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Big data holds tremendous opportunities

Gurgaon, India: Enterprise Resource Planning for Infrastructure and Utilities was the theme for the last plenary panel of the day. While inaugurating the panel, Lt Gen AKS Chandele (retd) talked about how the infrastructure is going to play an important role in the development of the country.

The first speaker of the panel was Dr BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Infotech Enterprises, India, who spoke about the importance of geospatial dimension in utilities. “The only way to locate utilities is by finding out about the geo-positioning of its assets.” He then talked about the need to integrate GIS with ERP (enterprise resource planning). “Spatial dimension becomes extremely important in ERP in utility companies. There are various benefits of ERP-GIS integration like it helps in reducing duplication of data, or improve ability to consistently achieve service levels.” Speaking about the future technology trends, he said, “Companies will face ‘big data’ problems in future but there are tremendous opportunities. We can get business intelligence from that data,” adding, “Smart grid and social networking will play a major role in future, while cloud will help reduce investment in infrastructure.”

Ramamurthy Kolluri, Vice-President Networks, Bharti Airtel, India, spoke about how the company successfully incorporated geospatial technology in its day-to-day activities. Explaining the reasons that led to the incorporation of GIS in the company, Kolluri said, “We had to be quicker than the competition.” He then spoke about the challenges involved in the process. “Traditionally, world over, companies have maintained separate systems for wireless and wireline services. We have been able to successfully incorporate both into a common system,” he said.

Gagan Kakkar, General Manager – Digital Energy, GE Energy, India, talked about how IT has revolutionised telecom sector in the country. Speaking about geospatial technology, he said, “The technology forms the crux of the smart business.” He spoke in length about the need to integrate network infrastructure and information infrastructure.

The last speaker of the evening was Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, Rural Electrification Corporation Subsidiary Ltd., India. Talking about the need to set up big infrastructure structure, he said, “Twenty first century demands cannot be met with traditional means.” He then talked about the importance in today’s power sector. “Technology in this area will be a game changer,” he said.

The panel ended with an interactive question-answer session. One of the interesting points raised by Dr Reddy during the session was the need for defence sector to strike a balance between cost and technology. “The cost of doing business with defence is very high. I call this T1L1 factor, that is, they want the best technology at lowest cost,” he said.

Source: Our Correspondent