–B Swaminathan

Bengaluru, Sept 8: The ball has been set rolling for the CeBIT and Plugged-In as S.R.Patil, Karnataka state minister for IT and BT, inaugurated the roadshow series in the city. The roadshow is being organized by hosts Karnataka state IT association (FiTDAK), .

Along with the hosts, EITA, DDAIT, DEALiT, MITDA, Gulbarga IT Association (GITA), Shimoga IT Association (SITA), AIT Bagalkot and government agencies participated in event.

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Inaugurating the curtain-raiser event on Saturday, Patil was happy that Bengaluru was selected by organizers Hannover Milano Fairs India. “The state government will support the event. Bengaluru is the capital of IT, Knowledge and Nano technologies, which houses 2500 IT companies with export value of Rs. 1.80K crore in the last financial and this constitutes 1/3rd of the total export value of the country,” he said.

He also added that the city provides 10 lakh direct and 30 lakh indirect employment. Lauding the efforts by the FiTDAK and its president, called upon the association to take steps to increase the number of ICT and IT cottage industries across the state.

Mehul Lavers Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India, who thanked partners Vodafone said, “We thought of different models for the event, we had zeroed in with the idea of replicating ‘CeBIT Germany’ format in India also. Whatsoever advancement in Technology is seen in Germany, it is available in India also,” he said.

He also noted that channels and system integrators played key role across the world. “Not just for the private firms, the event will have dedicated avenues for displaying technology for e-governance projects that government and public sector agencies can implement. We want to make CeBIT India event outshine the events its counterparts in other countries,” he said.

“We are giving special importance for CIO/CTO as findings shown the prominence that CIOs play in the decision making of IT procurements in organizations and we are also engaging CEO and CMOs. The key agenda is Engage, Educate and Entertain”, he concluded.

Ananda Rao Balluru, President, FiTDAK, explained the benefits of the event and demonstrated the pavilion given for the association members. “We have created nodal points that cover the entire state and create awareness for members. FiTDAK members have special discounts and based on the stall registrations, we will decide on increasing the pavilion”, he said.

Event Highlights:
• Around 150 members, vendors and others were present in the event.

• S.Karthikeyan, president of South India information technology association, representatives from Mangalore association and others participated in the event.

• The event witnessed participation from the MSME ministry, who explained the benefits from the government for the emerging sectors and a representative from MAIT also participated.

• Majority of the members were from AIT, the association of Bengaluru. M.A.Satya Prasad, president, Ketan B Shah, secretary and other office bearers, former office bearers also participated.

• Bookings were opened for both CeBIT and Plugged-In (B2B and B2C respectively) on the venue.

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