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Building Successful Digital Enterprises – SP Jain Singapore hosts IT Management Conclave 2018

SP Jain School of Global Management hosted the Singapore chapter of IT Management Conclave 2018 on 5th October 2018 at its Singapore campus. The event focused on ‘Leadership and Governance in the Digital Age: Building Successful Digital Enterprises’. SP Jain’s annual IT Management Industry Survey results were presented at the conclave which was attended by over 100 senior leaders and industry players.

The IT Management Conclave is a unique platform for businessmen, leaders, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals and academia to understand the key ICT trends and its impact on the industry sectors, enterprises and workforce.


Dr John Fong, CEO and Head of Campus (Singapore), welcoming guests at the IT Management Conclave 2018 in Singapore

The conclave kickstarted with a welcome address by Dr John Fong, CEO and Head of Campus (Singapore), SP Jain. In his speech, Dr Fong said, “Understanding that digital transformation is at the core of how businesses work, we pride on cultivating the agility and capability to foster innovation in our students. Through our programs at SP Jain School of Global Management, we hope to craft such global leaders that are ready to ride above this digital wave.”


Mr Suresh Kumar, Director (Executive MBA) and Chief Mentor (Corporate Relations), with Guest of Honour Mr Cherian Varghese, Regional Managing Director and Vice President, ASEAN and SAGE Cluster at Oracle

The event was graced by Guest of Honour – Mr Cherian Varghese, Regional Managing Director and Vice President, ASEAN and SAGE Cluster at Oracle.

As for the IT Management Industry Survey 2018, it was led by Dr Karippur Nanda Kumar, Associate Professor and Area Head of IT at SP Jain, Singapore.

Dr Kumar said, "Lack of digital vision and innovative thinking throughout the business are found to be key organisational barriers for digital transformation.

Transforming legacy systems and adopting new platforms are key challenges in building a digital enterprise in Singapore. Business and IT Leaders from Singapore need to provide a clear digital vision and facilitate more aggressive investment in agile and disruptive technologies so as to build successful digital enterprises.”

Following the release of the survey results, attendees were engaged in presentations by Keynote Speakers – Mr Newson Ng, Area Solution Architect (Asia Pacific) from Microsoft Singapore, and Mr Rohit Gandhi, Managing Director - Application Services, Products - APAC, Middle East and Africa from Accenture.



The conversations continued with a panel discussion on ‘Building Successful Digital Enterprises’ covering areas such as diversifying the business model through creative partnerships, strategic collaborations and disruptive innovations, and more.

The panel discussion was moderated by Mr Laurence Smith, Global Head of Digital Transformation,, and the panellists included:

  • Mr Avinav Trigunait, Director, APAC Practice Lead - Future of Work, AR/VR & Mobility, IDC
  • Mr Dipesh Ranjan, APJC Head (IoT connect, Multi-Cloud & SDNaaS) - Direct and Partner Business, NetFoundry
  • Mr Jayesh Easwaramony, Managing Director and SVP, APMEA - InMobi
  • Ms Juliana Chua, Head of Digital Transformation, NTUC Income
  • Mr Prashant Kirtane, Founder and CEO at
  • Ms Tasneen Padiath, Senior Director, Digital Partnerships and Visa Ready Lead, APAC, VISA
  • Mr Zenos Schmickrath, Co-founder and Managing Director, Hmlet


Topics: Singapore, IT Conclave, Global Events at SP Jain