IT Industry To Infuse Big Buck In Automation, AI In 2019; Fight's On From Data Curbs, Protectionism

It faces threats from rising protectionism, data flow curbs, and fast-changing technological shifts, but the Indian IT industry is keeping its hopes high for the new year with plans afoot for big investments in automation and artificial intelligence.

For the industry body Nasscom, 2018 has been the year of 'Digital at Scale' as IT firms focussed on leveraging new technologies and ensuring sustainability by creating right skills with help from innovation, policies, and partnerships.

The industry body has projected exports to grow at 7-9 per cent for 2018-19, almost same as the previous fiscal, but domestic revenue may grow faster at 10-12 percent and this may make the new year transformative with overseas funds accounting for a lion's share so far.

Over years, the industry has graduated from being the back office of the world to being at the forefront of change, helping clients optimise operations and stay ahead of the competition. 

Protectionist stances are being seen across key markets -- be it the US, the UK or Australia - with governments bringing in more stringent regulations around the procurement of work visas. As a counter, Indian IT firms are ramping up their local presence abroad by hiring locals.

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