Ireland’s most coveted business awards in the technology sector

The Technology Excellence Awards are Ireland’s principal ‘badges of honour’ in the business of information technology.

The 2017 programme will launch during October 2016, with presentation of the awards in Dublin on 17 May 2017. To be notified when entries are open, join our mailing list >


12 May 2016

Current Award Winners

The 2016 Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel on Thursday May 12

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Lifetime achievement award
Pearse Mee

Presented by Neil Wisdom, Intellicom

Sponsor
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Lifetime achievement award 2016

The lifetime achievement award recognises a valuable contribution made by an individual to the growth of the technology industry over a long period of time. It is designed to recognise somebody who has successfully invested across the sector and lent their support, financial acumen and influence to bring about positive developments for the technology industry.

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IT project of the year – public sector
Storm Technology for Dept of Public Expenditure & Reform

Award presented by Michael Callan, President, IASA (An Irish Computer Society supported body)

Irish Computer Society
Winner

Transforming operations with digital technology

Storm Technology delivered on speed, productivity, accuracy, transparency, security and consistency. In the department’s own words “…as they balance cost and services, Storm Technology has been able to help us realise a great return on investment.”

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IT project of the year – private sector
Ergo for Greencore

Presented by Erol Bucukoglu, Juniper Networks

Sponsor
Winner

Upgrading IT at Greencore

Ergo now operates in what Gartner calls the era of ‘biomodal IT’ – where organisations are trying to maintain legacy systems while taking advantage of the new agility of the cloud. Greencore sought out Ergo to explore cloud services, decommission legacy systems and relieve the workload on in-house IT.

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IT Project of the Year: SME
Fastcom for Smyths Toys

Award presented by Justin Twiddy, Grenke

Sponsor
Winner

IT project of the year – SME

IT productivity at Smyths Toys has increased by at least 75%. Fastcom revolutionised the way Smyths operates, allowing the company to maximise efficiencies and develop new opportunities. With expansion high on the agenda, Fastcom has delivered scalable architecture to ensure IT will play a key part in Smyth’s growth.

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Mobility project of the year
eir Business for CityJet

Award presented by Paul Hearns, TechPro

Winner

The Electronic Flight Bag

Eir Business together with CityJet developed an innovative project labelled the Electronic Flight Bag. CityJet is the first airline to implement a fully EFP paperless ‘operational flight plan’. An extremely complicated and organic project which despite additions of some magnitude to the brief still came in on time.

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Digital strategy partner of the year
MTT

Presented by Niall Nitson, TechCentral.ie

Winner

MTT – the Travel Specialists

MTT provides an industry-leading digital travel platform and product set that allows airlines, travel management companies and travel agencies to interact with their customers through multi-device services at every touch point in the travel lifecycle. MTT specialises in creating apps across smartphones, tablets and wearables as well as supporting services such as responsive Web and real-time travel messaging.

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Technology exporter of the year
Movidius

Presented by Louise Nicholls, Brown Bag Films/Member of Judging Panel

Winner

Movidius – punching above its weight in the semiconductor industry

Founded on research started in Trinity College Dublin, Movidius has spent years developing chip architecture and rolled it into a business model that has made it viable for a small company to compete against some of the largest semiconductor giants in the world.

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Best use of technology in education & training
Microsoft for MindRising

Presented by Alan Brown, IBS – A Xerox Company

Sponsor
Winner

Nurturing creativity with MindRising

In 2015 Microsoft Ireland, in partnership with Business Model Ventures, launched MindRising, a multi-stakeholder educational partnership. MindRising 2016 is a competition celebrating 200 years of the island of Ireland which champions the use of digital technology in schools and groups. The project has underlined the need for such content to help students demonstrate their creative skills.

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Data centre of the year
Equinix Ireland

Presented by Patrick Healy, CMS Distribution

Sponsor
Winner

Equinix: local footprint, global standards

Equinix has invested more than €100 million in new capacity in Ireland over the past four years. In September 2015, the company opened its fourth data centre, DB4. Equinix acquired TeleCity in January 2016, growing its global footprint. Equinix sees itself playing a key role in attracting inward investment to Ireland, with four data centres now all operating at the highest international standards.

