Digital Leader 2018:Amit Jaokar: Choice International

Choice International | BFSI, Hospitality, FMCG, Audit & Consultancy, IT

Amit Jaokar, IT -Head 

THE IT ORGANIZATION 

Providing technological direction; proposing budgets for programs & projects, purchases & upgrades and presiding over IT Information related projects. Planning, directing & managing major functions within product organization to ensure effective operation in line with organizational vision; forecasting needs, requirements and future direction for technology plan. Focusing on relevant technology implementation comprehension, with supporting tools from a diverse application and network vendors.

Formulating strategic IT transformation plans and implementing target operating model leveraging new business enablement, lower costs and streamlining operations. Pioneering engineering solutions, including integrated IT featuring best-of-breed technology for enterprise level clients. Leading strategic development & delivery of enterprise systems including corporate administration, human resources, finance, operational fulfillment, customer relationship management, and business intelligence Highlights:

Successfully migrated entire setup on Hyper converged Infrastructure with 100% Virtualization which includes (Old Servers to HCI as well as Physical to Virtual migration of entire setup {Trading + Back Office} without a single sec downtime).

Drove business & IT project by implementing HCI solution leading to an increase in the business transaction by 200% and reduction in Datacenter Footprints by 80% 

 5 KEY SOLUTIONS DEPLOYED IN 2017-18 

Private Cloud using Hyper converged Infra, RPA, IAM, Cyber Security Solution using AI, MDM Solution. 

WHAT DOES DIGITAL MEAN FOR YOU? 

Digital transformation changes the way you engage with your stakeholders whether that be customers, employees, shareholders or the general public; It means that your channels may now include digital channels

The second area of change is how you operate; how you fulfill the purpose of your business or organization. This is about digitizing your business end-to-end. 

NAME 3 BEST PRACTICES FOR ALIGNING IT WITH NEW NORMAL BUSINESS DEMANDS? 

– Aligning IT services with business goals

– Delivering business results

Define and execute a prioritized portfolio of projects linked to business demand and strategic priorities. Establish metrics and track the performance of strategic projects on a continuous basis Get a comprehensive view of all project work by integrating the management and reporting of agile-based and waterfall-type work. Finally, establish service portfolio policies that govern the management of the full lifecycle of each service, from inception to retirement. 

WHAT IS THAT ONE KEY MESSAGE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO IT VENDORS?

Be realistic and genuine. 

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES AS CIO (CURRENT AND PAST ROLES) 

Created a Private Cloud using Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. We are one of the earliest adaptors of HCI technology in India &1st one to create Private Cloud using HCI. Entire production (130+) servers on HCI with Zero downtime for all servers. Implemented IAM on Private Cloud: Deployed identity access management on the company’s Private cloud to allow only legitimate traffic.

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