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CIO CROWN

Welcome Message from President-CORE Media

Digital demands a seat for the CIO in the Boardroom

With the advent of new age technologies in the modern economy and digital being the key driver for enterprise growth, there are a series of regulations, legislations and vulnerabilities that the enterprise has to deal with. This clearly requires the CIO to drive the digital strategy as the only way forward as the entire organisation faces the digital disruption challenge. It’s up the CIO to provide leadership, decision-making, performance improvement and innovation.

No department has undergone such profound change as IT. The platforms, the tools-of-the-trade and the skillsets required to do the job have changed. The IT function is now integrated into all aspects of an organisation and is expected to operate as a business-within-a-business. Overseeing these changes is the CIO, a role that is continually evolving to meet the new world of IT.

When C-suite leaders talk in the boardroom, they discuss key corporate goals such as how to improve sales, generate revenue and maximise customer satisfaction. Little do they realise that the answer to most of those questions lies with IT. Here’s what they should be asking: Are company networks capable of handling e-commerce demand? Are employee-facing technologies working as intended? Is IT security sufficient to protect sensitive consumer data? This is where CIOs can make the biggest impact: Obtaining, curating and then delivering line-of-business insights derived from real-time user data. With the right back-end processes in place, CIOs can create issue-specific evaluations that speak directly to C-suite concerns and provide the foundation for long-term business strategy.

This year, CIO Crown will focus on key themes such as: innovation and transformation through disruption, architecture and optimization; how to run securely in a digital age with the foundation of SMAC stack; and engaging customers through new channels.

A savvy CIO boardroom influencer will:

This year CIO Crown will focus and delve in engaging discussions around the digital tools and collaborative suites available for CIOs to drive through the digital journey for their enterprise using new and advanced technologies ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation to latest adoptions and innovations in Cloud, Storage, Mobility, Big Data, etc.


Regards,
Anoop Mathur
Founder & President
CORE Media

About Our Organization

CORE Media - Centre of Recognition & Excellence

CORE Media (Centre of Recognition & Excellence) is a multi-platform new age niche media company that owns and operates proprietary marketing event brands in India with a focus on ICT Enterprises, CIO Community & Technology Startups.

Our products in all have a combined total reach of around 36,000 ICT Decision Makers who procure ICT products & services.

Our recognized unique brand engagements have touched over 600 clients over 3 years.

CORE Media pioneered both the celebrity CIO engagements and technology startup categories. CORE champions B2B IT sellers via the powerful high touch engagements for growth and sales acceleration. CORE Media has the power to influence the end to end value chain in the B2B technology space with it's media & marketing products.

Today CORE Media is the highest achieving, most sought after & fastest growing IT Media & Marketing Company in India within B2B technology space.

ICT buyers, especially CIOs, are faced with so many choices in the market today that it can often be overwhelming when picking the right IT products or services.

CORE Media has removed all of the guesswork by providing endorsement, validation & certification of products which helps ICT leaders to make the right decision & provide connect with IT brands.

In a nutshell, CORE Media & its marketing products provide a platform to give power to ICT buyers to connect with ICT brands of their relevance.

Our focus on B2B technology markets backed with the fact that we have a team encompassing the most connected Relationship Managers, Influencers and Strategy Development Consultants in the ICT media industry.

Our ability to manage every stage of a brand engagement with ICT buyers in-house enables us to obsess and deliver back the most thorough, engaged and valuable event engagements possible.

And we bring together the deep thinking, specialized expertise, proven processes and advanced technology to place our clients at the vanguard of B2B marketing.

By identifying and acting upon what’s most important to technology company marketers/ CMOs success globally, we help make clients ‘brands the most important in India.

Our product engagement diversity means there’s a perfect fit for every client, no matter the industry, size or business goals.

We aren’t just a Media Company! We are a Marketing, Branding & Connect Company…

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Manish Gaur
Pankaj Bhargava
Prakash Dharmani
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Sanjay Narkar
Sanjay Prasad
Sunil Mehta
Suresh Kumar
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