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JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel's “J-Smile” Integrated System Honored for Global ICT Excellence

TOKYO — JFE Steel Corporation announced today that its proprietary system, JFE Strategic Modernization and Innovation Leading System (J-Smile), has been honored by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) with its 2008 Global ICT Excellence Award, the top prize in the IT industry.

WITSA is an international consortium comprising IT industry associations from 71 countries/regions around the world; its members represent over 90 percent of the global IT market, and the Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) represents Japan. As the global voice of the IT industry, WITSA actively promotes the industry's growth and development by hosting the biennial World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) and recognizing the world's best IT users. Candidates for the Global IT Excellence Award are nominated and selected by member associations.

J-Smile earned JFE the 2008 Global ICT Excellence Award in the private sector category during the WCIT 2008 awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 20, 2008. The Private Sector IT Award is bestowed on companies that have made innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance competitiveness and customer satisfaction and improve performance.

Following are the details of the award:

Title:2008 Private Sector IT Award, WITSA IT Award
Recipient:JFE Steel Corporation
System Name:New integrated system “J-Smile”
Development Director:Hiroyuki Kikugawa, Fellow, Information Technology, JFE Steel

Following its creation through a merger, JFE Steel developed J-Smile to be its core system, tasked with simultaneous integration and innovation of business and system operations. Not only did the company successfully advance the fusion of corporate cultures, but it also created in a short period an agile system capable of adapting flexibly to changes, thereby helping to sustain continuous corporate innovation. The company continues to improve J-Smile to grow with the timeless evolutions in JFE steel's business operations.

J-Smile was developed by JFE Steel Corporation, JFE Systems, Inc. and Exa Corporation, group companies involved in the information business.

Mr. Kikugawa (center), JFE Steel fellow, receiving a commemorative plaque during the WCIT 2008 awards reception. Also shown are the presenter, JISA Vice Chairman Mr. Atsushi Nishijo, and Mr. George C. Newstrom, WITSA Chairman.
Mr. Kikugawa (center), JFE Steel fellow, receiving a commemorative plaque during the WCIT 2008 awards reception. Also shown are the presenter, JISA Vice Chairman Mr. Atsushi Nishijo, and Mr. George C. Newstrom, WITSA Chairman.

Reference:

1. WITSA – The World Information Technology and Services Alliance

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance is an international consortium of IT industry associations from 71 countries/regions. Members represent over 90 percent of the world IT market.
As the global voice of the IT industry, WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth; facilitating international trade and investment in IT products and services; sharing knowledge, experience, and critical information. Specifically, WITSA is working for the development of the global IT industry by issuing statements on its behalf about regulations on information-communication, intellectual property rights, information security, the digital divide, Internet governance, etc., through opportunities such as the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) and the Global Public Policy Conference (GPPC).

2. WCIT – The World Congress on Information Technology

The biennial World Congress on Information Technology hosted by WITSA is held so that members of the IT industry from around the world can gather to communicate with each other and share information.
One thousand people attend the three-day WCIT, which offers lectures and exchange programs among other activities. Key personalities from both inside and outside the industry are frequent guests at WCIT; previous attendees include Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Bill Clinton (former U.S. president).
The venue rotates between the American continent, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa/Middle East. Associations of host countries draw up plans and organize the congress. WCIT has been held biennially since the first congress in Barcelona, Spain (1978). The sixteenth congress was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May 2008. WCIT was held in Japan in 1986 (Tokyo) and 1994 (Yokohama).

3. JISA – Japan Information Service Association

Japan Information Service Association is a national institution established in 1984 under the auspices of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). JISA members represent some 740 major information service companies in Japan. Regular member companies account for almost 50% of the sales by Japan's domestic information service industry. JFE Systems, Inc. and Exa Corporation, both of which developed J-Smile, are JISA members.

4. Past Japanese WITSA IT Award Winners

  • 2008 (presented in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    Private Sector Award – J-Smile, JFE Steel Corporation
  • 2006 (presented in Austin, Texas, U.S.)
    Private Sector Award – Structural Reform of Fixed-Line Operation System at KDDI
  • 2004 (presented in Athens, Greece)
    Private Sector Award – Suica, East Japan Railway Company
    Public Sector Award – Electronic Bidding System, Yokosuka City
  • 2000 (presented in Taipei, Taiwan)
    Private Sector Award – Fifth Comprehensive Information System, Seven-Eleven Japan

5. 2008 WITSA IT Award Winners

Pubic Sector Excellence:
1) MyGovernment Portal (Malaysia)
2) Castilla la Mancha Health Service (Spain)
Private Sector Excellence:
1) JFE Steel Corporation (Japan)
2) INTRALOT SA. (Greece)
Digital Opportunity (Elimination of Digital Divide):
1) Hole-in-the-Wall Education Limited (U.S.)
2) Association for Engineering and Medical Volunteer Services (Hong Kong)
Chairman's Award:
1) The Smile of the Child (Greece)

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