Posted on February 20, 2018 by staff

Greater Manchester SME triumphs at ‘Olympics of Tech’


Digital transformation services provider Informed Solutions was the only British winner at the World IT Congress in Hyderabad, India.

The Greater Manchester firm received a merit award for emerging digital solutions at the Global IT Excellence Awards, billed the ‘Olympics of Tech’.

The technology company has pioneered an approach to building secure digital platforms that are increasingly used by government to make services more accessible, efficient and secure, as well as to provide a user experience that is personal and responsive.

Among its achievements is a digital democracy solution which has significantly increased public participation in the Boundary Commission for England electoral boundary review, and digital claims portals which make it easier and less stressful for innocent victims of violent crime and terrorism to receive compensation.

The awards are organised by the World Information Technology & Services Alliance, which is a leading consortium of ICT industry association members from over 80 countries around the world.

UK CEO Seth Finegan said it was an amazing honour.

“To receive global recognition for the work we’ve done in improving government services and supporting digital inclusion is a fantastic achievement,” he said.

“Our aim, in designing digital platforms, is to ensure that more people have access to online services and that these are more humanised, so they are personalised and responsive.

“This is a phenomenal event that brings together everyone from Prime Ministers to ‘Sophia’, the world’s first robot citizen.

“As the premier international ICT forum, it’s often referred to as the ‘Olympics of Tech’ and we’re extremely proud to be on the podium with other award winners.”

Previous winners include UK-based Internet Watch Foundation for its international work to make the internet a safer place and the US social impact platform Raiserve.

This year’s World IT Congress coincides with a Department for International Trade Northern Powerhouse trade mission, which will visit Hyderabad next week. The visit aims to build closer technology ties with India and more than 50 per cent of the companies on the trade mission are from Greater Manchester.

Julian David, CEO at techUK, added his congratulations: “Their work on improving the delivery of public services to all citizens is a tremendously important area of digital transformation as budgets are squeezed and demands increase.

“This is an example of digital technology being a force for good, allowing people to access complex public services more easily and generating measurable improvements in welfare, social and economic outcomes.”

Paul Stowers, acting regional director for the Department for International Trade North West, added: “This is fantastic news for a great North West exporter.

“Informed Solutions is already one of our Export Champions, and I’m sure that this deserved recognition will help them achieve even greater success in export markets.”