The two-day event celebrated and honoured leaders driving business through IT strategies and innovations.
The country’s most eminent and influential CIOs were awarded in a glittering ceremony spread across two days that celebrated their executive excellence and ability to leverage technology to shape innovations, solutions, and opinions to drive business. More than 100 powerful CIOs were felicitated with the CIO Power List 2017 recognition and honour across 39 categories. The CIO Power List 2017, with knowledge partner KPMG, was held across May 5 and 6, and hosted at Novotel Imagica near Mumbai.
The winners were shortlisted on the basis of a range of information and data points accumulated from a number of sources, including the CIO’s reach and reputation in conventional, online and print media, features in business publications and technology magazines, awards, honours, and recognitions won, media associations, and an all-India survey of their peers in the CIO community. The CIOs were also asked to share personal accounts of key highlights of the last year.
The event kick-started with a welcome note by Anoop Mathur, Founder & President, CORE Media, followed by a talk on the evolving role of the CIO and how they can drive and sustain change, by Rohan Padhi, Director, KPMG. Next up was an educational workshop by productivity guru Dr Nitin Paranjape.
This was followed by an informative yet informal session with Jayantha Prabhu, CIO, Essar Group, and Head – India Business, AGC Networks, and Anthony Thomas, Group CIO, GE Global, on the essential ingredients of leadership. The fireside chat was hosted by Sanjay Mehta, Director, CORE Media.
It was then time for the highlight of the event—the honouring of the CIO Power List 2017 Technology Icons. One by one the country’s biggest game-changers were felicitated for their achievements in the past year.
The second day started with an empowering session on how to build your personal brand by Tanvi Bhatt, Brand Strategist for CXOs. Santosh Kulkarni, Country Manager–Smart Solutions, Vertiv, then briefed CIOs about a modular and energy efficient infrastructure.
The GST Bill is a hot topic at the moment and Pavan Peechara, Director, Udyog Software, and CEO, Adaequare Group, was on hand to provide some insights as to how CIOs could easily grapple with it. It was then time for the audience to discover data driven possibilities with Jaydeep Deshpande, Head of Marketing – India and SAARC, and Mitesh Nagori, Solution Architect, Qlik India.
Collaborative workspaces are becoming more and more popular as a means to increase productivity and Pramod Sharma, CEO, IceWarp, then took to the stage to talk about his company’s offering in that space. Next up was a discussion on the usefulness and effectiveness of customer portals and mobile apps with Abhiskek Rungta, CEO, IndusNet Technologies.
After a lip-smacking lunch break, C Mohan, Founder and CEO, Adstringo, spoke on the company’s corporate digital super hero—Shrinkman, followed by an entertaining session with Roopak Saluja, Founder and CEO, The 120 Collective and Sooperfly, on why distribution is as important as content when it comes to digital media. Then Vijay Sarathy, CTO, InstaSafe, took to the stage to speak about using a software-defined perimeter to prevent cyber attacks.
After a quick coffee break, the CIOs returned for a power panel discussion on ‘Unlocking Digital Yield’, moderated by Rohan Padhi, Director, KPMG. The panel consisted Kalpana Maniar, President and Group CIO, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd, Aruna Rao, CTO, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Group Companies, Rishi Sareen, Vice President – IT, Ecom Express, and Jai Thomas, Head–Service Delivery and Operations, Daily Hunt.
The last session of the day was with Anil Kuruvilla, Global Leader–Tax and Regulatory, Compliance and CCO, Adaequare Group, and Anand Natarajan, Chief Business Officer, Excellor Ecommerce, and Senior Vice President, Adaequare Group, who spoke about global GST learnings and a less talked about ecommerce business model.
The evening’s festivities started with advisory members launching the CIO Choice 2017 Year Book. Then it was time for the country’s most eminent CIO business leaders to be honoured in a dazzling ceremony to the sound of applause and cheers from their peers.
CIO Power List 2017 partners
Udyog Software as Tax and Compliance Partner; Vertiv as Datacenter and Infra Management Partner; Indusnet Technologies as Digital Partner; InstaSafe as Security Partner; Ace Data as Data Protection Partner; Tableau as Analytics Partner; Bonne Vie as Media Partner; KPMG as Knowledge Partner; Adstringo as Mobility Partner; Perpetuuiti as Artificial Intelligence Partner; Qlik as Data Discovery Partner; IceWarp as Associate Partner; and Graftronics as Associate Partner.
Ajay Bakshi, Aegis Limited, listens on, fascinated, as Anthony Thomas, GE Global, recounts an interesting anecdote.
