KEYUR DESAI

CIO-Es­sar Ports & Ship­ping, Head In­foSe­cu­rity, Net­work & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions-Es­sar Group

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oing Dig­i­tal - what does it mean to you and your or­ga­ni­za­tion?

Go­ing Dig­i­tal has al­ways been the mantra for Es­sar ir­re­spec­tive of the ver­ti­cals, may it be Steel, Power, Ports, Ship­ping, Agro, etc. While the fo­cus has al­ways been to lever­age on the lat­est tech­nol­ogy trends over the past many decades, adapt­ing new trends has be­come the way of work life at Es­sar.

Smart Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dus­try revo­lu­tion 4.0 is the blend of cy­ber-phys­i­cal sys­tems with an au­to­mated chain of pro­cesses in the pro­duc­tion cy­cle. The “IoT” trend has com­pletely rev­o­lu­tion­ized the in­dus­try out­look and has opened up a whole lot of hori­zons with sen­sor­based so­lu­tions through­out the en­tire value chain within the En­ter­prises. Talk­ing about Ports, Ship­ping, and Lo­gis­tics in­dus­try – there are nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to adapt for the Or­gan­i­sa­tions and em­brace the smart dig­i­tal­ized way of work­ing.

What is your Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion plan?

Es­sar has al­ways been one of the front-run­ners when it comes to em­brac­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy trends and lever­age on the Dig­i­tal jour­ney to cre­ate pos­i­tive im­pact through­out the busi­ness value chain. In this era of Smart Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dus­try 4.0 – We in­tend to con­tinue our jour­ney to­wards Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion by iden­ti­fy­ing the right use cases in dif­fer­ent as­pects of busi­ness pro­duc­tion cy­cles. This con­fi­dence def­i­nitely comes with the great sup­port from se­nior man­age­ment, ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship, flex­i­ble work cul­ture, col­leagues with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and tech­ni­cal skill sets.

In one of my role as the CIO for Es­sar Ports & Ship­ping busi­ness, IT team is com­pletely aligned and in sync with the Dig­i­tal strat­egy of over­all Es­sar led by Mr. Jayantha Prabhu as the CIO. This in­cludes a strat­egy to han­dle the over­all IT life­cy­cle keep­ing op­er­a­tional as­pects in mind and work closely with busi­ness teams to fur­ther iden­tify the ar­eas of Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion aligned with busi­ness pri­or­i­ties. Whilst my an­other role de­mands the tech­ni­cal mind­set to eval­u­ate the so­lu­tions keep­ing in mind the Data Se­cu­rity as­pects and in­te­gra­tion with col­lab­o­ra­tion tools as a part of mod­ern work­place across Es­sar.

As al­ways, the fo­cus will be to con­tinue em­brac­ing Tech­nol­ogy not for the sake of im­ple­men­ta­tion but for to­wards pos­i­tive im­pact on busi­ness value chain and seam­less cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

GO­ING DIG­I­TAL HAS AL­WAYS BEEN THE MANTRA FOR ES­SAR

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