Current State of Higher Education System in India

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No doubt, Education has attained a key position in the knowledge society both at national and global level. Over the last two decades, India has remarkably transformed its higher education landscape. However, there are several challenges in India’s traditional higher education system, which has grown and transformed over the years. The challenges faced are immense and far-reaching. One of the major problems is the amount of time and effort required to manage an institution or a campus. Functions like HR, inventory management, funds management, and the associated reporting involved, can get extremely challenging in large institutions or campuses. Therefore, as the size of an institution grows, it requires an effective campus management system to run efficiently.

Students have increasing demands and expectations of their educational experience. Prospective students are becoming more consumer-orientated and making decisions about education accordingly. Students are looking for access to services and education across new technologies and more flexible delivery options. Today’s teaching methods and knowledge delivery need to align with student consumption preferences. In order to be competitive and to meet these expectations, universities will need to invest in expensive facilities and infrastructure. So far the Indian institutions have been relying on traditional methods of managing the interaction between faculties, students, and departments.

With ever-tightening budgets, higher education institutions struggle to respond to rising expectations for better outcomes and greater efficiencies. Learners expect a personalized and collaborative educational experience, and researchers need instant access to deep computing resources.

Educational institutions are burdened by cumbersome paperwork and manual processes, and they find it difficult to maintain records on attendance, fees, admissions, transport, etc., and track the information they need. All the student records are managed in piles of papers and heaps of files. It is a difficult task to keep track of all the records and one had to put in serious efforts by spending an entire day to retrieve data from the storage. There are many chances of data loss either by misplacement or unauthorized access or damage.

Institutions may find themselves running many different software systems across multiple departments. There is apparently no unified platform to provide seamless communication between students, administrators, staff, and teachers. Moreover, increasing student discipline incidents happen as a result of big communication gap between students and teachers. Teachers are struggling to monitor student’s activities including attendance, leave, discipline, assignments, etc. Administrators are lacking in result-based monitoring tools to track student progress. Institutions are unable to manage information and there are endless delays in taking decisions based on complete analysis.

India needs to invest in technological infrastructure if it has to teach all of its huge population, the majority of which is located in remote locations. We need to create such educational delivery mechanisms that can actually take the wealth of human knowledge to the masses. The tools for this dissemination will be affordable smart phones, tablets, and computers with high-speed internet connection. While all these are becoming more possible than ever before, there is a lot of innovation yet to take place in this space. Higher education in India is ridden with complex issues which need immediate and comprehensive attention.

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Enterprise Application Integration: Benefits for Your Business

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Technology has made everything convenient and organized, be it communicating among teams, maintaining customer relationships or acquiring business intelligence. Organizations are relying hugely on a chain of software applications for managing and carrying out critical business operations effectively and providing their employees with the best of work experience. Enterprise Applications are playing a big role in the better working environment especially in large organizations. However, the lack of coordination among various applications is one of the prominent issues which arises in front of these tech-savvy organizations. It’s really important that the applications play together well and share data effectively to drive business operations.

Here comes the need of enterprise application integration, which bridges the gap between disparate systems and eases the flow of data from one program to another between different software programs by providing an interface through which this exchange can be managed. Enterprise application integration allows the exchange of information among different software programs running within and enterprise as well as those connected to the company from outside. It consolidates data collection and eliminates redundancies which arise in case of collecting data from individual systems. Enterprise Application Software creates a single point of access to data for the people who need it. This saves the time of the employees in the context that they don’t have to waste time to look for the data and collect it to send or wait to receive. Employees can get complete and up to date data which enables smooth flow of communication and better collaboration among people and departments.

When implemented correctly, Enterprise Application Integration really allows companies to realize the true value of their software investments. One major benefit of enterprise application integration is that companies can respond faster in a dynamic IT environment. Not only that, when all enterprise technologies are working collectively, businesses will find it easier to identify and respond to opportunities for growth and make informed decisions. The main advantages of syncing enterprise applications include automation of workflows, improved data sharing, and management and increased IT infrastructure agility & flexibility.

Enterprise Application is gaining popularity among the businesses and organizations globally.  In an age where ‘information silos’ can greatly cause problems for a business, enterprise application integration (EAI) has become essential for survival. Naesys Enterprise Application Software simplifies the business process enforcing better functionality combining information and functionality of several applications into a single, easy-to-use interface.

E-office – A move to build Paperless Government

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Indian state and local government bodies have always been burdened with substantial amounts of paperwork. In this modern era of digitization, becoming paperless with high-tech solutions seems to be one of the top goals for Indian government departments including fire departments, public administration, police departments, accounting and human resources etc. E-office software is the ideal solution for these government departments that are looking to reduce the cost and time spent on processing paperwork, storage, printing, copying, faxing and searching for information. As a result of custom-designed E-office software, these government bodies can improve operational efficiency immensely and utilize employee man-hours much more optimally on more important and mission-critical tasks.

