Partner Speak: Cloud computing is the wave of the future

ChannelWorld India spoke to the winners of the Cloud Champions of 2016, to understand key shifts that are happening in the cloud space, and how these are affecting the partner ecosystem.

Instituted in 2009, the ChannelWorld Premier 100 Awards have become an industry benchmark for excellence in the Indian IT channel space. In addition to recognizing the 100 best solution providers, SIs, VARs, and ISVs of the country, Channelworld Premier 100 also recognizes channel players who are actively evangelizing and understanding new technologies like cloud, and tackling the myriad challenges that arise in this emerging space. We honour them with the Cloud Champion awards.

Every year, Premier 100 Cloud Champion Awards highlight the pursuit of excellence and perseverance in the field of cloud computing. This year, Cloud Champion award recognizes five partners who have excelled in delivering cloud solutions.

Check out the full list of the 2016 Cloud Champion Award winners

To know more about the key shifts that are taking place in the cloud services domain, and how these are impacting the partner ecosystem, ChannelWorld India spoke to the top executives of three companies that have won the ChannelWorld Premier 100 2016 Cloud Champions award.

According to Punit Thakkar, director of Mumbai-based Shivaami Cloud Services, cloud is an exciting new domain, and it is rapidly transforming the industry. He said, “Cloud is the next big wave in IT industry and we are fully equipped to make the most of it. It is definitely an exciting space to be in, as all customers are interested in moving their businesses to the next level, and they are using cloud for that transformation.”

Thakkar believes that cost and flexibility are the two major advantages of cloud. “To leverage the benefits of cloud, we use it for almost everything—starting from telephony and leave management to operations. We will continue using cloud and selling cloud to our customers,” said Thakkar.

Kavita Singhal, director of Delhi-based Kamtron Systems, said that, cloud is like a tsunami that has already hit the Indian market.  “Despite having challenges like acceptance of newer technologies and bandwidth, there are Indian enterprises that are using cloud for their business transformation. The market is picking up and a lot of vendor companies are coming up with innovative solutions on cloud for Indian businesses,” she said.

“We, at Kamtron, are using cloud technology for all possible work in our organization, and therefore we aren’t restricted anymore to our local machines and workplaces, and can have the ease of working from anywhere using any device,” said Singhal.

Founder and managing director of Bangalore-based LDS Infotech, Amarnath Shetty believes that, to succeed in today’s competitive environment, one has to manage their business amidst constant change. And in this era cloud is the change. He said, “We are extremely positive about cloud computing hitting the Indian market, and adoption is definitely improving at a fairly good pace. This is the reason, LDS is aggressively pitching cloud to customers.”

“Some customers are sitting on the fence, facing a dilemma over adopting cloud for their business. But I believe, either today or tomorrow a majority of the Indian customers will adopt this new technology for their business productivity,” concluded Shetty.