India can become a hub for digital solutions

Feb 03 2014, 01:54 IST
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SummaryEven as the $108 billion Indian IT-ITeS industry has seen an upbeat momentum over the last three quarters of the current fiscal...

Even as the $108 billion Indian IT-ITeS industry has seen an upbeat momentum over the last three quarters of the current fiscal with growth coming back in its largest markets, the sector is still uncertain of the impact of the impending US immigration bill. The annual Nasscom India Leadership Forum, 2014, which will be held in Mumbai from February 12-14, will charter the new roadmap for the industry. Nasscom senior vice-president Sangeeta Gupta tells Anand J about the upcoming event, the outlook for the coming fiscal and the lobby completing 25 years.

What will be the focus of this year’s Leadership Forum?

The theme of this year’s conference is the building of digital enterprise. Earlier we were focussing very much on outsourcing and but now there is a new opportunity in the digital enablement and we believe that India can become a hub for digital solutions. Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT, in his opening key note will talk on how machines will take over a lot of work we do on a day to day basis. This is about the future of a digital world, automation and how do you bring digital illiterates and train them, going forward. We will also have discussions on how the enterprises and customers see this digital opportunity and what competencies are needed. We will also have discussions on 10 disruptive technologies that will impact India. It is also important for the industry to look at the India market and opportunity.

What role does the forum play in addressing the changing business dynamics?

Two things have happened since the 2008 economic crisis. One is that uncertainty and volatility has become a way of life. Secondly, it is no more about the change, but the pace of change. So how do we excel in this environment. We believe that one of the key imperative for the Indian industry is to target digital opportunity and for which we need leadership skills that are very different. We have got lot of people outside of the industry from India and other parts of the world to talk about how they see the transformation.

Of late Nasscom has been focussing on IT product and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Will the Leadership Forum also deliberate on this?

The digital opportunity can be collaboration between these players; the innovative product companies and IT service companies. There are multiple initiatives within Nasscom like the Product Conclave and the 10,000

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