Group CIO - Bharat Forge Lim­ited (Kalyani Group)

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Bharat Forge Lim­ited (BFL), the Pune based In­dian multi­na­tional is a tech­nol­ogy-driven global leader in metal form­ing hav­ing a transcon­ti­nen­tal pres­ence across ten man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tions, serv­ing sev­eral sec­tors in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, power, oil and gas, con­struc­tion & min­ing, rail, ma­rine, and aerospace.

Part of Kalyani Gr oup - a USD 2.5 bil­lion con­glom­er­ate with 10,000 global work­for ce; BFL to­day has the lar gest r epos­i­tory of met­al­lur­gi­cal knowl­edge in the r egion and of­fers full-ser­vice sup­ply ca­pa­bil­ity to its ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­persed mar­quee cus­tomers from con­cept to pr od­uct de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, test­ing, and val­i­da­tion

n-Go­ing Dig­i­tal

A few years back, we thought In­dus­try 4.0 was hyped up and took a very con­ser­va­tive ap­proach to IT. But we had a sea change in that per­cep­tion and line of think­ing by look­ing at the way Dig­i­tal started im­pact­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion. I would agree with the state­ment of ‘Go Dig­i­tal or Per­ish, as dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is an en­ter­prise-wide ini­tia­tive with ram­i­fi­ca­tions across the or­ga­ni­za­tion. I think ‘Go Dig­i­tal’ is the way for­ward for us and holds true for all the en­ter­prises, ir­re­spec­tive of the ver­ti­cal they op­er­ate.

On The Dig­i­tal Strat­egy

I think Dig­i­tal gives the first mover ad­van­tage in many things and im­pact the very bot­tom line of the com­pany. We have put in place a very struc­tured plan for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and our ap­proach is to dig­i­tize the ex­ist­ing pro­cesses as well as usher in a ro­bust In­dus­trial IOT plat­form.

We are al­ready reap­ing the div­i­dends of go­ing dig­i­tal, par­tic­u­larly, on the an­a­lyt­ics front we are able to lever­age real-time an­a­lyt­ics very ef­fec­tively. So clearly we have a well-de­fined roadmap for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and tak­ing into am­bit all the stake­hold­ers and the im­pact it will cre­ate across the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

I must also say, dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion starts from the top and the en­tire man­age­ment is in­volved in this process. A change of this scale calls for the re­cal­i­bra­tion of the skillsets across and we are reskilling our em­ploy­ees across the board and align­ing our hu­man, IT as­sets to the dig­i­tal dis­rup­tion.

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