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Upgrading to Regional Excellence Awards: What You Need to Know

In the evolving landscape of enterprise strategy & architecture, it's crucial to continually refine and align your strategies to stay competitive. The ICMG Regional Excellence Awards provide an in-depth evaluation that can help your organization achieve this goal. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of upgrading to the Regional Excellence Awards and delve into the six perspectives covered in this comprehensive evaluation.

Why Upgrade to the Regional Excellence Awards?

1. Comprehensive Evaluation: Upgrading to the Regional Excellence Awards offers a thorough assessment of your enterprise architecture across six critical perspectives. This comprehensive approach ensures that all aspects of your strategy and architecture are evaluated, providing a holistic view of your organization's strengths and areas for improvement.

2. Strategic Alignment of IT: The Regional Excellence Awards help ensure that your IT and business strategies are perfectly aligned. This alignment is crucial for driving efficiency, fostering innovation, and achieving your organizational goals.

3. Enhanced Feedback: Gain valuable insights from experts who provide detailed feedback on each perspective of your enterprise architecture. This feedback is instrumental in refining your strategies and making informed decisions that drive continuous improvement.

4. Global Competitiveness: By opting for the Regional Excellence Awards, your organization is better positioned to compete on a global stage. The detailed evaluation helps you benchmark against the best in the industry, identifying areas where you can excel and stand out.

5. Continuous Improvement: The in-depth analysis provided by the Regional Excellence Awards supports a culture of continuous improvement within your organization. By understanding your current standing and identifying areas for enhancement, you can implement changes that drive long-term success.


Comparing Regional Appreciation Awards vs. Regional Excellence Awards

Feature

Regional Appreciation Awards

Regional Excellence Awards

Participation Fee

Free

Paid

Evaluation Perspectives

IT Components, IT Implementation

Six Perspectives: Strategy, Process, Systems, Components, Implementation, Operations (IT & Business), Interlinking between these perspectives

Depth of Evaluation

Basic assessment

Comprehensive and detailed evaluation

Feedback

General feedback

Detailed feedback on each perspective of your enterprise architecture

Benchmarking

Initial recognition

Benchmarking against global standards

Eligibility for Global Competition

No

Yes

Focus on ICMG Rating Platform: 6 Synthesis (Project) vs. 6 Synthesis (Enterprise)

Regional Excellence Awards leverage the ICMG Rating Platform, focusing on two key synthesis levels:

  1. 6 Synthesis (Project): This level evaluates individual projects within the organization, assessing their strategic alignment, execution, and impact on overall business objectives.

  2. 6 Synthesis (Enterprise): This level takes a broader view, evaluating the enterprise-wide architecture, including strategic alignment, business processes, and continuous improvement efforts.


ICMG Fast Track Rating Products

For organizations looking for a quicker evaluation process, ICMG offers Fast Track Rating products. These products provide a streamlined assessment of your enterprise architecture, focusing on key areas to deliver rapid insights and actionable feedback. The Fast Track Rating products are ideal for organizations that need quick validation and recommendations without undergoing the full evaluation process.


The Six Perspectives of Enterprise Architecture

The Regional Excellence Awards cover six key perspectives, providing a comprehensive view of your enterprise architecture:

1. Strategy:This perspective evaluates how well your IT strategy aligns with your overall business objectives. It examines the coherence between your technology initiatives and business goals, ensuring that IT investments support your strategic direction.

2. Process:Here, the focus is on the efficiency and effectiveness of your business processes. The evaluation looks at how well your processes are defined, managed, and optimized to support your organizational objectives.

3. Systems:This perspective assesses the various systems within your organization, including applications and platforms. It examines how these systems are integrated and managed to support your business operations.

4. Components:This perspective assesses the various IT components within your organization, including hardware, software, and infrastructure. It examines how these components are integrated and managed to support your business operations.

5. Implementation:Implementation evaluates the execution of your IT projects and initiatives. It considers how well projects are planned, managed, and delivered, ensuring that they meet defined objectives and contribute to overall business success.


6. Operations (IT & Business):This perspective looks at the ongoing operations of both IT and business functions. It assesses how well these operations are integrated and managed to support seamless and efficient day-to-day activities.


Interlinking Between Perspectives:A crucial aspect of the evaluation is the interlinking between these six perspectives. This involves assessing how strategy drives processes, how systems support components, how implementation aligns with strategic goals, and how operations ensure the smooth functioning of all elements. The interconnectedness of these perspectives ensures a holistic approach to enterprise architecture, highlighting how each aspect influences and enhances the others.


