CIO East Africa, an online and print premier ICT magazine, has announced that it recieved more than 350 applications  CIO 100 competition. This is a regiuonal competition which will include East Africa’s most successful organizations like Equity Bank, Kenya Airways, DHL, Kenya Power And Lighting Company, Kenya’s Ministry of Lands, Bidco Oil Refineries, Management Insurance Uganda, Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Uganda Finance Trust, Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd, Zanzibar Telecommunications Company Limited, Stanbic Bank  Tanzania, Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Tanzania Electricity Supply Company,  KOBIL Tanzania and Muhimbili National Hospital among others

The CIO 100 Awards is meant to honor 100 companies in the region that demonstrate high excellence and achievement in IT. CIO East Africa Director, Harry Harre, says they are looking for companies that are using IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth.

For a company to be considered for a CIO 100 Award, they must apply using an application that asks them to identify several different aspects of their achievement. CIO approached about 500 companies through a survey carried out by Synovate in the East African region.

CIO East Africa says that it also collects recommendations from its in-house experts, who nominate organizations which are distinguished for their innovative use of IT. Those organizations are also asked to apply.

A team of judges  drawn from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will review the applications and make recommendations about each entrant. Adds Mr. Hare, “We debate how each company stacks up against the others in terms of the depth and breadth of their practices, their creativity, the specific measurable results of their achievements, and the take-aways they can provide to our readers.”

Each application will be read by two members of the CIO 100 judging panel, who will rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 for each criterion, from a possible total of 50 points. Final selections will be confirmed by CIO East Africa magazine editors. All scores will be kept confidential. They will not be released publicly, nor will they be discussed with any individual applicants.