Shyamanuja Das

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has developed guidelines for establishing Digital Banking Units (DBUs). This is in accordance with the Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement in...
Apr 11, 2022
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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
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“Great leaders create more leaders.” – The Light in the Heart, Roy T Bennett   Between January to December 2021, CIO&Leader reported 73 new enterprise CIO appointments in India. Out of those, 66...
Jan 24, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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Four years after India’s official action began towards creating a privacy regulation in India, the nation is still waiting for this elusive piece of legislation. The latest twist in the tale is that...
Jul 19, 2021
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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
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A couple of months back, Vinod Bhat joined as the CIO of Tata SIA Airlines (Vistara). Before taking over as CIO of Vistara, Bhat was the Global Business Head - Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) for the...
Jun 08, 2021
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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
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On 25 April, security watcher Alon Gal (@UnderTheBreach) tweeted that infamous threat actor ‘ShinyHunters’ had just then leaked the database of Indian online grocery store, BigBasket. Gal, co-...
May 10, 2021
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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
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Bringing a 10-year-old legal battle between Google and Oracle on copyright to an end, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Google. The issue of contention was Google’s copying of about 11,500...
Apr 07, 2021
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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
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No matter how much we try to forget the last few months, it is no denying that the changes it brought about in such a small period of time has little parallel in history. We still don’t know if...
Feb 08, 2021
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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
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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
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It was 2017. CIO&Leader Annual Conference was being held in Udaipur that year. It was themed Agenda 2020. Participating CIOs worked in groups to prepare the enterprise IT agenda for 2020, which...
Dec 03, 2020
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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
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On 22nd October, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mandated that only two existing and interoperable payment QR codes, UPI QR and Bharat QR - both developed by National Payment Corporation of India...
Nov 12, 2020
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Are we likely to see a new VMware soon, post the plethora of announcements at VMworld 2020 and the directions that they demonstrated? If you are a confirmed VMware supporter, this question would look...
Oct 07, 2020
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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
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Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor, Raghuram Rajan, and his erstwhile colleague, former deputy governor, Viral Acharya, have suggested significant reforms for the Indian public sector banks...
Sep 22, 2020
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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
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Remember that there is only one important time and it is Now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.   ―Leo Tolstoy, The Emperor's Three Questions   Crona is the...
Aug 24, 2020
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The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language; George Bernard Shaw is believed to have quipped about the wide variance in English as spoken and written in...
Jul 31, 2020
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By now, all of you must have come across the joke that it is Corona, not CEO or CIO, that has been the biggest driver of digital transformation in the enterprise. In essence, it is not untrue. Many...
Jul 20, 2020
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Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced what he called Google for India Digitization Fund, to partner in India’s digitization journey as well as to ‘build better products for users everywhere’...
Jul 14, 2020
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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
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After national governments announced lockdowns to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus, it became increasingly challenging for organizations providing essential goods and services to continue...
Jun 22, 2020
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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
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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
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Till 14th April—and most likely for longer—we are in a lockdown. Many of us are working from home, even prior to that. While we hear many stories of enhanced productivity and quick adaptation to the...
Mar 29, 2020
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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
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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
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Should reliability be back on top of CIO agenda? We asked this question in a cover story in CIO&Leader, two-and-a-half years back—in May 2017 to be precise. This was in the aftermath of a...
Feb 07, 2020
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Even though the draft Personal Data Protection Bill has been referred to a House Select Committee, the Government of India has made its intention clear that data localization (one copy of all data...
Feb 03, 2020
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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
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The much-awaited, much-predicted-about 2020 is here. The deluge of technology forecasts continue to be bombarded on the enterprise IT managers. RPA, AI, Hybrid, IoT, Analytics…the more you read...
Jan 14, 2020
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In the initial days of Software as a Service (SaaS), one of its biggest attraction was that it allowed the non-IT functional executives to invest in the solutions that solved their problems well—and...
Jan 13, 2020
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That India lags behind in the wider application of high-performance computing (HPC) is not exactly news. But despite less-than-encouraging average, India’s best in many areas—from education to wealth...
Dec 10, 2019
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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
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We—that could refer to as broad as the global economy to as narrow as the Indian enterprise IT community—entered 2010 with a lot of doubt, apprehension and even fear. The second half of 2008 and...
Nov 27, 2019
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By now, the incident of a malware hitting Nuclear Power Corporation of Indian Ltd (NPCIL)’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) is all across media and social media. The matter has been politicized...
Oct 31, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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In 2012, Gartner predicted that by the end of 2015, one in four large companies would have a position of Chief Digital Officer (CDO). That was arguably the beginning of the CDO hype cycle.  India,...
May 27, 2019
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It is elections time and there has been huge uproar over the electronic voting machines (EVMs) as opposition accuses the government of manipulation. But that is politics. What cannot be taken lightly...
May 22, 2019
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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
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