Over 100 CIOs and ICT leaders were recognised across two action-packed days that celebrated innovation and excellence.
Every year CORE Media celebrates and recognises CIOs and ICT leaders pushing the boundaries and harnessing the power of innovation to drive business growth at the annual CIO Power List. This year’s 5th edition saw over 100 CIOs from enterprises of different sizes and across industries get recognised for their leadership in building a strong digital strategy and helping their organisations thrive in the digital future.
The awardees were recognised across two main groupings and across 34 categories—Business Icons, classifying industry verticals, or Technology Icons, classifying technology horizontals. These categories included Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Hyper Converged Infrastructure, E-Commerce, Mobility, Financial Services, and Manufacturing. They were selected for their contributions and influence within the ICT ecosystem and their impact on the business landscape. The winners were shortlisted on the basis of a unique algorithm that took into consideration a range of data collected on the CIOs across multiple channels.
Spread across May 10 and 11, CIO Power List 2019 was a congregation of India’s most influential IT leaders. Day 1 started with a welcome keynote from Anoop Mathur, Founder and President, CORE Media, who spoke about how CIOs can be future ready by identifying and implementing new opportunities and technologies to gain a competitive advantage. This was followed by an engaging session with Shrenik Gandhi, Co-Founder and CEO, White Rivers Digital, on ‘Expanding the T in IT: The Changing Role of the CIO’.
Next up was an informative talk by Rajesh Radhakrishnan, SVP - Cognitive Automation, Automation Anywhere, on ‘Extending Robotic Process Automation to Unstructured Data’. Then it was time for a highly interactive session on ‘The Full Stack Approach to Business Outcomes’ with Lux Rao, Director and Leader - Solutions, Dimension Data, Arvind Sharma, Enterprise Sales Engineer, McAfee, and Kiran Giri, SE Manager, Dell EMC.
This was followed by a session with Ritesh Gupta, Regional Director, Nutanix India, on ‘Digital Journey: Invisible Machines, Visible IT’, followed by Kunal Pande, Partner, KPMG, discussing ‘Third Party Risk Management’.
Next was part one of the workshop with the engaging Dr Nitin Paranjape, Productivity and Digital Guru, on Real Digital Transformation: Notes from the Field’ (part two was held the next day). The CIOs then participated in interactive breakout sessions with Dimension Data, Dell EMC, McAfee, and Qlik.
After a short break it was time for the highlight of the day—the CIO Power List 2019 Technology Icons award ceremony! The winners were felicitated with pomp and circumstance and took to the stage amid much cheering from their peers.
“I am honoured to feature in the prestigious CIO Power List, 2019. Is indeed a privilege to be recognised by your fellow CIO peers for technology execution and delivery. Success in the digital age is all about seamless teamwork. This recognition is primarily a tribute to my team and collaborative business stakeholders at Max Healthcare,” said Sumit Puri, CIO and Director IT, Max Healthcare Institute Ltd.
Day 2 of CIO Power List 2019 kickstarted with Anoop Mathur sharing The CIO Vision Report 2019, based on intelligence gathered as part of a survey on CIO priorities for enterprises. The next session was one everyone has been eagerly waiting for, with National Research Professor, eminent scientist and Padma Vibhushan Dr RA Mashelkar. Dr Mashelkar inspired the audience with his insights and learnings on radical yet sustainable transformation and received a standing ovation. The stalwart also interacted with CIOs and presented them with signed copies of his book Leap Frogging to Pole-Vaulting.
Next up was a session with Meenagi Venkat, Worldwide VP, Cloud Solutions, IBM India, on how to build a strong multi-cloud strategy and accelerate the enterprise journey to cloud and AI. This was followed by Arjun Laxminarasu, Head of Marketing - India, Qlik, providing some pointers on ‘Paving The Way to Data-Driven Transformation’.
After a short break, attendees returned for a CFO Power Panel on ‘IT Strategy in the Digital Era - The CFO View’ with Giridhar Sanjeevi, EVP and CFO, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd, Kairav Modi, EVP - Finance, Siemens Ltd, India, and Sachin Raole, CFO, Praj Industries, moderated by Sunil Mehta, SVP and Area Systems Director, Central Asia, J Walter Thompson. Then Dr Akhil Sahai, Chief Product Officer, Symphony SummitAI, stepped up to share how an AI-powered digital agent helped save $1.5M for a global leader in connected car technology.
Next was another power panel, this time with CIOs discussing ‘Digital CIO Driving CX’ with Sanjay Kotha, Group CIO, Adani Group, Ravinder Pal Singh, Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Tata SIA Airlines Ltd, and Prasad Badiwale, Joint President, Birla Management Centre Services Ltd, moderated by Anoop Mathur. After that it was speaker Uday Sodhi, Business Head - Digital, Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, who provided a glimpse into Sony Liv’s successful digital journey. Then, Abhishek Rungta, Founder and CEO, Indus Net Technologies, shared learnings from his experience of driving digital innovation in a startup enterprise.
The following session by Rohil Sharma, CEO, Perpetuuiti Technosoft PTE, gave a glimpse into the innovations and capabilities of the Perpetuuiti platform. It was then time for Shailendra Mandrawadkar, VP Enterprises, Happay, to discuss ‘Financial Transformation: A Blind Spot of CIOs’. The last session on stage was an insightful and interactive one, with Sanjay Mehta, Director, CORE Media, grilling Ekhlaque Bari, EVP and CTO, Fullerton India, and Sanjay Narkar, CTO, IDFC First Bank Ltd, on a range of hot topics. The second day also saw breakout sessions with IBM and Symphony SummitAI.
After a short break attendees returned for the launch of the CIO Choice 2019 Winners Book and the much-awaited award ceremony that saw the country’s most influential and powerful ICT leaders step up to take their place as CIO Power List 2019—Technology Icons.
“This award means a lot to all the team members who work phenomenally and ensure that we keep the entire operation running, not only for the current age but also thinking for the future age. With this award, CORE Media has recognised the work we’ve been doing in our new campus project. It encourages and motivates us to keep innovating,” said Sunil Mehta, SVP and Area Systems Director – Central Asia, J Walter Thompson.
CIO Power List 2019 Partners
Knowledge Partner: KPMG
Presenting Partner: IBM
Premium Partners: Automation Anywhere, Dimension Data | Dell EMC | McAfee, Nutanix, Qlik, Symphony SummitAI
Category Partners: Indus Net Technologies as Digital Partner, Perpetuuiti as RPA Partner, Syndrome as IT Infrastructure Management Partner
Associate Partners: Ace Data, Arcon, eScan | Nemasis, Happay, IceWarp, Morpheus, NeoSoft Technologies, Poly | Jebel