Multinational technology and consulting major IBM, which first established its presence in India in 1951, on Thursday announced that it was preparing to celebrate its centenary across the world on June 16.
IBM India Pvt. Ltd. Managing Director Shanker Annaswamy said the company was present in India ‘in full strength'. “We have grown rapidly in every segment of the IT-enabled services (ITeS) business, particularly since the mid-1990s. IBM in India plays a major role in the company's global operations,” Mr. Annaswamy said.
Observing that technologies in the banking and telecom industries would play an important role in the future, Mr. Annaswamy said his company had been a significant actor in both spaces. “Our landmark deal with Bharti Airtel in 2004, which was subsequently replicated and then scaled up with other telecom companies and our association with large and small banks in India, has enabled us to take advantage of opportunities arising out of synergies in the two sectors,” he said.
IBM's role as an integrator of IT infrastructure for clients such as the Indian Railways and the Central Board of Direct Taxes, among many others, had enabled the company to build similar infrastructure for airlines, airport operators, airline companies and many others, Mr. Annaswamy said.
Mr. Annaswamy said the company would be seeking ‘to expand into smaller cities' while addressing the needs of small and medium businesses. “We will offer specific, tailor-made for smaller companies,” Mr. Annaswamy added.
Analytics and cloud computing were the major areas for the company in the future, Mr. Annaswamy said.