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Celebrating the launch of IT Genius Awards

The awards recognise CIOs across industry verticals for driving disruptive IT projects to increase business growth.

The first edition of the IT Genius Awards kicked off with much fanfare on August 19 at CIO Crown 2017, held at Novotel Imagica near Mumbai. The awards recognise visionary ICT leaders who have implemented critical, transformational and disruptive projects with revolutionary impact in their organisation in recent times. Day-to-day IT implementation projects required for operational efficiency are excluded from consideration.

The winners were selected across three categories— Analytics and Data Discovery, Digital Transformation, and Data Centre Excellence. The independent industry jury had stalwarts such as Vikas Gadre, CN Ram, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia. The jury evaluated the project across five key criteria, such as the type of project, its implementation, its impact, the innovation applied, and scalability. All applications were evaluated on the basis of these five criteria, on a nine point scale. On the basis of a composite score nine winners were selected across the three categories.

“With these awards we were specifically looking for things a little out of the ordinary; so the projects had to be incrementally creative and innovative,” said CN Ram, jury member. “We looked at the thought process behind the project and its implementation, along with the kind of business benefits that it accrued. The IT Genius Awards will inspire CIOs to be more creative and innovative, for which they will need to align themselves with business in a major way, because technology for the sake of technology just doesn’t work anymore.”

Jury member Anil Jaggia added, “I was impressed with the quantity and quality of nominations of the IT Genius Awards. I hope the CIO community can benefit from the great work being done in the industry. The awards were very well planned and executed, and the sessions and panel discussions were quite relevant and engaging.”

In today’s age, digital transformation is no longer an option but a necessity if organisations wish to have a competitive edge and enhance customer satisfaction. In that journey, the importance having an in-house data centre with cloud support is undeniable, while analytics and data discovery are what help the organisation compile a quantifiable data-backed report on its performance to better leverage the existing technology in driving business.

“The IT Genius Awards winners are dynamic leaders pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence with their disruptive ICT projects and strategies to boost business,” said Anoop Mathur, Founder and President, CORE Media. “They have their finger on the ever-changing pulse of the industry and have used their technology foresight to transform their business. I congratulate all the winners!”

Winners

Analytics & Data Discovery: Umesh Mittal, Group Head – IT, Alchemy Capital Management Pvt Ltd, Khushru Bacha, Vice President – IT, Omkar Realtors and Developers Pvt Ltd, Prasad Pudipeddi, CIO, Häfele India Pvt Ltd
Digital Transformation: Anil Nadkarni, CIO, Mahyco Ltd, Kiran Komatla, Associate Vice President – IT, Burger King India Pvt Ltd, Ekhlaque Bari, Executive Vice President and Head – IT, Max Life Insurance Co Ltd
Data Centre Excellence: Dhananjaya Purushothama, CIO, Kurlon, Pulak Das, DGM – IT, Yazaki India Pvt Ltd, Kersi Tavadia, CIO, BSE

Kersi Tavadia, CIO, Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd (BSE), receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Data Centre Excellence from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Dhananjaya Purushothama, CIO, Kurlon Enterprise Limited, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Data Centre Excellence from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Pulak Das, Deputy General Manager - IT Department, Yazaki India Pvt Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Data Centre Excellence from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Anil Nadkarni, CIO, Mahyco Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Digital Transformation from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Kiran Komatla, Associate VP - IT, Burger King India Pvt Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Digital Transformation from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Ekhlaque Bari, Executive VP and Head - IT, Max Life Insurance Co Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Digital Transformation from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Khushru Bacha, VP - IT, Omkar Realtors and Developers Pvt Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Analytics and Data Discovery from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Prasad Pudipeddi, Head - IT, Hafele India Pvt Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Analytics and Data Discovery from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

Umesh Mittal, Group Head - IT, Alchemy Capital Management Pvt Ltd, receives the IT Genius Award 2017 for Analytics and Data Discovery from Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and jury members Vikas Gadre, Anil Khopkar, and Anil Jaggia.

The winners of the IT Genius Awards 2017 pose with Anoop Mathur, President, CORE Media, and the jury members.

 

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