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BJP's IT cell gets award for corporate excellence

BJP's IT cell gets award for corporate excellence

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 24, 2008

Political parties may appear to be a long way off from corporate excellence.

But BJP's attempt to marry the two seems to have paid off as its IT wing has won the CIO 100 enterprise excellence award for this year.

"Practical innovation has always been the priority area of the party.

This award vindicates BJP's policy of keeping pace with technology for the benefit of party workers and also for the greater interest of the society we serve," party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

The Information Technology cell of the party has been selected as one among the top 100 organisations in the country by the international CIO (Chief Information Officer) magazine, the world's leading journal of IT decision makers, for its "ultimate mark of enterprise excellence."

The other organisations in the country to share the honour with BJP are Mahindra and Mahindra, HCL, L&T, KPMG, Cognizant and Wipro.

"BJP as an organisation was always ahead of its competitors in the use of IT. In 1996, it became the first political party in India to have its own website. The party's automation journey has now been institutionalised by party leadership," party's IT cell chief Pradyut Bora said.

The party offices today are connected with the Unified Communication System(UC). The system allows a sender to send a piece of communication in the desired format (email, fax, SMS, voice) and the same choice rests with the receiver too, he added.

"CIO is a magazine present in around 25 countries of the world and the award is 20 year old in the US. It recognises IT initiatives, which promises a deep impact in the working of the organisation. This time the focus was on the Boldness. The jury recognised BJP's boldness in IT innovation as one of the best in the country," CIO Editor-In-Chief, Vijay Ramachandran told PTI.

BJP offices across the nation have been put into the Wide Area Network(WAN) system and it enables it to make hundreds of automated calls, send thousands of faxes, post lakhs of emails and transmit millions of SMSes each hour, Bora said.

The party's IT cell is also coming up with a ten digit party membership ID number that would also double up as member's Unified Communication(UC) number.

Bora, an IIM graduate, is also engaged in associating young technocrats and innovators with political work and believes that sound information system could prove a boon to any organisation if employed in the right perspective, he said.

The award would be conferred on the BJP and will be received by Bora at a function to be held in Jaipur in the first week of September.

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