Awards and Milestones

IBM Awards First Prize to IFFCO for Innovation

IFFCO was awarded the First Prize in 'The Great Mind Challenge award for Business’ organised by IBM for innovative solutions. The Award was presented in an exclusive 'Leadership Meet' at IBM Software Universe '09 on November 4, 2009 which was attended by a galaxy of IT Leaders at the Renaissance Convention Center, Mumbai. The distinguished gathering included Mr. Garry Kasparov, the world No. 1 ranked chess champion who has held the title for over two decades, who had enthralled the audience with his talk on Business Strategy and Leadership.

The awards were presented in various categories and each category had initial qualified nominations of more than 50.The nominations included major National companies as well as MNCs. IFFCO has applied for two and, in both, had the distinction of being short listed in the top 3 nominations.

IFFCO was short listed under 'Innovative Collaboration Solutions' in which collaborative applications like workflow, website/iffconet and appraisal system were showcased and 'Innovative Solution Using Lotus Software' which addressed 'IFFCO's ICT Initiatives for Farmers and Cooperatives' covering agri-portal and kiosks. The other shortlisted entiries in the above categories were from Bharti, L&T, Asian Paints, Dewan Housing & CSS Slash Support.

An independent jury, in the presence of an external auditor, had evaluated the short listed nominations in each category. The presentation from IFFCO to the jury was made by Mr. T. Sudhakar, Chief Manger (Systems) & Mr. R.K Nagpal, Chief Manager (Systems), IFFCO. The jury has awarded first prize for Agri-portal initiative which had innovatively addressed language issues, sound, offline capability through replication, security, etc. The jury appreciated IFFCO's innovative utilisation of Lotus Notes and commended for using the full potential of the software with a small sized team.

What is The Great Mind Challenge for Business Awards?

Four years ago, IBM started The Great Mind Challenge for students – a challenge that strives to recognize and reward talent among students using IBM software. A challenge that over 50,000 students spanning more than 1800 engineering colleges spread across India accept each year.

This year with The Great Mind Challenge for Business, IBM gave the challenge a real world twist by extending it to the customers, for the very first time. A challenge that seeks to recognize and salute the innovative solutions that they have been able to develop and implement using IBM software products. Solutions that have succeeded in bringing about a change in the organization, while creating business value.

To make the process of evaluation completely neutral, IBM appointed Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited ('DTTIPL'), as an Independent Process Validator, to ensure that the evaluation was conducted in a fair and unbiased manner.