ICT Awards

Dataquest honors Digital Leaders at 29th Digital Leadership Conclave

High-performing institutions are recognised for their ingenuity and unwavering dedication to improving the customer experience through the awards programme.

During its much-anticipated annual event, India’s top IT magazine recognises and felicitates people, projects, and companies in numerous categories for their pioneering work and brilliance.

The awards were presented at the #DQConclave2022 on 8 June 2022, at the event titled “Transform with NeXtGen Tech”. It featured exciting keynotes, exhaustive panel discussions and fireside chats featuring the Who’s Who of the IT industry.

This year, we received 100+ nominations from various  categories for recognition and felicitation. 33 winners of DQ ICT Awards were chosen by the select panel comprising of Experts and CyberMedia Editors on various parameters, like innovation, impact, pioneering work, and excellence.

Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, Cybermedia Group, said: “We have seen many major changes since December 1982. One of them was the introduction of IT. That also brought about a sea-change in almost all of the businesses. The next change was the introduction of PCs.”

The experts were awarded across categories, including:

Dr Chander Shekhar Devra, CIO, SRF Limited in the Digital Warrior – Large Enterprise, Category for Path-breaking work in strengthening R&D on dimensions like  scale, team-enablement and infrastructure. Remarkable accomplishments and headway in supply chain transformation, RPA, energy efficiency, yield improvement & equipment failure prediction.

Sandeep Jamdagni, CIO, Aashiana Housing Ltd. In the Digital Warrior- Real Estate category, for Heralded Work from Home paradigm in a seamless, secure and productivity-centric way. Achieved frictionless transition of many key business processes like CRM, ERP on to Cloud Models.

Malay Nandy, Head- IT & CS, APL Logistics Vascor Automotive Pvt Ltd. in Digital Warrior – Logistics cateory for Demonstrated fluid and business-centric deployment of hybrid solutions in Cloud and on-prem areas──an unusual ‘best-of-both-worlds’ scenario nailed well.

Sunil S Sonare, Head IT, ITD Cementation India Limited in Digital Warrior- Real Estate for Spawned a strong, agile and high-impact digital workplace with creative and strategic use of technology. Equipped remote workers with WFH, while also making strides in future-forward areas like digital twins and IIoT.

Sharad Kumar Agarwal, CDIO, JK Tyre and Industries Ltd. in Digital Warrior – Manufacturing category for For synergizing technology, processes and people for a cyber secure digital enterprise, transitioning IT to a business driver in Industry 4.0, and enabling a broad and robust set of digital themes to drive cross functional synergy.

Sarbani Bhatia, Sr. Vice President-IT, Jagran Prakashan Ltd. for Digital Warrior – Media category for For developing a mobile app with deep dive analytics dashboards to monitor market performance of products to stay ahead of competition in all regions.

Shweta Srivastava, CIO, Paul Merchants Ltd., Digital Warrior – Financial Services for a great template for how app modernisation should be strategised and executed──straddling multiple areas like money exchange transaction processing and accounting, and many key digital lending stages.

Debojit Maitra, CISO, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., Digital Warrior – Security for Bolstered security through robust prevention of threats and malware via endeavours like Micro Segmentation through SDP, and Virtual S/W FW set-up between 10 hosted applications.

Vinod Bhat, CIO, Vistara (Tata SIA Airlines Ltd), in Digital Warrior – Aviation category for Elevated customer-centricity and intimacy through deep tech-driven changes like chatbot, self-service disruption handling, loyalty management , RFID and 360 degree experiences.

Vishal Jain, CIO, Del Monte Foods in Digital Warrior – FMCG for For deploying business intelligence solutions (Power BI), distributor management systems (DMS), demand planning solutions, EDI, SOC services and IoT platform for predictive analysis of plant machines, adopting IT-as-a-Service models.

Avaneesh Kumar Vats, GM-IT, EESL and Convergence Energy Services Ltd in Digital Warrior – Energy for offering interventions that solve multiple gap areas in the energy ecosystem by amalgamating seemingly independent sectors, such as electricity, transport, home appliances, and introducing models for adaptation at scale through government partnerships.

Vijay Anand, Vice President Global – IT & IS, CorroHealth Inc in Digital Warrior – Healthcare for enabling skilled domestic and global teams with leading technologies that allow analytics to guide the solutions and keep them accountable to the goals. For both health systems and plans, and navigating regulatory and compliance complexities.

Prasad Ramakrishnan, CIO, Freshworks in Digital Warrior – IT/ITeS for Great transformation work across the spectrum──from HR, expense management, people management to billings──with impactful use of levers of analytics and specific platforms for each area.

Sandeep Karan , Head – Information & Cybersecurity, L&T Technology Services Limited in Digital Warrior – Security category  for For prioritising a migration from the physical workspace to remote working enablement. This includes creation of VPN hubs and gateways to avoid bottle-necks, distribution of enterprise apps, etc.

