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India's 20 most wired

Can information technology be transformational? Without doubt, yes. And here are 20 examples to prove it. Our annual listing of the most IT-savvy outfits in the country.

Print Edition: June 1, 2008

Can information technology be transformational? Without doubt, yes. And here are 20 examples to prove it. Among them: a poultry firm that’s using IT to lower costs and get to the market faster; an eye hospital that’s handling a flood of patients without breaking a sweat; an IT institute that’s wired to the core; and even an NGO that’s using DVDs to take quality instruction to village schools. Like last year (this is our fifth listing of Most Wired Companies), we spoke to a variety of technology experts and vendors to compile the list of 20 most savvy users of IT in the country. Companies or institutions that have featured in any of our previous three listings were excluded, and those with the most imagination—and not necessarily the biggest IT budget—selected.

Mundra Port

Global gateway on the West Coast

Mundra Port: Changing the face of Indian ports
Changing the face of Indian ports
Most shipping lines dread dropping anchor at Indian ports. Reason: turnaround can take days compared to a few hours in other ports elsewhere in the world. But at Gautam Adani’s Mundra Port in Gujarat, big companies such as Maruti Suzuki, HPCL, IOC and Tata Power are queuing up to do business. What’s unique about this new generation, allweather private port is its fully-mechanised and efficient cargo handling facilities. “We have implemented IT solutions like Integrated Port Management System (IPMS), which provides operational information on various activities of the port on a real-time basis,” says Rajeeva Sinha, Director, Mundra Port & SEZ.

The 10-year-old port also offers a single-window clearance to customers. In fact, systems like IPMS allow management to monitor and initiate intervention on a continuous basis to improve efficiency. “The IPMS is dovetailed into our ERP system. This dovetailing allows us to capture all activities and plan in advance for procurement and expansion,” explains Sinha.

The port’s USP is its fast turnaround of ships. Equipped with eight multi-purpose and four container berths, the port helps ships discharge 25-30,000 tonnes in just two-and-a-half days whereas many other ports take more than a week to do so. “We are handling more than 28 million tonnes a year and have plans to handle 50 million tonnes by 2010,” says Sinha. The port is also building a dedicated car terminal for Maruti Suzuki that will allow the car maker to load 4,000 cars in an hour (currently it takes half a day to a day at other ports). It looks like India’s first world-class port is in the making.

Anand Adhikari

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