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What will Microsoft India Cloud do for India and Indians

by Vivek on January 20, 2015

By LS Subramanian

India is poised for a digital revolution. With a government pushing digital services, and a huge focus on empowering every citizen with an identity card, a bank account, insurance, and a digital interface, the future is bright for IT in India.

With the announcement of opening local data centers in India by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft is well placed to explore the huge opportunities that will be unfolded in the days to come.

The Microsoft India Cloud proposes to begin with three data centers and will provide the world’s best cloud computing that India needs so desperately to handle the large volume of digital transactions, need to cut down costs and handle the data that will be generated by digitally enabling a billion Indian citizens. Additionally, Microsoft will be able to offer their cloud services in a number of Indian languages, thus eliminating the need for English literacy for the Indian citizen.

The Microsoft Cloud technology is a proven, secure, reliable and a stable cloud platform which offers SAAS, PAAS and IAAS and excellent security controls. By delivering cloud computing to serve a billion plus Indians, Microsoft has the opportunity to transform the country by digitally enabling business, government and citizens.

Let’s look at some key sectors and the possible impact:

Banking

Firms in the banking industry will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Microsoft India Cloud. Banks can migrate their data centers and their business applications like core banking systems, customer relationship, collaboration tools, office automation and many more to the cloud allowing them to focus on their core business of banking and release prime real estate which today hosts their data centers. Transaction costs for digital banking will be a pittance compared to brick and mortar banking and it will make banks customer focused, agile, secure and cost effective.

Insurance

Insurance businesses have large volumes of data and is expected to grow exponentially as the larger uninsured population of India get covered for life and health. India has one of the largest population of people who need to be insured with a population demographic favoring the youth.

Financial Services

Companies that offer Micro Finance, Wealth Advisory, Broking, Leasing and other financial services will have an agile and reliable platform to effectively take their business national and reach to customers on a pan-India basis.

Exchanges

Exchanges which spend large amounts on keep their lights own in their data centers can breathe easy once they migrate to the Microsoft Cloud. The scalability, large bandwidth support, bursty traffic and large volumes of data can be handled in real time by the Microsoft Cloud. The equity and commodity markets will be able to handle large volumes and support more market players efficiently and at lower costs.

Rating Agencies

Personal rating data of a billion citizens is a daunting task. However, with a cloud backbone it will be a breeze. It is clear that as more citizens get banked and become economically active they will get a rating. Rating agencies can use the Microsoft Cloud to service the billion Indians who will need a credit score as they become prosperous and move into a digital economy from a cash economy.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing will use cutting edge technology for design, resource management, logistics, distribution, customer relationship, collaboration. Cloud-driven manufacturing and tracking by use of IOT (Internet of Things) will become a reality in the shop floor. Companies in the manufacturing sector can take forward the production, planning and controls systems to state-of-the-art automated tools riding on the cloud platform of Microsoft. Companies in the manufacturing sector can also benefit from the numerous SaaS offerings that Microsoft and its partners will bring to the India Cloud ecosystem.

SME

The SME sector has been a laggard in technology adoption but soon even a SME in a hamlet in India can use the latest technology solutions to improve their efficiency, supply chain management, collaboration. SAP partnering to offer their services with Microsoft in India on the cloud will be a great boon for SMEs to adopt global practices at affordable costs.

Education

Today, it is a challenge to find enough computing power in many Indian institutions. The Microsoft Cloud will open enough computing power for researchers, academics and students to enable them to produce better outcomes in science, medicine, bio-technology, engineering, mathematics, economics and many more subjects. The cloud will be the digital library for the education institutions and will provide affordable computing solutions for academic administration.

Government

Government e-Governance projects that still need deployment can be accelerated by using SaaS solutions that can be developed on the Microsoft platform. Governance processes can be streamlined by migrating to digital process thus making governance effective and efficient. Government at both Centre and States can easily provide citizen portals and e-governance interfaces for citizens for their interactions and dealing with Government. Government can use the citizen data to provide better services to Indians and also to monitor their various development initiatives.

Rural India

India lives in its villages, said M K Gandhi. The Microsoft Cloud will provide world class computing to Indian villagers and will transform the rural population into a digitally enabled nation which can use the Microsoft Cloud for farming, fishing, husbandry, horticulture, agriculture, weather and more. The Microsoft Cloud will give an opportunity for rural India to access the best teachers for educating their children and also to access information that they may need.

Hospitals

The interface between medicine and the cloud is real, whether it is for hospital management systems, tele-medicine, remote diagnostics or wearable devices – the list is endless. India will benefit by being able to provide treatment for its billion citizens, control epidemics, plus collate data on its citizen’s well-being. This can transform into a Big Data project with immense benefits to cut down on health management costs on its citizens. The immediate uses could be in research to manage Diabetes, Heart Disease, AIDS, Leprosy and Cancer.

Entrepreneurship

The Microsoft India Cloud will provide computing needed by a million and more young Indian entrepreneurs’ who will benefit by using the world best cloud solutions from Microsoft to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Skill Development & Employment

The Microsoft Cloud will give a backbone to develop skills for the Indian youngsters in a number of vocations. The skilled workforce can be employed thus giving them a chance to contribute to the economic growth of India. Every Indian citizen will benefit by the Microsoft India Cloud. Similar to the way the cable TV transformed India; the next transformation will be into Digital India driven by the India cloud, as rival competitors could also launch similar offerings in India.

In a few years from today citizens of India will wonder how they lived without their Digital devices. A Digital Nation will finally become a reality with an India cloud and this will transform India and will herald economic prosperity and better quality of life for every Indian citizen.

(The writer is Founder President of NISE)

Copyright © 2014 UBM India, All rights reserved. Sourced from Information Week, October 10, 2014.

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