2009 Project Excellence Awards winners and medallists

BCS is proud to announce the winners and medallists for the Project Excellence Awards categories of its IT Industry Awards: 

Winners

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Community Project of the Year

Comic Relief / Carrenza
Future technology for Comic Relief 2009

Comic Relief needed a new technology platform to support a massive web2.0 campaign and replace their donations platform. At the same time it had to be greener and easier for the team at Comic Relief to manage. Comic Relief turned to cloud computing and scalability specialist, Carrenza, to come up with a five year technology strategy and deliver systems to support that strategy, guaranteeing management of unprecedented levels of traffic to the websites and donations portal. 

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Ricoh
Environmental Project of the Year

PGS / Keysource
Europe
’s most efficient Data Centre

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) built a new efficient data centre in December 2008. The objective was to reduce the facility's carbon footprint compared to its previous location and to drive initiatives across the company to reduce environmental impact whilst achieving a 45% saving in energy costs. The installed Keysource Ecofris solution has produced a 15.8 million kW-h reduction in annual power consumption and a 6.8 million kg reduction in annual CO2 emissions (at full load) with a PUE figure of 1.2.

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Konica Minolta
Innovative Project of the Year

Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art and the Department of Computer Science, University of Hull
VENUS - Virtual Exploration of Underwater Sites

The VENUS project aims to provide accurate three dimensional immersive reconstructions of underwater archaeological sites providing virtual access to all. At present, these sites are out of reach to all but a few specially trained archaeologists. By recreating the sites as interactive computer generated virtual environments, we permit both experts and the general public to study these important pieces of cultural heritage in a safe, cost effective and pedagogical environment.

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Connections
Recruitment
IT Project Team of the Year

Portaltech
QuickLive for Long Tall Sally

Long Tall Sally (LTS) wanted to invest in a single eCommerce platform to support their aggressive expansion strategy. The solution had to be implemented to very tight deadlines and meet strict budget requirements while providing greater power and control over the platform by business rather than IT users. Portaltech worked to understand LTS’s requirements including a three-month implementation cycle. Since going live, LTS have seen significant increases in profitability, competitiveness and a dramatic increase in online revenues.

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Neverfail
Private Sector Project of the Year

Clear Channel Outdoor UK
WAVe - Wireless Activity Verification

In 2009 Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) completed the launch of its revolutionary proof of posting system which runs on software developed by CCO’s in-house IT department and Gavitec. WAVe (Wireless Activity Verification) runs on Nokia N70 mobile phones and allows the Operations teams to scan unique 2D barcode labels, fitted on every poster and frame, to confirm proof of posting. CCO was the first UK outdoor media owner to offer this service across its entire street furniture and billboard portfolio.

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Intellect
 
Public Sector Project of the Year

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals
BloodTrack

Why the project was started and what its key objectives were:-

1. To improve patient safety: re-engineering transfusion processes using bar code technology, hand held scanning computers, and electronic control of blood collection from blood fridges.
2. To bring real-time patient information to the bedside to inform direct clinical care.
3. To address the requirements of the UK Blood Safety and Quality regulations (2005) ensuring accurate documentation and traceability of blood from donor to recipient. 



Medallists

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Community Project of the Year

SICL Ltd
Yorkshire
Air Ambulance-Unified Communication

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance service is a charity providing essential back up for NHS medical emergency services. With two operational bases the YAA is dependent on its communications network to relay critical information and rapidly respond to emergency situations. SICL provides a pro-bono support service to ensure that the YAA’s unified data and voice infrastructure is available and fully optimised and cite this as their way of giving back to the community in which the majority of the staff lives.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust, The Phoenix Partnership
E-consultation in chronic kidney disease

The Bradford Chronic Kidney Disease Electronic Advisory Service's use of a clinical software system has led to a reduction in unnecessary secondary care referrals for renal patients. E-consultations sent from GP to nephrologist mean a detailed and efficient review of the primary care electronic record can be performed without a hospital visit. Patients requiring outpatient clinic assessment are identified and others benefit from timely specialist advice. Unnecessary clinic visits are avoided, freeing up resources for patients who need them most.

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Ricoh
 
Environmental Project of the Year

National Australia Group
Managed print services

In March 2007 National Australia Group (NAG) made the commitment to become Carbon Neutral by September 2010.

