CIO’s to focus on winning the digital era of ICT in this year’s CIO100 Awards


The CIO100 sixth edition awards are almost hear and CIO’s this year are focusing on winning the digital era of ICT. What a recent report refers to as ‘Flipping to Digital Leadership’ where digitalization is transforming business models and determining who will win, in what is now commonly referred to as the ‘digital now, digital first” reality.

The regional CIO100 Awards celebrate companies from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for their innovative use of IT. The awards ceremony is an offshoot of the global CIO100 Awards which have been held for over two decades, during which time the awards have identified and recognized 100 companies that demonstrate excellence and achievement in IT across the globe.

The CIO100 sixth edition survey which was launched in July will be a true test for leading CIO’s in East Africa. The awards identifies and recognizes organizations that have taken risks on emerging technology or deployed the tried-and-true in a new way, either by building a better business process or fostered closer collaboration, discovering ways of getting more from existing customers, pursuing new markets; saving money or just making more revenues through the use of ICT tools.

The CIO 100 Survey enables corporate organizations as well as small and medium enterprises – SMEs – to nominate and share with industry the various technology innovations that have enabled them enhance their operations. To be selected for a CIO100 Award, an organization has to demonstrate excellence in Technology Innovation and Business Value Delivery.

According to the 2014 CIO100 Mega Trends Report compiled from the CIO100 Survey responses, more than two thirds of respondents had used new technology for the first time and saw their organization as a “front-runner” in terms of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovation by either developing new ICT or adopting technology that drives the organisation’s success and sustainability.

For the second year in a row, Kommunication Ultimate (publishers of CIO East Africa) has partnered with consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Kenya (PwC) for the sixth edition of the annual CIO100 Awards set for November 5 – 6, 2015.

As part of the collaboration, PwC will provide technical support for the CIO100 survey and also offer management support. CIO East Africa will coordinate the application process and manage the two-day CIO100 Awards and Symposium in November at the Enashipai Resort & Spa in Naivasha.

It was a double win for Kenya Airways as it emerged winner of the 2014 CIO 100 awards and while its Information System Director Mr. Kevin Kinyanjui  was named the CIO of the year

The CIO100 awards also provide an opportunity for businesses to share with their peers about the technology innovations that have enabled or led the way to greater success for their organization.

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