Microsoft CEO meets CM Fadnavis, expresses wish for State’s digital transformation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and CM Fadnavis
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the sidelines of an event here on Wednesday. In the event Nadella has pitched for poor and unveiled technology for semi-skilled workers. Expressing satisfaction over his meeting with Fadnavis, Nadella said that he has expressed his wish to scale up the digital transformation project in Maharashtra.

He added, “Govt of Maharashtra in partnership with Microsoft has already written a success story in Harisal, the epicentre of malnourishment in Melghat. We are ready to migrate to #CloudComputing for optimum utilisation of our resources. We believe that Big Data Analytics bring more objectivity and efficiency in governance and policy making. Maharashtra has adopted the technology for land digitisation. At DMIC we have planned a #SmartCity AURIC”

Meanwhile in the event, Nadella made a strong case for using digital technologies to empower the common man and launched a slew of India-centric initiatives, including a platform to connect semi-skilled workers with employers.

The technology giant also launched a ‘lite’ version of its video interaction platform Skype.

“If digital technology is only the purview of the large businesses and the start-ups, I think that is not sufficient for an economy to make progress,” the India-born Nadella said speaking at a company event here.

“We can celebrate technology, but if it doesn’t truly empower every Indian and every Indian organisation to achieve more…we would have achieved nothing,” he said.

The global giant introduced the ‘Sangam’ platform, which is based on the world’s largest professional networking site LinkedIn, also owned by the company, which will help the semi-skilled workers get job opportunities.

“We now need to extend this (LinkedIn) to middle skill and low-skill (workers), (provide) vocational training for job opportunities for everyone,” he said, adding that sectors like hospitality can benefit from it.