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Government wins premier telecommunications award 15 December 2005

    The Isle of Man Government has won a top international award for a project that is joining up communications across Government - and will save public money to the tune of £1.4 million a year.

    The ‘Connect Mann’ project beat strong competition from major organisations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to gain the Best Corporate IP Network title, presented by IDG Global Solutions and Cisco Systems at an awards ceremony in France this week.

    Delivered by Treasury’s Information Systems Division (ISD), the project provides a totally integrated voice, data and video network across the whole of Government and offers realisable savings of around £1.4 million a year.

    Allan Paterson, Director of ISD, said:

    “This project is a key piece of the technology infrastructure which will enable the delivery of real joined-up Government. It will help Government become more efficient and effective in providing services for the public of the Isle of Man.”

    Mr Paterson praised the contribution of the principal partners in the project, Manx Telecom, Dimension Data and Improcom:

    “Without the drive and commitment from the top that each of our partners has demonstrated, we would have struggled to deliver this so effectively”.

    He also paid tribute to the strong competition for the award which covered international banks based in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Italy; a major oil company; technology organisations; and other European public sector environments.

    The awards recognise those organisations at the forefront of deploying and successfully implementing innovative technologies, rewarding companies leading the field in delivering real and tangible benefits as a result.

    This year the judging panel were looking for advanced technology initiatives that could clearly demonstrate the benefits of well-managed deployment, that delivered significant improvements, and that introduced innovative new services through the effective use of technology.

    In making the award to the Isle of Man Government, the judges noted that the Connect Mann infrastructure has allowed the Isle of Man to integrate and unify the delivery of services and is the first end-to-end deployment of Cisco technology across a complete public sector entity. The judges also commented on the innovative and appropriate use of voice, data and video linked to the development of innovative public services.

    Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of these networks.
    Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create Internet solutions that allow individuals, companies, and countries to increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and strengthen competitive advantage.
    The Cisco name has become synonymous with the Internet, as well as with the productivity improvements that Internet business solutions provide.

    IDG Global Solutions (www.idgglobalsolutions.com) is part of International Data Group (IDG), a leading technology media, research, and event company.
    A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World.
    The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & ExpoR, Macworld Conference & ExpoR, DEMOR, and IDC Directions.

    15th December 2005

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