Agendra Kumar, President, NIIT GIS Ltd

Speaking with Yash Ved of IIFL, Agendra Kumar says “The GIS industry is expected to grow in 9-10% range. We expect better than the industry growth for the current fiscal for our company.”

Sep 22, 2014 12:09 IST India Infoline News Service

Agendra Kumar, President, NIIT GIS Ltd (Esri India)
Agendra Kumar, President, NIIT GIS Ltd (Esri India)
has over 25 years of experience in IT business management and has served as the country head of several multinational technology companies. Before joining NIIT GIS, Agendra was the Managing Director of SGI in India. He has been associated twice with SGI (earlier known as Silicon Graphics Inc) with a prior stint as Director, Sales during 1994-2000.
 
NIIT GIS Ltd. (Esri India) established in 1996, is a joint venture between NIIT Technologies Limited (NTL), India and Esri Inc., USA. Esri India is an end-to-end Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) solutions provider and enjoys a leadership position with Esri ArcGIS suite of software and other related products. Esri India has successfully delivered GIS solutions to more than 5000 customers for applications in Land management, Utilities, Infrastructure, Disaster Management, Telecommunications, Urban / Municipal, Transportation, Defence and Natural resources.
 
Speaking with Yash Ved of IIFL, Agendra Kumar says The GIS industry is expected to grow in 9-10% range. We expect better than the industry growth for the current fiscal for our company.”
 
What is the industry growth for GIS? What is the growth you are looking for?
The GIS industry is expected to grow in 9-10% range. We expect better than the industry growth for the current fiscal for our company.
 
What is your take for the new government?
We will see positive moves from the new government. Recently, the new government has spoken about the smart cities. We are focussed on smart cities.
 
With this step, more investment will come into areas like Smart Utilities – Electricity, water and gas; Traffic management; roads and highways; public safety etc. Government is also encouraging the use of GIS and Geospatial technology in policy implementation, governance and in providing better service to the citizens.
 
What are the key trends driving the growth for GIS sector?
GIS being an enabling technology is making inroads into newer application areas. For example – telecommunication, banking and insurance, retail and real estate companies are looking to use GIS for analytics and improved decision-making. GIS is now available through the web and through the mobile devices like tablets and smart phones, these advancements make it possible for the people to use their GIS systems from any device, from anywhere and at any time. This is transforming the way we work.
 
GIS as an enterprise technology platform:All departments in an organization deal with location data. They use different enterprise applications that have location data. GIS integrates with those enterprise applications and enables users of those applications to do more with the data they already have.
 
Web Availability: GIS is now available through the web. People can build their GIS applications, carry on with their work on the web and share it across the organization. Web GIS is making it possible for non-GIS professionals to also build simple GIS applications in an easy and cost effective manner.
 
GIS systems are getting bigger: They are holding and managing more information, supporting more applications, and as a result leveraging the investments already made in the data and providing more benefits within organizations.
 
The volume of geospatial data that's coming from different sources is growing exponentially. Apart from the data that comes from satellites and airborne digital cameras, LIDAR, photogrammetry etc., there are data streams that come from social networks like Twitter, Facebook etc. that can be analysed in real time and presented as part of GIS systems.
 
What is the current GIS market in India?
GIS market in India expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.19% during year 2012-2016. 
 
Who are your clients?
We have a very large number of clients in India spanning across Land Management organizations; education and research institutes;Mapping agencies;Forest departments; departments that manage water-shed; defence; electric, water and gas utilities and telecommunications companies.

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