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Litmus test for software prowess

New Delhi, Dec. 26: Chief information officers (CIOs) of over 20 Fortune 500 companies will attend the annual IT conference organised by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), being touted as an indicator of the measure of support for India’s software industry and a sign that the worldwide slump in IT spending is blowing over.

NASSCOM 2003, the 12th in the series, to be held in Mumbai from February 11-14 next year, will be inaugurated by communications and information technology minister Pramod Mahajan.

The conference aims to provide a platform for Indian vendors to re-strategise their business in the changed market environment as well as provide insights into strengthening customer partnerships.

Some of the global CIOs who have already confirmed their participation for the conference include Al Noor Ramji, executive vice-president and CIO, Qwest Communications; Mark Popolano, senior vice-president and CTO, American International Group and Subhash Valanju, vice-president and CIO, Johnson Controls.

Other international customers who will take part in the conference include Jeff Berg, executive director, program management, Citibank and Jan Aase, director (resourcing strategy), American Express. Nasscom has also invited international analysts such as Gartner, academician Professor Bala Balachandran from the Kellogg School of Management and consultants from McKinsey & Co and AT Kearney to provide insights on key business and technology trends to Indian software vendors.

Announcing dates and agenda for the event, Nasscom president Kiran Karnik said: “Despite the global downturn, the Indian software and service industry has recorded good performance and continued to win international customers. But the need of the hour in this tough business environment is to forge strong customer partnerships and develop expertise in new service lines.”

“Keeping this in mind, we have invited global customers and consultants to participate in NASSCOM 2003, who will provide insight on their strategies and priorities, which is what Indian vendors are looking for,” he added.

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