Procedures in hotels, courtrooms and colleges were all made a little smoother by three applications highlighted by Microsoft as innovative ways to make the most of its new Office suite.
Never one for hiding in the shadows, Volante Systems took out the Microsoft Office 2003 Spotlight award in Queensland for a solution it developed for Hotel Dynamics. Avanade and G-Netech were also short-listed for the gong but left as bridesmaids.
By way of reward for its efforts, Volante will join the software giant on a national tour taking in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. It also took part in the Sydney launch event last week.
The aim of the program was to highlight the best ideas for and implementations of the new Office 2003. Entrants had to work with corporate clients and government agencies, delivering new services in their own style.
Volante took the ribbon after using one of its existing software solutions, Medusasuite.net, in conjunction with the latest version of Office to tackle the planning, development and delivery of marketing campaigns to promote the clubs of the hotel promotion outfit. Business processes supported include approvals, campaigns and management.
Avanade was short-listed for an Offender Information Exchange application designed to handle the transfer of charge sheets from the Queensland Police Service to the Department of Justice. The system stores information within a secure central repository and maps it to the required format for submission.
G-Netech made the list for its Education Services solution, which provides a collaborative learning environment for higher education and corporate training. Through the development of University Services, G-Netech has worked with Bond University to help students access information more easily, improve time management and collaborate.