FITAG Convention To Focus On The Future Of The IT Industry


5 Aug 2011
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Federations of Information Technology Associations of Gujarat (FITAG), the umbrella body of 24 IT associations of Gujarat would conduct its Leadership Awards & Convention 2011 at the Convention Hall, University of Gujarat, in Ahmedabad on December 17, 2011.

Now in its third year, the convention would be attended by 500 delegates from 24 associations (direct members), and more than 3,000 members indirectly associated with FITAG. CRN, the leader among the IT channel media, has stepped in as exclusive media partner for the Leadership Awards & Convention 2011.

FITAG has chosen `The Future of the IT Industry’ as the theme for its single day convention. “We want our members to be aware of what the future holds two to five years down the line, and prepare themselves for the changing trends,” said Yogesh Thakkar, President, FITAG.

According to him, the current IT scenario is very volatile and dynamic as several new disruptive market trends are emerging. “Till two years ago, cloud computing was just another word, but now, it has taken center stage. It is penetrating the services segment. Secondly, it is important for our members to understand the trends and developments,” Thakkar said.

He opined that digital convergence, applications and change in distribution strategies would drive the future. “Digital convergence has already begun. Many enterprises are allowing employees to bring handheld devices to office. That requires consolidation at the application level. Vendors are moving away from single distribution to regional distribution. Business dynamics have changed in the last few years, and regional distributors are playing a dominant role,” he remarked.

Thakkar opined that GST (post implementation in 2012), would also be a game changer. “It would change the transaction model in the industry, and also the margins influencing the nature of the businesses.”

One of the highlights during the convention would be the roundtable discussions. FITAG would assemble the doyens of the IT industry, executives from the state and the central government, and its own members to discuss `Developing the Ecosystem for Electronics & IT Industry in Gujarat’. The roundtable discussions would be spear headed by Kaushik Pandya, Past President, FITAG.

It would be chaired by Ravi Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, co-chaired by Kaushik Pandya, Past President, FITAG. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of ICT, Government of India would be the Chief Guest and Malay Kumar Srivastav, Joint Secretary, Telecom, Government of India, would be the Guest of Honor.

Besides a general perspective on the current developments in Gujarat, the roundtable discussions would dwell on the electronic policy draft, the IT policy of the Gujarat Government followed by a panel discussion on the role of the government in sprucing up the IT industry.

Thakkar said that this year’s convention would help FITAG to reach out to more resellers from B and C class cities. “We want to generate awareness about IT and the role it plays in these cities.” Besides, the association wants to promote the concept of green technology in Gujarat. In that bid, it would buy-back the PCs from its members, re-cycle and distribute them to the needy people in class B and C cities.

The convention would conclude with an award ceremony. Like in 2010, FITAG would present the awards in eight categories namely:
• Best Distributor /Dealer – Mainstream
• Best System Integrator
• Best Networking/Surveillance Solutions Provider
• Best IT Services company
• Best Software Solutions (Development & Implementation) Provider
• Most Innovative IT Project (Software or Hardware)
• Best Retail Outlet
• Best Distributor Peripherals/Accessories/Consumable / Software.

The Awards would be also given away to the Best Association, Best Professional Organization and Best Social Association. According to FITAG, any company head quartered in Gujarat is eligible to apply for these awards.

Nomination forms for the awards can be downloaded from The nomination process is open till December 8, 2011.

source : crn
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