30th Jun 05

Cisco to host 3 City Technology Showcase for the Auto Industry

To share insights on next-generation strategies and innovations in the auto sector in Pune, Chennai and Delhi

Mumbai, June 30, 2005: Cisco, the global leader in networking for the Internet, today announced that it will host Tech Drive 2005 - a 3 city Technology Showcase for the Auto Industry. Scheduled for July 12-14 2005, Cisco will host the day long summit in Pune, Chennai and Delhi, homing in on how innovation and technology will help Indian manufacturers effectively cater to global customers in an ever-changing auto landscape. Cisco has tied up with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an apex Industry body representing leading vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India for this event.

Three international speakers from Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) will fly down to India to discuss global trends in the auto industry, with specific emphasis on challenges, opportunities and technologies relevant to the Indian business environment. IBSG is a consulting team that works with industry-leading customers to transform their organizations, generate new revenue opportunities, create new capabilities, and drive industry change.

Commenting on the event, Jangoo Dalal, Sr. Vice President-Enterprise, Cisco (India & SAARC) says, "An increasing number of global auto majors are eyeing India as a regional sourcing hub - either for auto components, engineering services or ready to export passenger vehicles. Against this background, India's auto community requires that their processes match those of the global players. The upcoming auto summit will provide value to CEOs, COOs, CIOs, Business Managers, and Investors by helping them quantify and qualify their investments, and understand the key business drivers of the auto industry in the future."

Dates and Venues for Tech Drive 2005

City Date Venue
Pune July 12, 2005 Le Meridien, Pune
Chennai July 13, 2005 The Park , Chennai
Delhi July 14, 2005 Le Meridien, Delhi

The Auto Summit is part of Cisco's strategy to organize industry specific seminars providing access to industry stalwarts to address the issues facing the identified vertical and the opportunities that abound. The verticals identified for the year include retail, auto and textile.

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