Innovation puts BT on awards roll

Trophy and rosetteThe merits and work of BT’s Innovation & Design division (BTID) have been acknowledged by industry award schemes not once but twice in the last week.

The division not only scooped the prestigious, international Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation award, it has also been shortlisted in four categories in the UK’s 2011 IT Industry awards.

In the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards, customers are honoured for their cutting-edge solutions using its Fusion Middleware – an application for data integration. Winners are selected on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organisation, complexity and magnitude of implementation.

Mike Blackmore, enterprise architect, BT, says: “The Oracle awardgenerates more than 200 nominations across several categories and we’re thrilled to be picked as the overall winners for the second time in two years. Like in 2009 when Oracle awarded us the same recognition, representatives of the BTID team are looking forward to collecting a trophy that symbolises our achievement during a ceremony at OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, next month.”

In the UK IT Industry awards, which are sponsored by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT - and Computing magazine, two BTID members were named as finalists: Principle researcher Yang Li, who has been named as a finalist for the Business Analyst of the Year award; and Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, who is a finalist for the Young It Professional of the Year award.

Additionally, two BTID projects have been shortlisted in the ‘Project Excellence’ category and corresponding BT divisions BT Business and BT Radianz have both been shortlisted for the IT Supplier of the Year award and the Infrastructure Innovation of the Year category, respectively.

The winners of the IT Industry awards will be judged on 30th September and announced at a dinner and ceremony event in London on 10th November.