Man­u­fac­tur­ing 4.0 res­onates at Sify TEQzest, Delhi

Sify TEQzest con­fer­ence, re­cently or­ga­nized in Delhi in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dataquest, is a mul­ti­c­ity plat­form where the top in­dus­try minds (CXOs, CIOs, govt of­fi­cials and as­so­ci­a­tions) brain­storm on how busi­nesses

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Man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor in In­dia is un­der spot­light as it is be­lieved to have the po­ten­tial to change I ndia’s eco­nomic l and­scape. Mod­ern­iza­tion of this sec­tor is the first step in achiev­ing the goals set for this sec­tor. Keep­ing this in mind, Sify re­cently or­ga­nized “TEQzest” in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dataquest. The evening pro­gramme in Delhi, hosted for the CIOs be­long­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, was aimed at high­light­ing the im­por­tance of ‘Man­u­fac­tur­ing 4.0’ in to­day’s hy­per-com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. Man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor which con­trib­utes close to 16% to In­dia’s GDP has the po­ten­tial to grow man­i­fold and so is en­vi­sioned by the govern­ment un­der its ‘Make-in-In­dia’ ini­tia­tive.


At the Sify TEQZest Delhi, var­i­ous is­sues per­tain­ing to the sec­tor were raised, de­lib­er­ated and dis­cussed. Par­tic­u­larly the is­sue of adopt­ing new tech­nolo­gies such as AI, robotics, ma­chine learn­ing, IoT and cloud un­der the In­dus­try 4.0 roadmap which helps or­ga­ni­za­tions be­come more ef­fi­cient and com­pet­i­tive. The sec­tor needs to adapt to the mod­ern needs and adopt global

prac­tices that help it cre­ate more than 25% of the GDP and 100 mn jobs by 2022 which is the tar­get set by the govern­ment for this sec­tor.

The speak­ers at the con­fer­ence ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and elab­o­rated ma­jorly around the theme ‘Man­u­fac­tur­ing 4.0: Path­ways to Drive Dig­i­tal Adop­tion’. The con­fer­ence be­came a plat­form where the man­u­fac­tur­ing CIOs en­gaged, in­ter­acted and shared their thoughts and views on dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.


The pro­gramme opened with a wel­come ad­dress by Onkar Sharma, Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor, Dataquest, Cy­berMe­dia, in which he pointed out at the man­u­fac­tur­ing land­scape in In­dia and wel­comed the guests. The chief guest of the evening was Bhupin­der Singh Bhalla, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Com­merce & In­dus­try, GOI who stressed upon on the “Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sec­tor”.

Mr. Bhalla shared his per­spec­tive on the broad and mi­cro is­sues and ad­vised a way for­ward keep­ing in mind the busi­ness re­quire­ments of the sec­tor. He fur­ther talked about the ef­forts that the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try is mak­ing to bridge this gap.

Vi­jay Sethi, CIO, Hero Mo­toCorp talked about the chang­ing fun­da­men­tals of the busi­ness and urged CIOs to take a busi­ness-driven ap­proach. While draw­ing an anal­ogy be­tween the Man­u­fac­tur­ing 4.0 and the CIO’s role in this sec­tor, Sethi said, “This is the time when CIOs need to shun the tra­di­tional ways and be­come CIO 4.O. While it sounds sim­ple, it needs a bit of work to align to the in­dus­try trends and in­dus­try re­quire­ments.” Vi­jay shared his broad per­spec­tive on the sec­tor and told how the whole man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor is af­fected by the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.

The CIO, HeroMoto Corp also gave some valu­able ad­vices to his peer CIOs as he ex­plained the ten traits of a for­ward-look­ing CIO 4.0.


Tech­nol­ogy providers like Sify Tech­nolo­gies do have a key role in trans­form­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and make them adopt the 4.0 prac­tices. Ka­mal Nath, CEO, Sify Tech­nolo­gies dis­cussed about the dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions

of the in­dus­try and put forth Sify’s roadmap to trans­form the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. Ad­dress­ing the com­mu­nity, Nath talked about the role of ICT ser­vice providers in man­u­fac­tur­ing 4.0.

Fur­ther Nath dis­cussed about the dif­fer­ent value cre­ators in the in­dus­try like time-to-mar­ket, sup­ply/ de­mand match, qual­ity, as­set uti­liza­tion, and re­sources, etc. He also re­vealed how Sify has trans­formed in the past few years to align to the needs of cus­tomers.


The evening ended with a Panel Dis­cus­sion based on the theme of the event – “Path­ways to drive dig­i­tal /in­dus­try 4.0 adop­tions for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness”.

The Panelists in­cluded Man­ish Sanghi, MD, Ever­est In­dus­tries; Priyank Garg, MD, Ad­vance Valves; San­jeev Shriya, Founder Owner- Smart Chip; Vipul Anand, Group CIO, Jin­dal Steel & Power; Pal­lab De, Part­ner, PwC In­dia; and Kaushik Mi­tra, Pres­i­dent and Busi­ness Head of Ap­pli­ca­tion Ser­vices, Sify Tech­nolo­gies.

Onkar Sharma mod­er­ated the ses­sion by ask­ing fo­cused ques­tions on In­dus­try 4.0, real cases of dig­i­tal­iza­tion in the sec­tor and GST. In­ter­est­ing in­sights sur­faced in the dis­cus­sion which was widely ap­plauded by the au­di­ence through counter-ques­tions in-be­tween.

The panel was summed up em­pha­siz­ing on the sig­nif­i­cance of Man­u­fac­tur­ing 4.0 and tech­no­log­i­cal as­pects in to­day’s time.

Vi­jay Sethi, CIO, HeroMoto Corp

Ka­mal Nath, CEO, Sify Tech­nolo­gies

Bhupin­der Singh Bhalla, Jt. Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Com­merce & In­dus­try,GOI

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