IDC Industry Insights Innovation Awards Build, Grow & Invent: The Route to Realisation

DIGITAL Event | December 8 - December 9, 2021

IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021

The IDC Industry Innovation Awards is a forum specifically designed for today's operational and technology leaders as a platform for open networking with peers and technology partners. The awards in 2021 recognize the realization of the transformative journey that organizations have gone through and provide an opportunity to explore industry-focused content by IDC thought leaders.

Organizations are rapidly adapting to recent disruptions and market conditions. According to the September result of IDC's Future Enterprise Resiliency & Spending Survey (Wave 8, 2021),


"94% of Indian organizations are maintaining or increasing investment in digital technologies with a priority on employee productivity and customer satisfaction."


In recognizing the transformations that organizations undergo, IDC recognizes that they start at varying levels of maturity. As such, organizations will select initiatives that help them build foundations, grow capabilities, and invent for future innovation and growth.

In our virtual awards ceremony, IDC analysts and industry experts will share insights and present on the theme 'Build, Grow & Invent: The Route to Realisation.' The event will also witness the celebration of naming the crème de la crème of India's tech leaders. Nominations are closed for the 8th IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021. Winners will be announced at the main event. Scroll below to know more about dates, agenda, speakers, and what awaits for you at the event of the year!


Build, Grow & Invent: The Route to Realisation


Realizing value from technology investments requires organizations to carefully select use cases that will create value. Then, a business case is developed from these use cases that will deliver on capabilities to support current priorities while laying the foundations for future strategies. The level of investment and complexity of the use cases will vary depending on the organization's maturity, and the projects undertaken will support digital growth at these different levels through:



Building the foundation on which organizations will lay down future digital expertise and capabilities.


Developing products and processes that rely on digital solutions allows organizations to grow their market share, grow into new markets, and pivot product and service offerings.


Taking the organization to new levels by implementing emergent technologies and digital processes at scale, pushing the boundaries, and creating new market segments through the capabilities they enable.


For more than three-quarters of Indian organizations disruptions of the pandemic highlighted the need for a digital-first strategy(1)


(1) IDC's Future Enterprise Resiliency & Spending Survey (Wave 8, September 2021), n(India)=50

Why Attend IDCIIA 2021?




Insightful Content & Speakers


Engaging Format


Interactive Platform


Peer-to-Peer Networking


Unveiling of IDCIIA 2021 Winners


Who Attends: IDC Industry Innovation Awards is attended by senior IT leadership from enterprises across domains who are leading the digital transformation journey from the front.


The winners of the IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021 will be announced on December 8 & 9, 2021 during the gala event ceremony. The main event is a mix bag of insights-driven agenda and celebration of the success of India's leading tech leaders.




Time Event & Speakers

Welcome to IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021

Vasant Rao

Managing Director, IDC India

IDC Opening Keynote: The Role of IT in Driving Innovation Outcome

Bob Parker

Sr. VP, Enterprise Applications, Data Intelligence, Services, and Industry Research

The need for rapid innovation has shifted influence on technology investment to the functional line of business leaders at organizations across industries.  However, technology leadership – CIO, CTO, CDO - proved to be a critical factor in delivering the business resiliency needed during the pandemic.  In this presentation, Mr. Parker will discuss how these two trends are converging going forward and how the role of IT management has shifted from one based on portfolio management to one based on creating a fertile ground for innovation through architecture and platforms. 


Fireside Chat Session by Dell Technologies

Navkendar Singh

Research Director, Client Devices & IPDS, IDC India

IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021: Winners Announcement


Realizing the Value of “Data” for Digital Resiliency: Fireside Chat Session by Snowflake

Rishu Sharma

Associate Research Director, Cloud & Artificial Intelligence, IDC India

Murad Wagh

SE Director, Snowflake India

That data is critical is almost non-debatable now! Leaning on data to be able to understand the entire ecosystem of partners, suppliers, and customers, to be able to drive real-time business decisions is among the top priorities for Indian organizations. However, organizations are overwhelmed with the data deluge.  What increases the complexity is the use of disparate on/off-premises and multiple cloud technologies for their data-associated needs. The need of the hour, thus, is to leverage a new-age data architecture that supports the enterprise needs of faster analytics at scale across varied environments, all in a secured and compliant manner. This session will discuss how organizations can unleash the value of data to become digitally resilient.


The Next Wave of BFSI Innovation: Fireside Chat Session by Wipro-GCP

Cyrus Daruwala

Managing Director, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

Salil Mahajan

Vice President and Sector Head for Private Run Enterprises (PRE) BFSI, Wipro, India

Kiran Kesavarapu

Head of Customer Engineering (Industry Solutions & Architecture), Google Cloud, India

As the banking and financial services business is increasingly evolving into a real-time – available anytime/anywhere, data-driven, AI/ML-driven, hyper-customized to users’ needs, and with very short time-to-market requirements – a new generation of cloud API-driven CBS will be needed to deliver a banking platform designed for change and to meet the demands of the future.

