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It's time for you and your IT firm or product to shine in IT Awards

IT Awards proudly supported by law firm Carson McDowell to champion the best of the sector

From left: Professor Karen Rafferty of Queen’s University Belfast; Peter Guzhar, partner at sponsor Carson McDowell; and Margaret Canning, Business Editor, Belfast Telegraph
From left: Professor Karen Rafferty of Queen’s University Belfast; Peter Guzhar, partner at sponsor Carson McDowell; and Margaret Canning, Business Editor, Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph is proud to launch the inaugural IT Awards, proudly supported by Carson McDowell. Firms and IT leaders are encourage to apply across 13 categories. Entries must be received by the deadline of September 26, with the awards ceremony taking place on November 8.

Entries in each category will be judged against three key criteria:

  • Innovation
  • lMeasurable Success
  • Customer Satisfaction

Projects and Services

Best 'Not for Profit' Sector IT Project of the Year

The judges are looking for the most outstanding project delivered by a 'not for profit' organisation. This award is open to charities, NGOs and government departments. Any kind of project is eligible as long as IT is core to its success.

Best Use of Cloud Services

This award will be presented to a public or private sector entrant for the best IT project which uses services to applications based on IaaS, PaaS or SaaS. The data processing and interfaces must be driven from a cloud platform for consumption by smart devices.

Cyber Security Project of the Year

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This award recognises an organisation which has delivered an innovative project in the area of cyber security.

It rewards a project which demonstrates the highest level of excellence for the team's organisation or clients showing best practice and ongoing improvement.

Digital Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding digital media user experience project to remodel market reach, client relations and brand recognition, as well as projects where the rationale is the distribution or management of content itself. User experience achievements will be a key focus.

Mobile App of the Year

The judges are looking for an app which demonstrates exceptional design, high impact and originality.

User experience and functionality are also important. Eligible mobile apps run on mobile phones, tablets or other touchscreen devices with built-in 3G or 4G capability.

People

IT Professional of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and quality in the use and promotion of IT in their place of work. They will have delivered tangible benefit to their organisation, meeting key objectives for budget, timescales and service.

Young IT Professional of the Year

This award is open to an individual working in IT who has not reached his/her 30th birthday by August 31, 2019. The judges are looking for someone who has demonstrated commitment and initiative in their IT role, who has made a significant contribution to their project team or company, and stands out as a high performer in the application and management of IT.

Best Place to Work in IT

This award recognises the organisations that provide the best employment and career opportunities for IT professionals. The winner will be a company whose IT employees see it as a great place to work; that grows and retains its IT talent; that offers reward and recognition for personal achievement; and that truly stands out from the crowd.

IT Project Team of the Year

The judges are looking for an outstanding project team that has implemented an end-user project that has been exceptionally well managed. The successful entrant will show how well the project has been run, what lessons have been learnt, how customer expectations have been surpassed, any innovations introduced and measurable outcomes.

IT Team of the Year

The judges are looking for a company or public body that demonstrates how the development or implementation of its IT strategy has helped to meet objectives, achieve greater competitiveness or improve public services during the last year.

The winning organisation will show how IT is fundamental to achieving business goals.

Small IT Team of the Year

This award seeks to recognise a small IT team (of 10 or less) which has shown an innovative approach to contributing IT solutions either in-house or as a supplier.

Customer satisfaction and tangible results should be demonstrated.

Small Supplier of the Year

This winner (with under 20 employees) will demonstrate excellence in the provision of IT systems.

The successful entrant will be a supplier of hardware, software and/or IT services that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months and can demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and business benefits from the users of its products and services.

IT Woman of the Year

This award celebrates a woman who has excelled in an IT role and who could be regarded as a role model contributing to a more inclusive sector.

The winner will be a talented high achiever who has made a significant impact in the technology industry.

Entry requirements

  • Entry overview (must be a maximum of 100 words) which can be used for PR purposes.
  • A maximum of 750 words on how you/your organisation/the project or service meet the criteria of the category entered and with particular reference to innovation, measurable success and customer satisfaction.
  • A summary statement of up to 150 words on why you should win.

Judging panel

  • Professor Karen Rafferty, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen's University
  • Noel Brady, Consult NB1 Ltd
  • Nicola Ayre, School of Computing, Ulster University
  • Clair Gheel, eir Business NI
  • Allen Martin, Kernel Capital
  • George McKinney, Invest NI
  • Another TBC

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