All digital transformation starts and stops with the empowerment of every citizen and organisation of a country, and India is no different, according to Satya Nadella, the 49-year-old, India-born chief executive officer of Microsoft, one of the world’s largest technology companies.
“While we can celebrate technology, without this (empowerment) we would have achieved nothing,” said Nadella, who took over the reins of Microsoft from his predecessor Steve Ballmer in February 2014. The Microsoft chief was in Mumbai on Wednesday to attend ‘Future Decoded’ – the company’s annual flagship technology and business conference in India.
Nadella, who was the executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise business before taking over as the company’s CEO, is betting big on the adoption of new-age digital services in India, including cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, big data and analytics, the use of bots and machine learning. These technology-based productivity, communication and coordination tools were now available in India in a “democratic way”, Nadella said. “These are now available to the smallest of businesses, and not just the large enterprises, at a fraction of the cost,” he added.
The son of a civil servant, who originally hails from Hyderabad, said that Microsoft had made significant investments in India 17 months ago to develop a global, trusted and hybrid cloud computing infrastructure, which was enabling entrepreneurship and allowing small and large enterprises expand their businesses through cost-effective innovation.
According to Nadella, the proliferation of India Stack was the most innovative thing happening in the country, and was also influential in shaping Microsoft’s future innovation agenda for India. India Stack is a set of application program interfaces that allows governments, business, startups and developers to utilise a digital infrastructure, powered by Aadhaar, to facilitate presence-less, paperless and cashless service delivery.