April 06, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

Hong-Ki Kim, CEO of SAMSUNG SDS, One of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld

Hong-Ki Kim, CEO of SAMSUNG SDS, was selected as one of the premier 100 IT Leaders in 2001 by Computerworld.

Computerworld is an information services company for the IT community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences, and research services with a circulation of 250,000 and a total audience of 935,200. It is a business unit of IDG (www.idg.net), the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company.

Each year, Computerworld seeks to honor IT Leaders who positively impact on their organization through the effective use of information technology to improve his or her company's business performance by fostering new ideas, building a creative work environment, designing innovative solutions to meet business challenges, and effectively managing and executing IT strategies. This is the thirteenth year Computerworld has selected the Premier 100.

Hong-Ki Kim, CEO of Samsung SDS, is CIO of the Samsung Group. The Samsung Group is the largest Korean conglomerate, encompassing many affiliated companies in diverse business fields. Apart from the well-known Samsung Electronics and 3 other electronics-related companies, the Samsung Group also has affiliates in finance, chemicals, ship building, construction, manufacturing, trade, hotels, communications, and computer S/W. Such diversity requires equally diverse IT solutions. To help Samsung's affiliates adapt to the emerging e-business paradigm and the growth of the Internet, Hong-Ki Kim proposed a comprehensive Information Strategic Plan for the 21st century. This plan includes five initiatives: Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, e-Commerce, Knowledge Management, and an Information System Infrastructure to support the other four initiatives. He identified the common IT needs of the Samsung Group, using combined findings from an ISP consulting project by Anderson Consulting and a workshop with CIOs from each of the affiliates. Following his proposal, most affiliates reorganized according to the plan and invested heavily in IT development. They were rewarded with as much as a 7 fold increase in productivity.

He also believes that Samsung SDS's role is not just that of an IT support company for the Samsung Group but of an IT evangelist in Korea. Through many formal business meetings and informal gatherings, he has fostered this belief in his executives, and he has earned their full support. They also have their own knowledge management system and corporate intranet for encouraging direct communication and the sharing of knowledge at all levels. He encourages all employees to contact him directly whenever they have important ideas to share.

This spring at the anniversary of Samsung SDS, he announced "Global e-Partner 2010," which is a 20-year vision for all employees concerned with supporting the IT needs of the Samsung Group and with launching a global IT business.


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