LONDON, ON, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The second annual Quest for Canada's
Smartest IT campaign in association with Info-Tech Research Group
announced the winners of the 2011 Smartest and Greenest IT departments
in Canada at a gala event held at the Capital Event Theatre in Toronto
on November 17th.
Info-Tech Research Group listened to many impressive IT success stories
from across the nation throughout the year and selected an elite few to
hold the titles of Canada's Smartest IT, Canada's Greenest IT and
Canada's WOW Award winners for 2011.
And the winners are….
Canada's Smartest IT - Tool Wall - British Columbia (www.tool-wall.com)
Tool Wall is a potential game changer for the manufacturing industry and
is hard at work to keep Canadian manufacturing jobs at home earning
them the honour of the 2011 Canada's Smartest IT Award.
This small BC company of 12 people came up with a product that virtually
eliminates the gap between designing and machining for manufacturing
companies to solve their own business problem. Their technology allows
manufacturing companies to take smaller orders and still produce at a
competitive price. In fact Tool Wall increased the profit margin from
12% to 35% for a Canadian manufacturer in 2011. With Tool Wall, buyers
no longer have to hold large quantities of inventory and experience a
great increase in efficiency by reducing the need for niche skills.
Canada's Greenest IT - Lipton Chartered Accountants - Ontario (www.liptonllp.com)
For an IT department that doesn't consider itself revolutionary, The
Quest for Canada's Smartest IT believes quite the opposite and awarded
Lipton the 2011 Canada's Greenest IT Award.
The team at Lipton transformed their entire law firm into a paperless
organization which is no small feat in an industry that is paper-heavy
and resistant to change. Their Network in a Box proves that it is
possible for accountants, lawyers, and consultants to greatly reduce
the use of paper across the board, from client visits to internal
filing. The IT department at Lipton has equipped their accountants to
meet the expectations of a younger client base, while reducing their
environmental impact, and greatly reducing courier and administration
The "Wow Award" - Pembina Trails School Division - Manitoba (www.pembinatrails.ca)
As a large school division with a small budget, Pembina Trails School
Division's visionary thinking has allowed them to give back to their
surrounding communities by providing free Wi-Fi, a much needed service
in many lower income neighbourhoods. It is this generous act of
giving back paired with their innovative, long term vision for the
future that earned Pembina Trails School Division the Canada's Smartest
IT 2011 Wow Award.
Early this decade, while most other IT departments were cutting costs,
the IT visionaries at Pembina were spending millions of dollars making
a strategic investment in a Dark Fibre network. As a result, in 2011,
Pembina does not face any infrastructure restrictions and is able to
focus on providing new services to their end users and the community.
This long term vision means they are ahead of the curve and can be
proactive in where their money is spent.
A recent virtualization and consolidation project resulted in a one-time
savings of nearly $350,000 and annual saving of $50,000 while providing
improved reliability, security and scalability.
Pembina is clearly living by their motto, "A dollar less spent by IT is
a dollar more available for teacher's and classrooms."
Applications from all across Canada were reviewed to select qualified
finalists for the Smartest IT, Greenest IT and Wow Award winners. The
criteria for selection was based on stories shared in each nomination
about how they sustained innovation, provided solutions allowing for
their organization to operate smarter or greener, and the factors that
set their use of IT apart from the competition. A select group was
chosen as finalists and an independent panel met to select The Smartest
IT, Greenest IT and Wow Award winners.
Other Finalists for the awards included:
Smartest IT Finalists:
Teacher's Credit Union - Ontario
Meno Ya Win Health Centre - Ontario
Atum - Ontario
Greenest IT Finalists:
Empower - British Columbia
School District No. 63 - British Columbia
University of Regina - Saskatchewan
Pembina Trails School Division - Manitoba
About the Quest for Canada's Smartest IT
The Quest for Canada's Smartest IT is an annual campaign designed to
engage, inform and advise Canadian mid-market organizations on becoming
smarter in the deployment and use of technology to change the way we
live. For more on the campaign visit http://www.smartest-it.ca.
About Info-Tech Research Group
With a paid membership of over 8,000 organizations worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group (www.infotech.com) is the global leader in providing tactical, practical Information
Technology research and analysis. Info-Tech Research Group has a
thirteen-year history of delivering quality research and is North
America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firm.
SOURCE Info-Tech Research Group
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