MOST ADMIRED BRANDS IN THE INDIAN ICT INDUSTRY
For the last eight years in a row, the VARINDIA Brand Book has been talking about how the technology brands are evolving with their creative innovations with signifying quality and inspiring confidence. Today, we are witnessing the arrival of not just the powerful brands but also those who truly wield extraordinary influence on the entire industry. A brand is the most potent asset of a business, but this doesn't necessarily make it easy to define. Perhaps this is because in the digital age, the definition has broadened in scope to include not only a company and its mainstay product but also the people who are driving the business.
Trust can pay huge dividends for a business. Brands capture an irresistible idea, compelling and intuitive, engaging and inspiring people in many ways that companies and products cannot. Hundreds of technology brands were evaluated first by the industry leaders and then by our editorial team which comprises some of the country’s most outstanding marketing minds joining the table to finalize these 50 Most Admired Brands in the Indian ICT industry. The exercise underlines the contribution and confidence of the consumers that these brands have displayed amidst strong performance and leadership roles in their respective areas.
AMD is a known name and a pioneer in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies. The company brings the technology which forms the foundation for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Its products are widely accepted by all the leading technology companies. The chip maker has announced a revenue of $6.48 billion for fiscal year 2018, operating income of $451 million, net income of $337 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.32. For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported revenue of $1.42 billion.
With a presence in more than 160 countries and a leader in gaming PCs, Acer is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will infuse with one another. It will open up new avenues for consumers and businesses. For the last couple of quarters, Acer is ranked as a top player in the monitor category. The new line-up of high end monitors for video and photo editors, gamers and 4K entertainment has seen a huge demand and growth along with segments like surveillance. The company has witnessed humongous growth across all segments, from service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. The company has recently announced that it has invested over $ 2 million in setting up the Array Center for Technology and Innovation (ACTI) located in Bangalore. ACTI is equipped to support requirements coming in from across the globe. The company has announced a 40% year on year growth in 2018 which is largely attributed to the continuous development and output from the ACTI formerly known as Bangalore Center for Technical Assistance (BCTA).
A global technology company which develops networked visualization solutions, Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes and helps its consumers to work together, share insights, and wow audiences. It focuses on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theatres to live events and attractions).
A provider of wireless connectivity solutions that strengthen connections between people, places and things, Cambium Networks specializes in providing an end-to-end wireless fabric of reliable, scalable, secure, cloud-managed platforms that perform under demanding conditions. The company has recently launched cnHeat network planning subscription service to provide a heat map coverage model display of locations that are available for fixed wireless broadband connectivity with the PMP 450 and ePMP outdoor fixed wireless point-to-multipoint distribution networks.
A leading cyber security company, Check Point with its solutions protects its customers from cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware and other types of attacks. It offers a multilevel security architecture that defends enterprises’ cloud, network and mobile devices, plus the most comprehensive and intuitive one point of control security management system. At the end of the third quarter of the fiscal 2018, the company posted $471 million compared to $455 million in the third quarter of 2017, a 4 percent increase year over year.
ComScope has always helped in shaping infrastructure, products and solutions to improve human life. It helps in design, build and manage the wired and wireless networks. The solutions by CommScope provide customers increase bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration. CommScope and ARRIS are coming together to accelerate a vision to shape the communications networks of the future.
A global data backup and recovery company, Commvault redefines the meaning of backup for the progressive enterprise through solutions that protect, manage and use its data. Commvault software, solutions and services are available from the company and through a global ecosystem of trusted partners. The company has come up with its new market-focused support center in Bangalore with tailored support for Indian customers and partners. With this launch, the company has expanded its presence in India by moving to a new and bigger office in Hyderabad.
As the youngest and fastest growing brand, CP Plus aims to make the world a safe and secure place for the people to live in. It is driven by the vision and commitment to make surveillance simple and affordable. CP Plus offers a one stop shop for all surveillance needs. It offers a wide array of products for industries and residential complex needs, including surveillance products, time and attendance products, residential/ home security products, and plug and play security cameras.
Citrix focuses on a single driving principle: making the world’s apps and data secure and easy to access. The company is empowering people to work anywhere and at anytime. It is committed to enabling people-centric computing within organizations. Its Workspace integrates diverse technologies, platforms, devices, and clouds, so it’s flexible and easy to deploy. Its solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500.
Headquartered in Hyderabad, CtrlS’ commitment to its customer is total ownership. The company has developed the capabilities to provide a complete suite of offerings from platform level services which include data center infrastructure, storage, backup, hardware to OS layers, network and security layers. CtrlS has recently announced that the firm is planning to build three Tier-4 hyperscale data centres and it includes a 100 MW (1 million Sq. ft.) data centre in Mumbai, 150 MW (2 million Sq. ft.) data centre in Hyderabad and a 70 MW (1 million Sq. ft.) data centre in Chennai. Furthermore, the company will invest Rs 2,000 crores in setting up three hyperscale data centres in India.
