Communiqué 2017

5G: Telco’s prodigious child?

The upcoming 5th generation technology will give a new direction to telecom and internet technology. 5G will require a virtualized infrastructure, software defined and completely cloud-oriented network which helps build a flexible and feasible connectivity, but would India be able to embrace this change of framework that is associated with large figures in terms of cost is still in ambiguity. On the contrary, a compelling question is how far will 5G be viable and if 4G is yet to be utilised to its full extent. The Panel will be critically focussing on how the debt-ridden telecom industry, with the entry of new disruptions will be able to support the penetration of 5G.

Industry 4.0: An audacious step towards automation.

As physical and digital worlds merge, technological processes will change dramatically in the future. Industry 4.0 is driven by disruptions which include M2M Learning, Analytics and Business Intelligence capabilities, cyber security, IoT, development of smart devices and many more target industries that need to be met with. The traditional industry process is changing and incumbents must be quick to recognise the competitive challenges. On the other hand, the global advancement towards Industry 4.0 is likely to benefit India indirectly. By contributing its skilled workforce to the world, India is building more opportunities for itself. Implementing this high scale automation in India and training for it is the prime point of discussion in the panel discussion.

Evolving with consolidation: Realigning the Telecom Business

The telecom industry today is reeling in a hyper competition. In such times, the idea of bundling/mergers and partnerships augers well for the sustainable profitability of the sector. The legal and regulatory aspects should also be taken into critical consideration for any successful realignment. Facing the wave of the biggest consolidation, the sector is up for major re-skilling of its workforce and how? Would the industry see consolidation benefits of reduced competitive intensity, stable long-term realizations and significant improvement in capital efficiency?

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: To BE or not to BE

Blockchain is a technology which is making huge splashes in the economy. All the major banks are currently experimenting with blockchain as they can use it for underpinning the digital currencies and conducting the transactions securely. India battling the forces of black money, will it be at stake with the implementation of blockchain providing avenues to loosen the control which was established by demonetization or would it tighten the grip is the focal point of the panel discussion. The Indian market for cryptocurrencies is facing troubled times with RBI issuing a warning against the extreme risks involved with such currencies. Should blockchain be welcomed for the Indian market or the repercussions would harm the economy would be the point of discussion by the panel.

Communiqué 2016

Theme- Digital Coup D'état: Bolstering Transformation to Digital Economy.

The Indian economy is now entering into a world of digital, aspiring to attain new heights. Great opportunities lie ahead with the advent of digital innovations and business models with players extending their roots in every layer of the ecosystem. Digital Coup D'état aims to explore how digital communication platforms have taken over for us to this era of delivering a seamless online experience with totally synced business & technology. This creates an increasing need for us, as budding techno managers, to know how the industry is trying to deal with these changing scenarios.

Panel Discussion 1- virtual currency: A reality or a farfetched dream

The rapid development of business and personal technology has revolutionized our world within a short span of time. One of the greatest benefits of this revolution has been providing the customers with alternate ways to transact and pay. Digital money has been around for quite some time and its use has been rising at an exponential rate. The recent steps taken by corporate world in key sectors, including online retailing and food and beverage, demonstrate an appetite to continue expanding the use of digital currencies. With 6 million new mobile users being added every month, virtual money is eventually going to supersede the paper currency. The discussion will revolve around the various aspects and issues related to virtual currency like security risks, payment beneficiary identification, currency volatility and the challenges the payment bank providers will face in domains like infrastructure, management and finance.

Panel Discussion 2- The 5G millennium: Honouring the past, treasuring the present and shaping the future

The introduction of 5G is as much the result of relentless and extensive improvements in LTE as it is a technology revolution. 5G for the consumer will mean ultra-high data speeds (upwards of 10GBPs), ultra-low latency, and new devices and form factors. While the prospect of a next generation network opens up possibilities for quite dramatic changes, such as an entirely new air interface but with India still putting its steps into 3G and 4G, the 5G world is at least a few years away for it. The panel will critically look into the opportunities and challenges related to technology, regulatory & other important issues.

Panel discussion 3- Revolutionizing Digital: Shifting the paradigm in the connected world

The era of digital disruption has finally also hit HR, transforming the way HR work. Emerging digital economy as a result of rapidly changing technology is forcing to change business models. HR departments have to develop new ways of working with new skill sets and specialties. The pace at which organizations are encountering the change is quite fast and hence the panel discussion will involve the topics surrounding the digital forces challenging the Telco’s organizational structures and the shift on emphasis from being just technologically sound to having effective Talent Management in organizations.

Panel Discussion 4- Big data management: Exploiting the unexploited

Immense volume of data is generated as a result of our daily transactions on smart phones, credit cards, and computers. As smart city development gathers momentum more data will flow in from the infrastructure; from sensor-equipped buildings, trains, buses, planes, bridges, and factories. The data flows so fast that the total accumulation of the past two years—a zettabyte—dwarfs the prior record of human civilization. Big Data has a large potential in providing competitive edge to businesses of any size or type. Easy accessibility of data analytics tools on lighter platforms will have a considerable impact on every business in several important ways. Big Data can benefit organizations only if it is successfully managed. Data scientists and analysts can play a major role in monetizing big data. The discussion will focus on challenges the organizations are facing in utilizing the big data to the benefit of the business and emerging opportunities.