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Powering A Sustainable Future

Mahindra Susten, incorporated in 2010, has over the past decade successfully established itself as one of the leading solar PV EPC companies with projects executed on every major continent from Africa to Australia. Starting with a 5MW project in Jodhpur and a 2MW project in Lucknow back in 2011, to the successful commissioning of a 405 MW project in Saudi Arabia more recently, the company has come a very long way.

Along the way, it has grown to employ 900+ employees, 14.2% of whom are women. The company is proud to be recognised among the Top 25 ‘India’s Best Workplaces in Manufacturing’ and among the Top 100 ‘Companies for Women in India’ by the globally respected ‘Great Place To Work’ Institute.

Mahindra Susten has also received recognition from its peers and the industry on various fronts – from technology to innovation, from project development to services, from safety to diversity. As the company celebrates its 10th anniversary it is more determined than ever to push forward on its journey to create a more sustainable future for everyone.

Mr Basant Jain, MD & CEO, Mahindra Susten shared his thoughts with Echo on the future of Mahindra Susten and his vision for next decade

I see Susten as a company which has the potential to become a global player in Renewable Energy. This business can grow to an extent that we can't even imagine, because of its sheer potential. What is really required is to stay relevant and contemporary, to keep adopting new technologies, and to stay ahead of the curve. Over the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on technology and innovation, whether it is a hybrid project or a project on any kind of strata or any kind of terrain – we call it Terraform.

I see a massive role for a system integrator going forward. This capability seems simple, on the face of it, but it's not. It involves a good deal of engineering, and with hybrid storage coming in, the complexities will only increase. I see Mahindra Susten being poised to take advantage of this trend. If India, continues to install say, ~15 Gigawatts per annum, which seems to be the case, there's no reason why Susten should not manage to do about 3 GW out of this total number, or offer world class system integration capabilities to developers, which will enable them to operate top class, high-performing power plants.

Similarly, having built the best quality plants, they need to be maintained to get true economic value out of them over the long term. And this is where our sister company, Mahindra TEQO, comes into the picture. TEQO offers high quality Operations & Maintenance, asset management and analytics services, and currently manages over 4.5 GW of solar assets.


Mahindra launches ‘Safer Drives Safer Lives’ campaign

India has among the highest road fatality rates in the world with one life lost to road accidents every 4 minutes, according to a 2018 report published by the Government of India.

This alarming situation serves as the backdrop for Mahindra’s new ‘Safer Drives Safer Lives’ campaign which includes a multi-city drive to champion the cause of road safety. Launched in partnership with the SaveLIFE Foundation, the campaign aims to promote road safety through a host of actions ranging from building awareness of safe driving practices to the right use of the safety capabilities of a vehicle.

“The status of road safety in India is alarming, hence we have decided to take on the mantle and bring road safety into the fore through this Safer Drives Safer Lives campaign,” said Veejay Nakra, CEO, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

As part of the campaign, over 30 automotive journalists participated in the ‘Safer Drives Safer Lives’ drive, in the Mahindra XUV300 Compact SUV across Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai on September 15 to raise awareness about ‘On-road Safety’. The drive was followed by a string of safety activities that ranged from sharing important facts about India’s road safety situation, to engaging driving activities.

The XUV300, certified as India’s safest vehicle by the Global NCAP, has the best scores for Adult & Child safety and goes beyond the regulatory norms on pedestrian safety. And this is true for all its variants. Given the current times, Mahindra has organized the Safety Drive with utmost care, hygiene & safety norms, as well as enforced maximum possible social distancing throughout.

SaveLIFE Foundation, an independent, non-profit non-governmental organization committed to saving lives on roads, is collaborating with Mahindra & Mahindra in the campaign. Commenting about the Mahindra Group’s role, Piyush Tewari, Founder, SaveLIFE Foundation said, "M&M has long been a champion of road safety, having contributed to drastically reducing fatalities on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway through a cross-sectoral partnership model, training thousands of drivers, and by building India’s safest vehicle."


