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Winners of the 2014 IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises Announced- Aggressive Management Strategies Utilizing IT (Information Technology) -

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has conducted the 2014 IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises, a program to grant the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's Award (METI Minister's Award) and other awards to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have achieved outstanding IT management and are acting as role models for other SMEs that endeavor to implement IT management.

A total of 24 successful applicants, out of 216 applicants, were granted awards, including the Grand Prize (METI Minister's Award), the First Prize (awarded in the names of the heads of co-sponsors), the Special Prize (the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau Director-General's Award, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General's Award), and the Jury's Encouragement Prize. METI hereby announces the winners.

The awards ceremony will be held on February 24 at Nissho Hall (Minato-ku, Tokyo).

1. Overview of the IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises

The business environment for companies is rapidly changing, driven by advances in information technology (IT), including the Internet.

In order to enhance their business management capacity, more and more companies are dramatically developing their efforts by regarding IT as a new business tool and using it in areas that require aggressive management, such as moving beyond the subcontracting business, meeting short delivery times and high-mix low-volume production, and promoting strategic management by visualizing operations. METI calls such efforts "IT management."

In FY 2007, METI established the "IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises," which aims to honor, in the names of the METI Minister, etc., SMEs that have achieved outstanding IT management and are acting as role models for other SMEs that endeavor to implement IT management. In this fiscal year, METI held the seventh "2014 IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises."

2. Winners of the 2014 IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises

*For details, see Appendix 1 (PDF:378KB)PDF File(in Japanese).

Grand Prize (METI Minister's Award): Three winners

  1. Kitanotatsujin Corporation (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)
  2. Shibazono Kaihatsu Corp. (Adachi-ku, Tokyo)
  3. Neomars Corp. (Oita City, Oita Prefecture)

In addition to the winners of the Grand Prize, 24 entities, out of 216 applicants, were recognized for the First Prize (the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry President's Award, Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry Chair's Award, National Federation of Small Business Associations Chair's Award, Information-Technology Promotion Agency Chair's Award, and IT Coordinators Association Chairman's Award), the Special Prize (the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau Director-General's Award and Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General's Award) and the Jury's Encouragement Prize.

3. Announcement of "Certified IT Management Companies/Organizations"

*For details, see Appendix (PDF:156KB)PDF File(in Japanese).

Besides the above awards, METI recognized companies that are practicing IT management in a way that meets certain criteria, such as optimizing IT within the company, and certified them as "Certified IT Management Companies/Organizations." METI hereby also announces the companies recognized.

4. Commemoration and awards ceremonies of the "2014 IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises"

Date:
Monday, February 24, 2014, 15:00-18:00
Venue:
Nissho Hall, Nihon Shobo Kaikan (9-16, Toranomon 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Application:
For attending the ceremonies, visit the following portal website for registration (free admission):
http://www.it-keiei.go.jp/award/2014/commendation.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Release Date

February 6, 2014

Division in Charge

Information Service Industry Division, Local Informatization and Human Resource Development Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related Information

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