27 February 2008 | Paul Snell
An IT project designed to reduce costs and save energy has won one of BT's first supplier innovation awards.
Computacenter picked up the award for its IT project that has cut BT's costs and improved sustainability. There were 130 entries vying for five separate awards.
The "Windows Greenside Virtualisation" project saw Computacenter reduce the number of servers in the firm's data centre, providing extra space and reducing the amount of energy used.
The project, which began in 2006, has saved BT £800,000 a year on its energy bills and reduced consumption by 5,000 megawatts an hour. It has also saved the firm £750,000 annually by increasing the amount of space in the centre and reducing IT service costs.
Neil Rogers, CPO at BT, said in a statement: "Companies who help us innovate will be the ones who create the greatest impact on customer experience and best value for shareholders in the future. Computacenter came up with an innovative idea that showed a great level of thought leadership, with tangible benefits for BT."
Winners of the other supplier awards included manufacturer Salmor, ventilation equipment firm Factair, Motorola, IT security company StreamShield and 3M. The awards were open to any supplier who had a contract with BT and provided goods and services to the firm in the past 12 months.