NCR IT excellence award 2000
NCR's commitment to Pakistan is almost 50 years
old with a long history of introducing latest technology in Pakistan
From SHAMIM AHMED RIZVI, Islamabad
Dec 04 - 10, 2000
Thirteen prominent personalities belonging to
different fields of information technology (IT) were conferred NCR IT
excellence award 2000 for rendering outstanding services in their fields
at a colourful and well organised function at the convention centre
Islamabad. The event which was followed by dinner and a musical
programme was attended by leading dignitaries and prominent
personalities from the government, media and the corporate sector.
The Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Atta-ur
Rehman who was the Chief Guest on the occasion distributed the award
amongst the winners. The awards were distributed for six different
categories and the evaluation was based on time spans. The award
categories included software development, networking, IT
pioneers, IT educationist and IT research and development.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman highly appreciated the initiative
taken by the NCR and efforts put forward by the organisation to accord
recognition to the achiever of the infant IT industry in the
country. This public recognition of the achievement of the otherwise
quiet researcher would not only encourage them but may also motivate
many others to dedicated research and hardwork in this field, observed
Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman expressing the hope that such positive trends should
continue in the future as well.
The award winners included; Software Development:
Talat Mehboob Butt of the Experts Advisory Cell, Ministry of Industries
and Production and Bilal Hashmat of the Cure MD.Com.
Networking: Jalil A. Mughal of Millennium Computers
and Shaikh Adil Gul of Aga Khan University Hospital. Software Expert
Humayun Mazhar of the Cressoft. IT educationists: Masud Ahmed Malik, of
Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad Dr. Arshad Ali Shahid M.A Jinnah
University Islamabad and Javed Hanif Agha of Pakistan Revenue
IT pioneers: Masood Ahmad Malik, Quaid-e-Azam,
University Islamabad Dr. Altamash Kamal or Eiber.com, Abdul Ghaffar
Memon of Kalsoft Pvt. Ltd and Dr. S.M Junaid Zaidi, Comsats Institute of
IT Research and Development Mohammad Sher of
International Islamic University.
The NCR IT Excellence Awards 2000 process was
verified by A.F. Ferguson & Co.; Chartered Accountants, network firm
of Pricewaterhouse Coopers. A panel of judges completed the selection of
the winners for the Second BCR IT Excellence Awards. The panel
included Mr. S.A.H. Naqvi, Ex Technical Member PTCL & previous IT
Excellence award winner, Mr. Ahmed Alauddin, Chairman Computer Society
of Pakistan, Dr. Ijaz Khawaja, Director General, Pakistan Computer
Bureau, Mr. Mohammad Khalid Javed, Managing Director, Pakistan Software
Export Board, Dr. Amir Mateen, Chief Executive, SoftNets, Prof. Dr.
Abdul Wahaab, former Director IBA, Dr. M. Afzal Bhatti, Chairman Dept of
Computer Sciences QAU, Dr. Ayub Alvi, Directors Fast Institute of
Computer Sciences, Mr. Alvi Abdul Rahim, Secretary IT Commission.
The nominees were judged and scored on set criteria to ensure that the
selected award winners are truly worthy of this prestigious award.
NCR Country General Manager, Syed Vaqar-Ul-Islam,
while addressing on the occasion said our aim is to recognize and
acknowledge the achievements of IT pioneers of the past and
present. The awards being given are associated with a company of world
repute and will go a long way towards increasing the motivation of
outstanding individuals in the field of Information Technology. We hope
to create a much needed talent pool of outstanding individuals, which
will further promote the cause of Information Technology in Pakistan.
George Savvides, Director Middle East/Africa, NCR
Corporation said "NCR is keenly looking at Pakistan for investment
opportunities." George appreciated the steps taken by the
government in promoting the cause of information technology in Pakistan
and termed them as steps in the right direction. He also announced that
NCR will be setting up Data Warehousing Labs, including Primary
curriculum and Train the Trainer Program to 6 universities in Pakistan.
He further announced making NCR Pakistan a center of Expertise for Data
Warehousing for the NCR Middle East & Africa region. This would lead
to greater projection of NCR Pakistan and Pakistan will become a
resource hub in this high growth sector of Information Technology. He
also announced that in first quarter, NCR will launch Teradata
Certification in Pakistan.
NCR's commitment to Pakistan is almost 50 years old
with a long history of introducing latest technology in Pakistan. This
includes the concept of Self Service Banking, bringing open systems and
Industry standard concept in Pakistan, introducing Unix Operating system
in the country, setting up IT Education Centres etc. NCR has
recently introduced Teradata Database in Pakistan, a leading database
engine for Data Warehousing. With more than 50% worldwide market share
in Data Warehousing, NCR has over 900 successful Teradata installations
NCR came into the field of Information Technology in
Pakistan in the early 80's. Since then it made major progress in the
country and have gained extensive experience in every sphere of IT
business in Pakistan. From major MIS projects to Networking to extensive
software development and project management, NCR's experience is one of
the most diversified in the country". Our growth in the last four
years is a testimony to the fact that we have covered major distance in
escalating our project success rate. NCR today has the highest market
share growth in Pakistan whereby we have grown 16 percentage points in
the last four years — a distinct achievement by any standards, claimed
NCR has handled some major projects over the last 10
years, which have involved providing complete solutions to the customers
including supply and commissioning of hardware, communication network,
software development and project management.