BCS Awards finalists highlight IT's business focus

Finalists in this year's BCS IT Industry Awards have shown the highest-ever level of integration...

Finalists in this year's BCS IT Industry Awards have shown the highest-ever level of integration between IT and business, says the British Computer Society (BCS).

The annual Awards, supported by the National Computing Centre and Intellect, recognise the contribution made by the IT profession to economic prosperity, business efficiency and the public services.

David Clarke, BCS chief executive, said that the more than 200 finalists announced today reflected the fact that technology was at the heart of every business.

"In the current economic situation it is rewarding to see that IT is continuing to lead through innovation and deliver real business benefits," he said.

Awards moderator David Tidey said this year's entries were the most business-focused ever, generating hard figures that showed how projects had benefited the business.

Tidey, assistant chief executive for business change for Kensington and Chelsea Council, said this showed that the concept of IT supporting business was becoming more common.

"Organisations are using IT to generate savings and are looking at business measures to see how their IT is performing, rather than just uptime and other IT-type measures," he said.

This year's finalists range from large national IT systems to projects for small and medium businesses and organisations like schools.

Projects include systems to provide patient information to ambulance crews, track hospital equipment using RFID, and enable satellite navigation using mobile phones.

The finalists in the two green IT categories include several projects to reduce power consumption in datacentres.

Tidey said the huge contrast between projects would make judging a little more difficult, but face-to-face interviews with finalists for the first time this year would help the judges meet this challenge.

The winners of the 24 categories for individual, organisational and project excellence will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 4 December in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

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