A salute to the seamless courage and unquestionable principles. A salute to the sacrifice that inspires millions till date. Here’s a salute to a man of steel of the yester years who remains alive in the heart of Mewar – Maharana Pratap (r. 1572-1597). The 54th Custodian of The House of Mewar, he was the only Rajput who braved and defeated the Mughals in the battle of Haldigati, 1576. H e will always be remembered for his admirable struggle for breaking away from the chains of foreign suzerain. Independence of his realm and preservation of its principles governed the life of this icon of liberty. …[Read More]
If it really needs you to rack your brain and recollect, maybe the last summer did not leave you with any memorable times spent with your spouse or family. This summer, If you are looking to make memories, you can’t beat sitting in the midst of succulent greens in the day and enjoying luxurious lunches with your family after a sun basking day in Jaisalmer. Or maybe making the most of the mystic sand under the stars with your spouse over dinner. To add to the memorable times, how about a complimentary swim along with exotic cocktails*, all at Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer? …[Read More]
Legend has it that the royal family of Mewar has always appreciated and patronized classical music. Amongst several names are Rana Kumbha, Rana Sanga, Rana Raimal, Meera Bai, Rana Amar Singh I and Rana Raj Singh I of the yester years. …[Read More]
What’s a better way to show the love and appreciation to your Mother than by allowing her the luxury of HRH Group of Hotels! Only for Mother’s Day buy a luxury weekend stay, a pampering spa package or a dinner for your mother at never-before discounts. …[Read More]
I met His Highness Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur at Pebble Beach, when he showed his wonderful, bright blue 1924 Rolls-Royce GLK-21, 20 HP Barker Tourer who finally won the Lucius Beebe Trophy. This was the first ever Pebble Beach trophy for an Indian entry,” says Claus Mueller – collector, racer and Managing Director of the Munich Café Racers. …[Read More]
Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Strasbourg (France) are true legendary examples of a ‘Living Heritage’. The two cities may exhibit diverse cultures and people but the link between each city’s yesterday and today cannot be ignored – a striking similarity shared by cities that are seven seas apart! …[Read More]
It was an ambitious dream to get enlisted in ‘CIO-Asia’s top 100 index’ and it’s no more just a dream, it is real!
It is a moment of pride for all at HRH and specially team at the IT department. I must say that all team members have worked with utmost sincerity towards a single goal of achieving excellence through sustainable solutions in the field of IT.
I may not be able to name all however mentioning few of them is must who are just like solid pillars holding and supporting the IT department- Shailendra, Hemant, Nitin, Rajendra, Mukesh, Mihir, Sumit, Amit, Ritesh, Shekhar, Pranav, Mukesh & Avinash . Being a part of such a loyal and talented team always brings a sense of pride where few of them have worked with the organization for more than 12 years and most of them for 5years at least!
I remember, this journey towards the success had started with an understanding of the vision shared by respected CMD, Shriji Arvind Singh ji Mewar who has always guided us towards innovative and self sustainable IT solutions. These should not only be cost effective but also support business operations across all verticals.
With micro level knowledge of processes especially of hospitality industry and competent and tested-solutions, we wish to explore new avenues & provide I.T. services to the world because I.T is one of our (HRH) core competencies & ‘CIO-Asia’s top 100 index’ proves the same now!
The I.T. projects of HRH Group of Hotels have been listed in top 100 Asian companies’ I.T. project index of 2013 and declared as ‘CIO 100 HONOUREE 2013’. It marked the presence in CIO-Asia’s annual index of Asia’s top performing enterprise users of IT. The index is maintained by ‘CIO-Asia’ magazine annually and published by ‘Fairfax Business Media, Singapore’.
This index highlights top 100 enterprises and organizations of Asia that have excelled through creative and innovative IT projects in the past year. Companies are listed as CIO 100 only if they have added extraordinary value to the stakeholders and customers through IT systems and innovative projects. This is the highest honour presented to any enterprise for IT implementation in the Asian region & panel of jury includes senior leaders of the industry and the University Professors of Information Technology from various Asian countries.
