Medallists of the President's Awards 2005

Each year, the President of BCS will introduce a new category into the Awards to reflect a particular area of interest in the industry.

This year's president, David Morriss has chosen Mobile Computing and the Women in IT Award.

The Symantec Mobile Computing Award

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Digital Pen and Paper, Social Services Care Assistants (Leeds City Council)

Digital Pen & Paper (DP&P) technology is poised to radically transform the way in which paper based information can be retrieved, stored and analysed. Social Services within Leeds City Council recently ran a pilot of DP&P technology with home care workers. Over 1,600 home care assistants are now using this technology to send care information directly to corporate systems from clients' homes through a secure mobile link. This project is leveraging innovative mobile technology solutions to enable new ways of working which meet the changing demands of local government.

Atlas (Charles Wells Ltd)
Project Atlas was a major project to implement a strategic shift into building product distribution and drive demand for Charles Wells' products at the point of sale. Part of the project was to launch a new type of sales force, with the ability to communicate information easily to and from head office and regional managers. The support systems were designed to assist the sales force in building and maintaining good customer relationships. This was achieved in a short time and within budget providing immediate benefit in new product listings.

The eCourier System (eCourier)
The eCourier system brings clients and couriers directly together through the combination of mobile devices, GPS and an intuitive and easy to use online booking system. The system processes all delivery requests, minimizing the need for human intervention. In addition, they have developed a street-level tracking module, which allows clients to follow the GPS-informed movements of couriers assigned to their deliveries, and a module which automatically despatches proof of delivery e-mails containing the recipient's digital signature. Together, these systems provide unprecedented levels of efficiency, reliability, transparency and customer confidence.

OnlineQSC - Mobilising the workforce through the use of handheld devices (McDonald's Restaurants Limited)
The workforce is mobilised through the implementation of 200 Pocket PCs, loaded with information concerning product quality, customer service and cleanliness. Instead of having to write down information and manually transfer it to central systems, staff can enter all the details they need directly into the handheld devices. The information is then automatically uploaded to a central database. Assessment data is uploaded using GPRS or WiFi connections, and automatically synchronised with central databases. The mobile assessment system includes a security management tool to protect sensitive data.

Women in IT Award

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Berwin Leighton Paisner - enhancing opportunities for women in IT

Janet Day was the first female IT director of a top 20 law firm in the UK and is 'one of the top 10 most influential people in legal IT' according to InBrief magazine. She has created an environment where everyone can achieve their potential through a training and recruitment programme coupled with flexible working and job sharing opportunities. When Janet joined BLP women comprised 20% of the technology team, today that figure is 33% with highly qualified women in the number two position and other leading roles.

Deutsche Bank - Operations, Business Area Controlling and Infrastructure Technology
(OBI-IT)Operations, Business Area Controlling and Infrastructure IT is the largest application development technology group at Deutsche Bank. OBI is a high performing organization that is responsible for the banks 9. Billion Euro Trade Processing business. On the senior management team of this mission critical business are 2 female Managing Directors and 1 female director, a profile that is unparalleled in the Investment Banking Technology Sector. OBI demonstrates a proven career path for women in IT - a factor that underpins the bank's success.

Sopra Newell and Budge
The driving force behind the organization is Ann Budge, CEO, who set the company up with her business partner, Alison Newell, in 1985. More than half the board is female and 50% of senior management staff are women. Ann certainly knows how hard it is as a female to succeed in the IT industry and has used her experiences to shape her own company. Out of a total workforce of 380, 115 are women including 37% of the technical staff, and four out of six executive directors are also female.

West Dunbartonshire Council
West Dunbartonshire Council values equality and diversity which enhances the services provided to the community. As Head of IS, Angela Clements embraces these values as an opportunity to support all staff, including the many talented females who choose to work within IS. Angela has a clear understanding of the demands of the modern world on women working in ICT. The Modernising Government Agenda incorporates Customer First, Electronic Service Delivery and Continuous Improvement which requires strong commitment to diversity at work and work-life balance.