Technology Innovator of the Year

Infoshare is a broad far-reaching product using existing Internet technology and tools to improve other businesses systems.

Spending a million dollars developing Infoshare has paid off for Larry Hill of Auckland-based Infolink, which wins this category.

He developed the software program for Epson New Zealand, but he realised it had wider B2B applications.

More than 100 customers use the system that controls their workflow over the Internet.

Infoshare works through an ASP so clients need not buy the software, but instead pay for each transaction they make.

Hill says Infoshare controls workflow both inside and outside an organisation, so contractors, service agents, venders and other interested parties can be vertically integrated.

The Computerworld Excellence Awards convening judge, Garry Fissenden, says Infoshare is a broad far-reaching product using existing Internet technology and tools to improve other businesses systems.

“It has a strong customer or user focus providing sound cost savings to businesses using the Infoshare approach. The innovation transformed the Infolink business to a new strategic direction and strong growth due to the innovative product and its link to a customer focus,” he says.

Judges also thought Rave 2 of Earthspeak International should be highly commended for its Kiwi ingenuity and potential for huge reductions in business telecommunications costs.

It lets computers work like telephones over the Internet, giving endless international calls for “free”.

CODEC voice compression/decompression software with computer soundcards are used and by splitting up the sound digitally, developer Mike Mee says good sound quality is achieved.

Finally, Courier Post in Auckland has developed an electronic tracking device called FactsBack.

It uses new scanning technology to tell clients when a package has been delivered.

When a courier picks up a package, the Track and Trace barcode is scanned. This is downloaded into CourierPost’s host computer so a customer can check the delivery status of an item from pick up to delivery.

When the courier electronically captures the name and signature of the recipient, the system tells customers by fax when packages have been delivered and removes the need for follow-up enquiries.

Judges:
    • Garry Fissenden, General Manager Technology and Operations, ASB Bank
    • Peter Massee, Quality Manager, PDL Electronics
    • Don Sheridan, Assoc Prof of MSIS, University of Auckland

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