CIO-Klub-Chennai Aims To Work Closely With Govt

by Swaminathan B    Mar 08, 2017

CIO KLUB Chennai, whose primary objective is to drive the business benefits to member CIOs, and also help them in their professional growth, has recently completed five years of operations. CXO Today caught up with Siddharth Rao, President and V Sendil kumar, Secretary of CIO KLUB - Chennai Chapter, as they spoke about how from a humble beginning, the CIO KLUB Chennai has grown into an interactive platform for vendors, media and CIOs to share best practices and address common IT issues. They also discussed the activities of the association and the road ahead for the entity. Excerpt.

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- CXO Today: Please tell us something about the origin of CIO Klub and in particular, the Chennai chapter?

CIO Klub: We, CIOs of Indian enterprises have formed the CIO KLUB that is registered as CIO association. The CIO KLUB is run by a Governing Body and a National Executive Council and each chapter has a managing committee to drive the CIO KLUB objective nationally. CIO KLUB now has six working chapters in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Coimbatore. We began in Mumbai on 25 April 2008 with less than 30 members, and have now grown to 950 members across India. The Chennai chapter was launched in 2011.

Like its counterparts, the key objective of the Chennai CIOs Klub is to share experience, enhance knowledge, and explore business solutions by leveraging the collective wisdom of large number of CIOs who are registered members. We call it ‘KLUB’ and not club because the ‘K’ here stands for knowledge.

I attended the session on “Demonetization to Digitization” – an important topic that is of interest to IT and Business leaders. The event was well organized as the CIO Klub arranged for eminent speakers from the industry. The event also saw participation from Banks, Service Providers and NPCI. It was a well-attended program with active participation from IT service providers and customers.
-Mahesh Ramachandran, MD and CEO, Commonwealth Inclusive Growth Services

- CXO Today: How do you feel after completing five years of the Chennai Chapter?

CIO Klub: We are very happy that we could consolidate most of the CIOs in Chennai under one umbrella by creating this forum. We started in 2011 with just 17 members and now we have over 120 members in Chennai. We have created a group of experts and technocrats to discuss topics related to technology updates, share the ideas and explore ways to solve the issues of peer CIOs through conversation.

- CXO Today: What are the regular activities of your forum?

CIO Klub: We meet on a regular basis, at least once in three months for technical session or for a sponsored session. Even at sponsored sessions, we suggest the sponsors to stick on our format where a case study of our CIO is shared in the forum. We run this chapter with the support and suggestion by peer CIO members. Also we have tied up with other forums like ISACA. We take their support on IT security related topics and attend their forum to share the technology updates. On behalf of our Klub, our members offer guest lectures to college students and share industry trends and technologies through ICT Academy.

CIO KLUB is unique in the sense that we provide an interactive platform for vendors, media and CIOs for exchange of best practices and ideas and formulates strategy to address common IT issues. The KLUB’s objective is to share and enhance knowledge and to achieve the same. We organize a number of knowledge-sharing sessions throughout the year.

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We also have a family event – a get together – where the family members of CIO’s get to know and network with each other even at a personal level. The Anniversary event is a signature event where we have multiple topics and we call eminent speakers from various industries to address various topics of interest to the CIO and business decision makers.

- CXO Today: What is the roadmap of your forum and how you want to be unique?

CIO Klub: We are planning to form various working groups internally. One among them is to interact with the government to support government initiative by deploying information technology solutions and services for government projects. We want to position our KLUB as the voice of IT user community in the city.  This will help us to take up any common concerns faced by CIO from the government bodies. 

For any administrative and technical clarifications they will always come forward and help us, even going out of the way. The Chennai chapter is a ‘role model’ for Coimbatore Chapter to follow the best practices.
-O.A.Balasubramanian, President, CIO Klub- Coimbatore

- CXO Today: What are the changes, you see among the CIOs in Chennai after the Klub formation?

CIO Klub: The current registered members are from a gamut of industries including manufacturing, BFSI, IT services, pharma and healthcare, retail, real estate and constructions from some of India’s leading Business houses and PSUs. Activities such as networking, knowledge sharing and a sense of belonging have gone up drastically among CIOs across verticals ever since the forum came into existence in the city.

- CXO Today: Has the Club got any award and recognition for their work?

CIO Klub: The Club has got a number of accolades and recognition over the years. We have tied up with the Bombay Stock Exchange [BSE] India and offer BSE-CIO Klub IT award annually for the best CIOs who have deployed their projects effectively. Our members have also won many awards that are organized by various media publications.