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Mayur Danait

"It is important that a technology that is deployed should result in a superior business outcome, and it should not add further dimensions to managing an already complex IT landscape."
Mayur Danait
Mayur has over 17 years of experience across the consulting, IT, consumer goods and pharmaceutical domains. His key role at Lupin is to align the organization's IT Strategy to its business goals, and leverage technology to deliver superior business results. With Lupin since 2010, Mayur is driving an IT Roadmap with a focus on ERP, Business Intelligence, IT Security, globalization and productivity.
At Lupin, he has initiated and program managed various global initiatives in the ERP, IT Infrastructure and IT Security domains.
Prior to joining Lupin, Mayur has several years of crossindustry experience with a spectrum of organizations including Eastman Kodak, SAP and Asian Paints. He holds an MBA in Operations from IIM Lucknow and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engg from IIT Bombay.

Challenges in technology to meet enterprise needs in 2013 and expectations

Enterprise needs keep growing and evolving, and the ability to deploy new technologies across the enterprise will always be limited by skills and budgets. We will focus on key business themes such as supply chain, reporting and analytics, governance and compliance and business continuity planning, and look at the technologies appropriate to achieve these outcomes. For me, the key expectation from technology partners is for them to help us deploy technology solutions that are ‘fit for purpose’.

The areas in business environment where solutions do not yet exist or not up to the mark, and which if existed, would've made job easier

There are several pain points within the enterprise for which quality solutions do not exist yet. However, some of them would best be categorized as nice- to- have. The real worries lie in the areas of IP leakage and business continuity. While we might spend a lot of resources on solutions in these areas, it is hard to be assured 100% that these will work effectively when we most need them to.
Technology trends impacting enterprise business environment

Our businesses and the IT organization will look actively at deploying whatever they can to the cloud. With the proliferation of mobile computing devices, our business users will continue to demand access to more enterprise applications through mobile interfaces. I believe these two trends will drive our IT strategy and decisions over the next 2-3 years.

My roles and responsibilities as a CIO

The CIO’s role is changing from a technology leader who would sit back and understand a business requirement and automate it; to a business leader who is expected to position an innovative technology solution to solve a business problem. The difference is subtle, yet significant– the role is changing to being a more ‘active’ business role.

Lessons learned and advice for fellow CIOs
Any CIO has to deal with more technology than can be handled without risk, so we face difficult choices of selection and elimination. For me, it is important that a technology that is deployed meets both criteria. It should result in a superior business outcome, and it should not add further dimensions to managing an already complex IT landscape. If it violates any of these criteria, it is very likely not sustainable for the organization.