iGATE Connect 2011 – EMEA
iGATE Connect – EMEA is our annual customer event designed to promote discussion amongst a select group of eminent speakers, senior business leaders and members of the iGATE global leadership team, headed by our Chief Executive. This year, over 65 client representatives joined members of the iGATE Executive Leadership Team on the 9th & 10th November at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey, England, for the event.
The theme was built around ‘Co-creation of Value’, the next step forward in strategic business thinking. One stage beyond traditional collaboration, co-creation of value means organisations working together towards a common set of goals and intellectual property.
The Main Conference was scheduled from the early evening of Wednesday, 9th November to lunch on Thursday, 10th November, during when our customers were invited to debate on the ways in which co-creation of value will enable business to thrive in the uncertainty of the new global economy.
Our guest speakers this year provided their insights and opinions on how value-based relationships are established and what governance models should be put in place to ensure that all parties prosper. Amongst our external guest speakers were:
Alastair Campbell: Having worked alongside Tony Blair as his Director of Communications and Strategy, Alastair brought considerable understanding of crisis management and how best to bring together conflicting personalities and views, at home and internationally. Controversial, thought-provoking and highly entertaining, Alastair also provided a refreshingly candid insight into past and present political leaders and some of the events that shaped recent history.
Mark Gallagher: Head of Cosworth’s Formula 1 business, Mark has worked with drivers like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen in his 25 years in Formula 1. Famously known as ‘Head of Making Things Happen’ during his nine years at Jordan Grand Prix, Mark shared his experiences in one of the most demanding environments imaginable. “In Formula 1”, Mark explained, “you have to collaborate with an array of external partners and stakeholders to develop and operate a new, improved and highly sophisticated car every season. All of this needs to be achieved against a backdrop of ever-changing regulation, legislation and challenging economic conditions.”
Professor Nirmalya Kumar: A Professor at London Business School, Nirmalya contended that the West needs to widen its thinking from India as the “back office of the world” and start collaborating to build intellectual capital and value together. Nirmalya challenged the theory that the developed world will always have a distinct advantage because of its ability to innovate. He showed that the developing-world giant India is already innovating in products, services and business models – from banking and insurance to telecommunications – often in ways invisible to consumers in the developed world.
Keynote addresses by the external speakers were followed by knowledge sessions and panel discussion by iGATE spokespersons; our Chief Executive Officer Phaneesh Murthy gave an update on the new organisation and shared some case studies where iGATE is achieving real results in co-creating value with our customers.
iGATE Connect 2011 — North America
iGATE Connect 2011 — North America is our annual customer event, designed to facilitate discussion amongst a select group of eminent speakers, senior business leaders and members of the iGATE global leadership team. Over 100 client representatives from client companies joined members of the iGATE Executive Leadership Team from October 4th to October 7th at the scenic property Chateau Élan, Braselton, GA.
This year’s theme was built around co-creation and innovation. Businesses today are co-creating new products and services along with their customers. The IT industry is in a phase where it will work with businesses to help them co-create newer products and services, sharing resources & processes to create high impact outcomes that would shape the future.
The two and a half days of agenda was complete with networking dinner and entertainment to provide the right atmosphere for customers to make new connects and gain ideas from others. The agenda was built to facilitate a discussion around innovation and co-creation. The first keynote address by Ray Kurzweil, a leading futurist and inventor, dwelled on the process of innovation in the business context and how it can be leveraged to develop new products and services. A series of panel discussions and best practices brought out the challenges faced by various CXOs in today’s economic context and solutions to addresses some of these.
The second keynote address by Michael Treacy, a renowned market leadership and innovation expert, dwelled on the appreciation and implementation of a ‘performance discipline’ approach to help companies grow through innovation. The conference concluded with breakouts for different industries around themes of specific interest. This helped customers connect with iGATE industry experts to learn and gain from current best practices.
iGATE Connect 2011 was a ‘Climate Responsible’ event.
PatniConnect 2010 — EMEA
PatniConnect — EMEA is our annual customer event, designed to facilitate discussion amongst a select group of eminent speakers, senior business leaders and members of the Patni global leadership team, headed by our Chief Executive. Over 35 client representatives from client companies joined members of the Patni Executive Leadership Team from November 8th to 10th at the Luton Hoo Golf & Spa, Bedfordshire, UK, for the event.
