Nominees for IT Leader Prize 2018 Announced

The IT Leader Prize Organizing Committee has unveiled the nominees for this year’s award on March 27, 2018. As usual, CROC is the prize co-organizer. This year, companies and top managers implementing the most important IT and digital projects will compete for the prize. In the 21 regular categories, winners will be voted for online from March 27 to April 24 and announced at the 16th Annual National IT Leader Prize Award Ceremony, to be held in Moscow on April 24, 2018.

The 2017 nominees include projects that improve social and cultural life and contribute to an economically efficient society; educational platforms; safe and smart cities; end-to-end national security initiatives; as well as efficiency improvement programs for banks, manufacturing, insurance, retail, e-commerce, and telecom companies.

Traditionally, an online vote will be held on the IT Leader website from March 27 to April 24, with all visitors to the site being free to evaluate nominees’ contribution to digital innovation and economic development in Russia and vote for the project they are most impressed by. The Expert Council members—comprising heads of the Russian offices of leading global IT vendors, representatives of reputable mass media outlets, and directors of leading consulting companies—will also vote during this period, with their choices being displayed on the voting webpage.

March 27 is the last day to submit applications for the new Digital Superstar special category, which will feature at the IT Leader Prize for the first time in 2018. Last year, the Russian IT market saw increasingly more process digitalization projects. New digital formats of communication, e-commerce, and online interaction with clients significantly improve both the efficiency of business processes and the lives of those who use digital services. The new category provides an opportunity for companies to draw the attention of organizers and the general public to their digitalization achievements. The winners in this category will be voted for by the Expert Council members on April 10-24 and announced at the IT Leader Prize Award Ceremony, to be held in Moscow on April 24, 2018.

TASS Information Agency is General Information Partner of the IT Leader Prize 2018.

About CROC

CROC has been working in the IT market since 1992 and is today one of the top 10 IT companies (RIA Rating, Kommersant Dengi, Expert Rating Agency, 2015-2016) and the top three consulting businesses (Kommersant Dengi, Expert Rating Agency, 2016) in Russia.

CROC is the number one IT service provider in Russia (PAC, 2015), a leader in IT outsourcing (TAdviser, 2015), BI (CNews, 2016), ERP (TAdviser, 2016), EDMS, ECM and EDI (CNews, TAdviser, 2016), telecommunications (Expert Rating Agency, 2016) and IaaS (CNews, 2016), and is also one of the largest providers of integrated data center, building and facility infrastructures (CNews, 2016).

CROC regularly ranks among the top three Russian IT service providers to the finance (TAdviser, 2016), healthcare and transportation (CNews, 2016), energy and manufacturing (Manufacturing Management portal, 2016) sectors.

In addition, CROC offers services based on its own commercial data centers and its public cloud, and also creates private and hybrid clouds based on either own or client data centers. Indeed, CROC is the only Russian systems integrator with a data center to have received full Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute.

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About IT Leader Prize

The Annual National IT Leader Prize was established in 2002. The Organizing Committee includes the Russian Managers Association, iBusiness web portal; Dengi and iOne magazines (Kommersant Publishing House); Intelligent Enterprise; and CROC. Information Partners (in the past): Business FM radio station, Analytical Banking Magazine, and the Systems Administrator and BIT. Business & Information Technology magazines. Information TV Partner is the World Business Channel. Finally, online partners are Comnews, ICT-online, IT Manager, CRN, CTA (Contemporary Technologies in Automation), The National Banking Journal, and Global CIO magazines.

The IT Leader Forum is a landmark event in Russia which has been held since 2002 and is attended by over 300 executives and IT directors from the Russian and international companies. Last year, presentations were delivered by top managers from Yota, Enter Svyaznoy, Moscow United Electric Grid Company, URALSIB Bank, Sberbank of Russia, etc. In the past, IT Leader Forum special guests included: Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder; Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute; Peter Hinssen, co-founder of Across Group and CEO of Across Technology; and Josep Curto, CEO at Delfos Research and professor at IE Business School Madrid.