A test and standards organisation, a Scottish local authority and a national media group were the triumphant winners in this year’s Techworld Awards.
The best infrastructure project award was landed by the British Standards Institute for the upgrade to its LAN and improvements to its business continuity plans. Although this sounds superficially simple, the judges were impressed with the way in which the organisation, along with its prime supplier Comtact, tackled the significant upgrade: overhauling the LAN, installing a secure W-Fi network and upgrading the telecoms system to a VoIP network.
At the same time, the company has dramatically enhanced its ability to withstand business disruption, as well as saving a large proportion of yearly operating costs.
Dundee City Council was the winner of the wireless and mobility project of the year. The council worked with T-Mobile to install a mobile infrastructure that enabled council employees working in the Youth Justice department to be in touch with applications while they were mobile or working in remote offices.
The project was so successful that it has now been rolled out to five other departments within the local authority and is set to be used across all departments and 256 offices – allowing council officers to serve their communities while remaining in touch with the head office.
The governance award has been won by the Telegraph Group for implementing a major new system to monitor and manage its software assets every month. It worked with CTMS, an asset management specialist and the Centennial Group, an IT governance software vendor to keep tabs on more than a 1,000 desktops. As a result of the project, more than £100,000 has been saved on unnecessary software licences.
Maxwell Cooter, Techworld’s editor and chairman of the judging panel, said that there had been some excellent projects to choose from but the three very different winners all demonstrated that they had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve, firm project management skills and an ability to deliver what was required.
“There were projects that used more elaborate and sophisticated technology but the three winners all won because they put together a sound business case and delivered on it,” he said.