Skilling for the digital future with Anant Maheshwari

Mr Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd deliberating on 'Skilling For The Digital Future’ at AIMA LeaderSpeak session

Mr Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd deliberating on ‘Skilling For The Digital Future’ at AIMA LeaderSpeak session

Every industry, every company, all of us have become more digital. Just to take a personal example imagine and remember what you were doing five to ten years back and your life today as an individual and as a professional and the number of skills that you have intuitively picked up over time in driving your own work today.

The big question around tech adoption is basically what platforms you use and how much do you use of those platforms? So if you ask how we think about tech platforms today, there are a lot of platforms available to simple ones that you use daily like social chat applications, maps, search that you use on the internet or it could be some applications that you use for your productivity or even to track weather data or any other news.

These are all platforms but at work in organizations also there are many platforms that organizations should adopt and therefore how much do you adopt what platforms you bring in. That’s the first question around tech intensity that each of us needs to ask as organizations and as individuals. The second question and then go into the second concept around tech capability. Now, this part of the equation is very critical as we say that every company is a digital company. Every organization actually has its own secret sauce of how they bring all these platforms that they may have all the ingredients they may have to create what’s unique about that organization.  Think of it as if you’re in the kitchen you can give the same set of ingredients to different people who may be cooking but it’s a secret sauce and the process that a lot of people have makes so much difference in terms of what actually comes out as the outcome. So similarly in organizations, you can provide the same platforms and same tools to two different companies or individuals doing exactly the same thing, it’s about the tech capabilities that they build uniquely of their own that distinguishes one from the other. Tech capability can have a multiplier effect on the tech adoption in the organization and go back to that point around the usage of data to really drive the organization and your own capability forward.

Let’s come to the third part of the equation. As I said earlier the equation is tech adoption multiplied by tech capability raised to the power of trust. Now one thing that has happened during the pandemic is that this element of trust has really got amplified. Trust is very critical not just in terms of adoption and building technology but also in how you use it. There are two aspects to the trust:

First trust in the business models and then when digital technology is transforming every industry and every part of our daily life trust starts shaving a lot of different dimensions. We all are aware of cybersecurity, the reliability of what you see on digital platforms and the data that you use. How do you comply with laws, everybody today is aware that privacy is a fundamental human right.

So the big question for trust is are you building a business today to stand the test of time on trust and to bring that analogy of what human history has seen already and what we are witnessing as we go through today is the best analogy. Now look at the digital world this will happen much faster in a very compressed time frame. All of us are doing a lot of these business models today the laws are still getting written around how you will manage your digital estate, how you will manage your digital capabilities going forward and in a way trust becomes central because the business models that you create today will get judged by the laws that are still getting written and within the next few years you will then ask the question am I compliant with the laws? So trust becomes very important in thinking through all the elements of digital skilling and digital capability.

Tech intensity is the foundation on which you assess digital skills. Therefore, what you need to do is a combination of tech adoption and tech capability raised to the power of trust. It’s not just about creating new skills but it’s also the up-gradation of skills continuously so it’s a continuous cycle of skilling and let me take it one by one. So first is how do you get started how to create digital skills in the first place if of course, you are training the schools and the people who have not used these skills before so even in our colleges in our training we bring this in and it has to be a 360-degree approach of skilling the ecosystem and it’s starting with schools and educators it’s starting with jobs that don’t have digital skills today but are beginning to have them to prepare a workforce in India for jobs of the future. It requires truly enabling every segment of the country to succeed in a digital economy and therefore it requires work between the governments, the industry, and the civil society to bring digital resilience in such a time of change to truly acquire skills. The next one is about the second bit which is upgrading and continuously working on improving our skills so it’s about creating a system of learning that helps empower everyone sort of pursuing lifelong learning and no single company or enterprise can close this skills gap alone. It’s truly a partnership that is required across the ecosystem across all stakeholders. So over a decade, we have been working very closely with the public, private and non-profit sectors in India to create a very vibrant skilling ecosystem in the country that prepares everyone for a tech-enabled future.