Ajay Yadav, Head IT, SBL Limited in Digital Warrior – SMB category for leading responsibility for all digital transformation projects, e-commerce setups, S/4 HANA migration, CRM implementation leadership to drive innovation.

Dr. Makarand Sawant, Sr. GM-IT, Deepak Fertilisers And Petrochemicals Corporation for Digital WarriorChemicalfor setting up information management strategy and direction for a rapidly growing company, improving effectiveness of information technology, and leading Smart Factory, IoT and Industry 4.0 initiatives.

Bhoopendra Solanki, CIO, Sakra World Hospital, in Digital Warrior – Healthcare for technology to create a patient-centric ecosystem. Working to improve healthcare management of patients and use the benefits such as clinical analytics and timely clinical alerts to deliver better patient care outcomes.

Shashwat Singh, CIO, Imagine Marketing India Ltd (boAt Lifestyle) in Digital Warrior – Fast Moving Electronic Goods (FMEG) for enabling one of the smoothest ever ERP cutovers and setting up a tech landscape, tech strategy and tech team grounds up.

Ashish Desai, CIO, Aditya Birla Group, Textiles Business, in Digital Warrior – Large Enterprise for developing an e-commerce platform for enabling Cloud adoption for enterprise application, enabling productivity and developing IoT enabled moisture tracking system.

Narendra Sonawane, VP – Head – Information Systems, Infosys Ltd. (IT/ITes) in Digital Warrior – IT/ITeS for providing IT and digital marketing services such as AI and automation, Agile and DevOps, CRM, cyber security, data analytics.

Prasanna Lohar, Head Technology – Digital | Innovation | Architecture, DCB Bank in Digital Warrior – BFSI category, For being at the forefront of adopting digital and disruptive technologies such as cloud, blockchain, AI, open banking, big data, and RPA.

NIIT Digital in Education category for implementing Transformational platform for professional learning in new-age technologies.

Harnath Babu, Partner & CIO, KPMG India in Digital Warrior – Business Consulting for driving new agile engineering capabilities, while delivering fit-for-purpose solutions for diverse business functions.

Dhaval Mankad, Vice President – Information Technology, Havmor Ice Cream Private Limited (Lotte Group) in Digital -FMCG for MRP material requisition planning in S4 HANA, approval portal, enhancing organization security, setting up cloud native data lake, and pilot project for Smart Factory initiative.

Lalit Trivedi, Head IT & CISO, ITI Asset Management Limited in Digital Warrior – Financial Services for being coding wizards dive deep into the problem at hand to come out with scalable solutions. Adept at designing, developing, and maintaining products and apps, which are being used extensively in asset management business.

Mr. Subrahmanya Gupta Boda, Head, Digital & IT, Brigade Group in Digital Warrior- Infrastructure for delivering value through governance and transformation of Enterprise IT through digital initiatives, start-up collaborations.

Arijit Mitra, Vice President – IT, Noida Power Company Limited in Digital Warrior – Utilities for successfully executing migration of ECC 6.0 as well as 10 other applications to S/4HANA 2020 version and to HANA database respectively through in-house efforts, in the process becoming the first SAP Utilities customer in the Indian Electricity Utility sector to carry out such a migration.

G.D. Pandey, Corporate Head IT, Poly Medicure Limited in Digital Warrior – SMB category for setting up Center of Excellence for SAP/ERP and infrastructure, unified communication with MS Exchange, and automation and digitization of HR process on SAP.

Dalveer singh, Associate Vice President (Head IT), Kusum Healthcare Pvt Ltd, for Digital Warrior – Security category for Infrastructure refresh with the best security stacks around SD-WAN, Backup,XProtect and XShield implemented.

Rajiv Arora, Global Head of IT Global Head Unit, Siemens AG for Digital Warrior- AI in Manufacturing category for For cloudification for ERP and Non-ERP applications, mobile work program implementation, app for zero trust security, implemented factory AI and process digitalization, and Sightcall platform for visual assistance experience for remote field operations.

Kapil Mehrotra CIO, National Commodities Management Services in Digital Warrior – Cloud category for achieving managed threat response, cloud posture management, firewall management, implementing Azure Cloud, and S/4 HANA.

Yogesh Dadke, CIO, Adient in Digital Warrior – Automotive for Augmented manufacturing areas with a multi-faceted and well-executed technology tool-kits──RPA, Bots, VDA, VPN, AR/VR, Cloud, OT security & Audit and compliance.

Sanjay Chowdhry, CIO, Hamdard WAKF Laboratories (India) in Digital Warrior – Healthcare category for For implementing mobile application (SFA), dashboard (analytics), sales portal, stockiest retail portal for issues tracking, and HR application.

The Dataquest Leadership Conclave, an annual event highlighting influential players in the ICT industry, brings together CIOs, partners, and industry thought leaders for discussion on driving growth, 

For more information, visit DQConclave.com

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