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"India and China have the biggest population but the lowest healthcare penetration," said Nair, explaining why Dell has
chosen healthcare as a focus area. In the Asia-Pacific region, India is the largest market for Dell after China.
"We are not going to China first because of the language barrier. Plus, India has software talent." On the flip side, of the
total $10 billion that Gartner estimates India spends on IT services, the healthcare industry has one of the lowest
spends.
"There are no large systems integration deals in healthcare in India," admits Nair, which is why he says Dell plans to use
a cloud-based model to tap the healthcare segment in India. Under the cloud-based model, Dell will offer a prepackaged
stack of solutions on the cloud, which hospitals and healthcare providers can tap into.
For financial services and retail and manufacturing industry verticals, Dell is offering a similar stack of applications on the
cloud. It has, for instance, tied up with Ramco Systems, for offering enterprise software on the cloud.
What this means is that instead of buying the hardware and software licenses, companies can opt for a prepackaged
stack of applications on a pay-as-you-use model. "In healthcare, this is a delivery model we only want to take to India
and China because in markets like US, there is already an existing installed base and large systems integration deals," he
adds.
Microsoft to set up 100 innovation centres in India within 2 years
Microsoft Corporation (India) has announced the launch of 14 Microsoft Innovation Centres (MICs) in India, signing
MoUs with leading academic institutions across four states. As part of the worldwide programme, that currently has 75
MICs, Microsoft aims to launch a total of 100 MICs in India in the next two years.
These MICs will impact over 500,000 students, certifying 100,000 students on Microsoft technologies. The programme
will also drive innovation and help build a product-based software economy by supporting product development, and
over 500 start-ups.
The MICs will act as innovation hubs at select colleges and technology institutes, providing incubation and expert hands-
on support on Microsoft technology innovation, research, and software solutions, aiming to create a pool of student
technology experts across India.
Each MIC will function as a hub for five other neighboring colleges and will operate in a hub-spoke model driving
employability, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the academic ecosystem around it. The 14 cities that will host the
first MICs, opening this week will be Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Bapatla, Guntur and Tirupati in
Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Trichy, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem in
Tamil Nadu.
Joseph Landes, General Manager, DPE, Microsoft India said in a release: "The Microsoft Innovation Centers are designed
to offer a unique environment conducive for student entrepreneurship."
The MIC programme will act as the key driver of Microsoft's vision for developing new talent in India at the student
level. Budding developers will be encouraged to innovate across key priority technology focus areas that are driving
growth and change for the economy, namely: Mobility (Windows Phone), Cloud (Windows Azure), Kinect, Accessibility,
Healthcare and a wider ambit for solving problems with an India focus.
The MIC announcement comes days after the India launch of Microsoft's new global philanthropy initiative, Youth Spark
- aimed at addressing the opportunity divide faced by the young people of the world.