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VNU ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST FOR THE “COMPUTING AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE 2005” AS ENTRY NUMBERS DOUBLE

Added: (Wed Sep 21 2005)

Pressbox (Press Release) - VNU Business Publications Ltd, the leading global media and information company, has announced its shortlist for the 13th annual “Computing Awards for Excellence”. The awards ceremony will be hosted by Computing, the UK’s leading technology newspaper, distributed to more than 115,000 IT professionals and decision makers each week. The ceremony will be held at the Battersea Park Arena in London on the 16th of November, with Ricoh as the headline sponsor.

Chas Moloney, Associate Director of Marketing at Ricoh said: “As the seventh largest IT manufacturer we are keen to recognise and reward innovation and congratulate each of the shortlisted companies. By sponsoring the prestigious Computing Awards we feel that we are helping to promote developments in IT and highlight the benefits such developments bring to people’s lives”.

Award categories have been updated for this year’s event, becoming less product-based and, instead, recognising the contributions of individuals, teams and organisations, their performance and results. As a direct consequence of this change, the numbers of entries for this year’s awards have doubled.

Examples of the categories the panel of 12 independent judges will be voting on include Private sector project of the year, Student project of the year and IT professional of the year.

The full list of nominees is published in Computing on the 15th of September.

Computing Awards Shortlist 2005:

Private sector project of the year:
Argos – IntelliQ retail analytics
British Airways – Integrated Applications Infrastructure
Premier Travel Inn – Integration of Premier Lodge and Travel Inn
Tesco.com – EMC automated network storage
Transys – Prestige smartcard ticketing for Transport for London
Tube Lines – Whole-life asset management

Public sector project of the year:
British Army – ArmyNET portal
British Waterways – New IT infrastructure
Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Registry – Ensemble integration platform
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority – e-Assessments
RBT (Connect) / Rotherham Borough Council – Revenue and Benefits systems
South Eastern Trains – KESNet network
Venerable Bede Secondary School - Sunderland's School of the Future

Voluntary sector project of the year:
Comic Relief – Red Nose Day & Live 8
GAP Activity Projects – E-enabling IT systems
MapAction – Geographic information system
People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals – Broadband network
Plan – Virtual Infrastructure Testing Environment
Teachfirst – CRM system

Innovative project of the year:
BNP Paribas – GridServer
Cordon Pharmacy – Authentication at the point of dispensing pilot
Environment Agency / Fujitsu – Floodline Warnings Direct
pH Europe – Truck & container tracking
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority – e-Assessments
SE3D / HP Labs – SE3D Animation Showcase

Student project of the year:
Usman Naeem (Queen Mary University of London) – Neighbourhood watch surveillance system
Mokana Ponnuram (MPP) – Visual Cryptography
John Rivers (Maidstone Borough Council) – Complaints Management System

IT leader of the Year:
Peter Barclay, Group ICT Manager, Sims Group
David Lester, CIO, London Stock Exchange
Guy Mason, CIO, EWS Railways
Rod Matthews, Director of eCouncil Programme, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Luke Mellors, CIO, The Dorchester
Gary Price, CIO, Egg

IT Professional of the Year:
Maggie Beaton, Head of IT Integration, Royal Bank of Scotland
Fiona Ellis, Head of Emerging Technologies, Metropolitan Police Service

IT Department of the Year:
Eaga Partnership
Ellis Fairbank
Friends First
HBOS Computercall
Renfrewshire Council
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Technology

Business Manager of the Year:
Joanne Coxon, client service manager, Royal Bank of Scotland
Hy-phen – on-site recruitment team at Prudential
Lambeth Borough Council finance system team
Bill Miller, head of integration programmes, Royal Bank of Scotland

Most IT-enabled organisation of the Year:
Berwin Leighton Paisner
NPS Property Consultants
RBT (Connect) / Rotherham Borough Council
South Eastern Trains
UPS

Most IT-enabled small business of the Year:
DriveTech
Inside Track
JLA
KnowledgePool
MSB International
Postcode Anywhere

IT in the Community award:
Computer Associates Digital Schoolhouse Foundation
Preston City Council

Business Software Supplier of the Year:
Appsense
CGram Software
F-Secure
LANDesk Software
Mindjet
Njini
Sophos

IT Services Supplier of the Year:
BlackSpider Technologies
LinuxIT
LogicaCMG
Parity
Savvis
ServiceTec

Networking and Communications Supplier of the Year:
APC
Aruba Networks
BT
Cisco Systems
Research in Motion
Vanco

Business Hardware Supplier of the Year:
Avantail
Baraccuda Networks
Hitachi Data Systems
Lifesize Communications
StorageTek

Computing30 UK IT Company of the Year:
Autonomy
Colt Telecom
Northgate Information Solutions
Royalblue Group
Sage
Vanco

Technology Advertising Campaign of the Year:
Amadeus – Altea campaign
BT – The digital networked economy
Cable & Wireless – Rebranding campaign
Sun Microsystems / Starcom – Launch of Solaris 10
Tidalwave – HP Business Partner campaign
Viatel / Worth – Frank & Earnest campaign

Recruitment Consultancy of the Year:
Advanced Resource Managers
Harvey Nash
Huxley Associates
Modis
MSB International
Penta Consulting

IT PR Company of the Year:
Bite Communications
Brands2Life
Chameleon
Hotwire
Johnson King
Weber Shandwick

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About VNU
VNU is a global information and media company with leading market positions and recognised brands in marketing information (ACNielsen), media measurement and information (Nielsen Media Research), business information (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Computing, Intermediair) and directory publishing (Golden Pages).

VNU is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and New York, USA. The company employs 38,000 people. Total revenues amounted to EUR 3.9 billion in 2003. VNU is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam (ASE: VNU) stock exchange.

For more information, please visit the VNU website at http://www.vnu.com

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