Govt. of Maharashtra invites MAIT to Organize Sensitization Workshop on Good IT Procurement Practices


Speakers stress on role and importance of a robust IT adoption blueprint to meet e-Governance goals and overall development vision of the State

Mumbai, India – May 13, 2016 – Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body representing IT manufacturers organized a sensitization workshop on ‘Good Procurement Practices for Information Technology’ on invitation by the Department of Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra, BSA  and Accenture  as knowledge partners, and the workshop was supported by HP. The workshop was designed to highlight the importance of good IT procurement practices for government and semi-government organizations.

The workshop was inaugurated by Shri Muthukrishnan Sankarnarayanan, Director-IT, Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Maharashtra. It was attended by ninety senior and mid-level officials of various departments of the state government.Shri Sankaranarayanan explained how Department of IT, Govt. of Maharashtra aims to collaborate with the industry to help in speedy adoption of IT solutions, to improve the effectiveness of e-Governance programs in Maharashtra.

Other prominent speakers at the workshop included Mr Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT and Mr Ankur Malhotra, VP-GR and PP, Accenture. The speakers emphasized the need to change legacy IT procurement practices, identify susceptibilities and review processes to make them more impactful and efficient. They also advocated why IT procurement is important for the overall development of the State.

Mr Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT said, “The main aim of this workshop was to share best practices in IT procurement and to encourage collaboration between industry and government, as that is essential for the success of e-Governance programs. It is quite encouraging to see participation of a large number of government officials in the discussions. Maharashtra coming forward to adopt IT as a key enabler in delivery of government services and development initiatives is a source of great encouragement.”

With government becoming one of the largest adopters of IT, it is important to address critical issues like project delays, lack of standardization and slow decision making in implementation of e-Governance projects. The workshop was aimed to create a free, secure and transparent environment for discussing procurement best practices for IT goods and services.

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About MAIT

MAIT was set up in 1982 for purposes of scientific, educational and IT Industry promotion, Representing Hardware, Training, R&D & Hardware Design and other associated service segments of the Indian IT Industry, MAIT’s charter is to develop a globally competitive Indian IT Industry, promote the usage of IT in India, strengthen the role of IT in national economic development, promote business through international alliances, promote quality consciousness in the IT Industry and transform the Indian IT Industry into a World Scale Industry leading to a World Class Usage and thus a World Size Market.  MAIT is recognized by both Govt. and Industry for its role in the growth & development of the IT Hardware industry in India and has emerged as a strong & effective mouthpiece of the industry in the government corridors.For more details. please visit www.mait.com.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. For more details, please visit www.accenture.com.

About BSA | The Software Alliance
BSA | The Software Alliance is a non-profit trade association created to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners. It is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, BSA is active in more than 80 countries, with dedicated staff in 11 offices around the globe: Brussels, London, Munich, Beijing, Delhi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore, and São Paulo.

BSA’s global mission is to promote a long-term legislative and legal environment in which the industry can prosper and to provide a unified voice for its members around the world. BSA’s programs foster innovation, growth, and a competitive marketplace for commercial software and related technologies. BSA members are optimistic about the future of the industry, but believe that the future does not simply unfold. And, we agree that it is critical for companies to work together to address the key issues that affect innovation. For more details, please visit www.bsa.org

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