In Sync with Digital India Mission : Vivekanand Venugopal

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Vivekanand Venugopal, Vice President & GM, Hitachi Data Systems

As the government makes the digitisation push, Hitachi Data Systems sees an opportunity to improve citizens’ quality of life through its ‘Social Innovation’ strategy, says Vivekanand Venugopal, Vice President & GM, Hitachi Data Systems, Excerpts from an interview with ENN.

In a fast digitising India, what role do you see for Hitachi Data Systems?
The ambitious Digital India project undertaken by the government aims to transform the country into a digitally-empowered society. This agenda aligns with Hitachi’s “Social Innovation” strategy. Our social innovation business uses advanced infrastructure that ensures a balance between the economy and the environment.

Hitachi Data Systems is committed to partnering with the Government of India and creating value for the society through integration of operations technology, Information Technology (IT), control technologies and social infrastructure systems to help solve social and business issues and improve the quality of life of the citizens. As part of this business, Hitachi is driving social transformation through its contributions across critical sectors like mobility and transport, water treatment, healthcare, energy, information and telecommunication systems.

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In India, we have been a part of eGovernance initiatives, enabling the government to leverage our IT platforms and solutions to deliver services around Cloud, crime research, healthcare, registrations, transportation, public safety and business continuity solutions for State Data Centers (SDCs).

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What are your expectations from the government and what projects of the government are you engaged with?
HDS sees tremendous potential in India as a result of the new government’s transformation agenda. The accelerated adoption of IT in the government sector has provided us the opportunity to play a crucial role in realising the country’s vision of making a Digital India and leapfrogging to the 21st century.

To reach this goal, we are already working closely with the government. We have implemented platforms for delivery of Cloud services for 18 SDCs, which are being used in various eGovernance projects such as eProcure, eCourts and eLocker, among others. Additionally, we are working on projects such as the IGRS (Inspector General, Registration and Stamps) and implementation of Disaster Recovery solutions for SDCs.

How was your experience at the 10th eINDIA summit?
The 10th eINDIA 2014 summit has been an insightful experience with specific emphasis on creating smart governance with the implementation of IT for transparency in the government service delivery system. The summit was a very good platform to interact with various government officials and peers. It also helped in getting an insight into the broader governance and IT priorities of the government leaders.

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