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Distinguished Speaker Session - Mr. Shalabh Mittal

Hyderabad, June 25th, 2021: Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad, organized the fifth session of the Management Orientation Program "ABHYUDAY" on 25th June 2021. The session featured distinguished speaker and guest of honor, Mr. Shalabh Mittal, Executive Director (Technology), JP Morgan Chase & Co. The event began with Prof. (Dr.) Sourabh Bhattacharya, Chairperson – Admissions & Alumni Relations, welcoming the eminent speaker and exemplifying the dynamic roles in various organizations he has embarked on throughout his career.

The speaker began by outlining his career path, which included several roles encompassing sales, strategy, technology, program management, change and transformation, to name a few. He mentioned that working in a diverse set of roles brings out the best in each individual and helps us build ourselves as well-rounded business leaders. He exemplified the importance of the three facets in every organization - technology, the workplace, and the people.

He enlightened the significant happenings in the corporate world and highlighted the recent trends with a sneak peek into the technology industry. He emphasized the gradual shift in technological innovations such as cloud computing towards the next level, edge computing. He explained edge computing technology as leveraging cloud computing wherein a certain amount of computing is performed at the device level. He elaborated on the concept of edge-level computing with the examples of autonomous driving and driver assistance systems.

Among the recent trends, he highlighted the shift towards working or studying from any place, which has become a global phenomenon considering the pandemic situation. With the world operating entirely online, and as technology becomes more pervasive, so are the threats in the computer security realm. He emphasized the increasing expenditure patterns of companies on cybersecurity and firewall protection to keep their networks secure against malware, scam, and phishing threats. It also included certain high-value technological developments and widespread adoption of machine intelligence technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. He accentuated that the future holds tremendous potential for the exodus of technology companies out of Silicon Valley and the rise of local economies instead of global delivery services.

The discussion also addressed his opinions on the preparedness of humans in the machine age with specific highlights on the future trends of skill level, type, cognitive development, to name a few. He exemplified the superiority of machine intelligence in real-world applications such

as sentiment analysis, Google Glass, and Microsoft Cognitive Services. His talking points also featured the heart of technology, Moore's law, emphasizing integrated electronics as the backbone of advanced computing.

He mentioned the transformation on the people front with more opportunities being created to the lesser accessible geographical areas of the world. He enlightened on the prominent rise of the gig economy, inducing greater flexibility and enhancing the working population's learning ability. He also brought out several facets of Human Experience Management, such as balancing between digitization & humaneness and organizational transformation towards people-centric & less complex systems.

This followed a brief question and answer session to quell the students' curiosity after such an insightful talk. The students highlighted various thought-provoking questions about employability, reskilling, work-life balance, to name a few. The session concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Prof. (Dr.) Sourabh Bhattacharya. He expressed gratitude towards the speaker for such an enlightening session and for sharing words of wisdom, which would help future business leaders gain insights from it and make the best out of the various learning opportunities and career pathways in their future.

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