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Building Successful Digital Enterprises – SP Jain Mumbai hosts IT Management Conclave 2018

After hosting successful chapters of the IT Management Conclave 2018 in Singapore (5th October 2018) and Dubai (24th October 2018), SP Jain School of Global Management organised the event at its Mumbai campus on 16th November 2018 in partnership with CNBC TV18, one of India’s leading business news channels. With a theme on ‘Leadership and Governance in the Digital Age: Building Successful Digital Enterprises’, the conclave focused on understanding the qualities essential for a digital leader, key challenges of digital governance faced by organisations and the critical factors for building successful digital enterprises. Results of SP Jain’s IT Management Conclave 2018 Industry Survey, led by Dr. Karippur Nanda Kumar, Associate Professor and Area Head - IT at SP Jain, were also presented at the event which was attended by senior business leaders and industry players.

The conclave kickstarted with a quotation cited by our host Ms. Khyati Kava – “There are no borders or boundaries in the digital age” – and that set the stage for an evening filled with insights from experts on how to tackle the challenges of building successful digital enterprises.

 
Mr. VK Menon, CEO - India, SP Jain, speaks about the School’s latest
ELO technology at the IT Management Conclave 2018 in Mumbai

Welcome Address

The guests were greeted with enthusiasm by Mr. VK Menon, CEO - India, SP Jain. Setting an example of how SP Jain integrates technology into learning, Mr. Menon presented a preview of one of our School’s most exciting and ambitious projects so far – Engaged Learning Online (ELO) – a unique online platform that offers all the benefits of on-campus education in real time and without any loss of engagement. Our Executive MBA will be the first program to be delivered through this powerful new way of learning online.

 
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Founder and Chairman - 5F World,
Member of Executive Council & Chairman’s Council for NASSCOM,
addresses the guests at the IT Management Conclave 2018

Guest of Honour

Speaking about SP Jain’s new ELO technology, our Guest of Honour, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Founder and Chairman - 5F World, Member of Executive Council & Chairman’s Council for NASSCOM, said, “It’s institutions like SP Jain that are redefining the boundaries of learning.” He also shared his take on what digital entails and said, “I believe digital is about completely redefining customer experience. Engaging experience is the key differentiator. Aligning your goals for customer experience and employee behaviour is important to set up successful digital enterprises.”

 
Mr. Purshottam Purswani, Chief Technologist, Head of Digital at ATOS India,
delivers an engaging presentation on resolving digital dilemmas

Keynote Address

The address by the Guest of Honour was followed by an engaging presentation by our Keynote Speaker - Mr. Purshottam Purswani, Chief Technologist, Head of Digital at ATOS India - on resolving digital dilemmas. He elaborated on the digital journey and noted how it has changed over the years. “Going forward, it’s not going to be a digital and a physical world. Digital is becoming a part of the physical world. The boundaries between the two are increasingly blurring,” said Mr. Purswani.

 
Dr. Karippur Nanda Kumar, Associate Professor and Area Head - IT at SP Jain,
shares the results of IT Management Conclave 2018 Industry Survey

IT Management Conclave 2018 Industry Survey Results

After the insightful keynote speech, Dr. Karippur Nanda Kumar, Associate Professor and Area Head - IT at SP Jain, shared the results of IT Management Conclave 2018 Industry Survey. The findings of the survey, which had over 100 respondents, were presented by Dr Kumar and indicated a positive outlook for the ICT industry in India in 2019 and highlighted that digital transformation would be the top priority for IT spending in India in 2019.

 
Dr. Balakrishna Grandhi, Dean - Global MBA & MGB and Professor
of Marketing & Strategy at SP Jain, conducts a session on
‘Technology for Disruptive Innovation’

Technology for Disruptive Innovation

Dr. Kumar’s presentation of the survey results was followed by a talk on ‘Technology for Disruptive Innovation’ by Dr. Balakrishna Grandhi, Dean - Global MBA & MGB and Professor of Marketing & Strategy at SP Jain. He spoke about the advancements in technology and its implementation in SP Jain’s programs to create ELO and the Classroom of the Future. “We would want every single student graduating from SP Jain to have the ability to fuse business skills, technology skills and analytical skills,” said Dr. Grandhi.

 
(From left to right) Mr. Rajiv Singh, Head - Ad Sales and Monetization, Digital Business – SonyLiv; Mr. Abhishek Kothari, Co-Founder,
FlexiLoans; Mr. Geet Lulla, Managing Director - India, Middle East & Southeast Asia, Gracenote; Ms. Deepa Ranjeet, Senior General Manager - Digital,
Mahindra and Mahindra (Strategy Group); Dr. Uma Ganesh, Co-Founder & Director - 5F World, CEO - Global Talent Track;
Mr. Anil Goel, Vice President - Technology, Accenture; and Dr. Debashis Guha, Professor and Director - Machine Learning,
SP Jain, engage in the panel discussion on ‘Building Successful Digital Enterprises’ at IT Management Conclave 2018

Panel Discussion

The conversations continued with an interactive panel discussion on ‘Building Successful Digital Enterprises’ moderated by Ms. Deepa Ranjeet, Senior General Manager - Digital, Mahindra and Mahindra (Strategy Group). Here are a few key takeaways from the panellists:

  • Mr. Abhishek Kothari, Co-Founder, FlexiLoans: “Digital is a commitment, not a fad. Impatience is the biggest impediment. Everything that an organisation needs to do to transform itself is to shun the quality of being impatient. And take this secret sauce from me for free - collect data. Even if you don't know what it means today. Data is going to be the new currency.”
  • Mr. Anil Goel, Vice President - Technology, Accenture: “Organisational success in India can lead to a lot of inertia. However, technology has provided platforms to cope at the same time. Learning is the biggest skill you can have today.”
  • Dr. Debashis Guha, Professor and Director - Machine Learning, SP Jain: “Learn to code in JavaScript, Python or any other language, especially the people who are starting out. Because learning to write code is a good mental exercise. It helps you think logically and develops your problem-solving skills.”
  • Mr. Geet Lulla, Managing Director - India, Middle East & Southeast Asia, Gracenote: “Fear of failure is what resists organisations to take up technological transition. But speed and acceleration is the new reality for technological transformation.”
  • Mr. Rajiv Singh, Head - Ad Sales and Monetization, Digital Business - SonyLiv: “Content is king. Everything else is a subset of it. And, speaking of data democratisation, the more transparent you are, the more successful you are.”
  • Dr. Uma Ganesh, Co-Founder & Director - 5F World, CEO - Global Talent Track: “A fundamental ability for problem-solving and articulation are some of the required skills in this digital age. One of the reasons for organisations not succeeding is the constant pressure to stay in the game. Partnerships and collaborations can become the key to their success.”

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Aslam Khan, CMD & CEO, Octaware Technologies and Executive Council Member - Pune, NASSCOM, where he spoke about redefining leadership for the digital age and why it is crucial for the leadership style to change from transformational to situational.

 
Mr Aslam Khan, CMD & CEO, Octaware Technologies and Executive Council Member
- Pune, NASSCOM, speaks about redefining leadership for the digital age

The guests had a wonderful evening exchanging thoughts and ideas and networking with delegates. The conclave fostered collaborative knowledge creation through research, sharing of case studies and best practices on issues pertaining to digital innovation, leadership and governance.

The last chapter of the IT Management Conclave 2018 will be held at our Sydney Campus on 13th December 2018. We will keep you posted with the updates.

Topics: IT Conclave, Global Events at SP Jain, MUMBAI