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
Nation Media Group
Paddy Micro Investments
East African Breweries Ltd
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust research programme
CFAO Motors Tanzania Limited
Old Mutual Kenya
Postal Corporation of Kenya
City Planning Department
Directorate of eGovernment
Banque Commerciale du Rwanda Ltd
Women Enterprise fund
PlusPeople kenya limited
MARA ISON Technologies ltd
Digital Divide Data
Retirement Benefits Authority
Digital Divide Data
Institute of Advanced Technology
Kenya Weddings limited
GreenBell Communications Limited
Nakumatt Holdings Limited
CMC Motors Group Ltd
Iridium interactive Ltd
Kenya Institute of Management
Devki Group of Companies
Kenya Methodist University
KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Tarpo Industries Ltd
Challenged Network of Kenya
Siltech Systems Ltd
Challenged Network of Kenya
Farm Engineering Industries Ltd
Makini Schools Limited
technology associates Ea ltd
Kehl Design Agency
Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN)
Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance
Elpalet ICT Consultants Ltd.
Wasp Africa Ltd
Startel Tanzania Limited (Raha)
Techno Brain (Kenya) Ltd
Olivine Technology Ltd
Buy Rent Kenya
Centre for Youth Empowerment & Leadership (Cyel)
Dyer and Blair Uganda Limited
Coseke Kenya Limted
Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
scuzzynet computer solutions
- Innova Limited
Agro Chemical Food and Company
Nyanza Kenya Ostomy Association
Cheery Children Education Centre
Intact Computer Systems
Mitsumi Distribution Africa
New Line Technology Services
Elpatel ICT Consultants
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