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Tech icon of the week: Arun Kathpalia, Benetton India Pvt. Ltd.

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IndiaRetailing brings you a series on India’s key retail tech icons. Featuring Arun Kathpalia, director – IT, Benetton India 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….

Arun Kathpalia

Arun Kathpalia has been retail veteran with an experience of 30 years in the tech industry. In this period, he has helped various organisations transform their business by implementing new technological aspects emphasising infrastructure support, project management, networking and data communication etc.

Roles & Responsibilities
– Implementing MM,SD,PP,FI CO & BW of SAP-AFS and integration with third party POS system through PI
– Management of all IT activities; including database management, software development, infrastructure support, project management, networking & data Communication
– Implementation various ERP Modules like financial, MM, PP, SD in Mfg/ Pro and customised ERP
– Testing and Validation
– Coordination core team members of ERP implementation and development team
– Management of IT security, patch management
– To analyze the current and future information technological needs of the organisation.
– Preparation of annual IT budget and perform periodic analysis
– To recognise new developments in information systems and establish current and long-term needs for the organisation

Skills
– Enterprise Resource Planning
– IT Operations and strategy
– Analysis
– Servers
– Microsoft SQL server
– SAP

Career History & Experience
– Benetton India Pvt. Ltd.
Director – IT
July 2011 – present
Head IT
1993-2011
– Jay Yushin Ltd.
Manager IT
1993 – 1994

Skills
– IT strategy
– Management
– PLM
– Enterprise Resource Planning
– Project Management
– Requirements Analysis
– Software Project Management
– Team Management
– Business Process
– SAP Warehouse Management
– Forecasting and Replenishment
– Store Systems

Aspirations to fulfill
I hope to create a very valuable technology organisation that spreads as big as the globe is.I would have been a great cook or a very effective sports coach. Either way, I would have strived to be the best in those areas as well, just how I go that extra mile in my day-to-day ordeal now.

Game changing retail technologies
– VR
– Emerging gaming technologies

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

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