With its edified management practice, D-Link (India) continues to demonstrate stupendous performance and progress in implementing and supporting unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP surveillance, cloud-based network management, and structured cabling.The Company is engaged in Marketing and Distribution of Networking products in India and SAARC region. Today, D-Link (India) is a key market player with a nationwide reach, robust product portfolio and superior services in India.
The well-known printer company, Epson addresses the needs of homes, businesses and commercial enterprises as also those of consumers with specialized needs in India. The company markets and supports Epson Inkjet Printers, Inkjet All-in-Ones, 3LCD Projectors, Scanners, Large Format Printers etc. Last year, Epson introduced the new high-speed T-series large-format printers available as desktop or floor-standing models, marking Epson’s entry into the low-to-mid range CAD plotter market.With a turnover of almost Rs. 2,000 crores the brand has touched the lives of millions of Indians over the years.
The home-grown cloud service provider, ESDS is an expert in Managed Data Center Services, Managed Cloud Solutions, Virtualization and Disaster Recovery Hosting. Its vision has been vital to bringing huge cloud adoption in India. The company now hosts more than 90 government organizations on its Government Community Cloud, 125 Enterprises on its SAP HANA Community Cloud and 290 Banks on its Banking Community Cloud and hundreds of Startups and other customers on its Public Cloud. The company is planning to expand in 16 countries.
The well known networking hardware company, Extreme Networks designs, develops, and manufactures wired and wireless network infrastructure equipment and develops the software for network management, policy, analytics, security and access controls. Since 1996, the company has been pushing the boundaries of networking technology, driven by a vision of making it simpler and faster as well as more agile and secure.
The company has over 30,000 customers globally, including half of the Fortune 50 and some of the world’s leading names in business, hospitality, retail, transportation and logistics, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing.
As the leading global wearable brand, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Fitbit products are sold in over 39,000 retail stores and in 87 countries around the globe. Powered by one of the world’s largest social fitness networks and databases of health and fitness data, the Fitbit platform delivers personalized experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools. The company’s mission is to empower and inspire to live a healthier, more active life.
The global leader in cyber security solutions, Fortinet secures the largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations around the world. It empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network - today and into the future. The Fortinet Security Fabric delivers a unified approach that is broad, integrated, and automated.
The global leader in digital security, Gemalto is now a part of Thales Group. From secure software to biometrics and encryption, the company’s technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so that they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between. Gemalto’s 15,000 employees operate out of 114 offices, 40 personalization and data centers, and 35 research and software development centers located in 47 countries.
Established as one of the leaders in the field of security and surveillance, Hikvision offers innovative security products and solutions. It has extended its reach to smart home tech, industrial automation, and automotive electronics industries to achieve its long-term vision. The company annually invests seven to eight percent of its annual sales revenue to research and development for continued product innovation.
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. is an analytics, industrial expertise and technology company rolled into one great solution provider. The company has introduced Lumada Video Insights, an end-to-end, intelligent and adaptable suite of applications that deliver operational safety and business intelligence using internet of things (IoT), video, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics. Lumada Video Insights is an integral part of Hitachi Vantara’s DataOps strategy, which redefines data management for the AI era by seamlessly connecting data consumers with data creators to rapidly monetize customers’ data.
A leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, Huawei offers integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services. The company has redefined data infrastructure from computing, storage, and data processing. Huawei has introduced the AI-Native database GaussDB and the highest-performance distributed storage FusionStorage 8.0 aiming to redefine data infrastructure through Data and Intelligence strategy.
An Engineering and R&D company, L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) expertises in engineering design, product development, smart manufacturing, and digitalization. With 399 patents filed for 51 of the Global Top 100 ER&D spenders, LTTS lives and breathes engineering. It has 49 Innovation and R&D design centers globally. It specializes in disruptive technology spaces such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Collaborative Robots, Digital Factory, and Autonomous Transport.
The company renowned for data authority for hybrid cloud, NetApp offers a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplifies management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. NetApp’s cloud-connected flash solutions, an element of a Data Fabric strategy, provides the simplicity, operational efficiency and protection needed to support innovation, add unprecedented performance and power the most demanding data sets and technologies, such as AI or 5G networks.
