In the 23rd CIO&LEADER Conference in Goa last year, groups of CIOs worked together to create The New York Blueprint, a strategic technology advisory for CEOs of India, Inc. They offered their...
Sep 04, 2023
My friend, Head of IT in a mid-sized services company in Mumbai, called me to find out if I know of any opportunity in Bhubaneswar for him. Both of us hail from Odisha and he had assumed that my...
Aug 24, 2023
Succession planning is arguably the single most neglected area in global organizations. According to a study by Deloitte published three years back, while 86% CEOs thought leadership succession...
Jan 31, 2022
There is this story that many of you have listened to. A tiger started charging at two men who ran. One of them asked the other if the latter really thought he could really run faster than the tiger...
Dec 30, 2021
If you are not already tired of listening to this, let me tell you for the nth time that the digital opportunity is not just about taking things digital as it is – with its obvious advantages and...
Oct 29, 2021
The concept of new workplace, as it is being touted now, has been there for quite some time. While the rational of such a workplace is known—and clear—to all concerned, the actual shift had not...
Aug 12, 2021
The ability of any new technological innovation to be a game changer, is, in reality, less dependent on the technology itself. It is far more dependent on our ability to reimagine a future with the...
Jul 09, 2021
The kind of trauma we have gone through in the wake of second wave of COVID will forever remain in our memory. Waking up every morning to find friends, relatives, and acquaintances succumbing to...
Jun 18, 2021
The second big wave of COVID-19 pandemic is all around us. This round has proven far more fatal for those affected and far more challenging for the authorities – decision makers, civic authorities...
May 11, 2021
After close to one and half years of announcing the 1st CIO&Leader Samman during the 20th annual CIO&Leader Conference, we announced the 2nd CIO&Leader Samman on our 21st annual...
Apr 12, 2021
There is no single definition on the difference between change and transformation. But we all can describe the difference. We change our clothes, but our soul goes through a transformation. A bear...
Feb 08, 2021
There is a popular couplet in Odia Bhagabata that every child in Odisha is taught. Roughly translated into English, it means the good and bad of (about) a creature (person) is known (remembered) at...
Jan 04, 2021
For last few years, a lot of our vision, plans and targets were being explicitly made for 2020. After the turn of the millennium in 2000, the year 2020 was the most awaited. And how it came! All...
Dec 03, 2020
In our CIO&Leader October Cover Story, we examined the rise of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) that has revolutionized digital payment. Monthly UPI transactions have grown 20 times in the past...
Nov 12, 2020
Just 4-5 years back, there was an intense debate about who would be the best fit for the then emerging Chief Digital Officer roles – CIOs or CMOs? There was some basis for this debate. Digitization...
Oct 05, 2020
Any cyclic economic slowdown impacts businesses negatively and forces them to be cautious—and forces efficiency. The way COVID-19 situation differs is that it started impacting each one of us from...
Aug 25, 2020
Till a few months back, ‘disruption’ was essentially a biztech jargon that everyone used liberally, to talk about even some small changes in a business process. And then…we got to taste what...
Jun 22, 2020
We have never experienced a situation like this in our lifetime. COVID-19 has made all our previous planning and risk management look grossly inadequate. The world economy is going through...
May 12, 2020
I do not need to tell you that these are extraordinary times. There is just one thought that is dominating the minds of all of us—the now global Corona epidemic. At the time of writing, India is...
Mar 31, 2020
Even today, I get this question—if women are capable—why do they need that extra treatment? I do not want to waste the entire space answering that question—which many have answered during all these...
Mar 12, 2020
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The cover story in January 2020 is about the somewhat misplaced belief that the IT infrastructure is somewhat mature and hence infallible and how we are...
Feb 07, 2020
The much awaited, much prophesized 2020 is here. In the last few years, we have seen a lot of forecasts and advices for CIOs, that tell them how their job profile is changing, how the expectations...
Jan 14, 2020
The much-awaited, much-prophesized 2020 is finally round the corner. As you get ready for new predictions and examination of some of the old prophesies—you bet there were plenty—we do a somewhat...
Nov 27, 2019
As technology becomes more and more ingrained in business, a lot of areas hitherto managed by IT professionals are now being managed by other business executives. The marketing function has martech;...
Oct 10, 2019
The theme for this year’s annual CIO&Leader was focused on the need for CIOs to reinvent—the way business is done, leveraging technology, but also, themselves. Today, businesses of all types and...
