Kenya’s ICT Authority emerged among the IT industry’s digital champions recognised during the 7th East Africa CIO 100 Awards. The organization earned the CIO 100 Gold Mark Award, in recognition of its excellence in enterprise IT
According to iLab Africa, a research center at Strathmore University, which independently evaluated the survey, ICT Authority demonstrated its prowess following its significant reach-out to organizations and partnering with organizations to facilitate steady transformation in the market through the use of digital and disruptive technologies and approaches.
(TOP: Robert Mugo, Ag CEO, ICT Authority – right – flanked by Joshua Muiruri, Ag Director, Shared Services at ICT Authority, receives CIO East Africa Gold Mark Award from Laura Chite, CEO, CIO East Africa, accompanied by Humphrey Odhiambo Managing Editor, CIO East Africa magazine – left).
Dr. Joseph Sevilla, @iLab director and head of a 9-judge panel evaluating the CIO 100 Survey, noted that: “In our
view, ICT Authority proved a worthwhile partner not only to the government institutions but to the private sector players in championing the course of digital transformation.”
The evaluated CIO 100 Survey projects ranged from submissions that cut across small to medium and large enterprises comprising both the public and private sector run businesses. An average of 199 projects was reviewed to determine the top digital transformer and digital disruptor entities across East Africa.
“We are encouraged to see the ICT Authority feted with the CIO 100 Gold Mark Award following its deliberate and instrumental role in transforming Kenya’s digital business landscape,” said Laura Chite, CEO, CIO East Africa.
The CIO 100 winners were distinguished as entities that positively affected lives of people, used technology and literally changed the way people work, socialize and do business.
While receiving the CIO 100 Gold Mark Award, Robert Mugo, acting CEO, ICT Authority, said: “The ICT Authority has been at the forefront in rolling out some of the cross cutting applications used across the industry. This include IFMIS for financial management, TIMS for transport management, civil registration systems, identity card system, IPRS, Land registration system and others. In the short term, the Authority intends to create a master database from the entire existing database for reference on all transactions as the single source of truth.”
To support this endeavor, the Authority is in the process of implementing a private cloud to securely host the master database that will also provide hosting services for other critical applications for the national and county governments. The Authority is also spearheading the rollout of fiber infrastructure that will support access to the said cloud countrywide.
The CIO 100 Award is an acknowledged mark of excellence in enterprises. Since the award is given to companies rather than individuals, it is an honour that everyone who took part in the projector initiative take pride in.
ICT Authority is a parastatal under the Ministry of ICT established in August 2013. The Authority is tasked with rationalising and streamlining the management of all government ICT functions with its broad mandate being to enforce ICT standards in the government and enhancing the supervision of its electronic communication. We also promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise in line with the Kenya National ICT Masterplan