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Specialist distributor of the year
Data Solutions

Presented by David MacHale, Olive Learning

Sponsor
Winner

Specialist distributor of the year

Awarded by trade poll

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Distributor of the year
MicroWarehouse

Presented by Aidan Sloyan, eir Business Solutions

Sponsor
Winner

Distributor of the year

MicroWarehouse is Ireland’s largest Irish-owned IT distributor, providing software, computer hardware, printers, accessories to more than 1,200 channel partners in Ireland.

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Vertical market specialist of the year
eShopWorld

Presented by Frank Quinn, TechTrade

Winner

Delivering e-commerce

EShopWorld provides a suite of ecommerce, technology and logistics solutions that enable the world’s most iconic brands to sell across international borders.

An indigenous company on a major growth trajectory with offices opening all over the world, eShopWorld focuses on the shopper journey – ensuring conversion is maximised for brand owners.

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Best place to work in IT
Integrity 360

Presented by Peter Davitt, FIT ICT associate professional

Sponsor
Winner

Best place to work in IT

Integrity 360 was founded in 2005. The highly skilled workforce is relied upon to secure the networks, infrastructure and information of some of the largest companies in Ireland and the UK.

A diverse range of programmes and benefits makes Integrity 360 a great place to work and the key focus on giving all its techies access to leading-edge technologies, along with honing their interpersonal skills, has created an extremely productive team.

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Rising Star of the Year
edgescan with Eoin Keary

Presented by Michael O’Hara, Data Solutions

Sponsor
Winner

edgescan with Eoin Keary

Launched late in 2013, edgescan provides continuous vulnerability management for customers across the globe. Employee numbers are set to reach 40 by year end, all located at their headquarters in Ashbourne Co Meath. Not even three years old, with quite a number of individual achievements, edgescan – along with founder and CTO Eoin Keary – is indeed a rising star.

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IT Architect of the Year
Savenet Solutions

Presented by Graham Frazer, Citrix Ireland

Sponsor
Winner

Savenet Solutions

Savenet and its technology team has long-standing relationships with many of the companies attending the Tech Excellence Awards. The company also works with many private sector companies and public sector bodies to provide consultancy around cloud architecture and infrastructure redesign.

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IT professional of the year (individual or team)
eHealth Ireland for Yvonne Goff, chief clinical information officer

Presented by Michael Doyle, Viatel

Sponsor
Winner

IT professional of the year (individual or team)

The delivery of technology into health globally is littered with experience of projects failing through lack of clinical engagement. Yvonne Goff is a clinician and has led the way in the whole new concept of development of Health IT systems. She has 18 years experience as a radiographer, and completed an Msc in Health Informatics in Trinity College in 2010.
Yvonne has joined the National Implementation Team of the National Integrated Imaging System. Drawing on both clinical and IT experience, Yvonne has crossed a divide to ensure a better health system for us all.

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Managed service company of the year
Ward Solutions

Presented by Niall Dunne, Polycom

Sponsor
Winner

Managing services for success

Ward Solutions, established in 1999, provides a comprehensive range of information security services centred on assessment and assurance, strategy and architecture, through to systems integration and deployment all wrapped under its enterprise managed services from its world-class security operations centre in Citywest.

Significant customer acquisition, staff growth, increasing revenues and new services delivery have made 2015 one of the busiest yet with more to come.

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Multinational of the year
Schneider Electric

Presented by Paschal Naylor, Arkphire

Sponsor
Winner

Data centre leadership

Schneider Electric is a leading global innovator in the data centre sector, where its technological developments are helping to increase the energy efficiency of facilities, reduce capital cost and operating expense, and make performance more predictable through increasing the use of standardised and modular approaches, while decreasing the dependence on one-off, custom engineered solutions.

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Company of the year
Ergo

Presented by Peader Kane, Avnet Technology Solutions

Sponsor
Winner

A model of managed growth

Ergo delivers innovation, takes 
care of complexity, and wraps it 
up in a business case. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of IT services, delivered as strategic solutions with two principal outcomes: transform and divest. Customers can transform their businesses, typically through cloud services, BPE, CRM, integration and consolidation; and they have the option of divesting themselves of IT management and maintenance with Ergo Managed Services.

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Person of the year
Richard Corbridge, CIO, HSE

Presented by David Dunne, Westcoast

Sponsor
Winner

2016 Person of the year

In his role in the HSE, Corbridge oversaw the development of the Individual Health Identifier (IHI), a system to uniquely identify each person within the health system allowing for individual patient records to be reconciled across all branches, from GP care to hospital referrals, which is regarded as a critical element for a modern healthcare system.

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