Sixth VARIndia STAR NITE AWARDS 2007 held with Elegance and Splendor

By VARINDIA - 2010-11-05

Sixth VARIndia STAR NITE AWARDS 2007 held with Elegance and Splendor

 The Sixth VARIndia Star Nite Awards 2007 was not a mere award-giving ceremony for the IT vendors, but it was a revelation from the chief guest, Shri Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), who, in his inaugural address, said, “Though the credit largely goes to the software industry, but the hardware and services industries have also played a great role to support them. 

Today, the global manufacturers like Hon Hai Precision, Motorola, Nokia and AMD have set up manufacturing facilities in this country. India has a large consumer base which gives boost to the manufacturing activity. The Indian IT market has touched US$50 billion this year. And, the truth behind the success of the Indian ICT industry is the Indian skilled workforce - be it the engineers, assistants or even the salespersons. My department is taking keen interest by updating the education in the ITIs. The World Bank is cooperating with us with credits to update 400 ITIs. The Government of India and the State Governments are launching e-Governance in cooperation with the IT companies.”

The minister also highlighted the requirement of shorthand to normal language script conversion software. He also quoted Rajiv Gandhi, who had opened the window for the world to enable India with IT. Today, wherever you go every one is talking about the growth of India. He further added that, apart from this globalization and integration of the country into the mainstream economy, it is time to work from the grassroots level and relieve the country from poverty and provide the children with proper educational facilities. 

Welcoming the guests, Mr. Deepak Sahu, President & Director, Kalinga Digital Media Pvt. Ltd., emphasized on the growth of the IT industry and how value addition can change the size and shape of the industry and the magazine as well. He further said that the VARIndia magazine has emerged as the frontline IT magazine of the Country. With the help of industry giants and the team, VARIndia has grown from strength to strength. Today, it caters to more than 60 thousand plus subscribers, inclusive of users and channel partners. Providing strategic insight to channel partners, SIs and technology integrators, the addressability has been highly appreciated by the subscribers.

Dr. N. Vijayaditya, Controller of Certifying Authorities, DIT, Government of India, exhorted the IT companies to adapt themselves to day-to-day innovations. While congratulating the organizers of VARIndia awards and the winners, he said, “This is an important day when we are going to honour the achievers. Our objectives should be to bring out products made by India rather than made in India.” These awards will not only provide recognition to a few people, but also add momentum to the IT industry and would also encourage them to excel more and more. 

After making long strides on the software front, it is high time that India should make its presence felt in a vigorous way in the hardware arena also. Mr. Sunil Sehejwal, Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Vickram Chaturvedi, Channel Marketing & Program Manager, IBM India South Asia; Mr. Manoj Chugh, President - India & SAARC, EMC Data Storage Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Avinash Purwar, Vice-President - Channels (India & SAARC), Cisco Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Parveen Sahni, Assistant Director (ICP), Canon India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Manoj Suvarna, Country Manager, Storage Works Division, HP India; Mr. Princy Bhatnagar, Director, Xerox India Ltd.; Mr. Vishak Raman, Country Manager, Fortinet Inc.; Mr. Vivek Saigel, Country Head - Retail, HCL Infostystem Ltd.; Mr. Avijit Basu, Country Marketing Manger - Servers & Storage, Director - Marketing, SNIA (India); Mr. Asoke K. Laha, President, M.D & Chief Talent Officer, InterraIT (India) Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Digvijay Sinh Chudasama, VP-Sales, Elitecore Technologies Ltd. were guest of the evening. And, along with Mr. Sanjeev Mahapatra, Mr. Sanjay Mohapatra and Mr. Deepak Sahu, all the guests had presented the prestigious VARIndia Awards to the IT companies, product and channel partners in more than 70 categories. 

The representatives of Samsung, Xerox, EMC, Canon, HP, IBM, Cisco, Fortinet, HCL and SNIA gave presentations of their respective organizations. Following this, awards were presented to various companies in recognition of their overall performance in various categories as well as for their contribution to the growth of the Indian IT industry based on the customers’ and channel partners’ feedback.

