100 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from major businesses houses of India came together for the 13th Express Technology Senate. The 4-day event, which was held at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur commenced on 19th August. Apart from the CIOs, there were many experts, speakers and exhibitors from the technological field.
Day one of the event
The event consisted of presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and awards. These were based on upcoming technologies with the theme of ‘Digital Transformation – Leveraging Emerging Technologies.’
Post the inauguration, RomiMahajan presented a keynote address. Mahajan is a well-known investor, author, marketer and board member of many start-ups. He spoke on the topic, ‘The Responsible Executive: CIOs in the Digital Transformation Age.’
After this, GovindrajAvasarala, Head of Enterprise Mobility Products, Vodafone India gave a presentation on ‘Getting ready for the Digital Era.’He showed the connection between happenings in the real and digital world.
Some other sessions were CEO of Nyka, Sunil Chandiramani conducting a panel discussion on ‘Driving Digital Transformation in the Enterprise – Evolving the IT Department,’MD and CEO of Embedded Software Development Systems Pvt. Ltd., PiyushSomani speaking on ‘Enlightened Cloud-Made in India,’ etc.
The first day ended with the presentation from AkhileshTuteja, Partner and Head of Technology, KPMG India. In the evening, many guests enjoyed the three-hour tour of Jaipur organized for them to visit varied landmarks of the city.
After the tour, the guests again came together for the award ceremony known as Express Uptime Champion Awards 2015. The awards were organized with the aim to identify and honor companies that have the best network uptime records for the year. The first award was given to Jyotindra Thacker of Reliance Jio. Wholetime Director and Head of New Media, Anant Goenka, presented him the award of Technology Senator of the Year.
While receiving the award, Thacker expressed that his company will play a significant role in leading the new communications revolution in India. He said that Reliance Jio will be ahead from its competitors by offering services at affordable prices. The company will also be selling cheap 4G devices including smartphones, Wi-Fi tablets, dongles and other devices. Reliance Jio is keen on creating and establishing an intelligent network. He further added, “A number of apps are being developed for providing services directly to our customers.”
The award ceremony honored people in five categories. In Business Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector,GoutamDatta, Vice President of Technology at ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. won the award. HemantKulkarni, Deputy General Manager at Corporate IT Kirloskar Electric Company Ltd. won in the manufacturing field. Vice President of Technology at Reliance Entertainment in Digital area, SayedPeerzade won in Media and Entertainment sector. General Manager of The Indian Hotels Company Ltd., Vipil Gupta won in Travel and Hospitality area. In the Retail category, Head of IT at Metro Cash and Carry, Subramanian Chittur bagged the award. Besides, the folk dancers of Rajasthan brightened up the entire award ceremony.
Reliance’s Jyotindra Thacker was presented with the Technology Senator of the year award at the 13th Express Technology Senate.