Wharton-Infosys association celebrates fifth year of recognizing global business transformation
South Korean network Cyworld and Biocon India founder Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw winners of WIBTA 2006 Citizen journalism initiative OhmyNews receives Special Jury Recognition
Mumbai, January 07, 2006: Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of the Wharton - Infosys Business Transformation Awards (WIBTA) 2006, Asia Pacific. The awards, which are entering their fifth year, recognize visionaries and organizations that use technology in an innovative and creative manner to revolutionize their businesses. Cyworld, a South Korean social network service comprising nearly 17 million people, received the "Enterprise Business Transformation Award" and Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of Biocon India, received the "Technology Change Agent Award". A special acknowledgement was given this year to OhmyNews, a South Korean online citizens' reporting forum. The award was presented by N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies, Patrick Harker, Dean of the Wharton School and Esther Dyson, the Editor-at-large of CNET Networks. This is the first time the awards are being presented in India.
CyWorld, the WIBTA 2006 "Enterprise Business Transformation Award" recipient, has redefined how users interact in the digital age by blending offline and online life into a widely used social network service that have grown to over 17 million users in South Korea. With plans to expand internationally, the company's success heralds a new age of E-Society as it allows users to create a fully customizable webpage. On receiving the award, Mr. Seung-Hoon Lee, Senior Vice President of CyWorld, commented, "It's an honor to stand here recognized for the innovational excellence that has allowed CyWorld the distinct privilege of connecting millions of people in an online society. WIBTA is a distinguished proponent of the spirit of innovation and should drive organizations across the world to pursue new-found growth through business transformation."
A longtime leader in the Indian biotechnology industry, "Technology Change Agent Award" winner Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has spearheaded Biocon's growth from a traditional enzymes manufacturer to fully integrated biopharmaceutical firm with major R&D initiatives. Bringing two biotech joint-ventures into fruition and assisting the government's Department of Biotechnology, she helps synergize efforts in business, technology and academia to stimulate increased sector growth in India. Speaking at the opportunity, Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw said, "As Information Technology becomes a key driver of stakeholder value for an organization, it is operational excellence through continuous innovation that determines success. It is a pleasure to have our efforts in this direction be recognized internationally through an award as distinguished as WIBTA."
"Special Jury Recognition" was awarded to Korean news service OhmyNews. Founded on the premise that "every citizen is a reporter," OhmyNews is accredited for having a tremendous impact on the news production, distribution and consumption habits of citizens across the world. By promoting an inclusive online forum for news reporting, OhmyNews encourages online global collaboration and claims over 40,000 contributing journalists worldwide, generating over one million hits daily. OhmyNews President, Oh Yeon Ho, reflected on the importance of online social movements, "Being acknowledged by institutions such as Infosys and Wharton confirms the arrival of citizen journalism as a catalyst to create an egalitarian media."
Speaking at the awards, N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies said, "Organizations should look beyond technological innovation as a means of delivering business impact to realize that innovation has the potential to transform a whole community. WIBTA is a tribute to the leaders, who envisioned and executed the transformation process propelling their organizations to new-found growth and impacting the society as a whole."
Mr. Patrick Harker, Dean of the Wharton School, complimenting the winners, said, "Five years ago, the Wharton School joined with Infosys to express our shared commitment to business innovation. WIBTA continues to promote pioneering efforts that redefine the norms of business to produce disruptive competitive advantage and create new benchmarks for the industry. We are proud of the partnership that sponsors these awards and are truly delighted to join Infosys in honoring the winners this year."
The winners were evaluated on stringent criteria by a jury panel comprising of eminent thought-leaders like Esther Dyson, the Editor-at-large of CNET Networks, and Prof. Harbir Singh, Co-director, Mack Center at the Wharton School. Previous winners of WIBTA include some of the most respected companies and individuals across the world. Winners for the Enterprise Business Transformation Award 2005 include The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (EMEA), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (APAC) and TecMédica (Latin America). Winners for the Technology Change Agent Award 2005 include Yair Goldfinger Co-Founder & CTO, Dotomi Inc (EMEA), Ying Wu, Vice Chairman & CEO, UTStarcom China (APAC) Francisco Martinez de Valesco, Founder, BNC Neology (Latin America).