BCS praises quality of award entries

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UK IT specialists have won high praise from the British Computer Society for the quality of entries in its 2004 IT Professional Awards, run in association with Computer Weekly.

"Some observers suggest that the UK industry is not as competitive as it could be, but the level of innovation in the entries proves otherwise," said BCS chief executive David Clarke.

"Amazing work is being done by individuals and organisations that is collectively strengthening Britain's leadership in IT."

The number of entries was double that of last year. They have been pared down to 25 finalists across eight categories in the business achievement and technology sections, and 40 finalists in 10 categories in the individual section.

The finalists will now face a judging panel and the winners will be announced at a dinner at London's Hilton Park Lane on 19 October.

The use of IT to support personal customer service features heavily in the projects in the business achievement section. Finalists include the AA's roll-out of mobile technology and Prudential's customer service transformation project.

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