The British Computer Society (BCS) has created a new industry award to promote IT excellence among SMEs in the UK.
A new category has been included in this years BCS IT Industry Awards to highlight the importance of the use of IT in company formation and the successful development of SMEs.
David Clarke, chief executive of BCS, told Computerworlduk: "Our awards are a great showcase for professionalism in IT, highlighting the importance of technology within todays business environment where IT plays an integral role from the board room to customer communications."
The entry deadline to be considered for the SME award is July 12th.
The newly-created SME category is one of 22 categories designed to highlight IT success stories in all sorts of businesses.
The categories are designed to recognise excellence in a number of fields, including mobile technology, green computing, the provision of web services and social contribution.
Many expanding businesses find their original IT systems become inadequate to meet their growing needs.
SMEs often find themselves performing a delicate balancing act - paying to update technology but without overspending in what can be an incredibly expensive area.
Many choose to outsource IT provision. This means one or more external providers can provide a companys telephone system, file sharing, remote computing, network security and other technological necessities.
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