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Realizing the promise of India’s big data frontier

24 October 2012 | Rahul Chitale, Director, Cloud Services, Microsoft India

A while ago I came across an article in ZDNet reporting that India’s Big Data market is estimated to reach $1 billion by 2015. By any comparison, that’s an impressive figure as the country moves forward with its bold investment in big data.

What’s the driving force behind this momentum? Well, for one, the government of India is quickly becoming one of the largest generators and consumers of big data in the country and even the world. With programs such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System (CPSMS) and the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), the government of India is literally grappling with petabytes of data tied to these programs, and extracting value from these massive datasets is far from straightforward. However, cloud computing, as well as a variety of emerging tools are proving to be very effective at mining big data intelligently, and have great promise for the government of India.

That’s the position I take in a column I was recently invited to contribute to a well respected industry trade publication. As part of my article, I point out how cloud computing, along with other emerging technologies, can help the government of India process the massive scale of big data being generated by its programs and help the government deliver on its promise to transform high-priority citizen services from their current manual delivery into e-delivery.

Big data has reached a tipping point on the global stage. I believe India stands as one of the foremost examples of big data use across the worldwide public sector and will have a visible role in setting a global standard for big data management. If your organization is dealing with similar challenges around big data, I invite you to check out my column.

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Rahul Chitale
Director, Cloud Services, Microsoft India

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Rahul Chitale | Director, Cloud Services, Microsoft India

For more than 12 years, Rahul has served Microsoft India in various roles, and currently leads the public sector cloud business. In his current role, Rahul advises Indian governments on adopting cloud solutions that meet their unique requirements.