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The Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI) is an open platform aimed at bringing together subject matter experts across government, industry, and academia to collaborate and innovate with the objective of accelerating the emergence of the Indian IT ecosystem as a strong “global leader” in Cloud Computing technologies for emerging markets.

About CCICI

The Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India is an open platform aimed at bringing together subject matter experts across government, industry, and academia to collaborate and innovate with the objective of accelerating the emergence of the Indian IT ecosystem as a strong “global leader” in Cloud Computing technologies for emerging markets.

The Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India will also drive collaboration to help accelerate adoption and deployment of Cloud Computing in the country. A framework for adoption and development of standards, interoperability testing, certification, and benchmarking would be a primary focus area.

The Cloud Computing Innovation Council will be driven as an open forum with subject matter experts participating as volunteers in working groups delivering innovation proposals and outcomes such as the following:

  • Standards recommendations, interoperability test beds, certifications and benchmarks
  • White papers and reference architectures
  • Pilot projects to develop prototypes, demonstrations, proof of concept etc.
  • Research projects resulting in “eminent” publications and Intellectual Property
  • Policy and regulatory recommendations
  • Incubation of innovation promoting entities – Innovation Sandbox, Innovation Clusters, etc.
  • Capability building through conferences, workshops, eLearning platforms, design challenges, awards, participation in global forums, etc.

CCICI Structure

CCICI Activities

CCICI Repository

Membership

Both individuals and institutions can become a member of CCICI. Options of both annual membership and life membership are available.

Different types of membership

  • Individual Membership
    • Life Membership
    • Annual Membership
  • Institutional Membership
    • Startup (<5 Crore Annual revenue)
    • Mid Size Enterprise (5 to 50 Crore Annual revenue)
    • Large Enterprise (> 50 Crore Annual revenue)
    • Education Institute (established <10 years ago)
    • Education Institute (established >=10 years ago)

About the Wiki

This Wiki represents the consolidated work of a significant body of experts from industry, government, academia, and professional bodies that came together within the CCICI to assess global trends in Cloud Computing, the status of India, India-specific challenges and opportunities, and recommendations to accelerate Cloud Computing adoption and innovation in India.

A Framework and Roadmap for Cloud Computing Innovation in India

Cloud Computing is a new paradigm in Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITES) that transforms “computing as a resource” to “computing as a service”. It is a disruptive technology with influence pervading across all aspects of a modern economy. While this has the potential of leapfrogging the economy of emerging markets like India, the adoption and deployment in such countries poses a unique set of technological, business, and regulatory challenges.

The next five years are expected to be an exponential growth phase for Cloud Computing in India. Conservative estimates put the 2011 spending on Cloud Computing at $0.9 B (2.3% of total IT spending), with the potential to grow to $4.5 B by 2015. However, with the right focus and innovation, this can become the dominant IT model making it a ten times bigger market opportunity.

The current state of IT deployment (refer UN e-Governance survey—India is ranked 124) indicates that India has a near greenfield opportunity of developing cloud-based solutions that can leverage the latest technology and be optimally suited to the unique requirements of emerging markets.

Rapid adoption of cloud in the global market and the prolific innovation “for the cloud” and “on the cloud” represents a disruptive play in the IT/ITES industry. This is a great opportunity as well as threat for India’s IT/ITES industry. A proper strategy and focus on innovation is essential to be able to ride this wave as opposed to being washed away by it. Parallel report of the Indian SMB market for cloud services in 2013 is estimated at approximately 17 billion (U.S. $339 million) and is expected to grow 35% year-on-year for the next three years, reaching approximately 42 billion (U.S. $839 million) by the beginning of 2016.

There is deep expertise available across the R&D Labs, academia and government labs in various technology areas associated with cloud computing. However, they have been primarily operating in isolation.

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