The Indian Express Group has announced its inaugural '‘Express IT Awards' to recognise and reward the best technological innovations in IT and also companies from various sectors which have best utilised them. The Express IT Awards, which are now open for entries, will honour both companies which are at the cutting edge of technology innovation and the leading professionals across the IT industry.
In the last few years, the IT landscape of the country has undergone a drastic transformation. From the prized outsourcing business model to the rapidly changing technology usage among consumers, innovation has been the key factor not just for the large IT players but even start-ups, who have conceptualised products and services keeping in mind the changing business dynamics. The $108 billion Indian IT-ITeS industry employs over 3 million people directly, which makes it one of the largest organised private sector employers in the country. The sector indirectly provides job opportunities to about 9.5 million people. Today India commands 52% share in the global outsourcing market, which includes both IT and BPO, and is home to the research and development centres of global giants in the technology space.
The methodology for the awards will follow the process of inviting entries from companies—for which the last date is August 21—followed by the screening of applicants. Contenders for each of the award categories will be shortlisted and an eminent jury will decide the winners. Global audit firm, PwC will be the Knowledge Partner for the awards.
There are nine categories for the awards: The IT Innovation Awards, the IT Solution of the Year, the IT.Biz Awards, Green IT Awards, Corporate Social Responsibility in IT, Human Resources in IT, Awards for Start-ups, IT Lifetime Achievement Award and IT Newsmaker of the Year Award. The last two categories of IT Lifetime Achievement and IT Newsmaker of the Year are not based on nominations. The participating companies can contest for 20 awards across the seven competitive categories.
To provide a level playing field to the contenders, they will be divided into two categories: micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and large corporates. More details can be