Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft is in India for a three-day tour from February 24-26 to decode the future of technology in India. Interestingly, Nadella’s visit coincides with that of US President Donald Trump.
At Microsoft’s ‘Future Decoded CEO Summit’ in Mumbai yesterday, Microsoft leaders and other industry experts shared their views on the role that technology will play in shaping the world in the next decade.
Adding to this was a session with the SBI Foundation, highlighting technology for people with disabilities, which was addressed by Rajnish Kumar, chairman, State Bank of India and Jean Philippe Courtois, EVP, and president, global sales – marketing and operations, Microsoft.
The summit’s keynote was given by Nadella. He said, “Indian CEOs need to build their own tech capability and ensure that the solutions are inclusive.”
Sharing that the last decade saw the emergence of the aggregators, he asserted that aggregators are not enough alone. “We need to ensure that digital interventions lead to the broadening of productivity.”
Nadella stated that 72 per cent of jobs for software engineers in India are outside of the technology industry.
Speaking at the same event, Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India said that ‘Digital leads India. We have a $180 billion IT industry and the third-largest startup ecosystem. Microsoft is partnering at both spectrums.’
Nadella also chatted with Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries on how building tech intensity across organisations can benefit India’s economy and society. Exchanging their views on the topic, Ambani said, “Indian economy’s progress from $300 billion in 1992 to $3 trillion now has happened on the back of technology. This whole growth paradigm was supercharged in 2014 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India vision.
“With the launch of Jio, I was privileged to play a role in it.”
In terms of growth, Ambani said that India has the opportunity to become the premier digital society in the world. We will soon be among the world’s top three economies.
Today, Nadella will be in Bengaluru for the ‘Microsoft Future Decoded – Tech Summit.’