Nominees of 2014 CIO 100 have been announced. The organizations from both public and private sector now stand a chance to be named the top 100 organizations in East Africa based on their ability to effectively integrate technology in service delivery.
From this list, the top 100 will be announced later in the week during the CIO100 Annual Symposium and Awards scheduled for November 13 – 14, 2014 at Enashipai Resort, Naivasha.
The list was arrived at after weeks of sifting through the applications by a PwC-led panel, with both private and public sectors well represented on the list. Outstanding, the Nairobi City Council has been listed for its electronic payment system which allows citizens to use various channels of payment for various council services. The Kampala Capital City Authority earned its slot through its smart city project e-citie which focuses on improving institutional staff efficiency through collaboration of the Management Information System and the Microsoft Lynce project server.
“It is clear that if East Africa wants to expand the economic successes then there must be an improvement to the services offered by various organizations. Application of manual service as it were cannot effectively meet the demands for the growing populations,” observed Muchemi Wambugu, Partner ICT Advisory, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
“This is encouraging as technology is becoming more basic each day and the public sector is even more receptive of the trend.” Innovation is on an upward trend as over 60% of the organisations that took part in CIO 100 survey indicated that the technologies used in their projects are being deployed for the first time.
The applicants listed IT Operations, Customer Support and Accounting and Finance as the business departments that benefit the most from the IT related projects. From the same survey, technologies most important to the e*******n of the projects include mobile or wireless technology, Databases or data warehousing and virtualisation of servers, reinforcing the importance of mobile technology. Big data, which most consider an important driver in businesses, is yet to get a footing.