This year’s theme was built around the big business and economic story of 2010 within the EMEA region: one of tentative recovery mixed with a strong element of uncertainty. The conference looked at how technology is helping businesses get back on their feet and start to grow again and examine the role of innovation in challenging economic times
Key clients were invited for a private reception and executive dinner on the evening of Monday 8th November. The purpose of the dinner was to provide a peer-group forum to discuss a range of IT and business topics and to enable Patni to be more responsive to the strategic requirements of the clients. Professor Ian Angell, who has been a leading Professor of Information at the London School of Economics since 1986, joined for the reception, debate and dinner.
The Main Conference was scheduled from the early evening of Tuesday, 9th November through to lunch on Wednesday, 10th November where our speakers provided unique and fascinating insights into the trends driving the current economic and political outlook. Amongst our external speakers were:
The Right Honourable Michael Portillo, an ex-Cabinet Minister, newspaper columnist, frequent broadcaster and business adviser who brought in multiple perspectives about the state of European politics, economics and business.
Dennis Turner the Chief Economist at HSBC Bank, who shared his insights on the economic trends within industry sectors at a national and international level.
Professor Costas Markides, Professor of Strategic and International Management at London Business School, who is without doubt one of Europe's most experienced and respected business strategists. At the conference, Costas examined how best to use innovation and creativity to achieve strategic breakthroughs.
Keynote addresses by external speakers were followed by knowledge sessions and panel discussion by Patni spokespersons on topics such as ‘What does Innovation mean in recessionary times?’
Patni Connect 2010 — North America
Over 50 representatives from client companies joined members of the Patni Executive Leadership Team and client partners from October 14th -16th at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona for Patni Connect 2010.
The annual event brought together thought leaders, industry experts and practitioners like former Secretary of Labor and leading economist Robert Reich and Freakonomics author Steven Levitt. Keynote addresses by external speakers were followed by knowledge sessions and panel discussions by Patni spokespersons on topics such as ‘Where To Find IT: Building Value-Based Operations’ and ‘Does Technology Matter’. Topical breakout sessions were organized on the second day of the event that covered Product Engineering Services, Insurance, and Cloud Computing.
The resort was an ideal location with state-of-the-art conference facilities and a breathtaking view of the Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain. Attendees enjoyed a variety of recreational activities from horseback riding, golf and desert safari to using the resort’s acclaimed spa facilities.
The two-day event provided a unique opportunity for our clients to meet their peers, share experiences, and exchange thought-provoking ideas on technology trends shaping global sourcing, as well as interact with Patni's top management.
Patni Connect 2009 — EMEA
Patni held its first Patni Connect EMEA event on 9th and 10th November in the genteel surroundings of the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey, England.
The event brought together 24 of Patni’s EMEA established clients with newer and prospective clients hosted by our CEO Jeya Kumar and several members of the Patni Executive Leadership Team.
The theme of the event looked at how companies should make decisions about business strategy and technology as the economy recovers. Jeya Kumar, CEO, Patni, outlined the vision for the future growth and direction of Patni, including a strong insight into innovation as differentiation. Satish Joshi, Chief Technology Officer, provided a clear and practical insight into Patni’s use of cloud computing and the financial and operational benefits it can bring.
Finally, two guest speakers brought very different perspectives: Tim Collins OBE drew parallels between his renowned military career and the principles of good business leadership, while highly respected economist Hamish McRae drew a convincing and fascinating picture of the future of the global economy.
Patni Connect 2008
June 1-3, 2008 saw industry leaders from across geographies and diverse global organizations converge at the luxurious and serenely located Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, USA, to be part of PatniConnect 2008. The annual event organized by Patni for select clients and prospects once again brought together thought leaders, industry experts and practitioners like Juan Trippe Professor - Jeffrey Garten, best selling author Michael Treacy, President of Hurwitz & Associates - Judith Hurwitz, among others, for two days of intense knowledge sessions followed by exhilarating outdoor activities like tennis, fishing, golf, hiking and canoeing.
