To unlock innovative strategies and establish the enterprise of the future, Intel in association with ETCIO.com recently hosted Intel ConnectiON, focused on the theme “Digital Transformation Unleashed.”
The conference brought together industry leaders to share their stories and experiences on how to harness AI, cloud, and big data to transform businesses. Intel ConnectiON highlighted the ways how businesses can accelerate digital transformation easily, seamlessly, and cost-effectively to scale up in an era of disruption. It touched upon the key pillars of modern digital technology from the worlds of enterprise, government, start-ups and global service providers. Intel ConnectiON brought together twenty-nine CxO speakers, and fifteen cutting-end real-world showcases, and had over 1 Million reach.
Santhosh Viswanathan, Managing Director – Intel India kickstarted the first Intel ConnectiON with his welcome remarks, “Intel foresees massive opportunities in India with the growth of the Internet in the country like startups, unicorns, UPI, etc. With digital transformation being the country’s foundation, Intel works across the ecosystem, and we bring in the best technologies and solutions to make the world a better place.”
The conference emphasized on smart manufacturing, Make in India initiatives, next-gen cloud, data-centric AI and more. It also highlighted that by 2024, India will become the world’s biggest software developer base with 5.3 million software developers. Santhosh said that Intel is aiming to listen and understand the enterprise challenges; providing leading-edge technology solutions, and Intel is committed to realizing India’s promise.
Technology is increasingly central to every aspect of human existence. With this context, Steve Long, Corporate Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) General Manager, Intel Corporation delivered his opening keynote on ‘Developing for Tomorrow Today: Open, Choice, Trust and Intel’. “Digitalization drives long-term demand for technology. Intel is investing and executing to innovate. We are bringing physical and digital worlds with technological superpowers and enhanced computing power.”
Intel is committed to global manufacturing at scale, adding capacity to meet further growth. Executing to re-establish unquestioned product leadership in open, secure platforms where developers thrive like 13th Gen Intel® Core Family, 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Family and Unmatched Silicon Portfolio for Network and Edge.
Moving forward, Raja Koduri gave his keynote titled “Leading The Way With HPC and AI”. Koduri is the Executive VP and GM, Accelerated Computing System and Graphics (AXG) Group at Intel.
The session focused on how the future of high-density computing requires high-performance vector and matrix processing with extreme memory bandwidth.
Raja Koduri said, “We require intensive computing power, pervasive connectivity, AI and cloud-to-edge infrastructure to develop technology superpowers. We at Intel accelerate developer innovation with an open and full-stack approach to accelerate multi-architecture, multi-vendor programming.”
oneAPI is an open, cross-architecture programming model that frees developers to use a single code base across multiple architectures. It’s a standards-based unified programming model.
Further, the Intel ConnectOn featured a sharp Ted style talk delivered by Intel’s customers, titled “Digital Transformation Unlocking Business Value”.
Rajni Hasija, CMD, IRCTC spoke about ‘Intelligent kitchens.’
“IRCTC has added video intelligence to its CCTV cameras. This delivers real-time alerts, and business intelligence- reports and insights that matter. We have implemented live streaming of all IRCTC base kitchens on a central platform accessible through mobile and desktop. It has the ability to custom create live views based on the location, camera view, department, etc,” Hasija said.
Intel has helped IRCTC in building business intelligence for timely reports and insights. The solution offers comprehensive analytics regarding incidents and issues captured and resolved at the IRCTC base kitchen. Instant convenient reports are available now in multiple formats.
The next Ted style address was delivered by Manish Gupta, Group CIO, Aditya Birla Group on ‘Digital Transformation in a Conglomerate: A common Denominator.’
Aditya Birla group is adapting to changes in its ecosystem by leveraging digital transformation to create a digitally enhanced, customer-centric business model. “We are focused on creating new customer experiences, improving operational efficiencies, generating new revenues and rapidly responding to changing conditions. The Group is now standardizing the approach of digital journeys to guided framework, Technology & Platform and Partnership for businesses,” Manish Gupta said.
Aditya Birla group is developing a partner ecosystem consisting of startups, technology players and universities & incubation centers to constantly innovate. Manish Gupta believes in building and empowering the workforce; he is building an ecosystem to co-create and innovate.
Gopinath Jayaraj, CIO, Tata Motors spoke about “Digital transformation in manufacturing” in the ted style talk. Tata Motors believes in connecting aspirations by being bold in thought and . actions, owning every opportunity and challenge, solving together as one them and engaging all stakeholders with empathy.
“As we are embracing digital at Tata Motors, we are enabling customer experience and are achieving business outcomes. We harness the power of the digital platform, sales and after-sales digital platform (e-guru); enterprise manufacturing digital platform (AVANT-GARDE); and connected vehicle platform. Large organizations such as Tata Motors need to embrace legacy and empower and nurture the technical capabilities,” Gopinath Jayaraj said.
This was followed by a session by Mahesh Ramamoorthy, CIO, Yes Bank who addressed the audience on “Digital transformation in the BFSI industry.” Mahesh Ramamoorthy spoke about the building blocks in making sense of the data and AI- Intelligence, knowledge, Information and data. Knowledge is having relevant information, intelligence is the ability to drive the advantage. Information collecting leads to a mission-critical goal and achieving the goal needs knowledge.
Shiv Kumar Bhasin, CIO, NSE spoke on ‘Resilient transformation of the capital market’. He focused on their technology roadmap, and trading platform- modernization of the trading platform to build scalable resilient and fault-tolerant applications to process 1 million traders.
