Technology innovators receive accolades

This year's BCS IT professional award winners range from a door-to-door blinds retailer using smartphone technology to an effective online rail booking service


This year's BCS IT professional award winners range from a door-to-door blinds retailer using smartphone technology to an effective online rail booking service

Successful IT comes in many guises, as was shown by the parade of winners at last week's British Computer Society IT Professional Awards, held at the Hilton on London's Park Lane.

The winners ranged from a door-to-door blinds retailer, which won for its use of smartphone technology to link up its salesforce, to an online national rail booking service that has proved truly reliable and effective.

The awards, which honour IT innovation and personal ingenuity across every part of public life - business, academia, government and public service - spanned five headline categories: business achievement, technological innovation, professional development, individual excellence and, rather more narrowly, successful adherence to the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF).

Charles Hughes, the society's president-elect, said this year's awards had proved more demanding than ever to judge, reflecting an "increase yet again in the number and quality of entries from every sector".

He said he was pleased the judging process had highlighted "a clear thread of professionalism which strongly supports the BCS's current programme on professionalism in IT".

Hughes singled out the mobile sector as one characterised by striking developments and innovations for the business community in the past 12 months. This was reflected in the BCS's inaugural mobile computing award - a category that produced "a great deal of debate", said Martin Ballard, director at the Mobile Computing Association and a member of the award judging panel.

Ballard said the four shortlisted medallists were "strong and worthy category winners in their own right", but the prize went to eCourier, which was described as successfully blending the best of mobile technology with the web to offer an innovative parcel-tracking service.

Hughes said the awards process had "acted as a vivid reminder that information and communication technology underpins everything we all do across every sector".

The BCS has enjoyed a strong upturn in membership numbers, with newcomers adding to its 50,000-strong membership at the rate of more than 1,000 a month. Hughes said IT had to be seen to be ever more inclusive to build on its recent gains and to lay to rest the negative image the industry had once had.

David Morriss, president of the BCS, said it had been a "tough challenge" given the quality of the 300-plus entrants to arrive at the final shortlist of 94 medallists. He hailed the winners as "a shining example of how the UK is driving European technology innovation and professionalism".



The Symantec Mobile Computing Award

Women in IT Award
Sopra Newell & Budge


These awards consider the impact, effectiveness and management of IT projects undertaken in UK organisations:

Flagship Award
Post Office (Network Banking II - Chip & PIN)

Public sector & not for profit
Rail Settlement Plan (National Reservations Service)

Financial and related services
Post Office (Network Banking II - Chip & PIN)

Commercial and industrial
Hillarys Blinds (Sales Advisor Mobilisation (SAM))

The Microsoft Business Achievement Award - Small Organisations Process Automation)


The BCS Technology Awards 2005 highlight excellence in computing within the context of business development and social benefit

The BT Innovation Flagship Award for Technology
Vulcan Solutions (Vulcan)

Applications Category
Vulcan Solutions (Vulcan)

Services Category
Hillarys Blinds(Sales Advisor Mobilisation (SAM))

Systems Category
Parallel (Developing SatManage)

The Ramesys Technology Award for Social Contribution
LogicaCMG (Instant Energy)


These awards recognise the talent and leadership of individuals who are helping to make a difference to their companies and clients, as well as to the UK IT industry at large

IT director of the year (249 or fewer employees)
Lee Hendricks, Anite Public Sector

Capgemini IT director of the year (250 employees or more)
Ailsa Beaton, Metropolitan Police Service

Young IT practitioner of the year
Andrew McAnulla, BTL Group

IT trainer of the year
Andrew Driver, Parity Training

IT consultant of the year
John Webb, Xantus Consulting

The PMR project manager of the year
Beverley Dunn, Post Office

The JPMorgan business analyst of the year
Phil Swallow, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

IT developer of the year: applications
David Carty, Wizdome

IT developer of the year: infrastructure
Gary Wass, Abbey

Marval IT service manager of the year
Tony Palmer, Yell


These awards highlight excellence in developing working practices and raising standards in UK businesses

Best newly implemented scheme
West Dumbartonshire Council

Best established scheme


These awards highlight excellence in adherence to the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF)

e-GIF Accreditation Authority public sector award
Department for Education and Skills - Data Services Group

e-GIF Accreditation Authority private sector award
Lorien Public Sector

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