Sep 03, 2019
The cover story of this issue is about a very old debate – should CISOs be part of IT team? The debate is certainly old but the whole proposition of the story is that it should be revisited in the...
Jul 03, 2019
Digital transformation is mainstream. Even if you ignore the extreme noise and noise makers, the number of businesses pursuing serious transformation leveraging emerging (digital) technologies is...
May 27, 2019
By and large, the vertical-wise IT spend pattern in India reflect the same pattern as global spends. Only two verticals seem to be exceptions. The first, IT/ITES, which is one of the top IT spending...
May 08, 2019
It is a no-brainer that gender diversity as a practice has still not percolated across Indian corporate sector the way it should have been—considering the discussion around it that we are witnessing...
Mar 29, 2019
You can take this opinion as an anticipatory move against the possible allegation—that we are trying to preach morality. I want to start by clarifying that the CIO&Leader February 2019 Cover...
Mar 04, 2019
Let’s assume for a moment that the regulators worldwide are successful in putting the curbs on usage of personal data of individuals for means other than what they are collected for—something that...
Feb 11, 2019
There is no denying that the raison d'être of CIOs in an enterprise has to do with technology. While tech was, is and will remain the prime responsibility of CIOs, what they are expected to do with...
Jan 02, 2019
As I sift through the trends, forecasts and ‘vision’s that invariably fill up a journalist’s mailbox around yearends, it is difficult to miss how some areas dominate the forecast landscape. The top...
Dec 12, 2018
It is not every day that you get to see the same story on the cover of CIO&Leader and ITNEXT. With no dearth of tech stories around, why did we choose to put Twitter CIOs on cover? Because I am...
Nov 21, 2018
Globally, there is a lot of work going on to protect personal individual data. While GDPR has just kicked off in Europe, similar legislations are in the making in various parts of the world,...
Aug 08, 2018
Even as we completed 10 years of the CSOForum Summit and completed the third set of NextCSO awards, instead of the usual looking back, we decided to look to the future. That explains the theme of...
Jul 17, 2018
A good two weeks after the Srikrishna Committee released its whitepaper outlining various issues to consider in a possible data privacy legislation in India, I tried to informally seek the opinion of...
Jun 08, 2018
The cover story this time focuses on how the Indian corporates are working with the start-ups here to derive business value, resulting in a win-win for both. But before you go to the hows, it is not...
May 14, 2018
The Indian media, like its counterpart in the West, has focused on the supposed ‘scam’ involving Cambridge Analytica (CA), the UK-based big data firm that helped in Donald Trump’s victory through big...
Mar 21, 2018
Unlike many other areas—most notably banking and telecom—India’s organized retail is nowhere close to its counterparts in developed and even many developing markets. Significant part of Indian retail...
Mar 13, 2018
At the time of writing this, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is on at Davos. India, of course, is getting a lot of mindshare, not just because of the plenary speech of prime minister...
Mar 13, 2018
Does putting gender issues regularly on cover knowing fully well that not much has changedon the ground make good editorial sense? With no dearth of hot topics—from seasonal flavors like AI and...
Mar 13, 2018
I am in all my senses when I call GDPR an opportunity, notwithstanding how ‘stringent’ and ‘suffocating’ it looks today! Two trends worldwide are making privacy a big concern—one, the rise of neo-...
Jan 03, 2018
Post-demonetization, when we were left with literally no money in our pockets, it is Paytm that most of us turned to. Some of us had Paytm accounts; some of us did not. And the only thing that...
Dec 05, 2017
India is the global IT services hub. So, we get to see many of the IT trends much before they actually touch, let alone significantly impact, our domestic businesses. The early advent of hype around...
Oct 18, 2017
Recently, at the NEXTCSO 2017 Awards, 24 elite winners were identified to become the next chief information security officers. Modeled along the line of our older and more well-known NEXT100 awards...
Aug 25, 2017
On Saturday, British Airways (BA) cancelled all its flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London because of an IT failure. This led to a severe disruption to its global operations, Heathrow...
May 29, 2017
Not long back, when all of us learnt about this fascinating thing called bitcoin, few knew what the technology behind it was all about. Today, that technology, blockchain, is arguably better known...
Mar 14, 2017
For all it seems, the year 2017 will be the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) globally. In today’s context, what it means is that AI will find practical applications and will solve real life...
Jan 02, 2017
A couple of months back, we asked Indian CIOs on Twitter what is the area within tech that provides the maximum growth for next generation IT managers. Analytics was the emphatic answer. Except for...
Nov 16, 2016