Thursday 21 July 2011

Laureate recognises smart energy IT strategy

Mainstream received a Laureate Medal recently in the prestigious 2011 Computerworld Honours Program for their project “Faster, Better, Simpler IT Strategy with Smart Energy Reference Architecture."

Impressive scene at awards ceremony
Their core business is to develop and build wind and solar plant – on land as well as at sea.  They then sell the plant to its natural owners; organisations such as utilities, energy intensive corporations and pension funds. Their expertise is taking projects through all the stages of development – such as securing land, wind analysis, GIS, environmental studies, consenting, procurement, financing and so on.

Mainstream won in the Innovation category, alongside NASA and Duke University, a category which “Recognizes organizations for the design and development of new technologies and/or the application of an existing technology in a new and unique way to advance overall human health, security  or well-being.

Project Overview
Project Title: Sustainable ICT Strategy built on Smart Energy Reference Architecture at Mainstream Renewable Power.
Mainstream Renewable Power was established in February 2008 by Dr Eddie O'Connor. The company operates in 8 countries and specialises in the Development, Construction and Operation of large-scale Wind and Solar Power Systems. With a rapidly expanding organisation, a growing pipeline of development projects and the need for Business Process Excellence, a unifying framework was required to establish a coherent Information and Communications Technology Strategy to meet business expectations, specifically to;
1. Enable Deal-making
2. Manage Cash
3. Execute Projects The technology used was built on the Microsoft Platform.

The challenges to overcome included;
1. Build for Rapid growth
2. Build for a Start-up
3. Build for operations across 4 continents
4. Build for future expansion

Computerworld is a leading global IT Magazine from IDG. The awards ceremony was held in  Washington DC and this is a Global competition with 11 categories.

John Shaw of Mainstream recently made a presentation on ICT Strategies for The Supergrid!

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