29th Annual HYSEA Innovation Summit & Industry Awards 2021
December 18, 2021
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From the President’s Desk

Mr. Bharani K Aroll President, HYSEA

On Behalf of the Managing committee members and on my personal behalf, I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year 2022!

As the 15th President of HYSEA, It is an honour and privilege to state that our organization which is a key pillar to the growth of Hyderabad IT Industry has completed 30 years of its incredible service to this city and state. HYSEA’s Glorious 30 years are also IT/ITES Industry’s glorious years, 30 years of Promoting Conducive Business Eco system, Nurturing SMBs, Building IT Leadership, Collective CSR and Policy Advocacy. On this wonderful occasion, Let me take a moment to thank all the Past Presidents , Office bearers and Managing committee members, our sponsors, Secretariat staff, our Volunteers, the Government and most importantly, our member organisations who are the primary reason for our existence and sustenance. HYSEA in these 3 decades has witnessed the evolution of Hyderabad IT Industry and thanks to all the stake holders on their trust and support during our entire journey in this growth story. Sincere thanks and gratitude to each and every one of them.

I am delighted to share that we had a great hugely successful 29th edition of Annual HYSEA Innovation Summit 2021. The morning conference was filled with exceptional speakers deliberating on very important topics very aligned with the Theme ‘Digital Convergence – Touching Lives and Businesses’. We had a record 1300 Plus registrations. The Product expo had 30+ finalists showcasing their products and had a great exchange with delegates .  My sincere gratitude to the organizing team who worked tirelessly on all aspects to host this conference seamlessly and  thus elevating this event at par with any international event.

Telangana has clocked 12.98% growth in financial year 2020-21 over the previous financial year in the IT export revenue. The growth is substantial considering the onset of Covid19 pandemic and its adverse impact on the economy. Our hearty congratulations to the Telangana Government on this incredible achievement. Many states envy us for a main reason that we have a visionary IT Minister and a dynamic Principal secretary and their contribution is quite significant in this growth story. We thank for the unstinted support the state government extends to the IT industry in Hyderabad. I am sure Hyderabad will continue to achieve many laurels in the coming years.

If we go back in History, Software investment in Hyderabad started in a very small way in early 1990s. IT companies had a very small footprint in the city; very few companies like TCS and Intergraph had offices in the city. IT activity gained momentum once the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Directorate was set up in the city. In addition, the Governments came up with business-friendly policies and took proactive steps to seek IT investments to the city. Together, these factors started attracting more and more IT investments to the city.

Over the last three decades, Govts have treated the IT, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors as high priority and created liberal industrial policies for each of them. Focusing on sustainable long-term economic growth, each Government has developed business-centric focus areas, provided tax incentives to companies, ensured co-operation in respect of land allocation, and provided 24X7 power supply, start-of-art infrastructure, and seamless connectivity.

Since the formation of our new State in 2014, The Telangana Government has been very proactive in attracting IT investments to the city. They actively engaged with companies looking to invest in the city, eased policies to simplify business transactions, and made space and infrastructure available at low costs. We have been witnessing CAGR of 14.25% in IT/ ITES Exports since 2013-14 , doubling the export revenues in just 6 years which clearly demonstrates the Government’s commitment to aggressively grow the exports from Hyderabad to make it the largest IT exporter in India .

The year gone by has been challenging on the pandemic front due to devastating wave 2, but the industry stepped up to help.

HYSEA played a major role in partnership with a NGO , Nirman and the Its member companies. Nearly 20 Cr was raised and an eventual 200+ ICU beds were set up in TIMS, and 7 other rural districts of Telangana . We involved in various other forms of Covid relief activities, thanks to the generous contribution from member companies. More than 35 companies participated in this initiative, the largest donors being Qualcomm, Microsoft, Franklin Templeton, OpenText, Cognizant, Wells Fargo, Infosys, CGI, Value Momentum, Virtusa, UST Global and so on.

HYSEA organized webinars on Covid awareness and also led vaccination drives collaborating with leading corporate hospitals and Government hospitals.

HYSEA did not stop its activities even during the pandemic. We used Virtual platforms and physical events as needed to continue to extend our support to the industry. I would like to take this opportunity to quickly cover some of these activities.

HYSEA administered several surveys during the pandemic to constantly measure the mood and pulse of the industry and to gain insights. Recently, a RTO survey was done to gain insights from  the industry in terms of return to work. The survey was well received and appreciated by the industry and captured the situation accurately considering the conditions prevailing at that time. Vaccination turned out to be a key factor in RTO.

HYSEA also organized a Designathon , A design focused Hackathon for students in association with JNTU-H, TASK and The Deverakonda Foundation.

HYSEA’s infra forum started 2021 with a pledge to reduce single use plastic and a manual to this effect was released by Mr Jayesh Ranjan at an event in Jan 2021.

The CSR summit, with Mr P Gopichand as Chief guest turned out to be a huge success with HYSEA taking the lead to organize a physical event as Wave 1 ended and industry was looking to return to office. As a follow up to the summit, HYSEA also held a round table with Lead India foundation, an empanelled NGO.

