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Wintec Wins Technology Innovation Award

Wintec Wins Technology Innovation Award

Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) took out the supreme award at the 2013 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards held last week in Tauranga.

Wintec won the award for its innovative use of cloud-based technologies to improve the overall experience for students, staff and stakeholders.

The Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards are presented at the annual Tertiary Education ICT conference to celebrate ICT excellence within tertiary education. They are judged by a panel of industry experts.

One of the judges, Intergen’s Chief Technology Officer Chris Auld, said the panel was impressed with Wintec’s vision for how it uses technology across the organisation.

“Innovation comes in many forms. Sometimes it is about building something from new, other times it is about finding new ways to apply or use existing products or services.”

“The judges were impressed with how Wintec has integrated cloud-based technologies, such as an online customer relationship management system and a customer service application, to improve how the organisation interacts with, and provides services to, its many stakeholders, ” said Mr Auld.

Wintec Chief Executive Mark Flowers said: “It is extremely satisfying to receive this award for our forward-thinking approach to technology.”

“We have invested in leading-edge technology in all areas of our organisation. Using more cloud-based technologies has allowed us to be more agile in meeting the needs of our students and stakeholders.”

Wintec took out the overall 2013 Microsoft Innovation Award trophy ahead of six other entries from tertiary education organisations across New Zealand.

Waikato tertiary education organisations were well represented at the awards, with Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the University of Waikato also receiving awards, along with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.


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