analyst Pranav Kumar talked about gaining
business value through IT
Strategies 2002' a seminar hosted by Network Magazine
in three cities, received overwhelming appreciation
from the CIO/CTO community of India. The seminars were
held in Mumbai, Bangalore, and New Delhi on July 23,
24, and 25. The event was jointly hosted by Computer
Associates and Samsung.
The seminars had speakers like Val Souza, Editor, Express
Computer; Pranav Kumar, Research Director-Enterprise
Application Software, Gartner; Rajiv Singh, MD, India
& SAARC, Computer Associates.
Val Souza presented the findings of a groundbreaking
survey conducted jointly by Network Magazine and research
group ORG-MARG. The annual survey (first of its kind
in India) was conducted among the IT Heads of 200 large
companies in India from industry verticals like FMCG,
Banking & Finance, Petrochemicals, Airlines, and
the Union and state governments. Network Magazine plans
to conduct this survey every year.
listen attentively to an insightful presentation
IT Heads of the companies polled furnished information
about issues like the technology most likely to be deployed
in their organizations in the next 12 months; the percentage
increase/decrease in IT budget spending over last year,
and the reasons that are driving the need.
The results show that the main focus among the enterprises
polled was on Enterprise Software. The average budget
allocation this year has been Rs 554 lakhs which was
not a very high increase from last year's Rs 549 Lakhs.
The other technology focus areas this year are Converged
Networks, Bandwidth, Security, and Storage
Singh, MD, India & SAARC, CA, speaks on the
management of IT infrastructure
managers discuss the impact of the survey
area of Converged Networks had the biggest slice of
the IT budget. The average rate of increase in requirement
for converged networks is 63 percent. Among the enterprises
which felt that bandwidth was its largest need, 94 percent
of the respondents asserted an increase in bandwidth
requirement. 65 percent of the respondents use ISDN
for Net access, and in 2002-03, 55 percent of the respondents
plan to deploy leased lines.
In the area of Enterprise Hardware the average amount
allocated has increased from Rs 184 Lakh to Rs 288 Lakh.
average amount allocated for customized software has
gone up from Rs 131 Lakh to Rs 227 Lakh. In 2002-03,
most enterprises are looking forward to investing in
ERP, data warehousing, data mining, and CRM applications.
Pranav Kumar of Gartner talked about ways to gain business
value through IT. He presented strategy templates using
which CIOs/CTOs can calculate ROI on IT for their enterprise.
He also said that IT expense as a percentage of revenue
is increasing in all regions of the world, and Gartner
forecasts continued growth.
Director Marketing, CA exchanges notes with Val
Singh of CA delivered a talk on ways to manage enterprise
IT infrastructure. He started with an overview of the
evolving three generations of IT infrastructure, the
mainframe, distributed, and the current Internet eras.
He went on to explain the challenges faced by the IT
departments of an enterprise today and the ways in which
they can be overcome.
total number of attendees at the three cities exceeded
300 and the events were very well received and appreciated.
All who attended felt that such an effort should continue
Says Sandeep Khosla, Head-BPD, Indian Express Newspapers,
"The Indian Express Group believes in doing value-related
events, right from the Screen Awards (which
Souza, Editor, Express Computer, presents the
findings of the survey
mass appeal), to specifically targeted events like Infrastructure
Strategies 2002. Going by the feedback from the attendees,
I feel the event was a huge success. We plan to hold
more such events in the coming months, which will enjoy
IT heads from different industry verticals have gained
value from the survey findings and have expressed the
survey to be instrumental to understand the IT spending
trends in the market.
Subramanium, CIO, Otis India said, "It was a very
interesting, focused and informative seminar with lot
of value added for CIOs to plan the road ahead. The
presentations by all the speakers were very impressive
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Agrawal, Chief Manager, IS, Refinery System, BPCL, said,
"Network Magazine should continue to host similar
conferences since IT Heads are able to derive immense
strategic benefits and value out of events like this."
the seminars, the speakers fielded various questions
from the audience. Some questioned the availability
of more specific data like turnover-wise and industry-wise
statistics. Others wanted to know if the Government,
a major spender on IT, was included in the survey.
Network Magazine has exhaustive research data, only
the highlights of the survey and industry trends were
speaker presentations can be downloaded by clicking
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