Outstanding IT Initiative Award

140329-006 - resized for edpThis category seeks to find the company that has successfully used new technology from cloud computing to mobile devices in order to address business challenges and improve day to day operations.
Judges will focus on how companies have been able to deliver efficiencies, capture and derive value from IT, and how they have used that to empower their teams.
Entries may be around data capture and therefore targeting customers more effectively or introducing anti-cyber crime
solutions to protect their clients or any other customer relevant technology solution.
It is aimed at companies that have successfully introduced IT initiatives to address business challenges.
Last year’s winner Norwich-based Liftshare.com was lauded for the way it had used IT to mature into a business employing 30 people using technology to establish how new services can be delivered and also to generate new revenue streams.
Christopher Cooper, director at Computer Service Centre, said: “In today’s world of rapid technological change keeping on top of IT has never been more important.
“This award is aimed at companies that have successfully introduced IT initiatives to address business challenges. Recently
we deployed a series of new highly available computing clusters and improved our data centre connectivity. All of these investments enable Computer Service Centre to be the leading independent IT supplier in the region.
In this ever changing environment, the business is a shining example of how an IT outsourcer needs to continually invest in people and infrastructure, if it is to properly support its clients.
Computer Service Centre is proud to be supporting the Outstanding IT Initiative award
as ultimately, IT is paramount for any successful business.”

Award Criteria

Has your company embraced technology to boost the bottom line and create a better business?  Judges will be looking for businesses that have become more efficient and productive through their use of IT. This could include a paperless office, remote working, effective use of software or the web to drive the business forward. The business may have recently grown as a result of IT investment or used technology to support business growth.

Finalists

Seaglaze Marine Windows

Seaglaze Marine Windows operates out of a modern, custom-built 10,000 sq ft factory on the outskirts of Norwich.
Seaglaze specialises in the design and manufacture of repeat boat windows, doors and hatch sets to the boat building industry but can also offer a service to a private customer needing a one-off window or a modern commercial vessel needing a full window, door and hatch package.
To manage such a complex manufacturing process with over 1,500 KPI’s requires a level of oversight that is critical for the delivery of the products and the reputation of the company. Seaglaze’s solution was to build it’s own end-to-end, fully integrated IT system that seamlessly combines every element of the company’s day-to-day operation, from design to build to delivery.
Full reporting, one-view customer visibility as well as its own email client has made this an extraordinary tool to power the success of the business, leading most recently to the firm acquiring its own glass manufacturing plant.
The judges were deeply impressed by the level of detail and technological innovation that had been put into place, whilst ensuring that every member of staff was able to use the same system to carry out their work.

xxx_TOCC Picture The Original Cottage Company

The Original Cottage Company has expanded from a small base in Reepham catering for Norfolk holiday lettings to a portfolio of 13 companies covering Suffolk, Kent, Sussex, Cornwall, North Devon, Yorkshire – in all over 1,500 properties in many of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations.
This growth has been fuelled by the development of a unique booking system that allows both owners and holiday makers to cater for the myriad of variations and requirements that managing and booking so many cottage lettings across the UK has required.
The software is used by a wide range of other holiday lettings
agencies across the country too, supported by the company’s in-house IT team.
The Original Cottage Company has been able to use this home-grown technology not only to initially run their own company, but also to power their rapid acquisition of other holiday lettings companies.

Indigo Swan

Indigo Swan recognised that the energy marketplace is becoming more complex and businesses need to be able to make smart decisions about which suppliers to use.
This leads to a requirement to manage multiple suppliers across diverse locations with different meters, tariffs and consumption patterns.
Indigo Swan have created their own bespoke customer interface to bring all this information together in one place, presenting it in a simple and clear fashion.
Pathfinder not only allows their clients to make the right choices, but has also significantly improved Indigo Swan’s ability to create and present tailor-made solutions to new prospects.
Developed in-house, Pathfinder is an excellent tool that demonstrates how technology can be used to present complex data in a simple and helpful way.

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