The “5 City SME Connect” by Schneider Electric completes its 5-city journey with the Bangalore event. On June 7, it kicked off from Ahmedabad and travelled across cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. The highlight of the event was to interpret the SMEs’ technology challenges and mitigate those challenges with a systematic approach.
During these city events, decision makers from various SME organisations came forward and participated in the events and sought solutions to their challenges and tried to understand the technology approaches from the resource persons of Schneider Electric’s IT Division and senior CIOs addressing at the event. Power, cooling, racking and stacking, etc. being important aspects of any data centre and often being undermined during the decision making, the IT decision makers were keen to know about the criticality of these components.
With Bangalore being the IT hub of India, the panel discussion was an engaging one on Optimizing Infrastructure to cater to the applications like IOT, Cloud Computing, Social Media Management, etc. The key panelists included Shibu V Kurian, CIO, 10kInfo Data Solutions, Mayank Bedi, Head – IT, VST Tillers and Tractors, General Manager, Sales – IT Division, Schneider Electric India, Subbarao Hegde, CIO, ApOn Solutions with Sanjay Mohapatra, Editor, SME Channels being the moderator.
Talking about the criticality of datacentres for businesses in an age of proliferation of data, Amod Ranade – General Manager Data Center Business, Schneider Electric stated, “Integrating physical infrastructure and software plays an important role in the operations of the IT industry today. Major market and technology trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) has lead to an exponential growth in the amount of data that needs to be captured, stored, analysed and connected. Cloud computing is a solution explored and adopted by small and medium scale businesses.”
He added, “The Cloud has certain inherent limitations, primarily congestion, cost and regulations. The answer to counter these challenges is to apply edge computing solutions closer to users, data, and “things”. APC by Schneider Electric creates solutions that help IT professionals anticipate and protect their information and data, along with addressing the key issues of pure cloud architecture, which build up as the Internet of Things evolves.”
Along with this, Hariharan Balasubramanian, General Manager – Sales – IT Division, Schneider Electric India gave presentation on Life is On with Schneider Electric while Amod Ranade, General Manager, Data Centre Business Development, IT Division, Schneider Electric India spoke about Scalable IT Strategies for Small & Medium Businesses.
Sanjay Mohapatra, Editor, SME Channels said: “SMEs are becoming the lifeline for any country and for India, it is no exception. With make in India in place, SMEs’ role is becoming very important. Besides, the government has already said that 20% of government and PSU’s procurement would happen from the SME sector. Therefore, it is important for small and mid-size organizations to adopt new technologies so that they can remain as relevant to the market.”
Further he added, “It was phenomenal connecting with more than 800 SME Customers in 5 cities. The enthusiasm is great. I am personally happy that we could help these many people connect with right solution partner.”