Luminous Power's new group CIO outlines major IT spends

Veteran CIO Virendra Kumar Bansal kicks off implementation of SAP, CRM; plans improvement of unified communications at Luminous.

Virendra Kumar Bansal's appointment as the group CIO at Luminous Power Technologies (P) Ltd comes with a heavy responsibility. As the group CIO, he will be directly responsible for managing eight companies with an IT team of 30 people. As Bansal says, "A huge challenge will be to collaborate and coordinate with all the CIOs of our group companies."

My experiences with introducing applications have made me aware of the problems they involve and this will help me carry out new projects effectively.

 Bansal has already set a few things in motion. He has begun implementation of SAP for the company's inverter and UPS business. Then there is a CRM application for the mobile business, as well as implementation of a barcode system to fore track warranty of products. As group CIO, he is keen to implement Microsoft Exchange for the entire company while improving on unified communications.

Already having worn the hat of a CIO at Jubilant Organosys Limited, Bansal says, "My experiences with introducing applications have made me aware of the problems they involve. I believe it will help me carry out new projects effectively as the group CIO of Luminous."

For Bansal, a bigger task ahead as the group CIO is to upgrade applications that are not in pristine condition. He has been entrusted with the responsibility of building a proficient team along with exploring newer business requirements, assessing the IT needs of the company, and introducing viable solutions. Bansal is also looking at an HR application that should take care of a few things, as well as group-wide implementation of several business applications (which are presently in use at individual group companies).

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