This session will discuss Cloud adoption around the BFSI sector in India & how it compares with the global cloud adoption trends. This will also look at the key business drivers that are driving cloud adoption in this sector, current maturity of the sector, challenges faced by the BFSI companies in India & also some best practices around cloud adoption based on how Wipro & Google Cloud have helped their clients in their transformation initiatives to align themselves with the changing market paradigm and customer demand.


IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021: Winners Announcement


Innovating with Data: Session by Dell Technologies

Srinivas Rao

Sr. Director, System Engineering, Dell Technologies

IDC Tech Talk: Innovation and Resiliency Through the Cloud

Stephanie Krishnan

AVP, Manufacturing and Energy Insights, IDC Asia/ Pacific

Manoj Vallikkat

Research Manager, Healthcare Insights, IDC Asia/Pacific

Sampath Kumar Venkataswamy

Senior Research Manager, Manufacturing Insights, IDC Asia/Pacific

Jayesh Verma

Senior Research Manager, Energy Insights, IDC Asia/Pacific

Ayush Narain

Research Manager, Retail Insights, IDC Asia/Pacific

Award Categories

Winners will be awarded for four categories across verticals at the IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021.


Innovation in Omni-Experience

A technology program or project which enabled discernible and measurable excellence in driving enhanced experience using a multitude of integrated channels; across the business ecosystem of customers, partners, employees, and/or other stakeholders.


Innovation in Operations

A technology program or project which had a sustainable and measurable improvement in key business performance metrics via innovation and/or transformation. E.g. Process transformation leading to an increase in operational efficiency or enhancement in employee productivity or direct benefit in time to market via the ecosystem of partners and suppliers.



Innovation in Data Intelligence

A technology program or project which leveraged previously unused or nonquantifiable data resulting in intelligence and impact to the business by way of revenue, cost, or experience enhancement. E.g. penetration growth via data-led insights or creation of new product innovation etc. as a result of data discovery, management, and intelligence.


Special Award for Environmental Sustainability

The award will distinguish those that are making environmental outcomes central to their organizational strategy, and engage the workforce, customers, and other stakeholders as part of the initiative. This may include (but is not limited to) digital initiatives that address green economy and trade finance, sustainable living, energy and waste reduction (excluding carbon trading), circular economy initiatives, green government, remanufacturing and repair, servitization, and recycling.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations for #IDCIIA2021 are closed. Winners to be announced during the gala event on December 8-9, 2021!


Nominations for IDC Industry Innovation Awards 2021 are now closed. All nominations are being accepted via the online form.  Nomination and evaluation criteria are as below:

  • The nominee must be a tech buyer organization. Nominations made by 3rd parties must include the relevant contact details of the nominated organization so the assessment can be completed.
  • Nominations are accepted by industry vertical and by award category.
  • Focus Industry verticals include - Manufacturing, Banking and Financial Services (BFSI), Public Sector: Smart City, Retail, Health, Education, Telco, Electric, Gas & Water Utility, Oil & Gas / Mining, Travel / Transportation / Logistics, Media & Entertainment, Professional Services, and Others.
  • The organization should have a physical office presence in India.
  • The project/nomination must be implemented initiatives (pilots or projects) as opposed to ideas or planned initiatives.
  • The nomination should provide information focused on: Technology applied and Business benefit (quantified) – before and after reflecting the scale of change.
  • Implementation of projects must not have ended on or after August 30, 2021
  • For all categories, the nominated project/initiative will be evaluated through revenue, cost, or productivity impact. The project can have an impact that cuts along one or more of these parameters.
  • The evaluation of nominations and selection of finalists will be independently undertaken by a multidisciplinary team comprising global IDC executive leadership, senior industry research leaders, and domain experts.
  • The decisions taken by the above-mentioned team will be final and no appeals will be entertained.
  • Projects or initiatives previously nominated in the past IDC Insights Awards will not be eligible.





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Event Dates:
December 8 & 9, 2021

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2020 I.C.O.N.I.C Winners

Check out the complete list of Tech Leaders who won at the IDC Industry Insights Innovation Awards 2020.

Top I.C.O.N.I.C Winners for 2020 includedBiswabrata Chakravorty, CIO, IndusInd Bank | Sourabh Chatterjee, Head Technology, Websales & Travel, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance | Rajesh Garg, CXO IT, Trident Limited | Umesh Parshetye, Chief Technology Officer, ASK Investment Managers Ltd.


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