‘Use of IT brings about enormous changes and challenges’
District Collector Archana Patnaik (left) with president of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, D. Nandakumar (second left) and president of Coimbatore District Small Industries Association E.K. Ponnuswamy (right) at a meeting on ‘Re-energizing India SMB Growth - Powered by Technology’ organised by NASSCOM in Coimbatore on Thursday. —Photo: M. Periasamy
Use of technology, especially Information Technology, has been successful in areas such as agriculture and with the e-governance initiative, use of IT has improved in several fields.
The district has 228 kiosks under the e-governance programme and applicants for some of the certificates receive text message alerts on their mobile phones, Coimbatore District Collector Archana Patnaik said here on Thursday.
Speaking at a meeting on “Re-energizing India SMB Growth – Powered by Technology” organised by NASSCOM here on Thursday, she said that use of Information Technology in any organisation brings about enormous changes and challenges.
Skills of the users of the technology, including the end users, need to be upgraded to keep pace with the growth of Information Technology. They should also have the skills to benefit from the technology adopted.
K. Purushothaman, regional director of NASSCOM, said that sectors such as apparel and textiles, jewellery, healthcare and education use Information Technology for designing, administrative activities, content management, etc.
Packaged solutions are available for several activities in these sectors.
D. Nandakumar, president of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, said there were 48 million small and medium-scale businesses in the country and most of these were micro-scale. While 55 per cent of the SMBs are in urban areas the rest are in rural areas.
These businesses are growing at an exponential rate and all stakeholders should work together and incentivise use of IT.