EDGE - Enterprises Driving Growth and Excellence (using IT) is an initiative by Network Computing to identify, recognize and honor end-user companies in India that have demonstrated the best use of technology to solve a business problem, improve business competitiveness, and deliver quantifiable ROI to stakeholders.
We invited nominations from IT heads of user organizations and from system integrators / partners who submitted details of projects which were implemented / deployed / completed in the year 2008.
Our call for nominations received a phenomenal response, with more than 170 companies across India submitting their entries. In the first phase, redundant and incomplete entries were removed from the list. Based on an internal assessment framework that focused broadly on the parameters of innovation, cost savings, scale and efficiency, this list was subsequently narrowed down to 75 companies.
From this illustrious list of 75 companies, a filter was again applied, using the same parameters, to select 15 of the best projects. Projects of these 15 companies were submitted to the jury, who evaluated the projects on multiple parameters such as innovation, complexity of the problem and success of the solution, improvement in market share, efficiency or productivity, cost savings, employee productivity, and the criticality of the solution to the overall business. In addition to these parameters, we added an overall project assessment score, to be used by the jury member to rate a project based on his overall assessment. Based on the combined score arrived at after totaling the scores for the parameters and the overall assessment score, we decided the ‘Diamond Edge’ winners.
In totality, we have 5 'Diamond Edge' winners (chosen by the jury from the list of 15 companies), 10 'Silver Edge' winners (chosen from the list of 75 companies), and 60 'Edge' winners (chosen from the list of 170 companies).
Prof. Pradeep Pendse
Dean, Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai
Professor Pradeep Pendse has been associated with the Welingkar Institute of Management for more than 13 years. This institute is among the top 20 in the list of over 1,700 B-schools in India.
Dr. Nandlal L. Sarda
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
As Dean of Academic Programmes, IIT Bombay, Prof. Sarda coordinated with the IIT Senate and its various academic departments for creating, revising, implementing and supervising the institution’s academic.
Chief Executive Officer, Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay
Sushanto Mitra is the CEO of the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE). SINE is the technology business incubator at IIT Bombay, which promotes early stage technology ventures.