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IT industry to build next generation enterprises

The resilient Indian IT industry is building next generation enterprises to leverage the emerging opportunities in cloud computing and mobility space worldwide, the country's apex IT industry body said Thursday.

"With global customers placing premium on vendors having IP (intellectual property) assets, we need to create dynamic mobile enterprises, encompassing devices, platforms, networks, applications and security," Nasscom chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan said at a conference in New Delhi.

Admitting that the environment was becoming complex and customers were looking for best practices from their service providers, he said the convergence of mobility, consumersisation, social business and cloud have created an exciting opportunity to vendors, partners and enterprises.

"Enterprise ICT Infrastructure is evolving rapidly with on-premise infrastructure and enterprise solutions getting cloud enabled and smart devices ready," Natarajan said at the summit on 'Infrastructure Management on the growth of Enterprise IT & Mobility in India'.

The two-day summit, organised by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), focused on drawing strategies for the next-generation enterprises, service level agreements with clients in cloud computing to building next-generation data centres.

Noting that infrastructure management in offing would be different from the legacy systems, the MindTree co-founder and chief executive said in the new environment, new tools and new processes would dominate the enterprise landscape.

"We are witnessing a trend of hybrid IT environments dominating enterprise IT architectures in mature and emerging geographies where competencies of a provider with a service operating model will be the differentiator from the old-world legacy environment," Natarajan said.

The need to manage public and private cloud infrastructure and drive improvement in operating flexibilities will be the challenge for the future to service providers and enterprises.

The conference also provided insights to plan ahead in IT as separate services or even differentiators.

"The industry is at the precipice of next wave of business technology and intelligent systems, whose orders will be of magnitude greater than anything we have seen before and the trend will continue to shape the future IT landscape," Natarajan added.

With about 1,300 members, including 250 global firms from the US, Europe, Britain, Japan and China, the industry's premier trade body promotes software development, services and products, IT-enabled and business process outsourcing (BPO) and e-commerce for domestic and export markets.