FROM THE CEO’s DESK

The technology ecosystem has been in a state of flux, owing to the many uncertainties in the global political scenario, the accelerated adoption of digital technologies, and the changing competitor landscape. Despite these factors, global centers in India have evolved and matured. This remarkable growth was never more pronounced than in 2018. We were awed by the achievements of individuals and global technology centers, and the quality of nominations we received for our annual Zinnov Awards.

Over the past nine years, Zinnov has tracked the incredible evolution of the technology ecosystem in India. Although Zinnov Awards began as an attempt to encourage a nascent, evolving ecosystem, today it has become a benchmark for the best in technology. Zinnov Awards, with its eminent panel of jury members, curation of new categories every year in line with changing trends, and rigorous awards process, has become an institution worthy of celebrating remarkable individuals and companies that have taken the Indian technology ecosystem to greater heights.

In the New Year, I hope we can look forward to exceptional growth, extraordinary individuals and companies, and a whole lot more to celebrate.

WINNERS’ CIRCLE

CATEGORIES

01.

DISRUPTIVE LEADERSHIP

This is an organization wide award which seeks to measure how GCoEs (ER&D, Enterprise IT and GBS) are preparing themselves to become the hub for the organization by understanding future disruptions, leveraging initiatives to accelerate the pace of innovation, tapping into the global ecosystem and leveraging triggers such as business models, technology and market dynamics to cross the value chasm.

02.

GREAT PLACE TO INNOVATE

This category is a company wide award to recognize GCoEs that are focused on value creation from the India center and have made concerted efforts across five key areas: Charter, Culture, Internal Programs, External Linkages and Innovation Outcomes. The assessment criteria will focus on how conducive the environment is for innovation and will also measure the pervasiveness.

03.

OPEN INNOVATORS

This category recognizes those GCoEs that have a structured open innovation strategy in India, engaged with a diverse set of ecosystem players including startups, universities, developer ecosystem, public sector, service providers etc. and have successfully evangelized, mentored, and partnered with them to foster innovation from India.

04.

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

This is an organization wide award which recognizes centers that have established programs and are the gold standards for inclusion and diversity in India.

05.

WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE

This category is a company-wide award to recognize those GCoEs that are building skills for the future, embracing digital for employee experience and leading the way in attracting and retaining top talent in the industry.

06.

HIGH IMPACT GLOBAL ROLES

This category is a company-wide award and will recognize organizations that have successfully enabled and sustained global roles from India that are critical for the organization’s success. It will also recognize the impact these roles have created/have the potential to create.

07.

NEXT GENERATION WOMEN LEADERS

An individual contributor award for felicitating women leaders in tech GCoEs who have created large scale impact through their business and technology expertise. These women leaders have been excellent at mentoring upcoming talent and serve as an inspiration for the industry for excellence in work.

08.

TECHNICAL ROLE MODEL

This category is an individual contributor award and will recognize those individuals who are technology stalwarts and have served by example and inspired individuals both within their organization and beyond, to emulate them and follow a technical career path. This year, we will also have a separate sub category for technologists who have created a significant impact in AI and Big Data Analytics.

OUR JURORS

Alexander Klotz

Continental

Amaresh Ramaswamy

Microsoft

Anita Vijaykrishnan

VMware

Anjali Rao

Intel

Dattaraya Kulkarni, McAfee

McAfee

Dayavanti Kamath

Ericsson

Dileep Mangsuli

GE Healthcare

Dipesh Shah

Samsung

Gunasundari Sridhar

Shell

Hari Vasudev

Walmart Labs

Mani Ganeshan

Amadeus Labs

Mohandoss Thulasidoss

CompassMet Consulting

Prakash Bodla

UTC

Ramaswamy Narayanan

Medtronic

Ramya Vishwanath

Target

Sailesh Menezes

HPE

Santanu Bhattacharya

Airtel

Shantanu Ghosh

Rocket Software

Shubhra Bhandari

Texas Instruments

Shweta Rani

Zinnov

Siddhartha Nandi

NetApp

Snigdha Ray

PayPal

Subhash Bana

Synchronoss

Sunil Shah

Societe Generale

Suraj Rengarajan

Applied Materials

Urmi Chatterjee

Honeywell

Vinok Sequeira

JDA Software

Yasmeen Shaikh

NextGen Healthcare