I see that the guys in Vhi have won the BT IT Inspired Award for a Financial Services company. Well done guys, especially for beating off some stiff competition from AIB, Hibernian Insurance, ACC, Institute of Bankers, Stiona and your friends in Vivas!

Waiting to hear the rest of the results…

 Update 8.05pm:

Was intending to do a review of the winners, but no update on the awards website and no press release issued by iReach who organised the event. I wonder are the guys suffering from sore heads today and didn’t make it in to the office at all. Seems a pity that they haven’t made an effort to promote the businesses who won the various awards. I sent a mail to the organisers asking for a press release; awaiting a response…

Update 31st October:

Thanks to Sinead in iReach who sent me on the press release today with the details of the winners:

Project of the Year: Belfast Health & Social Care Trust – for their converged mobility project which has increased the level of patient care in its hospitals

Team of the Year: AIB – for their constant work and innovative development on both their personal and business banking solutions

SME Project of the Year: Memesis – who have developed an interactive website to compliment classroom learning and aide exam student’s preparation 

IT & Services: Phonovation (Continumn Plus) – an sms alert system for IT managers to notify them of disaster situations and outlining required next steps.*

Technology & Media:  Perlico (SingleServ) – a customer service solution that “automates processes, provides enhanced customer service and improved response times.”*

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure:  NTR (Toll Plaza Integration) – the well-publicised system that allows drivers access all tolls via a single account.

Government:   Property Registration Authority (ITRIS) – Integrated Title Registration Information System

Retail, Distribution & Manufacturing:  Airtricity (Energy Management)

Health & education:    Microsoft (School of the future) – Dunshaughlin Community School as one of only twelve Microsoft “schools of the future” around the world

Business Services:     RTE (General Election)

Financial Services:     VHI (Policy Management) – web-based self-service application for customers

Just 2 of the 11 winners have promoted or announced the win in some way on their website (marked with * above).

While awards can certainly have a positive impact on internal staff motivation, it does seem that the obvious opportunity for these organisations to promote the independent recognition of their innovation is not being taken.

IT awards in themselves are not terribly interesting for non-IT people; I still cannot find another source – news, blog or otherwise – that is carrying this story. One would have to ask about the value of such awards to a company.