Kainos scoops major prize at IM2001 awards in London

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Kainos has once again won first prize at the prestigious Information Management (IM) awards. In the Business to Consumer(B2C) Project category Kainos was awarded top honours for its work on PropertyNews.com, one of the largest property portal sites in the UK and Ireland.

The IM Awards are the premier UK awards for the recognition of excellence and innovation in the management of business information and knowledge. Being nominated as a finalist in four specific categories, Kainos has demonstrated its capability to meet the extensive criteria for evaluation which includes the delivery of significant and definable business benefits, innovation and originality, and project management issues such as delivery on time and within budget. Kainos beat off competition from Abbey National, B&Q and Great Universal (GUS) Home Shopping among others to take first prize.

Congratulating the development team, Managing Director of Kainos, Brendan Mooney said, “ Having developed and hosted one of the busiest websites in Northern Ireland, we are delighted to receive due recognition for our efforts. This site has been phenomenally successful with over 6 million hits per month. It has been designed with ease of use and speed of access foremost in mind, and has coped with a five-fold increase in usage since the site went live in September 2000 without a diminution in service to the user.”

PropertyNews.com is a joint venture between Kainos and Northern Ireland-based publishing firm Inhouse Publications.

CEO of PropertyNews.com, Conor McCarrick was equally delighted with the award. “The PropertyNews.com solution was developed by Kainos and the award is testimony to the world class standards upon which the site was built.”

Stephen McVittie, the Kainos Director on the PropertyNews.com Board, added “ This award is of particular significance to us as it represents not just a technology solution but a new trading model for Kainos in terms of a joint venture between a technology company and a content provider.”

The property portal has quickly become one of the most visited web sites in Northern Ireland, serving over 1,000,000 page views and 250,000 property brochures per month to a global user base. The web site now hosts in excess of 90% of the Estate Agents in N. Ireland and neighbouring counties and boasts in excess of 85% of all residential property for sale or to rent in that region.

The 2001 award follows last year’s competition when Kainos won awards in six separate categories. In addition, Kainos' sister company, Meridio took the top 2001 award in the Content and Document Management category. The high profile awards are currently in their sixth year and continue to set new standards with the 2001 ceremony, at the Grosvenor House Hotel London, being attended by an unprecedented 1,000 finalists, press, sponsors and guests.

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