Saturday, November 19, 2005

Computing Awards for Excellence

London's Battersea Park Events Arena was the venue on Thursday night for the 13th annual Computing Awards for Excellence ceremony. Over 1,000 IT professionals and guests attended the event, which was hosted by the comedian Jack Dee. The 2005 competition was the most successful of the Computing Awards for Excellence to date, with a record number of entries. A total of 23 awards were presented in recognition of outstanding performance by companies, teams and individuals within the UK's IT sector. The top honour of Outstanding Contribution to the UK IT industry went to Ian Watmore, Head of eGovernment. In the project awards categories, British Airways took the prize for Private Sector Project of the Year while Venerable Bede Secondary School won the Public Sector Project of the Year award. GAP Activity Projects was awarded Voluntary Sector Project of the Year and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority was the winner of the Innovative Project of the Year award. Finally in the project awards categories, Usman Naeem of Queen Mary University in London won the Student Project of the Year Award. In the Individual and Team awards, IT Leader of the Year went to David Lester, Chief Information Officer at the London Stock Exchange. The honour of IT Professional of the Year went to Maggie Beaton, Head of IT Integratin at Royal Bank of Scotland. Ellis Fairbank won IT Department of the Year and Royal Bank of Scotland took a second honour as its Head of Integration Programmes, Ben Miller, won the Business Manager of the Year Award. In the Company Awards categories, UPS won the award for Most IT-Enabled Organisation of the Year and Postcode Anywhere the award for Most IT-Enabled Small Business of the Year. Winner of the IT in the Community Award was Preston City Council, while Centrica plc won the IT Employer of the Year Award. In the Industry Awards categories the Business Hardware Supplier of the Year Award went to Barraduda Networks and the Business Software Supplier of the Year award to Sophos. Research in Motion took the award for Networking and Communications Supplier of the Year, and Black Spider Technologies won the IT Services Supplier of the Year Award. Finally in this Industry Awards category, Vanco won UK IT Company of the Year. There were a further four 'other' awards on the night: Sun Microsystems / Starcom won the award for Technology Advertising Campaign of the Year. Weber Shandwick were named IT PR Company of the Year. Huxley Associates won the honour of Recruitment Consultancy of the Year. And finally, Microsoft was awarded the Computing IT Cup.