Honours for hi-tech high-fliers
Hong Kong's leading and upcoming information and communications technology (ICT) professionals were rewarded at the Hong Kong Computer Society's (HKCS) Outstanding ICT Achiever Awards (OICTAA) 2012 at Cyberport.
Co-organised by the Classified Post, the event honoured 29 winners across five categories. They were recognised for their innovation, excellence and significant contributions to the industry, as well as to social and economic development.
Sunny Lee, executive director for information technology at the Hong Kong Jockey Club and chairman of the organising committee, lauded this year's winners. 'I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations... and hope that the awardees will continue their good work in advancing the local ICT industry and talent cultivation,' he said.
Lee emphasised the innovation factor in determining this year's winners. 'Technology has advanced at such a speed... and this is exactly due to ICT professionals' continuous effort in innovation and making progress. ICT professionals must succeed in the spirit of innovation and promote ICT development with creativity, thus improving human life with an ICT-enabled new lifestyle which is more convenient and efficient,' he said.
Paul Chow, chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management, and head of the judging panel, enjoyed the opportunity 'to learn from the successful achievements' of the winners. 'It is gratifying to see ICT professionals in Hong Kong continue to be hard-working, innovative and creative,' he said.
For his part, HKCS president Ir Stephen Lau hailed the awardees for setting a good example. '[OICTAA] is for the recognition of ICT talents' contributions and to make the public aware of the importance of the industry and encourage more people, especially the young, to become involved with it and be its new driving force,' he said.
The night's biggest winner was Roy Pun Sai-lit, associate partner at IBM Global Business Services, IBM China/Hong Kong, who was adjudged Top ICT Achiever of the Year. Pun won an Outstanding ICT Achiever Award for Project Management, in 2009, and also triumphed again this year, this time in the consulting category, as well as the top prize. 'I was so surprised. It's a great honour to receive this award,' he said.
Pun has been with IBM for over 14 years. He specialises in business consulting, especially enterprise resource planning (ERP) in various industries. His expertise includes consultancy engagement, product management, IT strategy and solution design.
During the past three years, Pun has played a leading role in key transformation projects for various clients. 'We provide services that help clients transform their business to address increasing complexity and help them gain a competitive advantage in the new social and digital era. Our clients look not only for consultancy but also for end-to-end industry solutions,' Pun said.
The other major honouree was the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Professor Yeung Yuet-bor, adjunct professor at the department of information systems, at City University of Hong Kong. Yeung has 37 years' technical, management and leadership experience in the banking and financial industries in Hong Kong and Canada.