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BCS reveals the shortlists for the IT Developer of the Year

BCS awards BCS reveals the shortlists for the ITDeveloper of the Year

Continuing our series of articles profiling the finalists in the BCS IT Professional Awards, this week we feature the shortlists for the IT Developer of the Year, which is split into two categories: applications and infrastructure.

The finalists for the IT Developer, Applications category sponsored by the DTI are:

Juan Herrero, Arup

James Heydon, Zurich Financial Services

Paul Shepherd, Buro Happold

Trevor Ward, DLogical

The judges were interested in candidates who worked on solutions dedicated to a specific business application.

James Baker, chairman of the judging panel, said, "The key criteria the judges were looking for were the professional competence of the individuals and their ability in the design and development process of systems that would satisfy the original business case.

"This meant meeting user requirements and providing the stakeholders with practical working systems that would benefit the organisation. The decisions on structure, platform, languages, quality, methodology and delivery were all considered in some detail."

The finalists for the IT Developer, Infrastructure category, are:

Ken Boyd, Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Paul McBrierty, Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Mark Orford, Liverpool Direct

Nigel Reed, IBM UK

The finalists were all involved in the development of IT infrastructure for their companies.

"Good IT infrastructure is fundamental to the successful operation of a business. Consequently, the best infrastructure developers combine a high standard of IT engineering skills with excellent business awareness," said Ron McLaren, chairman of the judging panel for the category.

"To be exemplary as a developer, candidates must look beyond the implementation and demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and requirements of service managers: that is essential when delivering reliable, effective solutions."

In this year's revamped BCS awards there are 19 categories, divided in to business achievement, technology and individual awards. The winners of each of the categories will be announced before an audience of more than 700 IT professionals and VIP guests at a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday 24 September at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London.

For more information about the awards, contact Nisha Mukhey

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What the judges said about the finalists for the IT Developer of the Year, Applications award   

Juan Herrero, Arup  Juan Herrero from engineering consultancy Arup started as a C++ developer but after completing a doctorate in engineering he worked on solving the problem of London's "wobbly" Millennium Bridge and planning the new "cucumber" building in the City. Herrero's key responsibility was to integrate document handling and dissimilar systems in the construction industry.  His system now operates in 172 countries and has more than 23,000 users.   

James Heydon,  Zurich Financial Services  Formerly an electronics engineer, James Heydon's first software tasks were in the automotive industry. Now at Zurich Financial Services, his challenge was to unify a client correspondence platform and printing system that handled nearly four million items a year. Using a single system with a shared disc approach, his development now saves £250,000 every year. 

Paul Shepherd,  Buro Happold  Paul Shepherd of engineering company Buro Happold specialises in structural engineering - particularly with large material structures such as the Dome. His PC-based software expertly designs and alters structural models to allow for material changes, wind, snow, rain, heat and any challenges the elements can throw at it. It has removed entirely the former need to build and test with scale models.   

Trevor Ward,  DLogical  Trevor Ward from software design company DLogical saw the need for a generic system which would provide an online customer ordering system when he was working as a consultant for Jaguar Cars. The challenge was to build a low-cost system for smaller businesses. His work took just six months from inception to conclusion. The system works from PCs through a 56Kbyte modem with all documentation included.

What the judges said about the finalists for the IT Developer of the Year, Infrastructure award   

Ken Boyd,  Royal Bank of Scotland  After 14 years with Royal Bank of Scotland, Ken Boyd is now a telecoms design consultant. He works extensively on the company's Lans. He created a group-wide network for acquisitions with the development of a common backbone architecture which is now in 3,000 sites with 80,000 users. Boyd and his colleagues managed to migrate 2,500 branches in three weeks.   

Paul McBrierty, Royal Bank of Scotland  Paul McBrierty, datacentre program manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, was responsible for consolidating four datacentres into two during the Natwest/RBS merger. He ran a team of 10 project managers and 20 programmers with the challenge to reduce costs by £40m. Decommissioning involved moving 113,000 storage items, 1,150 network services and 21 suppliers. 

Mark Orford, Liverpool City Council   Mark Orford worked primarily on the 12E strategy for Liverpool City Council - the computer link between British Telecom and LCC. The objective was to offer all council services online by 2004, available 24 hours a day through a self-service intranet and a secure extranet.     

Nigel Reed,  IBM UK  Nigel Reed's area at IBM UK involved him enforcing business processes and contracts control throughout IBM. His credo was "keep it simple, automate where you can, don't reinvent the wheel and make it safe". Using the web, Lotus Notes, e-mail and a DB2 database, the Global Voice infrastructure project provided an integrated system which now checks if things are still needed as well as where they are in the process. Reed's work has reduced checking needs from eight man-weeks to three.

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