BENGALURU: After Mumbai, the stage is set for Microsoft Corporation chief executive officer Satya Nadella’s visit to India's technology hub Bengaluru on Tuesday. Nadella, who will address the ‘Microsoft Future Decoded’ event today, is expected to share his vision for the future of technology and the way Indian firms can lead digital transformation.
Top information technology (IT) decision makers, chief information officers (CIOs) and the developer community are expected to attend the Bengaluru event, a Microsoft spokesperson said.
The event in Bengaluru, a city known for its strong startup ecosystem, will also include a ‘startup showcase’. This comes in the backdrop of Microsoft’s 100X100X100 program for B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups in India that was launched on Monday. The program would bring together 100 committed companies and 100 early and growth startups that can offer enterprise-ready solutions.
“Each participating company will commit to spend $100,000 over a course of 18 months on solutions provided by the SaaS startups. More than 50 startups are part of the program at launch," Microsoft had said in a release.
In the past few years, Microsoft has been betting big on its Microsoft Azure cloud computing business in India. During Nadella’s last visit in 2017, Microsoft had partnered with leading e-commerce player Flipkart, where the latter adopted Microsoft Azure as its exclusive cloud platform.
On 21 February, fashion e-tailer Myntra, owned by Flipkart, had said it has migrated its entire platform, including supply chain management, inventory and site capabilities, to Microsoft Azure in a bid to deliver innovative and personalised capabilities for their customers.
Last year, Eros Now, South Asian entertainment video platform had partnered with Microsoft to build an online video platform on Microsoft Azure targeted at its consumers across the globe.
In his three-day trip that started on Monday in Mumbai, Nadella said the next 10 years will be defined by digital technology that cuts across sectors. He said this is the era of “intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" referring to the AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities of its Azure. He also said the way Microsoft has been empowering small businesses in India in their cloud journey with Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
At the 'Future Decoded Tech Summit in Mumbai', Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani and Nadella expressed hope and excitement about their nascent technology alliance, with Ambani terming it as the “defining partnership of the decade".
In August 2019, RIL had announced a 10-year technology partnership with Microsoft for its telecom subsidiary Reliance Jio, including cloud-based solutions.