The first company in India to launch services like Cloud Computing, Managed Security, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Software-Defined Storage, Netmagic, an NTT Communications company is a Managed Hosting and Multi-Cloud Hybrid IT solution provider. With nine carrier-neutral, state-of-the-art data centers and serving more than 2000 enterprises globally, Netmagic also delivers Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) services to various Enterprise customers globally.
Fueled by the insatiable demand for better 3D graphics, and the massive scale of the gaming market, NVIDIA is the inventor of GPU. It creates interactive graphics on laptops, workstations, mobile devices, notebooks, PCs, and more. It has evolved the GPU into a computer brain at the exciting intersection of virtual reality, high performance computing, and artificial intelligence. NVIDIA GPU computing has given the industry a path forward — and will provide a 1,000X speed-up by 2025. NVIDIA has purchased Mellanox Technologies for $6.9B deal to significantly further the company’s data center aspirations.
The primary business of ONE Broadband, a Hinduja Group company for Telecom Data Services for Home & Enterprise segments is to address growing demand for advanced services like ultra-high speed broadband, OTT and 4K Video transport. It has created the necessity for a high-capacity fiber network. ONE Broadband is providing enhanced services to its customers with the help of Nokia BNG. The entire network would be based on MPLS technology and handles hundreds of Gigabits of traffic per second, enabling ONE Broadband customers to consume voice, video and data services at lightning speed.
Oracle has embedded innovative technologies in every aspect of cloud, enabling companies to reimagine their businesses, processes, and experiences. With the introduction of Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry’s only self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing database, the company is again revolutionizing how data is managed. The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database.
The developer of video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology, Poly is the largest pure-play collaboration company in its industry. In 2018 Polycom was acquired by Plantronics, an audio pioneer and unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) technology leader. After acquisition, Polycom is known as Poly. Plantronics and Polycom now offer an unparalleled portfolio of integrated, intelligent solutions that spans headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, and cloud services.
An American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company, Qualcomm designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. It invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world computes, connects and communicates. Recently the company has joined hands with Google to empower applications for 5G by enhancing developer APIs in Android Q.
The leading providers of passive cabling solutions for high-end communication networks, R&M is a key contributor in the provision of secure voice, data, and video transmissions. Its solutions are used by network operators, in office buildings, data centers, and in apartments. Today, more than 1000 employees in over 40 countries work for R&M. The company’s goal is to offer customers top-quality solutions for excellent communication networks.
Radware is a global leader of application delivery and application security solutions for virtual, cloud and software defined data centers. Its solutions portfolio delivers service level assurance for business-critical applications, while maximizing IT efficiency. Radware’s family of DDoS security solutions provide integrated application and network security for a best of breed, multi-layered security architecture and DDoS attack prevention. The revenues for the first quarter of 2019 totalled $61.4 million, up by 13 percent from revenues of $54.5 million for the first quarter of 2018.
Red Hat is a provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. It helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Red Hat OpenShift 4 simplifies hybrid and multicloud deployments to accelerate how IT organizations deploy new applications, helping businesses to thrive and differentiate themselves in an ever-increasing set of competitive markets.
With a vision to become a leading distributor of world class IT products with a clear emphasis on supply chain excellence and operational efficiency, Redington provides end-to-end supply chain solutions for all categories of Information Technology, Telecom, Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Solar products. Redington is present in more than 30 markets encompassing India, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and South Asian regions including Singapore. The company partners with over 200 international companies to bring their products to consumers across emerging markets. Besides distribution solutions, itprovides integrated logistics services and support services through its companies – ProConnect and Ensure Services.
The leader in analytics, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS reinvests into R&D more than twice the average for major technology firms. In 2017, SAS devoted 26 percent of its overall revenue of $3.24 billion into developing AI, IoT, data management and analytics software. Driven by more than 40 years of innovation, SAS has customers in 147 countries and at more than 83,000 business, government and university sites. SAS has developed and refined an incredibly deep set of capabilities in advanced analytics that has propelled to the top of the market.
Head quartered in Mumbai, Savex Technologies is the third largest Information and Communication Technology Distributor in India. The company has 39 sales offices and 42 Stocking locations across the country across 650+ Cities of the country, catering to over 7000 Channel Partners, Retailers, Corporate Resellers, VARs & System Integrators every month in over 650+ cities. It is a Rs 11,500+ crore IT hardware distribution company with Net worth of over 900 cr in FY18 and is one of the fastest growing IT hardware distributors in India.
With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. It provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. The company believes in creating memorable experiences for its customers, and it does this by allowing the intersection between the digital and customer experience.
The global data and storage leader, Seagate Technology creates space for the human experience by innovating how data is stored, shared and used. It enables people and businesses across the globe to create, preserve and share their memories and business data. As per IDC’s The Digitisation of the World – From Edge to Core report commission by Seagate, as India is accelerating towards its digital transformation, there will inevitably be a data deluge. With increasing use of latest technology by businesses, a solid digital strategy will be the key to success in the data age.
