By All Means, The IDC Digital Summit 2017 Was a Hit!

Business Events | August 23, 2017 | Guest Article

Gitikka Ganju Dhar Andaz Delhi

Guest Article By Gitikka Ganju Dhar, Curator TalkTheStage

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” A widely used quotation from the 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens.

As I prepped for the summit, musing over the content, I thought to myself, this hold true for the digital age too. The digital age, a time that has left no one untouched. Times that have unfolded great opportunities and greater challenges. A time that is a tale of two worlds merging into one. A new epoch, a new age, a new world. A world where love is digital, hate is digital, money is digital, beauty is digital, a world where success is digital and failure is digital. The world is talking about it the dominance of the digital enterprise. At the IDC Digital Summit 2017 too, this was the primary topic of conversation as digital natives and evangelists soaked in the work and play of digital, for two consecutive days.

IDC Digital Summit gives IT and Business Leaders and IT solution providers a platform to learn directly from the world's digital industry experts, indulge in most engaging conversations and in-depth discussions and an opportunity to meet and network with new age digital disruptors running new age digital business ventures to turn ideas into transformational solutions. This was the 3rd edition of the summit that has steadily garnered for itself a solid reputation amongst knowledge seekers and innovators in the Indian digital industry.

The man who set the tone of the summit is a professional way ahead of his times. A true stand out in his field, he has played an important role in the digital scheme of things in India and South Asia. Jaideep Mehta, Managing Director, IDC India and South Asia welcomed the delegates. He also steered the first business session of the day, Dominance of the Digital Enterprise 1.0. The title partner of the summit was Capgemini. Ananth Chandramouli, MD, heading India and Middle East Local Business Services was present on day one of the summit and briefly engaged with the audience via a crisp welcome address. It was Vikas Kumar, Head of Digital and Consulting (India and ME), Capgemini, who took the delegates through a formal session later in the day.

From Diamond Partner, Adobe Systems, Saurabh Pandit, Head - Digital Marketing Specialist & Alliances Team engaged with the audience. The other speakers of day one were Jerry Silva, IDC's Research Director for IDC Financial Insights, who explored the theme of - Connected Financial Services: Transformation Through Open Frameworks and Robert Parker who is responsible for the global research direction of four industry practices at IDC – Retail, Energy, Manufacturing, and Financial Services, took the audience through recent IDC research on the economic motivation driving DX in the retail industry.

The highlight of the day was the session, CIO in Conversation wherein Jaideep Mehta conversed with Hubert Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Data Systems. Hubert Yoshida has been instrumental in evangelizing the unique Hitachi approach to storage virtualization. Yoshida is well-known within the storage industry and his blog has been ranked among the "Top 10 Most Influential" within the storage industry as evaluated by Network World. In 2013 he was named one of the "Ten Most Impactful Tech Leaders" by Information Week. Michael Araneta, Associate Vice President for IDC Financial Insights, the go-to analyst for advice on technology investments, spoke about how collaboration and trust will transform financial services in the coming future. From Wipro, Sriram Shankaranarayana, Head of Digital and Consulting, India and Nikhil Asopa, Vice President-Business and Operations Head for Wipro India engaged the audience through a gold partner session. Nitin Singhal, Regional Vice President at Salesforce, India, spoke about Our Path Together, a session that was received well by the delegates.

Day two began on time with few Roundtable Sessions by McAfee , Blazeclan and Quinnox. Followed by that James Wester, Research Director Global Payments, IDC stepping up to talk payments and commerce in a digitally transformed world. The payment space is changing rapidly, with banks and their partners contending with new competition, new technologies, new regulations and new expectations from their customers. While the challenges facing legacy vendors and financial institutions are real, the change also represents immense opportunity for product and business owners as they look to not only remain competitive but also attract new business and lower costs.

The highlight of Day was the IDC CIO Panel Discussion exclusively covered by NDTV. On the panel were Hitesh Oberoi, MD and CEO, Info Edge (India), Anthony Thomas, Group Chief Information Officer, GE Digital and Jaspreet Bindra, SVP, Digital Transformation, Mahindra Group. This session was moderated by Jaideep Mehta. Ashwin Mittal, Business Head North and East at Array Networks, spoke in detail on Rethinking Network with Network Functions Platform. We wound up the summit on a high with a much-awaited session with Shalil Gupta, AVP IDC. Disrupting the Disruptor was Shalil’s mission on hand. A thought leader, Shalil leads the team of IDC's senior vertical industry analysts with collective expertise across the entire ICT industry.

Sli.do was used to develop a dialogue with the audience through the two days. While closing the conference, I suggested that the next edition of the summit can mark an entire session to take questions via Sli.do. This session could also take the shape of a vibrant open house.

The summit also included an Experience Zone and Innovation Zone that displayed latest, attention catching technologies for the delegates to pour over.  The first edition of the DX Awards unfolded on the 4th of August. The summit and the awards ceremony were held at Andaz, New Delhi on the 4th and 5th of August. Yours truly was roped in to write content and host the proceedings. The big winners of the evening were - Anthony A` Thomas from GE Digital who won in the category - Digital Transformer of the Year, Sandeep Ghosh from Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable who won in the category - DX Leader Operational Transformation, Rajnish Khare from HDFC Bank  who walked away with the DX Leader Omni-Experience Innovation award, Vivek Jain from Naukri.com who won the award for being the DX Leader Data Visionary and Arvind Kumar from Trringo (Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.) who won the Digital Disruptor of the Year title and they are Nominated for IDC AP Digital Transformation Awards 2017.

The summit and the awards ceremony were held at Andaz, New Delhi on the 4 and 5 August. Host, Gitikka Ganju Dhar, details highlights from the event

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