The CIO Leadership Event, was only open to India's top 300 CIOs, 60 of whom attended the event. What differentiates this event from others is that it ensured that everyone present shared similar challenges, given that they all belonged to an exclusive group.
The CIO Leadership Event, was only open to India's top 300 CIOs, 60 of whom attended the event. What differentiates this event from others is that it ensured that everyone present shared similar challenges, given that they all belonged to an exclusive group. We also showcased technology and leadership case studies shared by our imminent partners and CIOs.
Building a secure and reliable centralized infrastructure and making sure that different businesses are kept up and running is a tough ask. At the CIO Leadership event, NetApp showcased how it was able to assist a large Indian conglomerate in the private sector by setting up a centralized private cloud infrastructure and boost organizational productivity across all of the group’s companies. “We helped them build a homogeneous environment and gain credibility among internal and external resources," says Ramanujam Komanduri, director enterprise business, India and SAARC Operations, NetApp. Among other things, Komanduri said that the cloud lowered the company’s downtime, and the lead time for server provisioning from two days to two hours, minimizing customer turnaround time.
Paper-based workflows are no longer the norm. The digitization shift is happening at an extremely fast pace. At the CIO Leadership Event, Canon discussed how it helped a leading pizza delivery and outlet chain extend office automation from managed print services to digitization. With a large number of outlets, the retrieval of documents was becoming a huge challenge and was hampering employee productivity. “We are able to ensure high level of data security and multiple employees are able to access digitized data simultaneously,” said K. Bhaskhar, senior director, Office Imaging Solution Division, Canon India. As a result, documents are easily retrievable, more readable, and the organization is able to ensure high level of data privacy along with higher user productivity.
With the business environment becoming more competitive, the proper adoption of cloud computing could determine the success of a company. Speaking about delivering the promise of the cloud at The CIO Leadership Event, T.M. Hari Krishnan, national manager, cloud solutions and architecture at HP, and Chellappan Narayanan, country director, Cloud Division, HP, both said that when it comes to the cloud, there will always be a co-existence between traditional, public, and private clouds. HP recently designed an IT solution for a large firm at lower price points than any other company could provide and helped deliver excellent migration of work with a minimum downtime.
Changing business dynamics have influenced CIOs to find new ways of implementing projects. "Co-creation was key for us while building a robust cloud infrastructure which was reliable and scalable for," said K. Murali Krishna, SVP and group head, Computers and Communications Division, Infosys, at the CIO Leadership Event. Along with the need to create the right tools, platforms, and talent, it's extremely crucial for an organization to find the right set of partners who can take away constraints and be innovative. HDS was one such partner who understood our need, said Krishna. He said that HDS helped Infosys’ engineering department cut down on project delivery time. “We need partners who don’t just deliver boxes, but who have the ability to co-create,” said Krishna.
Despite the myriad number of security vendors, tackling security breaches, and employing the right kind of security technology is still a challenge for enterprises and their CIOs. No one security solution from a single vendor can meet all the security needs that CIOs have today. At the CIO Leadership Event, Ambarish Deshpande, MD, Bluecoat, shared a case study of an Indian CIO who had deployed Bluecoat security services on all his company’s gateways. Interestingly, the CIO did not depend on a single vendor. He used all the well-known security technologies so that when any of the vendors found a new threat, he could inform Bluecoat and deploy measures instantly with the help of a centralized management.