Google Cloud on Thursday stated Bikram Singh Bedi would succeed Karan Bajwa as its new managing director for India. Bedi is a senior leader with over 26 years of management experience and will be responsible for leading Google Cloud’s sales and operations teams in the country.
“I’m happy to welcome Bikram (Bedi) to lead our India business,” stated Karan Bajwa, vice president of Google Cloud in the Asia Pacific. “With a proven track record of building and developing profitable company businesses, his experience will be an amazing asset to the team as we embark on this next phase of growth.”
Bajwa, who was appointed as head of Google Cloud in India in March final year, was these days elevated as the company’s new leader for the Asia Pacific.
Bedi joined Google Cloud from SoftBank-backed online grocery startup Grofers where he served as president of the strategy and new initiatives. Prior to that, he set up the Amazon Web Services (AWS) enterprise in India and was the head of India and South Asia for 6 years. He additionally held various management positions at tech firms IBM and Oracle.
“I’m excited about this new project and I look ahead to extending Google Cloud’s momentum in India,” said Bikram Singh Bedi, managing director, Google Cloud India. “The actual test of 2021 will be how organizations will hold cloud computing to modernize and scale for growth. Google Cloud is committed to supporting them accelerate their digital transformation to construct a strong foundation for the future.”
Google competes with global rivals, such as AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft, and Alibaba, to dominate cloud computing services. In India, it is eyeing areas such as banking, financial offerings and insurance plan (BFSI), manufacturing, healthcare, public sector, media and entertainment, telecom, and retail.
Google Cloud has been on a strong growth trajectory with businesses in India over the last 12 months, with wins throughout major industry verticals. For the past quite a few months, Google has bagged many new clients including information technology giant Wipro and travel company Cleartrip. Also among them is NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India), Tech Mahindra, TVS ASL, Sharechat, ICICI Prudential, and Nobroker.com. Google Cloud stated it continues to make investments in India and is on track to launch its Delhi cloud region in India this 12 months — it is second after Mumbai which was launched in 2017.
The global cloud computing market’s size is expected to develop from $371.4 billion in 2020 to $832.1 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5 percent in the estimated time period. According to a report published by MarketsandMarkets.
It stated digital business transformation has entered a more challenging and urgency-driven phase due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Global tech giants are providing clients with cost-effective and productive digital solutions as every industry is economically hard-hit by the pandemic. The unexpected shutdowns of offices, schools, and companies have increased the demand for cloud solutions and services.
The cloud market service in verticals such as IT, telecom, BFSI, and media and entertainment has impacted positively due to the work-from-home initiative. Employees are using cloud collaboration systems for communicating and consuming OTT (over-the-top) streaming offerings heavily as they need to stay at home amidst lockdowns.