200 finalists to compete for prizes at 2018 edition of CIO100 Awards in November

With entry submission phase coming to an end, a total of 536 East Africa companies sent in their projects for analysis while 200 others made it for final screening of the 2018 CIO100 Awards.

According to the CIO100 technical team, the data was collected for the last four months until September 30, 2018. The team will therefore proceed to sieve out from the bunch of 200 companies to end up with only top 100 companies.

Ms Laura Chite, CEO, CIO East Africa said the technical approach adopted in selecting the top 200 companies and organisations is intense and involving with the list of top 100 expected to be formally released by the end of October.

(TOP: Harry Hare, chairman and publisher, CIO East Africa – left – presenting the overall CIO of the Year Award 2017 to Fernando Wangila of NTSA. This year’s CIO100 awards will be held on November 28 – 30, 2018).

“The common feature across all excellence models is the general structure of the assessment tool/questionnaire. The participating organizations are assessed using a model that emphasizes the relationship between two key aspects –  Business processes and Business results,” said Chite.

She explained that organisations are assessed on their ability to not only deliver results today but to also build on a sustainable culture of continuous improvement.

Notable entries into the shortlist include MultiChoice Kenya, NIC Bank Kenya, Stanbic Uganda, Safaricom, Equity Bank Kenya, National Women District – Rwanda, Kayonza District in Rwanda, Rwanda Information Society Association (RISA), Navuga Ikinyarwand Limited, Ziamond Techies, Orphaned & Vulnerable Children Limited, Maxwellian International Limited – Uganda, Health Service Commission in Uganda. Among the companies that entered that participated in the survey from Tanzania are Agronet Farms Limited, Serensic Africa – Tanzania.

The top CIO100 companies will be announced during the annual East Africa CIO100 Symposium and Awards, an annual three-day event that will include a regional ICT Ministerial Roundtable and a Women in Technology forum dubbed: ‘She-Innovation.’

This year’s CIO100 awards will be held from November 28 – 30, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya. It is expected to host more than 1,000 CIOs and IT executives from all over the world and specifically East Africa.

CIO East Africa director Andrew Karanja explained: “The regional CIO100 Awards celebrate companies from Kenya, Rwanda, 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-and-half decades. The awards are purposed to recognize and celebrate 100 companies that demonstrate excellence and achievement in IT across the globe.”

“Join us and discover the latest fresh insights and ideas on the future of the digital enterprise, business transformation, mobility strategies, enterprise security, predictive analytics among other special topics that will be discussed at this occasion,” said Karanja.

At last year’s CIO100 Gala, it was a double win for the National Transport & Safety Authority (NTSA) as the organisation took home the two most coveted awards – The Overall Winner in the 7th edition of the Awards while the NTSA CIO Fernando Wangila, was declared the “CIO of the Year 2017”.

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