Cyber India Online Ltd (CIOL), Cyber Media's online venture, recently unveiled an exclusive programme for chief information officers (CIO) and chief technical officers (CTO) of large Indian enterprises - the CIOL Enterprise Connect Programme. The programme has set itself the objective of identifying the information technology needs of CIOs of the Top 1,000 Enterprises across India and to become their preferred source of information for studying, comparing and selecting the most appropriate IT products and solutions for their organisations.
Till now, over 300 CIOs from some of the best-known Indian organisations have registered as programme members. The programme aims to have 1,000 member CIOs by March 31, 2003. This would make it the biggest and most exclusive club of CIOs in India. "As the business environment turned hostile over the last two years, the role of the CIO came into the limelight across all segments of industry and government. Today the CIO has to not only justify IT investments, but also come up with new, creative solutions to the problems faced by business and governments," says E Abraham Mathew, president, Cyber India Online Ltd.
Of the organisations whose CIOs have registered as members so far, more than 90 per cent have 100 or more employees and over 85 per cent have an annual turnover in excess of Rs 50 crore. Over 75 per cent of the organisations boast an annual IT budget in excess of Rs 20 lakh and all members are involved in evaluating, recommending or in deciding which IT product/solution is to be purchased for their organisation.
"Based on our experience with the CIOL Enterprise Channel and through discussions with CIOs of user organisations, we felt the need for an exclusive programme for CIOs and other IT purchase decision makers of large organisations across various vertical industries. The Enterprise Connect Programme has been created to address this specific need of CIOs," Mathew adds.
And proof that CIOL has put the right foot forward comes from members like SP Arya, vice-president (systems), Hero Cycles Ltd, Ludhiana, who says "The site is a good one and targets the right people." Another member, AK Sircar, controller-information Technology, Organon India, Kolkata, adds, "… it is an excellent initiative in bringing together IT professionals…" Â© 2002 agencyfaqs!
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First Published : December 04, 2002