VFS Global wins 'Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure' Award at IDC Future of Enterprise Awards

VFS Global won the Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure Award at the first-ever IDC Future Enterprise Awards for India announced last week

VFS Global was named one of the 32 award-winning companies out of over 1,000 entries submitted by nearly 700 end-user organisations across the Asia/Pacific region. The award is especially meaningful because the award-winning initiative was developed and implemented during the pandemic. The benchmarks for the awards, according to IDC, were chosen based on their successful implementation of digital initiatives addressing new customer requirements, development of new capabilities, deployment of new critical infrastructure, and pursuit of new industry ecosystems. IDC is the world's leading provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

Given VFS Global's critical mandate of global data protection standards adherence, the company has been largely constrained to keep its business workloads on a private cloud or traditional datacenter architecture. The award-winning initiative provides a secure gateway for circumventing these constraints. It is a complex strategy for reaping the benefits of next-generation Cloud Computing environments while adhering to Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data processing standards such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Personal Data Protection Bill – India, and geopolitical changes such as Brexit.

“It is an honour to receive this very prestigious award recognizing our overarching digital transformation vision and its implementation. We are working on a futuristic initiative to leverage the next generation Cloud Computing environment, while still running our current global operations with stringent adherence to the high standards expected of VFS Global by our esteemed client governments,” said Zubin Karkaria, CEO, VFS Global.

While moving workloads to the cloud may appear to be commonplace for most industries, certain industries, such as banks and VFS Global, face numerous challenges in adopting the cloud for their global operations. While the agility, flexibility, and cost savings provided by the Pay-As-You-Go model are unquestionably beneficial, they do have a negative impact. Traditional environments provide some stringent control and predictability.

“Almost each of our client governments has their own unique laws and regulations, as well as contractual mandates regarding the handling of PII data. Complexity gets multiplied due to regulations of the country of operations. Cloud adoption in this niche sector is a rare feat. Merging the complex and multi-layered protection systems and ensuring a stable environment despite the flexibility, was a challenge that this award-winning initiative has successfully met,” said Dhiren Savla, Chief Information Officer, VFS Global.

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