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Fourth Internal R.E.P. Annual Meeting
The Internal Registered Education Providers team with Mr. Raj Kalady, Mr. Craigh Killough, and members of the PMI India team in the Bangalore meeting

The fourth PMI Internal Registered Education Providers (I.R.E.P.) meeting took place on 13 June in Bangalore and was attended by 22 representatives from nine organizations.

The event kick started with Mr. Shine Sahadevan, head organizational markets, PMI India, sharing the meeting's agenda with the gathering. I.R.E.P. core team member, Mr. Anees Haidary, provided an update on good practices followed by Sasken Technologies. Participants were divided into two teams and they brainstormed on challenges in talent management. The suggestions gathered were valuable and can be taken forward for further discussion and action.

Mr. Craig Killough, Vice President, Organization Markets, PMI, and Mr. Raj Kalady, Managing Director, PMI India, also joined the annual meeting. Mr. Killough spoke on "Talent Management - Pulse of the Profession", in which he presented some of the findings in PMI's latest Pulse of the Profession® study. He highlighted ways in which PMI is creating a platform to help government and non-government entities across the globe on talent management. He appreciated the efforts of the I.R.E.P. group and volunteers.

The I.R.E.P. core team presented the vision and objectives for talent management. Mr. Vineet Chandra, group leader, Alcatel Lucent, provided an update on the group's journey from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Neela Sudhindranath from Deloitte and Mr. Srinivas Haritsa from Wipro gave a status update on the group's goals identified during the 2013 PMI I.R.E.P. meeting.

The goals were:
The presentation also covered knowledge management and talent development approaches through collaborative learning that nurtures and recognizes practitioners within the I. R. E. P. organizations. The group plans to conduct a two-hour virtual sharing event on project management best practices.

The meeting ended with the core team sharing the challenges faced and the support it needed. The role of volunteers who have contributed towards both the goals was appreciated. Mr. Killough presented tokens of appreciation to the core team members and volunteers.

Ericsson Bangalore Hosts Community Event

Ericsson hosted its quarterly project management community event, termed Epignosis, on 27 June in Bangalore. The theme of the event was "Connected Project Managers in a Connected World". Over 90 project management community members from Chennai and Bangalore attended the full-day offsite event.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Sanjib Das, senior director, consulting and systems integration (CSI), application development and maintenance (ADM) - Project Management Office (PMO), who spoke about emerging trends in PMO across the globe. Other speakers included Mr. Venkatramanan Venugopal, head, project and provisioning office, business unit networks research and development, Ericsson; Mr. Iain Brocklehurst, head, business architecture and operations (Goldman Sachs); Mr. Madhava C. Kurup, technical vitality leader, IBM; and Mr. Jyotirmoy Datta, head, project management community, CSI ADM PMO, Ericsson.

Mr. Jacob Varghese from PMI India shared updates from PMI and some of the findings from PMI's latest Pulse of the Profession® research study.

The event ended with presentation of Project Management Recognition Awards to project managers, Ms. Anu Kurian, Mr. Balamurugan Rajasekaran, and Mr. Shivaganesh M. for their outstanding deliveries.

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