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Tech icon of the week: Anurag Saxena, Biba Apparels Pvt. Ltd.

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IndiaRetailing brings you a series on India’s key retail tech icons. Featuring Anurag Saxena, Head IT, Biba Apparels Pvt. Ltd. this week

New Delhi: Today’s CIO must know how to leverage technology to create value for the business. No longer are CIOs department heads of a support function, they are in the driver’s seat and need to be more than just subject-matter experts. According to International Data Group (IDG)’s “State of the CIO Study 2022,” 58 percent of workers outside of IT describe their company’s CIO as a “strategic advisor who proactively identifies business opportunities and makes recommendations.”

In this special feature, India Retailing showcases the torchbearers of retail technology. This week, the spotlight is on….

Anurag Saxena

With 26 years of rich experience in apparel retail, pharma & life sciences, chemical, textile, paper, Anurag Saxena has successfully conceptualised and executed complex projects across IT architectures and legacy systems. With BIBA, he has successfully executed customer and platform migration from Magento to Capillary and designed the WMS module for Capillary Technology team for a deeper integration with BIBA. Responsible for the overall IT strategy formulation and implementation across BIBA and Rangriti including e-commerce Assets, he has also led the digitisation of the entire design and merchandising function on microsoft dynamics which led to a cost rationalisation of 6 Cr per annum.

Roles & Responsibilities
– Responsible for the overall IT strategy formulation and implementation across BIBA and Rangriti including e-commerce assets
– Successfully executed customer and platform migration from Magento to Capillary and designed the WMS module for Capillary Technology team for a deeper integration with BIBA
– Led the digitisation of the entire design and merchandising function on Microsoft Dynamics which led to a cost rationalisation of 6 Cr per annum
– Set-up the entire IT infrastructure of the new warehouse spread over 1.0 lakh sq. ft. and integrated operations through a smooth workflow setup in WMS to reduce manpower cost by 12 lacs p.a.
– Re-implemention and eventual migration of Retail Pro POS to Genesys across 280+ EBO

Career History & Experience
– BIBA Apparels Private Limited
Head of Information Technology
May 2014 – Present
– BorgWarner Vikas Emissions Systems India Pvt Ltd
SAP Project Manager
Sep 2013 – Apr 2014
– BBF Industries Ltd.
CIO
Jul 2011 – Sep 2013
– Trident Group India
Head- IT
Jul 2009 – Jul 2011
– Jubilant Pharmaceuticals
Deputy General Manager – Information Technology
April 2006- June 2009

Education
– Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
MCA, Computer and Informative Sciences and Support Services
– Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
Bachelor of Science
– Licenses & Certifications
Cyber Security Strategy: Data Security Council of India

Aspiration to Fulfill
If I get a chance, would love to become a teacher/principal. As a voracious reader, I love to take up new certifications and courses to learn more. I also enjoy going on long drives.

Game Changing Technologies
– Blockchain
– VR

Strengths And Weakness
– Reading
– Creating technology prototypes
– Observant

Skills
– Team management
– Business intelligence
– Business strategy
– CRM
– ERP

Bigger plans on horizon
After reaching a stage, where I can take a break. I will become a consultant and work for three days of the week. The rest three days of the 3 days, I will work for the society and open an NGO with my wife.

This article first appeared in the November 2022 edition of Images Retail.

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