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Apart from offering a first-of-its-kind interactive platform for sharing CIO and CFO perspectives on Collaboration Infrastructure Strategies, Collaboration Retreat 2011 offered a good opportunity to the CXOs and delegates for networking and informal conversations.


  • 1. Event Highlights:2nd Collaboration Retreat 2011Dates: 23rd and 24th Sept 2011, PuneSynopsis: Apart from offering a first-of-its-kindinteractive platform for sharing CIO and CFOperspectives on Collaboration InfrastructureStrategies, it offered a good opportunity to the CXOsand delegates for networking and informalconversations.

2. Golf Clinic: 23rd Sept 2011Venue: Poona Club Golf Course, Pune 3. 15 CXOs participated in the Golf Clinic and itwas a big hit. It was conducted by a nationallevel Golf coach and trainer. 4. The Golf Clinic provided an opportunity for theCXOs to get to know each other while thecoach elucidated the nuances of the game. 5. Conference: 24th Sept 2011 Venue: MCCIA Trade Tower, Pune 6. In his opening address, Mr. Tarun Malaviya, CEO of Mithi, explained the theme of the Retreat and how this event is shaping up as a platform for seeding new ideas on collaboration. With the help of several real life examples, he talked about how in todays world, collaboration is more important than competition as a means for progress. He explained how Collaboration impacts our work and social life and how Collaboration Technologies will define how business is done inMr. Tarun Malaviya,this century. .CEO, Mithi Software TechnologiesPvt Ltd 7. Mr. Ashok Malaviya, talked about how Mithi has been consistently trying to lower the cost of Email and Collaboration for its customers through successive generations of its product. He spoke on how every time Mithi attempted to reduce the costs for its customers, it had to improve performance. He explained how it is never really possible to reduce costs without first improving performance..Mr. Ashok Malaviya,Director - Sales, Mithi SoftwareTechnologies Pvt Ltd 8. In his Keynote Address, Mr. Chinar Deshpande,dwelt on the Business impact of collaboration. Heshared some of the technology pillars for drivingcollaboration in todays economy, and howsuccessful companies have weaved collaborationinto their corporate strategy.He discussed examples of modern daycollaboration patterns like co-innovation asagainst mergers and acquisitions. He also sharedthe results of an independent survey whichunderlined how the performance of companiesconsiderably increased in profitability, productivity,sales growth, innovation, open culture etc, afterthey adopted collaboration technologies.Mr. Chinar Deshpande,CEO, Creative IT (India) Pvt LtdHe also touched upon how organizations areincorporating collaborative social media platformsKeynote Address: Howinto their business strategies.Collaboration is shaping businesstoday 9. 1st Panel Discussion: Is the role of CFO now morecritical in shaping the organizations collaborationstrategy?Moderator: Mr. Arun Gupta (Group CTO, Shoppers Stop)Panelists:1. Mr. J.S. Puri - Advisor, Corporate Affairs and IT (Fortis Healthcare Ltd.)2. Mr. Sandeep Suryavanshi - CIO (Zensar Technologies Ltd.)3. Mr. Anil Khopkar CIO (Bajaj Auto Ltd.) 10. 1st Panel Discussion: Is the role of CFO now more critical inshaping the organizations collaboration strategy? 11. 1st PanelArun Gupta started the discussion by asking the panelists whether they report to Mr. Discussion: Is the role of CFO now more critical inshaping the and what kind of relationshipstrategy? with their CFOs. CFOs organizations collaboration they enjoy The animated and participative discussion brought out some interesting aspects about the CIO-CFO relationship and the CIOs role in an organizations, like: What matters more than the nos. (ROI etc.) is the business strategy, the long-term vision of the company, what is the business value that IT can offer, etc CIO has to work with the business heads to deliver value to them, so whether CIO reports to CFO or CEO does not really matter IT can create disruptive business models to directly impact the top-line, or help invent new markets or business models, and so IT should be viewed as a strategic function The discussion on technology should be about competitive advantage (more so today), and not so much about TCO, ROI etc. CIOs should be measured not just on how much cost savings they can bring in year on year in the maintenance cost, but also on the new technologies, initiatives & innovations brought in by them Mr. Gupta summed up the discussion with the observation that all the business functions would need technology to excel and should collaborate in jointly defining the business value of IT to the organization. 12. Mr. LN Sundarrajan advocated a pragmatic approach for leveraging IT to deliver value by involving the business/functional leaders as stakeholders. He explained how the cloud phenomenon is forcing even huge monolithic systems to be ready for being available on the web, and how new paradigms like mobility are changing the way transactions are done and impacting business agility.Mr. LN Sundarrajan He opined that cloud and mobile can be aFounder-Director at Rewire powerful combination to deliver a strong business value in terms of competitiveHow Cloud, New Devices & Socialadvantages, operational efficiencies, profitabilityNetworking are impacting Collaboration etc. 13. 1st Panel Discussion: Is the role of CFO now more critical inshapingnd Panel Discussion: Is Collaboration2 the organizations collaboration strategy? Infrastructure the starting point for a wider adoption of Open Source Software in an enterprise?Moderator: Mr. J.S. Puri (CIO, Fortis Healthcare)Panelists:1. Mr. Prasad Badiwale - Sr. VP, Group IT (Aditya Birla Group)2. Mr. Baiju Gujarathi - Sr. VP, IT Governance & IS (Repro India Ltd.)3. Mr. Milind Choudhari - Head IT (Edelweiss Tokio Life insurance Co. Ltd.)4. Dr. Ajay Dani - Principal Research Scientist (CREATE LABS, PISL) 14. 1st Panel Discussion: Is the role of CFO now more critical inshaping the organizations collaboration strategy? The panel discussion threw some thought-provoking points like: With proprietary software, cost goes up and innovation comes down, with open source it is the reverse Change is coming to an industry from a seemingly unrelated source, through innovations in some other industries or fields Openness and interoperability are key to success of the collaboration infrastructure While it will take time for enterprises to adopt open source Business software as these are currently available mostly in proprietary format, it is easier to adopt open source collaboration software as these are fairly mature and stable 15. In his Concluding Address, Mr. Arun Gupta observed how the culture of innovation, making things work, and dealing with adverse situations make India what it is. He shared how the risk-averse nature of Indian companies and CIOs prevents moving business critical applications onto open source platform. He said when the Indian business overcomes this, therell be a big leap forward for IT in India. He ended by posing a question to the audience: How does an organization prepare for the nextMr. Arun Gupta,generation of employees who have a veryGroup CTO, Shoppers Stop different set of expectations and form of collaboration?Concluding Address 16. Follow us here for more updates about the event Our website: www.mithi.com Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/connect2mithi YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/connect2mithi Facebook: www.facebook.com/connect2mithi Twitter: www.twitter.com/connect2mithi LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/mithi-software-technologies-pvt.-ltd. 17. Thank you!


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