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2016 WINNERS & SHORTLISTED

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1. Best Use of Social Media
This award will recognise the most effective implementation of social networking technologies by a financial services institution of any size and type. Nominations may be for a single project or an overall strategy. Whether it's a Facebook page, a Twitter account, or a marketing campaign, the winning entry will demonstrate a true understanding of how to communicate with the ever-connected customer and drive new business via social media. Enter here

2. Best Use of IT in Retail Banking & Insurance - sponsored by Cognizant
This award will recognise the most effective use of IT in bringing business benefits to a financial services provider, regardless of size, in a retail banking/insurance environment. Nominations may be for a single project or for an overall strategy. The winning entry will demonstrate how the strategic use of technology has brought their company cost benefits, improved internal processes, enhanced customer service (where applicable) and helped further that organisation’s opportunities of future business success. Enter here

3. Best Use of IT in Wholesale & Investment Banking
This award will highlight the most effective use of IT in improving business processes within wholesale banks, trading houses, fund managers, investment banks and other similar companies. Nominations may be for a single project or an overall strategy. The winning entry will demonstrate to the judges how the strategic use of technology has brought their company cost benefits, improved internal processes, or enhanced external service to clients (where applicable), in order to further that organisation’s opportunities of future business success. Enter here

4. Best Trading System
This award will go to the best new trading system, whether it is installed internally at a wholesale bank or into the general financial markets for wide-scale use. New execution venues introduced after the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) are encouraged to enter, as are updated technology platforms from incumbent stock exchanges or banks/brokers. Systems that specialise in non-displayed trades, public order books or data delivery are all acceptable. The winning entry will demonstrate how the use of technology has improved processes, speeded up response times, enhanced capacity and helped further the chances of future business success. Enter here

5. Storage Solution of the Year
New technologies and new start-ups have matured over the last few years to shake up the way in which FS organisations consider storage. Judges will be looking for a solution that has had a measurable impact upon the storage issues of a FS client or clients. Evidence of increased efficiency and/or value should be presented. The solution could be a complete system, or any component therein, including infrastructure, management tools and software. Whether for backup or data, virtualised or solid state, we are looking to reward solutions that can help FS organisations with the massively increased data loads of today. Enter here

6. Best Use of Technology in Customer Service
Judges will look at evidence of technology in the customer service sector. Applicants must demonstrate innovation in this area and improved rates of customer satisfaction and provide evidence of how technology has allowed their organisation to anticipate customer needs, tailor business processes to best serve customers and ultimately improve the efficiency of their business. Enter here

7. Data Management Project of the Year
Data management within the FS sector has become hugely complicated as companies attempt to satisfy both customers expecting a more personalised service and ever demanding regulators. Faced with an onslaught of information becoming available, FIs are increasingly opting for data solutions in a bid to make sense of it all. This award will recognise a data management project that has unlocked the potential of data and helped shape business strategy. The winning entry will demonstrate a successful data management project aligned to commercial strategy and underpinned by cutting edge technology. Enter here

8. Best Use of Mobile
This award acknowledges the rise of mobile banking and payments and the fact that mobile is becoming a game changer in the financial services sector. The winning entry will be a financial services institution who has truly embraced the mobile channel. It could be an app, a mobile-optimised website or an overall mobile strategy - the aim is to celebrate the drive to allow the customer to interact with the financial services institution where and when they want by providing a seamless, secure experience. Enter here

9. Digital Launch of the Year
Customers are increasingly happy with the digital services on offer from banks, building societies, insurance companies and other financial institutions. The FS sector is leading the way when it comes to providing the best digital services, and this award will recognise the launch of a new digital offering. Judges will be looking for vision, an innovative use of technology and positive customer/client feedback. Enter here

10. Anti-fraud/Security Strategy of the Year
This award will recognise the best internal or external anti-fraud/security strategy implemented by a financial services provider to protect the customer from phishing, ID theft or similarly fraudulent scams, or a financial institution from service attacks or money laundering. The winning entry will demonstrate how anti-fraud technology, such as biometrics or two-factor authentication solutions, and processes have helped protect the end user and comply with regulations. The judges will regard the application of technology to create business benefits as being of equal importance to the degree of protection and innovation present in the IT solution. Enter here

11. Compliance Project of the Year
This will reward the most effective compliance project by a financial services provider. Nominations may be for a single project or for an overall strategy. The winning entry will be able to demonstrate how the strategic use of technology has enabled compliance with governmental regulations, such as MiFID, SEPA, Basel III, the anti-money laundering protocols, or the raft of new rules introduced post-crunch (e.g. liquidity requirements). Submissions should show how the compliance strategy adds business benefits and furthers the organisation’s opportunities for future success. Enter here

12. Systems Integration Project of the Year
This award will recognise the most effective project to integrate disparate systems by a financial services provider. Projects involving the integration of legacy systems into e-business projects will be eligible for entry, as will projects to integrate systems from different businesses, whether to facilitate operations with business partners or in the aftermath of a company merger. The project can be of any size. Nominations may be for a single project or an overall strategy. The winning entry will be able to demonstrate how the strategic use of technology has brought their company cost benefits, improved internal processes, enhanced customer service (where applicable) and helped further that organisation’s opportunities for future business success. Enter here

