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Rajesh Thanua
Rajesh Thanua

Rajesh Thanua

Sr. Manager - IT

Carzonrent India

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Briefly tell me about your company and the IT strategies you have in place
Carzonrent India is a complete Car Rental company involve in Car Rental, Radio Taxi, Leaseing, Limo and many others. As our business is completely driven bt IT have all necessary equipment in place i.e call centers, data center, PRI, IVRS, Servers, Firewall.
What do you think about new technologies like cloud and virtualization?
As per company vision and business requirement, we will go with both the technologies because it will help us in consolidating our datacenters and maintain HA Mode on hardware and software level.
How do you keep yourself updated with latest technologies?
With the magazines, seminars and conferences and IT social Network ( not social sites), meeting with friends who are in good company at good positions. Also my vendor work for me a s a consultant and always educate me for new technologies.
How big is your team?
Our team has 4 application developers , 3 server admin, 1 security expert, 8 resident engineers.
What is your biggest pain point?
Downtime, performance optimization, asset tracking.
Will technology help to address those pain points?
Who else can help me other than technology, yes it will help me and I am targeting to closed this issues within this year.
Did IT innovation become more critical during the slowdown?
As a service industry not for us because we are technology driven organization so nothing happen.
What is the annual IT budget that you spent on IT systems?
We spend more than 5 Cr on IT Systems.
Do you have any plan of increasing your IT budget in your company?
We are trying to cut down the budget every year with the help of innovations
What do you think about new technologies like cloud and virtualization?
Virtualization / Database replication / performance.
How do you describe the relationship of CIO with the CEO’s?
As per CEO, CIO is the only person who can align the business growth path as per CEO vision with the help of strategic plan / Enforcement of Policies and procedures / analyzing the past records with BI.
Should an IT leader be a manager first, or a technologist first?
Technologist first, other wise he can manager manpower not technology in long run.
What is your advice/ suggestions to fellow CIOs in the industry?
CIO should join a company with atleast 5 years stability plan than only he can strategic plan IT Road Map for a company with vision and surely he will help to grow more than expected. Because if CIO move very frequently then company’s Vision surely hamper.
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