CIO Klub Pune Chapter kicks off ops, plans sponsored CIO events

Starts off with 130 members; fortnightly meetings on CIO Klub Pune's initial plans. CIO Klub Pune to also cover rest of Maharashtra (apart from Mumbai).

After the success of its Mumbai and Delhi Chapters, the CIO Klub has now chosen Pune for its next chapter. The CIO Klub Pune Chapter was officially launched on May 19, 2010, with 130 members as part of the association. CIO Klub Pune will also cover the rest of Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai). "Having CIOs from the rest of Maharashtra is among the association's core objectives. We aim to cover Maharashtra's industrial belts like Chakan, Nashik, etc apart from major cities like Nagpur and Kolhapur," says Kishore Daryanani, the general manager of information systems for Alfa Laval India and a member of CIO Klub Pune's managing committee.

We want to provide a common platform to all the CIOs across Maharashtra, where they can raise their voices and concerns
Kishore Daryanani
general manager of information systemsAlfa Laval India

The Governing body of CIO Klub Pune Chapter consists of seven members. Anil Khopkar, the vice president of MIS for Bajaj Auto will serve as the President, while Shreesh Patwardhan, the vice president of IT for Dynamic Logistics will be the vice president. Other members of the managing committee include Kishore Daryanani as the secretary and Yogesh Zope, the vice president of IT services at Bharat Forge as the joint secretary. Sunil Pawar, the DGM-IT of Tata Johnson will act as the treasurer. Other members of CIO Klub Pune Chapter's governing body include Utpala Joshi, the internal audit controller of Zensar Technologies and Rajendra Erande, the director of technology for Pune Municipal Corporation. The association plans to add two more people within its governing body.  

Talking about the CIO Klub Pune Chapter's objectives, Daryanani says, "We want to provide a common platform to all the CIOs across Maharashtra, where they can raise their voices and concerns. The CIO Klub Pune Chapter will also help us in having interactions with service providers and vendors, which can further help in improving services by communicating expectations." He adds, "There are other tier II companies which are generally not selected by the CIO due to apprehensions. We will test and certify such companies so that CIOs have wider options."

As part of CIO Klub Pune Chapter's annual agenda, the association plans to come up with nine sponsored events during 2010. Council meetings will be held on a fortnightly basis, and the annual fees will be Rs 1300. "Initially, CIO Klub Pune will have fortnightly meetings, as the group is new and many things have to be planned. Once we are settled, we will have monthly meetings. Innovative measures will also be planned in order to retain attendance during these meetings," informs Daryanani. After Pune, the CIO Klub plans to open Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Hyderabad Chapters by the end of 2010.

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