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Microsoft is banking on hybrid services to win the race for cloud

Instead of convincing customers about benefits of cloud, the firm is helping clients with large legacy systems see the ease of cloud themselves by offering hybrid services

Romita Majumdar  |  Mumbai 


Microsoft, with its decades-old presence in the enterprise market, is taking a step back from convincing customers about the benefits of Instead, the firm is helping clients with large legacy systems see the ease of themselves by offering hybrid services, said Meetul Patel, chief operating officer, India. “Hybrid offerings are really important as they allow people to carry their work online or offline depending on their requirements. Our hybrid infrastructure helps businesses with legacy infrastructure in and to migrate to on their own terms,” Patel said. With services gaining prominence, the competition among leaders such as Microsoft, and is heating up globally. Over the past few years, giants such as Alibaba and have also expanded their footprint in this area through a variety of mixed services. According to a new study by Gartner, solutions, cyber security and analytics are the top technologies targeted for new and additional spending by the public sector chief information officers in 2018, while data centre infrastructure is most commonly intended for cost savings. solutions are of top priority for the government, the survey said. The fact that has already been in the business with most organisations on regulatory compliance also means that they end up doing a lot of work for the government, said Patel. “We work in all 29 states and about a dozen of these are using MS technologies in one way or the other.

Our engagement with them ranges from helping them conduct smooth elections and maintaining transparency in them,” he said. Microsoft’s Kaizala solutions were used during the recent Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu elections, so that the districts could coordinate their activities seamlessly and see live videos through Azure, Patel said. In 2017, saw India’s top IT firms and talent combine products with open source data, innovations on to create data-driven, intelligent apps. As a result, a significant number of Indian businesses are driving innovation using Microsoft’s advanced services in big data, IoT, advanced analytics, and cognitive services, said the company in a recent report. Moving into 2018 with an aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organisation with best-in-class technology, offered its legacy as services on cloud, thus enabling businesses in India to accelerate their digital transformation in delivering new customer experiences throughout 2017. supports open source such as Linux, Mysql, CognosDB, etc. The partnerships we have established with other players such as SAP, Red hat Linux also allow us to support their services, thus reaching a larger base,” Patel said. Microsoft, along with global players such as and IBM, is a Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity)-complaint service provider.

First Published: Sat, January 27 2018. 06:26 IST