Richard Corbridge

EHealth Ireland, Ergo win on the double at Tech Excellence Awards

Richard Corbridge (right) receives the person of the year award at the Tech Excellence Awards 2016 from David Dunne, Westcoast

13 May 2016

Richard Corbridge (pictured) and Yvonne Goff of eHealth Ireland were named person of the year and IT professional of the year respectively at the 2016 Tech Excellence Awards held last night at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin.

Ergo also picked up two awards: company of the year, and IT project of the year (private sector) for its work with Greencore.

The gala event was attended by over 500 luminaries from the technology sector, who gathered to celebrate a year of innovation and commercial success.

Galway-based tech entrepreneur Pearse Mee picked up the lifetime achievement award. Mee (65) sold his software company AMT-Sybex earlier this year to outsourced services giant Capita for €100 million plus additional performance-related bonuses.

Also recognised on the night, edgescan’s Eoin Keary was named in the rising star category.

Finally, the award for multinational of the year went to Schneider Electric and was accepted by vice-president, Ireland, Vincent Barro.

The Tech Excellence Awards were adjudicated by industry experts Eoin O’Driscoll (Forfás), Dr Jim Mountjoy (Euristix), Tom McCarthy (HelmAG), Peter McManamon (Parthus Technologies), Dr Seán Baker (IONA Technologies) and Louise Nicolls (Brown Bag Films).

Chairman of the judging panel Dr Jim Mountjoy said: “The level of professionalism among the entries this year is a true reflection of the maturity of the sector today.

“These Awards recognise excellence and there is no doubt all the leading players are striving to improve each year. It does make the judging quite a challenge.

“The volume of entries is a true reflection of the diversity in our sector with excellence being acknowledged for outstanding individual achievements and organisational success.”

Billy Huggard, operations director at Tech Excellence Awards organiser Mediateam, said: “The indigenous IT sector is on an upward curve, evidenced by the tremendous number of entries and level of detail submitted by the entrants. Just to make the nominations list is an achievement of great significance.

“To be on the shortlist of the Tech Excellence Awards is recognition of hard work and smart business practice, the IT sector is populated today by an ever-expanding pool of entrepreneurs who are reaching new heights each year.”

Full list of winners:

IT project of the year (private sector) – Sponsored by Juniper
Ergo for Greencore

IT project of the year (public sector) – Sponsored by ICS
Storm Technology for Dept of Public Expenditure & Reform

SME project of the year – Sponsored by Grenke
Fastcom for Smyths Toys

Mobility project of the year
eir Business for CityJet

Digital strategy partner of the year

Technology exporter of the year

Best use of technology in education & training – Sponsored by IBS, A Xerox Company
Microsoft Ireland for MindRising

Data centre of the year – Sponsored by CMS Distribution

Best place to work in IT – Sponsored by FIT ICT

Specialist distributor of the year – Sponsored by Olive Learning
Data Solutions

Distributor of the year – Sponsored by eir

Vertical market specialist of the year

Rising star – Sponsored by Data Solutions
edgescan with Eoin Keary

IT architect of the year (individual or team) – Sponsored by Citrix
Savenet Solutions

IT professional of the year (individual or team) – Sponsored by Viatel
eHealthIreland with Yvonne Goff

Managed service company of the year – Sponsored by Polycom
Ward Solutions

Company of the year – Sponsored by Avnet Technology Solutions

Person of the year – Sponsored by Westcoast
Richard Corbridge, eHealth Ireland

Lifetime achievement – Sponsored by Intellicom
Pearse Mee

Multinational of the year – Sponsored by Arkphire
Schneider Electric

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