IS 2004 provides radical benefits to the CIO community
Keeping with the tradition of being the best source of information management
and strategy learnings for Indian CIOs, Network Magazine organized its annual
event: Infrastructure Strategies 2004 (IS 2004).
The event was held in three Indian cities Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai on
July 13, 14, and 16 respectively. And the most talented and successful CIOs
Indian companies were invited to attend. Hitachi Data Systems was the main sponsor
of the event. And Canon and adrenalin were co-sponsors.
The seminar halls at the IS 2004 venues of the three cities were full to capacity
with CIOs of the leading companies in India.
The findings of a nationwide survey that was conducted among around 250 CIOs
were released at the event. This provide the CIOs a number of fruitful insights
into aspects like the size of IT budgets among enterprises, the most popular
area of technology investments, the most important management areas of companies
of particular verticals, and the critical concern areas of CIOs.
The events at the three cities feature a number of distinguished speakers.
Val Souza, Editor - Express Computer, Indian Express Newspapers
spoke about the trends and patterns in IT spends and discussed the findings
of the IS 2004 survey. In his presentation he said, "In the earlier years
only the tech-savvy companies like banks aligned business with IT. This year
it's happening across all verticals."
In the area of storage he feels that the CIO is not only looking at the technicalities
of the solution, but also the business value.
And talking about departmental communication, he feels that the level of interaction
between the CIO and the higher management differs with the function units (business
units) depending on the stage of the project.
Sanjit Sinha, Head - Hardware Research Group, IDC India spoke about the trends
in storage management. He said that 15 percent of information in archives in
future will be reference data.
"A new market for storage services will emerge. We expect a 21.2 percent
CAGR for the storage market. And by 2007 the storage market will grow by 37.5
percent," he said.
He also said that though telecom and banking companies are early adopters of
storage, there is big potential in the manufacturing sector.
Hicham Abdessamad, Senior Director - Storage Area Management Hitachi Data Systems
made a presentation titled Storage Are Management (SAM) - The next step in Storage
He said, "CIOs are concerned about reducing costs, improving
service levels and managing risks. And to do this, they need to drive automation
and operational efficiency."
He walked the audience through the phases of storage automation.
He also said that the use of software was the only way to make storage management
Speakers at the cities
At the IS 2004 conference in Bangalore, Jitendra Sangharajka Lead System Administrator
Infosys Technologies made a presentation on the 'Best practices in Storage Management'.
At the conference in Delhi, S. Balasubramanian, Vice President - Information
Systems, Hero Honda Motors Limited spoke to the audience about his views on
the best practices in storage management.
And at the conference in Mumbai, P. K. Vohra, Head - Retail Technology Group,
ICICI Bank Limited spoke on the same topic.
PK Vohra, ICICI Bank, spoke about the areas in storage management and how to
cope with storage management challenges. He said that storage is growing exponentially
in India. And as storage grows the problems associated with storage management
"You need to be able to identify what is transaction-centric (OLTP), and
what is not.
You can shut down some applications for maintenance if they aren't so critical
or transaction-centric," he added.
Vohra also spoke about some of the IT challenges faced by the banks. He mentioned
exploding storage requirements, interoperability issues, and skilled manpower
as the most important ones.
At the end of the event, the satisfied CIOs discussed the
benefits received by the speeches and presentations over cocktails and dinner.
Susan D'Mello, CIO of Siemens Ltd said, "IS 2004 was
very interesting and fruitful. Forums like these keep me updated about new technology
and strategy developments. I look forward to more application-focussed information."