By centralizing the data storage, the information becomes more accessible. Data can be retrieved in real time from the centralized platform, ensuring that every department has access to the more current data. This implies it will be easier for employees across all departments to make decisions based on the current and accurate information. By deploying E-office software, communication bottlenecks can be removed, and departments can collaborate seamlessly. It will also increase transparency among government departments by replacing the old manual process with an electronic file system. Additionally, E-office software system requires little to no physical space and frees up the office space for a better office plan, or to accommodate more employees.

E-office is not just a solution for office automation but also an initiative towards improving citizen services. By converting the paper-based office into E-office, governments can become more efficient in processing applications, claims, license requests etc. Plus, with instant access to public records, responds to staff and citizen inquiries can be made quicker and more collaborative.
Beyond the fact that going paperless makes perfect sense from an efficiency-enhancing and cost-cutting perspective, it also provides a higher level of security. Only authorized users can get hold of the sensitive documents and retrieve them and also can make the documents more secured with passwords.

Along with the above-mentioned benefits, E-office software helps make the earth greener by saving the environment. The government needs to set an example in front of private business houses and individuals to do their bit for the environment. And, there is no better approach to send the message in a clear and effective way than to go paperless itself.

Digitizing government’s processes is not only immensely important; it’s also becoming a necessity due to technological advancements and expectations. With its E-office solution, Naesys can help government organizations digitize services and serve the citizens better.

Growing Digital Security Challenges in India

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While Digital advancements provide the organization with powerful tools and opportunities for reaching new customer bases, for carrying out the work more efficiently, and for considerably cutting costs, they have also introduced plenty of risks. With the growing adoption of internet and smart phones, the problem of digital security is getting more and more intense with each passing day. Cyber crimes such as virtual thefts, phishing, spamming, website intrusions, disruption of government infrastructure etc. are on the rise. A cyber attack puts everything at risk – an organization’s reputation, value, and ability to generate revenue. Given the increasing security challenges in digital space, using efficient and robust digital security services becomes extremely important to respond to cyber attacks and limit the cost of a data breach.

As reported by the “2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: India”, the average total cost of a data breach paid by Indian companies was 9.73 crore INR which represents a 9.5 percent increase, while the per capita cost grew by 8.7 percent. Furthermore, 41 percent of Indian companies experienced a data breach as a result of a malicious or criminal attack which is the most common root cause of a data breach. Cyber criminals and hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated and widening the scope of their attacks. Their main aim is not just monetary gains but also causing chaos and disruptions to the nation. It is critical for both individuals and corporate to be aware of digital security services and not fall a prey to the cyber attacks.

Programs like ‘Digital India’ cannot succeed in achieving their objectives unless digital security services are undertaken by all government departments. Digital security has become the top priority for government organizations as they are the gatekeepers of highly sensitive and confidential data. Government agencies are challenged to protect their data while allowing open access to government information. It is necessary to have a comprehensive cyber security law to tackle cyber security challenges more effectively. It would create a stronger cyber security culture among businesses and Indian government organizations. Aside from implementing a cyber security law and the general use of antivirus, strong passwords, secure wifi connection, firewalls, there are few other practices such as encryption, security audit, digital signature, and cyber forensics, which keep data and network safe from cyber attacks.

Indeed, digital security has become one of the major concerns for organizations and protection of information has become the top priority for business leaders. Corporations and government organizations are striving to safeguard their data and networks. Naesys provides advanced digital security services, which not only facilitate businesses to evaluate, build and manage their cyber security capabilities but also empower them to respond to emergencies and attacks.

Cyber Security Challenges In India

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imagesAs the government of India gears up to transform the country into a digitally empowered society, digital tools which enable the society to go cashless have become the key change makers. Even though the Indian government was late to move to computerization, there has been an increasing thrust on e-governance. The government is determined to accelerate cyber connectivity. There has been a boost in e-commerce, and many activities associated to e-governance are now being executed over the cyberspace. Additionally, the growth of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook etc. has set up the new means of communication that ignores national barriers.

As we become more dependent on the internet for our day to day activities, we also turn out to be more susceptible to an array of cyber security threats. What’s the use of being connected to everything when our identities, our data, and our transactions are not secure? Breaching, manipulating, interrupting and interfering with the technology or digital platforms have grown apace with the rise in the number of users. They serve as a wake-up call to the authorities concerned to have a robust and effective mechanism for cyber security in India. To mitigate the hazards of cyber attacks, the government would necessarily have to initiate cyber security measures.

Cyber threats can be disaggregated, based on the culprits and their intentions, into four baskets: cyber terrorism, cyber crime, cyber warfare, and cyber espionage. Cyber attackers use multiple vulnerabilities in cyberspace to perpetrate these acts. They deliberately attempt to access valuable information, usually with the goal of theft, damage, disruption or other lawful actions. Hacking is a common way of penetrating the defenses of protected computer systems and interfering with their functioning. Identity theft is also common. The scope and nature of cyber threats and vulnerabilities are building up with every passing day.

