Allied Electronics (Altron) received the 2016 Minister of Science and Technology’s top award for overall excellence for large enterprises, as well as four other awards at this year’s Technology Top 100 Business Innovation Awards (TT100).
The 2016 TT100 awards, recognised as the premier business excellence awards in South Africa and a celebration of South African innovation, is an annual event held under the auspices of the Da Vinci Institute School of Managerial Leadership. Da Vinci’s awards partners are the Department of Science and Technology, MTN and Eskom.
Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, gave the keynote address and presented the awards, which recognised top-performing companies in four main categories: management of technology, management of innovation, management of people, and management of systems and sustainability.
In each category, awards were presented to the top emerging, small, medium and large companies.
Altron received awards in the following categories for large enterprises: Management of Technology, Management of Innovation, Management of Systems, Black Canvas International Award for Sustainability, and the Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence.
Altech Netstar was a category finalist in Management of Innovation, Management of Systems, and the Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence for large enterprises, while Altech Multimedia was a category finalist in the Management of People, and Management of Systems for large enterprises. Altron was also a finalist in the Management of People category for large enterprises.
According to Dr Willie Oosthuysen, Altron group executive for strategy and technology, the awards reconfirmed Altron’s focus on innovation as a driver for growth, particularly in light of the competitive and changing markets in which it operates, both locally and globally.
“Altron winning these awards is confirmation that we are on the right track in terms of our focus on creating an environment which is conducive to employees constantly interrogating and re-examining the way in which we conduct business. This creates a climate for innovation and a quest for industry leadership,” he says.
“We operate in a highly competitive global environment and innovation and the management of the culture of people, technology and systems processes throughout a business is key to success. Continued focus on quality assurance, protection of intellectual property and the deployment of risk mitigation strategies ensures growth and sustainability,” Oosthuysen adds.
“I am extremely proud of Altron, Altech Netstar, Altech Radio Holdings, Bytes Secure Transaction Solutions, Bytes Universal Systems and Altech Multimedia, the companies that made up the bulk of our TT100 submission, to have received these awards.
“It is a real reflection of our advancements and contribution to the South African telecommunications and information technology sectors and is evidence of the success of our management of systems, people and processes. We remain committed to the development of technology and innovation, both in South Africa and globally, in order to cement our position of market leadership.”