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Pune, March 18: To help Indian enterprises and government organizations take full advantage of the cloud, Microsoft India on Wednesday launched a special Cloud Accelerator Program.

This was decided by the company’s leadership at India’s largest cloud conference, the 2015 Microsoft Azure Conference. More than 1,500 cloud professionals and IT industry decision makers will attend the two-day conference, with another 15,000 participating via the virtual conference.

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“We are investing to provide cloud services from local datacenters to help government, BFSI, state-owned enterprises and other regulated industries to take full advantage of the cloud. The Cloud Accelerator Program is designed to help India move to the cloud, and in turn, help ‘Make in India’ a reality. This will open up new possibilities in e-governance, financial inclusion, healthcare, and education to positively impact the lives of a billion people,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India.

In addition, Microsoft has launched cloud training programs - Azure Vidyapeeth and GuruVarta, for partners that will enable SMBs transition to the cloud. The program will upskill partners to help 10,000 SMBs across 250 cities to move to the cloud.

At the event, Microsoft also launched Cloud Decision Framework for public sector companies, government departments, banks, and financial services companies. The Cloud Decision Framework is an independent, open framework based on industry standards and regulator-guidelines. The framework builds on international ISO standards and incorporates India-specific guidelines from IRDA, IDRBT and the IT Act.

Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, Microsoft India said, “Cloud is real in India today. Our early-adopter customers are already seeing the benefits of public, private and hybrid cloud. With the Cloud Accelerator Program, we and our partners will be able to move thousands of customers to the cloud over the next few months. We are committed to help government departments, public sector organizations, and banking and financial services companies move forward on their own cloud journeys.”

Speaking on the new offerings from Microsoft, Somick Goswami, National Business Development Leader, PWC said, “Microsoft and PwC joining hands is a strategic fit where the former will focus on its cloud solutions and products, while the latter can assist customers in the entire IT transformation journey from assessment to strategy to architecture formulation to implementation to managed services in the cloud.”

Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder & CEO, Persistent Systems said, “Persistent Systems and Microsoft have collaborated for more than 23 years to develop products and solutions that help businesses innovate, reduce time to market and accelerate business transformation. As a Microsoft Azure Circle Partner, we help enterprises and ISVs looking to adopt or extend their Azure platform utilization. We see cloud adoption continuing to grow in India. With initiatives like Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Program we can accelerate cloud adoption in many Indian market segments like BFSI, currently under-penetrated by cloud.”

Devendra Taneja, MD & CEO, PC Solutions added, “Microsoft’s decision to provide cloud services from India datacenters has created a lot of interest amongst customers and partners. It is opening up new doors for innovation in the cloud for Indian customers, especially due to localized IPs available for local business needs.”

Bobby Managing Director, Vice President, Microland “As businesses strive to become more agile, intelligent, and digital new demands are placed on IT departments everyday. To do this enterprises need to smartly connect their infrastructure, software applications, data and operations capabilities. The Microsoft cloud and availability of services through local datacenters in India, combined with Microland’s industry knowledge, implementation expertise and Hybrid IT services, will help accelerate our customers’ cloud adoption. Unlocking new benefits including powerful new applications, data-driven insights and increased productivity.”