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Ashokan Padmanabhan

Ashokan Padmanabhan

DGM-IT
Terex India
Insight of My Company and its IT Strategies
Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of heavy equipment’s that are focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, like construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions; and Materials Processing.  Terex has 3 Manufacturing facilities in India and more than 50 across the world with turnover of around 7 billion USD.

I.T. strategy in Terex is based on business requirements and needs. It integrates I.T. with business. Prioritized and aligned with the global direction set by Terex. It includes IT staff development and a harmonization of our capacities. Actively communicate to all Terex members about our goals, mission and up to date on our projects and evolutions.

Views on new technologies
Significant innovations in virtualization and distributed computing. There is a need for more evidence and knowledge sharing to prove its reliability, security and accessibility. Organizations can start focusing on it and customize the solution based on the requirement to reduce the infrastructure investments.
Keeping up with Latest Technology
From the Terex Global IT Conferences, Participating in IT events locally, Reading Tech Magazines, Internet and from Vendors.
Team Size
Around 10 +  in India. 150+ across the Globe.
Biggest Pain Point
Managing Service Downtimes, improving efficiency wherever required and meeting users expectation on the business application & other needs.
Technology Heals Pain Points
Certainly the suitable and improved version of technology always helps.
Challenges Faced
Global Policies and local business practices may throw few challenges on the data security system, time to time. Its again the business & IT decisions add complexity to it.
Adoption of Cloud Policy
There are few applications been launched in private cloud like CRM,  HR portals, Employee Expense Claim Portal. Need to gather more inputs and apply wherever possible in future.
Role of Cloud
Stringent Security Policies and Practices mapped  to the Cloud Computing helps to secure the info
Expenses on IT Systems
It depends on the projects planned for the year in India and generally it’s been worked out something  close to USD 10,00,000.
IT Budget Expansion Plan
It depends on future projects and certainly will happen to some extent.
IT Leader – Manager First or Technologist First
My view is that IT leader should have a vision and knowledge of a Business. So he should be a Business Leader who have technology in hand to support or enhance Business & its Process.  Initial stage  technologist who become a Manager is preferable.

ROI on the Technology
There are both short term and long term which depends on the need. It  various from 2  to 10 years.
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