On the occasion of National Technology Day on 11 May 2016, Deskera, a business software provider in the Asia-Pacific region, launched a skill development program on Cloud-based ERP software for Indian SMEs, and students from educational institutions to enhance their technological expertise and help them thrive.
As part of the program, SMEs and university students were given hands-on training on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), a software for running businesses. After the completion of the practical sessions, Deskera, the fastest growing ERP vendor in South-East Asia, granted free licenses to enterprises while students learned a new skill to add to their professional profile.
This initiative addresses a critical need in India where SMEs have low productivity due to their small scale and poor adoption of technology. At 48 million, India has the second largest number of SMEs in the world after China, and only a small percentage are exploring technology to become efficient.
The SME sector is considered to be the backbone of the Indian economy, contributing 45% to the total manufacturing output, and 40% to exports. SMEs play a significant role in nation development through high contribution to domestic production, industrialization of rural areas and capacities to develop appropriate indigenous technology. The sector also contributes enormously to the socio-economic development of the country. The government has been making efforts to boost the sector and strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“We have been working sincerely to fulfill the needs of the SME segment who have exceedingly limited options when it comes to access of software that is affordable, easily deployable and configurable,” said Shashank Dixit, Chief Executive Officer, Deskera.
“With the government’s focus on transforming the nation into a ‘Digital India’ and leading campaigns such as ‘Skill India,’ it is time for us to contribute in our own ways”, he added.
India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64% of its population in the ‘working age group’ by the end of 2020. It offers India’s growing economy an exceptional edge that global economists believe could add a significant 2% to its GDP growth. Therefore, to make India the ‘skilled-capital of the world’, it is necessary to provide students better practical experience, understanding and knowledge of products that will prepare them for job opportunities not just in the country, but also globally.
Deskera’s Cloud powers more than 3,000 SMEs and businesses globally. Award-winning Deskera has helped enterprises run their businesses on an integrated Cloud-based platform, thus enhancing productivity and moving a step ahead in the government’s ‘Make in India’ mission.
“We didn’t grasp (the importance of) technology until one of my clients recommended it. I started using ERP and I must admit it has made life simpler and my business more transparent with no room for corruption and fraud,” said Chirag Mehta, owner of Nagpur-based packaged food enterprise.
Being prime movers in the trend towards Cloud and Automation, Deskera aims to make business simpler, more user-friendly, and automated. Its business software suite helps customers increase their operational efficiency and streamline their processes.