Ashok Leyland

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The Ashok Leyland Challenge

The Ashok Leyland Challenge

Leverage Big Data and advanced analytics to improve product performance and reduce warranty cost

Company Info

For nearly six and a half decades,Ashok Leyland has been a major presence in the Indian Commercial Vehicle industry. As a technology leader,the Company has pioneered technologies and product concepts that have become industry norms. Today, the Company is the second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the country and the flagship of the transnational conglomerate, the Hinduja Group. Ashok Leyland’s comprehensive product range spans 2.5 T GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) to 49T GVW (Gross Trailer Weight) in trucks, from 18 seaters to 80 seaters in buses, a host of special application and Defence vehicles and diesel engines for industrial, genset and marine applications.

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CIO Profile

Mr.Venkatesh Natarajan
CIO & Head of IT, Ashok Leyland Group

The Challenge


Mentor’s Profile

  • Steve Jones

    Expert in Big Data and Analytics, Capgemini

  • Steve Jones help clients to deliver IT estates which look like the business, evolve like the business and are costed in line with the value they deliver. Working with business and IT leaders

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Jury Members

  • Mr.Venkatesh Natarajan

    CIO & Head of IT, Ashok Leyland Group

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    Mr.Venkatesh Natarajan

    "The ROI on an IT investment is no longer discussed as IT strategy has become part of business strategy and the IT culture is slowly but steadily getting deeply embedded in the DNA of the organization"

    Mr.Venkatesh Natarajan is the CIO & Head of IT of the Ashok Leyland Group and has been with the company for 13 years. He is basically a Mechanical Engineer and a Post graduate in Maintenance Engineering. He also holds a Master degree in Engineering Management and a PG in Computer applications.

    He has 28 years of multifaceted experience in the Manufacturing industry & 20 years in the field of Information Technology. He has worked in various capacities in the areas of Plant Maintenance, Production, Marketing and Information technology.

    Mr.Venkatesh Natarajan in his capacity as the CIO has been responsible for driving major business transformation in Ashok Leyland in the area of Business and Engineering IT applications. He has been instrumental in demonstrating the benefits of IT to the business by perfect alignment of IT strategy with business objectives.

    His area of expertise includes Business process re-engineering, process design & architecture, Business Intelligence & ERP implementation apart from IT management.

  • Scott Schlesinger

    Senior Vice President, Business Information, Capgemini

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    Scott Schlesinger

    Thought leader, speaker, and author on Business Intelligence, Analytics (specifically Mobile Analytics, Big Data, Advanced/Predictive Analytics, Predictive Asset Maintenance, etc.) and Cloud based Business Analytics having delivered dozens presentations, written several published articles, and made contributions to articles in several industry publications.

  • Dr. Bharat Bhasker

    Prof. at Information Technology & Systems, IIM Lucknow.

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    Dr. Bharat Bhasker

    Dr. Bharat Bhasker is a Professor in the area of Information Technology & Systems, and has been with IIM Lucknow since 1996. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from University of Roorkee, Master’s degree and Doctorate in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. Prior to joining IIM Lucknow, He spent 11 years working in the leading research establishments in USA.

    Dr. Bhasker spent seven years with Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA in leading research and research management positions. His research contributions in Heterogeneous distributed database management systems, Heterogeneous distributed information management, Information retrieval from mass repositories, and internet protocols won him a Research Productivity Award from the NASA in 1992.

    Dr. Bhasker was member of the High Performance Computer and Communications (HPCC) initiative of the NASA that lead to the Information Superhighway project. He worked for four years with MDL Information Systems and Sybase Inc., California, USA and was the architect of the massively parallel DBMS, Sybase MPP. He also served as Visiting Professor of Information Systems, Business Management School, University of Maryland, University of California, and University of Texas, USA.

    Dr. Bharat Bhasker has established the Internet Commerce Research Center to promote the Electronic Commerce research in India. The center also serves as resource center for the Indian Electronic Commerce Industry.

    Dr. Bhasker has taught postgraduate courses in India and abroad and has published papers in the area of Distributed Database Management Systems, Internet Applications, and Multimedia Integration on Internet, Information Retrieval and Electronic Commerce.