Technology firm Atos aims at doubling in India

14 February 2014

IT-services firm Atos has revealed ambitious plans for the Indian market. In the coming years, it aims to ramp up its presence in India to boost offshore delivery capability as well as seek business from the region. The French-based technology player has set the target to add about 10,000 staff to more than double its workforce in India by 2016.

Atos was a relative latecomer in the Indian market, first starting its Indian operations in 2010 in Pune. The 1,000 employees at the time were primarily in place to service the parent company as a delivery centre. Yet over the past few years the firm has grown strongly, to approximately 10,000 employees. Looking at the long-run, the objective is to bring down the share of off-shore delivery work and build the share of independent IT and consulting work.

Technology firm Atos aims at doubling in India

In an interview with an Indian newspaper, Milind Kamat, CEO of Atos in India, states that the country organisation wants to double the current workforce by 2016. “We are making heavy investments in India and outside in recruiting new people, including delivery, sales force, pre-sales and marketing professionals”.

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The move from Atos follows the footsteps of many US and European IT services firms such as Accenture and Capgemini. The latter, for example, has announced plans to grow to 70.000 employees in 2015. Capgemini, a rival of Atos, currently has roughly 50,000 employees across  various centres in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Trivandrum and Salem.


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Urban transport remains the primary area of investment in Smart Cities

08 April 2019

Examining the progress in the government of India’s Smart Cities Mission, global professional services firm Deloitte has revealed that the majority of funding for the scheme is being drawn from the central government, while the investments are focused primarily in the urban transport sector.

The Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Indian government in 2015, with an estimated project value of approximately $14 billion. The scheme aims at developing a number of urban financial centres across India, each of which is endowed with the latest in Information Communication Technology.

By definition, all functions within a smart city are carried out in the digital sphere. According to the World Bank, a smart city is a technology-intensive city that has sensors installed everywhere and offers highly efficient public services using information gathered in real time by thousands of interconnected devices.”Key components of a smart city

Deloitte breaks the characterisation of a smart city down into six primary components. The first is smart governance, which entails the migration of the entire state infrastructure and citizen services to the online domain, facilitated by the presence of a strong IT infrastructure

The second component described by the Big Four accounting and advisory firm is smart living, which includes state-of-the-art facilities for sewage & sanitation, water supply, electricity, housing and a number of other aspects of daily life. These constitute the core infrastructure of a smart city.

In addition, a smart city consists of smart people, which means a comprehensive education programme and an abundance of cultural activities. Smart mobility is another key aspect of a smart city, which not only includes a solid walking infrastructure, but also ICT-based transport and traffic control.Overview of Smart Cities Mission progress

The last two components, as per Deloitte are smart environment and smart economy. The latter ensures that most residents of a smart city have access to employment opportunities, while the former entails the absence of pollution, green architecture, and a reliance on renewable energy.

Building on these components, the scheme has integrated an increasing number of ctiies within this programme, starting with 60 in 2016 and 30 in 2017. By June last year, the North Eastern city of Shillong was shortlisted to be the 100th smart city in the country.

Once a city is selected to be a part of the Smart Cities programme, Deloitte identifies three types of development that are conducted in the urban centres. The first comes under the bracket of Redevelopment Projects, which include replacements of various aspects of the current built environment. Investments in 99 cities by sector

The second comes under the broad ambit of Retrofitting Projects, which entails the addition of new infrastructural development in order to facilitate greater connectivity in the city. Thridly, the firm identifies Greenfield Projects, which include the introduction of smart solutions in “previously vacant areas.”

While the majority of the investment in the Smart Cities Mission is drawn from the central government, Deloitte’s analysis reveals that the smart mobility component is drawing the most funding, followed by area development and economic development. Energy, ICT solutions and housing follow as the next biggest priorities.