Mumbai IT Teams take on the TPL Ground Today

Indias biggest inter-corporate IT team challenge second edition TPL2013 gets rolling in Mumbai today

While there have been many awards and recognitions in the IT function for individuals, there are none when it comes to identifying and honouring the best teams. Or lets say, there was none until last year.

IT Next and CIO& Leader magazines (published by 9.9 Media) got together to introduce the first Technology Premier League to the Indian IT market the industry's first unique model to identify and honour IT teams that have what it takes to solve complex technology problems and who do it with style and substance. Now, the second chapter of the TPL begins in Mumbai today with 22 corporate IT teams participating in the challenge.

This is how the process worked: CIOs from Indias top organisations, across industry verticals, are invited to nominate their IT teams. A separate site to handle the entire registration process was created at The process was rolled out in the month of March and within a few weeks the website was swamped with hundreds of applications from all over India. These were pruned, based on the completeness of information provided and application of eligibility criteria, as listed on the site.

Each team is given a business case study scenario and a set of challenges that they had to solve using certain technology stacks. To bring more variety to the contest, there was a set of three separate but similarly designed case studies. These were assigned based on random lots so as to keep the element of surprise and to ensure fair play.

An interesting element of the contest is the parallel tutorials on various technologies by the sponsoring vendors. Also, technical consultants are available on the spot to address the players queries, pertaining to the application of a technology to their respective business cases.

Each city will have an eminent panel of jury members drawn from across top corporate and consulting/advisory organisations.

All teams will be asked to make a quick presentation to the jury panel in Round One which was called the Elevator Pitch. Based on these presentations, the members of the jury will shortlist five teams in each city. These teams will further be invited to make detailed presentations in Round Two. In this round, along with the scores given by the jury, an online voting process through the TPL site where people could log on and vote for their favourite teams will be facilitated. These votes carry some weight in the overall score of the teams, though the major portion was accorded to the scores given by the jury members.

The winning team will get paid holiday trip to Las Vegas.

The Mumbai IT teams include: BHARAT PETROLEUM CORP LTD, Cipla, Reliance Life Insurance, Globus Stores Pvt. Ltd., Privi Organics Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd., Gujarat Gas Company Ltd., Aon Hewitt, K Raheja Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd, Sanofi India Ltd, ICICI Lombard GIC, Ambit Holdings Pvt Ltd., Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd, Greaves Cotton Ltd, Thermax Ltd, Mahindra Mahindra Financial Services Ltd, Acelya Kale Solutions Ltd, Godrej Infotech Ltd, Ernst & Young, Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd, Essar Ltd and Axis MF

The Bangalore leg is scheduled for June 7 & 8 and Delhi TPL challenge is on June 14 & 15, 2013.


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