- Before tomorrow dawns: Key findings from the State of Information Security Survey-India
Indian businesses are confident about their security posture, but are ill-prepared for the future. While traditional concepts of security help establish rudimentary foundations, everchanging threats necessitate that businesses look beyond.
- Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India
India is a country of myriad contradictions. On the one hand, it has grown to be one of the largest economies in the world, and an increasingly important player in the emerging global order, on the other hand, it is still home to the largest number of people living in absolute poverty (even if the proportion of poor people has decreased) and the largest number of undernourished children.
- Smart governance and technology
The government technology practice in PwC India constantly strives to create a unique value proposition for the government sector by combining our technology implementation capabilities with our understanding of how governments operate.
- M2M technologies
M2M (machine to machine) leverages innovations in micro computing and wireless technology that allow embedded devices to collect and distribute real-time data and has the potential to connect millions of machines today, and even more in the near future.
- India Pharma Inc.: Changing landscape of the Indian pharma industry
The Indian pharma market is currently valued at 72069 crore INR. The market has experienced a slowdown this year with its growth going down to 9.8% from 16.6% in 2012. This slowdown can be attributed to the new drug pricing policy and the regulatory interventions over the last year.
- Enterprise mobility: Putting people first
We are perhaps living in the best times in terms of connectivity when out of the total seven billion, six billion people are connected to each other through mobile phones. However, the full potential of this power is yet to be explored.
- Raising the bar: A benchmarking study of organisational structures in manufacturing companies
It is often said that the success of an organisation achieving its goals largely depends on whether its internal structure is geared towards its strategy. Processes, technology, people and culture are sine qua non for predicting the success of the company.
- Looking ahead: Securing energy through clean technologies
India’s strong economic growth in the last decade has placed enormous demand on its energy resources. In spite of having the fifth largest electricity generation capacity in the world, the country faces a huge demand-supply mismatch.
- Enabling access to long-term finance for healthcare in India
India has achieved considerable progress in the provision of healthcare since independence. Recent reforms and innovations under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have resulted in many states reporting significant improvements in key health indicators.
- Breaking Dawn on the Horizon: Destination India 2013
India has seen moderation in its growth rate from its previous peaks, but it still compares favourably with many other economies.
- People oriented architecture
Digitisation has made it imperative for businesses to introduce new models that provide flexibility, scalability and increased job satisfaction. It also impacts operations and strategy in building business relationships.
- Digital engagement for inclusive governance
This report explores the opportunity of effective service delivery through new digital media. New media not only aims to meet the demand of the new generation, but also recommends to the government the means of bringing about greater agility in service delivery and saving cost.
- Automobiles: The economic outlook and employment situation
Through the first half of 2013, globally, the automotive industry has provided mixed signals, with significant investments announced in some markets being countered by ongoing cuts in others.
- Home improvement: The building and home products industry
Urbanisation has been a growing phenomenon that now extends beyond the metros. The emergence of ‘Census Towns’ and the noticeable ‘rurban’ sprawl indicating the shift to the tertiary sector as employment patterns shift, is indicative of changing lifestyles and consumption patterns.
- Domestic transfer pricing: Navigating new challenges
DTP provisions have created unique challenges for taxpayers, given onerous documentation requirements and challenges in applying the provisions to tax holiday undertakings. Further, benchmarking of payments to directors goes beyond the ‘arm’s length principle’ (ALP).
- Forging ties: Securing energy supply for a stronger economy
Energy security forms the basis of formulating energy policy in every country. For a developing nation like India, energy security, assumes critical importance, since the projected requirements have to be met in an environment where domestic energy supplies are limited and the energy needs are to be met through imports, amidst the persisting international uncertainties.
- Countdown to Companies Act, 2013: Impact on transactions and corporate restructuring
The new legislation promises to bring easy and efficient way of doing business in India, better governance, improves levels of transparency, enhance accountability, inculcating self compliance and making corporates socially responsible.
- Imperatives for growth: The wellness industry
The wellness market in India continued to tread its projected growth trajectory, to reach a market size of 700 billion INR in 2012. This represents a growth of more than 18% over the previous year. Products continue to comprise a majority share of 55 to 60% of the total market share.
- India Manufacturing Barometer: Taking the pulse
The Indian manufacturing sector is facing challenging times and is in dire need of the government's active support and intervention. The sector should aim to contribute about 25% of the country's GDP so as to create new jobs, which will ensure inclusive economic growth.
- Leading industry practices in security and privacy
Organisations today need to be increasingly secure as the environment in which they operate is more and more complex and dynamic with attackers using innovative techniques such as emerging mobile and cloud platforms.
- Cloud: The sky's the limit
Cloud has the potential to transform IT departments through infrastructure consolidation and optimisation, reduced costs and increased scalability.
- Indian Private Equity: Expectations for the second half of 2013
The first half of the year brings back some momentum. A few large deals in the second calendar quarter of 2013 brought some cheer to the private equity markets, after an extremely disappointing first quarter.
- Dissecting India’s Equity Risk Premium: How much to expect on your equity investments
Brealey Myers in ‘Principles of Corporate Finance’ defines equity risk premium (ERP) as ‘the difference between the returns expected on the market and the interest rate on treasury bills’. The ERP may be viewed as ‘risk compensation’ for investing in equity markets as against assets that are relatively risk-free.
- Coal mining: Is private participation the answer?
