VARINDIA for the 6th consecutive year has successfully concluded its EIITF (Eastern India Information Technology Fair) in the city of joy, Kolkata. The topic for this year’s event was ‘Capitalizing the Indian SMB Opportunity’. The event provided a common platform for the corporates to share ideas, discuss various issues and challenges to target the growth of SMBs in the country. The event brought together the leading spokespersons from the respective stakeholders from Eastern and the North eastern India that included WEBEL, STPI, VARs, SIs and Solution Partners who discussed issues critical to the development and growth in the Eastern India.
The event was attended by over 200 senior officials from SME, WEBEL,IT department and STPI.
The Chief Guest of the event was Shri Kaushik Haldar, Commissioner IT and Telecom, Govt. of West Bengal. The other guests who had attended the event and were present at the lamp lighting ceremony were Shri Upender Jit Singh, MD – WBEIDC; Dr. Govind, CEO, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI); Shri Ashwani Jain, COO, Telecom-PGCIL; Col. A K Nath, E.D – C-DAC; Mr. Shubhendu Mitra, Regional Manager- Canon India; Mr. Santanu Dutta, Partner Business Manager- SAP India besides Mr. D K Sahu, Publisher – VARINDIA and Ms. S Mohini Ratna, Editor – VARINDIA.
From Lto R [Col. A K Nath, E.D – C-DAC, Mr. D K Sahu, Publisher – VARINDIA, Shri Ashwani Jain, COO, Telecom-PGCIL, Shri Upender Jit Singh, MD – WBEIDC, Dr. Govind, CEO, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), Ms. S Mohini Ratna, Editor – VARINDIA., Mr. HPS Bawa, CEO-WEBEL Technology Ltd, Shri. Manjit Nayak- Addl. Director- Officer-in-charge-STPI (Kolkata)]
The event kick started with an address by the Editor of VARINDIA, Ms S Mohini Ratna. In her speech, she stressed on the growth that the Indian SME market is seeing and the remarkable progress that the industry is making in various industries like Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Food Processing, Pharmaceuticals, Textile & Garments, Retail, IT, Agro and Service sectors. “SMEs are finding increasing opportunities to enhance their business activities in the core sectors. Driven by these initiatives, several SMEs have now developed capabilities to cater to the needs of other MNCs and have commenced supplying to them, in the process promoting India as a manufacturing destination.
While Dr. Govind in his speech talked about how important it is to empower the Indian SMEs for a Better India, Shri. Upendrajit Singh, MD – WBEIDC talked about the various opportunities that the nodal agency WBEIDC has opened up for the SMEs of the Eastern region. The Chief Guest on his part spoke at length about the initiatives that are driven towards making the Smart City and the Digital India program successful in the state.
Besides the key note address and other delegate speeches, there were showcases and presentations from Canon, SAP/ Yash Technologies , NIXi and Cyberoam.
Mr. Deepak Kumar Sahu, Publisher – VARINDIA moderated the panel discussion on the topic “Capitalizing the SMB Opportunity”. The key focus of the discussion was that with new technologies emerging almost every day, business is becoming complex and the growth of ICT industry in India is highly becoming dependent upon SMEs. With various initiatives by the Government like digital and skill India programme, there is a great opportunity for the SME growth. It is to discuss further on this topic that Mr Sahu called for the active participation of the senior delegates present at the event. The panelists were from various cross sections of the industry that included STPI, WEBEL, System Integrators and Government. The panelists on the dais were Shri. Manjit Nayak- Addl. Director- Officer-in-charge-STPI (Kolkata); Shri. Ashwani Jain, COO (Telecom) – PGCIL; Mr. HPS Bawa, CEO-WEBEL Technology Ltd.; Dr. Govind, CEO-NIXI and Col. A.K. Nath – ED, CAC (Retd.)
Towards the end of the event, the Best VARs from the Eastern region of India were recognized. There was also a lucky draw announced where lucky winners walked away with prizes sponsored by TP-Link and Cyberoam.
Lucky Draw Ceremony :
The objective with which EIITF was organized was well achieved with key takeaways for SMEs to focus and advantages from the disruptive technologies and social media in terms of business outcome . The event managed to touch upon all the important details that are critical to the SMB for them to leverage on the business opportunities and sustain it even during bad times.
Audience at EIITF-2015 :
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