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Treasury’s Director of Information Systems short-listed for top award 26 September 2005

    The European Technology Forum has announced the shortlist of finalists for the coveted CNETNetworks technology awards, due to be presented on Tuesday 27th September in London. In announcing the finalists, the European Technology Forum commented on the incredibly fierce competition to get this far.

    Mark Shimmin, Treasury’s Chief Financial Officer, confirmed he was delighted to note that Allan Paterson, Director of ISD, has been chosen in the final 5 nominees for Chief Information Officer of the Year.

    The award honours the CIO, IT Director, or equivalent head of IT within a public sector or private sector company who has made an important and demonstrable business impact, judged on the basis of specific projects or initiatives. The judges look for individuals who have demonstrated an ability to span the worlds of technology and business or public service, driving forward their organisation and operating alongside other executives as well as at the top of the IT function. The award will go to an individual whose team or teams successfully executed on named technology implementations, showing concrete business benefits.

    Other nominees in the final shortlist for the CIO award represent BT Group plc; English, Welsh and Scottish Railways; Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein; and The Dorchester.

    Allan PatersonAllan Paterson said that the short-list nomination was supported by a detailed review of the nature of ISD’s work over the last couple of years, with the Jupiter programme’s technology infrastructure at the core of the submission.

    Allan commented “This nomination is about the incredible progress made in the last couple of years, and is a reflection on the enthusiasm, energy and focus of a considerable number of people in ISD and the Isle of Man Government as well as our key technology partners. When you see the organisations that are short listed both for the CIO award, and for the other awards that are being announced on the same evening, you realise how well the Isle of Man Government has done and how far it has progressed. Working within much smaller resources compared to many of the others, our output stands up very positively for comparative judgement. Even if we make it no further than the short list, then we are all winners to have come so far in such a short time.”

    Mark Shimmin notes: “Allan came from private sector in the UK to join us in mid 2003. Shortly after that, the role of Treasury’s Information Systems Division (ISD) was made more strategic, with a single, overwhelming purpose of helping Government take maximum benefit from technology in delivering joined-up public service, contributing to the development of the Isle of Man as the e-island. This puts Allan and ISD at the heart of the Jupiter programme – developing the ‘One Mann’ approach.”

    Allan Paterson concludes that his focus with Jupiter has been to drive a fundamental change in the way the Isle of Man Government is starting to use Information Technology, looking to modernise the business of Government with a focus on ease and convenience of access to joined-up services, sharing common information where appropriate and effective. “At the end of the day,” he says “Jupiter has to be about improving the effectiveness and efficiency of government services, with an increasing focus on reducing the cost of Government administration, allowing resources to be increasingly focussed on front-line service delivery”.


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    26th September 2005

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