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Kamal Karnatak
Kamal Karnatak
Sr. Vice
President
and Group
CIO,RJ Corp
Views on new technologies
RJ Corp, throughits subsidiaries, engages in the businesses of food, beverages,medical, and education. It operates fast food restaurants and coffeeoutlets in India. The company also produces ice creams and dairyproducts for homes, hotels, and institutions; carbonated andnon-carbonated soft drinks, package drinking water, and juice baseddrinks; and beer. In addition, it offers cans, PET performs, crowns,plastic lugs, and PET closures. Further, the company provides cordblood stem cell banking services for family storage and public donationapplications; and operates schools. The company was founded in 1991 andis based in Gurgaon, India. It has operations in Nepal, Sri Lanka,Mauritius, Uganda, and Thailand; and bottling and manufacturing plantsin India and Nepal. RJ Corp Limited operates as a subsidiary of RaviJaipuria Group.

Views on new technologies
Cloudand virtualization are upcoming technologies, especially in India,  andit would take time when those technologies find their rightful place inIndian enterprise. As a technology both promises to have huge potentialand once there is some maturity in service providers and clearly overvarious terms both would take off.

Resources to Keep Updated with Latest Technologies
By Reading, Attending Seminars, Discussing with Peers

Team Size
There are
30 people in my team.

Biggest Pain Point
OpenSource skill gap in India. Open source (FOSS) has amazing potential forcost sensitive Indian enterprises but not many reliable players arethere in the market on which Enterprises can depend.

Slowdown Impact on IT Innovation
IT innovation is always critical but during slowing down it can help is sustaining IT projects.

Challenges Faced
Securityis continuous phenomena. One need to keep oneself updated with latesthappening and it requires dedicated skill set within the Enterprise.

IT Budget Upgrading Plan
Its increasing every year with the business growth.

IT Leader – Manager First or Technologist First
IT leader should have leadership qualities and once those are there he/she would be able to change the caps as per requirements.

Latest Technology
Mobile Technology, RFID technology, In Memory Computing.

Relationship Between CIOs and CEOs
It should be a very good relationship surrounded by mutual respect and trust.

Advice/ Suggestion
Keep your eyes and ears open. Patience is virtue for IT leader.



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