This year's edition of the IT Excellence (ITX) Awards is of especial significance to all of us here at MIS Asia. For one, it is the tenth edition of the awards programme launched by former Editor Diana Saw way back in 2003. Back then it was known as the MIS Innovation Awards, and trophies were handed out to organisations from Singapore, Hong Kong and India for excellence in the categories of: Customer Relationship Management; E-business; Enterprise Resource Planning; Outsourcing; SMART Organisation; Storage; Supply Chain Management; Telecom & Networking; and, Others. Now, a full decade later, we have completed the first one in partnership with IT industry research and consulting house, IDC Asia/Pacific. And the first major enhancement to come out of this collaboration was the introduction of a new category, for the Best Deployment of an Emerging Technology or Emerging Technologies.
In many respects, however, this year's ITX programme was not unlike previous editions of the programme. The work involved in running it, the processes we had to follow very closely at the promotion, shortlisting and final judging stages were similar. The number of nominations we had to deal with was similar too.
We canvassed IT and business executives from more than three thousand companies this year, calling on them to file their nominations for ICT projects that had delivered the greatest strategic and operational value to their respective organisations in the previous 12 to 24 months. Out of this exercise the nominations came in. After some vetting, we had more than a hundred complete and compelling project nominations. And during a three-month period earlier this year, all those nominations were then evaluated based on a number of key measures, including performance in project execution, as well as maintenance and enhancement of business-IT alignment and cost-benefit ratios. At the end of this process, we had 36 organisations on our shortlist-they had made it into the final round, where our panel of judges (ref. page 60) took special care to pore over every single detail of their nominated projects. The final round of evaluation and selection of the seven winners took our judges about four weeks of hard work. We thank them for their time and energy expended on the 2012 ITX programme. As we do all the organisations who participated in this year's ITX, and especially all those who made it to our shortlist (ref. The Finalists).
And so, on to the winners of the 2012 ITX Awards.
1 Best Bottom Line IT
This award is for the team of information executives that delivered the highest returns achievable to its organisation on business and operational investments through the strategic application of information and communications technology.
Winner: Ministry of Education (Singapore)
Project: Schools Standard ICT Operating Environment (SSOE)
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