WHAT CIOs ARE TIRED OF HEARING... around thetech SECURITY Colonels, Commanders & Cybersecurity In 1978, Transformational Leadership was introduced by expert, James Mc-Gregor Burns, in his book “Leadership”. There are close to a dozen CISOs in Indian industry—who have served in Indian the defense forces—namely the Indian Army and Indian Navy. Somehow, we do not see many ex-Airmen in the list. But what exactly is prompting India, Inc. to go for these defense personnel as CISOs? On the face of it, many say current cyber threats require a real combat mindset that comes naturally to the defense personnel. Whatever it is, at present fauji CISOs seem to be ruling the CISO-dom. Here is a list of a handful of CISOs. “The Chief Information Officer role is nearing extinction and may cease to exist a few years from now.” AK Anand Senior Vice President, Global Practice Head & CISO NIIT Technologies Colonel in Indian Army AJ Vijaykumar CISO Tata Communications Lt Colonel in Indian Army Brijesh Datta SVP & CISO Reliance JioInfocom Colonel in Indian Army Kaushal K Chaudhary Executive Director – Group Head IT & IS Lanco Infratech Jt Director Systems (Commander of Indian Navy) Manish Tiwari CISO Bharti Airtel Director – CERT, Indian Navy Murli Menon CISO Atos India Commander at Indian Navy Mukesh Saini Head, IT Security Essel Group Commander at Indian Navy Prashant Veer Singh SVP, CISO and CIO Bharti Infratel Officer Commanding Communications (Major) at Indian Army 4 CIO&LEADER | January2018
Around The Tech BY THE BOOK We recommend you to read Pedro Domingos’ The Master Algorithm, which gives us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. The author paints a picture through machine learning's five major schools of thought, showing how they turn ideas from neuroscience, evolution, psychology, physics, and statistics into algorithms ready to serve you. Domingos, a Professor at University of Washington, is also a researcher in machine learning, creates a blueprint of The Master Algorithm, and discusses what it means for the future of business, science, and society. The quest for universal learning is one of the most significant, fascinating, and revolutionary intellectual developments of all time. A ground-breaking book, The Master Algorithm is the essential guide for anyone wanting to understand not just how the data revolution will happen, but how to be at its forefront. makingheadlines When people arrived in Las Vegas to attend CES in January this year, one of the first things they noticed was Google’s massive promotional campaign for its Google Assistant service. There were ads splattered on the sides of buildings, painted on trains, and displayed on the screens of hotel room TVs. The effort wasn't to make artificial intelligence a huge theme at this year’s show–mainly in the form of digital assistants. Google, on the other hand, is also using its network of Android devices and integrate its digital assistant service into millions of cars from companies such as Ford, GM, Volkswagen and Volvo. Likewise, Amazon left no stone unturned to showcase Alexa as the new wave in digital assistants. Alexa's history preceded itself since it was the star of last year's CES. At CES 2018, Amazon's Alexa service has diversified into cookers from Whirlpool and GE as well as Bluetooth-enabled portable devices such as smartwatches, headphones and smartglasses. Only 17% of senior roles are held by women in India. The global survey by Grant Thornton – Women in business: New perspectives on risk and reward, of 5,500 businesses in 36 economies further adds that 41% of the Indian businesses surveyed have no women in leadership roles, 7 points higher than the last year. India continues to rank third lowest in the proportion of business leadership roles held by women for the third year consecutively. At the global stage, Grant Thornton’s data shows developing regions continue to lead the charge on diversity with developed economies lagging behind. Eastern Europe performs best, with 38% of senior roles held by women in 2017 and just 9% of businesses with no women in senior management. Meanwhile the MINT economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) saw the most improvement, with the proportion of senior roles held by women rising from 24% in 2016 to 28% in 2017. gender bender January2018 | CIO&LEADER 5
Realizing this opportunity, CIO Look brings to you an exclusive issue titled, Successful Leaders in Tech 2018 which exchibits the stories of inspiring tech enthusiast offering reformative product and services.
When is a trumpet like a motorcycle in a dressage event? How many Brunhilde's does it take to change an Elektra? Just two of the many questions you've been dying to ask, to which you will find answers in a 24th annual combined December/January issue – in which our 11 beat columnists sift through what's on offer in the upcoming holiday month, and what they're already circling in their calendars for 2019. Oh, and features too: a klezmer violinist breathing new life into a very old film; two New Music festivals in January, 200 metres apart; a Music & Health story on the restorative powers of a grassroots exercise in collective music-making; even a good reason to go to Winnipeg in the dead of winter. All this and more in Vol 24 No 4, now available in flipthrough format here.
A unique guide to business and investment in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The 2018/19 edition of Gauteng Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng Province.
In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the concept of the Urban Development Zone which underpins the successful urban growth strategy that is being pursued in the province, and on the importance of airports in regional economic thinking.
To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at www.globalafricanetwork.com under e-books. Updated information on Gauteng is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.
Digital transformation has taken ahold of nearly every industry, as enterprises battle for competitive edge in a newly digital age. Digital transformation is top of mind for CIOs and business leaders for clear and practical reasons. Here are the 10 questions that CIOs must ask before undertaking a digital transformation journey.