Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad


Data management trends and devices highlighted at IMT-G conference

Four keynote speakers covered topics ranging from the impact of data management in the taxation system to current trends and devices at the 4th International Conference on Data Management (ICDM-2011) held at Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.

Running from November 17 to 19, the conference was held in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and The Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA), China.

ICDM-2011 aimed to provide a platform for academicians, research scholars, practicing managers and students of management to develop, contribute and present papers on data management. The event brought together executives from industry and academia to discuss and exchange views and experiences on various issues concerning managing data for critical decision making in any organization.

“From this event I am looking for information on how to improve our taxation system from the knowledge that the industry experts and academicians present here can give us,” said lead speaker Dr. Shikha Darbari, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax.

She said there are 33 million income tax forms that come in every year and data has to be kept for six years, plus there is constant flow of data from other sources such as customs and banks.

But she noted steadily improving data management systems have improved service to the taxpayer in the form of timely refunds and helped the tax department, by integrating data from different sources, to nab more tax evaders.

Niraj Prakash, director, public sector marketing, Microsoft India, spoke on trends in devices and how the “consumerization” of information technology is changing data management in the workplace.

Citing the rapid rise in smartphone usage, he told the conference: “The computing that is happening now and more so in the future, is going to be done through smartphones and not through the desktop and PC that are residing in the office.”

Citing the massive growth in social networking, combined with ever-increasing use of easy-to-use smartphones, he said people are now bringing their own devices into the workplace.

While this trend has a range of benefits, including increased productivity, he said it also presents some challenges in terms of proper data management and security that have to be dealt with.

“The latest innovation in this space has been the development of a virtual desktop in organizations, where individuals can create partitions which help you not to mix your personal data with your official data,” he said.

The overwhelming explosion of data that has been taking place in recent years was also cited by Parag Mital, HSD of SAP Global Delivery, who noted in 2011 there are 88 billion searches a month on Google, compared to 2.6 billion in 2006.

He too outlined data management trends, such as the emergence of data as a service, the stability of master data management and the growth of Web 2.0 technology with blogs, Facebook and other social networking sites.

The problem with Web 2, he said “is that data creation is not controlled and hence there may be a lot of inaccuracies of data. You need to be careful of the data you get from the web, but you also need the technology to check the accuracy of the data you get from the web - especially when you are using the information from the web to make a business decision.”

Highlighting the need for data management, Mital told the conference: “The data that will be generated in the year of 2011 will be more than the data that has been generated in the past 5,000 years.”

Interviewed after the conference, participants had praise for ICDM 2011, with Chawan Mehra, site head of STEricsson, Greater Nodia, saying: “My experience has been excellent here in terms of the topics which are covered - very relevant for today’s picture.”