By Lingraju Sawkar, President, Kyndryl India
As India gears up to lead the next techade, one must be in Bengaluru to see it come to life: the city is home to some of the brightest minds and pioneering companies in IT, biotechnology, deeptech and other futuristic technologies.
This week, at the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS), Asia’s biggest and most sought-after technology event, Kyndryl Chairman and CEO Martin Schroeter spoke to tech leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and government leaders in the industry about the role they will play in rewiring the global economy. As Prime Minister Modi eloquently put it: “When India grows, the world grows. When India reforms, the world transforms.” As technology becomes more human-centric and democratized in the country, India is poised to use it to eradicate poverty.
I am especially proud of Kyndryl’s work in India that touches the lives of more than a billion people. We employ tens of thousands of skilled professionals here, and support customers locally and worldwide. India’s global leadership as a technological and economic superpower will be vital. While there were many thought-provoking conversations taking place at BTS, here are four important insights.
1. Upskilling talented workers remains crucial
If we look back in time, technology has been a springboard for countries to build a flourishing economy. But modern enterprises are becoming increasingly aware they need a more crucial layer on top of their cutting-edge technology: a talented workforce. As Martin emphasized in his inaugural address, we need to rewire for skills to build a stronger future. When we upskill our talented workers, many of whom are on the front lines of modernizing critical systems, we are providing the world access to pools of curious and ambitious talent. As the Beyond Bengaluru initiative led by the government has shown us, great talent can be found outside metropolitan cities as well. So, it is essential to also tap Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities to drive inclusive economic growth.