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Seagate Intelligent Enterprise Awards 2003

The Seagate Intelligent Enterprise Awards 2003 (IEA 2003), was one of the awards at the prestigious event. The Seagate IEA 2003 have been framed to recognize organizations that are innovating with technology or related processes to make optimal use of IT and deliver business value. In short to maintain a clear competitive advantage.

The philosophy of the award is that Information Technology by itself no longer provides a competitive edge to enterprises. With organizations having easy access to similar technologies, they need to innovate in order to maintain their advantage.

Technological innovations can be two-fold. One can exploit existing technologies in newer ways, or experiment with new ones.

Then there is innovation on the process side. An organization can innovate new technology processes or tune existing ones to seek value that its competitors may not be able to extract. Since the CIO acts as the catalyst for IT innovation, these awards were presented to the CIOs of the organizations.

The IE 2003 were presented in four categories:

l The Intelligent Enterprise of the Year 2003, for the overall most innovative enterprise. The award went to V. V. R Babu, CIO, ITC (e-Choupal Project).

And there were three runner-up awards. They were:

1. Intelligent Enterprise Award: For primary distribution integration with secondary distribution. The award went to Gopal Shukla, CIO, Dabur.

2. Intelligent Enterprise Award: For its employee Sales Portal. The award went to Sanjay Govil, CIO, Eicher Motors.

3. Intelligent Enterprise Award: For its Digital Nervous System. The award went to M. D. Agrawal, Chief Manager-IS Refineries, BPCL.

The awards nomination process was carried out over a period of three months. The awards were conceptualized by Ernst & Young, who also played the role of the Business Process Advisor.

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