To help the IT and IT enabled products and services industry in India to be a trustworthy, respected, innovative and society friendly industry in the world.
That's the vision of NASSCOM and they are for sure living by it. In fact, If "Walk the Talk", fits any organization, then NASSCOM is one of them for sure!
Last 2 days, I was at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2017 organized in Bangalore. It was a great experience to hear from the industry's prominent personalities about the latest technologies, products and companies that will fuel the 4th Industrial Revolution and what kinds of businesses will lead their adoption. I am taking this opportunity to share my enriching and exciting experience of last 2 days at NPC2017. NPC had the full coverage of the latest and greatest topics, which are relevant now than ever, including BlockChain, IoT, AI, ML, ChatBot, Cyber Security including providing a platform and ecosystem for startups to showcase their products and meet the angels. As you would very well assume, there were multiple tracks running in parallel, so I can shed light only on the ones I had the opportunity to participate. The keynote was by Shashi Seth, SVP Oracle on how to fuel innovation in your company, and leapfrog the competition. I then chose to follow the DeepTech Summit, starting with a talk by Prof. Sitharama Iyengar Sundaraja, Director, Florida University. The Professor shared his opinion about the 4 industrial revolutions, followed by Prof. Sunitha Sarawagi, IIT Bombay, who discussed about the current state and future direction of research in the field of AI and ML. Before the lunch, Sriram Rajamani, MD Microsoft India did put up an awesome demo of how IoT, AI, ML can be deployed together on smaller devices also rather than only on high end servers. The post lunch started with a workshop by Prof. Dishan Kamdar, Deputy Dean, ISB and he focused on how to Get To Yes from your stakeholders and competitors, in case of a conflict or negotiation situation. The whole session was very energetic and useful, and everyone loved it. I specifically remember what he said which is also very true "We like people who 'like us' or 'are like us'"! Then I was lucky to get the seat in front row, for the 2 inspiring talks by 2 inspiring leaders Noah Raford, COO, Dubai Future Foundation and Atul Jalan, CEO Manthan Systems. The audience were overwhelmed by the thoughts and vision they shared for the future of humanity. The day ended with the Visionary Kishore Biyani, CEO Future Group, sharing how his organization is imagining, designing and creating the emergence of New Retail. The day 2 started with a dynamic session by the powerful Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Founder Narayana Health, when he shared how technology and innovation can make quality and effective healthcare economically accessible.
As part of the workshop of the day, author and storyteller, Joseph Prabhakar shared his secret recipe of story telling, which can be used as a very powerful tool persuade, sell, convince and lead while communicating with team members, stakeholders and customers. One of the highlights of the second day's session was also the "LiveFunding" event beautifully moderated by the all-in-one serial entrepreneur Ajeet Khurana. He along with 16 angels, created a platform for connecting the budding entrepreneurs and investors. Avanish Sahai, VP ServiceNow was invited to share his expertise on how to build a world class ecosystem including all stakeholders, customers, vendors, partners and employees alike. And then, we had the social entrepreneur Atul Satija, Founder of The Nudge Foundation, who has shown to the world that how important and easy it is to create a huge social impact through technology and product innovation by helping the underprivileged. Everyone in the plenary session felt connected when Dipesh Shah, MD Samsung India narrated the story of how listening to consumers has helped them change the face and perception of India Center and put on global minds within and outside the organization. Finally, The Jonty Rhodes, the great cricketer came on stage and not surprisingly, the whole hall was so full that there was no place to stand. Luckily I was in the second row;). Jonty shared some very interesting stories in order to pass many key messages. I have been able to capture most of them and they are...
- Be the initiators in whatever do, to be successful!
- As a manager, you don't have to be leader in every aspect, but you need to identify leaders in your team and let them take the responsibilities
- 'Perfect practice' makes you perfect, not just practice
- If you don't try, you will never succeed
- Give freedom to fail, or they will get into comfort zone
- Every single contribution counts, so never think you are not important
And that's how great the start of my weekend was . Congratulations NASSCOM for organizing a very successful NPC 2017 with attendance from top digital CXOs across verticals and regions and Best of Luck for NPC 2018.