CHANDIGARH: A Leading IT Destination City from Last 51 years

CHANDIGARH: A Leading IT Destination City from Last 51 years

Chandigarh, the dream city of India’s first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Located at the foothills of Shivaliks, the city is well-known for the best experimentations in urban planning and modern architecture in the 20th century in India. Restructuring of the city on 01.11.1966, it has been declared as a Union Territory and under the direct control of the Central Government.

The software industry was nonexistent in India until 1960. In 1972, the Govt. of India formulated a software export scheme. We can say that 1972 was the inception year for the software industry in India, and after 1991 this Industry entered into the big picture of Indian Economy. The industry registered robust growth after the year 2000.

Over the past 51 years, Chandigarh has made outstanding progress in terms of physical infrastructure and business environment. As an emerging economic growth center, especially as an IT hub from other IT cities of India, Chandigarh has become a preferred location for the ITES companies. Making Chandigarh, a major center for IT enabled services; a policy is designed for facilitating and enhancing the growth of the sector and city admin objectives. As recent data by CII, the per capita income in FY16 (current prices) was Rs 268,656, being one of the highest in the country and big part comes from by IT and their services infrastructure. With an excellent base of communication network, technical institutes and connectivity with the other states, comparing city to respects like education, basic health, or life expectancy better than another part of India.

The Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) has been set up under the guidance of the Department of Information Technology Chandigarh. Chandigarh Administration is executing several plans of the Administration for promoting the IT industry in Chandigarh.  Chandigarh is emerging as one of the growing IT cities of the country and many M.N.Cs are shifting from Bangalore. The state is making concerted efforts for promoting key initiatives in this sector to leverage information technology to accomplish a position of leadership and excellence in the information age.

Over the last few years, some of the major IT initiatives planned by the Administration have shown excellent results. Chandigarh is a modern city and in order to incorporate the city in the world, it is important to foresee world standard projects that not only enrich the economic profile of the city, but also provide many employment opportunities for its human resources. North India, as a whole had lagged behind the southern states.

The Indus Entrepreneur, prepare a road map for the advancement of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali region. Keeping in view the roadmap, a visionary project of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) was conceptualized by Chandigarh Administration, which was inaugurated by Dr Manmohan Singh, Former PM India in September 2005.

The establishment of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) here has proved to be a turning point in the economic transformation of the region. Not only it has attracted many Information Technologies/ Information Technology enabled Services (IT/ITeS) companies, but also helped in expanding IT activities in nearby cities like, Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana.

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It has changed the economic scenario of the city and by facilitating the growth of the economy, especially in the Services sector. RGCTP has been planned to retain this upgraded human capital by providing them employment opportunities here itself. Here in RGCTP, Rs1500crores has been invested by Chandigarh admin and in the private sector.

From the establishment of RGCTP, we can observe a tremendous increase in total export from a region which was 414.97 crores in 2005-06 and 2890.72crores in 2014-16, (Data Sources: Department of information Technology Chandigarh). There were many reasons for the rapid growth in UT, like Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for easy to business Industrial/IT Habitats and wherein investing companies would receive single window clearance and would be able to avail of the benefits as per the SEZ Policy of Government of India.

The Indian IT-BPM industry is expected to reach $350 billion by 2025 (Report: Nasscom). DITC Planned initiatives and vision are reliable for this sector growth. The city can play a major role for growth in this sector.

The Evolution of IT Infrastructure Management Services

The Evolution of IT Infrastructure Management Services

In the olden days, the entire infrastructure of an organization was managed by the organization, in its premises itself. However, with the advancement of technology, focusing on supporting multiplying business requirements, this model appeared to be insufficient in terms of the need for accessibility and cost effectiveness.

The advent of the IT Infrastructure Management System in the last few years has changed the whole infrastructure backdrop severely, offering the organizations the knack to leverage on off-premise resources working as a part of their team, therefore, reducing the costs and having improved resources working for them at the same time.

The advancement of end-to-end infrastructure solutions, has ascertained to be a strategic enabler for the CIOs, offering value beyond the apparent cost advantages. The managed infrastructure solutions offer a significantly faster turnaround time, higher availability, and efficiency with dedicated SLA leveraging a Global Delivery Model (GDM) that offers a unique value proposition.

The Evolution of IT Infrastructure Management Services

As per a research by Gartner, around 32% of a CIO’s IT budget is spent on internal resources to monitor and manage his infrastructure. This costs the organization an opportunity to capitalize in the areas of technology that can be important to differentiate the growth and the service.

This theory, combined with the fact that IT was traditionally seen as a support rather than a differentiate department was focused entirely on cost reduction.

The IT managers earlier used to face many challenges like:

• Vague Pricing Models
• Frequent System Failures
• Restricted Productivity
• Lack of Centralization

Eventually times changed and technology came out as a vital part of the strategy to provide better services and staying close to the customer. This was the dawn of the predictive maintenance for IT. Infrastructure Management Services indeed were a savior for the organizations facing such challenges and helped the organizations by:

• Minimizing the system downtime, enabling the secured, continuous revenue streams.
• Centrally managing the property, saving the labor expenses.
• Reducing the help desk costs with significantly fewer calls to recover passwords.
• Reducing the time, effort and costs through automated time consuming tasks.
• Streamlining the device configuration management and provisioning.
• Monitoring all the assets across the network in real time.

The Rise of the Remote Infrastructure Management Services

Over the past decade, the confidence of the organizations in the abilities of Remote Infrastructure Management services has developed steadily. According to IDC, a premier global market intelligence firm, investments in infrastructure management can have a huge impact on the revenue of an organization as more than 85% of the infrastructure components can be managed from remote locations.

Summing Up

Needless to say, IT Infrastructure management services have evolved over the last three decades and today have reached a stage of momentous maturity. Today, IMS provides a wide range of offerings in a variety of business models. From providing IT administrative and networking support to helping clients in strategic planning about outsourcing or setting up data-centers, the infrastructure management services sector today provides significant inputs and services to its clients that impacts their bottom-line directly.

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