Information Management for the 21st Century

S Gopalakrishnan
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Internet and the World Wide Web have changed the way information is collected and disseminated. As information becomes digital, it can collected using manual and more importantly, automated means. We all leave a trail in the digital world which we may not be aware of. This information can be used to analyze buying patterns, for personalization, advertising, targeted selling etc. It can be used to make applications easy to use. It can also be misused. Hence who owns this data and how it is used becomes very important. Privacy and security become paramount in the digital world. New forms of collaboration are possible and virtual communities which span geographies, cultures, roles etc. are possible. Concepts like corporation, intellectual property rights, and privacy may need to be reviewed in this new world. This presentation raises some of these issues and tries to find possible answers.

Keywords: Information Management
Presentation Type: Plenary Presentation in English
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S Gopalakrishnan

Vice Chairman, Information Technology Education Standards Board

S. Gopalakrishnan (called Kris by his colleagues) is one of the founders of Infosys Technologies Limited, a highly respected software company operating in the global software market. He has played a leading role at Infosys in demonstrating the following novel concepts such as creation of wealth by leveraging sweat equity, creating a world-class software company and using innovation in technology for gaining competitive advantage

Kris obtained M.Sc. (Physics) in 1977 and M. Tech. (Computer Science) in 1979, both from IIT, Madras. He started his career with Patni Computer Systems (PCS), Mumbai as a Software Engineer in 1979 and quickly rose to become an Assistant Project Manager by 1981. His seminal contribution during his stint at PCS was the development of a distributed process control system for controlling the LD converters at Rourkela Steel Plant.

In 1981, Kris, along with N.R. Narayana Murthy and five others, founded Infosys Technologies Limited. The initial years of his responsibility at Infosys included management of design, development, implementation and support of information systems for clients in the consumer products industry in the US. During 1987-1994 he headed the technical operations of KSA/Infosys (a joint venture between Infosys and KSA at Atlanta, USA) as Vice President (Technical).

In 1994, Kris returned to India and was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the company. Starting April 2002 he has been appointed as Chief Operating officer. His responsibilities include Customer Services, Technology, Investments and Acquisitions. Kris is also the Chairperson of Infosys Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys Technologies Limited. His professional interests are in the areas of operating systems, distributed computing and distributed software development.

He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Information Technology Education Standards Board set up by Karnataka Government. He is also on the board of directors of National Internet Exchange of India. He is a member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.

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