CIOL-Dataquest honors CIOs

Arun Jha, TISCO CIO bagged the Champion award at the first ever CIOL
Enterprise Connect Awa-rds, 2004 in the above Rs 1,000 crore category, while
Amrita Gangotra, Bharti Tele-Ventures CIO and Venkat Iyer, TVS Mo-tors CIO
bagged the Gold and Silver awards, respectively.

In the below Rs 1000 crore category Sunil Kapoor, Fortis Healthcare CIO got
the Cham-pion award and Shobhna Ravi,  TAFE CIO and Raghuram NC, CIO Orchid
Chemicals won the Gold and Silver award respecti-vely in this particular

The Enterprise Connect Awards is instituted by IT portal CIOL in association
with Dataquest magazine to reco-gnize and reward cases of exemplary work carried
out by the Indian CIOs. The awards honored outstanding CIOs
in two categories-above Rs 1,000 crore companies and below Rs 1,000 crore.
Both categories had three awards each, namely Champion, Gold and silver for CIOs
who have creatively, and with great fore-sight, utilized technology to transform
their organization and, in many cases, their indu-stry enterprise. Apart from
this, six individual CIOs were feli-citated who evangelized the technology that
has become central to businesses.

In the individual award category, Sanjeev Goel, CIO, Hindalco Industries got
the ‘Pioneer’ award while KS Bajwa, CIO, Punjab National Bank bagged the ‘Innovator’
award. VVR Babu, CIO, ITC Ltd got the ‘Advocate’ award. Alok Kumar, CIO,
Tata Teleservices and G Radhakrishna Pillai, CIO, SRL Ranbaxy were honored
jointly for ‘Extended Mana-gement’ and Arvind Tawde, CIO, Mahindra and
Mahindra bagged the ‘Process’ award.

The jury headed by Ashok Suta, Founder and Chairman, Mindtree Consulting went
through rigorous process of selecting and ranking the companies based on certain
parameters. Speaking on the occasion, Suta said that CIOs must deliver more
business value through IT, "Make tech-nology more user friendly and
simplify at the front end. Pro-cesses needs a push approach towards IT
investments today," he added.

Shyam Malhotra, Cyber Media Executive Director and member of jury said that
CIOs needs to add value to the businesses and there ROI should not be calculated
on IT implementations in orga-nizations. IT should be the part of organizations
and act as enabler and facilitator for the enterprises.

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