In a bid to vie for the industry's 33 prestigious award titles, over 85 prominent Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) companies operating in the region have been short listed and appraised for their performance in the financial year 2008. The 2009 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards will honor and applaud top performers in the region at a grand banquet on June 4, 2009 at the St. Regis in Singapore.
Nitin Bhat, senior vice president, ICT practice at Frost & Sullivan, says, "Increasing year on year in proportion, to the global ICT industry, the Asia Pacific region is characterised by intense competition, inevitable innovation and rapid deployment of novel business models. The Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT awards program recognises industry participants who have made a mark in this dynamic environment."
All contenders are evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators which include revenue growth, market share and growth in market share, leadership in product innovation, breadth of products and solutions, major customer acquisitions, and business and market strategy, amongst other category-specific criteria.
A team of some 30 leading Frost & Sullivan analysts and consultants based across the region are involved in the short listing, evaluation and research process, applying the same thorough approach that has been the hallmark of Frost & Sullivan globally.
The findings of the detailed examination are then presented to a panel of independent judges comprising influential personalities, decision makers and thought leaders from Asia Pacific's ICT industry. These are leaders who have in themselves pushed the boundaries of innovation and corporate excellence, in deciding the recipients in each award category.
The line-up of judges includes:
1. Nitin Bhat, vice president, ICT practice, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan
2. Jayesh Easwaramony, director, ICT consulting & head of Telecoms Research, Frost & Sullivan
3. Dr. Leong Chou Ching, head of global technology, International Baccalaureate Organisation
4. Ho Khai Leng, senior director, academic informatics office, National University Health System
5. Tan Hock Hai, chief information officer, ST Engineering
6. Rudi Frey, president Asia Pacific, Ceragon
7. Tony Kalcina, founding executive director, Clarity
8. Sharat Sinha, director, service providers operation, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
9. Brian Hammond, chief technologist, Asia Pacific, Comverse
10. Terry Walsh, director of Asia Pacific wireless marketing, Huawei Technologies
11. Anders Krager, head of regional marketing, Nokia Siemens Networks
12. Francis Lancoln, president Asia Pacific, Nortel
13. Raghu Prasad, senior director, Business Transformation, Oracle
14. Don Price, group chief technology officer, Axiata
15. Calvin Lee, chief executive officer, Deutsche Telecom Asia
16. Wilfred Kwan, executive vice president operations and technology, Pacnet
17. Peter Cook, vice president, mobile technical services, Starhub
18. Ariane Moyes, vice president, private line services, global transmission services, Tata Communications
19. Michael Parker, head, PMO- HSBB, Telekom Malaysia
Recently, the panel of judges cnvened to deliberate on the deserving recipients for each award title. Commenting on the judging session, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, Adeel Najam says, "The assembly of judges brought together brilliant minds into one room leading to stimulating and fruitful discussions. At the judging session held over three days, the analysts presented detailed metrics highlighting the accomplishments and shortfalls of the short listed companies. Recipients for each category were decided after reaching a consensus."
The Wall Street Journal Asia is the official newspaper while PR Newswire is the official newswire for the banquet. Media partners include Biztech2.com, Business Today, Network Computing, Strategic Path Asia and ZDNet Asia.
About the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards
The Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards (ict-awards.com) is held annually to recognize outstanding performance by companies and individuals in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Asia Pacific. The awards are presented to companies that demonstrate best practices in their industry, commending the diligence, commitment, and innovative business strategies required to advance in the global marketplace. It has attracted some of the leading names in technology on a single platform to compete for the most coveted titles in ICT. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the 2009 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards will once again recognize companies and individuals that have pushed the boundaries of excellence - rising above the competition and demonstrating outstanding performance across the region. Benchmarked against the highest standards of measurement criteria, the recipients of these awards indeed represent the best-in-class in Asia Pacific.
About Frost & Sullivan
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