Australian online success story, Carsales.com.au has won the Most Innovative IT Project award in the inaugural year of CIO Australia\u2019s CIO 100 Awards \u2013 recognising excellence in technology innovation and business value delivery.\nCIOs from the government and private sectors judged several entries for the award, deciding that a search engine developed by Carsales.com.au \u2013 a high growth business which enables Australians to advertise, sell and buy new and used cars online \u2013 was the best innovation.\nDubbed RyvusIQ, the engine is the brainchild of developer Michael Ridgway. It was initially created for internal use across the company\u2019s many sites but is now being promoted to external classified and retail organisations.\nRead: Carsales CIO talks about RyvusIQ innovation\nIn 2010, Carsales.com.au users wanted to be able to search by multiple vehicle makes, models and colours. The company was restricted by the search platform it used at the time and was not able to respond as quickly as it would have liked to customer requests.\n\u201cThis and other similar search problems gave birth to the ideas of Ryvus,\u201d Ajay Bhatia, CIO at Carsales.com.au.\n\u201cToday, Ryvus solves much more than \u201cmulti make and model\u201d search and has become such an innovation platform for our technology and product teams. We expect to continue to differentiate our offering with a solution that can\u2019t be easily copied,\u201d Bhatia said.\nSince implementing the engine, Carsales.com.au has experienced a 16 per cent decrease in customer support calls; and a 1 second reduction in page load times compared to the previous search engine. The company can also publish new stock online in less than 1 minute compared to 1 to 2 hours previously.\nService Stream snares second place\nNetwork service provider, Service Stream, was our Runner Up for the Most Innovative IT Project award. The organisation deployed a cloud-based integrated workforce management and service order management platform, which is used by more than 400 technicians and staff providing solar panel and hot water, and other home services.\nThis new system enabled the organisation to eliminate more than 150,000 A4 pages (based on 7000 jobs annually) and manual \u201cwork in field\u201d by providing forms on a tablet device, which are used by these staff to manage jobs. It also provides real-time quality assurance based on logical form structures.\nOther finalists included Australian Hearing, Calibre Global, City of Melbourne, Commonwealth Bank, Dexus, GE Capital Asia, LexisNexis Legal Professional, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.\nThe full report of the CIO 100 Awards is coming soon.