Collaboration between public as well as private players is the need of the day. This is more so in implementing e-Governance programmes and projects, to realise the Government of India’s resolution to move in the direction of equity and transparency in governance. Bridging the digital divide so that the ‘un-connected India’ has access to high-speed broadband connectivity and getting villages into the tele-loop are the top priorities of the Government. With the multi-million allocation for e-Governance drive in the country, the Government has shown its commitment to strengthen the domestic demand of IT, which stood at $12.5 billion last year.
Indian IT firms have established a high standard in software development globally. They are known world-over for their knowledge leadership in technology innovations, concept development, and process leadership. In the year 2005, the big three Indian IT services firms —Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and Wipro—surpassed $2 billion in revenue and accounted for an annual growth rate of more than 30 percent. However, government organisations in India have not tapped fully the IT software potential of the ICT industry.
But the scenario is changing for good. The Government of India is promoting public private partnerships (PPPs) in the key infrastructure sectors of transport, power, urban infrastructure, tourism, and railways. Private sector is partnering in a major way with the government in its endeavour to e-Enable the country. Private sector is providing its expertise in a range of e-Governance solutions and requirements such as citizen-centric applications, business process re-engineered solutions, and enterprise computing. They in-turn are getting positive response from the different government departments with which they are working. Most of the government offi cers are enthusiastic to implement e-Governance in different areas of their operations.
In view of the growing partnership between the government and the corporate sector, this edition of egov magazine provides a platform to bring together the Indian ICT companies for use by the government. This Directory is a resource-guide of ICT companies and system integrators. We hope that the concerned government agencies and organisations would fi nd it useful for building partnerships for implementing e-Governance programmes and projects.
It is a fi rst-ever-attempt to list the Indian ICT companies, as per their solutions offered, for the government agencies to easily access the information.We have attempted to include as many such companies as possible, yet some of them may have been left out. We will address this problem in our next issue of the ICT Directory, which will be our annual endeavour. Look forward to your candid feedback.