A key project initiated within the NAG Europe business to contribute to the achievement of this goal was the Managed Print Services Project; tasked with the following:

• Delivering a user-friendly common printing/copying/scanning platform
• Reducing number of print devices and paper output
• Lowering of overall power consumption
• Effecting a long-term manageable, sustainable and cost-effective environment-friendly solution

The Insolvency Service
Enabling the Future

EtF has delivered a completely new environment to its 3000 plus users. All desktops have been replaced with secure thin Client devices, back-office hardware, applications and data has moved to a new data centre. All grades staff have the opportunity of flex working. Allowing a desk policy of 8 desks per 10 staff to be implemented in certain offices. This has been a strategic and forward thinking undertaking in adopting a new greener environment for InsS and its staff.

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Konica Minolta
Innovative Project of the Year

Mouchel
maps@mouchel

Numerous business issues have arisen from the withdrawal of the Ordnance Survey (OS) Landline vector-based file format, with further difficulties in geospatial data usage, management and maintenance associated with the new OS MasterMap data format. Maps@mouchel is a technologically innovative system that addresses these challenges. It incorporates central data storage and management, harnesses the very latest in web portal and GIS technology, supports open standards protocols for specialist users of geospatial technologies, and helps protect Mouchel from IPR infringements risks.

National Grid
Optimiser - Planning for Success

National Grid has an aggressive programme to upgrade Britain’s power network. It has responded to the challenge of demonstrating more effective planning by internally designing pioneering software, unavailable on the market, to significantly improve long term planning of work on the electricity transmission system. ‘Optimiser’ will allow delivery of increased volumes of work with the same resources and reduce contractor costs associated with delays by at least 10% by innovatively managing complex data and business processes through a single software tool.

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Connections
Recruitment
 
IT Project Team of the Year

Capgemini UK plc 
Transformational e-Commerce

Responding to market conditions, feedback from customers and recognising the opportunity for first mover advantage online against other discount retailers, Matalan strategically drove the transformation of its business operating model. Implementing an e-commerce platform with the associated change around people and processes saw average order values increase by over 25%, customer returns reduced to less than 13% (target was 20%) and experience a 40% plus increase in new shoppers, with an overall increase in purchase frequency for all customers segments.

Virgin Atlantic
IT Lite

You would expect Virgin to do things differently, even within IT. Virgin Atlantic runs an IT Lite project team and since its birth 18 months ago, it has delivered over 200 projects, ranging from a few hours work for reports to several weeks for full systems. All are delivered in an agile fashion and savings to date are £500k in revenue protection and over £400k on external spend, a 500% ROI. The future’s bright; the future is "IT Lite"!

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Neverfail
 
Private Sector Project of the Year

Portaltech
QuickLive for Long Tall Sally

Long Tall Sally (LTS) wanted to invest in a single eCommerce platform to support their aggressive expansion strategy. The solution had to be implemented to very tight deadlines and meet strict budget requirements while providing greater power and control over the platform by business rather than IT users. Portaltech worked to understand LTS’s requirements including a three-month implementation cycle. Since going live, LTS have seen significant increases in profitability, competitiveness and a dramatic increase in online revenues.

British Airways
Zero Touch Desktop

The ZTD project has transformed the performance, delivery and support of 20,000 desktop and laptop PCs in British Airways. BA has automated every step of these processes and eliminated all ‘touches’ by engineers. We believe this is unique among large enterprises. Using Lean processes and an entirely UK-based BA manpower investment, this project will return £15 million of benefits over two years. ZTD is delivering huge productivity and cost benefits during the worst ever trading environment for the aviation industry.

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Intellect
Public Sector Project of the Year

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
Self Assessment Online (SA Online)

The new SA Online service is HMRC’s largest ever web release: a new user-friendly application and new state of the art infrastructure ensures system availability during peak usage. The project was complete at the end of January 2009, on time and to budget. The new infrastructure enabled an unprecedented 50% increase in SA returns filed online to 5.8 million. The new service received overwhelmingly positive customer feedback and delivered efficiency savings to HMRC of more than £20 its first year.

Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel
IT Assist - the NICS ICT Shared Centre

In March 2009, the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) completed the migration of the last NI Civil Service department to IT Assist, its ICT Shared Service Centre. IT Assist now provides “common” ICT services such as Help Desk, email, infrastructure, server hosting and desktop support to some 18,500 users across the eleven Northern Ireland departments and their Agencies. The project to deliver IT Assist was delivered on time and within budget and has been commended as a major success.