Our Innovation forum hosted a Series of Webinars on Technology and Innovation covering many topics and inviting successful entrepreneurs across the globe to share their success stories.

HYSEA tied up with a regional media channel TV5 and conducted a series of awareness programs under the title “ HYSEA – eTech Series covering  the latest digital technologies for several weeks targeting the student community and IT employees as a part of upskilling and reskilling programs.

HYSEA collaborated with NHRD to celebrate the International Women’s day with the theme “Choose to challenge” with the Honourable Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan as Chief Guest.

A webinar was conducted on ease of doing business where the main speakers were Sri. Ahmad Nadeem IAS, Commissioner of Labour and Sri. R. Chandrashekaram, Joint Commissioner of Labour.

HYSEA conducted its 37th edition of Leadership Development program  , exclusively for Women Leaders and Managers , where Ms Sailaja Kiron, MD, Margadarsi Chit Funds participated and shared her leadership journey.

HYSEA organized the prestigious Biz Summit on April 9, 2021 just before the wave 2 hit the country and Hyderabad. Mr. Rajesh Nambiar, Chairman and MD, Cognizant India was the Chief Guest and Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C Dept, Govt of Telangana was Guest of Honor.25+ Speakers, 4 Roundtables, Two Keynote Addresses and a Leader Note Address were highlights of the summit. 400+ delegates joined in virtually and in person at HICC.

While battling Covid wave 2, HYSEA also went ahead and launched the much awaited and needed Women Leaders Forum on 24th June 2021.Ms. Mamatha Madireddy, Centre Director – GSC Hyd, HSBC was chosen to  lead the forum. Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana, launched HYSEA Women Leaders’ Forum virtually. Subsequently, nearly 50 women leaders were brought together for a networking meeting under the women leaders’ forum. We collectively set a goal to promote and achieve 20% women leaders in 4 years in the IT Industry of Hyderabad. There are multiple other interventions being planned by this forum to promote women leadership.

A help desk for HYSEA members was launched where 7 experts in different areas like employment law, taxation, IPR and contracts, HR were empanelled who would answer members’ queries for free upto a level of support.

HYSEA launched its prestigious program, Cloud CoE. Mr Jayesh Ranjan launched the same in a virtual program. I am happy to share that We are working with MEITY, Telangana Government, T-Hub and the Cloud platform providers to obtain funding for the CoE to incubate couple of start-ups , groom talent , Support cloud adoption and thus creating a strong cloud ecosystem in the state.

HYSEA also conducted a survey on future work models to showcase to its member community on what could be the emerging New models of work arrangements.

In August, HYSEA launched one of the biggest Online internship fair under the aegis of industry-academia forum in collaboration with Conduira. This was a grand success with 100s of students getting internship opportunity.

In Summary, I can certainly state on behalf of  HYSEA leadership including my successors that We will Strive to provide our value based services to our member community and to all the stake holders in the ecosystem to motivate and support continued growth of the industry.

Hyderabad boasts of a strong ecosystem thanks to an involved IT leadership and industry associations. Leaders and captains of industry have closely collaborated with industry organizations to host free knowledge-sharing seminars, conferences and workshops on topics of interest.

A special mention has to be made about the start-up ecosystem that has emerged in the last 10 years. Building on the existing infrastructure, supported by industry leaders and fortified by strong mentorship, Hyderabad boasts of start-ups spread across enterprise software, e-commerce, data analytics, big data, and healthcare sectors, these start-ups hold the promise of ground-breaking innovation and design. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of the Telangana government on establishing the enabling ecosystem comprising of TASK, T-HUB , RICH, TSIC etc, the future is very bright for the Start-ups in our state.

HYSEA believes the future growth areas for IT/ITES will be surrounding the Digital and other Emerging Technologies and also transitioning from pure services to a combination of Services and Productization of services model . IT Services industry has been evolving continuously over the last three decades. At every step, the underlying ethos has aimed at enabling customer success. To deliver these customer successes, IT industry has to keep re-discovering the way it operates. Productization of Services is one such actualization of that ethos which is now becoming a focus area for IT Services industry.

Speaking on the Industry Awards by HYSEA, these was instituted more than two decades ago and have created a benchmark for excellence in both services as well as products space.

While service Awards have been predominantly about export revenues, Last year the Awards Committee deliberated and instituted two new awards to recognize companies for creating employment in the state. These awards to be presented are Maximum Net employee addition in a year & Maximum Net Women employee addition in a year.

Following our tradition of celebrating individual achievements concerning the IT Industry, HYSEA takes pride in presenting ‘Lifetime Achievement Award this year to Mr. J.A. Choudhary, Past President HYSEA, Founding member of HYSEA, Chairman of Blockchain Committee, India for his decades of service to the Hyderabad IT Industry .

I congratulate all the award winners this year!!! Thanks to all our Jury members for their continued and passionate support every year. Thanks to all our Patron Sponsors for their continued support and also Q-City, the Main Sponsor for Innovation Summit for their partnership and once again thanks to Team HYSEA for the marvellous job this year. Stay Safe!

Thank you all.

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