IT Parks & IT Industries in Kerala to get special focus: CM


Tvm: IT is the most suited industry for Kerala and there will be more incentives for IT Companies based in Government IT Parks here as IT has played an important role in changing the image of Kerala. This was announced by Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy while inaugurating the two day India IT Summit 2012 at Trivandrum on January 19, 2012. This is the third edition of the premium IT event being organised by CII in Kerala. The theme of India IT Summit 2012 is ‘Business Strategies for Non-Linear Growth’.

In his address, the CM said that special investment regions for IT will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, as part of making the State a preferred destination for investments. Emerging Kerala will project Kerala as good investment destination, investment friendly environment will be created, CyberPark in Malabar region and SmartCity Kochi will change the face of IT in Kerala, will supplement Technopark and Infopark. A single window network for various clearances will also be introduced. He added that his government would consider reducing the operating costs of IT companies functioning out of state-owned IT parks to attract more investment.

Minister for IT & Industries, Shri P K Kunhalikutty said Kerala is formulating new strategies for the growth of IT in Kerala, has finalised a new IT Policy to attract IT investment to Kerala. A Kerala model IT policy will be formulated with the aim of providing employment to thousands of educated rural youth.

In the various plenary sessions that followed, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys said that there are significant opportunities for entrepreneurs for mobile apps, big data and analytics. Kerala should create more opportunities for entrepreneurs; go aggressive on e-governance and m-governance. Kerala has been growing quietly on IT but we need to make that explicit.

Ganesh Lakshminarayan, President & MD, Dell India mentioned in his address that social media makes IT business non linear and we should re-orient our business for non-linear growth. IT industry in India is doing extremely well, we are in a position of strength today and so we should capitalise on non-linear growth.

Avinash Vashistha, Chairman & GU MD, Accenture India asked big companies to collaborate with small innovators who come with disruptive solutions. They will be the game changers.
Pratik Mehta, Director – Public Sector, Microsoft talked on future trends in IT – Cloud Computing, a lever for non linear growth. Companies and Governments should look at cloud based services to accelerate non-linear growth. V Ramaswamy, VP & Global Head, ION, TCS spoke on future trends, IT services of the future Social data will be a new source of business & also business intelligence.

Mike Nithavriankis, Deputy High Commissioner, UK gave an idea about the opportunities in UK & EU which can help Kerala IT companies. This is his third India IT Summit in Kerala. He said it was great to see Kerala IT Companies (UST, IBS & SunTec) have a good presence in the UK. “They are big investors there. The UK Kerala Business Forum is trying to get more British Companies to come to Kerala. The next 12 months should see more Brits coming here”, he added.

Dr. Ingo Karsten, Consul General, Germany said that German Enterprises are seeking solutions from Indian IT Companies. Both countries can benefit from this partnership and Kerala will have lot of opportunities. Shanker Subramaninam, Invest in Denmark spoke on what Nordic countries could offer to IT Companies from Kerala. Smaller companies from Denmark will be comfortable with Kerala companies.

T P Sreenivasan, former Ambassodor talked about the social challenges because of the growth of the IT industry. Pradeep Udhas, Partner & Head – IT/BPO Sector, KPMG spoke on addressing challenges in the IT industry. Sudhir Nair, Sr. VP, Mahindra Satyam shared some insights on offshore and onshore business models and said that we need to leverage on our BPO strengths while trying for M&A.

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