19th August, 2017,
The 19th of August, 2017 saw the beginning of Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management’s annual flagship event –a series of four converges that revolve around topics forming the crux of any good manager – finance, project management, marketing and analytics.
The event began with the Finance converge; with the theme for this converge being Contemporary trends in Finance. The topics discussed focussed on GST and its impact in various sectors. The keynote speakers were Mr. Mukesh Khandelwal-Senior Vice President, Finance, Welspun India Limited, Mr. Prasanna Datar-IRS, Assistant Commissioner, Customs and GST, Aurangabad, Mr. Paras Jain-President, Group Indirect Taxation, Welspun India Limited, Mr. Mohandas Menon-Director, Contract Logistics, Hellmann worldwide logistics and Mr Sanjay Pokharkar-Deputy Commissioner, Nashik. The discussions gave great insights in terms of the GST laws, its impact on different sectors and the hiccups during the initial phases; both in the government as well as in the private sector.
The second converge of the day was the Project Management converge whose theme was Strategic and Innovative Project Management. This converge saw speakers such as Mr. Nikhil Patil-Director, KPMG, Mr. Sanjay Vispute-VP, Capgemini and Mr. Sanjay Londhe-Director, Ashoka Builld conshare their views on current challenges and opportunitiesthat one can encounter in the journey towards a successful project completion.
The second day began with the Marketing converge focusing on the theme Digital Marketing. It had eminent speakers like Mr Karan Ahuja-Head online initiative, PVR pictures and business and product head, Vkaao, Mr Himanshu Arora-Senior product manager, Yatra and Mr Alok Arya-Lead, Digital at Future Group India sharing their experiences and knowledge about various digital marketing strategies, crowd funding and debunking various digital marketing cliché.
This was followed by the last converge; Data analytics, that focussed on the theme, ‘Transforming Business with Data Analytics.’ Speakers like Mr. Ehtisham Zaidi-Principal Research Analyst, Gartner, Mr. Tripesh Sakhuja-Senior Manager, Analytics, PepsiCo, Mr Rohit S. Kalghatgi-AVP, Organisation Efficiency, SG Analytics and Mr. Rajesh Vishwanath-Head of Delivery, Analytics, SG Analytics spoke on current trends in the industry with respect to big data and Artificial Intelligence thereby giving us a 360 degree overview of how data is going to shape the industry.
This two day event helped us rub shoulders with industry stalwartsthereby exposingus to new and current ideas and perspectives and providing a platform for a great learning experience.