projects like SOBHA Habitech in the heart of Whitefield that has exceptional amenities and ‘technology’ that forms the core of the project. They also have a Pan India presence across 25 cities in 13 states and also a strong presence in the Middle East. By focusing on quality, trust, timely project delivery and customer delight; SOBHA Limited has been able to maintain their numero UNO position and has also won many accolades including The Most Trusted Brand by customers in a PAN INDIA survey by track2realty.

Even in an unstable real-estate market that was impacted by Demonization, RERA, GST, etc. SOBHA Limited could still keep up with the changing market situations and deliver delight to its customers. During our previous interaction with Mr. Raj Pillai, ED of SOBHA Limited, he had mentioned that SOBHA Limited has world class machinery and they have invested significantly in it over a period of time. In fact, the group has more than 8K skilled “certified” tradesmen [either employed with SOBHA or working on contract]. Just imagine the impact if a ‘quality brand’ like SOBHA hosts a sale of all its PAN India properties, wouldn’t it be beneficial for the customers who aspire to invest in quality homes from SOBHA. Well, people could witness the excitement in a #NowOrNever sale that was organized on 13th & 14th January 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel in Bengaluru. The sale had properties from Pune, Bengaluru, Kochi, etc. that were showcased at dedicated booths. Customers had the option to choose from 2, 3, and 4 Bed Apartments, Villas and Plots ranging from Rs. 75 Lakhs ~ Rs. 9 Crores. There was also a dedicated booth for NRIs who are planning to invest in India’s growth story.

There was a live SALE Counter ]that showed the count of flats sold in the SALE] which shows the amount of trust that customers have in the SOBHA Brand. SOBHA Limited also hosted some of their prominent projects across Bengaluru. SOBHA Palladian, SOBHA Dream Acres, SOBHA City, SOBHA International City, SOBHA The Park and The Plaza to name a few. As mentioned earlier, SOBHA Limited has been a leader in adopting technology in the real-estate market, and this was evident from the setup at the event! Drones were being used to capture glimpses of the event, and a dedicated workforce with tablets ensured that customers spend very minimal time in registrations. There was also a VR setup where customers could get a real-time glimpse of some of the projects by SOBHA. Dedicated sales team from different locations in India had flown to Bengaluru to ensure that doubts were cleared by members who had complete knowledge about the projects in their sector. All the projects displayed at the sale are RERA approved which means that customers are putting their money in  the right place!  Some of the glimpses from the two-day sale is below:

Whether it is Budget Housing or Expensive Villas, SOBHA Limited has ensured that they deliver delight to its customers. Though many of SOBHA’s competitors spend massive amount of money on marketing, SOBHA’s superior products and technological advancements do the talking.

If you are a SOBHA customer, do leave your thoughts in the comments section…

Many investors in the stock market are not aware of the implications of the tax on their investment. Buying and selling of shares as well as dealing in derivatives have an impact on the income of the investor and the same should be reflected on their Income Tax Return [ITR].

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It is mandatory for investors to file an annual return of income and their income statement should include all the gains and losses from investment in derivatives. One of the most popular forms of derivative is Futures & Options [F&Os]. It is basically a contract to buy at a future date.

Investors tend to get confused when they have more than one type of stock market investments. It is important to maintain records of transactions in order to ensure that they are appropriately reported. To gain tax benefits by carrying forward the losses or setting off the losses, it is essential to file an annual return of the income. F&O income is considered as a non-speculative income and hence income from it will be considered as a normal business income and any loss incurred will be considered as a normal business loss.

How to report the income

Investment in the stock market can be made through a demat account. Income generated from dealing with F&Os is always considered as a business income. The advantage of doing so is that it will allow taxpayers to claim the expenses incurred in the business as a deduction. These expenses may include telephone bills, the commission of a broker, Internet charges, salary of employees, and any other expenses that are directly related to the business. Business owners are required to file ITR-4 in order to report their income or loss from the business.

When reporting the income under capital gains, the short-term gain will be taxed as per the regular income tax slabs. The expenditure will not be deemed to be deductible and the short-term capital loss will be adjusted against the capital gain acquired through other sources. The losses can be set off against rental income, interest income, and any capital gains generated in the financial year. The losses cannot be adjusted against salary income. Besides, the loss can also be carried forward for eight consecutive years.

In case of intraday trade, the transaction will be considered as speculative. This loss can be carried forward for four years only. Any loss in intraday trade can only be adjusted against the gain in speculative business. Additionally, intraday and F&O will have separate expenses and they can be bifurcated accordingly. It is advisable to report the losses since it will bring down the total taxable income.

Investors need to understand how to file income tax and the implication of each transaction on the business and file the return correctly.

Bookkeeping and audit

In case the turnover of the business exceeds INR 1 crore, it is mandatory to get the accounts audited by an auditor. A penalty of minimum 0.5% of turnover is imposed, in case the accounts are not audited. It may be extended up to a maximum of INR 1.5 lakh. The business owner will be required to maintain necessary records of all transactions. In order to avail of the benefit of expenses as a deduction, it is essential to maintain complete records for individuals whose income exceeds INR 2.5 lakh per annum or annual turnover of the business exceeds INR 10 lakh.