How to Upgrade to the Regional Excellence Awards

Upgrading to the Regional Excellence Awards is straightforward:

  1. Understand the Benefits:Recognize the value and depth of the comprehensive evaluation provided by the Regional Excellence Awards.

  2. Sign Up:Visit our website and download Nomination Form or contact our support team to express your interest in upgrading.

  3. Select Award Category:Start by selecting the award category in which you would like to participate.

  4. Prepare Your Nomination Form & Documentation:Gather the necessary documentation and evidence to support your submission across the six perspectives.

  5. Submit the Nomination Form:Complete the nomination form and submit your materials for evaluation.

  6. Engage with Experts:Participate in the detailed evaluation process and receive comprehensive feedback from the evaluation team and jury.

  7. Round 1, Round 2 Evaluations (Online):Use the insights gained from the evaluation to refine your strategies and drive continuous improvement.

  8. Join Dubai Think Tank:As part of the regional final round, you are invited to make a final presentation for evaluations and rehash sessions. Here, defending and explaining your project strategies and architectures is not just encouraged but expected.


Feedback from a Company that Moved from Regional Appreciation to Regional Excellence


"Upgrading from the Regional Appreciation Awards to the Regional Excellence Awards was a transformative experience for our organization. The comprehensive evaluation provided us with detailed insights into our enterprise architecture, highlighting both our strengths and areas for improvement. The feedback from ICMG experts was invaluable, enabling us to refine our strategies and drive continuous improvement. Additionally, the eligibility for the Global Excellence Awards opened up new opportunities for us to benchmark our projects against the best in the industry. The investment in the Regional Excellence Awards has undoubtedly positioned us for long-term success and global recognition."


Upgrading to the ICMG Regional Excellence Awards is a strategic move that can significantly enhance your organization's strategy enterprise architecture. By leveraging the comprehensive evaluation and expert feedback, you can achieve better alignment, drive continuous improvement, and position your organization for global success.




 

FAQ: Upgrading from Regional Appreciation to Regional Excellence Awards

1. What are the fee changes when upgrading from the Regional Appreciation Awards to the Regional Excellence Awards?

Answer: There are nomination fees as well as project evaluation fees per award category.

Feature

Regional Appreciation Awards

Regional Excellence Awards

Nomination fee per Awardcategory

Free

$195 or $395 per award category

Project evaluation fee per category

Free

$2399 per award category

2. What award categories are available in the Regional Excellence Awards?

Answer: You can select the award category/ies which are appropriate for your project.

Feature

Regional Appreciation Awards

Regional Excellence Awards

Award Categories

Not Applicable

Multiple categories tailored to your project

3. What is the scope of evaluation for the Regional Excellence Awards?

Answer: The evaluation covers six perspectives.

Feature

Regional Appreciation Awards

Regional Excellence Awards

Scope of Evaluation

IT Components, IT Implementation

Six Perspectives: Strategy, Process, Systems, Components, Implementation, Operations (IT & Business), and Interlinking

4. Are we eligible for the Global Excellence Awards if we upgrade to the Regional Excellence Awards?

Answer: Yes, upgrading to the Regional Excellence Awards makes you eligible for the Global Excellence Awards.

Feature

Regional Appreciation Awards

Regional Excellence Awards

Eligibility for Global Excellence

No

Yes

5. Can our team attend the Dubai Think Tank, and how many members can participate?

Answer: Yes, Regional Appreciation team members are also eligible to attend.

Feature

Regional Appreciation Awards

Regional Excellence Awards

Dubai Think Tank Attendance

Yes, team members can attend

Yes, team members can attend

Number of Members

Up to 5 members

Up to 5 members




6. Can we participate in the Dubai Think Tank without project submission to the Rating & Awards program?

Answer: Normally, Think Tank participation is limited to the teams participating in the Rating & Awards program. However, there are exceptions such as previous years' winners and companies with members in our advisory group. We also offer observer status for selected few to help them prepare for the next year. For such exclusive access, please get in touch with our team.

7. Is Dubai Think Tank participation free or is there a fee?

Answer: There are day passes and 3-day passes available, with different fees for those part of the Regional Appreciation Awards, those part of the Regional Excellence Awards, and those attending as observers.

Category

Day Pass Fee

3-Day Pass Fee

Regional Appreciation Awards Participants

$1399

$2599

Regional Excellence Awards Participants

$1299

$2399

Observers

$1499

$2699

Ready to take your enterprise architecture to the next level? Upgrade to the Regional Excellence Awards today and start your journey towards excellence and innovation.


For more information on how to participate and the benefits of the Regional Excellence Awards, contact our Awards team or download nomination form. Embrace the opportunity to elevate your organization’s enterprise strategy and architecture, and join a community dedicated to excellence and innovation.

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