Prestigious IT Awards Won By Hong Kong, Singapore & Malaysia Enterprises

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The 7th annual CIO 100 Index and CIO Awards were announced and presented in Singapore on Thursday, March 13, at the CIO Asia Conference and Awards ceremony. The winners -- selected by a panel of independent judges from the CIO 100 Index -- are Chubb Insurance and SingHealth from Singapore, MTR Corporation and Wallem from Hong Kong; and Fonterra from Malaysia.

Enterprises in transport, health, insurance and dairy industries have won prestigious CIO Asia 2008 awards for their implementation of outstanding value-added information technology projects.

The winners - selected by a panel of independent judges, from a short list called the CIO 100 Index - are Chubb Insurance and SingHealth from Singapore, MTR Corporation and Wallem from Hong Kong; and Fonterra from Malaysia.

The CIO 100 index (http://www.cio-asia.com) recognizes regional enterprises and organisations that have excelled through creative and innovative IT projects in the past 12 months.

The 7th annual CIO 100 Index and CIO Awards were announced and presented in Singapore on Thursday, March 13, at the day-long CIO Asia magazine Conference and Awards ceremony.

Fairfax Business Media Asia Managing Editor and Editor of CIO Asia magazine, Ross O. Storey, said that CIO Award winners have demonstrated that they have broken new ground by using IT systems, initiatives and projects to provide added value to their customers and organisations.

"Our 2008 CIO award winners have been selected as prime examples and role models for how to effectively use ICT to generate a competitive advantage," Mr Storey said. "They have been selected because they made exemplary use of technology to derive strategic value and maximum returns for their businesses."

The expert panel of experts judged all entries, based on the details provided, relating to best practice, in areas including knowledge management, e-business innovation, people management, and value chain excellence. Other criteria included customer service, security, resourcing, cost management and quantifying IT value.

Here are summaries of the CIO Award winning projects:

The Chubb Insurance Group - Asia Pacific, specializes in property and casualty insurance. Chubb Singapore implemented the OPERA initiative, a component-engineered web-based architecture, underpinned by open standards, which automated several key insurance processes. OPERA standardises the production process and the claims administration systems, facilitating interaction with Chubb business partners around the Asia-Pacific. OPERA has led to greater flexibility in meeting customer demands, increased productivity and improved decision-making.

Fonterra is a New Zealand-based cooperative, responsible for more than a third of international dairy trade and having some 20,000 employees world-wide. Fonterra Malaysia implemented a trade promotion management system - with automated back-end processing - called SmartTrade, to control and manage promotion investment. SmartTrade is designed for dynamic and high volume transactions, needing special business functions to cope with multiple trade promotion activities. This system provides shared information to generate more sales, build brand awareness and increase profits.

The MTR Corporation runs an urban mass transit system, a fast railway link, a suburban and cross- border railway network, plus feeder systems. As part of a successful merger with the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), MTR's project involved the strategic implementation of IT systems to enable the delivery of promised merger synergies, such as fare reductions and reduced back office costs. The team successfully implemented 19 "Day One" IT project systems simultaneously. The merger - completed in December 2007 - has been very smooth and the effective integration of IT across the new Corporation played a very important role.

SingHealth is Singapore's largest healthcare group employing more than 14,000 healthcare professionals. Their winning project was the implementation of the "Digital Ward - Innovating for the Hospital of the Future" as part of their vision of a paperless and technology-enabled ward. This including innovative and cost-effective systems such as - Computer on Wheels (COWS), Mobile Electronic x-Ray Computer (MERC) and Vital Monitoring System and RFID Wrist Tag (VEGA). The Digital Ward projects delivered increased value and efficiency to SingHealth's entire in-patient healthcare chain.

The Wallem Group is an integrated maritime service provider, based in Hong Kong and operating across 21 countries and at sea. Their winning ERP project was the integration of Microsoft Dynamics AX for their many vessels. Wallem integrated suppliers and customers via e-procurement and reporting and developed a multi-dimensional business intelligence reporting system. The project led to improved knowledge capture, sharing and retention. The integration of their different business processes has increased the Group's efficiency and speed up Wallem's response to market.

Fairfax Business Media Asia publishes MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines. It is part of Australia 's Fairfax Media, Australasia 's largest newspaper publisher with titles such as the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, The Sun-Herald and The Canberra Times.

FBM Asia is also the official IT media partner with what is set to be the world's premier information and communications technology (ICT) forum for 2008. FBM Asia's enterprise IT titles will provide comprehensive coverage, including Show Dailies, of the World Congress on Information Technology to be held in Kuala Lumpur May 18 - 22, 2008.

FBM Asia Magazine Titles:

MIS (Managing Information Strategies) Asia (http://www.misweb.com) . This is the leading IT management magazine circulated to some 10,650 CIOs and senior IT management in Asia 's large to medium-sized enterprises, encouraging business-guided IT strategy by offering case studies and best practices. In July 2007, MIS Asia won the Best Business Technology Title award for the second year, at the MediaConnect Asia Technology Journalist Awards 2007.

CIO Asia Magazine (http://www.cio-asia.com) - This respected magazine links CIOs and senior executives with business strategy and technology innovation. It builds the IT business case for the highest-level members of the executive suite, and is aimed at the C-level leader who needs to know the business essentials of IT, with enough technical information for informed decision-making. CIO Asia magazine gives the budget proposers (for example, the CIO ) the means to drive strategy and the budget gatekeepers (such as the CFO and CEO) the means to judge its value.

Computerworld - Computerworld Singapore (http://www.computerworld.com.sg) and Computerworld Malaysia (http://www.computerworld.com.my) magazines carry a stimulating mix of analytical reporting, in-depth discussions of current and emerging technology trends, enterprise IT, plus key technological developments and solutions that have an impact on regional IT professionals. Last month, Computerworld Malaysia received an honourable mention at the MediaConnect Asia Technology Journalist Awards 2007.

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