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Talking Tech: Anurag Saxena, Head of IT, BIBA Apparels Pvt Ltd

In the modern world that we live in, life is incomplete without technology. Laptops, mobile phones, tablets are all extensions of personal ourselves. And it’s no different in as far as running companies is concerned.

Such is the importance of a technological set up that companies – big and small – have dedicated entire departments to them, hiring top-notch experts as Chief Information Officers to guide them into the new tech-driven age.

Over the years, the role of the CIO has morphed from backroom IT employ into strategic partners. CIOs are marching alongside their C-suite peers, driving innovation & revenue-generation with their unique skill set.

In this special feature, IMAGES Business of Fashion showcases the torchbearers of retail technology. This week, the spotlight is on…. Anurag Saxena, Head of IT, BIBA Apparels Pvt Ltd.

With 26 years of rich experience in apparel retail, pharma & life sciences, chemical, textile, paper, Anurag Saxena has successfully conceptualized and executed complex projects across IT architectures and legacy systems.

With BIBA, he has successfully executed customer and platform migration from Magento to Capillary and designed the WMS module for Capillary Technology team for a deeper integration with BIBA.

Responsible for the overall IT strategy formulation and implementation across BIBA and Rangriti including Ecommerce Assets, he has also led the digitisation of the entire Design and Merchandising function on Microsoft Dynamics which led to a cost rationalization of 6 Cr per annum.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall IT strategy formulation and implementation across BIBA and Rangriti including e-commerce assets
  • Successfully executed customer and platform migration from Magento to Capillary and designed the WMS module for Capillary Technology team for a deeper integration with BIBA
  • Led the digitisation of the entire design and merchandising function on Microsoft Dynamics which led to a cost rationalization of 6 Cr per annum
  • Set-up the entire IT infrastructure of the new Warehouse spread over 1.0 lakh sq. ft. and integrated operations through a smooth workflow setup in WMS to reduce manpower cost by 12 lacs p.a.
  • Re-implemention and eventual migration of Retail Pro POS to Genesys across 280+ EBO

Career History & Experience

  • BIBA Apparels Private Limited, Head of Information Technology – May 2014 – Present
  • BorgWarner Vikas Emissions Systems India Pvt Ltd, SAP Project Manager – Sep 2013 – Apr 2014
  • BBF Industries Ltd., CIO – Jul 2011 – Sep 2013
  • Trident Group India, Head- IT – Jul 2009 – Jul 2011
  • Jubilant Pharmaceuticals, Deputy GM – Information Technology – April 2006- June 2009

Education

  • Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
    MCA, Computer and Informative Sciences and Support Services
  • Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
    Bachelor of Science
  • Licenses & Certifications
    Cyber Security Strategy: Data Security Council of India

Aspirations

If I get a chance, would love to become a teacher/principal. As a voracious reader, I love to take up new certifications and courses to learn more. I also enjoy going on long drives.

Game Changing Technologies

Blockchain
VR

Strengths

Reading
Creating technology prototypes
Observant

Skills

  • Team management
    Business intelligence
  • Business strategy
  • CRM
  • ERP

Future Plans
After reaching a stage where I can take a break, I will become a consultant and work for three days of the week. The rest three days of the 3 days, I will work for the society and open an NGO with my wife.

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