It’s the final countdown...

By Computing Staff
01 Nov 2011 View Comments
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With just days to go to the UK IT Industry Awards ceremony, we focus on the finalists in the Business Project of the Year category, sponsored by TDX

Further reading

Dell/Team Lotus
Returning after a 16-year absence from F1 racing, Team Lotus needed an end-to-end IT infrastructure to support the design and build of its fastest-ever racing cars. The catch? It had to be designed, implemented and running within just three months. Plus, the solution needed to drive competitive advantage in a global sporting landscape renowned for its cut-throat pace.

The new Sky studios have been designed to be the flagship broadcasting facility for Sky Sports News and additional entertainment shows. The project brings a number of teams together under one roof and Sky will see its internal broadcasting processes move to a tapeless environment. With fibre-optic and copper network infrastructure replacing the traditional co-axial channels, Sky is embarking on a new era of broadcasting, where speed and quality are paramount.

JP Morgan
FiRE is a state-of-the-art three-way Informatica-based reconciliation tool built by JP Morgan in partnership with Cognizant. More than 1,600 feed files are delivered into FiRE containing more than 18 million records, which are filtered and aggregated within FiRE, resulting in 2.1 million records being passed to the matching process. Matching of the 2.1 million items completes in less than 25 minutes and results in reconciliation between the risk management system, sub-ledger and general ledger, providing an end summary view used by 400 users.

BT’s FOS is a resource management system for improving customer experience. It is underpinned by 12 patents in demand forecasting, resource planning and scheduling. The project has been operational in BT since 2007 and has led to operational expenditure savings of about £20m to date.

Laddaw is the main automotive glass distributor within vehicle repair and replacement glass company Belron. Laddaw’s Leicester-based distribution centre processes 1.3 million pieces of glass a year. The project created new software that groups the work of the glass pickers to create a smarter picking process. It also looks at glass curvature to advise on how best to pack and ship it. It has increased productivity and pick accuracy and decreased damage during shipping.

Jaguar Land Rover
The complexity, timescale and cost of automotive engineering and safety testing demand an advanced IT environment. Jaguar Land Rover has deployed a state-of-the-art IT environment consisting of scalable compute clusters and engineering workstations all built from commodity technologies. This underpins its move to “virtual car” product development, reducing the time to market, engineering costs and environmental impact.

Wales & West Utilities
Wales & West Utilities’ (WWU’s) Business Services “Upgrade to Excellence” programme is the largest process re-engineering and technology refresh in the firm’s six-year history. The Business Services team provides a range of services to WWU’s customers, including more than 24,000 new gas connections every year. This initiative focused on improving internal efficiencies to deliver enhanced customer satisfaction and business value while also providing a platform for future growth.

BT – Predictive Dashboards
BT’s Predictive Dashboards provide real-time predictions for key performance indicators of business processes. In BT the system is used by Openreach to predict the number of jobs completed on time by the end of a day. If the prediction shows extra demand or underperformance, resource managers can reallocate resources to address the problem and make sure that performance targets are met. The software is self-learning and is embedded into an Oracle database managing the work stack.

Shell Aviation
In 2011, Shell’s Aviation business undertook its largest process and system transformation, implementing 29 IT systems into 49 countries, and connecting 600 airports with a new suite of back-office solutions. The global nature of the business, combined with 24 x 7 operations, meant that a big-bang implementation across five regions was required. On 1 April, the programme was successfully deployed, with more than one billion litres of fuel processed by the end of month one.

State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) is the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. In January 2011, SSgA acquired Bank of Ireland Asset Management (BIAM) enhancing its investment management capabilities and establishing its 10th global investment centre. The efforts of the UK IT team were key to the seamless integration of BIAM’s acquired systems, people and customers.

The awards, run by Computing and the BCS, showcase innovation, excellence and best practice. The winners will be announced at a lavish prize-giving dinner at the Battersea Park Arena in London on Thursday 10 November 2011.
To view the full list of finalists for each award and to book your table, visit our web site at

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