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BearingPoint Innovation Award entries short-listed

Published: Wed 9 Oct 2002 08:32 AM
BearingPoint Innovation Award entries short-listed
Technology Award Category Narrowed to Six Finalists
A secure email link that allows restricted government information to be sent via the Internet for the first time is one of six entries short-listed for the inaugural Technology award at this year’s BearingPoint Innovation Awards (formerly the KPMG Consulting Innovation Awards.)
The email link developed by Treasury, DPMC and SSC encrypts and decrypts information at organisations’ servers rather than at individual PCs.
Before its introduction, restricted information sent between agencies had to be on paper or computer disk.
The entry joins others from Auckland Regional Council, Christchurch City Council, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Ministry of Economic Development and Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board short-listed in the Technology category.
Judy Maller, Managing Director BearingPoint says she is delighted with the calibre of short-listed entries in the Technology category.
“The Innovation Awards are the only ones that specifically distinguish and recognise innovation initiatives that have positive outcomes for organisations, customers and the sector.
“These entries are great examples of initiatives where novel approaches have been taken to improve operational excellence or world class management,” she says.
In total, 24 public sector organisations from throughout the country have been short-listed for this Innovation Awards which are being held in Wellington on 15 October.
The awards feature five categories: Central Government, Local Government, Crown Entities and for the first time, Technology and Services to Maori.
Judy Maller says organisations in the New Zealand public sector have a harder job being innovative than those in the private sector simply because there is more scrutiny of their performance.
“However, the entries that have been short-listed across all categories show thinking outside the square is alive and well in the public sector,” she says.

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