Kainos, a leading provider of digital services and platforms and Microsoft’s 2018 UK Country Partner of the Year, has picked up two awards in the 2018 UK IT Industry Awards: Best Use of Cloud Services for work carried out in partnership with the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA), and AI & Machine Learning Project of the Year, for work done with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Designed to celebrate excellence, the UK IT awards recognise those individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT over the previous 12 months. The awards are regarded as the benchmark for outstanding performance across the UK computer industry.

At the gala prize-giving ceremony at Battersea Park Events Arena in London, and having been named last year’s ‘Vendor of the Year’, Kainos picked up two awards after being shortlisted in three categories.

In working with the WRA, the first fully cloud-based civil service organisation in Wales, Kainos built a scalable, bilingual tax system on the Microsoft Azure Platform as a Service solution. Within just nine months, the WRA were able to administer the first Welsh taxes in 800 years. The successful project achieved 99.9999% availability with over 85% of customers expressing satisfaction with the new system, and WRA now have a sustainable, scalable platform for the future.

Anthony Pritchard, Head of Digital and Technology for the WRA, stated: “Within the first six months of operations, we have seen many benefits from the system Kainos has developed, in particular the ability to focus on user needs. We feel confident that we not only have a system for today, but one that has the potential and flexibility to support the growth of any future services we may support. Kainos’ expertise and experience of working on Azure has been invaluable.”

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In the AI & Machine Learning category, Kainos and DVSA’s Risk Rating’s project pioneered a predictive analytics tool which has revolutionised the process where poor standards or fraudulent activity can be detected in garages and among testers who perform MOT tests. DVSA can now more effectively and efficiently target their inspection and enforcement actions on garages and testers exhibiting unusual testing patterns, making a greater positive impact on road safety.

Chris Price, DVSA MOT Product Manager, commented: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. I’m really proud that the MOT digital services have won another national award. Our partnership with Kainos has delivered innovative, popular and free services that make it easier than ever to help people keep their vehicle safe to drive. Using data to determine risk ratings will be far more accurate.  Since the data is created by the garages and not by us, it means we’re able to investigate garages that could pose a higher risk to road safety. Both DVSA and the garage trade are encouraged by the revised risk rating model”.

CEO of Kainos, Brendan Mooney said: “We are again delighted to have our industry leading expertise in cloud and AI recognised by our peers in the industry. The winning projects reflect the diversity of work that talented Kainos people are delivering every day – and not just in the public sector. It’s very rewarding to be working at the heart of digital transformation on behalf of many different types of organisations, so we’ll continue to invest in attracting and retaining outstanding people who will continue to change how the world lives and works”.