Thorough understanding and knowledge of tax implications will help investors prepare their financial statement and report the same. It is important to comprehend the regulations before beginning your investments.

DeloitteTouche Tohmatsu India LLP’s [DTTILLP or Deloitte India] eighth edition of signature publication on Technology, Media and Telecommunications [TMT] predicts major advances in machine learning, VoLTE technology services and Over the Top [OTT] platforms, apart from othertrends.

VoLTE is expected to be the most prevalent voice technology in the future. It is also estimated that more than 90% of all mobile subscribers will comprise of broadband subscribers by 2023. OTT platforms are witnessing an explosion in original content due to increase in consumption and viewership, the report says, adding that they will gradually become a preferred medium over television,with the consumers of vernacular content likely to become over 2.5 times that of English language content by 2021.

The publication highlights the fact that ‘Machine Learning’ will intensify among medium and large-sized enterprises. Compared to 2017, the number of implementations and pilot projects using machine learning technology is likely to double in 2018 and then doubling again in 2020.

As enterprises in India embrace technology to bring transparency and efficiency in business operations, data assumes center stage in decision-making, setting the stage for tools such as advanced analytics and machine learning to ushervalue-chain efficiencies, a Deloitte India spokesperson said. In 2018, technologies like OTT, VoLTE and Machine Learning will make significant progress and as organizations take steps to realize the potential of the Internet of Things [IoT] for their businesses, predictive analytics and intelligent data mining technologies are set to become mainstream in India.

PN Sudarshan, Partner, Deloitte India, said

India is one of the fastest growing technology market in APAC, with the on-going digital transformation of public sector and private sector enterprises enabled by changing market dynamics and policy interventions. Enterprises across industries are increasingly adopting technology driven solutions to improve customer experience, optimize business operations, and compete effectively in the market.

Catalyzed by the availability of cost effective computing infrastructure and flexible business models through Cloud computing, and the adoption of exponential technologies such as AI, ML, AR, IoT etc., technology sector in India is truly at an inflection point. Trends such as IoT will catalyze the emergence of analytics at the edge. Digital revolution, also known as ‘The Internet Economy’ is creating a new market for digital first services, which has the potential to optimize value chains, bring transparency, and improve overall productivity in the economy.

Newer technologies like LTE, LTE-A, LTE-A Pro & 5G will make wireless internet commercially more viablefor home internet users. The smartphone riding on new innovation will consolidate its position as the primary access to digital services and content, and live streaming and OTT video content arelikely to gain popularity.

Here are some more highlights from the TMT Predictions 2018 India edition:

Internet of Things, Realizing the Potential

IoT-driven point solutions will be adopted to solve a specific business issue. IoT-driven enterprise solutions would help organizations redefine their business models and provide innovative services for their customers; investments will not only be assessed on KPIs, but also will involve new product launches, new supply chains and a new operating model that enables organizations to monetize their services across value chains, leveraging IoT.

Analytics [finally] travels Beyond the Back Office

Enterprises will combine external perspectives, social inputs [surveys, social media comments, response to a feedback questionnaire] to the internal data sources to improve customer service. Device data will be integrated faster and on-demand to answer immediate field needs; information dissemination for decision-making will be faster and simpler using digital delivery; paying for results and provisioning on demand is the new normal [on cloud].

VoLTE: Enabling Next-gen Voice Services

Deloitte predicts that more than 60% of all broadband subscribers would be utilizing Voice over LTE [VoLTE] technology for voice services by 2023 surpassing 5 billion subscribers globally. IoT appliances can be enhanced with VoLTE improving the productivity and efficiency of applications and especially effectiveness in emergency situations, one example is a smartwatch with feature to automatically dial an emergency contact in case of abnormal heart rate.

Wi-Fi would be essential part of service provider network strategy to enhance access and extend coverage. With VoLTE supporting VoWi-Fi [Wi-Fi calling], it would be an opportunity to monetize hot-spots especially relevant in the Asia-Pacific region which would constitute 45% of global hotspots.

Sports Media in India Set to Unlock New Horizons

Indian sports business will continue to attract global investments. With broadcasters paying as much attention to rural segment, these geographies will continue to lead the way for Sports sector in India, especially with Tier 2 leagues beginning to receive widespread attention. Data analytics will increasingly play a significant role in managing all aspects of sports, especially on initiatives such as fan engagement and viewership on digital platforms. Governance related matters will continue to be in focus in Indian Sports ecosystem, and topics such as legalizing betting will be discussed more than before.

Mobile only: Wireless Home Internet Bigger Than You Think

Due to challenges in deployment of fixed broadband networks, current rural internet penetration stands at ~ 17%. In future, demand for fixed broadband would be limited to consumers with higher bandwidth/QoS requirements, with majority of home internet requirements catered through wireless network.

Augmented Reality [AR]: On the Cusp of Reality

The Indian market is witnessing the emergence of AR service providers helping enterprises embrace AR as part of their digital experience strategy. India’s $150 billion technology services industry has the potential to play a key role in increasing the adoption of AR for global businesses by building a robust supply of talent, business models, and frameworks to accelerate deployments. The public sector also has the opportunity to leverage the product and talent ecosystem in the country and adopt AR for improving the quality of experience in areas such as Education and Healthcare.

To access the complete report, refer to the link Deloitte India