India IT Summit to be Annual Event

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Tvm: The curtains came down today on the two-day India IT Summit jointly organised by CII and IT Kerala at the Rajiv Gandhi Convention Centre at Kovalam. The event saw active participation by IT honchos, politicians, thought leaders, members of trade association and academicians discussing topics relevant for the Indian IT industry.

 

Delivering the keynote address, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr. Shashi Tharoor congratulated the IT industry for showing remarkable tenacity in countering recession and said, “India today has created a brand for itself in IT and we have to make concerted efforts to become the leader in this industry. We have to also make dedicated effort to increase domestic usage of IT for better governance and acceptance of IT as a way of life.”

 

Earlier, speaking at the valedictory function, the State Finance Minister, Dr. Thomas Isaac said, “Today as the world economy emerges from recession, India has a very important role to play. Kerala is capable of taking a lead in this and play an important role to improve the whole of production sector and also e-governance. The ruling party and the opposition party of Kerala are in consensus that it is IT that will ride the next growth wave in Kerala and the government is committed to ensure that no social disparity arises due to the growth of IT. I use this forum to invite IT companies to adopt villages in Kerala and make them e-models and help us make Kerala prominently visible in the global IT map.”

 

Mr. V K Mathews, Chairman (IT Panel), CII presented a summary of the two-day summit. He summed up by saying Kerala has great potential to contribute in the changing role of India in the global IT business. The focus has to be to ensure value, innovation and changing the world with the help of IT and making IT a way of life.

 

The final plenary session had discussions on ‘Creating competencies for the changing Role of IT’ by speakers including Dr. Ajay Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary (IT), GoK; Paul Coby, CIO, British Airways; Rajan Nagarajan, Sr.VP & CIO, Mahindra Satyam; Masaaki Kariya, Sr.VP (IT Strategy), Nippon Cargo Airlines; Anurag Mehrotra, VP, Wipro and K Jayakrishnan, VP (Global Alliances), TCS. They summed up that for long term sustainability, India needs to change its value proposition from cost and labour arbitrage to Innovation, Quality and Flexibility. Transformation of IT over the next decade will be far reaching with the enablers like Technology innovation, Business model innovation, delivery model innovation and service innovation. Government, Industry and Academia should join hands to harness and accelerate IT.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News 

India Internet Summit 2009

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