G20 presidency has provided India with just the right opportunity to showcase its success in driving economic growth through digitalization. But it is doing that responsibly, taking an inclusive...
Sep 07, 2023
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
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
Congratulations to the 12th batch of NEXT100 awardees. It is my pleasure to welcome them to the exclusive NEXT100 club. As we have entered another new year, with the uncertainties over the pandemic...
Jan 24, 2022
Sometime around 2004-05, I did a forecasting story on then booming Indian BPO industry. The CEO of one BPO company, who claimed (and I would love to believe him) that he always read my stories,...
Dec 29, 2021
Can you train to be a CIO? Going by what the survey that is presented in the September-October 2021 ITNEXT Cover Story, CIOs unequivocally answer, ‘yes’. I hope you will read the story to...
Nov 22, 2021
Tokyo was India’s best Olympics ever – with 7 medals, the first athletics Gold in Olympics history and a Hockey medal after 41 years. Yet, when we compare India’s performance in Olympics to its...
Sep 29, 2021
Industry 4.0 has been a buzzword for the last 4-5 years. While the top management has been enthusiastic about the idea, there are stark ground realities that have prevented companies from...
Aug 06, 2021
It was in 2011 that the term, Industry 4.0, was first used in Germany. A year after, Germany—a global leader in manufacturing—created a working group, which presented a set of recommendations to the...
Aug 03, 2021
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
India is a mobile country. Two of the top three mobile operators in the world are Indian. In the 90s, IT—no matter how much we pat ourselves on the back as an IT superpower on the strength of our...
Jul 07, 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 01, 2021
Not long back in my professional career, I have seen a time when the most common complaint of enterprise IT heads was the lack of realization from their top management about the value technology...
May 03, 2021
I do not need to quote any stats to convince you that there are so few women in enterprise IT in India, even though many of the Fortune 500 CIOs are women. In fact, we ran a story four years back...
Apr 05, 2021
On International Women’s Day on March 8 this year, there were quite a few discussions, events and celebrations planned around women IT leaders. We, at CIO&Leader, hosted one. While this trend...
Apr 05, 2021
After last year’s extraordinary times, this year comes to us with a lot of hope. For the last six months, we have been talking about the New Normal. Of course, there is a lot of debate around what...
Jan 25, 2021
“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday,” said popular American actor of yesteryears, John Wayne. We have no option but to make our tomorrow hopeful. Never have we—in our lifetimes...
Jan 25, 2021
The year 2020 is finally—many would say thankfully—coming to an end, amidst some good news about the vaccine. At the time of writing, while the vaccine news dominates, newer warnings from the UK,...
Dec 24, 2020
The cover story in the ITNEXT November 2020 Issue is on the spectacular growth of UPI and the growth pangs that it has been witnessing of late. The technical decline numbers of UPI that is rising...
Nov 23, 2020
Unified Payment Interface, UPI for short, has been a game changer in the Indian payment system. The rise of UPI, developed by National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), has not just democratized...
Nov 23, 2020
We have done a cover story on a company’s technology journey after a long time. Though the cover text has explicit reference to the extraordinary situation created by the pandemic, the story is...
Nov 04, 2020
Recently, I was talking to CIOs of quite a few non-services companies. I say non-services because many of them do not like to be identified as ‘manufacturing’ business—quite rightly so. They...
Jun 22, 2020
I am not exactly a WhatsAppian but I loved this WhatsApp forward. “Because of IT people,” it said….”all banking systems continue to function”, “all hospitals are functioning”, “your kids are...
May 14, 2020
For centuries, workplaces have been of men, by men, for men. As women’s education changed and more and more women joined the workforce, things started changing slowly. Sensitization about...
Mar 30, 2020
We just hosted our NEXT100 award ceremony this year—a little later than the normal time we do it, in November-December. Without any pretension, let me tell you the reason. It is lack of sponsor...
Mar 12, 2020
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
I joined NEXT100 journey when it was exactly halfway through—in 2015—which means I missed the excitement and uncertainties of the early days. With that the thought process that went behind the...
Jan 22, 2020
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
Our cover story this month is on the last decade—major trends that impacted enterprise IT. But let us take a couple of steps backward and look at what changed for IT managers—the people who...
Nov 27, 2019
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
The ITNEXT October Issue is very different from the rest of our issues. It presents three case studies from our recently concluded 5th Technology Premier League (TPL). Case studies are a format...
Nov 15, 2019
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
Traditionally, corporate IT departments have been the custodians of anything to do with data. The top executives were dependent on them to get data, analyze it, and even to make sense of it. As...
Sep 27, 2019
“I am essentially a man inclined to compromise because I am never sure of possessing the truth in its pristine form” – Mahatma Gandhi Just about three-four years back, shadow IT seemed to...
Aug 27, 2019
Most of the CIOs—irrespective of their age and experience—today realize that understanding of business and being able to communicate in the language business understands are extremely critical for...
Jul 29, 2019
There was a time when all that CIOs and enterprise IT professionals knew was technology. They were tech experts; knew how to implement tech when a consultant or a business guy told them what was...
Jun 26, 2019
Payment may seem to be one small component in the overall business and economic cycle. But in reality, payment is the moment of truth in any economic or commercial activity. Digital payments help...
Jun 26, 2019
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
In the last twenty years, role of technology in business has changed dramatically. Today, technology is not just impacting products and processes, it is impacting strategy as well. Business models...
May 07, 2019
Who is best suited to drive digital transformation? Not long back, this was a big debate between the Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs). While the CMOs believed—at...
May 07, 2019
After two decades of discussion, gender diversity is still not a ‘business’ agenda item for Indian corporates. At best, it is considered a ‘social’ responsibility; at the worst, it is not even on the...
Mar 27, 2019
Awards—especially those meant for professionals—are primarily celebrations of their achievement, either over a period of time or for a specific job(s) well done. Awards do create expectations for the...
Feb 25, 2019
We, at ITNEXT, have been running the NEXT100 program for ten years now. Every year, a batch of 100 winners—dubbed as future CIOs—are identified. Many of them have already become CIOs. This is the...
Jan 24, 2019
A few weeks after the white paper on data protection framework in India was published, I wanted to know what the CISOs thought about it. In an event, I posed this informally to more than 20 CISOs,...
Jan 24, 2019
As we celebrate the 9th set of awardees of NEXT100 awards, I will like to join in congratulating the winners. At the same time, how much do I hate doing it (creating almost an anti-climax in an issue...
Jan 02, 2019
Artificial Intelligence is eating the world. AI is the driver of the much-hyped data-driven business models. While the agenda for AI application is being driven right from the top—starting with the...
Dec 04, 2018
Even as enterprises wake up to the potential of Blockchain, a new report by World Trade Organization (WTO) has identified how the trending technology can revolutionize world trade. The publication,...
Dec 04, 2018
In the past two years, I must have pointed this out several times in my stories, editorials and columns – the CIO’s job is changing from an inside-out profile to outside-in profile. As organizations...
Oct 25, 2018
The cover story in this issue is directly from the horse’s mouth—15 CIOs and one CDO tell us what it means to be a practical CIO. The big messages that are coming from them are simple—talk and...
Oct 03, 2018
What is happening to enterprise IT? What are the top changes that you see that has happened in the past couple of years? If you think about what has been happening to IT organizations, about 6 or 7...
Sep 28, 2018