So far, cyber security in India has received little attention from our policy makers. It is essential that more attention at the highest level is paid to make sure that cyber-related vulnerabilities that can impact on critical sectors are recognized and eradicated. Efforts must be made by the government to impart cyber crime investigation training to the law enforcement agencies and to formulate effective policies on cyber security in India. The lack of comprehensive cyber security laws and policies will surely impede India’s national security and economic development.

At Naesys, our cyber security solutions ensure that your systems are protected against cyber attacks. The end-to-end solutions not only facilitate government organizations to build their cyber security capabilities, but also enable them to identify and respond to cyber attacks beforehand.

Role of Security and Surveillance Solutions in Securing Cities

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The rapid pace of urbanization has brought up new challenges for governments, and their populace all over the globe. Whereas urban space provides new opportunities for a greater quality of life, it also poses many security threats for their citizens. A rise in the occurrence of criminal activities and terrorism has prompted the government to come up with effective response mechanisms. To mitigate the ramifications of these situations, the government needs real-time monitoring across the country. This has led to an increased demand for security and surveillance solutions like video surveillance in sectors like airports, hospitality, public transport, government buildings, office buildings, educational centers etc. to tackle crime and terrorism and keep people safe in the country.

With the growing IT sector, different security and surveillance tools have been introduced such as video recording, intrusion detection, remote/central monitoring stations, access control, fire alarm and disaster management system. The main advantage which government gets from employing these security and surveillance solutions is to ensure public safety efficiently. It aids in bringing down the crime rates by acting as a deterrent. Criminals are less likely to commit crimes if they know there are cameras around them. City surveillance is also useful for post-incident investigation as it helps in providing video footage of the incidents. Thus, these solutions help make cities safer and secure by maintaining social control, recognizing and monitoring threats and preventing or investigating criminal activities.

Smart cities have become the newest buzzword today. The evolution of smart cities is increasingly driving the shift towards a safer city. More and more cities are making use of security and surveillance solutions as part of their smart cities initiatives since a smart city is where people feel secure and protected. Security and Surveillance is very essential in terms of traffic management and road accidents management, too. The solutions streamline traffic flow and proactively manage traffic conditions. Needless to say, employing security and surveillance solutions can help in ensuring public safety, protecting property, preventing crimes and hence in making of smart cities. At the end of the day, the security of the country continues to be a major concern for the government so that both the nation’s assets, as well as its people, remain safe and secure.

When it comes to security and surveillance, Naesys has proven expertise in providing smart solutions and systems to monitor, analyze and prevent the criminal activities. Whether it’s commercial facilities that require access control systems or a city that needs security surveillance to secure its citizens, Naesys customized security and surveillance solutions cover each of the customers’ unique needs.

The need of an ERP system

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In last few years, a significant growth across different industry verticals has been witnessed due to the advent of the global economy. The growth has led to the new competition for companies and quest for enhancing total market share. The companies, now, are in a need to re-look at its processes and procedures to make their business more efficient and effective. Companies are looking for ERP software companies which deliver customized enterprise software and other quality techniques to help them sustain in this competitive environment. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software facilitates automation of business processes which has shortened business cycles and provided business intelligence to decision makers.

Most of the companies are reaping significant benefits by opting for an ERP solution. The implementation of ERP system has helped various companies improve their business metrics by improving the entire supply change process, better inventory control, quick decision making, process optimization and increasing transparency across the company. The introduction of the ERP system in any company has helped in gaining the confidence of its customers, vendors, and stakeholders. Earlier, most of the companies were using in-house built non-customized applications which resulted in non-availability of critical information at the right time, to the right person, leading to the overall business loss. But, nowadays, there are so many customized ERP products provided by various ERP software companies.

The pace of every business, especially government organizations, is getting faster than ever before, which means everyone across the company need immediate access to key data. ERP software companies deliver customized solutions to integrate various business processes so that every business function relies on a single database. With the help of the software, purchase department can have access to the sales department data, sales department can have access to inventory data, and top management can have access to any data on a click of a single button which in turn helps them to make better decisions more quickly. Without an ERP solution in place, establishing this kind of cross-departmental coordination can be a tedious task. A wide variety of business processes such as production, marketing, sales, billing, inventory management and human resource management depend on the ERP system.

Finally, out of various ERP software companies, Naesys delivers an ERP solution that offers the functionality and flexibility to solve the business difficulties. Naesys custom-designed ERP solution facilitates specific industry requirements from government and public sector to education and health, to optimize and secure the mass data and information with confidence. To find out more about how government organizations and PSUs can benefit from the Naesys ERP solution,