The ICT Authority of Kenya has emerged as the industry’s best digital institution during the 7th East Africa CIO 100 Awards. Having earned the top of the line CIO 100 Gold Mark Award, the body deservedly bagged the milestone thanks to its efforts in heightening the offerings of enterprise IT adoption.
A survey conducted independently by Strathmore University’s research centre, iLab Africa showcased that ICT Authority demonstrated its potential in its mandate by spurring campaigns and significant reach-outs to organizations, as well as partnering with other institutions in facilitating steady transformation in the local ICT sector through the application of digital and disruptive technologies and tools.
The CIO 100 Survey panel was headed by a group of nine judges, chaired by Dr. Joseph Sevilla.
“In our view ICT Authority proved a worthwhile partner not only to the government institutions but to the private sector players in championing the course of digital transformation,” remarked Dr. Sevilla.
Around 199 projects and submissions from public and private organizations were reviewed during the survey. It should be noted that both large and small enterprises were considered to determine the top digital disruptor across East Africa.
“We are encouraged to see the ICT Authority feted with the CIO 100 Gold Mark Award following its deliberate and instrumental role in transforming Kenya’s digital business landscape,” said the Chief Executive Officer of CIO East Africa, Ms. Laura Chite.
“The ICT Authority has been at the forefront in rolling out some of the cross-cutting applications used across the industry. This include IFMIS for financial management, TIMS for transport management, civil registration systems, identity card system, IPRS, Land registration system and others. In the short term, the Authority intends to create a master database from the entire existing database for reference on all transactions as the single source of truth,” added Mr. Robert Mugo while receiving the award for ICT Authority.
The institution is in the process of deploying a private cloud to securely host the master database that will also offer hosting services for other critical applications for the national and county governments. At the same time, the Authority is lobbying for the roll-out of fibre infrastructure to support the aforementioned services across the country.