Bharat Bytes: Padma Bhushan awards; Indian IT spend up; Google hires in Pune; Reliance invests in robotics; Indian mobile OS

Bharat Bytes is Computerworld India’s regular round-up of news from the world of IT.

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Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella awarded Padma Bhushan

Satya Narayana Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Sundararajan (Sundar) Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, have been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour, for their contributions to trade and industry. Both now work in the US where they lead two of the world’s largest technology companies. Pichai was born in Chennai and studied at IIT Kharagpur before going on to Stanford University, while Nadella was born in Hyderabad and studied first at Manipal Institute of Technology then at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

India’s IT spending expected to reach $105.2 billion

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cloud market in India surpassed the on-premises market in the enterprise application software market for the first time in 2020.

According to Gartner, cloud-based software consumption will be one of the most important contributors to India’s 15% growth in the software segment, while pentup demand for data centre technologies will drive a 4% growth in the data centre segment.

Spending on business and technology consulting is expected to grow 10% by 2022. As companies focus on upgrading their software stack to software as a service (SaaS), cloud efforts will account for nearly all the 11% growth in enterprise software spending in 2022.

IT spending is expected to reach $4.5 trillion globally in 2022, up 5.1 percent from 2021.

Google expanding its cloud team with new office in Pune

Google will hire product engineering, technical support, and Global Delivery Centre staff for its new office in Pune. Although the office won’t open until later in 2022, Google is advertising job openings now.

The new India office will work with global engineering teams to develop enterprise cloud technologies, provide real-time technical assistance, and deliver product and implementation knowledge for digital transformation, Google said.

Reliance invests in Noida robotics firm

Noida-based robotics firm Addverb Technologies has landed a $132 million investment from Reliance Industries, which is using the robots in industrial and retail settings. Addverb makes the hardware and software for its robots. It plans to use the additional funding to expand in Europe and the US.

Reliance is playing catch-up with Amazon in robotics: The US e-commerce giant bought warehouse robot maker Kiva Systems in 2012.

An Indian mobile phone OS?

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) wants Indian industry and academia to develop an indigenous operating system for mobile phones as an alternative to Android or Apple’s iOS, Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar has said.

It will be an uphill battle, as the number of mobile phone OSes has been dwindling. Windows Mobile and BlackBerry OS are long gone, as are many lesser-known platforms.

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