Ensuring Travel With Confidence

It’s been months since you went anywhere. The lockdown has had you stuck at home, busy with work, but with nowhere to go. Well, there’s good news. Club Mahindra has recently rolled out its ‘Travel with Confidence’ initiative which will ensure its members and guests can take a well-deserved, hassle-free holiday to relax and rejuvenate themselves.

As it recommences operations in 32 resorts across India, just over half of its total resort network, Club Mahindra is gearing up to welcome back its over 258,000 members. The new initiative was developed to ensure the health and safety of members and guests, by offering Covid testing and insurance, travel insurance, self-driven cars and car sanitation services as a complete travel solution.

“We have put in place very strict sanitation and hygiene protocols to enable contactless service and social distancing at our resorts as part of our Club Mahindra 'SafeStay' programme,” said Kavinder Singh, MD & CEO, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts. ‘SafeStay’ is part of the new Travel With Confidence initiative.

The re-opened resorts are located at scenic holiday destinations such as Coorg, Cherai, Thekkady, Udaipur, Dwarka, Munnar, Corbett, Mussoorie, Dharmshala, and Manali, among others. Resorts in Thailand and Dubai have also recommenced operations, though Mr. Singh believes that travelers would prefer domestic destinations for the time being. Every resort that has reopened is well outside designated containment zones and strictly follows government health and safety guidelines.

Club Mahindra has also redesigned the entire guest experience to make it contact-free, starting with the check-in itself. Resort staff have undergone extensive training to ensure social distancing, sanitation frequency and safe service interactions. Bureau Veritas, the global leader in testing and inspection, will regularly and frequently test and certify the resorts’ hygiene and sanitation protocols. The assessment includes personal and facility hygiene as the core parameters. At the same time, Club Mahindra is partnering leading experts in healthcare and technology to implement enhanced safety procedures.

The ‘Travel with Confidence’ initiative is one more way in which Club Mahindra’s is rising to meet the ‘new normal’, providing the highest standards of safety and hygiene without compromising on the warmth of its signature ‘Club Mahindra Experience’.


Streamlining Cloud Operations to Improve Efficiency

Tech Mahindra has just launched iCOPS, an intelligent cloud operations and subscription management platform for global enterprises. The end-to-end platform reinforces the company’s abilities to deliver a unified management experience across hybrid and multi-cloud operations with a focus on enhancing compliance and security for enterprises.

Tech Mahindra’s TechMNxt charter has continually focused on leveraging next-generation technologies like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G, and the internet of things to disrupt and enable digital transformation, and to build cutting-edge technology solutions and services for global enterprises. “Tech Mahindra invested in developing the iCOPS platform as part of our CloudNxT methodology,” said Vivek Gupta, Vice President and Head, Global Cloud Services, Tech Mahindra.

iCOPS will help companies get the benefits of simplified cloud operations, reduced cloud spends and comprehensive visibility across operations. It simplifies and streamlines cloud operations and improves efficiency by leveraging AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) and analytics with data security and cost optimisation across all cloud environments.

The iCOPS platform comprises pre-figured core and integrated software for public cloud operations to ensure a unified view across all enterprise IT operations – Cloud, infrastructure or network. When amalgamated with TACTiX, Tech Mahindra’s infrastructure operations platform, mPAC 3.0 – the company’s hybrid and multi-Cloud platform, and NetOPs.ai, iCOPS will support enterprises to build a single view across all enterprise IT operations.

The focus areas of this platform include:

  • TechOps - for automated day-to-day tasks and deployment for zero downtime – for proactive problem resolution
  • SecOps - for on zero vulnerability with operations security for hardening, backup, monitoring, operations and Cloud platform governance
  • DevOps - for on zero manual interventions with integration with DevOps
  • FinOps - for on continuous cost management and metrics driven cost optimisation

“By combining AIOps, Analytics and DevOps, iCOPS will help enterprises move towards a ‘zero-touch cloud operations’ model while ensuring complete security and transparency in operations,” said Mr Gupta. This will help Tech Mahindra be the partner of choice for streamlining multi-Cloud operations, he added.

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