The New Zealand Transport Agency and Unisys have received a special recognition award at the 2014 Information Services Group (ISG) Paragon awards for Australia and New Zealand.\n\u201cUnisys showed a clear understanding of our business goals and the need to use IT to meet them, says Craig Soutar, NZTA CIO.\n\u201cThey designed and implemented an innovative transformation program that modernised our existing systems by migrating them onto a Windows platform. This reduced system complexity and increased flexibility as well as provided the opportunity to develop new online and mobile channels to engage with customers. We are delivering our business transformation without the need to completely rip out and replace our systems, and continued to deliver services to our customers in the process.\u201d\n We are delivering our business transformation without the need to completely rip out and replace our systems, and continued to deliver services to our customers in the process. Craig Soutar, NZ Transport Agency\n\u201cOur two-decade relationship with NZTA thrives on collaboration as well as mutual understanding of the relationship between business and IT goals, says Steve Griffin, Unisys NZ country manager.\n\u201cLong term relationships are an opportunity to use deep shared knowledge as a platform for continued improvement. For example, most recently we worked together to develop a modernisation program that allowed NZTA to meet its business transformation goals to reduce costs, reflect business changes quickly, and offer new service channels to citizens.\u201d\nKen Holley joins Liberate IT, which has the largest dedicated NetSuite team in New Zealand, as business development manager. Holley has worked at Fronde and Intergen, and was head of technology at Loyalist.\n\nNext up: Designertech, Ricoh, Jericho, Ruckus, AIA, SpongeHero.co.nz\nDesignertech celebrates 20th year\nDesigner Technology celebrated its 20th year with a gala dinner attended by 135 people across the ICT sector.\n\nMainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater (in photo below) and West Auckland Trusts CEO Simon Wickham, were among those who received client partnership awards on the night.\n\nGuests included the original founders of Designertech \u2013 Martin Oxley, Alan Wilkinson, Kevin McFall and Sean Dick. Also attending were representatives from across the industry including Geoff Oliff (ViFX), Michael Myers and Robert Amor (University of Auckland). Marie Weaver, Jamie Corrigan from Westcon and Bruce Chamberlain.\n\nDiamond Partner award for Ricoh New Zealand\nRicoh New Zealand has been named a Diamond partner, one of only 13 worldwide, by Kofax, a major provider of business applications software.\n\u201cThe Diamond Partner status is a real point of difference for us and highlights the team\u2019s significant technical depth and superior performance in the market,\u201d says Ricoh NZ Managing director Mike Pollok. Ricoh has invested in 19 additional Business Solutions staff and now has the largest team of Kofax-certified consultants in New Zealand.\nKiwi executives take regional roles at Jericho\nJericho Digital Communications has appointed Lindy Shuttleworth as Digital Marketing Strategist. She has worked at Designworks, Yoobee, Ideaworks, Generator and Capital I.\n\nIt is one of two new senior appointments at Jericho. The other is John Holley, regional operational director. Both roles are based in New Zealand with a remit that extends to Asia. Holley is responsible for the delivery of digital services and the day-to-day execution of campaigns for over 500 brands in Asia Pacific.\n\nHolley was most recently one of the lead planners for the military force that was part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). His corporate experience includes operational roles at Visible Results and Auckland Regional Council (where he was also CIO) as well as a board member of ChildFund NZ, Accelerating Aotearoa and Liston College.\nJericho\u2019s success in New Zealand helps fast track success across the region,\u2019 says Chris Lowther, CEO NZ for Jericho. \u2018As the technology and operations hub behind the digital success of household brand names like St George Bank, Advintage, IAG, Far East Hospitality and Flight Centre (NZ), we are keen to add the best and brightest \u2013 like John and Lindy \u2013 to the Jericho team.\u2019\nDaniel Rabinovitsj joins Ruckus Wireless as chief operating officer, coming from Qualcomm Atheros as senior vice president of the company\u2019s infrastructure business.\nThe Full Suite has appointed Brett Campbell, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Nintex, to a strategic advisory role on its board. The Full Suite is Microsoft New Zealand\u2019s Start-up Partner of the Year 2012, and has developed a platform to deliver file management and productivity tools to small-to-medium businesses around the world.\nInsurer AIA New Zealand has appointed financial services operative Karin Robertson as head of operations, and Graeme Edwards as national sales manager.\n\n\nRobertson joined AIA more than five years ago, while Edwards came from nib\/Tower Medical Insurance and before that at Azion Wellness in Australia.\nSilicon Valley-educated execs launch Kiwi start-up\nTwo Silicon Valley educated executives - Kenneth Ho and Charles La have launched a tech start-up which they say is designed to revolutionise the local cleaning industry.\nThe SpongeHero site will use a sophisticated algorithm to pair independent cleaning contractors with customers based on a number of criteria relevant to their needs and the cleaner\u2019s availability.\n"The new cloud based platform that goes online today will use technology to allow customers greater flexibility and efficiency when making bookings and monitoring the quality of service. Future enhancements to the platform will provide clients with more visibility around the time it takes the cleaner to perform the service, and the actual work that has been performed, both of which have been major issues within the industry previously," says Ho.\nSend news tips for \u2018Movers and shakers\u2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.