The Russian Managers Association
IBusiness CROC
Intelligent Enterprise iOne
Organizing Partner
Public Coordinator
PRP Group
Consulting Council
URAL CIO Club St. Petersburg CIO Club
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Winners of the Annual National IT Leader Prize Are Announced


The 14th National IT Leader Prize Award Ceremony was held on April 21, 2016, to recap the online voting results and award the prize winnersorganizations that are creating IT infrastructures of the future today and CIOs who help their companies navigate the labyrinth of business challenges they face. The winners were selected in 21 regular and four special categories. The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, which welcomed more than 400 industry representatives, including top managers, IT directors, and CIOs of major Russian organizations, managers of Russian representative offices of global IT vendors, and industry-specific and business mass media journalists.

The prizes for outstanding contribution to the development of information technologies that improve business performance and living standards in Russian society were awarded to: Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation (Rosstat), Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Renaissance Insurance Group, Severstal, Rosneft Oil Company, Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor), System Operator of the Unified Energy System (SO UES), Higher School of Economics, Polyus Gold, VTB 24 Bank, Russian Helicopters, Alfa-Bank, Toyota Motor, Raiffeisenbank, ele2, CTC Media, Sheremetyevo International Airport,, Rusagro Group, and Sibur Holding.

The winners in special categories were Atomenergomash and Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Worksas well as Touch Bank, which received an award from the Russian Managers Association. In addition, PRP Group, Public Coordinator of the IT Leader Prize, awarded Alexander Sakharov for the design and development of online payment services and electronic money transfer via mobile phone.

This year, the main theme of the Ceremony was "Being Proactive." Due to the growing impact of technology on business processes, CIOs should be proactive and accurately select new technologies so that businesses can maximize their return on investment, find a way out of the 'labyrinth' caused by the current crisis, and become stronger and more efficient. This idea was behind the labyrinth, created by the organizers, and that allowed guests to see which predictions of science-fiction writers have actually come true.

"We are very pleased that this year's IT Leader Award Ceremony, co-organized by CROC, was held in the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, one of the most innovative city venues, where CROC has deployed multimedia and smart lighting systems, with 1,000 various lighting and background music scenarios available for each of the 320 different zones. What a thrill to be able to choose any scenario with just one touch! We are living in a time when the most fantastic IT projects can become everyday reality; therefore, business needs to be proactive to achieve success," noted Boris Bobrovnikov, Director General, CROC.

Andrey Shevtsov, Senior IT Director, Higher School of Economics (winner in the 'Educational Institutions' category) said: "Every year the Higher School of Economics welcomes thousands of students for whom we strive to offer an education which is as convenient and interesting as possible. As a higher educational institution, we totally understand how important it is to 'be proactive' and adopt cutting-edge technologies. On behalf of the Higher School of Economics, I am very pleased that our project on scheduling system implementation was so highly evaluated by experts and Internet users, including, I am sure, students and professors of our university."

Alexander Bukhtoyarov, Head of R&D and Information Support Department, Rosavtodor (winner in the 'Comprehensive Maintenance of the State Security and Legitimacy' category) said: "We believe our IT Leader award indicates we are on the right track, and I hope that our traffic and road accident forecasting system will offer a more streamlined and safer driver experience. Rosavtodor continues to evolve in terms of IT and is implementing many other interesting projects, including road facility construction monitoring, Building Information Modeling (BIM), a country-wide unified enterprise network and much more."

The winners were selected via open online voting. From March 28 to April 21, 2016, adult Internet users could evaluate the relevance and value of innovations in various economic sectors and vote for the project they believed to be the most important, and, together with nominees, see the choice made by the members of the Prize Expert Council, which consists of the most competent representatives of leading global IT and consulting companies and reputable mass media outlets.

About the 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. Business FM radio station is the General Information Partner of the Prize while PRP Group is the Public Coordinator.

Information Partners: The Analytical Banking Magazine, Systems Administrator, BIT. Business & Information Technology magazines. Information TV Partner is World Business Channel. Finally, the online partners are Comnews, ICT-online, IT Manager, CRN, CTA (Contemporary Technologies in Automation), The National Banking Journal, and Global CIO magazines.

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