13. Infrastructure Solution of the Year
This category is open to cabling, monitoring, switching, virtual networking and I/O products, as well as network security devices and network optimisation solutions. We also welcome entries from infrastructure projects that have helped create safer, faster and more reliable data connections within an organisation. A focus on proven advantages and improvements with evidence through a FS case study or partner will be rewarded. Enter here

14. Outsourcing Partnership of the Year
This will reward the most effective relationship between a financial services provider and an outsourcing company. The winning entry will demonstrate to the judges how the partnership has helped the financial institution improve business processes, enhance customer service, reduce costs and further the organisation’s opportunities for future business success. Nominations can be on- or offshore and involve contact centre operations, security or back office administration, among other things. Enter here

15. Payments Innovation of the Year
Judges will look at evidence of new technology in the payments sector. Applicants must demonstrate innovation in the space with information on the issues leading to development, how the solution aims to meet the sector’s needs, with details of performance where possible and evidence of how the end consumer has benefited from implementation. Enter here

16. Financial Sector Innovation of the Year - sponsored by Biocatch
Open to financial sector organisations who have created an innovative and/or successful new line of business, promotion, customer service or branch/mobile/online feature that has really set them apart from the competition. The judges will be looking for evidence that this innovation has or can create revenue and is sustainable. The category is open to both ‘traditional’ FIs and new entrants. Enter here

17. IT Team of the Year
This category will be awarded to the best IT team within a financial institution. The team will have to have proven their excellence in the delivery and/or support of IT services over the course of the last year and to have demonstrated good collaboration skills and a clear vision of how technology can be applied to ensure business benefits. The team can be nominated from within the financial institution itself or by partners or suppliers. Enter here

18. Cloud Computing Innovation of the Year
This category will recognise excellence in the area of cloud computing for 2015/16. Judges will look at new strategies, evidence of success by utilising the cloud, and case studies where applicable. The winning entry will demonstrate how the cloud computing innovation has brought customers cost and efficiency benefits. Enter here

19. Risk Management Software of the Year
This award will recognise success in the development, implementation and running of risk management software for the financial sector. Applicants must demonstrate how their software has been developed to best benefit the financial sector, and evidence of performance should be provided where possible. Enter here

20. Most Innovative Product of the Year
This award will recognise a technology supplier that has delivered innovation to the financial sector, through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. This is a new category, designed to recognise those firms that have responded to market pressures with originality and creativity. Details of product development should be provided as far as possible, and applicants should demonstrate implementation and performance of the product. Enter here

21. Technology Provider of the Year
This category will reward the provider deemed to have had a successful year in serving the financial sector. Judges will look at examples of new products and strategies, evidence of how they have been received by the industry, and performance for 2015/16. Case studies may be included alongside details of development over the year, response to market pressures and future plans, where possible. Enter here

22. Online Technology Provider of the Year
This category will reward the online technology provider deemed to have had a successful year in serving the financial sector. Judges will look at examples of new products and strategies, evidence of how they have been received by the industry, and performance for 2015/16. Case studies may be included alongside details of development over the year, response to market pressures and future plans, where possible. Enter here

23. Most Disruptive Financial Sector Technology
This award will go to a company who the judges feel have come up with the most disruptive financial sector technology during the past 12 months, one that has the potential to disrupt the way the FS sector operates, displacing an earlier technology. The aim is to champion FinTech startups with strong solutions/services that identify a gap in the market or look to improve current ways of working, companies that could well become gamechangers by helping to redefine financial services in the coming years. We welcome entries from every area of the financial services technology sector. Enter here

24. Consumer Finance Product of the Year - NEW CATEGORY
The rapid evolution of technology means consumers can now access or manage their finances at the touch of a button, and have a wealth of advisory products at their fingertips. This award will recognise an initiative that utilises online or mobile technologies to deliver a financial product or personal finance management platform to consumers in a fast and convenient way. Enter here

25. FinTech Startup of the Year
This award will recognise a visionary startup with a FinTech product or service which is set to or has had a significant impact on the sector. Companies should detail why they are ones to watch and why they are changing the way that the FS sector operates. Enter here

26. FinTech Deal of the Year
As venture capital investment into FinTech firms hits record highs, this new award showcases a deal that has helped support FinTech innovation and scale a business. The judges will not necessarily be looking for the biggest deal, but rather a stand out investment connecting into the FinTech ecosystem, whether through accelerator or incubator labs, venture investments etc. The winning entry will highlight an innovative FinTech startup, how the investors are bringing added value and how the deal has caught the imagination of the media and the FS sector. Enter here

27. Barry Holland Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement
This award will recognise the contribution of an individual to the financial services industry, looking at his or her role in the successful implementation of projects and strategies since 2000. Projects can be from any sector in the financial industry, and can encompass work in more than one position and company. Collaborative work will be especially prized. The award commemorates Barry Holland, an advisor to FStech and four-time awards judge, who sadly passed away on 4 August 2010. Barry rose to become Director of Operations at Barclays Capital after joining the banking group in 1975 and working across its factoring and treasury departments. He was responsible for all money market and Foreign Exchange (FX) operational and settlement issues for London and New York, and oversaw the smooth implementation of the CLS (Continuous Link Settlement) system at BarCap. He chaired the CLS London & European User Group and was a member of the London Investment Banking Association, Treasury Operations Committee, as well as being involved with the Bank of England Money Market Liaison Group. He is sadly missed by all his friends in the industry and here at FStech. Enter here

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