Data Localisation Debate : Data rests with users but must flow free: IBM India
Your data is your data, the customers' data is the customers' data and we have never been confused about this fact. The data is not the Cloud providers' data, says IBM India MD Karan Bajwa
Gurugram: As the data localisation debate heats up in India, IBM India MD Karan Bajwa is clear on who must finally own the data: the consumers.
On a hot afternoon, as the mercury soared to over 42 degree Celsius amid widespread dust, Bajwa sat relaxed at his office in Gurugram, listening patiently and answering cohesively to a myriad of questions - with the debate over data residency being on top of his mind.
"Your data is your data, the customers' data is the customers' data and we have never been confused about this fact. The data is not the Cloud providers' data," Bajwa said.
In the same breath, Bajwa added: "We understand (data) residency requirements but we also differentiate very clearly on data flow.
We need to be careful about how we treat the conversation on data flow because you cannot impose artificial boundaries".
IBM is clear on the data philosophy -- how to treat, store, analyse and make sense of those humongous data-sets. "More important is consumer insights.
There are two ways you can apply AI on data. One is you can bring data to AI, which is how Cloud providers are offering: take the customers' data and build intelligence on it.
"In our case, we offer to bring AI to your data, right at your premises.
The end result may not be different but the residual impact of how you treat this philosophy is very different.
In this case, the consumers' insights remain within your enterprise only," Bajwa stressed.
According to him, only about 20 per cent of the world's data is in the public domain while 80 per cent still rests within the enterprises.
"That is the real commercial value which will transform businesses.
The current magic in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud is being created via only 20 per cent of the data.
Imagine the potential with hundreds of millions of customer interactions that are sitting captive in my database," Bajwa emphasised.
Apart from gaining data insights to deliver consumer experiences better, the key thing that will make the Indian companies different in months to come is how they innovate on scale.