For the second year running, The Herald Electronic Transformation Honours have recognised some of the best uses associated with technology by businesses and organisations in Scotland .
Following on from the period in which the demand for remote working and the need for rapid delivery of products and services in new and more accessible ways has increased dramatically the use of digital channels, this year’s winners have proved themselves to be outstanding in a very strong field.
Eleven awards in total were handed out at last night’s ceremony including the Best Use of Technologies in Healthcare Award, which usually went to Pogo Digital Healthcare with regard to a long covid management application plus Young Enterprise Scotland and Scotland’s Enterprising Schools’ Business Challenge who took home the Best Use of Technology in Education Award.
Healthcare plus Education were two of the sectors most affected by the Pandemic and where digital technology has been put to innovative use, but charities too have forged brand new ways of reaching their clients and in the particular Best Utilization of Technology in the Third Sector, the winner was Screenmedia’s Drinkaware Virtual Assistant, with Simon Community Scotland receiving a commendation regarding their ‘Get Connected’ initiative.
Meanwhile the Electronic Marketing Campaign of the Year winner was Hydrogen intended for a campaign created on behalf of Highland Park, with Ayrshire College collecting the Digital Community Award for their Connecting Communities campaign.
A digital inclusion research project, carried out simply by Carr Gomm, won the Digital Diversity Award, sponsored by Be-IT and Amity Fish Company won in the Business Growth Honor category, subsidized by DigitalBoost.
An Immersive Experience Room, created by North Lanarkshire Council, has been named winner of the particular Innovative Make use of Technologies Award, while MI: RNA Diagnostics had been commended within the same category.
But the night wasn’t all about organisations, the people behind the creation and shipping of some of the best digital solutions to have appeared over the particular last 12 months were also recognized. Dan Rodgers of QikServe was named Digital Professional from the 12 months and Ben McAdam associated with Stirling Albion FC won Digital Young Person of the Yr, sponsored by Glasgow City Innovation District, while Daniel Apathy associated with GameXPlosion Ltd received the commendation.
From all the entries, the judges selected one outstanding example to receive this year’s Digitally Transformed Business Prize. They were looking for an example of large-scale change, one that made a difference in order to customers, staff as well as the organisation itself and they found it in Allied Vehicles Ltd who have made the particular switch through manual to digital tracking of every vehicle that passes along their production line with the introduction of the Virtual Travel Pack.
By listening to feedback from personnel, implementing their own suggestions plus providing solid IT support, the company has proven that it is possible to digitise processes inside a traditional business and to reap many fresh dividends, such as automatic auditing and data capture.
And using apps, tablets and desktop applications in order to keep track of manufacturing has not only turned out to be much more efficient, but it has also produced significant financial savings through eliminating paper and printing costs.
Ian McConnell, Business Editor, The Herald and chair of the particular judging panel, said: “Amongst the many exciting examples we received associated with companies making a significant shift towards electronic working, we were particularly impressed by Allied Vehicle’s careful planning and the particular amount of training and assistance that employees received whilst the new ways of working had been being introduced. It is a strong example of how intelligent and thoughtful make use of digital technology can transform a business, making this more efficient, increasing its responsiveness to customers and also growing job satisfaction for everyone involved. ”
A full list of those who win and finalists can be found on the event website .