The IT industry has been a significant driver of economic development for India over the last two decades, and it continues to be so. The industry has weathered many global storms over the years and has emerged stronger each time. While stages of evolution are typical for most industries, it is particularly severe in the case of the technology industry in which cycles are more frequent and more disruptive. As a mature industry with some of the best talent in the world, the Indian IT industry will doubtless prevail over the challenges it faces at present.
The continued success of India’s IT industry is critical not only for the industry and the countless support services that it has spawned but for the entire country. As a provider of physical infrastructure in the form of Special Economic Zones and other industrial and business zones, Attivo has taken the lead in re-evaluating the evolving requirements of the IT industry so that specific infrastructure solutions can be developed to enable the industry to compete effectively with its global peers. Even as the industry goes back to the drawing board to reconfigure itself, they believe that supporting sectors should similarly introspect and re-examine their specific roles in each context.
The backbone of Attivo Economic Zones
Indranil Dasgupta serves as CEO of Attivo Economic Zones (A Srei initiative). He served as Managing Director of Indian Operation at IDIADA Automotive Technology S.A, of Spain in 2006. Indranil is associated with SREI Group. He has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance. He started his career as an Executive Trainee in Hindustan Lever Ltd from 1991 to 1992. He worked as a Whole-Time Director at Kalpena Industries Limited since August 2011, until November 2012. He studied BE Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University.
Advancement with Intelligence
The evolution of the industry from the mainframe era to the PC era, and now to the mobile and cloud era have each come with tremendous new opportunities that enterprising companies have benefited from. Each stage brought digitization to new levels, and exponentially increased the amount of digital data generated and consumed. Obviously, this has had a tremendous impact on workplace practices and requirements, leading to the current scenario of a highly distributed digital workplace with a very floating workforce that the industry and its infrastructure partners must urgently address.
The advent of the combination of mobile and cloud has been particularly disruptive for the IT industry. With the bulk of computing power and data storage located remotely, physical infrastructure needs of the IT industry have evolved from mostly ‘people centric’ to both ‘people and machine-centric’. This shift needs to be addressed by infrastructure providers by developing locations tailored for setting up large data centers apart from flexible human workspaces.
In the context of the human workplace, flexibility and speed become ever more important with companies needing to be ‘agile’ enough to respond to change, and even to impending change. This includes co-locating and relocating multiple functions as needed, the ability to scale quickly at will and to redistribute teams across locations. These requirements, albeit having always existed, have become ever more relevant for success in today’s scenario where external geopolitical factors are aggravating the internal challenges that the industry faces. Attivo has committed to working closely with the IT industry as an infrastructure partner to deliver workplace solutions that are relevant to current business needs.
Boosting Technology by aiding Finance
Attivo’s AMRL Special Economic Zone – financed by SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd, one of India’s largest infrastructure focused NBFCs – is an ideal platform that can host large data centers as well as IT and business centers. AMRL offers all the benefits of the SEZ policy, the platform that has played a key role in the growth of the industry over the last decade, together with the infrastructure expertise of Attivo and the SREI Group. With a co-development agreement in place with India Power Corporation Ltd, a large power distribution company with operations in various parts of the country, AMRL is well set to provide stable and reliable 24×7 powers to its IT consumers.
AMRL enables IT companies to become operational at speed from a highly cost-competitive location that, while being remote, still boasts of world-class connectivity at its doorstep. It is located in Tirunelveli district in southern Tamil Nadu, a traditional IT powerhouse of India. With a major International airport at Trivandrum in Kerala about an hour’s drive away, and smaller regional airports at Tuticorin and Madurai close by, AMRL is well connected by air. By virtue of its location along NH7, just minutes away from Tirunelveli town, AMRL is also well connected by road and rail. Being in a region dubbed the ‘Oxford of South India’ for its educational credentials, AMRL enables access to quality IT talent locally, a critical requirement for the industry.
Despite these advantages, it needs to be stated that the value that AMRL, and on a broader scale, Attivo, brings to the IT industry goes way beyond location, connectivity, and cost. With the financial strength and expertise of the SREI Group in the infrastructure sector backing it, the IT industry will find AMRL (and Attivo) a willing partner that is genuinely interested in finding innovative infrastructure solutions that provide the foundation for Indian IT’s next wave of growth.