Shiv Kumar Bhasin said, “We are modernizing the data warehouse architecture based on open source data with real-time data ingestion from the data source. We are implementing Intel tools for code optimization and for maximizing the performance and enhancing the security throughout the platforms.”
Next, Gulshan Khurana-EVP, Vodafone Idea spoke on “The edge cloud evolution.” He talked about the Vodafone Idea edge cloud deployment journey. More than 150+ mobility cloud locations can host edge cloud computing; it has fully automated NOC to manage NFVi cloud infrastructure. Fast time to market for any new series rollout to cater to mobility.
“Digital transformation is revolutionizing retail. Technology is an enabler and Omni channel experience is important. Digital is different for different ages, digital natives for Genz and analogue for Genx. Our goal is to empower customers to make the right decision and allow consumers to make purchases anywhere, at any time. Digital transformation in retail does not start or end with a specific function but runs across the entire real value chain and impacts one another,” Sunandan Das, SVP, Tata Digital.
Moreover, the Intel ConnectiOn featured a series of panel discussions starting with ‘Power Panel 1: Factory of Future: Smart Manufacturing in Era of Industry 4.0’.
Baskar Dhandapani, Intel; Debasis Bisoi- VP and Head Mfg Vertical, TechM; Raman Dhillon, Head Digital Transformation, BPCL; Jagdish Ramaswamy, President and Chief Digital Officer at Hindalco Industries; and Gopi Thangavel, IT- Head, Infrastructure, Reliance Industries participated in the panel discussion. And Roshni Das, APJ Regional Marketing Director, Intel moderated the panel.
Before covid technology was essential and after the pandemic digitalization has accelerated. Both IT and OT are coming together to deliver data-driven intelligence.
Raman Dhillon added, “The environment was changing rapidly, we needed inter-connected systems and real-time data. Hence, we were pushed to develop the entire digital ecosystem.”
Jagdish Ramaswamy said that technology has become the centerpiece of execution and during covid, enterprises have learnt to manage the workforce remotely.
Next, the conference hosted the power panel on ‘Make in India – A Manufacturing PowerHouse for World’. Gokul Subramanium, Intel; Gourab Basu – VP Manufacturing, VVDN; Sekaran Letchumanan VP Operations, Flextronics; and Sanjay Lodha CEO Netweb Technologies participated in the panel.
The discussion was moderated by Rahul Malhotra, Director, Systems & Components Partners · Intel Corporation.
Talking about the Make in India initiative Sanjay Lodha said, “We have huge domestic consumption, so definitely we need to have production and manufacturing locally. And Make in India could only meet these growing demands and population.”
Gourab Basu added, “The Make in India initiative is building great muscle power and the world is now looking at India as a key manufacturer.”
Intel is trying to influence the education programmes working with the Indian government, and The Make in India initiative is creating job opportunities at scale.
For companies looking to increase their speed of innovation, the efficiency of their IT, and the business value their technology generates, finding the formula to unlock Multi cloud’s value is paramount.
The third panel focused on ‘Optimize, Secure, Transform: Building the Next-gen Cloud’.
HCL Gaurav Sharma – Director & Global Head – Hybrid Cloud Product Management, offerings & GTM; Wipro – Mayur Shah (VP Cloud & Infra); Infosys, Madhanraj Jeyapragasam, AVP and Sr. Principal Technology Architect; Mahesh Menon, Head of Cloud TCS; and SS Mathur, GGM – CRIS participated in the panel discussion, which was moderated by Sangeeta Roy – Director-Software & Services Partner.
The panel highlighted how to manage challenges in a multi-cloud environment and the opportunities that enhance cost effectiveness – to drive business transformation.
The last panel discussion focused on ‘India Digital Landscape: Looking Ahead’. Sanjay Virnave – MD, Altos Computing; Rajesh Dhar – Sr. Director Industry Verticals, HPE; Kavit Gupta, Director, Enterprise Sales & Service, HP; Vinod Karumampoyil, CISCO; Ajay Sehgal – Executive Director- Commercial Business, Lenovo India and Chandra Sankholkar, Google Cloud. This session was moderated by Saumer Phukan – Director Sales, Intel.
India’s growth as one of the top 3 economies of the world will be catalyzed by rapid advancements in all business sectors, with technology being the key enabler of the progress. Rapid smartphone penetration, faster and affordable internet fueled by 5G (and LTE), and wider adoption of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud, and IoT are expected to enable India to leapfrog for the years to come. These technologies must be effectively utilized to build products and services that result in an all-around development. Initiatives like Digital India and the burgeoning technology infrastructure is the growth engine for the business models of the new-age technology-led businesses.
The panel discussed the digital landscape in India, opportunities & challenges and how enterprises, governments, and small businesses can ride the technology wave and utilize it to their advantage.
As a technology company, Intel is at the front end of sustained growth in semiconductors and technologies, driven by the digitization of everything (Dx). Technology is increasingly becoming central to every aspect of humanity and semiconductors are at the crux of everything digital. This is driven by the four technology superpowers to stimulate innovation: pervasive connectivity, ubiquitous compute, AI and cloud-to-edge infrastructure.
Inspired by Moore’s Law, Intel continuously works to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address customers’ greatest challenges.
Intel strongly advocates ‘Let’s Transform the Future Together.’ The conference concluded with Intel’s commitment to India, with its 30+ years presence in India and its second-largest R&D site present in the country. Intel is investing in technological superpowers to combine the physical and digital worlds and deliver best-in-class computing power.
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