This year ‘Roll of Honors’ of CIO-Asia-100 index recognized representatives from more than 12 Asian countries. Few of them are from India, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, UAE, Macau etc…
Mr. T.C. Seow Editor of CIO Asia magazine, Fairfax Business Media presented this prestigious award to Mr. Vijay Choudhary, Head IT, HRH Group of Hotels in a grand ceremony at the Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore on March 13, 2013. In Mr. Seow words, the entries to this year’s CIO 100 list has set an extremely high standard in terms of breadth and depth of implementation. Focus on enhanced customer experience acts as a guiding principle behind IT initiatives.
Mr. Choudhary had accepted the award in Singapore while acknowledging team work of IT department at HRH Group of Hotels.
It’s another landmark in the journey of technological achievements for HRH Group of Hotels, EternalMewar, Udaipur.
Vijay Choudhary, General Manager – Information Technology, HRH Hotels shares his Success Mantra with magazine, IT Next
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A Soldier in IT
“An MBA (Finance) gives me a bird’s-eye view of an organization, which will help in the role of a CIO,” says Vijay Choudhary, General Manager-IT, HRH Group of Hotels
“I found my dream job in IT and consider myself a soldier to serve my country, users and organizations”
BY MANU SHARMA
“Hailing from Rajasthan, I always dreamed of serving in the Indian defense services from my early school days. In fact ,I got through my CDSE written exams and group discussion. However, due to unfavorable family conditions, I had to give up, “says Choudhary.
“But by God’s grace, I joined IT since I had a B.Sc. in Computer Science; and there have been no regrets so far,” he adds..He later completed his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Udaipur University, “I found my dream job in IT and consider myself a soldier equipped to serve my country, users and organizations.”
In 1996, Choudhary joined the Choksi Group of Companies, Udaipur as EDP in charge and was responsible for process automation for HR. manufacturing and finance .Later, in 1999, he joined the HRH Group “I joined as a programmer during the K2K scenario and had to handle a lot of bugs in the existing software. But I handled them and have since grown in the same company over the last 13 years. Today, I am the GM-IT and responsible for the entire IT implementation –not only within the hotels but also the group’s other companies like education etc.”
IT learning and recognition go parallel, feel Choudhary. “Every day is new day and opens doors to lot of new opportunities for learning –facing new, unexpected problems and designing strategies to solve them. You need to continuously increase your efficiency and stamina like in the Army,” he remarks.
He developed the Central Reservation System (CRS) and Central Management Management (CRM) from scratch. The systems work on the Window Sequel server and all the applications are hosted in the company’s own data center which Choudhary and team setup in Udaipur.
He aims to join the excursive club of CIOs over the next few years and says he has been continuously upgrading his skills. In fact, he finished an MBA (Finance) recently and now understands the financial skills required for a CIO. “The MBA gives me a bird view of the organization .while I am already equipped with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science; these will help in the role of a CIO. I would like to pursue my future in the hospitality industry itself.” he says.
He believes that these are the future technologies to look forward to and master: everything As a Service, Cloud, Virtualization, App on demand, Business Intelligence on App, BI with predictive analysis leveraging Big Data advantage, Ipv6 and social network. To overcome stress, he gets up at 4.45am on all week days to practice pranayams/yoga for one and-a-half hours. “But my kids do not allow me to get up early on Sunday.” he jokes.
“Besides, in the middle of my working day. I practice deep breathing at times when I feel overburdened with challenges… it gives me immediate energy.”
Choudhary admires his CMD, Maharana Shriji Arvind Singhji Mewar.”It has been a huge privilege to work with him closely. Also I admire Steve Job’s life history; the great man came from the toughest situation and left us with so much.” he concludes.
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