STULZ is a leading solution provider of energy-efficient temperature and humidity management technology, specifically for mission-critical applications. STULZ helps to reduce the power consumption of data centers and other mission critical applications. Its products efficiently cool data centers, telecommunications systems and production processes; they air condition magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) systems, switch gear cabinets and offices.
Sify is an integrated ICT Solutions and Services company in India, offering end-to-end solutions with a comprehensive range of products. This telecom network today connects 45 data centers across India, including Sify’s six concurrently maintainable data centers across the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. Sify is now a Google Cloud Interconnect Partner. Through Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect, Sify is enabling Google Cloud customers to connect with their offices, data centers and workloads in other public clouds, leveraging Sify’s country wide IP VPN (MPLS) network, which reaches over 1600 Indian towns and cities.
Designed for small, mid-sized and distributed organizations with remote locations, SonicWall firewalls protect data and connected devices, including IoT. SonicWall Capture Security Center is the newest award-winning tool against cybercrime: a holistic integrated solution for total security management. SonicWall analyzed 3.9 trillion events in over 215 countries. The annual report is a result of SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers analyzing data from over 200,000 malicious events and malware samples daily to compare and document online criminal activity.
The pioneer in next-generation endpoint and network security, Sophos develops its innovative portfolio of endpoint, network, encryption, web, email and mobile security solutions to work better together. Today its products help secure the networks used by 100 million people in 150 countries and 100,000 businesses. Sophos’ Group revenue growth was 12 percent at constant currency Adjusted operating profit, up 87 percent to $109 million.
Sophos XG Firewall provides unprecedented visibility into the network, users, and applications directly from the control center.
The cyber security company Symantec Corporation, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most important data. A global community of more than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock product suites to protect their digital lives at home and across their devices. Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network, the largest civilian threat intelligence network in the world, which records events from 123 million attack sensors worldwide, blocks 142 million threats daily and monitors threat activities in more than 157 countries.
Tech Data is a leading end-to-end technology distributor. Its end-to-end portfolio of products, services and solutions, highly specialized skills and expertise in next-generation technologies enable channel partners to bring to market the products and solutions the world needs to connect, grow and advance. The company has been named as one of Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for ten consecutive years. With reach, capabilities and resources that span the technology continuum, Tech Data is a vital link in the IT channel, delivering the insights and optimized solutions to its channel partners.
As the leader in availability across multi-cloud environments, Veeam is uniquely positioned to help customers along their journey to deliver Intelligent Data Management. It is the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management for virtual environments built on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. The software provides backup, restore and replication functionality for virtual machines, physical servers and workstations as well as cloud-based workload. The company has more than 343K customers worldwide, 59K channel partners, and offices in more than 30 countries.
The fastest growing company in the field of Unified Video Computing platform development, Videonetics has developed an integrated software platform to manage video data as well as other sensor generated data in a single unified framework. The platform is enabled with patented video management technology and is integrated with AI and Deep learning engines for analyzing the video in real time for metadata generation and correlating them in space and time domains.
Installed on over 1.9 billion devices and creating over 750,000 new IDs every day, TeamViewer is a global provider of remote connectivity solutions. The company offers secure remote access, support, control and collaboration capabilities for online endpoints of any kind. By innovating cutting-edge yet easy-to-deploy Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) implementations, the company enables businesses of all sizes to tap into their full digital potential. TeamViewer’s software supports in more than 30 languages.
Solving the most important challenges faced by data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities, Vertiv offers a portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the edge of the network. The company does business in more than 130 countries. It brings together hardware, software, analytics and ongoing services to ensure its customers’ vital applications run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs.
Founded two decades ago, VMware, a global leader in enterprise software has been behind the technology innovations transforming entire industries—from banking, healthcare, and government to retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, and transportation. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners.
The leading provider of Enterprise Robotics Process Automation (RPA), UiPath is delivering free and open training and collaboration & enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. It is the fastest-growing enterprise software company partnering with the world’s best consulting and BPO firms. It has a 200,000-strong developer community, and 5MM+ robots at work in over 2,500 global enterprises. The employee base grew to over 2,500 people today, across 37 offices in 20 countries. The company is backed by over $400 million in funding from Accel, CapitalG, Credo Ventures, Earlybird’s Digital East Fund, Kleiner Perkins, IVP, Meritech Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Seedcamp and Sequoia.
As a global company, Western Digital, the leading data infrastructure provider creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, its industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology, HGST, SanDisk, Tegil, Upther, and WD brands.
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