Integrator Dialog Information Technology won a gold medal at the Twelfth Government Technology Productivity Awards held in Canberra last night for its work on the Roads Implementation Program Application (RIPA) for the Department of Main Roads (DMR).
Dialog implemented a Lotus Notes 4.5-based system which, according to Philip Stay, the director of the program, allows the Department to formulate, publish, review and monitor the entire spectrum of its Roads Implementation Program (RIP), via a Web-based interface.
With an annual budget of $1.2 billion, DMR was seeking a financial and business management package to streamline the previously burdensome process of hard copy information exchange. Dialog's RIPA meets these criteria with the inclusion of audit facilities that enable DMR to electronically process its budget. Financial approvals for contracts can be electronically assessed and tracked and a Planned Expenditure Flow module monitors cash flow.
Stay attributes Dialog's success to its experience with similar projects and its ability to ensure that RIP met its performance objectives with the inclusion of management report tools.
Dialog's managing director Alan Key credits Dialog's victory to its ability to understand the Department's business needs and formulate them into technological applications. "This project has been an extremely good example of a service provider working in partnership with the client to produce a solution closely aligned with organisational objectives," states Key.