Top tech trends for India in 2013
Technological advancements knows no bounds, every new year is looked forward to with renewed hopes and welcomed with a lot of wishes. 2012 had been unnerving for the entrepreneurs, due to the cut throat competition in the market.
As we enter 2013, we can be cent percent sure that there would be more giant leaps in the domain. In these times of technological prelation in our country, we've focussed on few big aspects that would leave a positive trace on our lives, and with that, the growing economy of India.
At best, 2012 was moderate for the 100-billion Indian IT industry. Industry leader Tata Consultancy Services did beat estimates and defied the global outlook, HCL had a decent year and Cognizant Technology Solutions surged ahead to topple Infosys as the second largest software exporter from IndiaMajors. Infosys Limited and Wipro Technologies didn't enjoy best of times, with quarter after disappointing quarter of below-par results thus overall, the industry growth was less than expected.
National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), hasn't lost hopes yet. It has predicted Indian software exports to grow at 11 per cent this fiscal to billion, despite currency volatility, from billion in 2011-12.
"Strong gets stronger and the weak get weaker"
As far as Indian start-ups are concerned, there would be fresh winds blowing, reckons renowned business writer Rebecca Fannin. "India start-ups could finally begin to break through with innovative and market-leading tech products to supplement the country's strong base in services (outsourcing)," she writes in Forbes.
Start-ups will consolidate or die in the emerging Asian tech strongholds of China and India. The result will be more concentration of breakthrough products from fewer players and more pressure on start-ups to scale up quickly with a distinct advantage or get swallowed up." she added.
The Social Boulevard
With the launch of tablets and social networking apps, social media gathered steam and volume, and was accessed precisely on smartphones & tablets in 2012 with the growing adoption of the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Last couple of years have seen a significant number of acquisition by major firms, all indicating to the global acceptance of social media as a mainstream channel, a trend which is likely to continue through the next year, feels Sanket Akerkar, managing director, Microsoft Corp India.
Big data & cloud growth is the talk of the town. This IT advancement is turning out to be a revolutionary move. In 2012 itself, there were a lot of talks about big data and cloud. It is just going to get better from now on, says Rajesh Janey, president at EMC India & SAARC.
Akerkar observes that 2013 will see the initial excitement around big data/analytics mature and give birth to the business opportunity of 'strategic big data', marking a shift from a focus on individual projects to an influence on enterprises' strategic information.
In 2013, according to Verizon, there will be a significant shift from VPNs to public, private and hybrid clouds.
With tablets & ipads walking, talking around thus becoming becoming ubiquitous. Indian enterprises are slowly putting up to Bring-Your-Own-Devices concept for their employees. "2013 will see further 'consumerization of IT' and with that, a great shift with people bringing their own devices into the workplace... employees, students and consumers are all using their own devices to access managed data and applications within today's enterprise landscape," opines Akerkar.