Exclusive Interview with : George Fanthome, Group Head IT, Vedanta and CIO, Cairn
Updated on: 15 Jun 2016
Vedanta is at the cusp of a major transformation, enabled by IT. From being an enabler, IT is shifting towards being a partner at the frontlines, directly enabling businesses, states George Fanthome, Group Head IT, Vedanta and CIO, Cairn, in an extensive interview with Ankush Kumar. George has over 25 years of global experience in IT management, innovation, solution architecture, program management and software development. He has worked extensively in India, US and Africa in the areas of IT strategy, acquisitions and IT implementation with leading telecoms, ITES, insurance and software product companies.
Some edited excerpts:
How important is the role of IT in your organization? What are the key areas where IT has helped in bringing significant improvements?
We are in the cusp of a complete transformation at Vedanta and the role of IT is changing in the organization. From being an enabler, IT is shifting towards being a partner at the frontlines, directly enabling businesses. This is happening through a digital program being sponsored at the senior most levels in the organization. Some of the areas we are looking to have significant impact of IT are logistics automation, connected mines, integrated operations center, mobility, IoT based analytics and wearables.
Can you give us an overview of how IT is being used in Vedanta?