Increasingly, more organizations are realizing the power of IT, and are using it in innovative ways. Its no wonder then, that this time we received more than 250 projects for evaluation. These came from 22 different types of industries, ranging from the usual mega-IT spenders like Govt, BFSI, manufacturing, petroleum, and IT/ITES to niche ones like poultry, travel and tourism, real estate, construction, power and utility. With so many projects, there was likely to be a lot of variety. We were able to identify 23 different types of projects, ranging from the usual IT infrastructure and ERP deployments to projects like controlling appliances over the Internet, e-learning, mobility, security, etc. Now thats quite a mouthful, and its taken us many months of efforts to go through all of them.
The Best IT Implementation awards are now four years old, and every year, the number of nominations we get has been increasing by leaps and bounds. The process for the selecting winners awards remains the same. We open up public nominations sometime in Feb-March inviting everyone to nominate IT projects. This time, we sent out e-mail invites to more than 2 Lakh people. Theres a defined qualification criteria for nominating a project. For one, it should have become operational by the last financial year. Second, the projects benefits should be available to Indian audience, though the physical infrastructure could be located anywhere in the world. Third, projects that were still in a pilot stage were not considered for the awards.
|We received more than 290 public nominations. The PCQuest team did one round of scrutiny and validation to eliminate invalid and duplicate entries. This brought down the total entries to 250.|
This time, we received more than 290 public nominations. We did one round of scrutiny and validation to eliminate invalid and duplicate entries. This brought down the total entries to 250. This entire list of 250 projects was then shared with the jury members. They were requested to go through the same and provide us with their suggestions. They were also requested to suggest the addition of any projects that we may have not received.
The project heads for all the 250 nominations were sent a detailed audit form to fill up and send back to us. This is a questionnaire that collects detailed information on background, concept, business case, people involved, project architecture, technologies involved, consultants, timelines, financials, etc. Some of the information we collect in this is marked as confidential and is not disclosed. We received back about 96 of these audit forms. Here, entries that came in within the specified deadlines were considered first, and for those that came late, we tried our best to incorporate them. Some of the late entries were dropped at this stage. PCQuest then appointed an internal champion for each of the projects. It was then the champions responsibility to understand the project and present its case to the jury. For this, each project champion tried contacting the heads of all projects assigned to understand the projects better and get details. The champions spent a considerable amount of time travelling all over the country, meeting as many project heads as possible and seeing the implementations in action. Again, some projects were dropped because their documentation was incomplete and their project heads were not reachable for comments. Some other projects were dropped due to confidentiality issues. For the remaining, once the meetings and telecons were over, the team did another round of scrutiny and validations to remove any further invalid entries. We found that some projects were still in their pilot stage and could not be considered for awards. Some dropped out due to confidentiality issues.
Once all the meetings and interactions were over, the PCQuest team sat together and shortlisted the remaining projects to present to the jury. This year, 21 projects were presented to the jury. The jury then decided the final winners. The jury has representation from past years winners, IT users, and the IT industry. Its also free to recommend any additional awards.
The pages that follow cover all valid nominations we received. We start off with the winners, followed by all the projects for which wed received the filled up questionnaire. We also interacted with some of the IT industrys most respected CEOs, COOs, and CIOs. They take us through the state of IT implementations in India, how theyre moving their organizations forward using IT, and message to others on the same.
Wed like to congratulate everyone for all the efforts theyre putting into deploying IT projects, and we hope you enjoy reading this story as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Adeesh Sharma, Anil Chopra, Anindya Roy, Manu Priyam, Rinku Tyagi, Sanjay Majumder, Saurangshu Kanunjna and Swapnil Arora