by June 3, 2008 0 comments



Everybody’s using IT today, be it for personal gain, for a social cause, or
for business benefit. But there are some who use it in such a way that others
can’t help but to stand up and notice. That’s one of the key things that our
esteemed jury looked for in all the IT projects this time. “What’s different
about it?” were the two most common words that resounded during the jury
meeting. There has to be something about a project that sets it apart from the
rest.

The jury meet is the last step in deciding the winners of the Best IT
Implementation Awards. Our jury comprises of eminent personalities from the IT
industry. They are well known in their fields, and have sufficient experience in
the IT industry to catch the pulse of any IT project. This meeting is always
very interesting, because as we said, the jury members have sufficient
experience to catch each project’s pulse. They take half a day, during which the
project champions present their cases and provide all the facts and figures
they’ve been able to collate about the shortlisted projects. Detailed audit
forms for each project are also provided to all jury members for their
reference. The selection criteria followed by previous years’ jury members is
also suggested to them, and the jury is free to decide whether to use it or
follow a completely different criteria.

Another thing we ensure every time during the jury deliberations is to avoid
any conflict of interest. In case a jury member is involved in any of the
projects, then that person is requested to withdraw from that discussion.

The jury finally decides the winners.

Sunil Rawlani,
CIO, HDFC Standard Life Insurance
Sunil’s IT career spans 22 years across insurance, cards, telecom, banking
and manufacturing – in roles including IT leadership, client relationship
management, business development and offshore project management. He has a
MBA and BS Comp Sc. From Kent State University, USA. Sunil also headed the
project that won the Best ITImplementation Award last year for Overall Best
Project.
Shyam Malhotra,
Executive Director and Editor in Chief, Cyber Media
An engineer and business administrator by training, Shyam began his career
in marketing, working for Siemens, Tata Exports and Eicher Goodearth. He’s
been associated with CyberMedia since 1985 in varied capacities and has over
28 years of experience in the IT industry.
Dr. G D Gautama,
Principal Secretary of Dept. of Micro, Small Scale
Enterprises and Textiles, Govt of WB
Dr. Gautama was the chairperson of this year’s jury. He joined Indian
Administrative Service in 1977 and has held many state and central govt.
posts since then. He has 20 years experience working in Industry and
Industrial Infrastructure. He’s also coach in a cricket coaching center for
the past 15 years.

Akhilesh Tuteja,
Executive Director, KPMG
Akhilesh is with the IT Advisory practice of KPMG in India. He has advised
over 100 clients on matters relating to IT strategy, IT planning,
information management lifecycle, information risk assessment, design of
information security architectures, development of business continuity plans
and Sarbanes Oxley Act advisory. He has also helped many clients achieve
compliance to ISO27001 standard and has conducted numerous SAS70
examinations.
Vinnie Mehta,
Executive Director, MAIT
Vinnie has been involved in promotion of the IT Industry in India since
1992. An Electrical Engineer from IT-BHU, an MBA from FMS, University of
Delhi and a Masters in International Trade from the prestigious Indian
Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). Vinnie is an expert on policies and
procedures for the IT Industry in India.He has worked extensively with most
state governments in formulating their IT Policies as well.
Prasanto K Roy,
President (ICT Publishing), Cyber Media
Prasanto has been with Cyber Media for 18 years in various capacities. he’s
launched many new activities and projects for the group, including
Computers@Home magazine, DQWeeks, and the DQ Channels. He’s one of the
finest technology writers who is equally
at ease with technology and
business.

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