CA hosts SMB Summit
From Reliance Industries to the Tata Group, India's biggest
business houses all started small. CA India organised a seminar on IT for SMBs.
This seminar was attended by Ninad Karpe, Managing Director, and Murad Wagh,
Senior Consultantboth from CA India. A panel discussion on how SMBs can
and should use IT featured SR Balasubramanian, who is currently the Technology
Advisor for Barclays Bank and V Subramaniam, CIO,
Not only large, but small and medium businesses will
also grow because of their hunger and passion for success said Karpe in
his introductory note. Ensuring infrastructure availability, managing risks
such as viruses and hacking, cost control and efficient use of technology investments
are some critical factors in managing and securing SMBs from the IT perspective.
Murad Wagh suggested remedies for problems faced by SMBs. He says, Choose
a solution which is practical, scalable and flexible.
and SR Balasubramanian
The most important areas of IT at an SMB are storage, security,
desktop and network management. Discussing storage management, Wagh listed a
few problems such as business continuity planning, the need for higher application
availability and data protection.
When we talk about desktop management; inventory management,
standardisation of desktops, deployment of software and function or project
based software deployment are key issues. Last but not least, network management
is a complex but necessary part of any organisation's IT set-up. Network complexity,
high dependency on the network for distributed business applications are important
for the continuity of a business. For all these management issues, CA has distinct
products which can solve many of these problems efficiently. The company has
a Network Management Value Pack at a low price for SMBs.
During the panel discussion, expert solutions for typical
IT hurdles were suggested to give the attendees, IT heads of SMBs, a broader
view of how The point was underscored that without IT, SMBs can't fully tap
their potential. Balasubramanian said, "We have to put away our laidback
attitude and work towards growth before some other country overtakes us."
Subramaniam stressed on the importance of e-mail for any organisation.
E-mail should be treated as a service. A company needs a strong e-mail policy
to restrict the flow of unwanted messages. A small business can't grow without
integrating IT within its business. This seminar provided possible solutions
for the same.