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The JSW Challenge


The JSW Challenge

JSW has built and run an e-commerce site for selling their secondary steel products for many years successfully and now wants to leverage the same concept for e-procurement. Should JSW build their own e-procurement network or use one of the many established e-procurement services? Why?

Company Info

A $11 billion conglomerate, the JSW Group is a part of the O.P. Jindal Group. JSW has set up business facilities in various core sectors of India. With verticals that are exploring innovative and sustainable avenues in steel, energy, infrastructure and cement, the Group is paving the way for India’s development as a global superpower. JSW Steel is India’s leading integrated steel producer with a capacity of 14.3 MTPA.

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CIO Profile

Mr. KR Krishnakumar
CEO, JSoft Solutions Ltd – part of JSW group

The Challenge


Mentor’s Profile

  • S Ramprakash

    Cloud and Digital Practice Director, Capgemini

  • S Ramprakash has over 18 years of experience across key business functions and domains, with a significant number of years spent in advising clients on adoption of leading edge technologies to address business issues.

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Jury Members

  • Mr. KR Krishnakumar

    CEO, JSoft Solutions Ltd – part of JSW group

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    Mr. KR Krishnakumar

    Mr KR Krishnakumar (KK) is the CIO for JSW Group, a $11 Billion conglomerate of Steel, Energy, Ports, Cement and Mining. JSW is an aggressively growing group and is globally acclaimed for quality and cost efficiencies.

    He has been with JSW since May 2011 and has led one of the largest and complex ERP re-implementations at JSW spanning across varied verticals like Steel, Cement and Infrastructure, engaging multiple implementation partners at the same time. He set a vision of single global instance of SAP to be delivered in a private cloud model for all JSW Group companies. MES solutions for Steel and Port Operating Systems for Infrastructure were also implemented along with BI solutions to ensure shop floor to top floor integration. He also set up the Master Data Management practice to ensure Data Governance across businesses. Presently he is leading the next wave of initiatives focused on enhancing internal efficiencies and enhancing customer delight.

    Prior to joining JSW, he spent close to 15 years with the Aditya Birla Group where he played leadership roles in Corporate IT and Cement Business. He had led one of the earliest SAP R/3 implementations in India in the 90’s at less than half the then prevailing costs and had established a fully functional Disaster Recovery system in 2001 way ahead of the global majors. He also led the Technology and Governance portfolios for the Aditya Birla Group.

    Before joining the Aditya Birla Group, he worked for 7 years with Holtec Consulting, earlier a part of Holderbank / Holcim of Switzerland, where he led the IT initiatives for Mining along with consulting services for strategic investments in the Cement sector.

    He is an MSc from IIT Bombay, MTech from IIT Kharagpur and MBA from Annamalai University.

    He is a recipient of Super Achiever Award by Fun & Joy at Work (thru independent research) in 2004 and also a recipient of CIO-100 Award by IDG-India in 2006.

    He enjoys long walks and long drives, besides exploring nature and wildlife.

    • Joseph Coyle

      Capgemini NA Chief Technology Officer, VP

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      Joseph Coyle
      Chief Technology Officer:

      Capgemini North America CTO and Leader of the Strategic Technologies and Application Team (STAT) specializing in Cloud planning, migration, and run. Designed and overseeing Capgemini’s COMPLETEcloud. COMPLETEcloud is an enterprise ready framework and intelligent platform that integrates and supports applications in the Cloud that provides clients a cost effective service allowing multiple applications to run in a consolidated platform. Joe is also the Capgemini NA spokesperson to the analyst world. He is quoted almost weekly and has been published several times. Typical interviews include GigaOM, Network World, Gartner, Computer World, IT Business Edge, etc.


      30 years of overall experience in technology with more than 19 years experience with SAP technology.

      Technology and Specialties Skills include:

      Cloud and XaaS computing expert. SAP technology since the release of R/3. Skilled in overall technology management including launching technology practices and major offerings.

      Large program management, Launching a global technology organization, Programming, Systems Engineer, Networking local and global, Datacenter Design, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance, Infrastructure Design and Optimization, Virtualization and Consolidation, SAP Landscape Design, Installation, and Support, SAP Basis Expert, Services Oriented Infrastructure, Cloud Computing.

      Performing an internet search on “Joe Coyle Capgemini” will produce many of the quotes and publications.

      • Prof. Bhatnagar

        Prof. at Indian Institute of Management (IIMA), Ahmedabad.

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        Prof. Bhatnagar

        Prof. Bhatnagar worked for 30 years at IIM Ahmedabad prior to his resignation in September 2003. He started his career as a Systems Analyst (May 1970 to Jan. 1972 at the IIMA Computer Centre). During this period he was a part of the team that set up IIMA's first Computer Centre. He completed the doctoral program at IIMA in 1975. From May 1975 onward he was a member of the faculty of Computers and Information Systems Group at IIMA (1975-Assistant Professor, 1978-Associate Professor and from 1981 July onwards as Professor). He held the CMC Chair Professorship in Information Technology at IIMA for 6 years.

        He chaired many academic committees at IIMA and served as the Dean of IIMA for two years. He was also a member of the governing board of IIMA. He headed many large research initiatives at IIMA: Associate Coordinator of UNDP-CAM Project (1985-87), Coordinator of UNDP CAM Project (1987-88). He also coordinated the activities of a CIDA sponsored Centre for Telecom Policy Studies established at IIMA in collaboration with McGill University. He was the first coordinator of the Centre for Electronic Governance set up at IIMA with the sponsorship of Oracle (India), Caldera (formerly SCO) and Compaq.

        He was a visiting professor at the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, Tanzania in 1982-83. During 1988-89 he was a visiting professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey and Adjunct Faculty at New York University. He was a Visiting Fellow (summer 1989) at East West Centre, Hawaii and an adjunct faculty with School of Public Health, University of North Carolina in 1998-99. He spent two full years and four half years at the World Bank in Washington DC (October 2000 to June 2006) as a consultant advisor on e-Government.

        Prof. Bhatnagar is currently an honorary adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He works as a part time advisor to the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), Hyderabad.


        He was associated with the advisory board of several educational institutions such as, State Bank Institute of Information and Communication Management (SBI ICM), Hyderabad, NIIT, engineering colleges in Gujarat and CMC Research and Development Centre, Hyderabad. He was a member of the ‘Computer Science Board’ set up by All India Council for Technical Education and a committee set up by planning commission to look into manpower needs of the Indian software industry. He is currently on the board of Governors of Navarachna University Baroda. He has chaired selection panel for vice chancellor of a state university and has been the President’s nominee for the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He has written about issues in management and higher education in newspapers.