New-age CIOs come out as the showstoppers at the 9th VARINDIA EIITF 2018
Kolkata recently witnessed the successful conclusion of the 9th EIITF (Eastern India Information Technology Fair - 2018) that was hosted by VARINDIA. Amidst speeches and presentations from corporate houses, the event served as a common platform for the corporates to share ideas, discuss issues and challenges targeting the growth of the ICT sector in the region in particular and the country in general. All in all, the event saw the coming together of 200 senior officials from the IT Department, dignitaries from Central and state government departments and spokespeople from IT Corporates.
The special guests who attended the event were V K Bhandari, CMD - Supertron Electronics Pvt. Ltd.; Dr Tinku Acharya, Fellow IEEE, Founder & MD- Videonetics Technology; Manjit Nayak, Addl. Director- STPI; P L Suhasaria, President- COMPASS; Mansi Saha, Regional Secretary (East)- ISODA; Sandeep Sengupta, M.D.- ISOAH; Ranjit Metrani, VP Sales and Chief Revenue Officer- ESDS Software and Ardaman Singh Kapoor, Channel Manager East India and Bhutan- Fortinet Inc., besides the presence of other big-wigs from the industry.
Giving his opening remark, Deepak Kumar Sahu, Chief Editor – VARINDIA spoke about how Digital transformation is on top of the mind of the CXOs in 2018 and that digital technology helps to open new doors to innovation. “A recent survey on the 300 CIOs from across the country reveals that newer technologies are bringing newer opportunities in business and investment into certain emerging technologies, offering both quantitative and qualitative insights.”
He also highlighted another survey, which says that the era of new market is going to emerge and the future of retailing is going to merge the online with offline model of business.
V K Bhandari, CMD - Supertron Electronics addressed the audience on the role the channel has been playing in the Indian ICT industry, while speaker Dr. Tinku Acharya, Fellow IEEE, Founder & MD - Videonetics Technology Pvt. Ltd. took to the stage to present his views on how Videonetics looks at the current market from an opportunity perspective.
During the corporate presentations, Ranjit Metrani, VP Sales and Chief Revenue Officer- ESDS Software told the audience of how ESDS is focusing the market in West Bengal. Ardaman Singh Kapoor, Channel Manager East India and Bhutan - Fortinet Inc. on the other hand spoke on Digital Transformation and Security.
The panel discussion on the topic – ‘5 Biggest Challenges for Modern CIOs For Digital Transformation’ was moderated by Deepak Kumar Sahu, Chief Editor – VARINDIA. The panel included speakers like Manjit Nayak, Addl. Director- STPI; Sandeep Sengupta, MD - ISOAH; P L Suhasaria, President- COMPASS; Ranjit Metrani, VP Sales and Chief Revenue Officer- ESDS Software and Adrish Mukherjee, Sr. Manager( ERP) - Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. spoke about the rise of challenges in the role of CIO while also becoming vibrant at the same time.
Towards the end of the event, the Best VARs from the Eastern region of India were awarded in the categories of Best Retailer, Best Reseller, Best VAR, Best Solution Provider, Emerging Brand, Best System Integrator, Best National Distributor, Best Sub-distributor, Best Security Partner and Best IT Services Partner. The awardees were Supreme Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Lalani Infotech Ltd., Technocrat Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Embee Software Pvt. Ltd., Balaji Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (For the brand FOXIN), Wizertech Informatics Pvt. Ltd., Supertron Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Comnet Resources Pvt. Ltd., Macaws Infotech and Techniche Consulting Services