Change is inevitable, embrace it: Awale

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Nov 2017 09:42:25


Business Bureau,

STAY rooted, come back home instead of going to Pune, Benguluru or other IT cities, advised Shailesh Awale, Centre Head, HCL, Nagpur while delivering his keynote address on ‘HCL’s plans for Nagpur’.

Awale was speaking at the Track 3 of the HCL Global Nagpur Summit-2017 on Saturday at Chitnavis Centre. The day-long discussion had two panel discussions. Panel 1 was on the topic ‘Digital India and Start-up India: Developing Ecosystem and Accelerating Innovation in India’, while the other one was on ‘Secure Internet of Things (IoT) for a secure future: Prospects and Challenges’. The moderator for Panel 1 was Shashikant Choudhary, ex-Managing Director, GlobalLogic and Founder, Nagpur Angels. The panelists were: Dr Abhay Kimmatkar, Joint Managing Director, Ceinsys Tech Ltd; Sudhir Tiwari, Managing Director (India), ThoughtWorks; Rahul Narvekar, Founder and CEO, The India Network and Scale Ventures Fund; Morel Fourman, CEO, Galasoft addressed through video conferencing.

The Panel 2 was moderated by Dr Rizwan Ahmed, President of Technology at delaPlex Software at India Development Centre (IDC)-Q M CompuTech Pvt Ltd., India. The panelists were R Venkateswaran, Senior Vice-President of Engineering, IoT Solutions, Persistent Systems; Ajay Agrawal, SVP, IoT Centre of Excellence, Happiest Mind Technologies; Santosh Singh, Business Development Manager (Smart and Safe Cities), Cisco System (India) Pvt Ltd.; Dr Tarique Sani, Founder and CTO, SANIsoft.

Elaborating the plans of HCL, Awale informed that the HCL Campus was spread across 50 acres and its inauguration was planned for December 10. HCL wanted to create 2,000 job opportunities by the end of next year spread across testing, PQ, app development, etc. By April 2018 first week, HCL would be fully operational. He also noted that for HCL, it was the employees first and customers second. With ample employment opportunities for IT professionals as well as others, the scenario of the city would change,  “Change is inevitable, embrace it. Our hiring process has also been started and I am proud of the two batches which we have recruited. Nagpur will be known as the IT destination in the future,” Awale felt.

In Panel 1, Shashikant Chaudhary, said that there was a 40 per cent increase in number of startups, 108 unicorns. He also informed that 85,000 jobs were created by start-ups.
Rahul Narvekar stressed on developing an echo system in small cities. Sudhir Tiwari suggested that the Government funding must be done to projects like in the US.

Dr Abhay Kimmatkar, elaborated on the scope of GIS. Morel Fourmen, through video conference, noted that for start-ups, innovation was possible by small disruptions.
The Panel 2 moderated by Dr Rizwan Ahmed, emphasised on that just a bit of care during set-up and a constant watchful eye on one’s network, can prevent most security breaches by way of IoT devices.

The experts emphasised that in the game of ‘catch me if you can’, as a responsible IoT community people required to be on their toes 24x7. This was because of IoT hackers, success means breaching the IoT system once, but for us success lies in foiling all their attempts, 24x7.
Aroop Duttaroy conducted the programme.