A few months ago, we told you about the 2012 Wireless Achievement Awards. Today we are very excited to present the finalists to you, with the winners being announced on May 2nd at the 2012 BlackBerry World™ conference.
The Wireless Achievement Awards are presented to customers who have deployed BlackBerry® smartphones and/or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets to help improve the way they do business. These high achievers are recognized for their vision, efforts, and most of all, their inspiring achievements. Through their use of a BlackBerry solution, they have helped to increase business performance, make a difference to the bottom line, and simplify life for their employees.
We received amazing entries from all around the globe, which made judging even more difficult for the Selection Committee. So without further ado, here is a brief summary of each of the finalists and their innovative solutions. As always, these results are specific to each organization:
FINALISTS FOR: INNOVATION IN PRIVATE SECTOR
Finalists in the Innovation in Private Sector category have deployed innovative BlackBerry solutions to help drive business productivity.
Cablevision S.A. Argentina: Cablevisión S.A. Argentina (Cablevisión) provides cable TV and broadband Internet service for more than 3.5 million customers in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. Cablevisión has significantly decreased calls to their support center while improving productivity and service.
IA Clarington Investments Inc.: IA Clarington Investments Inc. markets a wide range of investment products, including mutual funds and segregated funds managed by leading portfolio advisors across Canada. The BlackBerry solution has helped in the company obtain a 21% increase in client interactions captured into the CRM system.
FINALISTS FOR: INNOVATION IN PUBLIC SECTOR
Finalists in the Innovation in Public Sector category use BlackBerry solutions in innovative ways in government and healthcare.
Ministerio de Desarrollo Social Argentina: To help meet its mission of providing humanitarian aid and social assistance, Argentina’s Ministerio de Desarrollo Social turned to BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. The solution allows the Minister and senior ministry officials to quickly respond to community needs, speed up decision-making while helping to improve information accuracy.
Gwent Frailty Consortium: The Gwent Frailty Consortium is a healthcare partnership between the Aneurin Bevan Health Board and five local authorities in Gwent, Wales, UK. The Gwent Frailty Consortium has increased staff productivity by an average of 50 minutes a day, saving approximately £600,000 per year while improving the patient experience.
FINALISTS FOR: BUSINESS IMPACT
Finalists in the Business Impact category have deployed a BlackBerry solution that has made a significant impact on their business.
Nomura International plc: Nomura is a leading financial services group. Mobile users based in the London, UK office represent 14% of the workforce but account for two-thirds of the telecommunications spend. Nomura has reduced their telecommunication spend using a BlackBerry solution.
Eversheds LLP: Eversheds LLP is a law firm with 46 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Eversheds LLP has improved employee productivity, reinforced security best practices and reduced energy consumption, by deploying a BlackBerry solution.
FINALISTS FOR: ATTENDEE CHOICE AWARDS
This award allows BlackBerry World attendees to vote for one of three finalists who have developed applications for their customers in order to help increase business and improve customer experience.
OK! Magazine: The celebrity publication has developed an app for BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users to amplify content and visuals! Read a detailed description and watch the app demo. Download the app for your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or BlackBerry smartphone.
Cines Unidos: Cines Unidos has developed a mobile movie application that helps to enhance the movie-going experience on BlackBerry smartphones! Read a detailed description and watch the app demo. Download the app for your BlackBerry smartphone.
Banesco Banco Universal: Banesco Banco Universal has developed a mobile banking app for BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets! Read a detailed description and watch the app demo. Download the app for your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or BlackBerry smartphone.
For those attending BlackBerry World 2012, whose app do you think demonstrates the most innovative use of the BlackBerry solution? Make sure to submit your vote by Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00pm ET. Stay tuned on May 2nd to see if your choice takes home the prize! And if you aren’t going to BlackBerry World, check in here at the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog for the latest news.