by June 1, 2012 0 comments

We are into the seventh year of the PCQuest SMB Forum, and continue to travel across the length and breadth of the country to provide our readers with a platform to come together and interact with us, our technology partners, and an eminent panel comprising of industry experts from the local industries.

In the past two months, we took the forum across to Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Pune. Let us give you a quick overview of the proceedings at each of these cities.


Hotel Presidency, April 27, 2012: The session started with a presentation by Binesh Kutty, Senior Assistant Editor, PCQuest. The presentation called, “IT Essentials and Why You Need Them” provides an insight of our findings from the readers about the challenges faced by SMEs in their IT setups. The presentation also covered a variety of solutions that can be used to mitigate the problems cited by the SMEs.[image_library_tag 251/63251, border=”0″ align=”middle” hspace=”4″ vspace=”4″ ,default]

This was followed by a presentation by Hitender Grover, National Program Manager, SMB, APC. Grover’s presentation did a good job of making the SMEs realize that many IT failures that we assume to be a software based or virus based problem, is actually because of the lack of power conditioning in the organization. Also covered in the presentation is the differentiation between power backup and power conditioning. Some of the innovative solutions help the SMEs overcome all these problems while keeping the ‘go green’ quotient in mind.

Lastly, the session opened itself up to the 50+ strong audience for a Q&A session with the speakers. The attendees had lots of questions around data center, power backup, and workforce productivity on their mind, which was promptly answered by the speakers.


The Orchid, May 4, 2012: As per the agenda, the session in Mumbai too kick started with the keynote presentation by Binesh Kutty of PCQuest. This was followed by Mukesh Gupta, Regional Manager — West, APC making his presentation on ‘POWER-ing the SMEs’.
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In Mumbai we had an eminent panel of industry experts who graced the occasion. This comprised of Kirit Shah, Chief Technology Officer, Arihant Bank; Sumeer Goyal, Vice President — Technology, Quickr and A.K. Yadav, AGM (Middleware/Virtualisation/DR DC Incharge), Small Industries Development Bank of India.

The session at Mumbai was very interactive, and the attendees had many queries to ask the panel about implementation of the cloud in organizations, its pros and cons, and the cost factor to it. Apart from this, we also saw some queries pertaining to digital marketing and newsletters.[image_library_tag 254/63254, border=”0″ align=”middle” hspace=”4″ vspace=”4″ ,default]


Hotel Fortel, May 9, 2012: The session at Chennai too was an extremely interactive one. There were multiple queries regarding how to deal with power outages, and keep the IT infrastructure safe and available through such outages. The session here too began with the keynote address by Binesh Kutty of PCQuest. From our platinum partner, APC, we had Karthik Ramakrishnan, Enterprise Sales Manager, Tamil Nadu & Kerala, who made the presentation on ‘POWER-ing the SMEs’.

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Sun ‘n Sand, May 11, 2012: We had the largest turnout in Pune for the PCQ SMB Forum 2012, with more than 70 attendees. As with Chennai and Mumbai, the forum in Pune too saw a lot of interaction amongst the speakers and attendees. The concerns in Pune revolved around cost effectiveness of solutions being implemented in the organizations. As with all other cities, the audience here too seemed to have an increased interest in the implementation of cloud computing and various other SaaS based solutions for the IT infrastructure. The Pune session speakers included Binesh Kutty of PCQuest and Hitender Grover of APC.

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