The theme for the event centered around ‘globalization and the evolution of the sourcing industry’. Topics discussed included ‘IT transformation beyond technology’, ‘forces defining globalization in the current market scenario’, and ‘integrated managed services’. Practitioners from Patni and the industry met their peers and exchanged thought-provoking ideas to gain a deeper understanding of the business dynamics and technology trends shaping global sourcing and corporate strategies. They took advantage of the unique opportunity to gain insights from thought leaders, share experiences and interact with Patni's top management.
Patni Connect 2006
Patni successfully concluded its third annual customer forum - 'Patni Connect 2006' - held between 10th and 12th September 06, at one of the most exclusive locales in Texas - Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.
The event was a confluence of some of the best minds in the industry and brought together more than 100 global CIOs and business leaders from Patni's customer base across the US, Europe and Asia. Conference sessions covered a range of topics on current and future trends in IT and Outsourcing.
Featuring an impressive lineup of thought leaders, the event had Thomas Stewart, editor of the world's preeminent management journal, Harvard Business Review, expounding how leading organizations can use globalization as a strategic competitive weapon. Frances Karamouzis, Research VP, Gartner - Research and Advisory Services, partnered with Patni in conducting a workshop to highlight and discuss the key aspects of a successful global sourcing strategy.
Another interesting session was chaired by David Tapper, Research Director at IDC's Global Offshore Services, who illustrated in a stimulating discussion, on how services delivery was moving towards a virtualized model. We also had senior CIOs from Patni clients share their experiences of effective global sourcing with the participants.
Patni Connect 2005
Meetings of like minds are almost always pleasant, but meetings of great minds are much more interesting. Such was the premise of PatniConnect 2005, a gathering of the foremost thought leaders, practitioners and customers of the global sourcing industry. Held on 16-17 October at the Ritz Carlton, Greensboro, Georgia and attended by 140 delegates, it was an intellectually kinetic forum that allowed Patni clients, IT and business leaders, academic professionals to interact with Patni senior management – and debate future trends in IT and outsourcing.
The first keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Dean of London Business School, who spoke on “The changing world economic order and its implications on international trade and commerce”. In the second keynote address, Jack Shaw, technology consultant and futurist discussed the development and implementation of new strategies by successful companies, for exploiting the opportunities of globalization.
The intellectual rigor of the two day’s sessions was carried forward with intense panel discussions and case study presentations. A live discussion with all participants witnessed animated dialogue on hot outsourcing topics.
The intense morning sessions were followed by an action-packed afternoon. Conference attendees revitalized their energies through golf and tennis rounds, a bit of fishing, canoeing and hiking, activities that also provided an informal forum in which to mull over the day’s sessions.
Overall, amidst a lush and tranquil backdrop, the conference emerged as a veritable battlefield of ideas, with analysts and participants predicting the shape of the evolving IT industry. For the second year in a row, PatniConnect proved to be an ideal platform for select customers to interact with Patni leaders and share experiences. Founder Narendra K. Patni gave a comprehensive interview, meeting with Rita Terdiman, Independent Analyst, and business practitioners debated the intricacies of outsourcing in their chosen verticals.
Patni Connect 2004
Mumbai, June 15, 2004: Patni, India’s 6th largest IT services company* concluded its inaugural customer forum - “PatniConnect 2004”, held on June 6-8, 2004, at Hilton Head island, South Carolina. PatniConnect brought together IT and business leadership from Patni’s customers around the world, along with pre-eminent industry analysts and professionals who presented valuable perspectives on the future of the global delivery model and its profound impact on IT strategy.
Narendra K. Patni, Chairman & CEO said, “The cornerstone of Patni’s success over the years has been the strength of its partnerships with its customers. We are committed to add value to our customers by consistently providing world-class services through an efficient, costeffective offshore model and flexible resource pool. PatniConnect 2004 provided an exclusive and dynamic setting for the exchange of ideas and perspectives and for incisive interactions with our customers.”
Dr. Glenn Hubbard - Former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and Mr. Harris Miller - President of the Information Technology Association of America. (ITAA), were the keynote speakers at PatniConnect. Additionally, some of the best minds in the business, including leading analysts from Gartner and Forrester, shared a wealth of insights on the trends shaping global delivery. Key topics that were presented and discussed included: a view of the current geo-political climate, effective IT transformation strategies, corporate governance and future industry trends.