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Despite being tech innovators, Indian firms slower in adopting digitisation: Experts


Press Trust of India Singapore
Indian corporations are slower in adopting digitisation due to lack of infrastructure despite the fact that most of the technological innovations and solutions are being developed in the country, experts said here today.
Almost all international organisations have set up technology labs in India. It is a case of innovative solutions being developed in India, while the users are elsewhere in the world, Dr Rajiv Aserkar, head of global MBA and professor of logistics and supply chain management at SP Jain School of Global Management, said.
Indian corporations need the support of a robust infrastructure -- airports, railway network and roads -- to adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT), he stressed.
According to Cyrille Witjas, managing director of global management consulting firm Accenture Strategy, India is well placed to manage disruptive technologies with its talented youths showing innovations and new ideas through start-ups.
Accenture Strategy has a Centre of Excellence in Bangalore.
India's demographic dividend is not just about more number of workers but about a massive pool of highly skilled, capable and educated workforce entering the active workforce, Kumud Jha, a senior executive at Accenture Strategy, said.
This will be the critical driver supporting the global digital industry and will serve India Inc very well in times to come, Jha added.
Indian corporations have a big advantage in adopting digital technologies at a faster pace and cost-effectively, given that most of the globally applicable innovations and solutions are coming out of laboratories based in the country, the experts said.
But as of now, the Indian corporations are slower in adopting digitisation for lack of infrastructure, Aserkar said.
"These backyard-based labs, serving the world's leading business houses, will offer the Indians cost-effective innovations and solutions, on the next-door delivery basis," he added.
The management gurus were sharing their insights on digitisation in Southeast Asia and India following the recent release of a joint study conducted by SP Jain School of Global Management and Accenture Strategy on digital supply chain.
The six-month study, Measuring Digital Supply Chain Maturity, was based on responses from top management of over 130 companies.
Though we note the slower pace of digitisation technologies by Indian corporations, most of these innovations and solutions are being developed in India and are available in their backyards, Aserkar pointed out.
Expressing confidence, Witjas said India is well placed to manage disruptive technologies with its talented youths exhibiting new innovations and new ideas through start-ups on almost daily basis.
It is the enthusiasm and motivation backed by good quality education, observed Witjas especially from a wide range of products and innovations being presented by startups at Accenture Strategy's Centre for Excellence.
Pointing to the digital disruption and fast changing technologies spread across all industries, he stressed on the importance of good education managing the process of working in the future.
This is where young IT engineers and professionals will have to manage new technologies, he said, adding that technologies will not be taking over every job as it is being widely assumed about future employment prospects.
There would be bigger demand for soft skills, especially to put together talented teams in managing future jobs, which will be based on artificial learning, machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality, Witjas said.
Whatever your profession be, you will have to manage and sell technology, he said, stressing that human interaction will be required, starting from classroom, even though there is propagation of virtual classroom, to the market place.

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First Published: Jul 30 2018 | 10:25 AM IST

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