Coal, with a proven reserve of 860 billion tonnes is the most mined mineral in the world. Also, the demand curve for this sector is continuously rising. Major factors leading to a rise in the demand include the growing power sector in countries such as India and China and rising steel production.
- The holy grail of indigenisation: Achieving self-reliance in defence equipment
Aerospace and Defence are two of the core sectors that are crucial to strengthening the defence of any nation. Fast paced technological changes are taking place in these fields. However, the endeavour of both the public and the private sectors must be to modernise the defence systems through maximum possible indigenisation.
- Indian mutual fund industry: Unearthing the growth potential in untapped markets
Given the current scenario of market volatility and uncertainty, these are challenging times for the mutual fund industry, where the investor perceives investments in the capital market to be risky and unsafe, and hesitates to channelise his savings into mutual fund products.
- Connected Life: The next five years in Asia
With the growing affordability of mobile devices and the widespread roll-out of 3G and 4G technologies, it is only natural that a Connected Life enabled by machine-to-machine technologies (M2M) is the next big frontier of growth and innovation.
- Managing in uncertain times: HR at a crossroads
While the overarching HR agenda remains unchanged, finer nuances of the job appear to be changing. For example, the war for quality talent has intensified but the focus on hiring at any cost is diminishing.
- Multi-channel strategy: Working with the Contact Centre
It is of paramount importance to deliver superior services with differentiated experience, while aligning with the ever-changing customer preferences and needs. Thus, a multichannel strategy comes into play in this information-rich age.
- Socio-economic impact of mHealth: An assessment report for Brazil and Mexico
mHealth could enable an additional 28.4 million people access to the healthcare system in Brazil, and an additional 15.5 million to the same in Mexico, without having to add a doctor.
- Socio-economic impact of mHealth: An assessment report for the European Union
mHealth could save 99 billion EUR in healthcare costs in the European Union (EU) and add 93 billion EUR to the EU GDP in 2017 if its adoption is encouraged.
- PwC’s 5th annual digital IQ survey
When the going gets tough, the digital get going. Digital IQ is a measure of how well companies understand the value of technology and weave it into the fabric of their organisation.
- Corporate attitudes and practices towards arbitration in India
Commercial arbitration in India is witnessing a steady transition and resolution of domestic and cross border disputes is becoming more sophisticated. The survey shows that parties are increasingly choosing to resolve disputes away from the courts through arbitration.
- Invading privacy: Cyber crimes on the rise
With increasing dependency on technology — be it cell phones, tablets or laptops, a new breed of tech-savvy fraudsters is coming out with new and more innovative ways of carrying out cyber attacks, thus posing a new set of challenges.
- Financing for MSMEs: The eastside story
MSMEs suffer the high cost of credit which does not reach them on time. There is inadequate capital infusion compounded by insufficient data on credit requirement.
- The Indian FMCG sector: The innovation imperative
As Indian consumers become more global in their aspirations and desires, as they travel abroad and are exposed to global products, their appetite to consume products in their home market will only increase.
- An agenda for the Indian chemical industry to achieve leadership on sustainability
Though society places immense value on the utility of chemical products in day-to-day life, it has also become sensitive to the disturbing knowledge that chemical products can cost more than just the monetary price.
- Connected Life: The impact of the Connected Life over the next five years
Mobile technology is redefining our lives and making it increasingly connected. From health and education to transportation and smarter cities, the proliferation of mobile communication and a connected life is now well established and here to stay.
- Shale oil: the next energy revolution
Shale oil (light tight oil) is rapidly emerging as a significant and relatively low cost new unconventional resource in the US. There is potential for shale oil production to spread globally over the next couple of decades.
- Indian aviation: Spreading its wings
The size of the defence market in India, the government’s defence budget, the 30% offset clause, the Defence Production Policy espousing indigenisation and self-reliance seem promising for the private defence industry.
- DNA model for inclusive financial services: Executive summary
In order to achieve 100% financial inclusion all constituents, viz. the government, banks and businesses, need to play their respective parts.
- Leveraging IT: Transforming the T&L sector
PwC believes that IT has a big role to play in improving the efficiency of the supply chain and also meeting the ever-rising expectations of the user community.
- The Indian consumer sector: What’s the deal?
In this paper we focus on the areas corporates in the consumer sector need to consider when preparing for a domestic or overseas acquisition. We also highlight the areas that shareholders and management teams must look at when preparing for an equity divestment or raising funds.
- World Watch: Issue 1
News and opinion on governance, reporting and assurance issues affecting business today.
- India's North East: Diversifying growth opportunities
The north east region needs a comprehensive strategy for overall development. This paper presents a critical appraisal of the key economic indicators along with a detailed sketch of the opportunities in this region.
- Through the looking glass: Emerging trends
Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) trends indicate that businesss are becoming more digitised.
- Reflections: Indian private equity in 2012
Last year, without a doubt, was challenging for the private equity (PE) business in India. However, despite the challenges of 2012, the new year promises to be more positive.
- Building a social enterprise
Leading companies know that participation in social media is no longer an option, but a requirement. To ensure success, entry in social media must be a strategic decision. It requires adequate planning, resources and support.
- Tax Glimpses - 2012
A brief analysis of the pertinent judgements and noteworthy regulatory developments in corporate tax, mergers and acquisitions and indirect tax which took place in 2012.
- PwC view: Five trends to watch in telecom during 2013
Before we move to 2013, it’s worth revisiting our predictions for 2012. We find that we scored a tad higher than 3/5. Here’s what we predicted and what actually happened...