The grand event was hosted at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. There were around 3ue was divided into two parts; one was the Stall section adjacent to a ground near Hyatt, where various IT companies including SAP have put their stalls demonstrating their excellence in various fields and their offerings. I went around each of the stalls, some were quite informative specially the ones which were offering industry specific solutions.
The other part was in the Hotel; here most of the Track sessions were scheduled, including the Keynote sessions, and inauguration session.
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e lunch was exquisite, really the Hyatt style. The time was now for the inauguration session.
It started with a welcome address by Ranjan Das, President & CEO, SAP Indian Subcontinent. He shared the statistics about SAP in India, and touched upon the growth story of SAP in India stating India as the fastest growing business region for SAP.
Then came the turn of Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss, Hon'ble Min. for Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India, who inaugurated the event by lighting the sacred Light. He is the youngest minister of the cabinet. He stressed upon the Rural Health care program, he also advised IT professional to maintain work Life balance, avoiding junk foods in IT companies, and late working hours. He told that the most valuable asset with India is its young manpower, but by deteriorating lifestyles, it will soon become a liability if not taken care properly. He informed all present about the intervention of IT in Govt. Sector, he informed about introducing ID card for each children in INDIA, which will contain there health information, periodic health checkups schedules. He also shared the vision of having a common hotline help number for Health service in India which will be a revolution in INDIA.
Then there was a talk from Bill McDermott, President & CEO, SAP Americas, Asia Pacific & Japan and the followed by the implementation experience of Mr. V RS Natarajan, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML Limited.
The session was very informative. Felt great to attend the 1st day at SAP summit 08.
Then the crowd was entertained by a stage performance by Navin Prabhakar, a good way to end the evening, followed by dinner.