ITEX: Salvation Army, Vero, MSD and Z Energy win awards

Winners of the ITEX Computerworld 2011 Awards announced

The Ministry of Social Development and Z Energy, along with Salvation Army ISG manager Mark Bennett and Vero web developer Tim Taylor were recognised at the 2011 ITEX Computerworld Awards in Auckland last night.

MSD for its Earthquake Employment support project following the Christchurch earthquake in February, and Z Energy for its Enhance project, were joint winners in the ICT Project of the Year category.

“Both projects had a major impact on bringing about positive cultural change within their respective organisations to the benefit of the IT profession as a whole,” said the judges.

Tim Taylor, senior developer at Vero was named Software Developer of the Year. This new award recognises the creative and practical skills of software developers, on which all ICT innovation rests.

“Tim’s commitment to seeking previous solutions to issues rather than “reinventing the wheel” is a good indicator of the professional and mature approach to development he takes, not always present in our sector. This was also borne out in his focus on documentation and fostering a team development culture,” said the judges.

ICT Manager of the Year, sponsored by Cube People, went to Mark Bennett, ISG manager for the Salvation Army.

“He is a well-rounded ICT professional who is absolutely clear on why he gets up and goes to work in the morning. He achieves leadership and excellence in the field of ICT management in all manner of environments; commercial, public and community-based,” said the judges.

The Awards ceremony took place at the end of ITEX, an annual conference for information technology professionals organised by Computerworld, IDC and Conferenz.