May 14th 2007
The IT community in Siliguri seems to be waking up to the benefits of being
associated with a local body. Now, there are two local bodies that are willing
to address the woes of IT channel. While IT Dealers Association of Siliguri (ITDAS)
was formed about five months back, recently a second IT body called North Bengal
IT Forum (NBIF) took shape.
In order to co-exist harmoniously both ITDAS and NBIF have decided that they
must stick to their individual objectives and function according to their
declared plans. Speaking about the newly formed forum, Gitesh Tibrewal,
President, ITDAS said, "After a discussion with members of NBIF it has
become clear that the two bodies have different purposes and action plans."
Elaborating further on the issue he said, "ITDAS is a pure IT
association that has been formed to deal with the various problems of IT dealers
and resellers in our region. NBIF on the other hand, is open to anyone who is
related to or interested in IT. The objective is to bring users on the same
platform as the reseller and vendor community, and solve reoccurring issues or
address those which might spring up in future."
According to Tibrewal, the two groups working side-by-side would not only
help in resolving any issues affecting the IT industry that might crop up but
would also help in growing the market. Supporting Tibrewal's opinion, Gagan
Joshi, a member of NBIF said, "NBIF has been conceived with a totally
different objective. It is an open forum that is a result of unified team effort
and not an individualistic effort. Our plan of action is absolutely different
from that of ITDAS, so is our method of implementation and action."
Unlike ITDAS or other existing IT associations in the country NBIF recognizes
all its members as equals. "Though we have elected our board members we are
not identifying any particular person or group of persons with any designation
or authority. We do not have any hierarchy and NBIF is an open. We are trying to
bring end-customers closer to the dealers and vendor community and then
resolving their issues related to service and warranty" explained Joshi.
Interestingly companies like, Technocrat, Computerland, International
Powertronics, Micro Infosystems are members of both the bodies. "I feel
that the two bodies have their own set of objectives which are very different
from each other. The local market will benefit since any issues or problems,
which might come up will be dealt with from different angles by these two
bodies," said Amitabha Bose, Director, International Powertronics.
Asim Khan of Technocrat also felt the same way. "We are members of both
ITDAS and NBIF. Local players need to follow market trends. We have understood
that the two bodies have different objectives with a common goal to develop IT
in the region. We believe that if the two work in harmony it will be
advantageous for the local market," he said.