Bhubaneswar: “Art of staying relevant and putting context to things is the simple secret of my success,” said Amitabh Ray, the managing director of Ericsson Global Services, India.
Delivering lecture at the 15th Foundation celebration of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University on Saturday, Ray said he started his career as a developer 30 years ago and rapidly, climbed the corporate ladder to become MD of Ericsson Global Services, India.
“Speed of change the human race is going through today is increasing exponentially. In the next 20 years, the world will change as much as it had changed in the last 1000 years. This change will primarily be driven by technological changes,” Ray said.
“The world we are living in is witnessing an increasing velocity of technological changes. In this milieu, the art of staying relevant has become the most important”, he elaborated.
“Velocity of transformation has made unpredictability a new normal. In the present time corporate decision making also involves dealing with paradoxes – paradoxes between short-term profits and long term goals, between growth and environment and so on. Students should be prepared to go through the cycles of learning, unlearning and re-learning”, he told a packed auditorium. He advised students to be a good ambassador of this great institution.
Ray congratulated KIIT and KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta and said, “The two institutions–Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)–are playing an important role in the fields of education and bringing social transformation in the country.”
Among others, Chancellor of the varsity Prof Ved Prakash, Prof Hrushikesha Mohanty the vice-chancellor and the registrar Prof Sasmita Samanta also addressed the students.