CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

13 July 2013

Kenya: Royal Media, Kenya Judiciary and Gertrude's Hospital Top Third CIO 100 Awards

The third edition of the Annual CIO 100 Awards and Symposium came to a close in a colourful gala dinner held Friday evening. In attendance were Rosemary Mbabazi - Rwanda's permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT alongside Patrick Nyirishema, Head of IT, Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

RDB and the Ministry of Youth and ICT were co-organisers of the event alongside CIO East Africa. CIO 100 celebrates 100 organizations and the people within them that are using information technology in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customers

Engineer Wainaina Mungai from Royal Media was named the CIO of the year, with Royal Media emerging as the most innovative company among the applicants. Royal Media has developed a paperless newsroom using an inhouse newsvault application. The system also uses a web based library search system implemented based on user feedback. Other IT implementations the firm has include streaming for 8 FMs stations and for a TV station. A tapeless news playout has improved reliability and reduced the task involving searching 12 years of tape footage.

The company also pioneered the use of Google HangOuts on television on the International Womens' Day. The initiatives have seen Royal Media reach 1 million monthly viewers on the Internet for Citizen TV. Egesa FM, which broadcasts in Kisii is able to reach more than 45,000 online listeners in a month. Printing costs have been greatly reduced too. Kenya Judiciary was ranked second while Gertrude's hospital was ranked third.

Kenya Judiciary has implemented a help desk and ticketing system that supports 112 court stations and includes stakeholders such as the Police, Prisons' department and Lawyers' Society of Kenya. The system handles issues such as missing file and corruption complaints.

Gertrude's Children's Hospital has implemented a Health Information Management System that has seen elimination of paper in the hospital. Patients and medical staff no longer have to carry papers around departments as all procedures are accessed online from each department. Running the hospitals has also been made easier with automatic billing including automatic updates of patient's bill status every midnight.

The ceremony also saw firms that were best performing in their industry awarded in PlusOne Awards. Seven PlusOne awards were issued in the financial, communication, hospitality, public, manufacturing and health sectors. Paddy Micro-investment topped the financial sector through a solution that issues loans through scratch cards. Dubbed Pesa Pata, potential loan seekers approach agents, usually small businesses such as salons and kiosks. They then fill in a form and are issued with a scratch card.

The pin on the scratch card is then send via SMS to a number and applicants get the loan topped up on M-Pesa. Safaricom topped the communication sector with the Kenya Integrated Mobile Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Information Platform that enables Community Health Worker to manage and run their patients, mothers and their children, on an Android enabled app. All information is stored online on Safaricom's cloud.

Sarova Hotels topped the hospitality sector. The group implemented supply chain automation that helped manage costs and provide transparency on their purchases. Automation revealed that Sarova had 33 different prices for onions. Suppliers were reduced to 6,000 from 30,000. Improved visibility has automated reconciliation and enabled the firm save through better pricing on volume purchases. Resultant cost savings have enabled the hotel maintain employees during low season.

The Kenyan Judiciary also topped the public sector category with their ticketing system.

Manufacturing saw East African Breweries emerge the best in their category, with their Distributor Management System. The system tracks movement of stock from distributors to their clients (bar owners). Mobile devices are used to issue receipts and to also conduct periodical surveys. By having information on past sales and from the surveys, the distributors are able to better predict and plan for customer behaviour.

Gertrude's Children's Hospital also topped the health category in addition to bagging third position with the implementation of a Health Information Management System.

Below is the full ranking of the top 100 firms 1

Royal Media

2

Kenya Judiciary

3

Gertrude's Hospital

4

PostBank

5

Gertrude's Hospital

6

Sarova Group

7

Nation Media Group

8

NSSF Uganda

9

Paddy Micro Investments

10

Resolution Health

11

Safaricom Ltd.

12

East African Breweries Ltd

13

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust research programme

14

Kenya Airways

15

Makini Schools

16

New Vision

17

Kenya Airways

18

CFAO Motors Tanzania Limited

19

Old Mutual Kenya

20

Postal Corporation of Kenya

21

City Planning Department

22

Eat Out

23

Directorate of eGovernment

24

Stima Sacco

25

Banque Commerciale du Rwanda Ltd

26

Women Enterprise fund

27

Haco Industries

28

PlusPeople kenya limited

29

MARA ISON Technologies ltd

30

iLabAfrica

31

Digital Divide Data

32

Retirement Benefits Authority

33

Digital Divide Data

34

Institute of Advanced Technology

35

Scangroup Limited

36

CompuLynx Limited

37

Andy Forwarders

38

Kenya Weddings limited

39

Sarova Hotels

40

Rafiki DTM

41

GreenBell Communications Limited

42

Nakumatt Holdings Limited

43

CMC Motors Group Ltd

44

Iridium interactive Ltd

45

Kenya Institute of Management

46

Devki Group of Companies

47

Kenya Methodist University

48

KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme

49

Takamoto Biogas

50

Tarpo Industries Ltd

51

DHL Express

52

AIB Capital

53

Kenya Airways

54

Sihebs Technologies

55

Challenged Network of Kenya

56

Siltech Systems Ltd

57

Byose.com Ltd

58

Challenged Network of Kenya

59

Farm Engineering Industries Ltd

60

Makini Schools Limited

61

technology associates Ea ltd

62

Kehl Design Agency

63

Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN)

64

Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance

65

Elpalet ICT Consultants Ltd.

66

Wasp Africa Ltd

67

Ridar Hotel

68

NiElect Limited

69

JimCab Services

70

Startel Tanzania Limited (Raha)

71

Gestalt Gild

72

Techno Brain (Kenya) Ltd

73

Olivine Technology Ltd

74

Insite Ltd

75

Buy Rent Kenya

76

SISDO Organization

77

Coseke Kenya

78

Elpalet ICT

79

Centre for Youth Empowerment & Leadership (Cyel)

80

Insite Ltd

81

Sunrise Tracking

82

Dyer and Blair Uganda Limited

83

Coseke Kenya Limted

84

Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology

85

scuzzynet computer solutions

86

- Innova Limited

87

Agro Chemical Food and Company

88

TeletrackAfrica

89

Ffene Ltd

90

Nyanza Kenya Ostomy Association

91

Cheery Children Education Centre

92

Sunrise Tracking

93

Intact Computer Systems

94

Carminox Ltd.

95

Mitsumi Distribution Africa

96

New Line Technology Services

97

Eclectics International

98

Empire Microsystems

99

Computerzone Consultants

100

Elpatel ICT Consultants

Dennis Mbuvi

Dennis Mbuvi has been writing at CIO East Africa Magazine and CIO.co.ke since May 2010. His key focus is the use of technology to solve day to day business challenges and product reviews. Mbuvi has been invited to speak at various IT, Telecom and Media events in the region. He was also a keynote speaker at the inaugural Joomla day in Kenya talking on possibilities of the Joomla Content Management System. Mbuvi holds a B.Sc in Computer Science degree from Kenyatta University. He is on Twitter as @denniskioko

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