Mr. Sanjay Mohapatra, Editor, VARIndia, commended the role of the channel partners and resellers of IT solutions and said they contributed considerably towards the success of the industry. He further added that the intention behind the morale boosting of the vendors to perform more and more could clearly be seen with this award ceremony. Last but not the least; the vendors took the opportunity to showcase their products by setting up stalls, which were visited by the guests in large numbers. The vendors included Canon, eSys, ZyXEL, Samsung, IBM, HCL, Simmtronics, SNIA, Netgear and Apasis.

The VARIndia Star Nite event was supported by the leading IT vendors like Samsung, HP, Cisco, Microsoft, EMC, Intel, SAP, IBM, Canon, Netgear, TVS-E, Trend Micro, eSys, ZyXEL, Cyberoam, InterraIT, Check Point, Apasis, Simmtronics and SNIA. Mr. Sanjeev Mahapatra, Publisher, VARIndia, offered the vote of thanks. Expressing his satisfaction at the successful completion of the event, he thanked the Chair and partners for the success of VARIndia Star Nite Awards 2007.

 

Presentations:
Mr. Vickram Chaturvedi, Channel Marketing and Program Manager, IBM India South Asia, highlighted some salient points regarding how his company and channel partners had teamed together in bringing about the success. He stressed on the points like growth rate, foreign exchange, etc. and how the big Indian market was and also on how far the Indian market was expanding in the areas like banking, insurance, retail, media, etc. On the IT front, he said that IT was one big innovative space. Today, customers were looking for solutions, which could be deployed in a week's time. So, with the introduction of new and innovative products, a company could surely cater to the needs of its customers.

 

Mr. Suneil Sahejwala of Samsung India, in his brief yet power-packed presentation, threw light on the Indian market from the global perspective. He said that today Samsung was not recognized only as a Korean company but was seen in the global context. The Global revenue from Samsung semiconductors amounted to US$20.5 billion. Thanking the vendors, he said that Samsung was also engaged in digital convergence, not only in the ICT sector, but we were also almost into everything. India has got a lot of potential and we would definitely do everything possible to meet the requirements of customers to their satisfaction.

 

Mr. Manoj Chugh, President – India & SAARC, EMC Data Storage Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd., said that it would be unfair if he could explain to the entrepreneurs on how to run the business because they were venturesome. According to him, the mantra should be how to differentiate the company and also on how to convince the OEM partners. He said that we should sit with the customers and re-architect the IT strategy. His KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) mantra was sure to click with the audience. Today, the customer was looking for maximum information within a stipulated period of time. Hence, we should try and differentiate and give the customers what they were looking for.

 

Mr. Amrish Kohli of Cisco, outlined his company's strategy for 2010. He said the Cisco was 100-per cent partner-driven organization. They also had the largest number of – and the best – channel partners. With 200,000-plus people working for the company, Cisco respected the investors and would achieve a target of US$50billion for the company by 2010. The company thrived on goals such as SMB certification, Partner profitability and Adaptive channel programmes. These programmes would help in generating profitability, exchanging bottom-line products with the top products and would bring about a robust change in the business strategy.

 

Adding up to this, Mr. Parveen Sahni, Assistant Director (ICP), Canon India Pvt. Ltd., said that the digital camera industry was booming. With a 100 per-cent growth rate and introduction of new products, the company was sure to reach new heights.

 

Mr. Manoj Suvarna, Country Manager, Storage Works Division, HP India, said that as a company we have to look what the customers are looking for. Their point of view was more important. Today, the data was growing and the major concern was on the consolidation of the same.

 

To this, Mr. Princy Bhatnagar, Director, Xerox India Ltd., said that we were a documentation company and our major concern was how to save the cost of printing. We delivered the right solutions, which catered to the needs and demands of customers. He further said that 90 per cent of the total mobile bills were today printed by Xerox.

