After four successful years, Datamatics presents the 5th edition of Dr. Lalit Kanodia Laureate Award for MR Technology Excellence in association with MRSI and ESOMAR.
The award honours innovators from India who excel in innovative integration/ application of information technology to benefit the Indian Market Research industry.
This award recognizes innovative trendsetters, who through their unstinted efforts and total dedication, have made genuine efforts towards promotion of technology in the Market Research industry and addressed the most pressing and urgent challenges in the field of MR. The award intends to promote, acknowledge and identify exemplary integration of technology in the market research processes.
Such excellence would enhance the quality, turn-around time, usability and/ or actionability of market research output. Such an effort should be quantifiable and measurable. The application of information technology (IT) could be through device (hardware), platform, mobile application or computer software that has been specifically designed to reduce the manual intervention and to automate the processes in Indian market research industry.
The key proposition of this technology should be that it should benefit and compliment the working system of the present market research industry and should help solve real research situations in the MR domain.
Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia, the founder and Chairman of Datamatics Group of Companies, is one of the pioneers in the Indian IT Industry. He founded Datamatics, in 1975, prior to which he was instrumental in setting up of Tata Consultancy Services in 1967. As chief mentor at Datamatics, Dr. Kanodia drives all innovation, new product development and quality initiatives. His inspirational leadership has led Datamatics to be conferred with various awards over the years, including the Most Innovative Software Product Award, the International Asia Pacific Quality Award and being ranked among the top 50 best managed outsourcing vendors by 'The Black Book of Outsourcing'.
After obtaining degree in engineering from India's premier technology institute, IIT, Bombay, Dr. Kanodia completed his Doctorate in Management and post-graduation in Computer Science from the MIT (USA). Dr. Kanodia was part of the team at MIT that built the first two multi-user computer operating systems - CTSS and MULTICS.
Dr. Kanodia is an Executive Member of NASSCOM, the apex body of the IT-BPO industry in India. He has also been designated as the Honorary Consul General of Chile in India by the Government of Chile. In the past, he has held several eminent positions with various industry associations, which include- President of the Management Consultant's Association of India and Chairman (Western Region) of the Electronics & Computer Software. Dr. Kanodia has also been on the Board of Directors of several large conglomerates.
1. The applications would be evaluated on the following dimensions:
Award is open to anyone in the market research industry including individuals and organizations, clients and providers of research, who are members of MRSI or ESOMAR. Every year, a circular letter to the member agencies shall be issued by MRSI, inviting nominations for the said award. The nomination shall be submitted in the prescribed Performa.
The judging panel agrees to respect the commercial confidentiality of the information, provided on the application form and all other information requested of the application.