I was privileged to be invited to accompany Song Yia at Pikom's 2007 Awards Dinner whereby BAT GSD was nominated for two awards.
We arrived at Shangri-La at 6.30p.m. in preparation for the dinner and awards ceremony in the grand ballroom. It was red carpet event whereby we took extra efforts to dress up. We were interviewed and cameras start flashing giving us the celebrity feel. I can life like this everyday. =)
With Some Of The Pretty Ushers
The event started a bit later with a celebrity host. There were performances from the dancer and it is also worth mentioning the Harmonica band that instantly made me an expert of the musical instrument. Harith Iskandar also made a 30 minute appearance to do stand up comedy.
The Whole Gang
Also worth mentioning is that I walked away with an Astro Max decoder worth RM 599. This is thanks to everyone on the table that helped answer the question on who are the previous 3 chair persons of Pikom. No lucky draw prizes though.
The evening became better when BAT GSD walked away with two prestigious awards. Here are part of the press release on Pikom's website on GSD's triumph:
CIO of the Year - This award is presented to the outstanding head of ICT in a user organisation that has been instrumental in the adoption of ICT in the government, private sector or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The person must have demonstrated exceptional leadership through the innovative and effective use of technology in support of the strategic initiatives of his/her organisation.
The winners are:
Tan Kok Meng of British American Tobacco GSD - Tan joined BAT in 1999 overseeing Malaysia, Singapore and Australia operations. Within 2 years, BAT grew into an IT shared services organisation covering the Asia Pacific with 200 staff. The global services expanded to the Middle East and Africa, supporting 70% of the global services out of Malaysia. The company now has 700 staff supporting over 100 countries where BAT operates.
ICT Organisation of the Year - This award is presented to an outstanding organisation that has successfully utilised ICT to run the operations of its organisation effectively. The organisation is evaluated based on the way it adopts its strategy, improves its resources, implements and integrates ICT which contributes to the effectiveness of operations. This award is open to private sector companies and NGOs.
The recipient: British American Tobacco Group Service Delivery (BAT GSD) -GSD was established in 2001 as the global IT shared services arm of BAT. GSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision is to deliver value through sustainable shared services supporting end market customers. GSD is primarily focused on the management of on-going IT services with cost under management of Ã‚Â£100 million per annum. It is an organisation of 700 employees in 18 countries, supporting 37,000 customers in all BAT markets. While GSD started as an IT function, it now operates as a business unit with embedded Business Services, HR, and Finance functions.
An Inspiration: Malaysia's CIO of the Year!
Another memorable event for the year!