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CIOs’ role in innovation value-addition to be recognised

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The role of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in driving innovation and business value continues to expand and change at pace, driven by the emergence of new technologies and dynamic business models.
 
To this end, CIOs in Nigeria are to be recognized for their immense roles, especially during this pandemic.
 
Although, in its maiden edition, going forward on a yearly basis, the CIOs Awards will recognize outstanding professionals and organizations, who have during the year under review, delivered business value to their organizations and the industry at large, through the innovative use of technology.
     
The Chief Executive Officer of Edniesal Consulting, Abiola Laseinde, who is behind the awards, said during a webinar that the CIO Awards was created to serve as a mark of individual and enterprise excellence in Nigeria.
 
“CIOs have overtime been responsible for delivering top-of-the-line innovation and business value within their organizations, while also being at the forefront of decision making and strategic change. These classes of business leaders are hardly neither visible nor celebrated in most organizations. But now, their role has increased in importance over time, as they evolve from information to innovation and leading the digital transformation initiatives. In some companies, depending on the organizational culture, they are asked to wear multiple hats of business strategists and change leaders.

“It is therefore our commitment to recognize individual and enterprise excellence in innovation and technology across different sectors. It is indeed the celebration of the individuals and talented teams behind business transformations across different sectors in Nigeria,” Laseinde said.
 
The inaugural CIO Awards is open to top technology leaders within an organization, who have the overall responsibility and control of the IT vision and direction of the company, tol be held in Lagos, on November 26.
 
Speaking on how entries for the 2020 CIO Awards will be reviewed, the Executive Director of Edniesal, Wale Laseinde, said “Entries will be reviewed and evaluated by a team of independent judges (Interim and Grand jurors). These are leaders carefully selected across sectors with expertise in their respective fields. Entries from nominees would be reviewed on the basis of business innovation and outstanding leadership. I can assure you that our jurors would especially look out for nominees who are leveraging leading-edge IT practices to produce measurable results.”

Nominations for the CIO Awards 2020 are now open, and run until September 10th. Submissions are free, whether for self or nominations on behalf of a desired candidate.


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