Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on several occasions stressed on the importance of leveraging emerging technologies like AI and ML to solve India’s critical problems. The National Crime Records Bureau of the Ministry of Home Affairs, for example, is inviting bids from tech companies to build hardware and software infrastructure that can help the country fight crime with automated facial recognition system.
“It goes without saying that India is an important, and I must add, crucial market for global technology companies, including Microsoft,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CyberMedia Research (CMR).
On Monday, it announced the launch of its third India Development Centre (IDC) in Noida, after opening two such premier engineering and innovation hubs in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
“Microsoft’s biggest R&D centre outside of the US is based in India, and it has made recent moves to further tap into the engineering talent pool available in India through its new R&D hub. This, in turn, will enable Microsoft to maintain its technology leadership,” Ram said.
“I foresee a further impetus to Microsoft’s digital transformation efforts in India with its cloud and emerging tech stack offerings, including AI,” Ram said.
Satya Nadella is anticipated to talk at various events in India, sharing his vision for the future of technology and how Indian organisations can lead in an era of digital transformation.