TORONTO – (Jan. 17, 2017) Canadian companies successfully deploying digital strategies and tools to transform their organizations will be celebrated in a new annual awards program created by ITWC, Canada’s premier content house serving the IT industry.
The Digital Transformation Awards is a national program designed to recognize the best examples of business or organizational digital transformations in the country. It is open to all Canadian businesses and government institutions.
“Digital transformation demands vision and courage. It involves much more than simply the deployment of a new platform or technology,” says Fawn Annan, President and Chief Marketing Officer of ITWC. “It requires a whole-business approach that rewrites the corporate business model and the customer experience.”
It’s hard to go to a conference these days without hearing examples of digital disruption: Uber has displaced taxis, Air BnB is challenging hotels, and Amazon is dominating the retail space. These are just a few examples that show that digital transformation is now key to a business’ survival. It’s why that in 2015, only 12 per cent of the Fortune 500 remain compared to 50 years prior.
As witnesses to the changes on a daily basis, we see the need to recognize those who have embraced the digital transformation and are doing it well,” says Annan. “Change is hard, but success breeds success, and we hope by creating the awards, and showcasing their best practices, we will be making it easier for other businesses and organizations to see a path forward.”
ITWC has recruited several high-profile industry leaders who have helped develop the awards program and serve as judges of the nominations. Our champions and judges include Gary Davenport, Past president of the CIO Association of Canada; Ted Maulucci, CIO Tridel Group; Susan Doniz, Chief Expert, SAP; Maria Aiello, Managing Director, Real Estate Technology Advisory; and Dr. Ron Babin, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.
“Digital transformation is led from the CEO’s office and it demands an enterprise-wide commitment to innovate and change to ensure sustainability and success,” says Davenport. “A stronger understanding of the practice of digital transformation will help to ensure a smoother evolution of Canadian business into the digital age.”
Nominations are now open for the inaugural presentation of these awards. Awards will be presented in four categories: Large private sector transformation, Large public sector transformation, SME enterprise or sector transformation, Public sector SME transformation.
Anyone can nominate an organization for consideration. Nominations close at the end of March and the awards will be presented on June 14, 2017, during a national day-long digital transformation conference in Toronto.
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