Technology should drive more inclusive economic growth: Satya Nadella

by | Feb 25, 2020

Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Mumbai, India. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off his visit to India by addressing a gathering of over 150 of the country’s eminent industry leaders at Microsoft Future Decoded: CEO Summit in Mumbai.

“When you look out to the next ten years, we need broader productivity and broader cross-sectoral impact of digital technology. In other words, the next ten years are going to be defined by digital technology,” Nadella said.

He added that Microsoft is committed not only to expand access to technology but also to help organizations of all sizes build their own digital capability.

“Going ahead, in the era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, you are going to see a ubiquitous computing fabric that is distributed. You are going to have intelligence that is ambient, experiences that span devices and senses. To me, it comes down to how every organization here in India can ride this wave and build their own tech intensity,” Nadella said.

“How can we help you create more independence, not dependence on us, but more independence as your own tech company and with your own tech capability. That’s the fundamental, primary mission for us as a company,” he added.

Laying out his vision for tech intensity as a driver for economic growth, he urged leaders to ensure everyone benefits from this growth.

“When you build tech intensity, you also need to consider, especially in a country like India, how is what you are doing with digital technology driving more inclusive economic growth,” Nadella said.

To make progress, he said that every domain expert out there will need to be empowered to make them productive developers and that the next era will be defined by citizen developers.

Empowering Indian organizations to achieve more

He gave examples of how Indian enterprises and unicorns are utilizing Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and intelligent edge offerings to do incredible things.

  • Piramal Glass is using Azure IoT to optimize its manufacturing operations and create a feedback loop between its quality control and production teams.
  • Myntra is using Azure to handle tens of thousands of online orders every minute.
  • InMobi is transforming mobile advertising with Azure and Cosmos DB.
  • Udaan is relying on Azure to power its fast-growing B2B marketplace.
  • HAMS is deploying AI to automate driver’s license tests in India.
  • Eros Now is building a next-gen recommendation engine with Azure AI to meet the changing expectations of its 18 million-plus subscribers
  • Apollo Hospitals is using Azure AI to predict a patient’s risk for cardiovascular diseases.
  • Narayana Health is using Power BI to make healthcare accessible and more affordable
  • SBI is rolling out Power Apps across 200 branches, in what started with its employees in Trivandrum leveraging the platform to helping their frontline sales teams manage customer relationships.
  • Royal Enfield is deploying Dynamics 365 across the customer journey – from sales to service.
  • Eureka Forbes is using Dynamics 365 to put insights into the hands of its door-to-door salespeople.
  • MindTree is using Teams to collaborate internally and externally for its campus hiring.
  • Mahindra Group is rolling out Teams across its companies for all of their collaboration and communication needs.
  • Reliance Industries is taking a platform approach to use technology to create more technology.



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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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