Data Center Professional Society of Bangladesh (DCPSB) and Data Center Infrastructure Consultancy (DCiCON), with other partners organised Data Center Technologies Summit 2017 (DCtSUMMIT) on September 14 to 15. Co-organised by Ashrae Bangladesh Chapter and held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka For the second year, the two-day long conference provided a platform for key industry buyers to meet, learn from and do business with data center solution providers from around the world.
MASUD PARVAJ, the CEO, Lead Consultant and Auditor for DCiCON, as well as the President of Data Center Professionals Network said that the organisers are satisfied with the outcome this year. Started originally with the goal of raising awareness and bringing buyers and solution providers closer, the summit, in its second year, brought together more industry stakeholders and professionals than previous year. “I would say that this year we had more subject oriented people visiting the summit, compared to last year. In the first year we had more student visitors and general public. But everyone attending the summit thought this time around we had more quality visitors,” said Masud Parvaj, the convener of the conference.
This year’s summit saw senior IT professionals gathering together along with the biggest names in the data center marketplace in the country. With over 200 leading industry players present the summit sought to bring buyers in close contact with an assortment of companies who can provide them with the solutions they need.
For the next year’s summit, set to be held on November 15 and 16 in 2018, the organisers are hoping to raise up the standards of the arrangement even further. “We thought Hall 2 and 3 weren’t up to the mark. We will be getting better auditoriums in 2018,” Parvaj told Fintech. “We are also narrowing our focus on B2B and giving it high importance,” he added. To that end Parvaj hopes to work closely with building and power authorities in Bangladesh.
Attended by high government officials, speakers at the summit included Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the speaker of Bangladesh Parliament and the chairman of BTRC Dr Shahjahan Mahmood. A number of panel discussions were held throughout the two-day-long summit, with industry experts discussing the pertaining issues relating to data centre and Bangladesh’s potential in becoming a data centre hub.