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Capgemini confident of India's growth story

September 16, 2013 14:33 IST

ComputersIT services major Capgemini is confident about India's growth story, despite challenges like infrastructure and development being faced by the world's second most populous country.

The Paris-based firm, which employs over 120,000 people in 40 countries, is a major provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services with revenue of more than Euro10 billion (about $13 billion) last year.

"There is absolutely no way you stay-in and not move. Everybody will move. . . the government has a sound road map and policy in place, so first those things get worked out and some of those pilots will potentially help problems and hiccups.

"Some will work. Its just a matter of getting the ball moving in enough prove points," Capgemini vice president Global Smart Energy Services William Nicholson told PTI.

Explaining the nature of problems in India, he said the country's size and its population also add up to the problem.

"I think the problem here is bigger because of the size and population of the country.

“Its bigger because the infrastructure isn't as modern. So the challenge India has is bigger.

"The challenges of the regulator, the utility and the policy makers are bigger. So what everybody should probably recognise is that India needs more time to get those things figured out," he added.

Nicholson said that regulatory issues take time to standardise.

Citing the example of France, he added the country has started to roll out (smart metres), but the same metres if one tried to install in 2006-07 would not have been possible.

"So my advice to business people that are getting frustrated with being here is they may be not trying to shape the market, advice the market, structure pilots.

“They are trying to get a big deal, that's not gonna happen in the short term," he added.

Nicholson, however, said there is no clarity who is going to drive the change in India, where it will be the policy makers or the regulator or the people.

"The stumbling point that I'm hearing is that everywhere in the world there's been either the politicians, the regulator, the utility or the consumer that has driven the programme and in India I don't see clarity yet on who is going to drive the programme or initiate it on a country-wide scale," he added.

India is one of the priority markets for the firm in the Asia-Pacific region, besides China and Australia.

Capgemini will participate in the smart grid technologies-related projects on pilot basis in the country.

This aims to improve overall efficiency of the power sector, especially in transmission and distribution segments, leveraging information technology. Explaining the advantages that IT services can deliver for power utilities, Nicholson said one can provide energy efficiency and energy audit programmes or remotely disconnect somebody who is not paying the bills.

"Besides, IT can help in identifying diversion or loss; and overall the utility will be able to identify where there is an outage or a physical outage and get together the requisite crew and get them to that place much faster," he said.

"So this is an end-to-end solution," he added.

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