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New Kid on the Bloc

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ravi“T” for Telangana and ‘T’ for Technology may be sheer coincidence, but not so for the State Government, which looks determined to make technology synonymous with Telangana. Within a short span of about 17 months, since its birth on 2nd June 2014, the State has exhibited its determination to embrace technology in all spheres of its action — be it governance, education, developing high-tech cities or creating an environment conducive to growth and operation of IT & ITeS startups.

It would be no exaggeration to say that while Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, spearheaded the movement for creation of Telangana State and now guiding it to the path of all-round progress, his son and IT Minister, K Taraka Rama Rao is leading from the front to get the ‘new-born baby’ a sizeable space on the IT map of India.

Junior Rao, better known as KTR, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the capital city of Hyderabad emerges as the IT hub for the world and the ‘Startup Capital’ of India. Backing his vision with action, the government has gone ahead with setting up of T-HUB and Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge (TASK). While T-HUB aspires to be the largest incubator for startups in India, TASK is a collaborative effort of industry and academia to ensure that the market requirements are in alignment with what is being taught in the academia.

Taking note of the yeoman’s job the father-son duo is doing in Telangana, we dedicate this issue of eGov to their outstanding efforts and, in many ways, unmatched passion to bring prosperity and recognition to the newly-born state.  e issue carries reports from ground-zero to bring you beyond just the obvious.

The November issue of the magazine also focusses on Cloud Computing, which is no more looked upon just as an option but a necessity for the governments and businesses alike, across the globe. Government agencies around the world are taking to Cloud technology to bring greater efficiency in citizen services delivery, while enterprises see it as a cost-effective medium to reach out to a larger audience.

But, proportionate to the pace of adoption of this and related technologies, like Internet, grows the concerns of cyber threats. To understand whether there is a way out to make the best use of Cloud Computing while keeping the threats at bay, we interacted with a number of players in the space, including security service providers.  e stakeholders present a clear perspective about the gamut of issues attached to Cloud and also help dispel certain ill-conceived notions about data and info security on the platform.

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