SAP ACE Awards 2008 Announced: Celebrating Business Excellence

 Indian corporates seen as trendsetters in business transformation

IndiaThe SAP ACE Awards 2008, the industry’s most coveted honor recognizing innovative use of technology to deliver business excellence, felicitated 31 winners in a glittering ceremony at the Leela Palace today.

In its third edition, the SAP ACE awards 2008 celebrates breakthrough IT deployment catalyzing business transformation in fast coming a part of the DNA of Indian companies across sizes as they seek to gain a vital global competitive advantage.

Speaking at the awards, Geraldine McBride, President and CEO, SAP Asia Pacific and Japan said, “I congratulate all nominees for setting benchmarks in leveraging technology for fostering growth and driving operational excellence. It is our privilege to partner with organizations across the Indian subcontinent as they continue on their Business Transformation journey.”

SAP ACE has come to be seen as a barometer of how organizations in the Indian subcontinent are deploying and leveraging technology for business benefits. Some of the key trends that we have noticed this year are;

•Increased leverage of technology to drive competitive differentiation

•Increased sophistication of deployment and usage across SMES

•Using technology as a business innovation platform

•Managing extended supply chain and connecting to the ecosystem

•Increased focus on governance risk and compliance and structured management dashboards

“Celebrating customer success is integral to our strong partnership with the Indian Subcontinent,” said <B?Ranjan Das, President and CEO, SAP Indian Subcontinent, “We are excited by the enthusiastic response from our customers and honored by how much they value the SAP ACE awards.”

The unprecedented participation this year witnessed over 113 nominations for 126 projects across a wide profile of companies, across diverse sectors including PSUs, charitable trusts besides private sector companies across the engineering, automotive and chemical sectors. Participants appreciated the systematic and rigorous evaluation comprising a diligent four stage process – including scrutiny, interview, onsite review and a detailed panel discussion – to arrive at the final jury decision. This year’s expert jury members comprised of DD Purkayastha, CEO, ABP Limited , Shivshankar – CIO, Infosys , Vijay Sethi – CIO, Hero Honda, Kailashnathan – CIO, Titan Industries and Dr T R Madan Mohan – Industry Analyst.

Best Engineering, Constructions and Operations Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Hindustan Construction Company Limited

Best Oil & Gas Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Gulf Oil Corporation Limited

Best Chemical Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Grasim Pulp & Fibre Division

Best Telecom Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Reliance Communications Ltd

Best Consumer Products Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Videocon Industries Limited

Best Public Services Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Coal Mines Provident Fund Organization

Best Utilities Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – North Delhi Power Limited

Best Utilities Sector Implementation – State Owned Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board

Best Automotive Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – TVS Motor Company Limited

Best Media Sector Implementation – Large Enterprises – Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. [The Times Group]

Best Chemicals Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd

Best Engineering, Construction and Operations Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises-BPTP Limited

Best Industrial, Machinery & Components Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – KLR Industries Limited

Best Automotive Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – ROOTS Industries Limited

Best Consumer Products Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – NITCO Tiles Ltd
Best Professional Services Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – MindTree Ltd.

Best Telecom Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – Dialog Telekom PLC

Best Project in Metals Sector Implementation – Midsize Enterprises – Bhoruka Aluminium Ltd
Best Implementation – Small Enterprises – Omega Renk Bearings Pvt. Ltd.

Jury’s Special Recognition – SAP Business One Implementation – BON-TON Opticians

Best Extended Supply Chain Implementation – Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Best Extended Supply Chain Implementation – Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

Jury’s Special Recognition –
Best E-Procurement Implementation – TATA Steel Limited

Best B2B Connectivity Implementation – Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Best MDM Implementation – Asian Paints

Best GRC Implementation – GMR Group

Best Business Objects, an SAP company Implementation – ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Pvt Ltd

SAP Special Recognition Award – ABB

SAP Special Recognition Award – BPCL

SAP Special Recognition Award – MCGM

SAP Special Recognition Award – NTPC

SAP ACE awards – Excellence driven by trust

The SAP ACE awards span across three categories which include: overall category, midsize category and small enterprises category. The evaluation process comprises of four stages including scrutiny of the nomination form, short listing via interviews, onsite review and final assessment by the jury after a detailed panel discussion.

SAP ACE has in the last two years grown to become the most sought after and unparalleled industry recognition. It is a re-affirmation of the long term commitment of SAP to deepen customer relationships in the Indian subcontinent.