In the New Normal, South Asia increases Digital push
Published 3 May 2021
From April 28-30, South Asia’s best and brightest gathered virtually and discussed, as well as debated topics like data centres, cybersecurity, digital banking, amongst others. The attendees got a chance to network with 7000+ Senior IT Leaders across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka markets.
The event represented 100+ speakers and 2000+ delegates, across 12+ industries, featuring community forums, conference-wide competitions, and 1-on-1 networking meetings. Over 1,000 people had attended the most talked about Digital Event in the region.
Several industry-leading speakers were a part of the panels. These include Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research; Darren Hawkins, CEO & Founder, SPACE DC, Sanjay Motwani, Business Head, Legrand Data Center Solutions, Ankesh Kumar, GM – Marketing, Schneider Electric, Suppan Saravanamuthu, Director of Operations – APAC, Iron Mountain Data Centers, amongst others.
Experts from end-user companies such as Mohit Kapoor, Group CTO, Mahindra Group, Vinod Nair, Service Head of Data Centre Ops, HDFC Ergo; Dhaval Pandya, Corporate CIO, Piramal Enterprises Limited, Mayuresh Purandare, Head – IT Infra & Cyber Sec, Marico Ltd, Naseem Halder, CISO, ACKO General Insurance, and many more will share their insights.
Speakers representing the government and public policy side are renowned such as Atul Bist, Senior AVP & Head – Technology, Media, Telecom & Electronics Manufacturing, Make in India; Khushbu Jain, Advocate Supreme Court of India, Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Police, Government of Maharashtra and Vineeta Hariharan, Chief – External Projects, Ministry of Small, Micro and Medium Industries, Government of India.
Data center and cloud computing impact
In a panel discussion titled ‘ How the Indian Data centre market will look by 2025 – Challenges & Outlook’ focused on the National data centre policies and various factors that play an important role in the process of digitaisation, including the question of the opportunities for cloud computing companies that plan to make their entry in the Indian market.
In a keynote session by Atul Bist, Senior Assistant Vice President, Invest India on 5G and Edge – India’s next trillion dollar opportunity. Focused on how 5G and other related technologies will help in accelerating the process of digital transformation and communication process in India.
The panel on ‘How digital transformation in the right way can refresh your businesses’, focused on the various business strategies that would impact businesses and the importance of digital transformation.
The second day of the Digital Week South Asia was Sri Lanka edition, the panel titled ‘Why the importance of Enterprise cybersecurity should never be misjudged in Sri Lanka’, focused on the ways in which various organisations could improve the cybersecurity in order to protect the data from cyber-attack.
The keynote session by Mahindra B Herath, CEO, Information and Communication Technology Agency, titled ‘Sri Lanka as the Asian Digital Tiger – Key cloud & data centre trends’, underlined the various plans that the government of Sri Lanka has to accelerate the process of digital transformation.
During the third day of the Digital Week South Asia, which was the Bangladesh edition there were panel discussions covering areas of data centre sustainability, cybersecurity, digital transformation and others. The panel titled ‘How Cyber-attacks are becoming the new threat for Bangladesh’s BFSI & other sectors – Covering gaps and technical know-how for workforce’, underlined the challenges faced by the organisations in order to secure their data and the importance of cybersecurity.
In a keynote session by Sultana Afroz, Honourable Secretary and CEO PPP Authority – Prime Minister’s Office – Government of Bangladesh. Sultana Afroz focused on the various plans that the government has outlined for accelerating the process of digital transformation in Bangladesh. Various panel discussions on data centre buildout in Bangladesh as well as tackling cyber security-related issues were discussed in detail.