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The awards were presented by comedian, actor and television presenter Alexander Armstrong at a glittering ceremony in London, in front of an audience of more than 1,000 technology professionals from across the UK.
Mike Lynch is recognised for establishing a number of technology companies, including Autonomy, the UK’s largest software company by market capitalisation and a member of the FTSE 100. The company was recently acquired by HP in the largest ever European software transaction.
Mike studied Information Sciences at Cambridge University, where he received a Ph.D. and held a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition. He is a technology entrepreneur and a pioneer of the Meaning Based Computing movement. He has been awarded an OBE for services to enterprise.
He has held a number of advisory and board roles in the venture capital industry and is currently a non-executive director of the BBC and the British Library. He has won numerous awards including being named the Confederation of British Industry's Entrepreneur of the Year, the European Business Leaders Awards' Innovator of the Year for pioneering new approaches to search and information processing technology, and Management Today's Entrepreneur of the Year 2009. Mike has also won an IEE Award for Outstanding Achievement.
He is also a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Lady Margaret Beaufort Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and the author of a number of academic papers on the subject of pattern recognition and signal processing.
PROJECT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Business Project of the Year
Winner: Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) designs, engineers and manufactures luxury cars and 4x4s in the UK that sell in 177 countries. The complexity, timescale and cost associated with automotive engineering and safety testing demand an advanced IT environment. JLR has deployed a state-of-the-art IT environment consisting of scalable compute clusters, engineering workstations all built from commodity technologies. This underpins JLR’s move to “virtual car” product development, reducing the time to market, engineering costs and environmental impact of the product lifecycle.
Medallists: Dell/Team Lotus; JP Morgan Chase
Jaguar Land Rover's Andy Searle receives the Business Project of the Year award
Small Business Project of the Year
LondonWaste operates the LondonWaste EcoPark, a busy recycling and waste management facility in North London. Handling hundreds of vehicles a day, it has undertaken a project that integrates some of the most modern technology into one of the oldest industries in the country.
Medallists: Business Stream; Royal Bank of Scotland
Public Sector Project of the Year
Winner: University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
The Department of Health (DoH) and National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) mandated that a venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment be conducted for a minimum of 90 per cent of adult patients admitted to hospital. University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire invented the e-solution for VTE risk assessment, replacing traditional paper forms. The innovation, forming part of the Trust’s existing Clinical Results Report System, led to impressive improvements in VTE risk assessments, increased patient safety and an improved hospitals’ admission process.
Medallists: Eastbourne Borough Council; University College London Hospitals
Community Project of the Year
Winner: South West Grid for Learning Trust (SWGfL)
360 degree safe is a user-friendly online tool that allows schools to review their e-safety provision, identify strengths and weaknesses and develop an improvement action plan. It can be used free of charge by any school and provides a unique database of current and relevant data on the state of e-safety in schools. The tool is provided by SWGfL, a not-for-profit, charitable trust company, funded by 15 local authorities.
Medallists: Community Gateway Association; WORLDwrite
Environmental Project of the Year
Winner: Network Rail
Network Rail’s On Train Metering project is a cross-industry initiative, delivered by a collaborative team to develop a solution in a compressed timeframe, on budget, to maximise the benefits for the industry as a whole. It means that the operator is billed for its use of EC4T (electric current for traction) based on metered consumption data instead of modelled consumption rates. By creating a delivery-orientated cross-company initiative – rather than the more long-term boards and discussion groups – and recognising the true worth of data collection early in the process, this innovative project will support green initiatives as well as reduce costs.
Medallists: Enworks; Zoological Society of London & Bat Conservation Trust
Network Rail's Lawrie Read and team pose with their award
ORGANISATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Large IT Department of the Year
Winner: Allianz Insurance
Allianz UK recognised that there were traditional barriers to innovation and set up the structures to overcome these. It provided guidelines to staff on what innovation means and how it can be achieved, and provides regular and clear communication to employees. It also offers management support at all levels to enable organisational excellence.
Medallists: Home Group; HM Revenue & Customs