Sanjay Baurai Managing Director Sanjay Baurai Managing Director

 “We, at Accenture India, are equipped with the next-gen skills and an innovation mind set, we are building a robust future-ready workforce to create differentiated offerings for our clients. On a journey of transition from scaled delivery to innovation at scale, we are rotating our business and services to the New – where Cloud, Security and Analytics are the big game changers that help our clients ride the wave of disruption.”

Sanjay Baurai, Managing Director, Workplace Solutions, Accenture India shares the future of Accenture in India in Walk the Talk with Candor Connect in the inaugural issue.

Q1) Keeping the year 2020 in mind, please share with us, the focus growth plan of Accenture India.

At Accenture, we aim to be the most diverse organization on the planet by 2020 and India plays a large role in that, with more than 150,000 people in India – over one-third of them being women. We also aim to skill 3 Million people through our Corporate Citizenship efforts globally and India will see a measurable impact being made in this area as well.

Our journey towards 2020 promises to be fast paced and innovation-led. We are very excited for what the future holds for us in the intersection of business and technology.

Q2) How do you envision the workplaces in near future? Please tell us more about digital workspaces at Accenture?

The ‘Workplace of Future’ will be Agile, Mobile and Connected, with the employee at the centre of it all.

In my opinion, some integral factors that will define the ‘Workplace of the Future’ are:

  • A strong ‘culture’ that promotes a sense of belonging when one walks in through the front door.
  • Empowered and engaged employees who benefit from personalization. This can be made possible by creating scalable, flexible and reconfigurable working environment that create different places within one.
  • Seamless integration of technology with human experience. This nexus will also help workplaces of the future achieve scale with efficiencies.
  • Sustainability to be at the core of every activity and function of a living, breathing working environment.

As a technology and innovation-led company, at Accenture, we focus on using technology to transform the employee and client experience. We listen to the evolving needs of our people and leverage our digital expertise to create delight through simple, convenient and scalable workplace features.

Q3) Disruption is the key to innovation. New technologies and innovations such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, mobility and Intelligence automation are changing the way work is conducted across functions in any organization. What is your plan to bridge the skill gap arising out of changing dynamics at workplaces?

We are constantly looking to hire niche skills. We focus on different talent pools across campuses, lateral hires, returning workforce and offer meaningful career experiences to all.

We also encourage our existing employees to up-skill and cross-skill themselves with next-gen skills in New IT by offering them over 80 hours of classroom training each, in addition to online courses.

Accenture has rotated its business where over 50% of its revenues come from digital services. To enable this, Accenture invests deeply in trainings and acquisitions to help fill the skill gap. We encourage our people to co-innovate with clients and have made learning an integral part of measuring and delivering value. Our recently launched, state-of-the-art Learning Centre in Bengaluru, combines the latest in technology innovation with ancient learning principles to deliver durable learning at scale and speed.

Our focus on continuous learning helps us address the expected skill gap.

Q4) Accenture has been an equal opportunity employer. Featured and recognized as the company for diversity, flexibility, best company to work for women in India (2016), Role Model Company by the Mind tree, Helen Keller award for promotion for disabled people in India (2016). Please share more with us on inclusion & diversity, as practiced at work places at Accenture.

Accenture takes the widest possible lens to view Inclusion and Diversity. It is fundamental to our culture and core values and defines every Accenture employee in the way they conduct themselves.  Accenture has an unwavering commitment to facilitating an inclusive, open and equitable environment for all our employees. We are proud to bring together people from different backgrounds, age, disabilities, culture, gender and sexual orientation.

Our programs across various agendas are driven through Leadership advocacy, sensitization, Employee Resource Groups, diversity trainings, sponsorship and mentorship programs and employee engagement campaigns. You would have seen our recent ‘Inclusion Start with I’ campaign, that clearly sums up our commitment towards celebrating every individual. Inclusion is not an option at Accenture, it is what we do.

We strive to be a Truly Human company in the digital age, focused on creating a sense of belonging and where every individual is encouraged to bring their ‘whole self’ to work.

Q5) How do you collaborate with workspace partners to help you achieve your vision & goals, as ascribed above?

We believe in working with agile workspace partners who understand the pace of change in our industry – be with our people or client needs. We take the responsibility of articulating a clear vision to our partners and this encourages them to bring us the best – in – class services that they have to offer. We also plan for our workspace needs to be met through modular  solutions that help us remain agile. This allows our partners to continuously collaborate with us with innovative, new-age solutions that help us on our ever- evolving innovation journey.

Q6) What is one vital advice you would offer to millennial aspiring to work for Accenture?

Know your comfort zone and be prepared to step outside it!

I say this because the change around us is rampant. To constantly challenge oneself and evolve is the key to being future – ready. And that’s what we are looking for, from our people who join Accenture.

Simply put, we are looking at our people to take us to the future!

SEZ ADVANTAGES

SEZ ADVANTAGES

Units in SEZs can avail 100 percent income tax exemption for the initial five years, 50 per cent for the five years thereafter and 50 per cent for an additional five years provided the profits are ploughed back into SEZ-related activities. There is also exemption from custom duty, stamp duty and electricity duty (as per the state government’s policy). Additionally, while all export of goods/ services and supplies of goods/ services made to a SEZ are chargeable to IGST, these supplies shall be treated as zero-rated supplies under GST. Zero-rated supply refers to items that are taxable; but the rate of tax is nil on their input supplies.

WHO CAN SET UP A SEZ UNIT?

A SEZ unit can be set up by a ‘person’ who has been granted a letter of approval by the Development Commissioner of SEZ. A ‘person’ can include an individual, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), co-operative society, company, firm, proprietary concern, association of persons or body of individuals (whether incorporated or not), local authority and any agency, office or branch (owned In the Budget 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the income tax benefits to new SEZ units would be available to only those units that commence their authorised operations before 31st March 2020 or controlled by such individual, HUF, co-operative, association, body authority or company).

EVER-INCREASING POPULARITY

SEZ developments in the country have gained popularity, particularly among IT/ITES companies, and also among traditional sectors such as pharmaceuticals, electronics, gems and jewellery. Candor TechSpace has campuses in SEZs approved for the IT/ITES industry. These campuses with their world-class facilities and amenities are strategically located at Sector 135 in Noida, Sectors 21 and 48 in Gurugram and New Town Rajarhat in Kolkata. Space is available in the campuses, and additional space is being developed to meet the requirements of the IT/ ITES sector.

2020: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW DAWN

In the Budget 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the income tax benefits to new SEZ units would be available to only those units that commence their authorised operations before 31st March 2020. The announcement was hailed by existing SEZ users, especially from the Indian IT sector. “The extension of SEZ scheme till 2020 and reduced tax at 10 per cent for global revenues generated by India-registered IPR will further energise entrepreneurship,” said N. Chandrasekaran, the then chief executive officer and managing director of TCS, in a news report by The Telegraph.

“Most occupiers would be keen to start operations in a SEZ by Q3-Q4 2019 in order to avail benefits before the sunset date,” says property consultant CBRE in its latest report. Many IT/ITES occupiers are also eager to begin operations in these zones before the sunset date. As a result, Candor TechSpace is building new space to meet the rising demand.

All this will make sure that the space take-up in this segment remains high and vacancy levels remain in single digits, at least till the conclusion of 2019. Thus, it is right to say that 2020 will be the beginning of a new dawn for IT/ITES SEZs.

In the Budget 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the income tax benefits to new SEZ units would be available to only those units that commence their authorised operations before 31st March 2020