Bhubaneswar, which was almost butchered by the wrath of Fanny just recently, is up on its feet and completely running again in full pace. CRN India stepped into Bhubaneswar with its Explore Bharat Initiative and engaged with the IT channel partners and the SME ecosystem in the conclave organised in November. The same urge of growth and digital transformation was evident on everyone’s agenda. The event was attended by almost 100 delegates and witnessed breakthrough discourse from industry veterans.
Channel Partners: The IT forerunners of Bhubaneswar
The keynote speaker of the channel track of the event was Arun Kumar Dey, Proprietor, Computer Professional, Past President, ITAO and Joint Secretary, FAITTA. He said, “It is a great endeavour by CRN and ITAO to organise such a progressive event. There is a lot of scope for penetration of computers and hence great opportunity for development in the field of technology.”
The next presenter on stage was Abhishek Srivastav, Deputy General Manager, Channel Sales, Samsung Enterprise Business. He gave an overall perspective of the company, whereby it operates in almost every sector and conveyed that it is much more than a mobility device company. He also comprehensively explained the benefits for the channel partners and promised further support.
The next speaker was from the stable of Schneider Electric who spoke on the company’s energy efficient and connected offerings. Dhritiman Ghosh, Senior Manager, Schneider Electric, explained how the company’s products are a fit for every organisation at every location and how they can be remotely monitored. He also mathematically explained how the users of the product can cut down on their electricity expenditure.
The next session was the much awaited panel discussion, which constituted Rajesh Kumar Dora, MD, Printlink Computer & Communication; Anshuman Pattnaik, Proprietor, Powermax; Parikhita Dash, MD, Nigama Computing; and Srinivas Tripathy, President, Information Technology Association of Odisha. The panel discussion was moderated by Arun Kumar Dey. It was a power-packed discussion on how the channel can digitally transform itself and take up new opportunities.
SMB ecosystem: The backbone of the growing economy
The SMB track was yet another interesting and informative one. The keynote speeches were made by D N Dash, Director, RND Laboratories and Sampad Dash, Director, BG Pharmaceutical.
Dash said that allocation of IT budget is an important component of the entire organisation’s budget. Automation will ease out a lot of workload and eventually result in efficient at ever front. He also pointed out that automation will enable work to process in a faster manner which will, in turn, help people get more personal time and time for leisure.
The next keynote speaker Sampad Dash, Director, BG Pharmaceutical said, that during his early visits to the USA and the Europe, he felt that there was a huge gap in terms of technology. The usage and implementation of technology in India was strikingly less in India. Computers were commonplace during 1980s in the Western countries, which at that time, looked like a distant reality for India. However, to his delight, he finds that the gap has been bridged now and India is extremely progressive in terms of technology. From his personal experience of his family business of Ayurvedic healthcare, he cites that operations previously were all manual, but now things have largely been automated. He also suggested that it is important to have an advisor.
Atif Ahmed Shakir, General Manager, Enterprise Mobility, Samsung Enterprise Business explained the various features of the products and how they can be put to use of SMBs. He also detailed out the usefulness of Samsung Knox mobile security platform which makes the mobility devices extremely secure.
Dhritiman Ghosh educated the audience about the usefulness of Schneider products to the SMBs and how the products can fit into their budget and environment. The participants then engaged themselves with the vendor partners – Samsung and Schneider Electric – to understand more about their products and solutions. Booths were hosted by the vendors for easy experiencing of the products for the guests. The event was undoubtedly a great knowledge sharing platform for one and all.