ARE SPS READY TO CAP­I­TAL­IZE ON DIG­I­TAL IN­DIA?

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The am­bi­tious Dig­i­tal In­dia (DI) ini­tia­tive, one of the flag­ship projects pro­posed by the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment...

The am­bi­tious Dig­i­tal In­dia (DI) ini­tia­tive, one of the flag­ship projects pro­posed by the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment, is a cru­cial step to­wards mak­ing In­dia dig­i­tally vi­brant. The DI project which as­pires to trans­form In­dia into a con­nected knowl­edge econ­omy, aims to bring cul­ture of dig­i­ti­za­tion in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and fa­cil­i­tate trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and ef­fi­ciency. Since an­nounce­ment, sev­eral big IT gi­ants have ex­pressed their keen­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the mega project. DI is not only an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for ven­dors but for sys­tem in­te­gra­tors and so­lu­tion providers who has got very cru­cial role to play and cap­i­tal­ize on it.

DI TO BRING DIG­I­TAL REVO­LU­TION

The Dig­i­tal In­dia (DI) ini­tia­tive is an am­bi­tious project of Gov­ern­ment of In­dia which fo­cuses on in­te­gra­tion of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and peo­ple through ad­vanced dig­i­tal means. The project aims to cre­ate dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture, de­liv­ery of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment ser­vices dig­i­tally and bring dig­i­tal lit­er­acy. It in­cludes a plan to connect ru­ral ar­eas with high-speed in­ter­net net­works and dig­i­tize gov­ern­ment ser­vices. This project is one among the top pri­or­ity projects of the Modi gov­ern­ment which is slated for com­ple­tion by 2019. The net worth of the project is pegged at around

100,000 crores.

PROSPECTS FOR SPS AND SIS

The DI pro­gram has al­ready gen­er­ated huge in­ter­est na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and pri­mar­ily Tele­com, IT In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices and Cloud In­fra­struc­ture providers are go­ing to drive the en­tire project in a big way. SPs and SIs work­ing in th­ese do­mains have got enor- mous busi­ness prospects to take a lead and drive the part of ac­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese so­lu­tions.

V. Ran­ganath, VP - Sys­tem In­te­gra­tion & So­lu­tions Di­vi­sion of Sheel­tron Dig­i­tal Sys­tems said, “There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Dig­i­tal In­dia project like Ba­sic IT In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices, Cloud In­fra­struc­ture, Open­Source Soft­ware, Mo­bile Apps, etc. depend­ing on the Busi­ness of the In­dian Com­pa­nies.”

DI project pro­vides con­tin­ual op­por­tu­ni­ties for SPs and SIs en­gaged in the gov­ern­ment ver­ti­cal. There is a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties to deploy the so­lu­tions in lo­cal bod­ies. As all the gov­ern­ment de­part­ments will be avail­able to cit­i­zens elec­tron­i­cally, ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion needs to be con­nected to this net­work.

Ravi Bhav­nani, of Taurus IT said that DI would help the SIs and SPs in pro­vid­ing In­fra­struc­ture to en­able SME’s to join the In­ter­net bandwagon.

“With the ad­vent of Bharat Broad­band Net­work and Na­tional Op­ti­cal Fi­bre Net­work, there are end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for Sys­tem In­te­gra­tors and so­lu­tion providers. We fore­see an in­ter­con­nected net­work once ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion gets ac­cess to high speed fi­bre con­nec­tiv­ity. All th­ese net­works re­quire IT Sup­port to setup and main­tain where SPs and SIs have a great role to play”, he said.

CHAL­LENGES FOR SPS

Un­like any other gov­ern­ment project, DI is also not free from chal­lenges and hur­dles. The suc­cess of the DI project largely de­pends on the dig­i­tal ac­cep­tance of all Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. Con­sid­er­ing the rigid­ity and com­plex­ity in the work­ing style of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, the task for SPs and SIs be­gins from con­vinc­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to switch to dig­i­tal plat­form.

Chetan Shah, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Xpress Com­put­ers said, “It is a big chal­lenge to con­vince the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties at var­i­ous lev­els. The speed that the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials re­sponds is some­time takes a toll of pa­tience. The rules and qual­i­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria to qual­ify for any gov­ern­ment ten­der are very rigid and time con­sum­ing. For the suc­cess of DI or any project, gov­ern­ment needs to bring sim­plic­ity in rules and pro­ce­dures.”

There are many So­lu­tion providers who have their own brand of Servers, Stor­age or Cloud So­lu­tions. SPs opined that while pro­mot­ing lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing, gov­ern­ment needs to en­cour­age lo­cal brand own­ers who are qual­i­fied to of­fer hi-tech so­lu­tions.

“The gov­ern­ment prefers big IT com­pa­nies like HP, Dell, IBM, Cray, SGI, Cisco for such projects. In­dian SIs like us do not even qual­ify for many of the Gov­ern­ment ten­ders to­day”, V.Ran­ganath pointed out.

“Gov­ern­ment needs to iden­tify and en­cour­age all lo­cal com­pa­nies in the area so that Make in In­dia and Dig­i­tal In­dia be­come a re­al­ity”, he said.

V.Ran­ganath said that the gov­ern­ment needed to iden­tify and an­nounce of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­men­ta­tion at dif­fer­ent lev­els to make the pro­ce­dural task has­sle free for SPs.

THE PATH AHEAD

Though there are chal­lenges, the Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive is worth ex­plor­ing project for SPs and SIs and can largely im­pact their tra­di­tional ap­proaches of deal­ing with the gov­ern­ment. With the gov­ern­ment tak­ing cru­cial steps to speed up the project changes are hap­pen­ing in the ap­proaches but it is needed to be ex­pe­dited on an im­me­di­ate ba­sis. With proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies, SPs and SIs can start look­ing at the off shoot busi­ness be­ing gen­er­ated out of Dig­i­tal In­dia project.

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“We fore­see an in­ter­con­nected net­work once ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion gets ac­cess to high speed fi­bre con­nec­tiv­ity. All th­ese net­works re­quire IT Sup­port to setup and main­tain where SPs and SIs have a great role to play” RAVI BHAV­NANI,

MD, Taurus IT

“It is a big chal­lenge to con­vince the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties at var­i­ous lev­els. The speed that the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials re­sponds is some­time takes a toll of pa­tience” CHETAN SHAH, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor,

Xpress Com­put­ers

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