Microsoft to Drive Cloud Adoption in SMBs with a Contest

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 20, 2013

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Microsoft India is all set to attract small and medium enterprises to move to Cloud computing. For this, the IT giant has rolled out a unique contest named ‘Code Of Honor’ which would allow Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and technology start-ups to build third party cloud based applications on windows platform for SMBs companies.

According to Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd, there are not enough cloud based applications which are suited for small and medium business productivity. We see there is an opportunity to create commercial apps beyond the traditional ERP and other transactional systems.

The ISVs can build enterprise apps and solutions in the areas of HR, Finance, Marketing, Sales etc, Micro, small and medium enterprise apps and solutions, Government Enablement and Citizen services based on Microsoft Azure and Visual studios platform.

The company has given target to these ISVs to create over 100 applications (apps) and solutions for businesses and governments in next six months. As part of the contest, ISVs and technology start-ups can win nine awards in four categories – Enterprise, MSME, Government Enablement and Citizen Services. Special credit will be given to apps and solutions that are accessible to differently-abled people and/or are created to promote social good.

Pramanik said that the contest will encourage creation of apps and solutions that are scalable, reliable and secure and that can be used over public, private and hybrid clouds.

 “Over the last two years, developers and ISVs in India have contributed significantly to the Windows and Windows Phone stores. Now we want to leverage these ecosystems for developing commercial applications,” added Joseph Landes, General Manager and Chief Evangelist, Microsoft India.

Code for Honor, the contest, will run over six months till June 2014 and is open to over 5000 ISVs and tech start-ups in India. Any Indian ISV or tech start-up that is less than eight years old is eligible to participate in the contest. Winners will be awarded prize money of Rs 2 Lakh and Windows 8 and Windows Phone device.