Bangalore, August 5, 2014 : Microsoft brought together over 70 leaders of India-based IT organizations of multinational corporations (MNCs) at its first ever, MNC IT Summit here yesterday. The event was an endeavor to shape their collective vision for the industry and identify areas for collaboration.
The theme of the summit was “What will it take for the MNC IT Community to increase its impact ten-fold in five years?” The MNC IT leaders articulated their vision, approach and path forward for their community. They committed to work together in enhancing India’s IT brand to attract more MNCs to set up IT centers in India, and called for sharing of best practices to help expand existing centers and enable them move up the IT value chain by doing mission-critical work from India.
The Summit included keynotes, panel discussions and focused workgroup sessions by prominent speakers from academia, business, government and media including Adil Zainulbhai (Senior Advisor, McKinsey) Prof. Anil Gupta (IIM Ahmedabad), Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha (Founding Dean of ISB, Founder Managing Director 9dot9 Networks), Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar (Former Chairman, CSIR), Rajesh Dalal (Senior Consultant – Healthcare & Former MD – Johnson & Johnson), Prof. S. Sadagopan (Director, IIIT Bangalore) and Som Mittal (ex-Chairman, NASSCOM).
Said Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik:“The IT-GICs have been playing an important role in adoption of cutting edge technology by their organizations. At Microsoft we are committed to strengthen the ecosystem with future-ready productivity and platform tools for the mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
Added Microsoft IT India Managing Director, Raj Biyani: “By collaborating closely, the leaders of the MNC IT units can boost India’s IT ecosystem exponentially in the next five years.” He touched upon key insights from the three-year journey that fundamentally transformed Microsoft’s own IT-GIC into a talent hub. This transformation has been documented in recent case studies by Harvard Business School and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
A documentary “Inventing the Zero, Reaching for Infinity: The Story of India and its IT Industry”, directed by Emmy Award winner Rafeeq Ellias, was unveiled at the summit which puts the spotlight on the role of MNC IT ecosystem’s symbiotic relationship with India and features perspectives of its leaders from the IT industry.