2019 key criteria

We are looking for submissions of end-user projects that highlight the importance of new technology initiatives and demonstrate the benefits of well-managed IT implementations for changing and improving business and public life. Projects should have been completed after 1st March 2018 and have had a significant UK-based element. IT suppliers may enter these categories for a nominated customer project but should be aware that the award is given to the organisation within which the project has been implemented.

Hardware vendors and software authors may submit an internal project to develop new products (i.e. where they are themselves the 'end-user') but it is emphasised that the assessment will be made solely on the characteristics of the built project and not on the product developed.

More than one project may be submitted by an applicant as separate entries, and a given project may be submitted into more than one category.

The awards in this category will be judged against four key criteria:

The judges will consider each of these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and / or its clients.

Entrants should provide:

An explanation for how the submitted project meets each of the four criteria, plus a maximum 250-word summary of why they believe they should win this award.

Each entry, therefore, requires:

  • Project overview (80 words), which can be used for PR purposes
  • Four sections detailing achievements (up to 500 words each) against each of the four criteria above
  • A summary statement (up to 250 words)

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the above format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

All sections of the form must be completed.

Enter the 2019 UK IT Industry Awards

IT suppliers may enter these categories for a nominated customer project but should be aware that the award is given to the organisation within which the project has been implemented.

2019 awards

The awards in the Project Excellence category are:

Automation Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project utilising Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or Automation. This could be a chatbot, a marketing automation tool, an image analysis assistant, or any other related project. The winning entry will demonstrate the business value of the project, and why AI / ML or Automation were necessary over other options.

Best 'Not-for-Profit' (Third Sector) IT Project of the Year

Awarded to a 'not for profit' sector organisation for the most outstanding project. For clarity, the award is open to charities, NGO's and not-for-profit organisations outside of the public sector, subject to the accepted criteria on surplus distribution. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination.

Best Public Sector IT Project

Awarded to the public sector organisation for the most outstanding project. The award is open to government departments, health service, armed forces and local government. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination.

Best Use of Cloud Services

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project implementing services or applications based on IaaS, PaaS or SaaS where the data, processing and interfaces are driven from a cloud platform for consumption by smart devices.

Digital Transformation Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding digital transformation project that transforms the workplace, remodel client relations and brand recognition as well as projects where the rationale is the distribution or management of content. The determination will be made based on the user experience achievements and not for the technology per se.

Diversity and Inclusion Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the IT project which demonstrates the most meaningful impact on an organisation’s diversity and inclusion statistics. The project must have taken place over the last 12 months (though it may have started earlier). Judges will expect to see details of the project, its results, and how it has affected the broader business.

Enterprise Data / Analytics Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project related to the management and use of data and in particular to the associated analytical capabilities to deliver real value in terms of organisational performance.

IoT Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding project applying 'Internet of Things' technologies and / or usage where the key component to the project solution is a device or ‘thing'. Note that the determination will be made on the project's ability to develop or deploy, and not for the technology per se.

Security and Governance Project of the Year

Awarded to the security team that has delivered the highest level of excellence in a security or governance project for their organisation or clients. Nominees will be measured against how they can demonstrate this excellence against the four criteria, and the real-world improvement and transformation it made to the organisation it was delivered to.

Sustainability Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the IT project which is best able to demonstrate a positive contribution to the organisation’s environmental impact and sustainability. Judges will expect to see details of the project, including its drivers, inception and results. Metrics revealing its impact will be helpful, as will an outline of what future plans will dovetail from it.