CIOs strike a pose for a photo together, all smiles.
Deena Dayalan, Sears Holdings Corporation, poses for a photo with Mani Kant Singh R, Orbis Financial Corporation Ltd
Nothing like an interesting exchange of ideas to break the ice.
Dhananjay Prasad, Hero BPO and Hero Mindmine, shares a laugh with Sanjay Mehta and Anoop Mathur of CORE Media.
The event starts with the national anthem being played as CIOs stand in attention.
CIOs observe a solemn respectful silence as they listen to the national anthem.
Sanjay Narkar, IDFC Bank, Rajendra Deshpande, Intelenet Global Services, GS Ravikumar, Gati Ltd, Sunil Mehta, J. Walter Thompson South Asia, and Ajay Bakshi, Aegis, kick off the event by lighting the lamp.
A warm welcome and a keynote speech by Anoop Mathur, Founder and President, CORE Media.
Rohan Padhi, Director of KPMG India, discusses the evolving role of a CIO in today’s world.
Productivity Guru Dr Nitin Paranjape conducts a riveting workship on improving efficiency and output.
Jayantha Prabhu, Essar Group and AGC Networks, takes a selfie with Sanjay Mehta, Core Media, and Anthony Thomas, GE Global, after the fireside chat on 'Ingredients For Leadership'.
CIOs take in one of the informative sessions.
Attendees making the best of the networking opportunity.
Sanjay Narkar, IDFC Bank, and Jayantha Prabhu, Essar Group and AGC Networks, exchange notes over a cup of tea.
CIOs exchange ideas and insights, looking to build connections.
Attendees bonding over a cup of coffee.
Prasenjit Mukherjee, BSES Power, and Rajeev Mittal, Endurance Technologies, listening intently as Mohan Chandrasekaran, AdStringO, speaks on.
CIOs wait eagerly for the winners to be announced.
CIOs dressed in their evening best for the awards.
Tanvi Bhatt, Personal Brand Strategist for CXOs, speaks about 'Celebrating #BrandYOU: Thought Leadership in Leadership.'
Santosh Kulkarni, Country Manager – Smart Solutions, Vertiv, speaks about 'Modular & Energy Efficient Infrastructure.'
Pavan Peechara, Director, Udyog Software, and CEO, Adaequare Group, conducts a workshop on GST.
Jaydeep Deshpande, Head of Marketing – India and SAARC, and Mitesh Nagori, Solution Architect, Qlik India, enact a short skit to reveal the 'Discover Data Driven Possibilities' Qlik offers.
Pramod Sharma, CEO, IceWarp, speaks about 'Building a Collaborative Workplace.'
Abhiskek Rungta, CEO, IndusNet Technologies, conducts a session on 'The Digital Consumer Phallacy: Are Your Customer Portals and Mobile Apps Getting Used? What Can You Do About It?'
Mohan Chandrasekaran, Founder and CEO, AdStringO talks about 'Shrinkman – Corporate Digital Super Hero.'
A short break calls for a fun photo as CIOs pose, smiling.
Roopak Saluja, Founder and CEO, The 120 Collective and Sooperfly, conductions an informative session on how 'Content Is King, Distribution Is God.'
CIOs listen intently as Roopak Saluja talks about successful content distribution plans.
Sandip Panda, CEO, InstaSafe, and Vijay Sarathy, CTO, InstaSafe, speak about 'Preventing Cyber Attacks With Software Defined Perimeter.'
Rohan Padhi, Director, KPMG India, moderates a power panel comprising Kalpana Maniar, President and Group CIO, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd, Aruna Rao, CTO, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Group Companies, Rishi Sareen, VP – IT, Ecom Express, and Jai Thomas, Head – Service Delivery and Operations, Daily Hunt, where they discuss ways of 'Unlocking Digital Yield.'
CIOs take in the gripping panel discussion as the second award ceremony draws closer.
Panel members pose for a photo.
Anil Kuruvilla, Global Leader – Tax and Regulatory, Compliance and CCO, Adaequare Group, and Anand Natarajan, Chief Business Officer, Excellor ECommerce, and Senior Vice President, Adaequare Group, deliver a 'Special Address On GST Global Learnings And Less Talked About Ecommerce Business Model.'
CIOs take in the informative session on GST.
CIOs gather around for the second night of the CIO Power List 2017 awards.
The CIOs all come together for a group photo with members of CORE Media and Bonne Vie.
CIO Choice Advisory Panel members pose with the CIO Choice 2017 Year Book launched at the event.