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Nandan Nilekani explains how India is going Digital

Nandan Nilekani, Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys and the chief architect of Aadhaar shares how India is going digital and transforming into a Post Paid Economy using Data at AIMA’s 62nd Foundation Day 2018. Excerpts –

Nandan Nilekani, Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys Ltd., speaking on 'Disrupting the Disrupter' at the AIMA's 62nd FoundationDay

Nandan Nilekani, Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys Ltd., speaking on ‘Disrupting the Disrupter’ at the AIMA’s 62nd FoundationDay

Today I’ll speak about ‘Disrupting the Disruptor: Finding the next Big Idea’ and I’ll try to give you an idea of what’s happening in India in the world of digital technology, and why is it so special and so unique and why it has such a big impact on our business.

I will talk about three fundamental trends and I would put the facts and figures at your disposal on how India is becoming digital, which means it is becoming paperless and cashless; how is GST becoming business compliant and why is it so strategic for the economy, what’s the impact of that; and what is the role of data in India’s future because data is the most strategic asset of the 21st century. Today, huge battles are being fought all over the world for data. The big issue is the rise of the internet Giants who have huge amounts of data and on that data, they are able to apply AI and keep getting better. So fundamentally what is India’s strategy in terms of data to be a powerful country in the age of data and AI and machine learning?
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Creating a Trillion Dollar Digital Economy – Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad on Digital India

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice; Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India addressing AIMA's Diamond Jubilee National Management Convention (NMC) 2017

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice; Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India addressing AIMA’s Diamond Jubilee National Management Convention (NMC) 2017

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice; Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India sharing his thoughts on Digitisation, #Digital Economy, and #Digitalindia at #AIMA‘s Diamond Jubilee National Management Convention (#NMC) 2017. Read excerpts –

Ladies and gentlemen, I have 20 minutes left, I’ll try to be as brief and as bullet points as possible. You know whenever you come with an Idea, certain hiccups are there. I remember when I was the minister in Vajpayee Government, the National Highway Program was started and Vajpayee was men of few words, sitting in a meeting and there was a lot of opposition “Jamin kaha se ayegi, Kashmir se Kanyakumari, Silchar se Surat 4 lane 6 lane highway kaise banega, kisan pareshan honge”. Vajpayee ji kept on listening and lastly uttered one word “Karna hai” that’s all. The Boss said enough is enough. About 10 months ago I had gone to Kanyakumari in a function. And I was told Kashmir to Kanyakumari 6 lane highway ends just adjacent to the area where the function was held… I said “Let me drive on this highway, I will not get time to drive all the way from Kashmir to Kanyakumari but let me have a feel. That if there is an idea, there is a commitment, results happen.

To speak about digitization today, when the computer came what was the objection? “Naukri chali jayegi computer aa gya” many of our own party people were also having the problem but today computer, leave aside killing jobs, became one of the biggest generators of jobs. Why I am speaking all this to you today is “1. Trust the potential of India’s talent, 2. Have faith in the innovative spirit of Indians, 3. Share the sheer optimism which young India is seeking to propel”. These three things I would like to highlight at the very outset.

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‘Making Indian Cities Global Centers of Excellence’ with Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM

Excerpt from an insightful speech by Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India on “Making Indian Cities Global Centers of Excellence” at AIMA’s National Leadership Conclave 2015 held on 29th & 30th April 2015 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi.

Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India addressing AIMA's NLC 2015

Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India addressing AIMA’s NLC 2015

“I feel honored and privileged to be on the same panel with Minister Naidu on a topic that has been close to my company’s beliefs and heart for a very long time. We coined the phrase smarter planet almost a decade ago and the smarter cities were a subset of the smarter planet and we didn’t at that point say it was going to be a smart planet, it was going to be a journey, it was going to be a continuous journey because a big part of a smarter planet or a smarter city is a sustainable model. A sustainable model that is ecological, financial, based on physical resources that can rejuvenate and also the human model. So we have talked about it a lot, we have heard about it a lot and I think the need for having a smart or smarter infrastructure is a given.

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