The Open Group Conference India 2011

Cloud Disruption and India Relevance

Srikanth Karnakota
Director of Cloud Platform Strategy India, Microsoft.

This session is going to provide an overview on the Cloud disruption and the implications for driving IT adoption in India. This will cover specific focus on how SMBs in India can leapfrog to the Cloud as they have no legacy to worry about and why this model addresses the fundamental challenges preventing them from adopting IT

Srikanth Karnakota

Srikanth is Director for Cloud Platform Strategy and Partnerships at Microsoft India. He is responsible for developing and defining core platform strategies for Microsoft India, and driving platform adoption with customers and partners. He played a key role in building Cloud Services models based on vertical industry solutions for manufacturing clusters and evolved innovative business models with key Telcos, ISVs and SIs to service the small business segment.

In his earlier role Srikanth built and incubated Start-ups and Venture capital engagement arm of Microsoft India. He led strategic business development activities thru start-up engagements and ISVs. Prior to joining Microsoft, Srikanth was the early employee of a young Indian product company Pramati Technologies and established their business development activities in the US.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from JNTU University and an MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade where he was EXIM bank scholar for outstanding performance.

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