Intelligent Enterprise 2004
Honoring innovation in Indian IT
Finally, an Award for Indian enterprises that have employed
IT intelligently to score a definitive competitive advantage. This October,
Computer Associates Intelligent Enterprise Awards will honor these organizations
Imagine an illiterate farmer in a remote village in Madhya
Pradesh sitting at a desktop wired up to the WWW through a small VSAT link powered
by a small power generator, downloading invaluable information about weather
forecasts, sowing trends, or checking prices at the nearest government-run market.
A few years ago such a scenario would have seemed outlandish
but today it's a reality. ITC's e-choupal project covers over 15,000 villages
in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
In IT parlance, e-chaupal is nothing but an intelligent blend
of applications like CRM and supply-chain management. It is a business initiative
to create farmer communities and facilitate sourcing of high-quality farm produce
for its fast growing agribusiness.
Today, several Indian enterprises are churning out smart
and intelligent IT initiatives that are not only best-in-class globally in terms
of technology deployed but also in terms of its business and social impact.
To recognize such groundbreaking IT initiatives in all walks
of life, Network Magazine instituted the Intelligent Enterprise Awards last
year. The core objective behind these awards is the belief that technology by
itself can no longer provide a competitive edge. With organizations having easy
access to similar technologies, innovation is key to maintain their advantage.
Such technological innovation cannot be judged simply by
technology deployed and level of investment. Even small enterprises with paltry
IT budgets can blend relatively old technologies to create intelligent solutions
that generate immense business value.
Computer Associates Intelligent Enterprise Awards recognize enterprises that
have exploited existing technologies in newer ways, or experimented with new
ones. Also, it takes into account innovation on the process side. An organization
can invent new technology processes or tune existing ones gaining a definitive
Computer Associates Intelligent Enterprise Awards 2004 will
be given away in nine key verticals that include ICE, Energy, construction and
utilities, Banking, Financial services and Insurance, Health Sciences, Industrial
production, Government and infrastructure, and Retail & consumer products.
Nominations are invited through multiple channels and shortlisted
by Network Magazine and Ernst & Young on the basis of pre-defined evaluation
criteria. Based on the scores awarded, finalists are shortlisted for selection
by the Jury. The selection of winners in each category is done by a Jury consisting
eminent personalities from diverse fields. The shortlisted entries are judged
broadly on the merits of innovativeness of the application, technology used,
value and impact thereof.
Last year, the Intelligent Enterprise Awards were given out
in four categories a ceremony in Kochi. The Award for the Most Intelligent Enterprise
went to V. V. R Babu, CIO, ITC (e-Choupal Project).
There were three runner-up awards, one going to Dabur for
engineering an in-house application integrating its primary distribution network.
The second runner-up was Eicher Motors for implementing an employee sales portal.
The final one went to BPCL for implementing a core operations applications called
the Digital Nervous system to improve information flow across it refineries.
the awards 2004
This year, over 110 companies have sent their nominations.
The selection process is underway and the Jury Meet to select the final winners
is scheduled for October 9, 2004 in Mumbai. The Awards will be presented on
October 28 at Technology Senate 2004.