The premium business event on how Disruptive Technologies is effecting the IT Landscape was held recently in the financial capital of the country, Mumbai. The 5th edition of WIITF (the Western India Information Technology Fair) served as an ideal platform to explore the intersection of technology, innovation, Vision of CIOs, Technology Gurus and Investors.The summit, besides focusing on the segments where disruptive Technologies find usage, also focused on the challenges faced by the CIOs and how the process can be simplified to create business strategies, develop and evaluate solution effectiveness.
[(From Left to Right): Mr. Manoj Kanodia, CEO - Inspia Enterprise India; Mr. Rohit Biddappa, Sr. Manager - Enterprise Marketing & Corp.comm – NVIDIA Graphics; Mr. Jiten Mehta, Secretary-ISODA; Mr. Navin Sabharwal, Channel Manager-STG, IBM Global Services; Mr. Pramoud Rao, MD - Zicom Electronics Security; Mr. Deepak Kumar Sahu, MD & Chief Editor - Kalinga Digital Media (VARINDIA); Shri. Vineet Goenka, Co-convenior - IT cell, BJP; Shri. Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD and CEO - Bombay Stock Exchange (Chief Guest); Mr. Uday Bhaskar Rao, CIO - iRam Technologies; Mr. Meheriar Patel, Head of Technology - Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Mr. Yunus Khan, National Business Head (IMS) - CANON India; Mr. Kshitij M Kotak, Chairman – ASIRT; Mr. Sandeep Kothari, CIO - Travel Food Services and Mr. Anil Kumar, Regional Head - VARINDIA]
Making it truly a global platform to connect the Industry leaders in Mumbai, WIITF was inaugurated before 250 luminaries and was witnessed by CIOs of Corporates and Solution Partners from across Western India. The Summit was inaugurated by Shri. Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD and CEO -Bombay Stock Exchange; Shri. Vineet Goenka, Co-convenior-IT cell, BJP; Shri. Paras Shah, CEO- Neoteric Infomatique Ltd and other distinguished guests joining the inaugural ceremony included Mr. Vishal Jain, Director- Inspira Enterprise India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Pramoud Rao, MD - Zicom Electronics Security; Mr. Kshitij M Kotak, Chairman –ASIRT; Mr. Sandeep Kothari, CIO - Travel Food Services; Mr. Meheriar Patel, Head of Technology- Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Mr. Sanjay Mehta, CEO & Investor - MAIA Intelligence; Mr. Uday Bhaskar Rao, CIO - iRam Technologies; Mr. Yunus Khan, National Business Head (IMS) - CANON India; Mr. Navin Mehra, Regional Manager, Fortinet; Mr. Rohit Biddappa, Sr. Manager - Enterprise Marketing & Corp.comm – NVIDIA; Mr. Navin Sabharwal, Channel Manager-STG, IBM Global Services; Mr. Jagannath Pattnaik, CEO - NNR IT Solutions; Mr. Gaurav Midha, Group Manager – IT, Rolta India Limited.
The event was supported by Canon, Fortinet, Ingram Micro, Alcatel Lucent, Neoteric, Inspira and Max Security.
The summit focused on the opportunity to discuss some of the important aspects of Technologies like the requisite infrastructure, metrics for measuring ‘technology glitches’ inside the organisation, key trends, issues & challenges in implementing the technology on demand inside the organisation, role of ICT in building & crafting smart cities and so on. As the scope of Technology disruption increases, many new monetization opportunities and business models are emerging. Churning out new products and services is happening faster than before and becoming less costly. Being a real opportunity for the VARs, WIITF tried to understand on how CIOs are reacting to it and whether any big risks are coming with such digital investments.
Panel Discussion Session :
[(From Left to Right): Mr. Rohit Biddappa, Sr. Manager - Enterprise Marketing & Corp.comm - NVIDIA, Mr. Sandeep Kothari, CIO- Travel Food Services, Mr. Meheriar Patel, Head of Technology-Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Mr. Navin Sabharwal, Channel Manager-STG, IBM Global Services,Mr. Uday Bhaskar Rao, CIO - iRam Technologies,Mr. Kshitij M Kotak, Chairman - ASIRT ]
The summit also deliberated on the rise of Big Data and the emerging efforts to put the power of analytics in the hands of CIOs. Disruptive technology is changing the world, not to mention the way companies are developing products and services, interacting with customers and running their businesses. Its unique business models are impacting industries and organizations like never before. There is a digital transformation happening by leveraging disruptive technologies, resulting in many organizations experimenting it while others making big investments in it. For CIOs, CTOs and IT professionals, this has a significant impact on the decision making processes that form part of their IT strategy. IT strategies need to be flexible enough to adapt in response to the changing landscape of new technologies, organizational conditions and business goals in order for a company to be a disruptor and not the disrupted. Hence technology is fueling the next waves of growth and especially the social media is driving better customer engagements, giving the ability to directly connect to people.
The summit offered opportunities for networking and learning opportunities through keynote sessions by experts, corporate presentations and panel discussions with the CIOs and industry associations, policy makers and influencers and entrepreneurs from across Western India.
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