VMware has appointed Guru Venkatachalam as VP and CTO after Bruce Davie, for the Asia Pacific and Japan ( APJ) region. Venkatachalam with 28 years of experience in IT, would develop the company’s cloud, app modernisation, networking, security, digital workspace platforms and help deliver solutions aligned to customers’ and partners’ strategic priorities. Prior to this role, he was CTO of Cloud Architecture at VMware.
Hiring in 74% of India’s tech firms are set to rise by 14% in 2021, said a report by recruitment services firm Michael Page India. The report highlights a stable recovery in 2021 with recruitment across industries verticles. Job roles such as app architect backend engineer and CTO will be in demand. Professionals having skills such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) will be in most sought after in 2021.
Kunal Mehta has joined Fabindia as Group CTO. He will be based out of New Delhi and responsible for defining the IT strategy for the group and driving digital transformation. Mehta’s last assignment was with Raymond where he spent over four years as Head of Information Technology before moving to Fabindia. In his over two decades of professional experience, Mehta has worked with Trent Hypermart, Reliance Retail, and Johnson & Johnson.
Harmit Singh Malhotra will join Enterr10 Television as CTO. Malhotra, in his new role, will report to the company’s MD Manish Singhal and responsible for the consolidation of the channels at one single teleport and streamline the broadcast ops process by implementing MAM, managing Programme and digital syndication tech requirement. Malhotra, in the recent past, led Republic World’s IT infrastructure for almost four years. He has over 20 yrs of experience.
Chaitanya Wagh has quit as a CTO of JM Financial and will be joining Scotiabank as CTO. He will be based out of Mumbai and responsible for managing tech for the Canada based international bank. Wagh has a total of 28 years of work experience, of which he has spent over 12 at JM Financial. He has also worked with UBS Securities, Morgan Stanley Securities, and Merrill Lynch in the past.
Subram Natarajan, CTO, IBM India/South Asia lists six priorities cloud will fuel for Indian firms 1) A clear drive by the customers’ IT teams, to standardise on the tech enablers. 2) Addressing roadblocks regarding security, compliance and regulatory requirement. 3) Edge and satellite computing. 4) Intelligent automation to go mainstream 5 ) The fortification of core security wall 6) AI adoption to help predict outages and facilitate the timely resolution of issues.
Rohit Kilam has been appointed as the CTO of Cash Management and Payment Solutions company CMS Info Systems. Kilam will be responsible for digital + physical transformation of the company. He will also focus on ML and IoT to make critical processes tech driven. Kilam, having over two decades of experience, in his last role served Aditya Birla Finance as Head- Technology & Digital. CMS, on daily basis process Rs 5000 cr of cash-in-transit.
AI, Machine learning, 5G and IoT would be the most important technologies in 2021, according to a new study by the IEEE. Manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and education sectors would have the maximum impact of IT. The results are based on a survey of CIOs and CTO in the US, the UK, China, India and Brazil. Half of those surveyed see the biggest challenge as dealing with aspects of COVID-19 recovery in relation to business operations.
Indian Railways will use AI and data analytics to improve operational efficiency. ISB Hyderabad has been tasked to make a report on the industrial practices of AI on rail transport and benchmarking. Railways will also appoint a CTO in every zone with the mandate to track emerging tech in analytics and AI and use it in the rail system. AI and analytics will also be used in Railways PRS, the introduction of new trains, and predictive asset maintenance.