Over 250 attend CMG India 2014 inaugural annual conference
Author by Adam Grummitt
CMG India had its inaugural annual conference in Hinjewadi between Mumbai and Pune on Friday December 12 and Saturday December 13. It was a great success with a large attendance, good organization, and excellent quality of material, presentation and discussion. An enthusiastic group of volunteers and the excellent Board of Directors did a great job with all meetings on phone or virtual. The directors are listed on the website at www.CMGIndia.org and exceptionally well-led by Rajesh Mansharmani, supported by Abhay Pendse, Manoj Nambiar and others.
There were three tracks of sessions from 09:15 to 17:00 on Friday and on Saturday from 09:40 to 16:00 with a small vendor area. The full agenda and other details are available on the website – the attendees received a CD with all the papers submitted in good time and the final presentations are already linked on the web.
There were over 250 registrations and the opening keynote had an attendance well over 120 with more arriving during it and the rest of the first day with some only coming on the Saturday. The attendees split fairly evenly across the three tracks in the main auditorium for plenaries (500 theatre style with balcony), a vendor room and a tutorial room.
The venue was based on the campuses of two major vendor sponsors, Persistent and Infosys. The other sponsors were HP, Dynatrace (Compuware APM team), TCS, Intel, VMware and the Computer Society of. The conference facilities of the two sponsors were excellent with modern buildings, modern facilities and all the equipment desired.
I had the honor to give the opening keynote with three other plenaries starting each morning/afternoon. Mr N Murali of the National Stock Exchange gave a detailed description of the NSE trading system evolution. Dr Anand Deshpande, CEO Persistent opened the second day and Professor Jayant Haritsa of the Indian Institute of Science discussed Robust Query Processing. I talked about Pragmatic Capacity Management and was pleased to sign some copies of my book as well as promote CMG, recommending the benefits of CMG membership at the special price available to those working in India and members of CMG India. During my closing session, quite a few indicated intent to join CMG (USA) and there seemed to be a genuine interest and enthusiasm for info.
I had previously suggested a panel session on Options for Startups being a reprise of the Entrepreneur panel I did with Connie Smith and Jeff Buzen at CMG 2013. My ‘one-man-panel’ session at the end of the schedule went very well with a few clearly considering such options seriously. A couple of emails afterwards confirmed this.
The schedule overall was well structured with good buffer periods for discussion, the booths and networking. The booths were well sited centrally and there was lots of chat around them. There was coffee, tea, water and local nibbles at each break with a snack-ish lunch and a good buffet dinner.
The material was excellent and up-to-date, albeit with a strong APM/PE/Testing bias. Interaction during the sessions was good and there was a charming tradition of presenting bouquets of flowers to plenary speakers and a lighting of a large oil lamp by all the sponsors to initiate the proceedings.
I had a fascinating trip on my first visit to India, with exceptional hosts in both CMG and TCS. I really enjoyed the experience of seeing both Mumbai and Pune to be present at the first annual conference of CMG India. The consideration and hospitality of my hosts was boundless and much appreciated as the differences in culture and behaviour are significant.
The friendliness and courtesy of all the CMG India members I talked with, the interesting food and remarkable sights, as well as experience of traffic in Mumbai, the dramatic expressway to Pune and a dry, vegetarian CMG are among my happy memories of a remarkable success story for CMG India.