Quote sheet

CUSTOMERS – Enterprises / SMBs
Rakesh Bhatt
COO Bajaj Finance Limited
Microsoft is uniquely positioned to address the growing IT requirements of the finance industry for both productivity and platform solutions. We, at Bajaj Finance Ltd, have experienced the quality of Microsoft Cloud services first hand and are quite happy about them. The breadth of Microsoft Cloud solutions – from on premise private cloud to public and hybrid clouds – makes a comprehensive offering for financial services customers.
Ritu Madbhavi
Senior Vice President – IT FCB/ULKA
Microsoft is our partner to identify and deploy the latest technologies to leverage business. We have been undertaking a number of initiatives on the cloud be it storage, development environment, backup, emails. Datacenters in India would certainly help performance and address data privacy issues.
Varun Sood
CIO & Head Strategic Initiatives Fortis Healthcare
We partnered with Microsoft to transform IT into a source of competitive advantage for Fortis and realized significant benefits by transitioning our systems and applications to their cloud services. Being the first global cloud player to announce availability of its India datacenter, Microsoft has reinforced its commitment to the Indian market and is uniquely positioned to address growing IT requirements of healthcare industry for both productivity and platform solutions.
Amit Vora
CTO Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
Microsoft’s proactive and on-hands approach to solidify and enhance the IT Infrastructure for BollywoodHungama.com – India’s pioneering and leading entertainment website – has resulted in a very strong relationship between both organizations. Bollywood Hungama now not only uses Microsoft Azure for the backend infra, but also gains from Microsoft’s investment in its expertise and resources to enhance and deliver better customer facing applications. This relationship is driven from the top management right down to the technical teams, with both organizations focusing on an extended association which is bound to grow exponentially with more localized services being delivered by Microsoft in India.
Nimesh Shah
CEO and MD ICICI Prudential AMC
ICICI Prudential AMC has been ahead in adopting technology advancements which has played significant role in delivering better experiences. We have many ongoing initiatives in “SMAC”, and would like to tap the transformative potential of cloud to fullest. The announcement of Microsoft cloud services from local data centers in India gives an opportunity to customers like us to explore truly world class cloud. I am sure that many organizations in BFSI segment like us would now re-look at their IT strategy to capitalize on the immense business value of cloud computing.
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan
Senior Vice President and Group Head – Information Systems Infosys
Infosys shares a longstanding relationship with Microsoft as a client and a systems integration partner. Over the last two years, we have leveraged Microsoft services for our cloud adoption journey. Microsoft Azure’s ease of use and agility to scale have been the highlights of our experience. We are very excited about the proposed development of the Azure datacenter in India; its proximity to end users is key to delivering superior performance.
Rajesh Uppal
CIO Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
We partnered with Microsoft on the cloud journey and our experience has been great. The agility and RoI offered by cloud has made it an integral part of our IT strategy. We look forward to Microsoft cloud services to be available in India to enhance its relationship with customer in India.
Mahesh Ramkrishnan
Founder and CEO nanobi data and analytics Pvt Ltd.
We operate in the field of analytics which requires use of cutting edge technology and high performance delivered in real time. As an early stage startup, we greatly benefitted from the use of Microsoft Cloud as we were able to deliver the required performance to our customers but keep our costs in control. Microsoft’s support and mentorship has helped us build our product and services in analytics world to pursue our dream of being analytics app store to the world. We are happy that we chose Microsoft as our partner.
Nitish Mittersain
CEO Nazara Technologies
To deploy our Asia-Pacific gaming services, we needed a hosting solution that was highly scalable for growth, yet was not cost prohibitive. Being a mobile media entertainment company, we also integrate with various Telecom operators across regions for their billing needs. TRAI Regulations do not permit us to store telecom operator’s subscriber data outside the country. With the local datacenters, we can now plan the migration of our billing systems to Azure, leveraging the benefits of cloud for better scalability and infrastructure support while satisfying TRAI regulatory requirements.
Debabrata Bagchi
Co-founder and CEO Sparsha Learning Technologies
Sparsha Learning pioneered in the field of learning technologies. This was made possible by Microsoft with its support to us in the early stage. It has been an incredible journey working with Microsoft team and developing our solution on Azure. The benefits of running a virtual lab on cloud were immense since we did not have any capital locked in assets and we were able to redeploy or scale up and down our infrastructure on demand. With Microsoft’s India cloud, I am sure we will be able to target newer customers and scale up further quickly.
Prasad Rajappan
ZingHR has tremendously benefited from its new found ability to harness the power of the Azure for its Indian SMB and Enterprise customers by offering scalability and guaranteed availability to even the most demanding requirements. We will now be able to help large number of existing and new BFSI customers who always wanted ZingHR on the Indian soil due to regulatory reasons.
PARTNERS: Service Providers / System Integrators
Harsh Chitale
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer HCL Infosystems Ltd.
