Accolades for Winners of MIS Asia's Prestigious Annual Awards

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Singapore projects have excelled in the seventh annual MIS Asia IT Excellence Awards - one of Asia's most prestigious award competitions that recognise excellence in information technology management. Government organisations and private enterprises from the Lion City took out five of the eight awards, with the other winners each coming from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Singapore projects have excelled in the seventh annual MIS Asia IT Excellence Awards - one of Asia's most prestigious award competitions that recognise excellence in information technology management.

Government organisations and private enterprises from the Lion City took out five of the eight awards, with the other winners each coming from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand (see details below).

The Singapore winners were the Singapore Health Services, the Ministry of Defence - Information Systems Division, the Ministry of Education, SMRT and Nanyang Polytechnic.

The remaining winners were the Genting Malaysia (formerly known as Resorts World), Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and The Value Systems (Thailand).

The project-based awards were presented at the annual MIS Asia IT Summit and IT Excellence Awards event in Singapore, Friday, July 24, 2009. 45 finalists from banks, tertiary institutions, government departments and private enterprises gathered from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

MIS Asia magazine Editor, Ross O. Storey, said that the IT Excellence Awards for 2009 were an acknowledgement and recognition of the high quality of IT management practice and of the overall professionalism of enterprise IT across the Asia region.

"Given the current economic downturn, the fact that the winning organisations have all persevered with their projects is also testimony to their ability to properly manage costs and to present their business arguments," Storey said. "It certainly cannot be getting any easier to get approval to spend on projects in this tight environment."

The regional MIS Asia IT Excellence Awards - http://www.mis-asia.com/itexcellence09 - are regarded as the only accolades that specifically recognise organisations for management excellence in using IT to drive business value and to attain business goals.

The winners were chosen by an expert panel of five independent judges, including Chief Information Officers (CIOs), academics, IT association executives and analysts, in a process that lasted for several months. Judges took into account issues such as project execution, alignment with the business and measurable results.

***MIS Asia 2009 IT Excellence Awards Winners***

1.Best Business Enabler (Public Sector)

SINGAPORE HEALTH SERVICES
Project: MICO - Mission for Improving Clinical Outcomes

Judge's comment: "Very specific objective, precise execution with great results. One of the best presentations. Very well-conceived initiative that changed the way patients are handled."

2. Best Business Enabler (Private Sector)

GENTING MALAYSIA (formerly known as RESORTS WORLD)
Project: Business Analytics

Judge's comment: "Good and relevant use of IT to create tangible and sustainable value using business analytics."

3. Best Bottom-line IT (Public Sector)

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SINGAPORE
Project: Integrated Billing, Edusave and collectioNs System (iBENS)

Judge's comment: "A 'jump' migration from a jurassic mainframe system to current technologies."    
4. Best Bottom-line IT (Private Sector)

SMRT CORPORATION (Singapore)
Project: SMRT Electronic Procurement Systems (eProcurement Systems)

Judge's comment: "Results are mind-blowing with improvements of 700 per cent of efficiency, 800 per cent of productivity and 1,500 per cent of environmental friendliness."

5. Best Change Management

KNORR-BREMSE ASIA PACIFIC (HOLDING)
Transition Project - Regional Service Center Asia Pacific

Judges comment: "Well thought-out, good understanding of the issues, involving cross-culture, cross borders, situation, context, expectations and outcomes."

6. Best IT Governance

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SINGAPORE - INFORMATION SYSTEMS DIVISION
Project: MINDEF Corporate IT Governance    

Judge's comment: "Enterprise-wide implementation of a simple and robust framework resulting in tangible benefits and outcomes."

7. Best Security Strategy

THE VALUE SYSTEMS (Thailand)
Project: Corporate IT Security Protecting & Monitoring

Judge's comment: "Very well-conceived project that looked at overall security internally and externally."

8. Best Knowledge Management

NANYANG POLYTECHNIC (Singapore)
Project: Accumulated Experience Sharing (AES) System

Judge's comment: "Good example of knowledge management principles and practicality for the overall well-being of the users and contributors."

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  • ABOUT MIS ASIA

MIS Asia magazine published by Fairfax Business Media Asia (http://www.mis-asia.com) is the region's leading user-focused IT management magazine with an audited circulation of 10,167 (Audit Bureau of Circulations, Dec 2008). The magazine is read by CIOs and senior IT executives in Asia's large to medium-sized enterprises. It unpacks the truth in technology for IT decision makers and encourages business-guided IT strategy by offering case studies and best practices. It shares the techniques, strategies, viewpoints and philosophies of major end-users of technology, rather than vendors.

  • ABOUT FAIRFAX BUSINESS MEDIA ASIA

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

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For inquiries on the MIS Asia IT Excellence Awards 2009, please contact:
Jack Loo - Tel: +65 6395 8062
Carol Ko - Tel: +852 2294 7014

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