 

Mr. Vishak Raman, Country Manager, Fortinet Inc., said that Fortinet was among the top five companies in the world as far as security was concerned. Convergence was what everyone was looking for and we as a security company provided the customers with the right kind of security.

 

Mr. Avijit Basu, Director – Marketing, SNIA (India), said that, to begin with, they started with just 12 members on the board. At present, they were a 87-member family. They would soon be opening six franchises across India to cater to the training requirements for storage facilities.

 

Mr. Ashish Vikram, General Manager – Sales and Marketing, HCL, said that we had three tiers of programming in which we catered to Business to Customers space, Business to Business space and Solution space. 

Mr. Vickram Chaturvedi, Channel Marketing and Program Manager, IBM India South Asia, highlighted some salient points regarding how his company and channel partners had teamed together in bringing about the success. He stressed on the points like growth rate, foreign exchange, etc. and how the big Indian market was and also on how far the Indian market was expanding in the areas like banking, insurance, retail, media, etc. On the IT front, he said that IT was one big innovative space. Today, customers were looking for solutions, which could be deployed in a week's time. So, with the introduction of new and innovative products, a company could surely cater to the needs of its customers.
 
Mr. Suneil Sahejwala of Samsung India, in his brief yet power-packed presentation, threw light on the Indian market from the global perspective. He said that today Samsung was not recognized only as a Korean company but was seen in the global context. The Global revenue from Samsung semiconductors amounted to US$20.5 billion. Thanking the vendors, he said that Samsung was also engaged in digital convergence, not only in the ICT sector, but we were also almost into everything. India has got a lot of potential and we would definitely do everything possible to meet the requirements of customers to their satisfaction.
 
Mr. Manoj Chugh, President – India & SAARC, EMC Data Storage Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd., said that it would be unfair if he could explain to the entrepreneurs on how to run the business because they were venturesome. According to him, the mantra should be how to differentiate the company and also on how to convince the OEM partners. He said that we should sit with the customers and re-architect the IT strategy. His KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) mantra was sure to click with the audience. Today, the customer was looking for maximum information within a stipulated period of time. Hence, we should try and differentiate and give the customers what they were looking for.
 
Mr. Amrish Kohli of Cisco, outlined his company's strategy for 2010. He said the Cisco was 100-per cent partner-driven organization. They also had the largest number of – and the best – channel partners. With 200,000-plus people working for the company, Cisco respected the investors and would achieve a target of US$50billion for the company by 2010. The company thrived on goals such as SMB certification, Partner profitability and Adaptive channel programmes. These programmes would help in generating profitability, exchanging bottom-line products with the top products and would bring about a robust change in the business strategy.
 
Adding up to this, Mr. Parveen Sahni, Assistant Director (ICP), Canon India Pvt. Ltd., said that the digital camera industry was booming. With a 100 per-cent growth rate and introduction of new products, the company was sure to reach new heights.
 
Mr. Manoj Suvarna, Country Manager, Storage Works Division, HP India, said that as a company we have to look what the customers are looking for. Their point of view was more important. Today, the data was growing and the major concern was on the consolidation of the same.
 
To this, Mr. Princy Bhatnagar, Director, Xerox India Ltd., said that we were a documentation company and our major concern was how to save the cost of printing. We delivered the right solutions, which catered to the needs and demands of customers. He further said that 90 per cent of the total mobile bills were today printed by Xerox.
 
Mr. Vishak Raman, Country Manager, Fortinet Inc., said that Fortinet was among the top five companies in the world as far as security was concerned. Convergence was what everyone was looking for and we as a security company provided the customers with the right kind of security.
 
Mr. Avijit Basu, Director – Marketing, SNIA (India), said that, to begin with, they started with just 12 members on the board. At present, they were a 87-member family. They would soon be opening six franchises across India to cater to the training requirements for storage facilities.
 
Mr. Ashish Vikram, General Manager – Sales and Marketing, HCL, said that we had three tiers of programming in which we catered to Business to Customers space, Business to Business space and Solution space.

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