I would like to congratulate Microsoft on the announcement of their cloud services through datacenters in India. The cloud market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR rate of 50% over the next 4 years as per leading IT analyst firms. I am sure that this initiative by Microsoft would enable them to tap the growth potential in this space even better as many customers do look for India based datacenter due to their concerns around security of sensitive data.From our understanding of this ecosystem, we can say that the establishment of an India-based datacenter will help address the customers’ expectations regarding data residency, security and regulatory compliance. HCL has had a longstanding relationship with Microsoft spanning decades and we look forward to a continued fruitful relationship in the future.
Sharad Sanghi
CEO and MD Netmagic Solutions (An NTT Communications Company)
Netmagic would leverage and extend its existing partnership with Microsoft for synergies on cloud bursting, private cloud, hybrid cloud and to support PaaS driven end-user requirements. The Indian cloud market is witnessing growth and maturity for mainstream adoption, and we firmly believe that in future, even complex workloads will be increasingly deployed over cloud, driven largely by enterprise segment. We are planning to partner with Microsoft to explore and address joint opportunities in the Indian Market.
Kamal Nath
CEO Sify Technologies Ltd.
Our bouquet of services for Datacenter transformation, Cloud & managed IT Services demand capabilities to provide solutions to deliver IT mobility towards an interoperable Cloud Ecosystem. We look forward to building Solutions, by enabling movement of workloads from on Premise Datacenter to Hosted Private Clouds / Virtual Private Clouds and Microsoft Azure platforms.
N Chandrasekaran
CEO & MD Tata Consultancy Services
With launch of commercial cloud services from India, Microsoft has reiterated its commitment and focus on this market. Indian enterprises and government are seeing increased IT adoption and cloud is helping these organizations rationalize investments, improve agility and reduce time to market. TCS and Microsoft are uniquely positioned to jointly address the cloud adoption requirements of Indian businesses, educational institutions and government.
TK Kurien
CEO Wipro Limited
Datacenter market in India is seeing huge growth powered by increased digitization and use of mobility for both business and leisure. We have partnered with Microsoft to help businesses adopt cloud as a part of their IT strategy and realize benefits of cloud. It has been a very successful initiative. At the same time, there are sections of industry concerned about data sovereignty and cost of connectivity. Microsoft’s plans to launch commercial cloud services from India would address those customers, specifically in the BFSI sector and government entities. We are looking forward to extending our partnership with Microsoft in this area as well.
PARTNERS – Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)
Capt. Ranjan
Principal Cognosys Technologies.
Cognosys shares a very engaged relationship on multiple fronts with Microsoft, from engineering resources to sales leads, both as a vendor and as consumer of services. Being a BIC Company, we have evolved in tandem with advancement of technology and Azure’s ever increasing offerings. Microsoft’s Indian datacenter shall be used by customers as well as our own multitude of services, benefiting from lower latency solutions and those which have data privacy requirements and need to comply with regulatory requirements, ranging from Financial vertical to Media delivery and customer data mining. This is a great strategic deployment by Azure given the size of IT Infra in the country.
Sushil Tyagi
Director Global Sales and Marketing CRMnext
CRMnext being a leader in the BFSI CRM space, is seeing a huge demand for its cloud solutions in the APAC region. Microsoft’s local datacenters will help us to deliver cutting edge solutions more efficiently in terms of data access and cost. This will also help to provide more tailored and localized services addressing issues related to data security and compliance.
Nitin Padmawar
Co-founder and CTO MartJack
With their commitment for partner excellence, Microsoft provides the support, value and edge to growing companies like us who require mentorship and visibility within and outside of the ecosystem. Azure’s PaaS capabilities combined with IaaS offer best of both worlds to us. With Microsoft’s local datacenters, due to proximity and optimized latency, we will be able to deliver a richer e-commerce experience to end users. Moreover, location proximity will provide flexibility for bulk data operations and also help us be compliant with regulatory framework set by the government.
Virender Jeet
Sr. V.P. Technologies Newgen Software Technologies Ltd
Cloud offers the promise of accelerated business growth and significant cost savings for banking and financial services enterprises. We are extremely enthusiastic about this partnership with Microsoft that will accelerate cloud adoption amongst Newgen’s global clientele. Our robust digital content management and process automation solutions hosted on Microsoft Azure, will provide a secure and reliable cloud-based alternative for financial services organizations.
Vishnu R. Dusad
CEO Nucleus Software
As the banking environment changes at a rapid pace, our customers – banking and financial institutions across the world, increasingly need customer-centric, efficient and sustainable technology solutions to keep their competitive edge. Going forward, we intend to work closely with Microsoft to create cloud-based financial services offerings, leveraging their proposed datacenter to provide viable business benefits to our customers. We look forward to the evolving global strategic relationship between both the companies and collaborating in co–creating technology solutions which will provide value to our customers globally.
Gouri Shankar
Director Reachwell Software
Reachwell shares a longstanding relationship with Microsoft on various aspects including engineering and sales, both as a vendor and as a consumer of services. Our experience as a Microsoft Partner has been very fulfilling and we have been involved with Azure. We expect to offer Microsoft’s India-based Datacenter cloud to our customers in a big way in data sensitive sectors like Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sectors and thereby help address the audit requirements of data residing in India which was otherwise restricting their movement to Azure. Our customers will benefit from lower latency and better application performance as well and we believe we will see more and more deployments and adoption.

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