The following news in The Sunday Statesman Kolkata (25 January 2015), is in continuation of the Workshop on Social Communications which was conducted by CBCI at Nitika 7-10 January and 13-16 January 2015 – Editor
DAVOS, 24 Jan 2015:
Betting big on the ‘Internet of Things (IoT) as the third major wave in technology space, IT major TCS Chief Mr N. Chandrasekaran has said that going digital was no more an option, but a default now.
While digital economy and emerging trends in the technology space remained a key point during various sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) here, Mr Chandrasekaran said IoI would transform every company, industry and even the society going forward.
IoI is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable and embedded computing devices within existing internet infrastructure.
As the chair, Mr Chandrasekaran will work with WEF and CEOs of other global IT companies in 2015-16 to define an agenda of priorities for the IT industry, as they help other industries navigate an era of transformational change.
More than 50 billion devices are expected to be connected to each other by 2020,driving a large-scale re-imagination of how societies live, interact and do business.
In his opening remarks during a Harvard Business Review breakfast session on IoT, Mr Chandrasekaran said: “The Internet of Things will transform every company, industry and society."
To match the above metamorphosis in communication technology, the Indian Church will need to train its personnel, especially talented youngsters in social communications and make full use of the Church-run Communications Institutes / Colleges / Universities.
All parish priests and superiors have no option but to be computer literate. They also need to be provided with the requisite hardware, software, training and periodic upgradation of communication equipment.
Social Communications Cell of each diocese / archdiocese or Diocesan Finance Committee of each diocese should take care of this Budget.
CBCI Social Communications Headquarters at Delhi should monitor this so that no parish is deprived of the infrastructure facilities.
Ideally every attempt should be made to budget for this in each parish through Parish Finance Committee (PFC) so that parishioners know of the parish needs and weigh their contributions accordingly.
Transparency is the key to any good communication, he said.