Slovakia's IT Oscars awarded for the 10th time

FOR THE tenth time an informal grouping of Slovak journalists and members of experts’ groups in information and telecommunications technologies have awarded the Slovak IT Oscars. The ceremony, IT GALA, took place in Bratislava on September 30, the IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS) reported. The aim of the prizes, handed out in three categories, is to acknowledge expert and managerial achievements by people and companies acting in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and to recognise the most significant projects carried out during the previous year. This year the nominations consisted of over 120 entries. From these the jury first shortlisted five nominations in each category and then chose the winners.

Vladimír Šikura from Soitron (left), Jozef Klein from Asseco Central Europe (centre) and Miroslav Kunsch from IPESOFT. Vladimír Šikura from Soitron (left), Jozef Klein from Asseco Central Europe (centre) and Miroslav Kunsch from IPESOFT. (Source: ITAS)

FOR THE tenth time an informal grouping of Slovak journalists and members of experts’ groups in information and telecommunications technologies have awarded the Slovak IT Oscars. The ceremony, IT GALA, took place in Bratislava on September 30, the IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS) reported. The aim of the prizes, handed out in three categories, is to acknowledge expert and managerial achievements by people and companies acting in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and to recognise the most significant projects carried out during the previous year. This year the nominations consisted of over 120 entries. From these the jury first shortlisted five nominations in each category and then chose the winners.

Jozef Klein, the chairman of the board of directors and president of Asseco Central Europe won the category of IT Personality for 2010. The jury acknowledged his achievements in getting Asseco Slovakia listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in October 2006 and the massive expansion of Asseco CE as well as the whole Asseco group, one of the strongest software houses in Europe, which now is present in 16 European countries and employs 8,500 people. Klein also contributed to the informatisation of Slovak society when he participated in several IT associations, scientific conferences and contributed through expert consultations. Under Klein’s leadership, Asseco has received a number of noteworthy awards.

Soitron won the category IT Firm for 2010. By granting the award to this company the jury appraised several unique products from the company, for example Unified Communications for Tatra Banka, its re-design of the WAN network and implementation of IP telephony for Slovakia’s biggest bank Slovenská Sporiteľňa, the securing of HD interactive video transmission and conferencing for the NATO Security Conference in Bratislava, a multimedia contact centre for E.ON’s client centre, and many others. The jury also noted the fact that as much as 56 percent of the company’s turnover is accounted for by its own services and that Soitron generates as much as 30 percent of its turnover outside Slovakia.

The jury chose the project IPESOFT REMS (Railway Energy Management System) developed by IPESOFT as the IT Project of 2010. The aim of the project was to supply and implement a comprehensive energy management system for the ZSSK Cargo railway company. One result of the project has been a significant drop in costs. The jury also highlighted the uniqueness of the system in Europe, in terms of its scope, complexity and parameters.


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