ValueNotesConnect – July 2011

ValueNotes Connect

Hope you are well. We’ve had a busy four weeks since the last ValueNotes update went out. Again, there was much activity in our competitive intelligence practice. We hosted a webinar in which Arun Jethmalani and Varsha Chitale discussed ways to distinguish reliable information from inaccurate data in India. We also held a seminar in Bangalore for senior marketing and CI professionals where the theme was competitive intelligence and strategy planning.

Do read on to learn about some of our recent custom projects, and what our analysts have to say about FDI in India, baby boomers in the US, contract outsourcing, and India’s power sector.
Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to your feedback.

Warm regards.

End of Press Note 1 (and 18): Boost to foreign direct investment (FDI) in India
– by Arun Jethmalani
India has a reputation for its complex policies, despite a professed liberal attitude. The best example of this has been the protectionist clauses espoused by Press Note 18 (of 1998) and Press Note 1 (2005). These are not laws passed in Parliament, but merely guidelines. However, they effectively restricted foreign investors from starting new ventures in India if they already had an Indian partner.
The baby boomer wave – Redefining retirement
– by Tina Nagrani
Baby boomers represent the largest population in the US. They’ve had an impact on almost every kind of product and service, and are likely to have a impact on retirement as well. By 2012, approximately 78mn baby boomers will hit the retirement age – more than 10,000 a day will turn 65 – a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years. However, retirement for baby boomers may not be a simple process.
Contract outsourcing – steady growth but challenges ahead
– by Deepali Sathe
Post recession, corporates who were forced to adopt leaner models to survive the difficult times, chose to stay that way. As a result, legal departments are being forced to optimize their resources too, despite an increased focus on regulatory compliance. This has led companies to consider outsourcing their legal work.
Ultra Mega Power Projects lose steam: invest cautiously in power companies
– by Jaslene Bawa
The much celebrated Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) initiative of the Indian government has lost steam. This has led to a deceleration in the development of new projects, after the first four were awarded. Unless the procedural norms and fuel availability issues are settled, investors in the Indian power sector will face setbacks.
Commissioned research
Some client problems we have solved:
Market sizing of the positive displacement blowers market in India
Co-authored a sectoral report on the banking industry that examined trends in outsourcing
Competitive intelligence for a software solutions provider
Sector reports – including Porter’s 5 forces analysis – on the Australian mining, airlines, infrastructure and automobiles industries
Designed a rating model to assess and benchmark training content
Report on the rising popularity of social media among global financial services companies
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White paper: How can Australian firms unlock the big fat Indian market?
Webinar (recording): Market intelligence – how to recognise reliable information
Case study: ValueNotes helps an international asset manager save $50mn
ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development): Cloud bursts
Wall Street Journal: India Inc. dividend payouts rise 12% in FY11 despite global slowdown
Financial Express: US healthcare reform offers opportunities for Indian companies
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