Over 93% In­dian firms still in early stages of cloud ma­tu­rity: IDC

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NEW DELHI: Over 93 per cent of In­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions are still in the early stages of ma­tu­rity when it comes to Cloud adop­tion, the In­ter­na­tional Data Cor­po­ra­tion (IDC) said on Tues­day.

Com­pared to the Asia/pa­cific (ex­clud­ing Ja­pan) mar­kets where more than 14 per cent of or­gan­i­sa­tions are in the lat­ter stages of ma­tu­rity, only 10 per cent of the In­dian or­gan­i­sa­tions are in the ad­vanced stages.

“Most or­gan­i­sa­tions in In­dia have plans to spend max­i­mum of their new Cloud spend­ing on Soft­ware-as-a-ser­vice (Saas) ap­pli­ca­tions over the next year,” said Rishu Sharma, As­so­ci­ate Re­search Man­ager, Cloud and In­ter­net of Things (IOT), IDC In­dia. While im­prov­ing IT se­cu­rity and in­creas­ing busi­ness agility re­main among the top ex­pected ben­e­fits of Cloud by In­dian en­ter­prises, the chal­lenges re­lated to costs and com­plex­i­ties with in­fra­struc­ture can­not be ig­nored.

“Or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try are look­ing for providers with deep tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise, along with ex­pe­ri­ence across ver­ti­cals, that can help them trans­form their busi­nesses,” Sharma added.

While the In­dia firms un­der­stand the need for in­cor­po­rat­ing Cloud Tech­nolo­gies in their dig­i­tal Jour­ney, “they will have to move from ex­per­i­men­ta­tion to ac­tive adop­tion, en­sure scale and swift­ness for bet­ter lever­age”. “The ‘Cloud Jour­ney’ is a manda­tory one for all or­gan­i­sa­tions and there is a need to take in­tel­li­gent de­ci­sions to be able to progress rapidly in the ma­tu­rity curve,” noted Ran­ganath Sada­siva, Di­rec­tor, En­ter­prise In­fra­struc­ture, IDC In­dia.


The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) an­nounced that it would work with What­sapp to ed­u­cate and train small and medium en­ter­prises (SMES) on how What­sapp Busi­ness app can help them grow their busi­nesses.

Facebook-owned What­sapp and the CII will work to en­hance busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tion for In­dian SMES through CII’S SME tech­nol­ogy Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre.

The cen­tre was set up in 2016 with the ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing aware­ness amongst SMES on tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions that can be adopted to en­hance their over­all com­pet­i­tive­ness.

“The cen­tre pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to its tech­nol­ogy part­ners to ex­pand their mar­ket and reach out to SMES spread through out the coun­try with their prod­uct and ser­vices,” said Neerja Bhat­tia, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, CII.

There will be on-ground train­ings for SMES on the fea­tures and best prac­tices for What­sapp Busi­ness app. The busi­ness own­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend train­ing we­bi­nars that will help them grow and ex­pand.

Launched in Jan­uary, the What­sapp Busi­ness app helps SMES en­hance their reach with spe­cific tools to make com­mu­ni­cat­ing with cus­tomers more ef­fi­cient.

More than three mil­lion peo­ple are al­ready us­ing the What­sapp Busi­ness app world­wide.

“Small busi­nesses need to meet their cus­tomers where they are, and in In­dia, that’s on What­sapp. With the What­sapp Busi­ness app, small busi­nesses can eas­ily and ef­fi­ciently con­nect with their cus­tomers,” said Ben Sup­ple, Pub­lic Pol­icy Man­ager, What­sapp.

What­sapp and CII will also de­velop in­for­ma­tive con­tent to be dis­trib­uted among en­trepreneurs both in phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal for­mats.

Re­liance In­dus­tries (RIL) Chair­man Mukesh Am­bani on Tues­day said it is a ma­jor task to en­sure that new tech­nolo­gies cre­ate more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties com­pared to the amount of job losses they cause.

Speak­ing at Mo­bi­com 2018 here, he also said that he is op­ti­mistic about tech­no­log­i­cal dis­rup­tion cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties de­spite all the ap­pre­hen­sion. A ma­jor task is “to en­sure that new and dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies cre­ate more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties than they take away,” Am­bani said.

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