Earlier this month our London team attended the Paperless Awards. Aimed at the Public Sector in the UK, The Paperless Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional progress towards the goal of becoming a paperless environment.
Although quite a serious topic, as going paperless has a lot to do with transforming businesses into digital-ready environments and improving sustainability, the evening was an exceptionally entertaining with Ed Byrne hosting the awards.
With finalists from a variety of organisation within the Public Sector, the Paperless Project of the Year award sought to recognise efforts that had shown substantial progress in several areas such as effective management and culture, significant efficiency savings and innovative use of E-Forms.
“We had a huge number of quality submissions – which is testament to the extent of innovation that is currently happening in the public sector to deliver digital and customer focused services.
It was a real challenge to judge and come up with the shortlist. The awards evening was a great way to celebrate the successes of teams who are focused on making a difference through paperless working.”
Lisa Commane, Judge for the Paperless Awards and Director of Customer Services and Transformation at Coventry City Council.
Ornella Fondop, our Digital Product Expert, presented the award to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their Digital case System (DCS), which was delivered across England and Wales. The cloud-based software solution facilitates case disclosure, preparation, in-court presentation and collaboration. DCS allows the Crown Court case bundle for a complex trial to be easily marked-up, navigated and used in real time in the courtroom. This project intended to provide a professional, 21st century way to deliver criminal justice.
Some of the measured benefits of the DCS include:
- More to time to prepare cases as the Crown Court DCS is web-based. Advocates and the judiciary can access material 24/7 from any location with a reliable internet connection.
- More guilty pleas entered earlier and therefore fewer trials.
- Earlier availability of evidence and engagement (in advance of the first hearing) to allow issues to be addressed and reduce delays.
With substantial proof that digital systems work better than paper, we at Convene can’t wait to see what the 2018 Paperless Awards bring.
"Making processes paperless not only improves productivity and efficiency but it makes for a more sustainable planet. We hope that in supporting these awards it will help shine a light on best practice from which others can learn and we can all benefit."
Alasdair Mangham, Director of Business Development, Azeus Convene